Winner of "Best of OC"

Bluewater closes 2012 with 4 coveted "Best of OC" Awards! Sustainable seafood restaurant lauded by OC Register, OC Weekly, Orange Coast and OC Restaurant Association

Newport Beach, California (Dec. 1, 2012)

The accolades continue for Bluewater Grill as the popular family of sustainable seafood restaurants picks up four prestigious “Best of” awards in Orange County.

“OC’s Best Seafood Restaurant”

OC Register “Best of Orange County” Awards (Oct. 2012)

Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach and Tustin received “Best Seafood Restaurant” honors in the OC Register “Best of Orange County” awards in 2012. Determined by the online votes of OC Register readers May 1-31, 2012, the annual awards recognize local products and services in six categories. First-, second- and third-place businesses in each category were determined solely by the total number of reader votes received.

For details, visit To see all “Best of Orange County” winners, go to


“OC’s Best Seafood”

OC Restaurant Association “Golden Foodie’ Award (Oct. 2012)

The two Orange County Bluewater Grills were also selected by the Orange County Restaurant Association (OCRA) as “Best Seafood” a Golden Foodie Award in the “Best Seafood” category, joining Scott’s Seafood and House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer. In their first year, the Golden Foodie Awards recognize local excellence in the restaurant industry, encourage culinary tourism, support local chefs and restaurants, and bring innovative culinary trends to local foodies while inspiring innovative cooking at home.

The Golden Foodie Award finalists were announced Sept. 30 at the Fairmont Hotel Newport Beach, which featured a video montage of Bluewater Grill Executive Chef Brian Hirsty, among several other chefs. For info on the awards, go to

“OC’s Best Waterfront Dining”

OC Weekly “Best of Orange County” Awards (Dec. 2012)

Bluewater Grill’s original Cannery Village location was named “OC’s Best Waterfront Dining” in the OC weekly “Best of 2013” Awards.

“OC’s Best New England Clam Chowder”

Orange Coast “Seafood Spectacular” (Dec. 2012)

And finally, the restaurant’s made-from-scratch clam chowder was named “OC Best New England Clam Chowder” in the “Seafood Spectacular” cover story in the Dec. 2012 issue of Orange Coast magazine. Orange Coast restaurant critic Gretchen Kurz said Bluewater Grill’s made-from-scratch chowder “tastes of butter, cream, onions, potatoes, fresh thyme and loads of sweet, yielding clams.”

To see the Seafood Spectacular story in its entirety, go to (extra fee required).

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