Newport Beach, California (June 27, 2015)
If there’s one dish that epitomizes the Bluewater family of sustainable seafood restaurants, it is Harpooned Swordfish. That’s because no other seafood or shellfish on the Bluewater menu receives the same level of attention – both in the water and in the kitchen.
And, fortunately for seafood lovers throughout Southern California, Harpooned Swordfish is now in the peak of season at Bluewater Grills in Newport, Tustin, Redondo and Temecula; at Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island; and at Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill in Coronado.
Start with the harvest. As part of Bluewater’s industry-leading commitment to seafood sustainability, the restaurant operates its own fishing vessel, The Pilikia, primarily to ensure the harpooned capture of swordfish from waters off Catalina Island and the California coast. By specializing in swordfish that has been harpooned or line-caught on The Pilikia and other sources, Bluewater eliminates much of the bycatch associated with driftnets and other methods of harvest.
Bluewater's fishing vessel, "Pilikia"
Thanks to these and other efforts, more than 90% of the seafood offerings at Bluewater restaurants are sustainably caught or farmed – among the highest of any seafood restaurant in California. To be deemed sustainable, the seafood or shellfish must be certified by the Aquarium of the Pacific Seafood for the Future program; be designated a “Best Or Good Alternative Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program; or adhere to strict Marine Stewardship Council best-practice standards for sustainable harvesting.
From there, the focus on excellence extends into the kitchen where Executive Chef Jason Mazur and his culinary team at each restaurant perfect their own special swordfish recipes. Check to see what the chef recommends on the day you visit – or choose our popular Blackened Swordfish with Chipotle Dirty Rice featuring our spicy Avocado and Corn Salsa made with red onion, red pepper, jalapeno and garlic.
Simply Grilled Locally Harpooned Catalina Swordfish is also featured during our “Sustainable Seafood Feast: How to Enjoy Seafood and Know your Menu Choices are Sustainable,” part of our Second Tuesday Tasting series on September 8th. The special sustainable menu allows guests to select three courses, including a raw shellfish or hot seafood starter, a choice of signature chowder or lobster bisque, and an entrée, plus all-you-can eat sourdough bread and butter. Valued at $60, the special $34.95 menu includes a chosen tasting of Acrobat wines from Oregon, voted the best wine to pair with seafood and oysters.
Come in, get hooked
Newport Beach 949 675 3474
Redondo Beach 310 318 3474
Tustin 714 258 3474
Catalina Island 310 510 3474
Coronado 619 435 0155
Temecula 951 308 2722