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Blue Water Bay Restaurant

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319 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666
+1 352-475-1928
11:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 09:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had tried this restaurant previously and were not impressed. Stopped by to give it another try today. Ordered something different than last time. Today's was the bluecrab artichoke dip and cuban sandwhich with black beans and rice. Big disappointment for all except the black beans. Will not be going back.

Thank Andrea C
Smyrna, Georgia
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157 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was driving by this restaurant and decided to stop by and give it a try. The place was packed and that is usually a good sign. Sadly the food was sub par. The fish that I ordered was tasteless, the side dish of rice pilaf was not cooked properly. The veggies in this case asparagus were not fresh at... More 

Thank Joe S
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten st BWB many times for lunch, dinner and for the weekend dinner buffets and have always enjoyed them. Servers are friendly and efficient. Food is tasty and portions are ample. This will be a review of Sunday brunch. I started off with a spicy Bloody Mary which was somewhat small but delicious. Then the server brought a... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I decided to stop at Blue Water Bay for dinner while in the area after searching for a good place to eat in the are using Tripadvisor. Food was mediocre, rice pilaf got a funny sour taste never experienced before, asparagus were not fresh the fish was greasy and tasteless. I was expecting a broiled fish or grilled but this... More 

1 Thank JRP2013
Mount Dora, Florida
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215 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very comfortable place in the small town of Melrose about 20 miles east of Gainesville. I had a tasty Cajun style seafood gumbo. Atmosphere, service and food were excellent.

1 Thank dmichaelmiller
Keystone Heights, Florida
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The menu is varied -- everything great -- BUT THE DESSERTS ARE FABULOUS. Their peanut butter pie and sour orange pie are world famous. If you can't fit them in, take some home for later

2 Thank 78Mac
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

They don't skimp on the food here, for sure! We started with the blue crab/artichoke dip and probably could have made a meal of of just that. While we were ordering that, another staff member passed our booth with a massive tray of golden fried seafood for the couple next to us. We really didn't even look at the menu,... More 

2 Thank R R
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Fantastic Friday/Saterday Buffet. All you can eat usually has raw oysters, 2 or 3 shrimp dishes, fried fish, a couple of salads, pasta, and bread. Also has chicken dishes. Very reasonably priced. Reservations strongly recommended. Elegant dining room with an attached full bar. Never noticed bar so it stays quiet.

5 Thank BigP34
Williamsburg, Virginia
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

A nice, yet comfortable, restaurant in the small town of Melrose. Didn't know exactly what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Menu had a nice assortment of options, from salmon to steaks to chicken dishes to burgers, all at reasonable prices consistent with what you'd expect form most chains. The food was very good and portions were quite ample. Servers... More 

4 Thank WEGL185
Gainesville, FL
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

We'd been to Blue Water Bay several times for their Sunday brunch and learned about their amazing gourmet seafood buffet offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. Everything -- from the raw oysters to the fried shrimp, the gumbo, even the roast beef were perfectly and freshly prepared. The wait staff and bartenders were outstanding, especially given that this is not... More 

3 Thank Michael L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Melrose
  • Phone Number: +1 352-475-1928

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