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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 - 21:00
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Sun 09:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Orange Park, Florida
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were recently in need of choosing a location to visit for awhile with an out-of-state friend and enjoy a meal. We wanted to meet somewhere between our town and where they were staying, so chose this restaurant in Melrose. We could not have been happier with our choice. We met on a Sunday evening and when I discovered a... More 

Thank Ann S
Lawrence, Kansas
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840 reviews
338 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gourmet buffet here is well worth trying. The variety and quality are top notch. Lots of fish and meat offerings, plus great salad options all prepared fresh and sourced from local suppliers. We had a great meal here.

1 Thank Robert S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unable to impress on the food quality for the price you pay. Drink prices were hefty for a small town wannabe. Restaurant was much better many years ago.

Thank Deborah H
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 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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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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217 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 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 FloridaBackroads
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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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
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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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