319 State Road 26
Melrose, FL 32666
Blue Water Bay is not only popular with local residents, visitors come from miles around to enjoy the atmosphere and great food.
I visited recently and was impressed with the extensive menu, full service bar, and friendly efficient staff.
The ambiance of the place is Old Florida with a lot of original paintings on the walls, some of the by local artists and for sale at reasonable prices.
The lunch menu features numerous choices of appetizers, soup, sandwiches, entrees, pasta dishes, wraps, and Cajun specialities. This is a long way from Louisiana Cajun country, but their spicy choices are great.
The dinner menu is even more extensive.
I chose Seafood Gumbo from the Cajun menu featuring Cajun Crawfish Etouffe, Veggie Gumbo, Grilled Chicken Gumbo and Cuban Mojo Pork. My meal was excellent, and I led it off with a giant Bloody Mary from the bar. My only regret was that I was too full to enjoy a second meal.
The dinner menu is a larger version of the lunch menu, and you can also order from it at lunch is you choose to. The appetizer list is extensive, including Smoked Duck Quesadilla, Fried Cajun Marinated Turkey Breast, oysters, gator tail, escargot, jumbo crawfish, ahi tuna and on and on.
Bluewater Bay is noted for its seafood and the entree menu includes fried shrimp, Alaskan snow crab legs, fresh Florida Fighting Gator Tail, oysters, and fresh seafood and herb pasta, and the fresh catch of the day.
Landlubbers are not forgotten, either, with an 8 ounce Ribeye Steak and Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast. Desserts featured include sour orange pie, key lime pie, carrot cake and a host of other goodies.
A popular feature at this restaurant is the Gourmet Buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. It's so popular that reservations are advised. The Sunday Brunch is also very popular and served every Sunday from 1000 am to 300 pm. This brunch features Quiches and Salads, Crepes, Benedicts, and fanatastic A La Carte and House Specialties.
The full service bar has everything you could want, and the restaurant also has an extensive wine list. Blue Water Bay is open 7 days a week from 1100am to 900pm except on Saturday when it stays open until 1000pm.