The Blue Water Grill and Raw Bar is one of the premier Roanoke Island seafood restaurants. It is located on Sailfish Drive in Manteo in North Carolina and it overlooks the Pirate’s Cove Marina docks. The restaurant provides a unique dining experience with a wonderful creation story behind it. It offers extraordinary food, drink, views, and service.

History

Will Shields married Karen in 1970 when he was 26 years old. His parents were a butcher and a farmer. He saw the ocean for the first time with his wife under the Avalon Pier. He was immediately in love with the ocean. His destiny called at that moment.

The couple had three children and lived in a number of towns. Some of the places they moved to include:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Maryland
  • Harrisburg
  • Richmond
  • Nags Head

One of their sons, Scott, called home one day. He proposed a business opportunity to his father. Scott wanted to open a restaurant in Nags Head. He moved to Nags Head with his wife, Melissa. In six months, Blue Moon Beach Grill opened with thirty-two seats. It gained popularity with locals and ended up expanding to Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar. The expansion gave the restaurant sixty-four seats.

Mimi’s Tiki Hut

This is located on Pirate’s Cove Marina’s deck. It offers guests an outdoor seating place to hang out as they wait for their table to be ready. Guests can enjoy drinks, live entertainment and something to eat. It is an ideal spot to watch boats returning from the water.

The hut was named in honor of the 25 Annual Pirate Cove Billfish Tournament. It took place in 2018. It was named after the family’s matriarch, Miss Karen, whose grandchildren called Mimi.

The live music acts are as follows:

  • Thursdays – Gypsea Souls
  • Fridays – Q and Kerry
  • Saturdays – Randy Burton and Friends
  • Sundays – Rotating musicians. This gives new acts a chance to showcase their talents. The performers are updated on the Facebook page each week.

The Menu

The Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar has a talented group of chefs that prepare the freshest meals on the menu. Menus change according to the seasons. The restaurant uses local catch, seasonal crops, and fresh ingredients found locally. Some of the available options include;

  1. Lunch Menu
    1. Soups and Salads
    2. Appetizers
    3. Entrees and handhelds
      1. This includes fried shrimp or fried oysters, shrimp and grits.
  2. Dinner Menu
    1. Soups and salads
    2. Appetizers
    3. Dinner entrees
    4. Lighter fare
  3. Dessert Menu
    1. Chef’s whim: Depends on chef and season
    2. White chocolate Crème Brulee
    3. Peanut Butter Toffee Torte
    4. Lemon Coconut Cake
    5. Choco Flan Cake
    6. Scoops of Ice Cream or Gelato
  4. Kids Menu
    1. All options come with either potato chips, hand-cut fries, seasonal fruit or a vegetable medley.
      1. Pasta
      2. Grilled Cheese
      3. The Junior Burger
      4. Fish Basket
  5. Wine Menu
    1. If you would like to bring in your bottle, there is a corkage fee of $18. Some of the wine options include:
      1. Cabernet Sauvignon
      2. Red Wines
      3. Chardonnay
      4. White Wines
      5. Champagne
      6. Sparkling
      7. Rose
  6. Cocktails and Beer
    1. Options include;
      1. Manteo Mash· Pomegranate Martini
      2. The New Old-Fashioned
      3. Kill Devil Sunrise
      4. Lavender Fizz
      5. Misty Margarita
      6. Blue Water Orange Crush
      7. Blue Water Mule
      8. Cider – Bold Rock
      9. Session IPA – Founders All Day IPA
      10. Brand Beers

Reservations

You can only make a reservation if you wish to dine inside the restaurant. The outdoor seating at Mimi’s Tiki Hut has a first come first serve policy. You can check for the availability of tables before making your reservation. You only need to list the adults who will be eating at the restaurant.

You should arrive at the restaurant 15 minutes before your meal, and ensure each member of your party is present. Reservations of 9 or more people will be held using a valid credit card. If no one shows up for the meal, it is charged on a credit card. The cost is $20 per person. Canceling reservations is allowed before 4 pm on the day.

Events

The Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar has incredible views and amazing food and service. The location is ideal for making memorable moments. The enclosed porch accommodates up to 40 adults. The whole restaurant can host up to 125 people. There is also outdoor seating that fits more people.

It is the perfect place to hold special events like:

  1. Rehearsal Dinners
  2. Corporate Meetings
  3. Bridal Luncheons
  4. Birthdays
  5. Reunions
  6. Anniversaries

The Blue Water Gift Shop

There is a number of cool merchandise at almost all Roanoke Island seafood restaurants. The food and experience is so good that people tend to want souvenirs. That is where the online shop comes in. There is a waiting period of 2 days for order processing. In case a color you want is out of stock, the restaurant will contact you to change your order. They can also offer a full refund.

Some of the merchandise sold at the store includes:

T-shirtsHoodies
Gift CertificatesBeach Towels
Hot SaucesPint Glasses
KooziesStickers

Operating Hours

The Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar is open daily. Between Monday and Wednesday, it opens at 4 pm and closes at 9 pm. Between Thursday and Saturday, it opens at 11:30 am and closes at 10 pm. On Sundays, it opens at 11:30 am and closes at 9 pm.

Blue Water Grill and Raw Bar has a sister restaurant; Blue Moon Beach Grill. It is located at Surfside Plaza in Nags Head. They are typically the same restaurant, except that one started before the other. The restaurants are the destiny of the Shields. They joined the Roanoke Island seafood restaurant game and never looked back.

The restaurants are located in prime spots. There are breathtaking views and amazing service that makes the experience enjoyable for all.

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