Saturday, October 16, 2021

Bluewater Boathouse Offers Special Thanksgiving Menu — Try the Stuffed Lobster Now!

BWG Stuffed Maine Lobster-1Tired of turkey for Thanksgiving? Don’t feel like cooking?

Bluewater Boathouse has got you covered. Thanksgiving Day customers can start with their choice of four price-fixe menus: Oven-Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib of Beef, Fire-Grilled Salmon, or Shrimp-Stuffed Maine Lobster. Each is accompanied by roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans, and choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. See the complete menu — including sides and a Kid’s Thanksgiving Menu — at the bottom of this article or on Bluewater’s website.

On Thanksgiving Day, the local restaurant invites you to either enjoy your dinner in their picturesque dining room, or to pick up your Stuffed Maine Lobster dinner to go. For the takeout option, Bluewater chefs will prepare your meal to be either hot and ready to eat, or ready to warm up at home with baking instructions included.

According to Steve Ewing, Bluewater Boathouse General Manager, the decision to stay open on Thanksgiving Day last year was meant as a thank you to Coronado residents who were quick to make Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill a part of their community. “Since our first Thanksgiving Day menu was such a success with the locals, we decided to make it an annual Island tradition. This year, in addition to our traditional two-course holiday meals, we’re offering a number of Bluewater Boathouse favorites – so there’s something for every holiday taste.”

Bluewater Boathouse is also offering its popular Holiday Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster Feast, the featured dish at the restaurant’s November 10 tasting, for dine-in or takeout throughout the holiday season (takeout only on November 26).         

My husband and I had a chance to taste the Shrimp-Stuffed Maine Lobster Feast at Bluewater, and we were both delighted by the delicious plates of food and sides. We’ve tasted Bluewater’s lobster before and loved it, so we knew we were in for a treat.

To begin our meal, we indulged in the seared scallop appetizer with roasted jalapeño aioli, each bite of which was a perfect explosion of flavor. Bluewater’s delicious sourdough bread, steaming from the oven, and their house martini and recommended Sauvingnon Blanc were also delicious accompaniments.

Shortly thereafter our lobster platters arrived with a pot of melted butter, a wedge of lemon, and a lobster bib and hand towelette. Each lobster weighed a pound and a quarter — a generous size with the additional stuffing. As before, we were glad to find the lobster tail cut for us, meaning we had a minimum amount of work to do to extricate the meat. We savored the first bites of stuffing: shrimp in a buttery panko crumb, a perfect appetizer for the lobster itself. Then, with a gentle tug, we pulled the lobster tails from the shell, cut off a wedge, dipped it in butter, and closed our eyes as we took a bite — there’s nothing like that first taste of lobster! Bluewater’s version is swoon-worthy, especially when decadently doused in butter and still warm from the oven. We finished the tails, extricated our claw meat, and contemplated cracking apart each leg before we remembered the rest of our meal.

For our sides, we chose Bluewater’s “Farm Fresh” options, which come from local farms. The Brussels sprouts were lightly roasted with currants and garlic, and my husband also enjoyed his oven-roasted fingerling potatoes with applewood bacon and Italian parsley, although he found some of the potatoes too crisp. The Farm Fresh Sides options change frequently, and General Manager Steve Ewing told us that these have been some of Bluewater’s most popular options of late.

As always, we finished with a slice of Key Lime pie, drizzled with raspberry sauce and a dollop of whipped cream. Friendly staff always recommend their Crème Brûlée or the Java Mud Cake, but I can never turn down that pie. The tart, fresh taste is the perfect finish to an indulgent seafood meal.

Overall, with such a delicious dinner available on Thanksgiving Day, I am not sure how I’ll settle for turkey!

Would you like to try the meal before Thanksgiving? The Shrimp-Stuffed Maine Lobster Feast will be on the menu from now until the end of the year. Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill is located in the former Hotel del Coronado boathouse at 1701 Strand Way in Coronado. The phone number for dine-in or takeout reservations is (619) 435-0155. For menus, locations, and operating hours for the seven unique Bluewater restaurants, go to

Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill Thanksgiving Day Menu

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Seatings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Price Fixe Menus

Oven Roasted Turkey with cornbread stuffing

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.

Housemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.

Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef (10 oz.)

accompanied by au jus and creamy horseradish sauce.

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.

 Fire Grilled Salmon prepared with lemon dill butter

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.

 Maine Lobster with shrimp, herb, and panko stuffing

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.


Each entree includes choice of Pumpkin or Pecan Pie


A la Carte

Fanny Bay Oysters on the Half Shell

Ponzu Sashimi Scallops on the half-shell topped with wasabi aioli and wakame salad

Crabcakes with remoulade, chive oil and micro greens

Grilled Artichoke – Split, grilled and served with pesto aioli

Jumbo Prawn Cocktail with housemade cocktail sauce

Calamari Fritti with sweet chili sauce and cajun remoulade

New England Clam Chowder

Tuscan Caesar Salad – Romaine hearts, black kale, parmesan, and lemon Caesar dressing

Garden Salad – Four-lettuce mix with grape tomatoes, herb crouton and choice of dressing.

Kid’s Thanksgiving Menu

Roast Turkey Dinner with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans


Prime Rib of Beef (6 oz) with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans

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Becca Garber
Becca is a Coronado local, military spouse, mother of three, and an ICU nurse on hiatus. In Coronado, you will find her at the playground with her kids, jogging to the beach, or searching the Coronado library for another good read.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:
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