Restaurants & Reservations: Dining in Cincinnati

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Early Bird Special at Blue Water Grill?

Blue Water Grill7453 Wooster Pike • Cincinnati, OH 45227 • (513) 272-0178

Short Take


We were really excited to try a new restaurant during Restaurant Week. We had a reservation for dinner at Blue Water Grill, formerly known as the Village Kitchen, near Mariemont. We arrived for a late-for-a-weeknight dinner, and were surprised to find...that we were the only ones in the restaurant below the age of 65. Including all visible serving staff and the hostess. We stood there for a couple of minutes trying to figure it all out, taking in the nursing home newsletter on the counter and the advertisements for Easter brunch, on a chalkboard, posted inside. We mostly felt really uncomfortable and out of place, enough so that we ended up leaving in our utter confusion that perhaps we had stumbled on a different Blue Water Grill.

Anyone have any insight into this restaurant? Did we miss out on a fantastic meal? Does it affiliate with a senior residence? Was this just entirely random? We're still scratching our heads over this one!


10 comments:

Heather said...

oh i thought their menu looked great and i really wanted to try it - was hoping you had!

Anonymous said...

I over heard that the new owner, that had recently bought out village kitchen, was trying to change the atomosphere, customers, and what they were serving. I gave a restaurant.com to someone and they tried it and said it was okay, but nothing to go back for.

WestEnder said...

This is probably ageist, but seniors in a restaurant = no flavor.

I learned this in college when I convinced 3 friends to try Habig's because I had a coupon. After we were seated we looked around and realized the scene was the same as what you saw (yes, even the staff).

The food had zero flavor but everyone got a good laugh at my expense. From then on, whenever I had a coupon the first reaction was always chortles in 3-part harmony.

Anonymous said...

The "new" owner (for about 2 years now) can't decide what the place is to be. I heard that they have just closed several night a week now for dinner. When it was the VK they used to be a family restaurant and there was standing room only. Since that time, the place has lost countless numbers of customers, raised the prices dramatically, and change the hours of operation over and over. We used to eat there 3 times a week. Haven't been in now in several months.

IF IT AIN'T BROKE...DON'T FIX IT!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know who the new owners are? I agree with the "If it aint broke dont fix it", but in any well established business new ideas have to be introduced to grow the business. Change is always hard for everyone involved, but hope to see the business booming again.

TJ Jackson said...

We used to go there all the time - me, wife, daughters 6 and 5 - all loved it.

We went in about 3-4 months ago and the name had changed as had the menu and we actually walked out when we could find nothing anythone wanted on the menu.

We've never walked out of a restaurant after having been seated. Ever. But this time, we did.

EyesOpen said...

I think everyone is being overly hard on this restaurant. From their Menu online it seems like there is a nice mix of foods. I think the problems that people are experiencing has to do more with "their little restaurant changing". Change is good, people need to live more and not get stagnate in their mondane worlds. I hate cooking, if I lived near closer thats where I would go to dinner everynight.

Anonymous said...

Is this restaurant closed ?

Anonymous said...

Yes, we drove by tonight and the resturant looked to be closed. Peeking in the window the chairs, tables and all fixtures were gone, too bad.

Anonymous said...

Yup. They are now officially closed. No suprise to me but sad that they moved away from what they did best.