Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Point Grille

Back from our honeymoon, and upon my return from the week-long work trip, we were still craving seafood and quality time with each other. While I was on the road, Mr. H had planned a special, surprise date night for my first night back.

A car service picked us up on Saturday evening, and headed towards Downtown Cleveland. Destination...Blue Point Grille. It has easily been five years since I've been there, and I was instantly excited to try it again.

Blue Point is located on the corner of West 6th Street and St. Clair, with towering windows and views of the city streets. What I did not remember was the second-level seating area, that perches diners above the main dining room with a fantastic post for people-watching and taking in the decadent decor.
I started with a delicious lemon and lavender cocktail, which accompanied our Oysters Sampler ($22 for four different pairs).
If you're at Blue Point, you do oysters. Period. I credit them with turning me on to them many years ago, but that's a story for another day.

I decided to keep my entree simple and classic. I ordered the My Blue Point Heaven ($44) with shrimp, scallops, petite coldwater lobster tail, lobster mashed potatoes, and green beans.
Unfortunately, the dish arrived lukewarm. This does not bode well with seafood. The texture changes, and it is much less pleasurable. Our server was nowhere to be found, so I just kept picking at it until it was beyond the point of returning to be re-fired.

As soon as our server did check in, I mentioned the temperature issue. Sure enough, it had happened a couple of other times that evening, so he was extremely apologetic about it. The restaurant offered a complimentary dessert. I appreciated how they handled it.

Mr. H had gotten the Bouillabaisse ($35) with Maine lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, and white fish in a saffron broth. Our server suggested a bib, and I can see why. Mr. H navigated well, and left spot-free. It was a good dish, but we decided that Pier W's version is a little better.

So, it satisfied a craving for seafood, which isn't that easy to do in Cleveland. But, it wasn't quite the fabulous meal that the price tag indicates. This restaurant should be saved for special occasions and splurge nights out, unless you're headed in to catch their happy hour specials.

After a filling meal, we walked over to Hilarities to catch a comedy show, and then to the casino to lose some money. All in all, a fun night out in Downtown, and I'm pretty thankful to have a husband that takes the time to plan special excursions for us.

Where do you go for seafood and fish in the Greater Cleveland area?

Blue Point Grille
700 West St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113