France vs. Italy Battle it Out at Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara in January 2020

Sea-foodies can decide which is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino!

Bluewater Grill across from Stearns Wharf on the Santa Barbara beachfront is kicking-off its 2020 Bluewater Second Tuesday Seafood + Wine Pairings with a Jan. 14, 2020, showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country.

Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best: French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino. The “French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event” is part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews.

The $45 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively.

Santa Barbara and Central Coast seafood fans unable to attend the Jan. 14 celebration can order the same fish stews for the regular menu price throughout January; while the French and Italian wines are included on Jan. 14 only, they can be added for the per-glass price during the remainder of the month. The French Bouillabaisse is also available as a seasonal special through January, and customers can enjoy Bluewater’s San Francisco Cioppino year-round. Bluewater’s monthly tasting events, hosted every second Tuesday, feature seasonal seafood specialty items paired with hand-selected wines or specialty draught beers. The events include casual commentary and Q&A by the restaurant’s resident chefs, and have become a popular monthly diversion for local seafood aficionados and Bluewater Grill’s large fan base.

Due to the popularity of the monthly tasting events, reservations are strongly advised. Bluewater Grill, 15 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 845-5121

For menus, locations and operating hours for the ten unique Bluewater restaurants in
Southern California and Arizona, go to

About the Bluewater Family of Seafood Restaurants:

Bluewater Grill serves the freshest sustainably caught or farm-harvested seafood, innovatively
prepared, in an atmosphere of casual style and at a surprisingly affordable price.
In addition to the original location in Newport's Cannery Village, there are Bluewater Grills at
King Harbor in Redondo Beach, in the Camelback neighborhood of central Phoenix and in
Temecula Wine Country in Southern California’s Inland Empire. As part of the company’s
commitment to one-of-a-kind settings, Bluewater Avalon and Bluewater Boathouse Seafood
Grill serve locally caught seafood from two of Southern California’s most picturesque locations:
over the water on Avalon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, and in the former Hotel del Coronado
boathouse on Coronado Island in San Diego, respectively.

Bluewater founders opened their seventh and eighth restaurants in spectacular fashion in
Carlsbad Village and on the Santa Barbara beachfront in November 2017 and March 2018,
respectively. And 2019 signaled the debut of two new Bluewater restaurants on Catalina Island:
Toyon Grill by Bluewater on the top floor of the Catalina Island Conservancy’s new Trailheads
Visitor Center; and the venerable El Galleon, which Bluewater owners acquired and are
restoring to ensure it survives for future generations of Island visitors and locals.
For details, go to or visit us on Twitter or Instagram. Each Bluewater
restaurant also has its own Facebook page for restaurant-specific menu offers, recipes, events
and local happenings.


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