I went there the other night with friends who had never been. I have not always had a great experience there but the other night was exceptional. My friends were very impressed with the fact that it seemed like an eastern shore type of fish eatery. I too, since I had recommended it, was very pleased. The steamed mussels were the best I have had in a long time, we shared and asked for more bread to soak up the wonderful broth. Even when we ran out of bread, we just drank the broth because it was so good. I had fried oysters, ok but too much batter and the others had sand dabs which they raved about. It is a good place for visitors and locals like me because it is colorful, inexpensive and just good food. It was fun for my friends to walk around the area afterwards. By the way, I showed them how to find Sabatinos in case they wanted excellent Italian sausage in the boat yards behind Bluewater Grill and also a neat, funky local place. It was a really nice inexpensive evening to show off the great area in which we live. Also, on a Thursday night it was packed, so it was great to sit in the funky bar before for drinks. This place is Newport Beach at it's best for a place on the water, very inexpensive but not a culinary adventure that may not appeal to all. A really fun evening. I just hope the next time I go and maybe take others who have not been it will be as good. By the way, is the Redondo Beach Bluewater Grill good too because since we lived in Hermosa Beach as well, I may want to take friends there? Just a note, earlier in the week I was at Flemings, my first time. A beautiful place, very expense account clientele (sp?). Lovely time, fabulous sides and desserts but I can do a much better steak from Costco at home on the BBQ. I may go back for the ambiance sometime and the sides.