Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurants will support residents and first responders impacted by the Thomas Fire when it opens its eighth Bluewater Grill destination restaurant at the foot of Stearn’s Wharf on the Santa Barbara beachfront on Jan. 22.

Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will combine fresh, sustainable seafood with monthly chef’s tastings, Central Coast wine pours and neighborhood happy hours in the rebuilt historic lighthouse structure previously occupied by the famous Castagnola Lobster House at 15 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

 In response to the devastating Thomas Fire, the restaurant will donate a percentage of its proceeds in 2018 to the Thomas Fire Fund, established by the United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.  
“We’ve been working with the City of Santa Barbara for more than a year so already feel a part of this close-knit community,” explained Jimmy Ulcickas, Bluewater co-founder and co-owner.  “In addition to directly supporting the fire-relief effort, we look forward to doing what we can in 2018 to come alongside residents, firefighters and others impacted by the fire.”

Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara becomes the eighth Bluewater neighborhood restaurant, joining locations in Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Temecula and Coronado, Calif., and Phoenix; and Bluewater Avalon on Catalina Island. Bluewater Grill Carlsbad debuted in Carlsbad Village in November. 

Bluewater Restaurant Crab Legs

Chanel Ducharme, former chef de cuisine at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara, will be executive chef, and Colin Lohenry, part of the team at the original Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach’s Cannery Village,will serve as Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara general manager.

The former Castagnola Lobster House rebuild of inside/outside will offer spectacular sunset and ocean views on the second-story bar. Offering a sophisticated local twist on Bluewater seven other locations, Bluewater
Bluewater Grill Santa Barbara will serve lunch, dinner and small plates daily on two floors of the newly constructed building, an oyster bar, dining counter overlooking an open kitchen and an upstairs dining patio and bar offering beach views, local Santa Barbara County wine flights and locally caught seafood purchased directly from local commercial fisherman. The freshest in seafood and shellfish will be featured in changing lunch and dinner menus, with a special kid’s menu certified by National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program.

View of Historic SB Lighthouse from Stearns Wharf

To learn more about or donate to the Thomas Fire Fund, go to

 About the Thomas Fire Fund
The Thomas Fire Fund is a strategic partnership between the United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services helping the community impacted by the Thomas Fire. 100% of proceeds goes directly to the fund. For information, go to
By Bonnie Carroll