Water Grill - Downtown

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Seafood
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For over 30 years, Water Grill has sated the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this flagship downtown restaurant from King's Seafood Company has satisfied the need for a world-class fish eatery in Los Angeles. Hailed as "the best seafood in Southern California" by the internationally recognized Zagat Guide, Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness.

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MS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and great service, topped with an excellent selection of wine and cocktails

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

シーフドプラッターは絶対に頼むべき!

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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I've been to Water Grill in DTLA twice in the last two months. Once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the service was mediocre at best. We had drinks at dinner but they were very slow in offering a second cocktail or replacing a cocktail. Both times we waited a long time before a waiter took our order. At lunch I had the Halibut which was only OK, certainly not worth $39.00. Both times it was not a memorable experience.

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PB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They do a really good job at the Water Grill to be fair.
If you're lucky enough to get Phillip as your server, you're guaranteed a great experience.

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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food - very fresh, well balanced. Outstanding wine list!

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TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the time I walked in and met Michael, until my exit, EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT AND WELCOMING

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AJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great location! Service was amazing, loved Amy!

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Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a 8 lbs king crab for our table and it was amazing. Also Austin made our experience even better. we made another reservation. cant wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brandan was amazing

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ST
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

This is second time we are having same server , her name is Jenna she’s very rude

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NI
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service were great.
It was my husband’s birthday.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Raw scallops were the star...amazing! Rest was so so...

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NH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised
Good cocktails
Great wine selection
Amazing food
Nice ambiance
Recommend

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R
Las Vegas
55 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great seafood and excellent service, huge wine and drink list. Everything is fresh and delicious. Our server was incredible. Thank you!

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S
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Superb seafood. I had the oyster sampler of 3 Virginia and 3 Pacific Northwest followed by a grilled pink bream from New Zealand. I’ve not had good experiences in finding good seafood in LA so I’m happy to have found Water Grill. Also our server was both gracious and attentive as well as very informative about our meal.

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B
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I keep on trying to give the Water Grill a chance because if it’s location, but it continues to disappoint. It took over 45 minutes for our food to arrive at lunch, with no explanation or acknowledgement. This has happened many times in the past.

My fish cost $39 and came with nothing but a piece of fish. No value whatsoever.

With all of he other options in DTLA now, I won’t be surprised when this place goes out of business. I have one more reservation there that is already confirmed with my guest, but I won’t go back ever again after that.

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F
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a delightful evening dining at Water Grill. Their Chilean Sea Bass and Halibut entrees were delicious. This is one of our favorite Seafood restaurants in Downtown LA. Consistently great service!

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London
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fresh seafood and various selection! Good price, great atmosphere and amazing food!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant! The only glitch was that at 1:00 in the afternoon, the menus we were given by the hostess had only brunch in them. After we ordered, we saw luncheon food being served. We inquired and were given lunch menus. Fortunately, we were in time to cancel the first order and get lunch The food was delicious and our waiter went the extra mile to be sure we were happy.

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CH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The DTLA location of Water Grill remains the standard! The other locations are just OK. Still very much look forward to and enjoy my experiences there. Thank you!

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B
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best seafood restaurant in Los Angeles. Good service and a high quality experience all the way. Good location for business meetings/meals.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Bad smell of fish on entry.
Very slow service.
Food not as good as I remember from before

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent as usual. The soft shell crabs are a must have. Needs more options for dessert.

Best seafood restaurant in Downtown LA.

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MC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Such a beautiful restaurant. I really wanted to love this place. My Chilean sea bass with butternut gnocchi was excellent, and my husband really enjoyed his New York steak, although he said the mashed potatoes were unseasoned and bland. The maple pistachio cheesecake was unique and really worth ordering. Why only two stars? The clams were bad in my clam chowder. If a seafood restaurant can’t make sure their shellfish is fresh, why should you bother to go there? May as well go to a fish market and make your own. I became sick later on in the evening, and it lasted through part of the next day, and lucky for my husband, he’s not a clam chowder eater. When I saw the clams still in their shells in the soup, I thought how gourmet that was. Now just sorry I ate it. I think I’m done with ordering anything with supposedly fresh clams or mussels in restaurants.

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b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our second time at the Water Grill and this time we came post-theater. The food was excellent as before and the staff could not have been nicer or friendlier. Our server was KELLY and she was a joy to get to know, super diligent, knowledgeable and very professional. We will definitely come here again.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

In an old building south of the library. The waiter was excellent. The food is largely seafood which I enjoyed. I had the clam chowder which I felt was a bit watery. The salads are all based on mixed greens and other herbal plants. I prefer Romain there is also a salad wedge.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Lots of fun. I took the family for Mother’s Day and it was a big hit. Hadn’t been there in years. We had a nice time.

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Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Food and cocktails were fantastic. Great waiter too

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DJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I had a 1pm reservation for a Mothers Day party of 9 and was NOT seated for 45mins. Also the maitre d should offer to validate parking either upon arrival or waitress at end when she collected the $800 bill!

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience, the food was absolutely mouth watering, dreamy delicious! We talked about it for days! The scrumptious tortellinis were sooo delicious, the best i've ever had and the Lump Crab Cakes with celery remoulade were excellent. Will definitely go back!!!

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CB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here for seafood but we also ordered a ribeye steak so we were pleasantly surprised that the steak was well-seasoned and prepared. The service was impeccable as expected from a restaurant of this caliber. I highly recommended it to my siblings in case they are looking to find a place for big groups. No one usually thinks of coming downtown on weekends but Water Grill is definitely worth it!

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EE
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Our waitress didn’t listen I ordered two champagne cocktails . She brought two champagnes I called her over to our table and she said I don’t know what a champagne cocktail is. I explained I don’t know why she didn’t ask the bartender. Then when the bill came she charged for both the champagnes which we sent back and the champagne cocktails. My husband tried to explain but before he could she said oh I charged you for both I will correct it. She took off the less expensive champagne cocktail and left the significantly higher charge for the glass of a premium champagne we didn’t order. The manger came over and rectified the problem but it made us feel that she tried to get away with something. Also the staff was fighting and it was obvious and reflected in the service. We heard another waitress get annoyed with a gues over his food allergy and that the kitchen would have to use a clean pan.
Not what wee is red based on previous hype about this restraunt

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Completely raw in the middle sea bass which is their specialty/ popular choice. Amazing crab cake. Never refilled our water.

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VS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I was really excited about going here as it really was one of my first downtown restaurant experiences. The service was amazing (although took really long to get out check, but our server had a table of like 15 people come in so I get it). My daughter's boyfriend got the NY strip and loved it, but my wife's filet was almost flavorless. The Chilean Sea Bass was cooked perfectly, but pretty much sat on the plate without much around it like a broth so it just kind of sat there. There was a little sauce, but I didn't like it and it looked like melted Velveeta.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Graduation USC

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KC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing selection of 16 different oysters. The service was above and beyond. The food and drinks were fantastic. Highly recommended, will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Food was cold and burnt. Second time coming and first time it was amazing! I think it was a one off but just sucks because it was my birthday. They helped us out with free desserts to make up though.

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great for business Meeting tThe food is fresh the presentation is beautiful and the wine list is superb

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H
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dishes were quite good, especially I felt the cod was very delicious. But a little noisy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

NOTHING BUT THE BEST😍

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