Water Grill - Downtown

4.6
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Seafood
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Went during the corona virus pandemic, the restaurant was basically empty, with our table and perhaps two other tables, yet, the service was poor. Had to ask for bread, when my seafood tower came, it came with no lemons nor plastic picks for the barnacles. You would think since there were such few patrons at th restaurant, the service would be on point! However, it was not. I’ve been here before plenty of time prior when it was totally packed and managed to get way better service. Perhaps it was the pandemonium of CV19 to blame. Let’s leave it at that.

HV
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good food, excellent service, good wine.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and management.

SV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get the sea bass and scallops...delicious!

AW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

a bit too pricey for what they serve. Nothing is particularly a standout here.

JD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The service was great, but the food middling. Plates came out on the cold side and dessert took a long time to be delivered.

SW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a birthday. Delish entrees, loved the sablefish and siba noodles, Plus no corkage fee!

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

Historically have like the place. Had a bad piece of fish. Grilled turned out to be smoked. Waitress, although very nice, was new and no help in navigating the menu.

PS
Los Angeles
489 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A bit slow service over lunch, but overall a good spot for seriously seafood.

LA
San Diego
72 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you want fresh high quality seafood, this is the place to go. The staff and experience make this restaurant a must for those with an impeccable seafood pallet.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

Our service was terrible… And the food wasn’t that good. It’s expensive and I expect more.

MJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Usually a great place for pre-theater dinning but despite us telling our server when we sat down that we we wanted to leave for the theater in 90 mins she still wasn't able to manage the timing and brought out the main course 10 mins before we were supposed leave - very upsetting. Usually, they are much better here.

FR
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in all respects. Ask to be served by Taylor; she is superb!

JA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Water Grill has a good raw bar and mediocre cooked food. When on business trips to LA I often have dinner of raw oysters and shrimp cocktail and a martini at the bar. Expensive but fun.

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place to fine before a Disney Hall performance.

JD
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The quality of the seafood is reliably the best in Los Angeles.

Z
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The bread was outstanding. The food was excellent quality. The service was good, but not outstanding.

HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Ambiance was very nice. Service was a little slow but nothing too terrible. The rib eye and shrimp and grits were delicious. We also had the singleness crab and oyster combo platter. Everything was wonderful.

PD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The quality of the seafood was undeniably high and the venue is very elegant, suitable for special occasions and business meets. The menu is sparse, and in spite of the restaurant's name with almost no grilled items. We had oysters Rockefeller because my wife does not like raw oysters but the way the prepare them here is different, and the oysters come raw. I usually do not have a problem with traditional dishes with a twist, but I think fair warning is warranted particularly when substituting typically cooked ingredients with raw ones. Service was below par and did not match the quality of the venue. I would recommend this place only because of the quality of the seafood but would have to give a few disclaimers. Recommendation with caveats.

w
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoy the Water Grill downtown and the one is Sta Monica a great deal. I bring out of town guests here often because it is reliably great on every level. I've never had a bad dish.

DD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, but a bit pricy...

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The waiter did not serve us with bread and butter while other customers have it. Anyway, the seafoods were fantastic.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and they have really good service, definitely will come back

DF
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I came to this place by chance. We went to the Broad to finally experience what we kept hearing about. So after our visit there we wanted a nice meal. We searched and The Water Grill came up. It was only a few minutes from where we were at. I was able to make the reservations at 7:15 p.m. We got there early and they were able to accommodate us. So we were shown to out table and what a nice place. It was loud with alot of talking but it wasn't annoying. Our waiter was named Chris. Very nice young man who was very pleasant. And to just get down to the nitty-gritty, the food was great. The employees were great. Just a great time. Definitely going back. Little pricey but it's that type of place. You get what you pay for and it was worth it...... Chris, we will be looking for you again when we come back. My wife told you she lost our Super Bowl bet. So if she pays again then we are eating there again.

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is always good, little slow on service at first but they apologized. I've only been here twice because of the prices and location from where we live. Always fresh seafood and the bread is to die for!

GA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was a birthday dinner for our son. The food was good, but it is definitely pricey. Also, the service was a little bit slow. They did not bring out all the food at the same time which the server said would happen. They brought my appetizer just before my entrée even though everyone else had their appetizers and had finished them. I think some sort of compensation should have been made for that. They made several excuses about it having been so busy the previous few days… I’m not sure I would be a return customer.

MB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoy the Water Grill every time we eat there. This month, the Valentine special was delightful. We enjoyed every morsel.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Restaurant was empty but took over 30 minutes to get the appetizer. Very slow service

V
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Valentines fixed menu . overall excellent food and selection despite fixed options. Loved the fresh oysters , crab cake apps. Swordfish and sea bass mains were outstanding. Who could pass up the bread pudding ?
-special thanks to server Austin who was friendly and attentive.
we will be back!

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The ambiance was great, but the food was a subpar. I ordered the calamari and the sea bass and everything was either drenched in oil or butter. It was a very heavy meal.

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service.

BA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!
The server was wonderful .
Food was outstanding !

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible. Food was good. Not great. Very expensive.

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing fish- had blackened sea bass. Great wine by the glass list.Great service and nice staff.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

our black lady server was so slow! can’t believe her manager stepped in. If we don’t waive our havens or trying to get attention, no one was coming to take the order at table

SC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent, service was good but very slow

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service is always amazing

SF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We love the water grill and they always do a great job. One small criticism is that I ordered the little neck clams and what came out was Cherrystones. Too big and too strong a flavor. Otherwise lovely. One other thing to know is that you can no longer leave your car in their garage while you’re at the music center or they will charge you $26 for parking.

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Food was mediocre at best and very expensive. Service was excellent though.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful

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