Water Grill - Downtown
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant, definitely a must every time I visit LA!
We had a very nice meal celebrating our anniversary at the Water Grill! I had the grand raw plate and my wife had the Chilean sea bass. We thoroughly enjoyed both dishes. We plan on going back there anytime we’re in Los Angeles.
Wonderful service, from the hostess to the server! Everyone was thoughtful and attentive. The food was delicious, we were there celebrating my fathers birthday. They made him feel very special. Thank you Water Grill staff!
The food was not as good as usual. Servers did not notice that half of our food was left on our plates.
Slow drinks killed the night
It was okay. Not great or outstanding. But not mediocre either. In the party of four, we all had different kinds of fish. Nobody disliked theirs, but the dishes were not really inspired.
The service should be considered. It is the worst during this trip. Although the glass is empty, the waiter did not ask anything to us and did not offer water to us. In addition, the atmosphere was not as we expected. We expected a quiet situation. I do not think it is worthy to gain the tip actually, but offered least level of tip. We will not visit again.
Went to Water Grill for the first time for our anniversary on New Years Day and were very impressed by the exceptional food and friendly service. Crab cake and mixed crudo platter for appetizers (both great) and Chilean Sea Bass with butternut squash gnocchis and Alaskan Black Cod with soba noodles and broth (spicy!). The entrees were in the top 5 of all fish dishes we’ve had. Surprised us with a dessert to share in honor of the anniversary — a nice touch.
We had a nice dinner, Brad our server was very nice and attentive. Limited children’s menu. I had to order salmon off the main menu for my five year old because they ran out of the children’s menu salmon. Not sure why a small piece couldn’t have been cut from the salmon on the main menu. Nevertheless, he ate it all so it was a success.
Satisfaction Guaranteed place.
Fabulous food and attentive service
Great food, ambience, and service. Decorated very festively for New Year’s Eve.
The hosts were completely lost and confused. Then it took 20 minutes (we had to ask twice) for a waiter to show up (or even get water), which was odd in that the restaurant was 60% empty when we arrived. As for the food, I ordered surf-and-turf with a side of mashed potatoes; the steak was WAY overcooked and the potatoes were cold when served. I asked for a second glass of wine, which never came. Then it took 20 minutes to get our bill. If the restaurant would have told me they were too busy for my reservation and were going to provide poorly-cooked food and poor service, it would allowed me to save $200 or go to a better restaurant. This is my only bad review on OpenTable.
Seated at 4:30 pm,(place maybe had 30-40 guests seated?) buser lit out candle, then no one approached our table for 15 more minutes, I went to go up to the bar to order us cocktails , then up to the front desk to alert them of the situation, then we finally were attended to by the server. We under stand that it was New Years Eve, but 4:30pm and no service for 15 min?.. food was then rushed out so they tried to recover, I asked then to pace the service, but by time our main course came it was cold and unappetizing. we love Watergrill, We’re sad but will not return as we feel that service has dropped over the past few years.. and we’ve spent a lot of $$ here for continued poor service... will miss this place but not worth it any longer to us.
Always have a great experience at Water Grill. A shout out to a lovely person Felix on the service staff.
Food was good. We had the black cod. I thought it was a very small portion, and over sauced. The crab cake is very good. I would have that again. Our server was a little quirky in an ok way. Maybe a little too over the top, too talkative about wine...
They did give us a very nice quiet booth per my request.
Always exceptional service and food.
Keep up the good work :)
Excellent food, large servings of fish very well cooked and tender. Excellent service
Service by Rowan was fantastic. Food was a little hit and miss - oysters and Dungeness crab were world class, but spiny lobster was very average and overpriced and clam chowder was very poor, watery and only 3-4 clams in a bowl. Overall value was just average as prices are sky high.
My family and I were able to book this place fairly quickly (I happened to find it on Yelp), and it was easily accessible by walking there (only a 10-minute walk). We arrived 15 minutes early but were able to be seated within a few minutes. Chris was an awesome server. He was able to guide us through the raw bar (we ordered two different types of oysters), answer our questions about the entrees, and we felt welcomed in this establishment. There are cocktails that can be made without liquor (virgin margarita for my mom), you just have to ask the server ahead of time. Definitely a family-friendly restaurant to come and enjoy seafood!
Despite having a reservation, the wait was over 30 minutes. The food was great and the service was good considering how busy they were.
Reservation for 7:30. Seated at 8:05.
Water Grill was amazing! Arguably the best Christmas Eve meal I have had (sorry Mom). The food was enough for 5 stars but the service was the cherry on top. Our server was great with recommendations and wine pairings. This was a fantastic place to spend Christmas Eve!
We have dined here and the Santa Monica location many times. Food is consistently good, great service. We’re wine people so we especially love the $0 corkage.
We ordered salad and soup and 5 minutes after both arrived our main dish was served and sat on the table for at least 10 min while we finished our soup and salad. Service slow and order was wrong
I love that in your sound rating scale “noisy” is called “energetic.” No wonder I can no longer find a nice quiet place to have a business lunch.
Great food and selection. Love this place!
Company holiday dinner
I loved the special attention we received from the bar tender when we sat at the bar during dinner. Everyone was very friendly and the food was impeccable!
Sea food was excellent but steak was not very good
Great atmosphere and excellent seafood selection!
Not a good value for what you pay for very mediocre foo. Food was nothing to rave about.
Always a delight. We had oysters, scallops, and sea bass, all excellent, and a couple of terrific martinis.
Made dinner reservations for two, the table was small we decided to sit at the bar. I had different dishes trying to get it right. The crab cake nice flavor but too much celery. I live in MD we don’t put celery in our crab cakes. If you don’t mind crunching on celery you will enjoy.
Service was excellent.
Great place! Impeccable service, fantastic food - we had steak and fish and sides... and everything was beyond expectation delicious. Highly recommended!!!
Our clam chowder was a bit burnt but otherwise all good.
Experience was pleasant from beginning to end. Enjoyed the food, the drinks and the very efficient, personable staff!