Water Grill - Downtown

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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DF
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant, definitely a must every time I visit LA!

SX
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

CB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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!

DS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The food was not as good as usual. Servers did not notice that half of our food was left on our plates.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Slow drinks killed the night

D
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

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.

WD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Satisfaction Guaranteed place.

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JP
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

New year’s

MS
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and attentive service

DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambience, and service. Decorated very festively for New Year’s Eve.

MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

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.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

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.

p
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have a great experience at Water Grill. A shout out to a lovely person Felix on the service staff.

M
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

t
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exceptional service and food.
Keep up the good work :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, large servings of fish very well cooked and tender. Excellent service

DZ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

DE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Despite having a reservation, the wait was over 30 minutes. The food was great and the service was good considering how busy they were.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

美味しかった!し、ワイワイした雰囲気でとても楽しかったです。また行きたいな。

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Reservation for 7:30. Seated at 8:05.
Horrible server.
Food mediocre.

JK
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

DB
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

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

T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and selection. Love this place!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Company holiday dinner

BM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

AD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Sea food was excellent but steak was not very good

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent seafood selection!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Not a good value for what you pay for very mediocre foo. Food was nothing to rave about.

SB
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a delight. We had oysters, scallops, and sea bass, all excellent, and a couple of terrific martinis.

O
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent.

MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Impeccable service, fantastic food - we had steak and fish and sides... and everything was beyond expectation delicious. Highly recommended!!!

CL
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our clam chowder was a bit burnt but otherwise all good.

ST
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Experience was pleasant from beginning to end. Enjoyed the food, the drinks and the very efficient, personable staff!

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