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Water Grill - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Water Grill - San Diego

4.5
4.5
2336 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Located steps away from Petco Park in the heart of Downtown San Diego, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

  • Area

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross Street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,336 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DA

    DyAnnO

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had such had such a great time! Food was great! And Kim at the bar was wonderful :-) thank you Kim for everything we had so much fun!!!!!

  2. AB

    ABHolland

    Grand Rapids

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch! Great calamari and clam chowder! Sitting inside by open window! Perfect 👍

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible. Our server from Pennsylvania was well educated on the menu and the ambiance was top notch, as always. My date and I thoroughly enjoyed each dish and can’t wait to return.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Beat seafood in SD, great atmosphere and service.

  5. ML

    MikeL

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came for lunch today with some friends from out of town. Great service and great food. We always enjoy the water Grill!! My ceviche special was amazing!

  6. N

    Noel

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Service was great but moved really slow, the stone crab claws were pricey and did not seem fresh but we had a pound of the wild shrimp and they were excellent. We had two people at the table who got the haibut- one loved it and the other thought it was okay- not great. I got the sea bass and while the fish was fresh, the sauce which said brown butter, hazelnuts and lemon was sickening sweet so much so I could not eat it. I ate from the middle of the portion to avoid the sauce since our waiter was no where to be found to tell him we had a problem. The broccolini again tasted like someone poured sugar on it- we did not eat and the mash potatoes were okay but over churned and gloppy. Dessert we shared the chocolate flourless cake - which stuck to the spoon like fudge but so sweet you could only eat one bite- love this place but this was not a great experience

  7. T

    Timob

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food were great. The price of cocktails and wine are way too expensive.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible service, booked a table on here and after waiting 20 minutes to be seated, I waited another 30 mins just to put in a drink order, and the restaurant was not busy nor offered any apology for rude and poor quality of food. Never again!!!

  9. TR

    TheReef

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is one of the best Seafood locations in San Diego...Whether you have a taste for Raw, Chilled, or Cooked Seafood; This place will not disappoint. Everything was fresh and spot on. They even have lighter fare and kids items too

  10. EC

    EddieC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our waitress was excellent, she made our Mothers Day brunch a wonderful experience. I believe Krista or Kristy.

  11. MB

    MarkB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We started with a great blue fin app. Had halibut and swordfish. Both were outstanding. generous our of Crown Royal at bar. Wait staff was great

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was amazing. Man definitely deserves a promotion/raise. Of all the people here, he was the one who expressed genuine interest and didn’t make it seem like we were a bother to be there. He’s the face you want for your business!

  13. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Having been to hundreds of restaurants I think I have some perspective. Here's the 411.....great location, it's a happening place, nice decor, great vibe, some nice drinks on the bar menu, great menu with food items not normally available at restaurants. For example there are several whole fish available, and a huge selection of fresh/raw fish. Good service. So much potential for this restauranl. Some food items were good, for example clams with chorizo, well done and a very nice dish. However when it came to the main dish it was obvious they were sitting under a heat lamp. Such a let down. The food was acceptable but not good, not impressive, not something I would want to come back for. So many other options out there that know how to nail the food preparation. This restaurant has the ingredients to be a fantastic experience but ultimately it was a disappointment and for this reason I do not recommend.

  14. JT

    JenT

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great dinner here w my dad and husband..sat upstairs and enjoyed oysters, mussels to die for and beautifully cooked sea bass and halibut..would come back any time.

  15. PJ

    PJSmith

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Oysters were great. Sable fish was excellent. Fish & Chips. Over salted and greasy. Wait staff was good and available

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Made a reservation and the hostess made us wait 10-15 minutes. Ambiance is great if you are by the window or upstairs. Food is decent, but you are paying for the location and experience.

  17. s

    scott

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant and I can't say enough about how well they treated us.

  18. JS

    JaimeS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just my teenager son and I wanting to go try a good raw seafood place.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time and did not disappoint! The food and drinks (Margarita Verde was delicious) were very good and the ambiance was great!

  20. j

    jennifera

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The food was just off. Nothing was really good. Some stuff was too cold.

  21. f

    foodislyfe

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Very disappointed with my $50 halibut dish It was not prepared as advertised bland tasting No seasoning at all At least it was cooked but wow what a BIG disappointment

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    The food was good, minus a 12oz filet that was ordered medium well but served rare. My partner chose to eat around it as he didn’t want to chance sending the steak back to the kitchen to finish cooking it (he get paranoid about sending food back). In the end he was only able to finish half of it and decided to take the other half home to finish cooking it. King salmon roll was delicious, the oysters were great, old-fashioned on point, and there free bread hard to not overeat as always. The food was good but we were disappointed when the server charged us full price for a steak that was undercooked (relative to what my partner had asked for), after we had pointed out that we would need to take the other half of the steak home to finish cooking it. Overall the server seemed to not care much about our experience there and she even seemed to be rushing us out the door as she brought the check to us before offering the dessert menu. This was strange because she knew we were there celebrating a Birthday and it is fairly common for people to order desserts on their birthday. We eat at the water grill for most of our birthdays and special occasions and were just disappointed in the service we received this time.

  23. TH

    TimH

    San Diego

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Dined at Water Grill for lunch -- first time. Great atmosphere. Food was incredible -- had the shrimp louie salad that is served "deconstructed" as the waiter said. Unique presentation -- but more importantly, absolutely delicious. Served with a really generous portion of bread and butter. I would recommend it highly!

  24. S

    candaceS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The halibut entree should have been great, but when it was cold when it got to the table and the fish was dry - presumably from sitting at the pass, waiting to be picked up. The pea shoots with the halibut were extremely tough, although the peas themselves and the leeks were very good. We were seated at a table in an area that was extremely windy. Next time I’ll make sure we don’t sit there.

  25. DJ

    DrJudy

    Columbus

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1

    Wanted a steak and some seafood and wanted to try a different place in San Diego. Staff was friendly. Clam chowder was tasty but barely room temperature. Sushi rolls were pretty good (salmon and spicy lobster). Beet salad was very good Calamari fried too hard and temperature not hot. Wanted a ribeye, but this establishment does not serve them. I ordered the filet instead. It was decent but not a ribeye. Unfortunately, there were a group of men, one in particular, who was loud and obnoxious - cussing and being extremely horrible and sexist. The server took our complaint to 5he manager who said that there was nothing that he could do. So I paid my bill of over $200 and left. #disappointed

  26. JM

    JimM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food.

  27. MA

    MeghanA

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jordan is the best!!

  28. JK

    JohnK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Prices have soared everywhere. The water grill is a quality dining establishment. However their prices have gone through the roof. the food was very good. Service was excellent. May go back. Too expensive for the value presently.

  29. MD

    MD247

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great service and food

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service fabulous food can’t beat the ambience perfect evening

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was wonderful from the server, the ambience to the food. The power went out at the end of our meal. The restaurant was very accommodating. Every food that came out was delicious and superb.

  32. C

    Char

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our group had a fantastic dinner at Water Grill! Our waitress was fabulous, taking the time to explain all the dishes on the menu and helping us make our choices - she could not have been any better! We all were at a conference in San Diego, but I'm sure we will be back again soon and will certainly enjoy another dinner at Water Grill the next time! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!

  33. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! Started with a chilled platter and followed up with scallops and fish and chips. Also, tried the clam chowder. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS! The service was excellent! We will definitely return and would recommend this restaurant. Only downside -Parking is never fun nor cheap in the Gaslamp.

  34. RD

    RickD

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food. They weren’t taking walk ins. Reserved in OpenTable for 15 minutes. Waited and were promptly seated on time.

  35. JW

    JonW

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service.

  36. EB

    EarlB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Jenna, was AWESOME! Best ever. Ambience was chic! Loved the raw oysters! Will definitely return the next time I’m in San Diego!

  37. d

    dannyboy

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had the wedge salad and beet salad to start, followed by the halibut and sea scallops. Everything was excellent - including the friendly, informative and attentive service. Well done!

  38. B

    Brian

    Detroit

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent views of the water. Good food and friendly staff.

  39. E

    Elizabeth

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The seafood is just so fresh and delicious. The service is top flight. The fresh bread with butter arrives practically the moment you sit down, and it's delicious and complimentary. We ordered an oyster sampler--a dozen, and had 4 terrific sauce choices. The halibut, swordfish, and lobster roll were all beautifully prepared and tasty. Cocktails, stunning and well done. Love this place. Pricey, but worth it.

  40. MM

    MoeMc

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service… food was good. We sat outside to avoid waiting… a little chilly. Crab cake app was delicious. Halibut was cooked perfectly… Tuna entre was very spicy … took away from the flavor of the fresh fish.

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Water Grill - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 717-6992.

Water Grill - San Diego is rated 4.5 stars by 2336 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 89 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - San Diego

615 J Street San Diego, CA 92102

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Area

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

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