Water Grill - Downtown
Water Grill - Downtown

Water Grill - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.watergrill.com/
  • Phone: (213) 891-0900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11pm; Saturday 5pm - 11pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Damon Gordon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason Klingsberg 2138910900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Water Grill - Downtown
For over 20 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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Water Grill - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (90)good for groups (63)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (34)great for lunch (31)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (25)late-night find (12)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great downtown meeting place.
    dininggal
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We met another couple here for dinner. We had drinks in the bar waiting for our party. It's more relaxed now that the restaurant has need remodeled. Lots of fun at the bar. Our table was great and our waiter very attentive. All of our food was fantastic. I have a food allergy and they were very accommodating. The fish was the best I've had. Enjoyed immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CulinaryVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    hands down one of the best lobster rolls in Southern Cal. Also, the clam shodwer is head and shoulder above the rest of the competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Fish around
    DDDiners2VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Water Grill is probably the best and most consistent restaurant around for the freshest and most unusual products. Service and ambiance is terrific. Perfect for an after-Music Center event, Oh, by the way - it's not inexpensive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I have eaten at the Water Grill many times and always enjoyed it, until last week. Although we had a great waiter, the food was disappointing. Fish was overcooked, and the steamed Dungeness crab was pretty tasteless. And the coleslaw that accompanied it was pretty awful. Perhaps it was just an off-night for the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, not great
    SerioustylerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    All in all it was a fine meal. Ambience is lively and server was adequately attentive. Raw oysters and shrimp cocktail were fresh, but fish and chips and french fries were so over salted, they were not edible. Dover sole was delicious, but expensive. Caramel sundae was a highlight of the meal which is sad considering they are a seafood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Coming Back
    damoses21VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We have been frequenting Water Grill for the past 2 years and it has been consistently going down hill, but thought we would give it one last shot. Service was very poor. The fries with our burger were burnt. The place was empty on a Friday at 1pm should have known.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ordered the wrong thing
    40yearsafoodie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We went on a busy Wed night and we had Open Table reservations. The host was attentive to the line that was forming, and we were given the option of being seated immediately or waiting a few minutes for a better table. We opted to wait and had a nice booth within 2 minutes. The waitress had a large group and a couple of booths and I was worried about the service. She was attentive and never missed a beat. We ordered Miso soup to start. Strange smokey flavor, I guess I wasn't prepared for. I couldn't get over it. Husband ordered the fish and chips. The fish was a nice thick cut, and the batter was crisp. Fries were a little soft, not bad, but I prefer crispier fries. I ordered the Black Cod and I didn't like any of the flavors. Overall, for the price, I was disapointed. If I had ordered differently, I may have had a different experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ready for more
    Ref1
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Made the reservation for 9 pm not knowing much about the place except for what others wrote. My experience was great, good food, great service and because we celebrated a birthday, the restaurant gave the birthday girl her own dessert which made her feel special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently The City's Best Fish
    JoeFoodVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This DTLA staple just keeps on delivering. Years of high quality seafood and outstanding service make it a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AFTER OPERA
    KarinaTable55
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Was looking forward to this...it was however a bit of a disappointment. The waitress was scattered and hard to find; the food arrived without our vegetable side we ordered; the diet coke was nearly flat, they had no herbal teas; the desert was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I had excellent quality seafood. Very nice setting. We will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality
    Dave
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Celebrated a Halloween birthday with a meal at the Water Grill. We each opened the meal with clam chowder, which was't my favorite. I did not like how they integrated the potato (small thin slices) and the consistency was on the watery side. The main dishes were steamed Maine Lobster and cioppino, which were both excellent. Outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Less Than Wonderful
    SwinglineVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Both previously and now with the new(ish) renovation, this place is never less than stellar. The quality of ingredients of fantastic (try a cold shellfish tower) and service is always spot on without being pretentious. Can't say enough good things about this place. Just because it's not a new hot-spot, don't miss out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This restaurant is across the street from the hotel we stayed in. Extra points for convenience and quality. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Be sure to ask the prices for the seafood you order or the server suggests, or, you may be surprised with the bill. Very disappointed that so many oysters and other seafood were unavailable at 7:00 pm on during the week, and, that our server declined to tell us (although he was at our table multiple times before we even placed our order) or mention items not on the menu that he shared with other tables.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Selection of seafood is incredible!
    CACoastlady
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    There is a casual ambiance about the Water Grill that is inviting after a busy day in LA. The fish selection makes choosing difficult and it's very fresh. I had some reservations about the preparation of the sea scallops I ordered. The sauce was too heavy for this delicacy. The portions were a bit small for the price, but otherwise, we enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Family
    FamilyofFour
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dine at the Water Grill for the Half Shell Oysters and Chilled Shellfish. The entire family always has an enjoyable dining experience here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Downtown Spot...
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If you are looking for a nice place to have a great fish dinner Downtown look no further. I have been going to this place for many years and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent food, service, ambiance, vibe...had a great evening!!! From the Host/Hostess until we paid the check - everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pick!
    ClothNapkin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The seafood tower is the best we've had in a very long time. There were no special bells and whistles, just declicous, fresh shellfish of every variety. The oysters were sweet, the shrimp cooked to the perfect bite, every morsel was delectable. AND the price was fair. Each cocktail was perfectly mixed and chilled, the service was attentive, friendly and unpretentious. I give this establishment a 10, the Water Grill exceeded our expectations in every way.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud for group conversation
    CAbizdiningVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I selected Water Grill based on the attractive menu and was not disappointed. We enjoyed a diverse selection of oysters, wines and excellent main courses and deserts. Excellent throughout. My only issue was that this was a business dinner with six people and half of us couldn't hear the other half which might have been because were were close to the kitchen but in any case was very unfortunate. Would recommend Water Grill for social dining or business groups of 4 or less.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    this was my third time at your restaurant. Each occasion I tried somehting different and was very pleased with my slection each time. on Wednesday, was interesting; the tomatoe slice had the store sticker on it as I cut into it. My server was nice and brought me two more new slices of tomatoe. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good seafood selection
    fredoyster
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Range of entrees is really good including east coast varieties not usually seen in Calif. Vegetable sides could be a meal in themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 100%, superb seafood and vegetables
    fredoyster
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were tired after two days of trade show, Water Grill did not disappoint. Excellent fish, salads and dessert. Noise level a little high but bearable. Attentive service without being excessive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good downtown seafood spot
    JSeatsVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Its previous incarnation, a more "fine-dining" restaurant, was better, but the new version is still good. Enjoyable with lots of fresh oysters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait with reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Last Sunday wasn't the norm for Water Grill, there was a concert near by and the restaurant was full. We had to wait around 20 mins even with our reservation. The food took longer then normal and when it arrived it wasn't out of the oven or off the grill hot. Our server was very apologetic and even took my meal off the bill since it was way to cold to even eat.
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  • Great food, not great service
    getinmybellyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Really enjoyed the food - seafood was fresh and prepared very well. We had an appetizer platter of mixed chilled seafood (grand platter?), black cod and west coast lobster, all done very well. Service was spotty - seafood platter was delivered with no explanation of what oysters we had or what all the sauces were. Our main courses arrived while we were still eating the appetizer. And once we had finally finished the appetizer and moved on to the main dishes, our appetizer platter and accoutrements were not cleared. Thought it may be an anomaly but the same thing was happening at the table next to us. Waiter was very nice, it just seemed the service overall needed improvement. We just expect better service when having a $250 dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, specially the seafood
    ywu2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    good food, specially the seafood, okay service.. could be better
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • below expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Both service and food quality were below expectation. I was there once years ago for business lunch and everything was more professional. Waiter didn't refill our wine and water till I asked for it, even he walked pass and saw our empty glass. We ordered the oyster platter and he left it without telling us which was which. All these little things. It just wasn't the type of service that I expected from Water Grill. No wonder the place wasn't close to full on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good second chance
    Maureen
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Water Grill had long been a favorite special event restaurant for us. We enjoyed its cool, dark wood, New York atmosphere. It was always quiet. Upon eating there after the remodel we found it to be terribly noisy with no privacy & the menu not as special. Fortunately we decided to try it again & found it to be lovely. Perhaps it was because we were there on a weekday nite or perhaps the newness of the remodel has worn off. All food orders were terrific & the service great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Woodbalm
    Woodbalm
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fun birthday evening with the freshest tasting fish ever. Great place for a celebration.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • usc
    uscrobert21kody
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent service. The foo was very tasty. the drinks were great and the environment was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    kando
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the appetizers to the main course and the service all were impressive
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening ruined by loud group
    DPL79
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Although other tables were available, our party of 2 was seated next to a incredibly loud, vulgar, apparently drunk party of 12. The noise level was so high,we could not hear each other tall even seated kitty corner. Otherwise, the service was excellent and the food almost universally outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Oysters!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love the Oyster bar! Great for our large group celebrating my friends BD. Service could have been better, a little slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the raw bar
    lMOD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything I've had here has been good, but the best part of Water Grill really is the raw bar. Dessert is also surprisingly outstanding. This time, we had the apple cake with sweet cream ice cream (they apparently make their own ice cream), and it was fantastic. The cake was not too sweet and served warm a la mode. The ice cream was not too heavy. Just a really delightful and non-heavy way to end an overall delicious and filling meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth every dollar.
    Cyclepsych
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A great place to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion. Excellent food and service. A New York ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KCMOVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Recommended by a big name downtown LA hotel, and was excellent! The food, the service incredible! Best seafood I have had in a long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winner Winner, Seabass Dinner!
    fatboynotsoslim
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food here is amazing!!The real star of the show is the Chilean Seabass - it just melts in your mouth! EVERY restaurant that serves Chilean Seabass needs to cook it this way. The Polenta was also excellent. Order these and you won't be disappointed. Fresh, flavorful food, fantastic ambiance and very good service - Five-Star dining experience overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good restaurant
    pochi
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    There is a very kind waiter in the restaurant and delicious foods in this resraurant. Specially Seafood platter is very good looking and quite tasty. Bread is also good. I could enjoyed the last lunch time before I would have returned to JAPAN.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the usual
    J2x1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My 'go to' seafood restaurant in LA never disappoints. Outstanding once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.