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Water Grill - Downtown
Water Grill - Downtown

Water Grill - Downtown Details

  • 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: American, Seafood
  • 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 (213) 891-0900

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I had not been back to Water Grill since it was remodeled. I took 3 men out for a business dinner last week. It is very attractive. It is spacious and still good for talking to people at the table. The food was ok. I had salmon for $42, and it was nothing at all special. For the extra $15 or so for each main course, you do expect taste buds to explode. The salmon was on some liquid, and it was undefined. I must say the other 3 people at the table seemed to enjoy their pasta, their sea bass, and their filet. Each more than $40 though. Salads were ok. The wine is of couse over-priced also. We did not try the oysters or that type of shellfish, so I cannot comment."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "table was ready on time. Service was good and food was outstanding. Specialty drinks were very good. Try the Hemingway daquari and the old fashioned."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We went to The Water Grill for our 25th wedding anniversary. The service was amazing, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was very cozy. We had the Chilean Sea Bass, which was cooked to perfection and the Gnocci that came with it was also mouth watering. The kale with greek yogurt and hazelnuts is also delicious and unique. The waiter was friendly and kept our water full and warm sourdough on our table. After dinner he gave us a dessert "on the house" for our celebration. I loved the decor, the ambiance and the vibe. We also liked the open kitchen concept in the back. It was truly a five star evening for us both and we would not hesitate to return to The Water Grill."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Second time here, the food was impeccable. I'll defenitely be back with friends."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Fish is excellent. The oysters are special. We go back for a special dinner."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I had the most wonderful birthday dinner here. I have been to the Water Grill many times, but this was really a most special occasion. The service was outstanding, the food the best, my birthday dessert was delicious, all in all, a most memorable occasion. Andrew made the reservation, but it was my birthday treat, so I am responding for him."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Wonderful assortment of fresh, tasty oysters. Excellent variety of fresh fish entrees that do not need to be salmon, halibut, or tuna. This added a nice option. A welcome choice and fun evening for all. Wine list was extensive. The menu price and the actual price were not accurate. The restaurant, honored the published lower price; nice touch."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We love it- it's beautiful, the menu full of diverse choices of the finest, freshest seafood and fish. Servers are at the top of their game. Food is consistently delicious. I had the miso cod and it was perfectly cooked. My friends had the whole loup de mere and aside from all the small bones loved it."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The nenu has a variety of fish and seafood prepared differnt ways. The service is immaculate."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This is considered one of LA's best restaurants. It consistently receives Zagat ratings of 25+ for its food and is said to be the best seafood restaurant in the LA area. Although the seafood served in the restaurant is clearly fresh and the management pays particular attention to customer satisfaction, the cooking is not imaginative or creative. One item we ordered was supposed to be "charcoal grilled" and we were assured that it is grilled on mesquite charcoal. It turned to be done in a special "machine" which had no "charcoal" or "mesquite" effect. The fish was dry, the cioppino was too salty, the toasted bread was not done right, and the fresh sourdough bread served at the beginning was mushy."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The Water Grill is past its prime. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday and everything was going great until they did not have the wine I wanted and did not bother to reccomend a replacement. I then chose another one and then they said it was "chilling'. right as they said that our entrees arrived, one of which was my $67 crab legs, which were warm and over cooked. and no wine have with them My girl friends see bas was goo or so she said. I took ot back and ate my salad. They brought free wine and comped my crab legs but that is not what my came there. Go to Kings Fish Grill in Calabasas instead."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "From the oysters to the crab cakes everything we ordered was amazing. Hats off to the chef for a superb squid ink pasta with calamari!! Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food and great service. all their fish is amazing but my brother loves their filet Mignon"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Came here for dinner before a show at the Ahmanson. Food was fine, but really overpriced for the quality/ innovation/ uniqueness. The service was excellent - just wished the food was more interesting. Clams were good - nothing special. The Chilean seabass was tasty, but it always is. Scallops were nicely prepared, but again, nothing special."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "great service, great food, lot's of fun.....but no air conditioning. Whats the problem-the owners are so cheap they can charge you 60 bucks for a steak but can't afford air conditioning?"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our reservation (through OPEN TABLE) was clearly for August 1st (confirmed by email from O.T.) - The restaurant finally found the rez listed on their system for August 2nd! BUT, was IMMEDIATELY advised that this was not a problem. The host/hostess within 45 seconds arranged (in my opinion) one of the best locations in the establishment and our party was seated exactly on time. No need for details on the food. With six of us we had the whole "gamit" of the offerings and simply "if it is on the menu" it is prepared perfectly and will taste wonderfully. One notable mention - the Clam Chowder is extraordinary - if you are a lover of New England Chowder do not leave without enjoying this unique version."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The fresh seafood is great but the cooked fish is a bit insuficient... Do not eat meat here"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Nice down spot with great very fresh seafood. Raw bar was fresh, Crab cakes were nicely done and the Big Eye Tuna was excellent, only wish the service matched up. Waiter was rushed and seemed disinterested. We asked for all the food to be served at the same time, that way the person having only raw bar food would have their food with everyone else. Since the restaurant was empty, the raw bar oysters came right away and just sat there for 10 minutes while the food was prepared and served. Bottom line, Great food, Nice place, spotty service."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had a business dinner and wanted to have good food and wine but be able to have a conversation as well. I was not at all disappointed as noise level was manageable and the food was exceptional. We had the shrimp and oysters to start and the Dover sole as our entree. All were fresh and well prepared and delicious. Don't pass on the bread pudding which was by far the best of three desserts we sampled. Wine list was varied and we enjoyed a Pino Noir from Oregon that complemented the meal very well. Service was attentive, friendly and expedient. It was a lovely evening and I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Went in a whim, and so pleased we did. Good bread, nice wine menu, and just a good night."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I excitedly went to the restaurant for DineLA special. My friends and I ordered Salmon, Sawfish and Albacores. On none of them that I can use "Tasty". The only thing that I can say good about the food is the fish quality but the taste is just so so. If there is next time, I will try their Oyster since most people say good things about it. It is a famous restaurant with good reputation in Downtown LA but I was really disappointed about the food."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch. Be sure to try their clam chowder - best I ever had!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I went during LA restaurant week and then menu was amazing! The oysters and swordfish were definitely worth it! Great service as well."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have been to The Water Grill many times and have had amazing experiences here. However, our DineLA visit was a real let down compared to the other visits. We went on a Monday and it felt like the A game chefs were not there that night. We had to send the Mahi Mahi back as it was so over salted it was inedible. My usually moist swordfish was not quite up to last time either. So sadly we will be taking a break from The Water Grill and looking for other places for those special treat night out! On an A Game night - this place is amazing though so don't let this little hiccup put you off!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Our dinner (party of 4) was booked through the DineLa site - hoping to take advantage of the DineLa Program. However, once we were seated, we were informed that the Restaurant was not participating on weekends - and while they had informed the website - clearly that had not made it through the system. Well, Alex, the Manager-on-Duty, was kind enough to offer us a couple of desserts, if we chose to stay. Considering it was late already - we stayed and had a great experience. Additionally, Alex was also able to offer us the DineLa menu - but by this team our attention had been drawn to the main menu!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Originally, we were booking for Dine LA. However, we were told that there is no Dine LA on 7/19 weekend when we arrived and seated. It was the only surprised to us. But, the food is really good over all."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love the new vibe since the decor was changed. Food was awesome . Luis was a great waiter. We will be back soon !"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Table was not balanced and would wobble. Table request not accommodated. Desert was served in the incorrect order."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "There were many large parties and we had to shout at each other to be heard. Ruined the evening for the 4 of us!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Having been Water Grill loyalists for 10 years and it has always been our go-to for special nights. On this evening, celebrating my Dad's 75th birthday, we took him to Water Grill and were so disappointed. We ordered our favorite bottle of champagne, but it was not available. We ordered a second... and it was not available. We then ordered a third and it was 20 minutes to chill (which was not mentioned to us).... so a very slow and aggravating start. Followed by oysters (great), urchin (amazing) and crab claws that were awful (so obviously frozen - so salty and mushy). Entrees were nice except for my Mother's fave spot prawns which were incredibly mealy and so unappealing that she left more than half. Very disappointing visit."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the wine selection was very expansive! Make sure that you bring money because it is definitely not a cheap meal, but it is well worth the money. I had salmon and my lady had the chilean sea bass, both were delicious. I recommend getting the sea bass over the salmon because theres only so good of salmon you can get but sea bass is a different story. Our waiter Scott, was very helpful and friendly when it came to wine selection as well as what came with the entrees served."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Water Grill is a solid choice that always delivers. The food is great. The clam chowder has real clams. The lobster roll is one in a million. You have to try it traditional style. It is a true differentiator in the So Cal culinary scene. The decor is charming as well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service and they have an excellent bar tender. Cooking of the veg was a little inconsistent, so that is why 4 star."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service. We had a play to go to and they took care of us without making us feel rushed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Seafood selection is great, a good variety of oysters, along with scallops, clams, lobster and etc served cold. We did not order everything but oysters turned out to be a nice treat. The season special of soft shell crab with watermelon salad was AMAZING!! It was just deep fried to the right crisp while the crab itself remains very flavorful!! The crudo sampler was largely a disappointment (especially after the amazing soft shell crab), the wild salmon and tuna was so bland and not fresh (You can get much fresher fish at nearby little Tokyo) that we could not discern it was fish had our eyes been covered. The sauce that went along with the crudo was also odd to our taste, wished that we had ordered something else!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "First time at Water Grill and we enjoyed it very much! We had 1/2 dz. oysters and Mussels to start, then split a organic green salad. Our main courses were delicious the CA White Seabass and Petite Filet. Luis was a great server professional and personable! Thanks for a memorable evening we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent but there was a smell of disinfectant from the neighboring building lobby."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our server was so nice, friendly, warm, and welcoming. She offered excellent suggestions, and made it a pleasure to be there. The food was delicious and we enjoyed every bite!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good place for good seafood. I will definitely return, as great lobster and shellfish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Drive 20 miles to dine there for 2 family birthdays. Seafood was excellent. Server was pleasant and attentive. Truly an enjoyable evening and they comped the desserts for the birthdays. Expensive but free corkage is a great We will drive to downtown LA to dine there again"
    Dined on 7/3/2014