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Water Grill - Santa Monica
Water Grill - Santa Monica

Water Grill - Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.watergrill.com/
  • Phone: (310) 394-5669
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - midnight
  • 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: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.
A word from Water Grill - Santa Monica
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 freshnessContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have no idea why we had to wait to be seated when there were plenty of tables available. When I asked, I was told they were setting up a special booth. 10 minutes later, same answer. I objected and was seated at an available table: As we passed "the special booth", it was not being set up and there was nothing special about it for the fact that it was next door to the kitchen. The food was surprisingly good. The atmosphere was not and the noise level deafening: we had to shout at one another at our table to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "way to pricey for what you get. Once the order was messed up and it happens, they did offer up some free seafood platters."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the food...other than Their chips were not cooked well, so choose another side, some were soggy and spices were not good, but everything else was awesome. Everything was amazing and plate presentation was incredible. The view to the ocean was fabulous! Thanks for the great food and service! Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I couldnt have a dinner over there because when I arrived the table wasnt read and I waited in the bar. I'been wait for 45 min to get a table. And when the waitress show up to take me to the table I declined. The service in the bar was perfect."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "In our recent trip to CA --this restaurant stands out as one of the best. The fish was so fresh that it could have jumped out of the ocean. Service was great -- the views are amazing -- it's easy to see why it's a LA favorite. I had the halibut -- it was perfectly cooked -- beautifully seasoned -- and stunningly delicious. The clam chowder was good -- but not great. Still it was an interesting interpretation. Like all great restaurants this place had the legs to transcend trendy."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The noise level was so out of control that it was impossible to have a conversation and enjoy the meal. I know that Water Grill is not alone in terms of being a noisy restaurant, but I think I finally reached the I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE moment. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant because the ambient noise was unbearable. And, Open Table, you are guilty of encouraging this trend by having your highest level "energetic". What about being able to select "deafening, unbearable NOISE"?"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great food. OK service. We had to constantly ask for utensils and water. Beautiful restaurant"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This place is emblematic of the downtown Santa Monica scene....crowded, high energy level, upscale, and somewhat overpriced. As a weekend tourist, I was looking for something right in the middle of the action and this place fit the bill. That being said, we had to wait for table even though we had a reservation, the waitress forgot our appetizer, and the crowd at the bar made it difficult to get a drink. My Halibut was a bit overcooked, but the oysters on half shell and dessert were excellent. The seafood entrees, and appetizer menu were extensive, as was the selection of beers and specialty cocktails. I would go back, unless I was on a budget or looking for a quiet, romantic spot."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Entertained family from out of town here - they enjoyed the ambience and we had a great server who was attentive while giving us the time we needed to decide on menu items and we never felt rushed as we lingered through an enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My husband and I met friends of ours for dinner here last Saturday might. I had made reservations and so was seated at a quieter booth in the back, next to a high profile celebrity couple. Although not celebrities ourselves, we received the same great service. The food was excellent though my cod dish was a little oily. The oyster starter was extremely fresh and delicious. We'll be returning again soon!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was great and the staff were outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good, but not for the price. My wife ordered sea bass which was floating in butter. Crudo was one note Lobster Roll average Ice cream great Nice room, good service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Cold seafood tower was disappointing as the shrimp and lobster were bland. Oysters were good. The scallop entre was excellent. Dessert key lime pie was ok."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been to Water grill many times. We love seafood and this place has now become one of our favorites. We love the service and the food. Waiters and waitressses Are really knowledgeable about the food . It helps to make ordering easier."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The raw seafood is outstanding with the scallops being the crown jewel of the platter. I could have eaten a dozen. The Loup de Mer, recommended by the waitress was great as was the polenta side dish and crab cake. The service started out great but deteriorated as the evening progressed. We were there 3 hours which was one hour too long. It took 30 minutes just to order coffee and dessert from the time we finished eating and another 20 minutes until we got the check.!! There is no excuse for such poor service. All in all, the evening was lovely and we will return and hope for an improvement in the service (which was my complaint when we were there last year)!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my first stop during my engagement night to my girlfriend. I wrote this on the reservation requests and wanted to get a decent seat possibly near the window looking out to the ocean. They obv. never read my simple request because they sat us near the front door right behind the entrance and the hostess. They even placed a child stroller from another guest next to our table for storage. I wouldn't come here for anything special. They had nice tables and booths they could have sat us at. It was an early reservation and it wasn't packed yet. They either completely ignored the request or didn't read it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was great! For seafood lovers!!!! The octopus and the seabass was delicious!!!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great restaurant and service was impeccable. Lively atmosphere but still easy to have a conversation. Staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly and food was excellent"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Our whole fish with saffron did not even have a hint of saffron in it. Manager came and checked with us and started arguing that it had saffron ??. My son's scallop dish vegetables were burned. They bought us a complimentary desert."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent Sea Food. The staff is pleasant and always willing to help with any problems. The locals go there as well as the tourists"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service, OK. Our waiter was not friendly or interested in explaining the menu or dishes. Hopefully he was just having a bad night and not always that bad. It wasn't just us, he treated all tables the same. Would have been a better experience with a staff member that was enjoying their job."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had a small group of family here. Food was excellent and ditto re service. Would recommend it to anyone who likes fish and related food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had the Alaskan Halibut dish - it was fantastic! The service was great from the moment we walk through the door. Great place, will definetely go again on next visit to SM."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I brought my hubby in for his birthday this week and I have to say, our experience was fantastic! We live in the area but had never been, fearing the huge tourist crowd, but despite the loud atmosphere and medium wait time for a table, our night was wonderful and the food was amazing! I would definitely recommend that anyone who loves seafood and a vibrant atmosphere check out the Water Grill. It's definitely a Santa Monica gem!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This restaurant has many good things. Nice selection of seafood options. Excellent location near the Santa Monica Pier and ocean. Attentive wait staffs. My major disappointment was the food. Our group ordered the Cioppino, Mahi Mahi and Cod. The preparations were plain and the flavor was bland. I expected more based on earlier reviews. Perhaps just a bad night but too many other good food options in the area to come back for another try."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Have eaten at the downtown WG on several occasions and enjoyed it. This version is dumbed down for the tourist crowd, and the service was weak. It seemed no one who was serving food knew who was getting what (not ONCE, btw), items were forgotten forever, and the waiter was condescending (A dinnermate called it "Red Lobster Service."). Some of the food items were good, but not enough to make us want to return. Also, don't go expecting to hold an intimate conversation: it is a very noisy room (the Open Table designation of "energetic" is a lame euphemism for LOUD!)"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Being a self proclaimed foodie and having been to several fabulous restaurants, Jonathan our waiter has set the bar for outstanding service. He made a lasting impression on our dining experience and we would return as long as we could sit in Jonathan's section. The food was delicious, especially the polenta, halibut and unbelievable wedge salad and the cocktails were delicious. My only negative observation was the extreme noise level. It could have been the loud 4-some next to us but the entire place was very loud, to the extent we could barely keep a conversation going. The location is ideal if you are walking, but traffic getting there is next to impossible on a Saturday night. Nevertheless, we will return for sure."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was very good but extremely pricy. Had to wait a long time for a table even with a reservation. Very, very high noise level. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Will save this restaurant for a rainy winter's night, never again a Saturday night in the summer."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Too noisy and couldn't carry on a decent conversation. There were empty tables but we still had a wait of 1/2 hour. Many of the dishes were quite spicy and I mentioned to server but no response. It will not be "our" neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "got stuck in the back by the iced fish area. kinda dark and very noisy. best experience (prior) was sitting at the window with a view of the ocean and palisades park. the back tables are not as attractive. great service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The chef should be replaced. This restaurant had an excellent reputation in downtown LA but this location has terrible food."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Generally, you know what you are going to get at WG; very fresh, high quality sea food and the best raw bar in the city. This doesn't disappoint; the seafood is the best quality and the preparations are spot on; you will pay dearly for the whole, fresh fish options, we had the dover sole and the sea bream. Both were among the best fish you will ever have. What also makes WG great is they now have a great cocktail program and great wine options by the class, and carafe. The cooked other dishes are great too; the tomato salad is farm to table fresh, and the octopus is incredible. If you go here, don't complain about the prices, if you want the highest quality seafood in the city you will have to pay, there is no better place to do that."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Best seafood restaurant in SM. I enjoy lunch because of the great ocean view."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "From a foodie's prospective, there is still room for improvement for those seafood dishes. Specifically, some seafood dishes such as the swordfish does not have very rich flavors. Considering swordfish has very meaty and dense texture, I would enjoy much more if the sauce is more flavorful and juicy."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The poor service started when we walked up to the receptionists and were ignored for several minutes while they chatted with each other. No "I'll be right with you" or other acknowledgement. My salad was ordered with "easy dressing" and arrived with none. The plates were cleared as each diner finished, not when all were through. One fish had to be sent back due to over-cooking. No fork was delivered with the main. No one noticed. Waiters and busboys handled dishes sloppily and even knocked beer out of a beer glass onto one of our laps with no apologies. The food is pricey and mediocre. A restaurant of this supposed quality and higher prices needs to train their servers to be attentive in a non-obtrusive manner."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We tried a dinner from dineLA 2014 menu - $45 pp. With an addition of 2 cocktails (1 for each), choice of side dish for each and coffee for one, it came up to $145 (before tip). Claim chowder was amazing, sword fish was a little dry to my taste, but still good. Altogether we enjoyed our dinner and the time spent there. The service was excellent! There were people waiting to be seated (it was Friday night), but we didn't fill rushed at all). Every few minutes our waiter or somebody else from personal including a manger would stop by to check on us. To avoid disappointment of not getting a window table, we didn't ask for any specific location. We got seated by the table in a second row from the windows, so we still got a great view."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Water Grill is a great seafood restaurant and a hot new gastropub. Excellent food, innovative dishes and a lively atmosphere, especially around dusk when the sun sets over the ocean as viewed from the large windows that open the cozy interior to the breezy Santa Monica street scene. Also, best crab cakes I've had in Los Angeles! A new hangout for sure."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Loved the food, loved the ambiance, and love the fact that you can valet your car for cheap. My scallops were perfectly cooked (as they should be when you're at a restaurant that specializes in seafood). Our drinks were really well made, very comfortable and casual even though you could dress up if you want to. Would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "excellent restaurant superb food great atmosphere very good waiters"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Both were excellent. The server did a fantastic job. I can do without the traffic & noise, but I understand words like "vibrant" & "energetic" imply that the crowd & noise are what draw people who like to be part of the scene. For the food, i will definitely be back! keep it up, please."
    Dined on 7/24/2014