Water Grill - Santa Monica
Water Grill - Santa Monica

Water Grill - Santa Monica

  • 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 freshness
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Water Grill - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
284 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (132)scenic view (117)good for groups (94)hot spot (89)vibrant bar scene (87)special occasion (86)neighborhood gem (73)great for lunch (54)notable wine list (48)romantic (41)great for outdoor dining (32)kid-friendly (25)late-night find (18)great for brunch (13)Show More
  • Best seafood meal I have had in years!
    LuncherVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Topnotch food, atmosphere and service -- best meal I have had in 10 years. Pricey but worth every penny. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in a long time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I went here during our weekend in Santa Monica. The space is very well designed, and the food was some of the best we have had! We loved the grilled octopus appetizer with pine nuts and olives. The scallop appetizer was also great and the lobster and king crab entrees were excellent. Highly recommend and fit for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrenchrunnerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great place for oysters and seafood. Very kid friendly and the $ 0 corkage makes it our destination of choice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1gardennurse
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great oysters, vibrant but still allows for conversation. Great service. I love the place, but I don't have anything else to say
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Murray
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great sea food wonderfully fresh,the best seafood in LA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like seafood
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    One of the best seafood restaurants that I've been to in the last few years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special meal.
    beccat
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We brought a couple here to celebrate their recent marriage. It was a great place to mark the special occasion. The food was unbelievably good. They had oysters which they said were delicious (I'm not an oyster fan, so I didn't have any). My husband had a steak that was one of the best he's ever had. The seafood is really the star. I had spiny lobster that was so sweet and tender. Excellent attentive service and the manager even stopped by our table to check on how everything was. We had a booth which was nice, but next time I'll ask for a table by the window. Those are the prime seats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louisiana Boy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Love the restaurant. Great energy. Best seafood ever! Lobsters fresh out tank. Delicious !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    WayneVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Never disappointed. Food and service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!!
    zombieWalterWhite
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    this place was great, the service was outstanding and the bar tenders are on point! Ordered a whiskey sour, bartender recommends he add egg white and threw me off at first but it was legit! We sat down only to try live raw oysters for the first time and were blown away by the amazingly fresh flavors. I highly recommend this place to anyone especially if you're looking for a date spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    SelfproclaimedReviewer
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My beat friend and I ate here and received lovely service. The food was great and the atmosphere was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    traveller
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    THe restaurant mainly serves seafood. The oysters were fresh, chowder and grilled sea bass were excellent, but the star dishes had to be the entre - steak on bone and grilled scallops (3 in a serving). Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing view/food/service
    LoteriaGlow
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a work/client lunch here. The space is beautiful and open, overlooking the ocean across the street. The natural light was very nice. Our (very friendly) server was very knowledgeable about the menu and seafood in general, and she was able to recommend several appetizers (mix of raw bar and grilled items) that were all delicious. There were seven of us, and everyone LOVED their entrees; I had the Chilean sea bass, which was PERFECT. We shared a few desserts that were very yummy as well. Pricey but the fish is all top quality--you get what you pay for. An overall excellent experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Removing Plates too Early
    foodfanVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Advisory to all wait staff - please do not remove guests' plates prior to EVERYONE at the table being finished with their meals. Doing so leaves the lone diner feeling awkward and in our case looking for more of the shared food that was on the plates already removed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Good food, best chicken I ever had, dover sole and salmon are very tasty, waitress is friendly and the desert - bread pudding is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Friendly and attentive staff
    whatsinadate
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My Swordfish was great but my date was not impressed. She said her Mahi Mahi was too dry and bland. I know the staff were trying to be helpful but we were checked on more often than necessary after dinner during a long conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service EXTREMELY slow ... Management very unorganized ... kitchen slow ... food just ok at best unfortunately. We were also stuck in a back room that was very dark, next to a large party ... no view to speak of ... even of the restaurant. Our wine was placed in an ice bucket with wine from other tables, and we had to "ask" where the wine was and to have someone pour when we needed it ... and even then it was difficult to find someone to pour. This is a beautiful restaurant, but management needs to get it together and get the staff trained properly ... or the manager(s) (and there were two or three present - we requested to talk to a manager and we talked to two) need better training.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but work on service
    inat2000
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food just as good as downtown location but service was pushy and trying to move us along.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Water Grill is Great
    brewcat59
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    One of my very favorite restaurants in Santa Monica. The food and scenery are both tremendous with great beer and wine selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing seafood and ambiance
    SAS1
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    First time here definitely won't be the last. We had a window seat which have us a great view of the ocean and pier. Food was incredible..been to a lot of seafood restaurants and this one is in the top 10. Tara was a fabulous server!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not like I remember the downtown WG
    houstonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Menu and bill did not agree, portion of fish embarrassingly small, nice server but not like I recall the downtown WG
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good meal at Water Grill
    SantaMonicaFrequentDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was a bit slow on this last trip, which could probably be attributed to the restaurant being packed. As usual, food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Kimmykld
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What a great find! Many seafood options to choose from but we made our own custom platter. Loved the open to outside concept. Great prices and over the top service. I will be raving about this place for months!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was enjoyable
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A good place to share with friends and family ... a little pricy but service is excellent and fresh fish very good ...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great
    luckik30VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We took some friends who were visiting from out of town here for dinner. This is consistently our favorite place to dine in Santa Monica. Great view and great service coupled with delicious food make for a fabulous dining experience. We will definitely return to Water Grill ;)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • solid
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was great. I called to ask about corkage and was encouraged to bring in my own wine at no charge. Food was not memorable but solid. Clam chowder, lobster roll were excellent and I would be happy to go back for either or both. Funny I tried to talk my son out of ordering the lobster roll, glad he did not listen to me as it was hands down the best dish. Cioppino was just O.K. Cudos to the staff employee we encountered was warm and friendly, they seemed genuinely happy to be there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet lovely lunch
    LEwis
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We wanted a quiet place for lunch to discuss some serious matters. I requested a quiet table. It was perfect. The food was delicious. The fresh bread is outrageous. The octopus was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss water grill
    Westcoastsea
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Impeccable service and amazing seafood. Service was great and very informative
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water Grill's Got Good Eats and Fun
    AresverdeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I keep coming back for the uber succulent crab legs. I nearly always also order lobster of some sort. This time my friend and I shared 4 king crab legs (delicious!) and a spiney lobster served split into two parts. As I've experienced on several visits, the lobster was again overcooked and not particularly succulent. I will not order lobster again here. Everything else was very tasty. All in al it was a good dinner and a fun night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Water Grill is right on the beach. It is attractive, open, fun and friendly. Our table was ready when we walked in the door. The food was fabulous. Open Table made it easy to pick and reserve. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a new classic
    ddnexus
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    great location with ocean views when you can get a table by the window. mixed crowd, can go casual or dressed up. attentive, friendly service. knew we were celebrating and provided a surprise dessert! will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine seafood in a relaxed setting
    ruvy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Seafood was fresh and delicious, decor / vibe is much more California beachy / laid-back (versus the more formal location in downtown), which we really liked. Met some out-of-town clients for lunch and they loved the seafood and the setting. Hard to beat this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    If you want a great seafood restaurant experience the Water Grill Santa Monica is where you will most definitely find it. Both the food and the service are excellent and are delivered in a wonderful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gtchef
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was tasty. Server was unprofessoinal. Our server couldn't keep the waters straight for a two top (one sparkling/one still, kept changing throughout the evening). I always start with a Manhattan "up", which arrived on the rocks. He kept asking if he could take our wine glasses away, as opposed to offering a glass with our entrees (which I told him we'd be doing anyway). When I did order the wines he had no clue which one I was asking for (Vietti 'Tre Vigne' Barbera d'Asti, half carafe), and he had no idea how to pronounce it when he finally brought it. Watching him run around the restaurant with nothing in his hands was painful, and the way he hard-pressed the table next to ours about the Live King Crab was embarrassing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service slipping
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    After several repeat visits, the maitre d' would not honor a request for a booth at the window. Aggravating the situation, there was a booth available the whole hour we waited at the bar. We ordered appetizers and left. Even worse, the maitre d' never got us at the bar for the regular table. Inexcusable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great vibe. The food is good, not great. Good menu selections of more than ordinary seafood. Service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as original + a view.
    RobS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    4 diners. 4 dishes + oysters + 1 dessert. Oysters A- All others A ! Portions are not large, but the prep and presentation were superb. Service--very classy, not overbearing--no push to move along. Grand seafood, in a classy locale. Open windows by the front give an outdoor feel! (nice even with the noisy street)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thefressers
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had been there before and loved it. This time was a hurried visit as we were going to the opera and only had an hour for dinner. I so appreciated the staff's understanding and cooperation without attitude. They were able to serve us instantly and the lobster sandwich was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Scallops on the half shell. Wow. Miso black cod. Wow. If you like seafood you'll love water grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Outstanding fresh ceviche with beautiful presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate