Water Grill - Santa Monica
Water Grill - Santa Monica

Water Grill - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.watergrill.com/
  • Phone: 3103945669
  • 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
316 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (147)fit for foodies (125)special occasion (102)vibrant bar scene (100)hot spot (91)good for groups (88)neighborhood gem (77)great for lunch (68)notable wine list (47)great for outdoor dining (46)romantic (41)great for brunch (25)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (24)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the downtown classic gets informal
    zip119
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The beach branch of Water Grill is less quiet and businesslike than its downtown sibling. It's a Santa Monica beach scene, so no tablecloths but a jumping bar in the center of things backed by a view of the Pacific. Still, it bears the culinary pedigree of the original, so, with the exception of the lobster at its namesake restaurant down the street, you won't find better fish or seafood in this beach city. Of three entrees at our table, the King Salmon and Chilean sea bass were excellent. Only the miso black cod disappointed. Starters and vegetables were top-notch. Service was quick and eager.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food lacked flavor and service slow but great views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    John
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for a special occasion, but will be back more often. The entire experience, food, service, setting, was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobsta-Roll!
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always good service and great food here but I usually get the cioppino or sea bass. Today I decided to go with the lobster roll and, although I set the bar pretty high (I'm originally from the East coast), this one managed to meet and beat my expectations. Heaps of lobster that fell out of the roll the minute you take a bite due to overcrowding! I tried it "Traditional style" next time I'll give the "Connecticut style" a shot(butter instead of mayo). Served with a side order of thick cut french fries I ended up returning them because they were a little too laden with salt for my taste but their replacement arrived within minutes and were the perfect accompaniment. Nailed it Water Grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice!
    Jill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We come here about once a month. Great vibe. Now that it's fall it's a little quieter, which is nice because it doesn't take as long to get a seat at the bar. The other night we sat in a booth behind the bar. There were four of us and the evening, food, and service were all great! I love the Lobster Roll (the butter version, not the mayo). The Cesar Salad with mixed greens was uninteresting. But the Wedge was good (and huge) and we started with a seafood platter, which was awesome! Love the fact that you can get 1/2 carafes of an excellent selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Excellent service.
    RichyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The host, the waiter, the table, the organic green salad and the Chilean Sea Bass were all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service
    homerdoh182
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was delicious, but the service was remarkable. It is great for small groups to share plates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I made a reservation just because I haven't been there. I asked for a booth and sure enough it was waiting for us. The manager was wonderful. Our waiter was great. Sommelier was wonderful. Food fabulous! Great great restaurant. I definitely will go back and suggest it to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    good clean fresh tasting fish, served without any pretentiousness. I'd go back regularly
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    FooddudeVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    nothing really exceptional - better in the neighborhood. Probably great for tourists
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous seafood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I love this place because it's a Michelin 1 star restaurant with a reasonable prize. Ambiance is great, service is fabulous, and seafood is incredibly fresh and cooked just the way they should be. It just doesn't make any sense to go to some other seafood restaurant where the quality is OK but the price is actually still very high. I've been here couple times and would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I highly recommend the Water Grill, every single thing we ate was GREAT! Just expensive...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santa Monica best restaurant
    AGonFre62VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Highly recomended, excelent food and service. A little busy at dinner but they can handle it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service left a lot to be desired. She wanted to take our order before we had ordered a cocktail. Wine glasses and empty martini glasses remained on table throughout the meal. At check time- she dropped it unsolicited without a word of thanks or any acknowledgement at all. Then she took her sweet time picking it back up to run the cards. Seemed as though she was in her own little world.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to Par!!!
    Fred
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've eaten at Water Grill at least a half a dozen times since it took the place of Ocean Avenue Seafood. Prior visits were all outstanding. Saturday night was not. Our waitress did not seem interested in making the experience memorable and was put out when my wife asked for a substitution for the vegatable offered. Her black cod was nearly burnt and poorly presented. The manager was freindly enough and had the kitchen make another piece. My clam chowder was too milky and almost bereft of clams, and my soft shell crab was soggy. For the prices this place charges, I expect superb service and a memorable dining experience. I got neither. I'll give it another shot, probably for lunch, but I was not happy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Price for mediocare food,
    NoNameVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There is nothing special about their expect they are over priced. I have dined in a lot of good restaurant around town but this place doesn't have impressive menu at all, even their cocktail menu doesn't say what kind of Gin or Vodka are using to make those over priced drink. if you are charging me arm and leg for a drink at least tell me cute story and brand name that goes to the glass to convince me. Service wasn't good at all I asked 3 time from 2 different people for an straw and it never made it to our take till we left. our glasses where empty of water till almost end of the dining.
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  • Didn't Like It
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The view was great. The service was great. Everything else wasn't.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood in LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    THE place for Seafood in the LA area. The Santa Barbara prawns were exquisite. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a very noisy place but if you don't mind the noise, then you must visit the Water Grill. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nive evening
    Rockybar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was nicely prepared in a kitchen enclosed in glass so that you could watch everything that was going on. Lobsters came right out of the tank. Wine list was good and not overpriced. Desert was anticlimactic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the college kids
    TownandcountryVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We got a recommendation from a friend and so glad we reserved for a sunset dinner with the college kids. The view on Santa Monica beach was perfect as the sun set, our server was knowledgable and attentive, my lobster roll was heavenly and the oyster selection was fantastic. We couldn't make our minds up over the delicious sounding sides, so we ordered them all...it felt like a thanksgiving feast. All in all, I would go back in a minute and gives thumbs up on a review! Well done, Water Grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    WayneVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When booking on Open Table I requested a booth. When I arrived the place was packed, but waiting for us was a booth. The food was excellent from the bread, through the crab cakes, the Dover sole and finally the dessert. Our server was a little surly, but he got the order right and it appeared promptly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice for boys night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    noisy tourist trap big corporate feel but good food fun for groups and less intimate gatherings
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a mini-reunion
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Six of us met for Lunch to share stories from the past and had a delightful time as well as a delicious lunch ... our waitress allowed us all the time we needed but provided us outstanding service when we were ready for drinks and each course ... a great afternoon was enjoyed by all of our group.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Service was warm and attentive. Squid ink pasta and polenta side dish were great. Our lovely server suggested the caramel bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream. It was to die for. Overall great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    4 out of the five guests thought the food was very good. The place is not a price performer. 5 people two were children sharing a kids meal and a soup. Only two deserts. Only two glasses of wine. $400,.00. Each fish dish was over $35. Service and ambiance was not up to these prices. I've spent as much, I've had better meals. Here I spent much and got less.
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  • SlickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved the water grille. We were lucky to sit at a window table on a Friday night. Service was wonderful as was the meal. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great choices
    francophileVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had been to the downtown version of this restaurant and liked it. The Santa Monica location is great because relatively easy to get to, has valet parking, and best of all, has a wonderful selection of shell fish and fish. I had the tuna niçoise which was probably the best I have ever had and I have had it all over the world, including France its home. My partner had the lobster which looked and was reported to be terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    Hc777VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    You can see Santa Monica pier and beach across the street and the food and service are very good. We never felt rushed even though we spent three hours for lunch catching up w friends. Get the cone side dish as it's a fun treat!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    leedles
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went here as a 'send off' for our last night of vacation, as my wife and I had been not having typical sit down dinners. So she found this place and made a reservation. There really wasn't anything notable about the food or drinks. The bill was just under $200 with tip, and neither of us felt the wow factor. My wife's scallops were cold. (They seemed to be cooked though from the texture.) The sea bass I had was swimming in butter. Drinks were drinks. Clam chowder soup was great. Overall, I was disappointed over the cost verses quality (of preparation/presentation). For that price point we wanted to have a great last Cali meal, but walked away wondering why we didn't go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic fish
    ToinetteVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed a dinner with friends from out of town who requested that we take them to the best fish restaurant in town. Water Grill was beyond our expectations from the selection of seafood, to the quality and preparation of everything and the outstanding service. Really worth the price. We were pleased to find no corkage charge for the special bottle of wine we brought with us. The only criticism we have, but this is true of almost all restaurants in L A, is that recorded music is played in the restaurant. It was not as loud as in other establishments but we would prefer not to hear it and to be able to converse and hear each other easily. This is a fine dining experience that merits a quieter atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.