ClassyThe Water Grill is a fantastic upscale seafood restaurant. The decor is beautiful and the service impeccable! A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion or to impress someone. :-)5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMCioppino downI did not like having to strip shrimp or break into crabs. I also did not like the bread at base of the Cioppino--which was not spicy enough for me.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Mother's Day LunchHad a very impressive Mother's Day lunch. We weren't sure what to order and our waitperson was terrific helping us out. She suggested the deluxe seafood tower. WOW! Some of the finest, freshest seafood. Oysters, scallops, clams, were raw and unbelievably tasty. We were given some sauces, but really not even a little lemon or tabasco was necessary. There was also cooked crab, lobster and shrimp on the platter. Service was excellent as well, always attentive, but never intrusive. I even used my open table $20 certificate and it was not a problem. Can't wait to go back!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeI have been there several time. Never disappointed. Food, ambiance, and the service is always great. Would highly recommend.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant with someGreat restaurant with some of the best seafood in town, and no corkage fee. Highly recommended5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOyster NightThe service was the best part of the night. the oysers were also great.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWater Grill is a favoriteWater Grill is one of my favorite restaurants. It is a little pricey but nothing astronomical. All of the food is amazing. You cannot go wrong with anything you choose. The bartenders are excellent and the service is always impeccable and friendly.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Seafood In LAExquisite preparation and presentation makes this the go to restaurant for fish in Los Angeles. Our server was incredibly knowledgable about the menu and wine list, very impressive. The dining room is much louder since they've remodeled it, taking away the romantic factor but overall, this is an amazing dining experience.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI had the best Cioppino thatI had the best Cioppino that I ever had. It was beautifully presented and loaded with top quality sea food. The restaurant was romantically lit and the ambiance was inviting. I liked the fishing poles on the walls. The restaurant is in a beautiful old building downtown. The staff made sure we were finished in time to make the concert at Disney Hall and had a taxi waiting. Valet retrieved our car after the concert immediately.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Crab SandwichWe enjoyed our lunch and Noelle's attentive service. Excellent crab sandwich!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time I had visit afterFirst time I had visit after an exentsive remodeling. Cozy below the street "feeling" was gone but the food was superb. Highly recommended especially for seafood aficionados.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent balance of greatExcellent balance of great service and great quality fresh food.....RIMS2013 group really enjoyed it4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food/service; a bit noisyWe made a dinner reservation for my birthday. We both had fish (sablefish and halibut), which was excellent--and a generous portion. Shared a side of roasted vegetables, also excellent. One of the better servers in memory: knowledgeable about the ingredients; which fish dishes might appeal based on our taste, etc.; attentive. And they brought a complimentary, delectable birthday dessert.
The only downside was that at first, they sat us at a table near the bar, where it was so noisy that we couldn't have heard each other. We had indicated on the reservation that it was a birthday dinner and we wanted a romantic table. But they did change us, and the new table, while still noisy, allowed conversation.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had not been to the WaterWe had not been to the Water Grill in quite some time. We were pleased to find that the food was very good and better than our last visit. I had the house smoked salmon that came with a house made tartar sauce that was some of the best I have ever had. My husband had the oyster sample with very fresh oysters. Our main courses were the King Salmon simply prepared and the steamed lobster. My only criticism is that the lobster was a bit overdone and not juicy. We had the caramel bread pudding with caramel ice cream for dessert which was perfect.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had A+ service from theWe had A+ service from the moment we walked in. Great drink and food suggestions. We had a fantastic evening. I've heard great things about Water Grill and now I can personally agree.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe like the Water Grill asWe like the Water Grill as our special place. The changes have been great and the food wonderful. This time however the main entree came before we finished the oysters. We felt the dinner was rushed and instead of a lingering dinner on our annerversery we felt rushed. I would go back again but would certainly tell them in advance to slow down.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent fish and deliciousExcellent fish and delicious oysters. Will definitely go back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great staffI was here a long time ago and it was a bit stuffy. But now it is a great place to relax and enjoy some of the best sea food around. The service was outstanding. super friendly people but not annoying. Our server even went out of her way to get me a cab to the Ahmanson actually holding one up for us. Go have some great food in a great environment with some pretty cool wait staff.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, the evening wasAs always, the evening was delightful. Our waiter, I believe his name is John (originally from Hawaii), was outstanding.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst rate on all counts.First rate on all counts. Splendid cuisine, specializing in fish, including a raw bar. Bright and vibrant open floor plan, bustling but not cramped or stifling. Service is friendly and attentive. A real treat.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it! From pulling upLoved it! From pulling up to valet parking to great service and incredibly palatable food, it was a great experience at the Water Grill.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFrom the water grill!Great for theater nights downtown. They accommodate fast schedules and the food is always perfect ! Try oyster bat or steamed clams!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful whole fish ceviche,Wonderful whole fish ceviche, grilled spot prawns, whole maine lobster, fresh halibut, and seared sablefish. Excellent winelist with hard to find Merry Edwards Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Try Naked Cowboy oysters.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Seafood, Great sceneEnjoyed our trip to L.A. and was in the mood for seafood. This was a great find. Great food, great service (our waiter made very excellent suggestions), ad great atmosphere.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent selection of oysters!Excellent selection of oysters! The rest of the menu was interesting, if you like trendy preparation of seafood (I don't).4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe celebrated a birthday hereWe celebrated a birthday here and although it was pricey, it was worth every penny! The seafood patter to start set the tone for the delicious meal to follow. Service was relaxed yet attentive. Highly recommended!!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMHistoric DTLA restaurant gemMy husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary dinner here this past Saturday. We went all out and splurged! It was awesome! We will definetly be coming back!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a hit!We always enjoy the Water Grill, the service is impeccable and the food is always top notch, this time though my Ono was actually a bit dry but the ocean trout was divine and the kale appetizer we could have eaten for dessert (it was that delicious!)4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen you first enter the restaurantWhen you first enter the restaurant, you can already smell how amazing the entrees are. The whiff of freshly prepared seafood dishes - mouthwatering! As a starter, we shared the seafood platter for two. My personal favorite was definitely the raw scallops. Second entree we tried was the frisee and watercress salad - light and refreshing and who doesn't love goat cheese! As our main course, we shared the lobster roll. Guests have the option of either having the lobster prepared in an aoli or simply dressed in butter. We opts for the sandwich to be prepared in butter - Amazing! Filled from the previous dishes, sadly we were unable to finish this dish. Definitely a winning choice for all seafood lovers. I will be back!!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Oyster Bar is a gem inThe Oyster Bar is a gem in itself. The rest of the quinine is top notch.
They hit a home run as usual!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMService was excellent. AService was excellent. A celery spinach soup with lobster, with a touch of added salt, was outstanding. The French fries were good, but my lobster roll was a tad disappointing because the bread was not very fresh. I was presented with a complimentary dessert of cookies and ice cream with a birthday candle because it was my birthday. That was a classy touch!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA gem in the downtown financialA gem in the downtown financial area of Los Angeles. If you like seafood you've come to the right place!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMEaster dinner with the familyEaster dinner with the family was a wonderful experience. I havent been since the remodel and the same ambience was how i remember it.
I really like the six person booths that provide a great view of the kitchen. Our wait staff was attentive and graceful throughout. The lobster was savory as we're the steaks and fish. It was my brothers first time at the Water Grill and he already made reservations this week for a client dinner!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMjust an excellent seafoodjust an excellent seafood restaurant. fish is extremely fresh and well prepared. Portions are just right. I thought the dessert menu was a little thin but that's Ok. I thought the chairs at the table might not be comfortable for long sits but we were there 3 hours and it was good. It's like dining in New York. You go to these ground level restaurants and think Oh no but it's always a great experience.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and Service. Also,Great Food and Service. Also, free corkage is a great feature. Have been to Water Grill many times and plan on more.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service and "BestExcellent service and "Best Ice platter" we've ever had. Very Impressed.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA beautiful restaurant withA beautiful restaurant with truly fresh seafood. However, the service was slow and not as attentive as we would have liked.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM5 starsHaven't been here in awhile, since it's remodel. Great food and staff! Acoustics made it a bit difficult to talk in our booth, but still loved the experience.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOur first experience at theOur first experience at the Water Grill in January 2013 was not great due to an inattentive server. During that meal, we spoke with the manager, Mitchell, who then stepped in to ensure that the remainder of our meal went smoothly. He asked us to give the restaurant a second chance. We returned in March 2013 and had a much more enjoyable experience. The server was attentive and the food was delicious.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat SeafoodThis is our favorite restaurant. We especially like the raw bar. On this visit, the food was very fresh. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. He made an excellent wine suggestion3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter reading review I hadAfter reading review I had higher expectation. My wife and I enjoyed the food.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond time here and bothSecond time here and both times food and service were excellent. Clam Chowder is one of few that actually have clams in it! Seafood is fresh and fish selections are varied and give a wide range for different tastes. Wine selection is very good and prices are not way out of line. And the no corkage fee is an excellent marketing tool for wine lovers.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, as usual. TheExcellent, as usual. The seabass is always the best!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely delicious entrees.Absolutely delicious entrees. Our sides were bland and not noteworthy at all. The service was wonderful. Our waitress was bubbly and happy - dangerously cute. Downtown being what it is (confusing to find/park), we got there late but our reservation was still honored.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLove everything about thisLove everything about this place. Food is wonderful and service is excellent!!! I've become a regular and love it every time I'm there. I bring all my family and friends here whenever possible!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fish entrees were veryThe fish entrees were very flavorful but overwhelmed with butter.
Also, for the price the side dishes were very small portions. The sides could serve only 2 people max.
A little underwhelming considering the cost of the restaurant.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, but overpricedGood food, but overpriced compared to comparable restaurants.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food - Not so great prices !!Food outstanding as usual. Prices continue to rise above other restauarants.2/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for a Girls' Night OutMy friends and I got together for a Girls' Night Out and we loved it! The staff was courteous and lively. The drink selection was abundant. The food from appetizer to dessert was wonderful! The seafood was fresh and if you happen to order their oysters - you will not be disappointed. Our food server was very helpful with any questions we had and we even took some of her suggestions. I have and will continue to recommend this place. Love it! Love it! Love it!2/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a special lunchWe like the more casual atmosphere since the remodel. Water Grill is only a block for our office so it's a great place for a special lunch with friends or clients. While they raw bar and fish entrees are amazing, the appetizers and salads are good too. The fish taco appetizer can be ordered grilled. The beet salad is excellent, as is the clam chowder, with whole clams.12/13/2012 12:00:00 AM