Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine
Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine

Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterstexas.com/
  • Phone: (817) 984-1110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm;
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday and Monday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
    Main Bar and Oyster Bar: Open Daily From 11:00 - Close
    Happy Hour in the Main Bar and Oyster Bar:
    Tuesday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Jon Bonnell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Happy Hour in the Main Bar and Oyster Bar

    Tuesday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 6:00pm

    Half Price on Freshly-Shucked Oysters, Select Appetizers, Select Bottle Beer, Select Glasses of Wine, and Select Specialty Cocktails

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Currie
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available, or garage self-parking options available.
A word from Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine
Chef Bonnell 's latest concept to showcase his passion for and love of seafood.

WATERS Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine redefines the Fort Worth seafood scene. WATERS’ menu emphasizes wild, seasonal and, most importantly, sustainable seafood. A raw bar lines the main dining room where patrons can sample a vast selection of fresh oysters, clams, shrimp and crab. Chef Bonnell also offers numerous daily specials based on the freshest wild fish available from waters around the world, delivered directly from fishermen.

WATERS captures Chef Bonnell’s famous Fort Worth Fancy atmosphere in one of the city’s liveliest districts and, while seafood is certainlythe restaurant’s signature, the menu will satisfy every palate with game, beef, and vegetarian options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Waters Bonnell's Coastal Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)fit for foodies (74)notable wine list (55)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (29)hot spot (26)great for lunch (21)vibrant bar scene (14)scenic view (9)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Drinks were tasty.. Crab cakes were the BEST!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Entire experience will have us driving from Dallas again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Average
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Wow! Waters is the real deal! Super fresh fine dining. Seafood doesn't get any better than this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was an outstanding dining experience.
    DCtraveler
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Fresh seafood, great wait staff, and the stone crab claws best I've ever had. I only regret not coming with a large party so we could have tried more things on the wonderful menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SatNight
    ldbod1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First time to Waters. Not a big crowd at 7 pm on a Sat, made it nice for getting to our table. Service was excellent. Our friends enjoyed the trout and salmon. My wife and I enjoyed the surf and turf for 2. The lobster tail was very flavorful but too tough. We will definitely go back for a second visit in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening
    wizard
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service was fantastic, attentive but unobtrusive. My wife had the fish trio (sampler) and said it was extraordinary. I had the lamb shanks and was very satisfied. Highly recommended for a decompression type evening, it was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decline in Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place used to be one of our favorites. There was something we had a couple visits ago that was just terrible. We still decided to try the brunch this visit as it was highly recommended by our last server. We had a great experience that time. We took my dad for his birthday which I noted on the reservation. No one said anything about his birthday or did anything special for him. Staff was not busy because there were only a couple tables there. Also, the food was not as good as it normally is. For example, the crab cake eggs benedict came with two overcooked poached eggs. They were basically hard boiled. It was a disappointment for sure. It seems as if our table was not paid attention to for reasons beyond my understanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YES and NO
    dineout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The ambiance at Waters is very nice. The soft grey for the chairs and booths is appealing and gives the restaurant a warm feeling. Our waitress was a little overbearing. She was constantly checking whether everything was all right. The food items on the menu should be reviewed. We had looked forward to some nice fish but there was not a fish entree on the menu that contained a recognizable fish except for a grilled salmon. And all dishes had preparations and / or toppings that were not appealing to us. There were no shrimp, halibut, turbot, sole or other standard fish dishes on the menu. We finally ordered a filet which was very good. The alcohol prices ( wine , drinks ) are expensive .The wine list is extensive and offers variety.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnivDiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Celebrating our 23rd Anniversary, waiter was wonderful, attentive, and the food was superb. It was a Sunday evening and that probably contributed to the quietness, but it was just right. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We arrived at 9:30 pm on a saturday and the kitchen had closed 15 minutes before. Nevertheless the owner told us to have a seat and would be happy to serve us dinner. As always the service by our waitress was outstanding and the food by chef Bonnell excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only the oysters are worth it
    Laha
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very disappointed in the food! Over cooked fish and poorly seasoned. However, they have a fun and good selection of oysters! That is the only thing I would go back for. Way too overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to standards
    4therecord
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first time at Waters. We love Bonnell's, on Bryant Irvin, so this was a painful experience. Who is in the kitchen at Waters? Our cheesy biscuits, hard as rocks; crostini served with delicious smoked trout pate, burned to the point of smelling. The soup of the day, corn and jalapeno chowder, and chopped salad were delicious. Creole prepared char was tasty, but dry, served with haricots verde, undercooked and inedible. A new fish with which I was unfamiliar, "the chef's favorite" according to the wait staff, was hard, dry and tasteless. At the price point, we were sorely disappointed. We wanted to find Waters to be an excellent seafood restaurant. Chef Jon, please check on your kitchen, it is just not up to your standards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Seafood in Fort Worth
    KonacallahansVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    By far one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Worth. The menu has a great mix of choices and everything is fantastic. The wine list is also very thoughtful and good. The service is professional and the atmosphere is very pleasant. This is hands down one of my favorite places to go in Fort Worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a disappointment!
    FortWorthFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went to Waters for our anniversary expecting a wonderful evening. To start, we shared oysters on the half shell; great; the only reason for two stars instead of one. Our fish entrees were very disappointing, not at all what you would expect at the price. Especially disastrous was the Artic Char with zucchini and yellow squash ribbons, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and capers served with a beurre blanc sauce. I don't know what the sauce was, but it had none of the shallots, vinegar/lemon juice, or butter taste that it is supposed to; virtually tasteless and a terrible texture (similar to one thickened with artificial thickeners); only a few capers. The tomatoes (plural)? Exactly 2! Many other food and service misteps. We won't be back.
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  • Excellent all the way around
    CindyG
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We chose this restaurant for our 19th wedding anniversary celebration, and it did not disappoint. We had a lovely, leisurely dinner and our server took very good care of us. We also had a manager stop by our table to check on us. We split a calamari appetizer, which was better than the standard that you get a most seafood restaurants. We both had salads as well, mine the house and his the ceasar. Both were great. For entrees, I chose a scallops special with three presentations,and my husband had a trout special. Delicious! The server was also able to give us great wine recommendations and offered us a complimentary dessert (we chose a dark chocolate tart, rich and very tasty). I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waters
    ajratliffVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Love our two waiters, Roger & Chris in the bar area. They are very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner out
    GMF57
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place was very nice, ambiance good, service good, and food very creatively prepared and presented. Definitely will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent dining experience. Great wine list, specials of the day and excellent service. We enjoyed everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    rmsm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful meal, service and atmosphere! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Foodies0802
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I made reservations at Waters for my husbands birthday. We had an amazing experience. The food was perfect and the wait staff was very attentive; we couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Waters is definitely worth the money and we will be dining there again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Nankvan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food! Fresh fresh oysters and excellent menu selections. Service was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Can't wait to go back! There were 5 in our group and all we kept stating about the food the waiter (Scott) the atmosphere was "EXCELLANT". Thank you for making our first time experience wonderful. My husband and I have not stopped talking about Waters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    LovetoDine
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a very relaxed dinner on a Sunday evening for my birthday. The food was great. I do not generally eat oysters, but I tried my husband's oyster sampler and the grilled oysters were my favorite. Can't wait to return and try some other options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sheen
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very extensive and creative presentation of fresh seafood. If you like frsh seafood that is expertly prepared, then this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyableevening2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our first dining experience at Waters. We had some out of town clients with us. We were all very pleased with everything about the evening...we stayed for 3 hours and didn't feel rushed. We had drinks (best bloody mary I have ever had!), appetizers, wine, dinner, and dessert. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We took out-of-town business associates to dinner at Waters and had a great experience. The atmosphere is conducive to conversation and is a great choice for an upscale dinner. The service was impeccable and the meal was outstanding. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters :)
    chugs
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The oysters were excellent. I hade the trio.. the vegetables were very good and not over cooked. The fish was prepared well, but somewhat bland. I would definitely return and try other options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KingOrry
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food and service. We asked for a quiet table as my friend has a hearing aid and they put us at the chef's table. Perfect! Absolutely love the food here and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The selection of oysters was obviously unlike any other in the area however the raw oysters and the grilled oysters were full of grit. That will happen occassionally but 16 out of 24 ruins an appetite. Our fried oysters and Texafeller Oysters were delicious. Every pack of crackers we opened was stale and the biscuits were hard and dry. We left without ordering dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood and more
    celebrate
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed a special night out at Waters. Surf and turf for two was outstanding with one of the best filets we've ever had. Service was also excellent, very knowledgeable about the menu, but also very warm and friendly. Expensive, but worth it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Home Run
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Bonnell hits it out of the park yet again. His steak restaurant off 20 is already fantastic, and this restaurant is just as fantastic. This was our first time visiting Waters. We were on a double date type of environment with my husband's best friend and his wife. We could hear each other without yelling. The drinks were awesome. The food came quickly enough without being "too quick" such as pre-made. The atmosphere was perfect for a date or friends having dinner together. The location is spectacular as well. Right off of 7th street makes it easy to go bar hopping afterwards as well. You won't be disappointed in any way, shape, or form by visiting Waters.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversay Delight
    dpray
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place to celebrate a anniversary! Waters Bonnell's Restaurant, in Fort Worth, made this celebration dinner out very memorable. Upon arrival we were seated immediately in the spotlessly clean dining room. Josh was our server, his polite demeanor and knowledge of Bonnell's menu selection was relaxing and helpful. The presentation, from appetizer through dessert, was beautiful and the preparation of or selection was excellent. To top off our dinning Bonnell's presented us with a beautifully prepared "Happy Anniversary" dessert, compliments of Bonnell's. We highly recommend Waters Bonnel's for any occasssiion. Thanks to the entire staff for all of their attentiveness that made this a super evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal during restaurant week
    DavidR
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Another great meal at Waters and excellent service during a very busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water's Review
    like2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was fabulous, service outstanding and the ambiance was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish in Fort Worth
    k2diningVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bonnells Waters provides a nice change for those who want something more than steak. They offer well prepared fresh fish and oysters in a beautiful, well-designed restaurant that has an emphasis on service. The wine list is excellent and the servers are trained and can describe the wines in order to help with selection. My husband loves the ceviche trio and we both enjoy the grilled fish entrees. Everything is very fresh and prepared in a manner that enhances the flavors. The décor is very artistic and the layout is well planned so that you are not bunched together with the other diners. The bar and the oyster bar are interesting and lively. The staff is accommodating. It makes for a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Texas Seafood
    DrrogiVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great Texas spin on fresh varied fish. Oysters were amazing and the portions more than ample. Vibrant spot in the west 7th street district
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Kate
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We took friends for their birthday celebration and everything was perfect. We could not have asked for more. The staff was so on top of their job and truly enjoyed their work. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner a disappointment
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'm sorry but I must write a mixed review about Waters. I've always enjoyed Bonnell's first restaurant which gave me high hopes for my first time at Waters. The room is gorgeous and the staff caring. The food was the problem last Wednesday. I started with a Caesar salad and lump crab. The lettuce was wilted, and the promised edgy salad dressing was bland. Next came Oysters Texasfeller. The dish arrived and the oysters were almost cold. I sent it back. It came back luke warm but still not hoe. Some of the tasso was inedible because they were rock hard. My wife had the small seafood tower. The lobster salad had one piece of lobster, the rest potatoes. She returned it and received more lobster the next time. The cooking needs work.
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  • Another Bonnell's Gem
    DFWdiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    In keeping with John Bonnell's creative excellence this another great restaurant. Great menu, wine list and outstanding service. A must for those who enjoy a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waters
    Flyboy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was fabulous. The seafood tower was served at the table next to us & it looked great! Our table had the calamari which was good & prepared 2 ways, the steak part was strips breaded with what tasted like cornmeal, and smaller pieces were crunchy and melted in your mouth. I had the drum fish with a light blackening served with their version of dirty rice, both good. The gumbo was a bit salty but good. The pineapple sorbet was not too sweet and good. We waited a bit long for our bottles of wine probably because the wine room was so big and in the middle of the restaurant. Overall an excellent dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner with Waters and will definitely recommend to others this unique restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet