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Water Grill - Denver, Denver, CO
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Water Grill - Denver

4.6
4.6
909 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
PLEASE NOTE: Valet Parking entrance is on Blake Street between 17th & 16th (on the left).

Water Grill is family-owned and operated, and offers an elevated, seasonally-driven seafood experience. Located in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood (LODO), their menu features “first-of-season” seafood and a large selection of finfish, shellfish, lobster, crab, and oysters, all sourced directly from their own seafood distribution company King’s Seafood Distribution.

The saltwater tanks are visible from the dining room and feature seasonal items such as Spiny Lobster, Dungeness Crab, King Crabs, and more. Menus are updated twice per day — visit https://www.watergrill.com/denver for daily offerings!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 727-5711

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Biederman

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    We are located on the corner of 17th St. & Market.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    If you are driving down Blake St., valet is available between 17th & 16th halfway down the block on the left side. Look for the entrance of the Market Station Parking Garage. You will see the illuminated signage with a large red arrow and a 'P' for parking. Valet crew will direct you to the restaurant's entrance.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Experience Valentine's Day at Water Grill - Denver! We have created an exclusive 4-course pre-fixe menu for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement and cherish the special celebration of love!

What 909 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Fresh but not very tasty
  2. JM

    JordanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrew was our server and went above and beyond to ensure that we were taken care of for the duration of our dining experience. We were having a company celebration and every single staff member from FOH to runners were on their A-Game. 6 out of 5 stars!
  3. BC

    BrittneyC

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and delicious seafood. Service was top notch, thank you Thomas for your attention to details and brisk service! The manager was a delight and assisted in pre bussing at least twice, I loved that touch! Overall, a wonderful experience and made my boyfriend’s birthday a success! We will definitely be back and will always recommend!
  4. SS

    SpikeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Birthday. They had a card for my girlfriend
  5. JG

    JataraG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner! The sea bass was incredible, and we enjoyed our octopus, oysters, and lobster! Looking forward to coming back!
  6. BM

    BerryM

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Brian and the team, do an outstanding job of taking care of diners. We were a party of five and Nathan provided a smooth, professional delivery of menu discussion, from cocktails to desserts. The shellfish starter, included stone crab, oysters, scallops, sea urchin and Alaskan crab nuggets, that we haven’t seen anywhere else in Denver…excellent start followed by Spiney Lobster, Sea Bass and the scallops with cauliflower….all well prepared and truly delicious, Highly recommend the Water Grill for lunch or dinner.
  7. C

    Christopher

    Denver

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! I am so excited that a fresh seafood restaurant of this caliber has been established in the Lodo area of Denver! I am from Long Island, New York, and grew up on fresh seafood and shellfish. The Water Grill has got it 100% right. I love how they add the details and show the locations where each seafood has been sourced. The oyster bar showcases a selection of ten different oysters from both the west and east coasts. My wife ordered the fish and chips (cod in local IPA beer batter). It was cooked perfectly. The breading was super fluffy. I ordered the Mexican Swordfish with spaghetti squash, olives, and tapenade. Not too sweet, perfectly savory. My only negative observation, the wines were super marked up. I publish Wine Country International(r) magazine and am a certified sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. So you can say that I am a wine expert after twenty years. The wine markup is roughly 4 X which is the trend lately, folks. It is not just at the Water Grill. It is happening at most restaurants in Denver and Boulder. I blame this on the wine distributors trying to look like heroes to their customers. I think that restaurants should consider price points. There should be more wines on the wine list priced below $50. With this said, I will be returning to the Water Grill on a regular basis. Their food, flavors and staff are exceptional!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end our experience was stellar, our waiter was so attentive and the food was delicious. The clam chowder and Rockefeller oysters were so good!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Michael was awesome and a joy to have as a server. Not sure what happened in the kitchen last night considering the restaurant was not very busy at all. All the steaks and the crab came out over cooked. Still very tasty and not so much that they were not enjoyed. We just expect the a restaurant that boasts its seafood and grilled food they would have the best of those two things. We appreciated the wine and food selection. Michael made excellent suggestions and was accommodating to our friend with an allergy. We will give it another try on a weekend and hope to see water grill’s reputation shine.
  10. ST

    StevenT

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although the seating staff was pretty impersonal and dull, our waiter was awesome. Very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was outstanding! My new favorite for seafood.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrew was an amazing server, very knowledgeable. He made our dining experience fantastic. Highly recommend
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  13. j

    jyls

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    We always enjoy the food. Unfortunately, every time we go the service is poor, takes forever to get cocktails and water. The waiters are all very nice though. We will not be going back. It’s not worth it based on the expense.
  14. JB

    JeffB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food. A bit on the pricy side but worth it.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    It took 30 to get first drinks. Another hour to get food. Another 30 after dishes were taken to get our desserts ordered. Part of the food tasted like it was sitting under a heat lamp for 12 hours. Management knew our food was late and did not care. I have been to Watergrill on multiple occasions and this visit ruined it. A $500 bill for an Applebees experience. Someone needs to take over the management and fix this restaurant.
  16. TG

    TastingGirl624

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When our Uber started to pass the building I thought, “Oh I wish that’s where we were going!” as it looked so beautiful through the windows. I was delighted when the car stopped and we were at Water Grill. And it did not disappoint. Fabulous ambience, superb service from Mike, a menu filled with so many wonderful things. But how we regretted our late lunch earlier in the day - we wanted to eat so many things. Wound up splitting the clam chowder completely with in shell clams. The lobster roll was so full of lobster and the roll was perfectly grilled. The accompanying fries were hand cut and nicely brown and crisp. The grilled octopus was wonderfully charred around the edges and tender inside. Rolls are fluffy with a crisp salty top. If we lived in Denver, we’d go back again and again. Word of advice: please go hungry so you can eats lots!
  17. K

    Kyle

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Our server was great at making recommendations for us.
  18. c

    christopherc

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service with Robert was outstanding. The Caesar salad was very good although the oysters Rockefeller was a little disappointing overall very nice experience and worth the price. Very nice ambience for the two of us.
  19. CS

    CarmelaS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Server tried to accommodate all our requests, very nice young man. Water Grill always consistent, we thoroughly enjoyed.
  20. LW

    LaneW

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It would be difficult to find a better assortment and quality of seafood in the Denver metro area. Everything looks, smells and tastes fresh. it’s definitely on the pricey side, but worth the splurge. The raw bar seafood platters are huge and are a great way to taste a variety of different shellfish. The Chilean Sea Bass was succulent and perfectly flavored and our companion said the shrimp scampi, with homemade noodles was the best she’s ever had. Great choice for a special occasion.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined there for my birthday. Had a very nice experience. The staff signed a little card and gave me a birthday dessert. Much appreciated, thank you!
  22. M

    Mitchw

    Indiana

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, not huge portions but reasonable … pretty pricey
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and Matt P was fantastic!
  24. YU

    YUMMY

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had excellent service from Jordan but everyone ordered the Dungeness crab and it ended up being sold out. So, our only option for crab was twice as expensive as it was King crab. Crab was delicious but thought the sides were so so. Drinks were amazing. We would go back but probably not often due to prices on the high end for what you get.
  25. J

    Jason

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was nothing special. I expected more for the price.
  26. G

    Guido

    Denver

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The Water Grill has some things going for it: glamorous decor, fresh fish, attentive service. Unfortunately, it has remarkably bad tasting recipes. At a recent meal, virtually everything we ordered had an unappetizing taste (except for one thing keep reading). I started with a Margarita, which on their bar menu featured special flavors of basil and jalapeño. It was terrible. (There is a reason you don't see dishes that combine basil with jalapeño, and that should also apply to cocktails). The Caesar salad had fresh romaine and anchovies, but the dressing entirely lacked any tanginess or flavor. Adding more parm and ground pepper didn't help. The waiter highly recommended the black cod entree (sablefish), so we ordered it. It was presented as an appropriately cooked ample portion of fish on a bed of saba noodles with a "spicy herb broth." Unfortunately, the latter was dominated entirely by hot fresno peppers that completely overpowered the delicate cod and most other flavors. Another one of our diners had lightly seared ahi that had surprisingly bitter seasoning. A side order of root vegetables came in a bland white sauce. A beet salad was unremarkable. The sour dough bread was served with salt crystals on top (why??) plus salted butter. The only thing that tasted fine were the half carafes of Rombauer Chardonnay, (for $51 each). I might consider giving the Water Grill another chance if they find a new executive chef and/or new recipes that actually taste as good as the ambience and service (and premium prices) would lead one to expect.
  27. JV

    JimV

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! The space is really nice. Many different options. Sid, our server, was very knowledgeable and helpful with choices and direction.
  28. SA

    StephenA

    Western NC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a time limit that kept us from benefiting fully from the menu, but what we had was excellent. The oyster selection was fantastic. The lobster roll was very good (I especially appreciated the fact that the server knew what a "Connecticut style" lobster roll was). My colleague's sablefish and side of broccolini were very good too. Some interesting wines on the list, though we didn't have time to go far into that. Service and food both to be recommended.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had one of the best meals of my life here (black cod)! Waiter was extremely friendly and helpful, and recommended the perfect wine for our meal. Of course the oysters were delicious too. 10/10 experience!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food every time. Friendly and courteous servers who are attentive but not overbearing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience! Trey was awesome! The lobster is amazing so anything with that get it!!
  32. JL

    JohnL

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Water Grill has one of most varied menus of any seafood restaurant especially one located in land-locked Colorado. A neat experience but very pricey. We had the Stone Crab Claws and they were good but not better than less expensive crab options we've enjoyed at other restaurants. The Black Cod and Halibut were great as well as the clam chowder.
  33. TP

    TonyP

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you enjoy fish and other seafood when in Denver you must go to Water Grill. Fantastic and extensive menu. I had the grilled Greek Black Bream. Cooked perfectly. Everyone in our group of five had different items and everyone raved.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, attentive service, and a great atmosphere! The oysters were amazing, as was the dungeness crab. Also highly recommend the espresso ganache cake!
  35. W

    Wolfy

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The little neck clams were delicious. We also enjoyed the crab cake, cod tacos, and beet salad.
  36. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, food was delectable - making for a perfect date night!
  37. F

    Foodies

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh high quality seafoods for a great price.
  38. JK

    JanetK

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We went for a late lunch with 3 people total. The atmosphere was rustic elegant ocean decor with nice accessories, but the space is extremely large. There were only about 10 people dining at 1 PM on Jan. 3rd which was understandable as it was right after the holidays. The menu was very impressive and the wines were lovely. The service left a bit to be desired in as far as going the extra mile for an expensive restaurant. The Wait person just left the white wine bottle on the table after pouring for quite a while until we had to finally flag someone to have a wine bucket and then it took another few minutes for the server to come and the wine was taken over to their station. When we needed a few items the server was not visually available and we had to flag someone else down. After quite a delay, we were told the lobster was not to the Chef's liking and it would be a bit longer. The server said all the right things at the table, but forgot to check on our needs when appropriate or be observable from our table. For a late lunch with few diners and expensive bill for 3, it seemed there needs to be more checking on our possible needs.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was AMAZING! My friend and I had a blast and can’t wait to come back.
  40. T

    Traday

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very nice and our server Nathan was awesome. The food was average. Not what I would expect for the price. The portion size especially for the desert was very small. It was good but I was sooo disappointed. 14$ for 2 mouths full was absurd. I may go back because there was another dish I want to try and the restaurant wasn’t terrible, I just had higher expectations. It was just ok. But Nathan was great.

FAQs

Water Grill - Denver is rated 4.6 stars by 909 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Water Grill - Denver

1691 Market St, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located on the corner of 17th St. & Market.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    If you are driving down Blake St., valet is available between 17th & 16th halfway down the block on the left side. Look for the entrance of the Market Station Parking Garage. You will see the illuminated signage with a large red arrow and a 'P' for parking. Valet crew will direct you to the restaurant's entrance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Biederman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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