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Water Grill – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Water Grill – Los Angeles

4.7
4.7
5234 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (213) 891-0900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Moulton
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
  • Private party contact
    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900

What 5,234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Great for fine wines

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked

5,234 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here never disappoints. We’ll be back again!

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  2. irisA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm a big fan of the Water Grill but I am always disappointed with the DTLA location. Service is always lacking and food is always over cooked, not a great experience at the price point. Im always disappointed and regret booking this location.

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  3. Cath

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 7 enjoyed everything we ate! We were there to celebrate a great accomplishment: my son graduating from law school. They congratulated him, but not over the top, which he appreciated. I am allergic to all fish, and they went out of their way to cook my chicken to avoid cross-contamination. They could not "grill" it, which was fine with me. It was delicious!! I was impressed with how they asked me if that would be fine; they were very considerate! The key lime was like no other I have had; a must-try!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the service so nice and the caramel pudding the best dessert

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  5. BeverlyE

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Alex at the Oyster Bar is a master, knowledgeable and entertaining.

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  6. ScottS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to come back. Great place for a business meeting

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  7. WinerDinerfromLA

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the first time we were disappointed with the Water Grill where we dine frequently. The oyster bar and its chef are fantastic. Usually the service is . , but this time, though they forgot to put the order in for one of the three of us at the table it took almost 30 extra minutes to get his meal, while our lobster got cold. the waiter never apologized, but I think it was the Manager came by to explain the problem. The waiter just said that they were not gonna charge our friend for his meal. It was his attitude that annoyed us. Nevertheless, we’ve been going to the Water Grill for years even when they were in Pasadena, I will continue to do so .

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  8. Andreabax

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to have dinner! Incredible assortment of raw fish, sushi and shellfish food. Meat also. Very satisfying

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  9. PeterH

    Alabama

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food as always was great and the service by Chris was super. and the manager was bussing tables to help out. Fantastic

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  10. DavidB

    Atlanta Metro

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best seafood in DTLA. Always go there for graduation or other celebrations. Can’t beat the chilled seafood tower.

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  11. AmyR

    Los Angeles

    81 reviews

    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always delightful having a meal at Water Grill. I’ve been coming here since they opened in 1989, and they never fail to disappoint. Highly recommended!

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  12. BrandtGassman

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server at the bar (Michael?) was exceptional. He’s reason enough to visit again.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s very special as usual. Feels very comfortable with same servers and receptionists. Thank you very much Louis for taking care of our table. The chefs and kitchen staff are trained as professional cooks. All seafood are very fresh and tasty. Love this restaurant.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is the perfect restaurant, my favorite 100 points

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  15. Janet

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This has always been my go to restaurant when I want an adult meal. This time it was disappointing. The service was slow and the food was just ok. I am sorry to see their lower stabdards

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  16. owensm

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    How nice to return. What a fabulous menu! Great food and attentive service made this a super experience. The Manila clams and the halibut were superb. Thank you! Murphy

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our time there. It was our first time and enjoyed every minute. Cant remember our waiter's name. I believe it was jared. He was a true professional and gave us great recommendations for the food. Its a high end place so be prepared to spend money but its worth every penny.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, excellent service, a bit pricy but overall a good experience. Would recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. PenelopeD

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, we enjoyed our luncheon. Only two comments this time. Both of us had Lobster Bisque which we both thought was too heavily salted. (And both of us tend to use the salt cellar at every meal.) The Ceasar salad was too lightly dressed and I would have liked crisper greens and more Parmesan. The table pepper grinder did not produce a coarse grind which I prefer. The sea bass was perfect and had a rich buttery texture. The Italian Pinot Gringo was outstanding and chilled nicely. See you again soon

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an incredible experience at the Water Grill. This has become a fun family tradition anytime we go to downtown for a show or performance, we always stop by the Water Grill beforehand! Food is excellent and always fresh. Great service and lovely ambiance in the restaurant. Highly recommend for any type of occasion!

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  21. Rutman

    South Dakota

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. Lexie and Christopher took great care of us. We had an issue with one entree and it was taken care of with the best possible care, speed, and concern. We had the raw platter, Black Cod, and Chilean Sea Bass. It was all fantastic.

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  22. JustinR

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate and anniversary and would could not asked for a more perfect experience. Big fan of Water Grill.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food, sat on the bar. Pricey but work it

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  24. Foodluvr

    Phoenix

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails and wine. The food was wonderful: from the calamari and Caesar salad to each of our entries (shrimp, scallops, tuna and fish and chips). The service was perfect and dessert amazing. We loved it all!!

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  25. RandyO

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fresh seafood. They even sell fish by the weight and charcoal grill for you. Great valet parking for $5 when you dine there.

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  26. bsmall

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time! Louis was our server, and he was the BEST! Very knowledgeable about the menu, and very personable! Made 3 great recommendations…the Spicy Lobster Roll, the Halibut Cheeks with fennel and the caramel Bread Pudding. They were all great! Charlotte, the manager, came by our table to check on us. She was also very personable. She told us that most of the staff had been there 12-20 years! Speaks highly for the way the restaurant is run! Loved our experience!

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  27. StanleyT

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience. Exceptional service and great food.

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  28. Lexis

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience was excellent from the very moment I waked in the door. The gentleman treated me first class. Even when we left. All fresh. My fave new spot 💯💯

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  29. HilaryF

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding. Our waiter was gnarly, knowledgeable, and so nice and so helpful. But my daughter and I drink a lot of water and without even realizing it would just be filled every minute without us ever even needing to ask. Everything was also paste nicely so we weren’t rushed anyway, and you almost get a little bit hungry perfectly between courses. Everything was presented beautifully. my fish could’ve been served a little bit warmer to be honest, but it was fine enough that I didn’t need to say anything. Great restaurant all around. Highly recommend.

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  30. Cassitini

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris took great care of us. He went above & beyond. Food was amazing! Sea Bass, Scallops, king crab legs, oysters & the homemade peanut butter ice cream were all spectacular!

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  31. Patrick

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Emerson was superb his recommendations were spot on.

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  32. CynthiaR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the absolute best oysters to start and and a French Chablis. I had the grilled spiny lobster and it was delicious. I highly recommend it. My husband had the halibut fillet, it was good but not spectacular. The key lime pie was amazing. All in all, a wonderful meal.

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  33. TroyP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best seafood I’ve ever had! And I am from Florida.

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  34. William

    Los Angeles

    355 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    355 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Luis is a good server and we had the Florida snow crabs, Alaskan halibut, Brussel sprouts and wedge lettuce salad. the Halibut was fantastic. Luis was an attentive server and guided us in the menu selection. We were at the bar and there were a group of customers who were standing next to our table for half of our meal. they were a bit noisy.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience with great food and kind hosts!

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  36. Laren

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy Water Grill a lot. The food is always exceptional and the service is topnotch. It's a little pricey, but actually well worth it.

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  37. SonyaC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Come to the Water Grill if you are in the mood for fresh Seafood. Don’t leave without trying the maple cheesecake, it was a slice of perfection.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!!! The food was delicious and the service was great! We ordered the Australian Spiny Lobster, Chilean Sea Bass and Shrimp Scampi!! ALL delicious!

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  39. SugaBox

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went back a second time in the same week. Love it

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food never disappoints, but our server Carlos made this meal extra special. Great recommendations and excellent service!

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FAQs

Water Grill – Los Angeles is rated 4.7 stars by 5234 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 41 times today
Google Map for Water Grill – Los Angeles

544 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th St.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Moulton
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 891-0900
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
  • Private party contact
    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900
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