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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4.7
5666 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located across from South Coast Plaza and steps from Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 125 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fine cuts, American

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (949) 208-7060

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Eddie Albarran

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been Southern California's seafood destination since 1989. Located in the heart of Orange County, and with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the renowned South Coast Plaza within walking distance, Water Grill is the perfect location for any event.

  • Private party contact

    Talayeh Hamidi: (866) 325-6409

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Parking details

    Valet Only

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,666 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Seafood

  • Orange County

    Most Booked

  • North Orange County

    Seafood

  • North Orange County

    Most Booked

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  1. TL

    TaraL

    Palm Springs

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Dina was so wonderful!
  2. AT

    AndrewT

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always our go to place when we’re working or visiting the oc. Location is great, ambience is lively and the valet parking makes it super convenient. The food is decent as always although I wish they would bring back the sea bream cerviche that was served when it was first opened…but that is just one person’s opinion. Service is impeccable every time although the host staff can be a hit or miss sometimes. Smile and be friendly…it won’t cost you a dime and it may keep your job. The demographic of patrons have changed have changed since the opening as well but I don’t fault WG for that…the jury is still out on this for me personally. I love their halibut when it’s in season towards the colder months. Bar seating is always a great choice for couples. Lastly, no cork fee is genius!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a great time, good food, and service!
  4. s

    scufred

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a premium dining establishment. As such, I would love to see them offer Ipswich Clams, both steamed and fried. No other restaurants in SoCal offer them, and they should not be any more difficult to import than soft-shell crabs. Most people on the West Coast do not know how much better they are than littleneck clams for the above purposes and you could create a new market for them. Littlenecks are still better than those when raw on the half-shell, for cioppino or with pasta.
  5. G

    Goodtimes

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very busy - Saturday night. But service was excellent and attentive. Food was delicious. Chilled seafood platter was enormous - got the Deluxe which says "for 4" but is so large. Fresh shellfish - recommend the uni. Fish were grilled perfectly - moist and tender, not overcooked. Wife got wild king salmon, I got swordfish. Desserts were decadent and not overly sweet, which is appreciated. Fantastic all around.
  6. TY

    TommyY

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    King crab legs were outstanding. Very good Caesar salad.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service outstanding
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were phenomenal ❤️
  9. DR

    DebraR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill in Costa Mesa is large, friendly and professional. Javier, our server, and his associates were efficient and polite. The food was delicious and consistent.
  10. H

    Hexman

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The food is not as good as previous experience
  11. w

    welltraveledeater

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service, great food..but really loud. We would try it again. Maybe a quieter location
  12. K

    Katherine

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and the service is excellent
  13. G

    Golfer18

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chilean sea bass $52 was very good but a bit undercooked. Spiny lobster was excellent 1.5 lbs $90 Caesar salad nice. Bread pudding good but nothing special. Service was excellent and mgr paid for our desert since our anniversary
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Birthdays , holidays
  15. L

    Lobo

    Orange County

    300 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    300 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Soft Shell Crab Season!!! Deliciously prepared over watermelon and cucumber ribbons & mint! Outstanding! I usually order the Scallops, which are fantastic!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Usually a fantastic, albeit pricey experience. Yesterday mid afternoon post concert, long delays for everything except our server who was apologetic. They brought out 2 of 4 meals almost 20 min before the other 2, we could’ve easily finished before the others were delivered, but tried to wait as long as we could do ended up with 2 cold meals. The server was nice enough to comp a desert to make up for it which we wouldn’t ordinarily have. The restaurant was not busy at this hour.
  17. MC

    MaryC

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill is my favorite restaurant in OC. Great food, beautiful restaurant, and most of all, the service is always wonderful!
  18. TS

    TracyS

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love dining here, one of our favorites, great food, ambiance and fantastic service. Perfect for date night. Great bar as well with good drink menu
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our favorite restaurant, not just because of the delicious food but the SERVICE is amazing. Always an incredible experience here.
  20. TZ

    TeriZ

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had to wait probably 16-20 minutes for a 5pm reservation.. waiter forgot a few things and soooooooooo expensive for what we ate. Probably not coming back again
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary, and the service was outstanding!
  22. JS

    JacquieS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will was our waiter for the night. He was very knowledgeable, attentive and kind. We tried the new aged bone in New York per his recommendation and it was fabulous! This is our favorite restaurant to come for great food, superior service and relaxation!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for lunch on a Saturday and even changed our reservations to 45 mins earlier than the original plan without any problems. Service was great. The food was excellent. Atmosphere was very nautical/old money chic. Bathrooms were nice and clean. What more could you ask for?
  24. MC

    MatthewC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very accommodating, great friendly service, however with items 86’d off the menu it was a let down, that said worth the visit
  25. AF

    AlexF

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    So we had made a reservation for a table of 4 as it was my sons birthday. When they tried to sit us at a table, there was a booth available and we asked if we could have that one instead. The hostess said that one is reserved and if we want to get a boot we have to wait another 15 minutes. I asked there is no way to reserve a booth online, but she said someone else has managed to reserve that one!!! So because the table was directly Under the sun, we decided to wait. By the time they sat us down, that fist table was still empty!!! First the drinks took for ever to arrive and then when the food arrived, both the steaks and the fish were both cold. We shared a sea bass and a salad with my wife and the kids had their own meals and had a dozen of oysters, the bill was $340!! Everything has gotten really expensive there and if the food at least was decent, I wouldn't mind paying for it. A little disappointing especially since it was my sons birthday. He said he doesn't want to go back there again as much as we used to like going there often!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  27. KG

    KatherineG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and professional, enthusiastic service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience our waiter was super nice gave us the best recommendations and we ended up trying new foods we didn’t think we would like but ended up loving it 1000% would recommend eating here
  29. KF

    KaleighF

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The best restaurant for a special occasion. Delicious food and outstanding service.
  30. T

    Tadtober

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent seafood, fresh and prepared fantastic. Never disappointed.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25 year anniversary
  32. RS

    RichardS

    San Antonio

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was good. Service was great. It was just too noisy.
  33. PD

    PatrickD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill in Costa Mesa consistently delivers excellent food and service. Great place for business lunch.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top seafood in OC
  35. H

    Hansi

    Orange County

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a great combination of great food, great ambiance and great service
  36. l

    lesliekn

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious sea bass and oysters. didn't care for the crab cakes - not large lump. great service. good wine selection.
  37. d

    davidg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    our waitress takes a long time to serve us and show up if anything else is needed
  38. RS

    RachaelS

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went here for lunch (normally go for dinner) always excellent! Not a huge fan of the spiny lobster tails, but our guests ordered it , and it was much bigger than I expected it would be and looked delicious!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Andy the host was sooooo rude.

FAQs

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 208-7060.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza is rated 4.7 stars by 5666 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 125 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

3300 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fine cuts, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Only

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Eddie Albarran

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 208-7060

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been Southern California's seafood destination since 1989. Located in the heart of Orange County, and with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the renowned South Coast Plaza within walking distance, Water Grill is the perfect location for any event.

  • Private party contact

    Talayeh Hamidi: (866) 325-6409

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