Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.6
2543 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Water Grill is steps away from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and a just quick stroll across a scenic footbridge from the world renowned South Coast Plaza. The restaurant’s multiple event spaces provide the ideal setting for intimate celebrations, business gatherings, large parties and charity events. Deluxe accommodations are available for any occasion- from groups of 5 to parties of 500, and everything in between. Submit an inquiry now to start planning a truly exceptional experience for you and your guests!
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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I suggested my boyfriend to take me here for my birthday celebration, because I heard good things about Water Grill. The service was ok, and you don’t get a treat for your bday you have to buy a dessert and they bring out with a candle. For a five star restaurant this is poor in value their customer. I would think they give you something little. All the Restuarant I’ve been too and took friends out they gave nice small cake or treat for the bday girl/boy. If you planning to come here I suggest you bring your own cake to celebrate.

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BW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the Water Grille does not disappoint. Food was spot on, the ambiance killer with far too much to look at and appreciate everywhere you look. Service by Sean was top drawer, personable and inclusive, educational without being overbearing. Overall a great experience to be savored, remembered and then repeated!

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TD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sea bass, oyster sampler, rice pudding and service were outstanding, Chiopino was a let-down. Surprised by having to pay valet charge after a $300 meal.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, we got the octopus as an appetizer and it was soo good. I got the sangrita, it was smokey but yummy

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

My server lost our bottle wine on ice(which they eventually found), no paper towels in the men’s room (shook my hands dry), and they served our dessert to the table next to us (which they promptly ate since they thought it was comped). That said, food A+. Service I’ve had better at Sizzler.

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TO
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to a lunch with my two sons and celebrated a birthday - our waitress was super knowledgeable and also very professional. We had the Halibut, Ceviche, and Chilean Seabass—All cooked to perfection with out swimming in butter. Delicious

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening with my wife !!!

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BK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful. However we would have loved for the noise level to be a little lower than it was. I did not like the fact that I had to raise my voice for my mother to hear me when she was just across the table...

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent; if only the portion size matched! Paid $29 for 3 scallops (not particularly large ones, either). Did not care for the large windows facing Bristol being wide open (and wait staff refused to close); there was a lot of traffic noise and it was much too breezy for being seated inside the restaurant. To be totally honest, something upset my stomach about an hour after lunch (thinking the bleu cheese dressing?) Had a lactose-intolerant type of reaction for the next couple of hours. May or may not be back; wouldn't get scallops acai, but the steak looked pretty good.

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AS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is very salty. But the atmosphere was great.

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B
Orange County
83 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern decor with lively bar and raw bar areas. Good atmosphere. Food items were innovative and well prepared. The lump crab cake was delicious and among the best outside of the Mid Atlantic seaboard. My wife had the pasta and shrimp and stated that the restaurant made an ordinary dish stand out in taste and presentation. Our server Jeremiah was outstanding in courtesy, efficiency and attentiveness.
This is one of our favorite pre-concert dinner venues and we will be back repeatedly.

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DK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was sublime. We understood why the restaurant was hopping on a Wednesday night! Service was also outstanding. We only regret we did not try the Water Grill sooner.

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RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

With qualifications. Our street side location was a huge disappointment.

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AS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Having been to the Water Grill in Los Angeles, I expected similar service, atmosphere and food. Not even close. First of all the place was LOUD. It was difficult to have any kind of conversation without shouting. If I wanted to go to Javier's, I would have. I had the Cioppino. It had plenty of fish, but the broth was bland. My spouse had absolutely loved the Brussels sprouts dish in LA, this one, not so much. The service was fine as we were going to the show at the Sergestrom Theater, but this will be the last time we go here. There are much better restaurants in the area.

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J
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Lovely setting perfect for a business meeting, gathering with friends or a romantic meal. Very reasonable prices for the outstanding quality of the food. The jalapeño margarita should not be missed.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The fish was dry. No side dishes offered. Your prices are extremely excessive for what you offer. I think you charge so much just because your location is close to South Coast Plaza. I am never coming back to your restaurant. There are much better restaurants in the area. I will cancel my company celebration at your facility. I was very disappointed with your food and prices. I know you are not going to change anything. Some businesses prosper... others go downhill...

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RF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! No complaints at all. Highly recommend.

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d
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet to the hostess we were met with warm friendly staff that contiunued with our waiter and busers. The setting/ambience is open and inviting and the food was fresh and delicious.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was mother's day and there was too much noise - seated on widow with cars and buses driving by, singer was very loud and lots of people contributed to the noise.

Food was great as usual and service was good considering the number of people.

Would definitely recommend - just not on a holiday

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D
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother's Day brunch was unbelievable: so many selections. Everything we ordered was delicious. Despite the packed restaurant, the service was superb. Although the staff constantly wished us "Happy Mother's Day," a flower would have been lovely.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit. Great service, setting the standard. Drinks are always creative and top-notch. Food is especially delicious and creative as well. That’s why this is our family favorite!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron and Jeremiah were the best! Jeremiah helped me get situated before Cameron took over. Cameron was personable, funny, attentive, and had great recommendations! Food was fab as always and I’ll always be a fan!

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MM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and shout out to our spunky server , shoot don’t remember her name, but she was terrific!

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KD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family celebrated Mother's Day the day before and we had a wonderful time. Our server was very attentive and professional. I love the incredibly large open space and the seamless connection with the outside without all the nearby noise and traffic on Bristol Street becoming intrusive. And the seafood was top-notch and cooked just right for everyone in our party. You won't be disappointed and we will come back (as we have a couple of times).

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MK
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Advanced Mother’s Day

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D
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the place. But had a reservation and still had to wait and it made us almost late for the show.

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DB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner

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AM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going here before a show at Segerstrom - I always get the mixed green salad and the crab cake and that is plenty filling and so yummy! I also love how they offer a half bottle/carafe of wine. The service is always excellent and the ambiance is amazing.

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MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. While the food and service was fairly good, the noise level made it difficult to really enjoy such a special occasion. When we made the reservation, we requested a table in a quieter place in the restaurant. When they called to confirm, I repeated this request and was assured they would take care of it. When we arrived, they initially tried to seat us next to some very loud people. Our table was moved, but it didn't make much difference.

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J
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This used to be my favorite restaurant, now, not so much. I am not a fan of the menu changes and small changes at the table. No more fizzy water as an option. No calamari only for appetizer selection. I ordered a New Zealand fish that was prepared too sweet and very dry. And for that, I was given an up-charge?

Sorry to all at the Water Grill, but I am not happy with recent visit and current menu.

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DM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in OC! If your a foodie and love seafood it’s heavenly. Drinks are made to perfection!! A+++ bartenders that make drinks and always consistent.

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A
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! One of our new favorites.

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P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate service beginning to end. Best fish and chips I have ever had. My guests were all very complimentary of their entrees.

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s 22nd birthday - she and her boyfriend met us there. Our waitress (I’ve forgotten her name 😲) was the perfect combo of attentive and unobtrusive. The food was outstanding, although a bit pricey. Love the ambiance and decor, and we got our requested booth by a window. Love that there’s a choice of birthday dessert, brought at the perfect time. Overall, a great night - this place never disappoints!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic from beginning to end. The food was spectacular. Always a great experience!

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SM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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p
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Water Grill never fails to deliver. Entertaining business guests from out of town. Service, food, attentiveness and overall experience was exceptional as always. Best selection and quality oysters and perfectly prepared seafood.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience great food!!! Christopher the bartender makes a great apple martini!

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K
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is beautifully done and the service was excellent. Our food was delicious

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