Water Grill - South Coast Plaza
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Sunday, June 16, 2019
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.
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
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.
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
It was a beautiful evening with my wife !!!
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...
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.
The food is very salty. But the atmosphere was great.
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.
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.
With qualifications. Our street side location was a huge disappointment.
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.
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.
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...
Great food and service! No complaints at all. Highly recommend.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
Great food and shout out to our spunky server , shoot don’t remember her name, but she was terrific!
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).
Advanced Mother’s Day
Love the place. But had a reservation and still had to wait and it made us almost late for the show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing food and service! One of our new favorites.
First rate service beginning to end. Best fish and chips I have ever had. My guests were all very complimentary of their entrees.
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!
Service was fantastic from beginning to end. The food was spectacular. Always a great experience!
Great food and service.
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.
Awesome experience great food!!! Christopher the bartender makes a great apple martini!
The space is beautifully done and the service was excellent. Our food was delicious
I had a very lovely experience at this place. Good food and good service
My husband and I went there for a celebration dinner. The menu and prices online indicated a perception of a high end restaurant. Instead the music was loud and disturbing, the environment was more like a sports bar. We had halibut cheeks and grilled octopus for appetizers. The halibut cheeks were overgrilled and dried out, and the grilled octopus was flavorless and overwhelmed by the heavy tomato relish. The entrees were ok. In short, extremely disappointing for a $200 dinner for two.