Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4701 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.

A safe and comfortable experience, Water Grill follows all the CDC guidelines to ensure you have an amazing experience each and every time.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Michele
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I write this review with a heavy heart because The Water Grill has always been a favorite of our, unfortunately the last 2 times have not been good. Food is excellent, the service is not. In July we hosted a large party of 12 and again the food was incredible, but the service wasn't and we thought it was just because we were a large group. But then last night we went to celebrate our anniversary and we ordered an appetizer that never arrived, the soup came, which was delicious but the pepper mill was broken and the whole peppercorns were swimming in our soup. We never saw the waitress so we asked a manager who brought us a new bowl of soup, but by then the entree's were served and the soup just sat there getting cold. We ordered desert and that was terrible. When we arrived the hostess wished us a Happy Anniversary, but the server never mentioned it or did anything for us. So disappointing. Unfortunately we will not be returning :(

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HBfoodie
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoy dining at Water Grill; however our last few visits have been “meh”. Our server was pleasant, but slow. The Caesar Salad was nothing to write home about. It was nice that they split it for us in kitchen. My husband had the Fish & Chips, also okay. The fries were more than the crispy we asked for, but in a weird way - sort of just hard. I had the Swordfish - the fish itself was excellent. The spaghetti sauce and olive preparation was excessively salty. I downed 5 glasses of water after arriving home. We shared the ice cream sampler - the sweet cream was excellent and the salted caramel not. We shared the Key Lime Pie - very good although the syrup was very sweet. The standout was the Left Coast Cellars White Pinot - I order it every time it’s on the wine list and it is excellent.

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StephanieR
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! The ambience is perfect for business or pleasure. Love the fact that the food is consistent too.

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viphonoluludiner
New England
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Shannon!! Restaurant was busy but she managed to check in on us regularly and cheerfully. Food a bit pricey but outstanding. We visit California every 1-2 months and always dine at Water Grill! Definitely recommend a special evening here and ask for Shannon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever!! Great service, food and atmosphere.

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LarryG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall a very good experience. The Chilean sea bass was a little disappointing, not as thick as I was used to. Everything else was excellent.

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NancyW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. We were on the patio with our backs to Bristol and it was very noisy! Service was a bit slow considering we arrived at 11:30 am. But I still love this place and will come back again!

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vipfernandom
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great! Server was awesome, we were well taken care of. Food was spot, cocktails delicious.

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vipDHN1
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Ambiance was great.
My husband ordered a Rye Old Fashioned, she told us they don't have Rye. Odd as I could see it from my seat. They also put orange in my Vesper martini which specifically calls for lemon.
My fish was really bad, I should have sent it back. My husband had the same but his was ok.
Kind of a bummer meal...

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LisaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The spiny lobster is now in season through May and it is wonderful with the drawn butter. Prepared perfectly and I highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, love the environment and our server was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.

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Liliy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Waiter or waitress certainly impact the overall experience. This is the fourth time we visited water grill and had the worst service. She was not welcoming, slow to respond and overall not pleasant. Hope they train the staff to put on the best energy level on the job.

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Gabby
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so great!!! The concierge lady was snarky when I said I brought a child with me but that's obviously her problem, not mind. Everything else was superb!! Always a pleasure to eat and dine here. Thank you Water Grill - South Coast for another magnificent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Experience!!!! Highly Recommended!!!

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vipJohn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My hamburger was ordered medium but came well done. My husband was annoyed during our entire dinner by a little yapping dog inside some woman’s purse

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Our server his is friendly, funny, helpful, everything he recommended were so delicious!! The environment is beautiful! I love that restaurant! Definitely going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Even with a reservation, we had to wait 20mins to be seated.

We were seated by the host Samantha. She sat us at a pretty small two top with uncomfortable chairs right next to another couple. We noticed there were 3 booths and two other tables open with comfortable leather chairs. We asked if we could move to one of those.

She left for a minute and came back to us and told us she could not move us because many people were waiting. Ummm sorry but aren’t we waiting also? And had a reservation?

We ended up moving to the bar which had way better chairs. Our server Diana was great.

20 mins later, we see her seat another couple in the more comfortable spot we asked for. The other tables also remained open for about 20mins.

The food was very good. Drinks were okay. Service from front host was rude and not accommodating.

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CharlieL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with great service as usual. Had the tasty as usual lobster roll.

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Monique
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was ok, a bit expensive for the quality, the service was great. 3 out of 4 of my utensils had old food on it and my plate had hair on it. Not sure how well they clean their serving dishes

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for our occasions! Only wish us that we were uncomfortable in the booths mid restaurant and would have preferred regular chairs…will make sure about that for next time….

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vipMaryC
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis was our server, excellent young man!

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vipYumm
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and service! Simply put.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was super loud. Service was phenomenal. Food was good, but on the pricey side. Clam chowder was bland.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Little disappointed about one of my dish, the black cod on soba. It was very spicy. Other than that i loved everything!

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Feep
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We ordered all cooked dishes and there were all satisfactory. I didn't feel like it was that amazing.

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Chris32
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service! amazing food!!

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MichaelB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great cocktails. We enjoyed the evening.

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vipCMENY
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was on and off. Waiter not efficient. Tuna wad not good, but sea bass great. Good overall but not great

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer, very impressed! Whole hearted recommendation!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience !

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ValerieL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with girl friends.

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vipBottomline
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my family's regular restaurants... Excellent service and food. Never disappoints.

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vipanthonyc
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ADAM WAS ADAMAZING!

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Mrsp
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good, however the presentation was poor. Service was awful. 20 minutes to get our drinks, because the waitress was too busy gossiping with the hostess and wasn’t paying attention. It took overall 1hour 20 min to get our food. This was my first and last time there, won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The food was delicious and our server was great. We will definitely return.

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JohnnyA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience as usual. The consistency of service is tremendous. All of our food was served at an appropriate temperature and the freshness of the food can't be overstated. Despite it being a busy Saturday evening, the food was served at a good pace and the wait staff was appropriately attentive. They even recognized my reservation note of celebration. Great night!

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vipMichaelW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We love Water Grill and have been here several times. However, the wait time to receive our drinks, appetizers and dinner was extremely long. We waited over 1-1/2 hours for our dinner to arrive. That was pretty disappointing.

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viplisal
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate meal in a beautiful restaurant. Everything was delicious and fresh. Great cocktails too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Evening was soured by a nearly hour long wait after our reservation time to be seated. We brought a bottle of champagne in but ended up opening and serving it ourselves as the server was busy and never around. Having said that, we weren’t charged a corkage fee. Raw bar was good but the salmon was a bit over cooked.

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 4701 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kingsseafood.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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