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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4.7
5644 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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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 5,644 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

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  • North Orange County

    Seafood

  • North Orange County

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  1. TZ

    TeriZ

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

    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

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was our anniversary, and the service was outstanding!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    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?

  4. MC

    MatthewC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

  5. AF

    AlexF

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!!!

  6. KG

    KatherineG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and professional, enthusiastic service

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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

  8. KF

    KaleighF

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  9. T

    Tadtober

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent seafood, fresh and prepared fantastic. Never disappointed.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    25 year anniversary

  11. RS

    RichardS

    San Antonio

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was good. Service was great. It was just too noisy.

  12. PD

    PatrickD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top seafood in OC

  14. H

    Hansi

    Orange County

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    a great combination of great food, great ambiance and great service

  15. l

    lesliekn

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  16. d

    davidg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5

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

  17. RS

    RachaelS

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Andy the host was sooooo rude.

  20. r

    roys

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, spacious seating and delicious food! Great variety on the menu. We have never had a bad meal here!

  21. JC

    JulieChristine

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Water Grill comes through again for an overall wonderful dining experience! Their chilled seafood platters are so fresh and yummy. Top notch once again👍🏼

  22. PG

    PeterG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food service,food and ambiance

  23. DN

    DanielN

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Food was not up to par I have been to water Grill many times before my wife and I went with another couple and both my wife and my wife’s fish was not up to par my fish the sea bass was overcooked and crunchy and my wife’s fish the halibut was very dry we did not complain because we were with another couple but definitely disappointed in our visit

  24. TR

    TeresaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining and it was amazing. Definitely a place for special occasions. Elisabeth was amazing and super attentive to me and my boyfriend. And she made our first experience memorable.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For Father’s Day celebration, they loved it! Both my fiancé and his father both love the experience!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day dinner was awesome as always. Great food and service.

  27. LS

    LindaS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Seating us was not very efficient. Once seated our waitress was excellent! The food was excellent, one negative is the breaded lobster on the roll was too thick. The flavor of the lobster was lost.

  28. DB

    DorothyB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow such an amazing lunch! The seafood platter was so great - Had the Chilean Sean Bass prepared like the scallops with a cauliflower purée. SOOO yummy! Our waiter Tyler was perfect - Friendly, professional, excellent.

  29. KE

    KellyE

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came for lunch and had a great time. The service was on point. The food was incredible as always, they never disappoint. We had the Bluefin Tartare and it was the best!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an amazing time to celebrate my birthday! Food was delicious and service was very very good 🥰

  31. AB

    AprilB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fresh carb was good

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Crab was awesome, but incredibly expensive.

  33. D

    Dennis

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service from Jason and the seafood platter was very fresh and a good value. The cioppino was very flavorful and was more than enough to share between two people.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Water Grill was an experience I never experienced before. Tim was our server and he was amazing. The good was so good we wanted to slap the chef. We had such a wonderful time and didn’t want to leave. We will definitely be returning. Keep up the excellent work and customer service. Nikki Brown

  35. BP

    BusinessProfessional

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Appreciate the extra "TLC" at the front desk upon check-in with my guests, and same at our table.

  36. F

    louisF

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent. Server was very pleasant however we needed to have another server refill our water glasses and we had to pour our own Champagne. Server,when presenting our check, also removed our unfinished bottle of Champagne without asking if we were done with it. We weren’t.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant on the face of the planet

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Community after 3 PM concert at Segerström concert hall, it was my wife and my first time since the old days of Scott’s grill and bar. We loved the old restaurant, but this one’s better. The food is fresh, authentic, and imaginatively and beautifully prepared. The ambience is vibrant, enhanced by the open floor plan. Hi energy not overwhelming. And Marissa, our server, was terrific. Wow

  39. H

    Hawkzoo69

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Bread seemed stale. Lobster Roll mediocre at best. Beet salad excellent. Key Lime pie excellent. Service ok

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience, delicious food and excellent service!

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 5644 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.

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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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