Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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vipseanh
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out experience since the pandemic (3 Months!) and frankly we were a little hesitant and concerned about how restaurants would handle social distancing etc, well everything was perfect from their health and safety protocol, to the food, to our server and their entire staff! Kudos, and thank for making our first time back out truly exceptional!

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LeAnneB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat it was to come here for our anniversary and also our first time dining in a restaurant since the shutdown. The food was phenomenal!! The service was excellent!! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, dessert and wine. Always good quality coming here!!

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vipWilliamL
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood in a great location. Service is also wonderful.

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Hummer
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food good as always, greeting staff good. Service was slow, both for drinks and food. Waiter took a long time to get our check to us and then took our cards. "When he came back, my dinner was on my friends card and his was on mine. Had to redo which seemed slow. Yes I would recommend.

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Esam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Adrianna was superb and always anticipated our needs. Thank you for being open!

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AracelyE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but worth out! Safety precautions upgraded for a comfortable time out! Been here so many times and will continue coming back in the near future!

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vipLauraT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At 7:45/PM everyone’s phone in the restaurant
began sounding an 8:00/PM curfew alarm in Costa Mesa.

South Coast plaza’s perimeter was surrounded by flashing lights of police cars.

The restaurant staff remained calm as did the diners.
With everybody exiting at the same time, I expected chaos at the valet station and it was remarkable how efficiently they handled the situation.

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Second meal “Out” as things begin to open up. The staff just smart rules to make Everyone comfortable. The kitchen is up to speed & the meal was Wonderful! Looking forward to going back soon.

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vipMary
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience and the freshest, best prepared fish. The halibut is always so delicious! Service impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill never disappoints. They have a lively & stylish environment paired with great food & service. I love this location. Pro tip: NO CORKAGE FEE

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cluelessinOrangeCounty
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill was fully up and operating. Only the bar seating was not open, due to social distancing. Our server, Allie, was awesome!

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Golfer18
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall positive experience. Caesar and beet salad both good. Lobster roll and Chilean sea bass excellent. Halibut a bit overcooked dry. Desert order placed then didn’t come for 20 minutes. Had to flag down server Cocktails and wine both fine

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First meal after Corona lockdown.

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AngelaT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. Our favorite restaurant all around, can’t wait to go back! And Joe is an outstanding server! Thank you for a great experience!

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deano
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, our waiter was also excellent. The cold seafood platter was Awesum! Would highly recommend friends and family!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, great location and a ton of fun!

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StewartS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waters is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Orange County with an excellent and imaginative drink menu and an amazing array of food offerings. Its not cheap but it is worth it.

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StevenS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. So happy that they are open again. Highly Recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back!

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PhillipT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and perfect service! I will definitely come back!!!

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OCLocal
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! They did an excellent job with the social distancing set up. Maybe they could let you park your own car if they’re not busy though. Just a suggestion since I don’t really need someone in my car. But otherwise, all good! Food was delicious. Halibut could have come out of the pan a tad sooner, but that’s all. Very satisfied. Love it here and thrilled they’re open again!

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vipliv2dine
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Restaurant’s just starting back. Service food all very good.
Glad to be back. Social distances good.

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RussellO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood period. Took 5 minutes to get use to servers wearing masks but nothing else has changed. Kyle, the General Manager, came by the table and made sure everything was perfect. And it was. One of our favorite restaurants

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vipTerriS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all the service is always fantastic, the food amazing, and ability to bring in a bottle of wine with no corkage fee phenominal. Great way to spend a "Corona Virus" day

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StevenL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of the best seafood place that I have visited so far. Service was great too. with COVID 19, I wish they sit us with little spaces in between with other parties.

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vipmonapr
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had early dinner reservations before a play and kept the reservations when the play was canceled. The service was terrible. We were constantly looking for our waiter and service. The food was fine. This restaurant is probably good for a quick meal before an entertainment event, but it is definitely far from fine dining.

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NicoleD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ambiance and decor of the restaurant. They gave us excellent service, suggesting wines and food. The food was delicious especially the Chilean sea bass. It made a great anniversary dinner.

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LarissaT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was consistently over seasoned. The crabcakes were too spicy. Our attentive waitress immediately offered us a different appetizer option- the calamari, but it was salty and again too spicy, even without the dipping sauce. We shared the scallops, not realizing the dinner portion only had four medium sized scallops. At this price point I expect much better. Finally, on a rainy evening with very few patrons, we waited in the rain vainly looking for a valet, I finally had to go find one to get my car. If you haven’t been to water grill before- save yourself the trouble and go down the street to capital grille instead .

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vipAaron
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

food selection is limited. Food quality is so so.

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ErnieK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The proximity to Bristol makes it loud with the road noise. Service was subpar...water glass was empty all the time and we had to ask to have empty plates removed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood and service

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JohnG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food choices, very comfortable environment, outstanding service

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AnaPaulaT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience! Sure we come back!!

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vipIsabelle
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant, outstanding seafood and shellfish options. I love the restaurant style. We chose the bar area, nice seating and our bartender was great.

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MonicaC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is amazing! Very impressive! The food was wonderful and our server was outstanding. We will most definitely be back!

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RobertM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I was surprised the food wasn’t that good, service was decent and nice place, but for the price there are many other places to get a better meal.

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ArletteM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve been dining here for a while - it’s getting a tad boring in terms of the menu. Time to change things up!

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JackieH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is great upscale experience for those looking a for high end dining experience. The restaurant is located close to the Performing Arts Center is the perfect spot for catching some cocktails before or after a show.

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vipOliviaD
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for brunch and the food was average. The salmon hash with eggs was very greasy. The ambiance is always delightful but very noisy. Still a great place to go as high energy and the service is great.

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NancyS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food! Service was great as usual. I had mentioned that one of the dishes was not what I had expected and the next thing, I was speaking with the evening manager, who apologized for the dish and took it off my bill, which was not my intention, but they were quite apologetic. A very good touch of class.

If I had one complaint is the noise factor. Every table is very close to each other and does require raising the noise level.

I would recommend this restaurant everyday.

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