Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
3687 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
COVID-19 GUIDELINES
We are excited to reopen and offer our limited indoor dining! Enjoy your dining experience on our open air Patio or beautifully spaced indoor dining room.

In compliance with the current CDC Guidelines, we require all Guests to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant. , including when seated at a table before your dining experience has began and at the conclusion of your experience

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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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance , amazing seafood restaurant, service was excellent. Will definitely come back again soon

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vipapkurk
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very professional. Food was varied, fresh and delicious. Great Thanksgiving experience.

LG
LindaG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice but very windy from where we were seated. Our Nicole was very nice. We will return when we are in the area again.

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Michelle
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic. The wait staff is marvelous and just a great place to have dinner.

KF
KimF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, especially the pumpkin pie cheesecake.

The two negatives are the cranberries and parking situation. The chef scrimped on the cranberries. It's like he/she took a teaspoon serving and placed it on the plate. Very dissatisfying. Regarding the parking, it was valet service only. I was charged $7.00 and provided a tip for the valet employee. After spending close to $200 on dinner for only two people, patrons should not be charged for parking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

very disappointed. The food was 2/5 nothing special. Our waitress forgot all out drinks & was not helpful with the menu.

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Patti68
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving at WaterGrill! Loved the food, service💯

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vipSOLPD
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service — exceptional! The food was also quit good and served hot?
From valet to hostess to manager to service staff all a 10+

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual Thanksgiving immediate family get together. We are originally from Redondo, and now live in Hawaii. Our daughter goes to school in NY, and CA is a great middle spot to meet. (Besides our daughter only gets a few days off for Thanksgiving, and a trip to Hawaii is grueling for such a quick turn around. (First world problem, huh? Our server, Amanda, was exceptional!

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vipDiane
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner here and we would definitely come back! Alexa was a great server and we loved our dinner! Dinner was hot and delicious; turkey was moist (tough to do with large crowds). Even the mixed greens was interesting and different with delicious beets and herbs! Absolutely loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place! Amazing fresh seafood. Thanksgiving turkey was awesome too.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I booked Thanksgiving dinner for my family and the food was awful

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vipMaurice
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops, Chilean sea bass and cioppino were fabulous. It was very busy on Thanksgiving, but the staff was very courteous and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had their Thanksgiving dinner and it was awesome. The best Thanksgiving meal I have had in many years. The clam chowder was the best I have ever had.

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AnitaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the 2nd time I went to the Water Grill for an occasion in the past 2 months. Each time there was terrific service. I would like to give a shout out to our waitress Angela who gave wonderful service for my birthday lunch this week. The staff really makes you feel special! Also, the ambiance is great and perfect for these times as there is a huge open type seating area with lots of fresh air. Their crab cakes and key lime pie are delicious. I really enjoyed my experience there.

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vipFoodieNomo
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our first month-sary (one month being newlyweds). I have been here a few times and always enjoyed the food but it’s my husband’s first time,

Exceptional dining experience from the ambiance, to the quality of food, menu options and service.

Our server Adriana provided superior service. My husband and I were impressed with her passion in describing how each one is prepared. It also helps that we seem to have the same taste when I asked what were her top dishes were - dover sole & black cod so those are for next month when we come back.

Everyone from the hostess, Adriana and the rest of the staff wished and congratulated us all through out the night. They truly made our evening special.

We ordered the grilled octopus for our starter, manila clams with chorizo for my main, shrimp scampi for hubby’s main and broccolini with chinese sausage for our side. Everything was extraordinary including the asiago bread and butter with sea salt and the complimenatry dessert provided for celebrating our month-sary with them.

Cannot wait to come back next month to “hopefully” try a couple of new dishes. I say hopefully because the 4 we had were all delicious 😊.

CK
CKtini
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance- can’t wait to get back... Peruvian scallops are amazing and the stone crab claws are the beat I’ve ever had !

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vipMichaelV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

They would let anyone to wear a mask when they walk into the restaurant. Tables were set very close to each other with little or no social distancing. Service wasn’t the greatest either.

PA
vipPAMELAT
Orange County
199 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dinner I have at the water grill is a special occasion! It is the finest restaurant with the finest food the best staff and a desire to please their customers beyond any restaurant. It is extremely safely set up for COVID-19 with plastic partitions throughout the entire open patio restaurant area so you can feel comfortable and safe dining here day or night. They have heaters set up to assist as well but bring warm clothing so that you can stay as long as you’d like. Thank you for a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving celebratory dinner

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vipDCyn
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the more items we try, the better they get. Our server, Christina was excellent. Wow, the wait staff has just been outstanding every time we dine at Water Grill. Plus, we have gotten to know Tef (Michael he said he use to go by) even stopped by to say hello. We got to know him at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. Which by the way, is always extra special for us. The staff is just soo wonderful to us each and every time.

For these reasons, Water Grill is our new favorite restaurant!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiancé’s birthday dinner. Waiters were very attentive and made her feel special by telling her happy birthday throughout the night.

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vipDkamla
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality was outstanding and service was first class.

JE
JaneE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all of the changes due to COVID-19, I appreciate the changes and attention to detail the restaurant ha taken to adapt.
Service, Food, Superb!

MP
vipMannyP
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were a little disappointed as we love the Sunday brunch menu which is unavailable during the pandemic.
Lunch was great and our waitress was outstandingly attentive.

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Rachel
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

It was my first time to this restaurant. Unfortunately when I arrived the hostesses seemed very rude and unapproachable. When I asked if we could be seated 15 mins early she smirked at me and said no. Then when it was my reservation time - she didn't call me up and made me wait an additional 20 minutes? The server was super sweet but he must have been busy because it took quite awhile to get drinks, and then a side dish was forgotten. I really wanted to love this place - but I can't shake the snooty attitude that the hostess gave me along with forgetting part of my food order? Disappointed, it was for my birthday too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. The service, food and ambience were fantastic! Would definitely recommend.

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Chuxl
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing seafood! Nice ambiance. Will return!

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Rosallyn
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio dining is very large and open so that you still get the dining experience of being inside. Very pretty restaurant, especially with the Xmas decorations. Food was good and the service was great!!

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Erica
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was really nice, food was delicious and drinks were too

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here. The food is delicious and worth every penny.

TL
TiinaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m never disappointed here. They already have an atrium area so no tents or unusually seating arrangements. The service is always flawless and food top tier like we’re used to. The ambiance was elevated a level with the Christmas decorations. Perfect even during COVID purple tier dining restrictions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The oysters were fresh amazing, the poke, and omg the stone crab claws were soooo good but the Alaskan king crab legs were super salty. Hope they make it less salty next time! Overall had a wonderful time!

MC
vipMCNguyen
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good seafood restaurant. Large selection of different oysters from east coast and west coast. Open air dining room suitable for CoVid restrictions

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vipSmokedog
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere was great as well as the service. Food was a little on the salty side but all things considered it is a good place to go.

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vipGreat
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was good.It was very crowded but once you're inside the restaurant it's fine. They should ask their customers waiting for a table to wait out by the curb and not in the way entering the restaurant.

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NhuD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service. Limited to 90 mins dining due to covid

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

GE
GuyE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Everything top notch! The swordfish was perfection!

DC
vipDCyn
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, our waiter was excellent and we felt the restaurant was very clean. I did notice that one of the chefs was wearing his mask below his nose.

LJ
vipLisaJ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was outstanding. The drinks and food was amazing. We will definitely be back. Loved the vibe too.

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 3687 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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