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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4.7
5540 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 5,540 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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Relaxed as always

  2. LB

    LisaB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to impress that certain someone, the Water Grill is the place to go. You'll find fine dining here at its best. The seafood selection is vast, prepared perfectly and plated beautifully. The serving staff is professional and accommodating. You'll never be disappointed!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Mike is an amazing waiter

  4. k

    kennethe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The sea bass and the halibut were too dry probably over cooked.

  5. PD

    PaulyD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Some of the best seafood in OC. Exceptional quality and huge variety of oysters, very fresh and nicely presented.

  6. j

    jenniferg

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My first time at Water Grill- amazing experience overall. The oysters were outstanding, the halibut a bit dry and bland, the swordfish, blackened, was superb. Will go back again :)

  7. JG

    JimG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The Water Grill never disappoints. Great service. Fish prepared by people who know how to acquire the freshest fish, and then prepare it properly. I love this restaurant.

  8. DK

    DuaneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food1service1ambience1

    My steak was rare when I asked for medium rare. They were kind enough to te cook it but it took too long.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday & Graduation. Food was outstanding.

  10. WW

    WendyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Nice restaurant, nice ambiance, nice food selection. Service may need more improvement.

  11. TC

    TracyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wine was delicious and the seafood was amazing. We had an awesome time celebrating my daughters engagement! The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable as our party had some gluten food allergies. And the dessert at the end was the topping of the evening. Thank you for making our celebration special!!

  12. DM

    DonaldM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant. There is nothing on the menu that isn't great.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday! It was great!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    I have been a few times before and it was delicious! but this visit I am not sure if it was because I came at weird time around 3:30pm or a big party but the service was very slow, the food was definitely not as good usual! my sushi had a bit of a weird taste though before it’s so delicious. my tuna tartare was wasn’t the same as before either. was sad with my visit this time :/

  15. m

    mshlm

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful find! Our Server Joseph was one of the best we've ever had.

  16. ML

    MikeL

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Water Grill! We have eaten at the San Diego, South Coast Plaza and Las Vegas locations. It never disappoints!

  17. JS

    JudithS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything at Water Grill was A+. Will definitely return for another delicious dinner. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Prices were pre-COVID, pre-inflation, unlike so many other restaurants that have increased prices with hefty split fees.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Salad amazing. Service erratic.

  19. P

    Peter

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Our server Sean was incredibly attentive and warm and friendly. Would definitely go back again

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ciopinno was excellent! Lou was our server , he made our dining experience fun and an excellent night out. We will definitely return.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience and great food! Our server was attentive and personable. The wait staff were friendly. We loved the ambience. We tried several appetizers and entrées and all were delicious! We would all go back again.

  22. M

    Muncies

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Limited menu

  23. C

    Clarity

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we were seated at a spatial table with ample room for the baby and stroller. Jason was engaging and attentive. Thank you to the hostess who sat us and Jason for the service.

  24. m

    margot

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Girls lunch. We stayed far too long, and the servers were so accommodating and professional. Should have charged us rent … but kept filling our water glasses and and asking if we needed anything. Great experience.

  25. k

    kiddergirl

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most lovely dining experience! Everything fresh and beautifully presented. I had the sea bass. Talk about melt in your mouth! The mixed greens salad was a work of art!

  26. CW

    CindyW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the restaurant! We ordered trojan roll and oyster platter and lobster roll. Only downside is the restaurant is too loud

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wedding anniversary (6 years)

  28. CB

    CindyB

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food with great service

  29. BE

    BillElisa

    Orange County

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. 5 star service. Great hang in the patio area.

  30. AV

    AndyV

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience. Food was good with just one issue. Salmon plate was split and my side was well done and and wife’s side was more under cooked than adente . Other then that it was good. Would go again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was amazing and the food was great. Oysters were simply delicious!!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always Service is impeccable!!! Food was delicious. Loved our server Nikki!!! So attentive and makes the overall dining experience wonderful.

  33. T

    Tahoevisitor

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We all loved this restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious. We had oysters fir appetizers and they were good! We had Seabass (fantastic), scallops were ok, lobster roll with butter super great, sushi, black cod and shrimp scampi were all good. Nothing special with the scampi and sushi. The black cod was really good!! There were six of us and the lowest dinner out the door was $90. This includes drinks and desserts. The desserts were really good especially the chocolate Grenache. All in all this place does not disappoint at all. If I went back I would do either the lobster roll or seabass.

  34. B

    Barb

    Orange County

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very Disappointing! Our wait time for our 3:45 reservation was close to 15 minutes in an empty restaurant. Bread delivered immediately which was stale. Wine delivered fast and black cod entree delivered quickly but the kitchen should have taken the time to heat it properly as it was just warm and on the verge of cold.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Business meeting

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  37. T

    Tafa

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great. Will definitely frequent this establishment again.

  38. MN

    MarleneN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my birthday and told them because they asked if special occasion But didn’t acknowledge at the end. Just thought it was strange

  39. m

    margot

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat at the bar. Had a nice conversation with other customers who love Water Grill too

  40. JV

    JudyV

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service! I always look forward to dining here.

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 5540 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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