Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.8
4095 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
What 4095 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LA12345
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall1food4service3ambience3

No social distancing of tables. Even though they had many available tables, they still sit groups beside each other. Even with a plexiglass between tables they should be spacing out each group at least 6 feet. It should be every other table at the very least. They also did not follow our request which we noted to open table. We asked for a corner location away from most diners as we have an immune compromised guest in our group and yet they seated us right in the middle of the restaurant which was a high traffic area. We had to ask to moved but come on, it was clearly noted on the notes which was obviously not read. Disappointing experience as we did not feel safe as they packed the dining area.

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AmyM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit here. We used to come here years ago when it was then called Scott’s Seafood.
This place is amazing. Will definitely come back again. Enjoyed the food, ambience and service.
Celebrated our early anniversary and Mother’s Day with our two boys.
The coffee cheesecake is a must try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience I went to celebrate my birthday with my husband and daughter and we all have an amazing time, our sever was awesome and food was outstanding. I will definitely go back because I am officially addicted to their octopus in fact I ordered double.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Most everything about the food and the drinks were very food. The service was very good as well. The one thing that was missing is that we were there to celebrate my birthday and I had indicated that in my Open Table booking and it was NEVER acknowledged by our server. I thought that was kinda lame and unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Seafood Great Service

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JenniferW
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The black cod is my go to and it is always fantastic. I would highly recommend the Water Grill for date night or a celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very special occasion, in which it was our first family dining in. We chose one of our favorite dine ins. And even though it’s on the higher end, it was a perfect place to have our first dine in since the beginning of the pandemic. Our waitress was very good to us and catered to our need. She even took our kids for a quick tour of the lobster and shrimp tanks. Thank you Water Grill for your delicious meal, your continued efforts on following CDC dine in guidelines, and for having fantastic staff.

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vipJacquieS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason made our lunch a fun experience. He’s is very attentive as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always good but service was mediocre.

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TomB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brandon was amazing! Very attentive and friendly.

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MichelleG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Our waiter Brandon was very tentative and extremely polite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Poor service

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JoleneO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful open setting but a lot of traffic noise due to the parically opened windows in the patio area. Very inviting bar areas. Attentive service and outstanding valet guys!

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Totomom
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Kitchen was visible, which allows for guests to view immaculate
setting for food preparation. Will be returning soon, difficult to make a menu selection!

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DesireeF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Our server was so sweet and the food was amazing.

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JeffreyL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Entree delivered to the table prior to first course being finished. A freshman mistake. A bit pricy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service. The plastic barriers between tables seem a little unnecessary and ruin some of the ambiance of the dining room (which is great). Apart from that, excellent and one of my favorite spots in OC

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vipPacfish
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique seafood menu and everything cooked to perfection
Service was great as usual

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vipTommy
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! service and food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tori was our server and she did a great job. Food was awesome as always.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was exquisite & delicious minus the halibut cheeks. Our waitress Katee was lovely and so accommodating!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pan roasted halibut is pretty good recommendation. Staff service are great!

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Kimber
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent ambiance and great food! Service was very slow and we were seated about 20 minutes after our reservation time but only because some tables were staying seated longer than anticipated. I’ll definitely be back to try more of the food and enjoy the energy of the restaurant!

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BenjaminA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always, especially when the Santa Barbara Prawns are in season. Celebrated Mother's day, wife and mother had the Halibut and Chilean Bass specials, both were outstanding. I had the New York strip, with a side of mashed potatoes. Overall we love Water Grill, it's been a favorite of ours since it open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plexiglass between tables. Windows open for ventilation. Outdoor seating as well but felt safe. Food was marvelous and so was my drink.

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BillyA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time at Water Grill to celebrate Mother’s Day. I was able to secure a reservation at 9 pm which is unusually late for us to have a dinner. But the restaurant did not disappoint. We had delicious food and a great experience and will definitely come back. Compliments to the Chef and the staff. Thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Our waitress was incredibly attentive. When another server brought out our side item before the entree, she asked us if we would like her to bring it back to the kitchen and get

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GolnoushG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks and service were amazing. We had the octopus, beet salad and the lobster roll. Food was pretty good

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Lifegroup
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

I will ask for a better table location, next time.

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IselaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and had a great experience. The food was delicious and our server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food. Came out raw. Seating is cramped. Service is horrible. Used to be our Sunday spot but we will be looking elsewhere

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day. Nice atmosphere with amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time for Mother’s Day. Thank you

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Mother’s Day lunch at Water Grill & it was absolutely wonderful. Great menu, Great staff & a Great day.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Extremely long wait for our food.

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AkemiT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive and helpful as to explaining the meals we were interested in.

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vipluv2dine
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upscale attention and food. Will come back.

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vipGreatspot
Orange County
140 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Masks weren’t being enforced and the place was a little overcrowded. The food was delicious and our server was attentive. We would come back but policies should be followed. For the prices we want to feel safe.

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 4.8 stars by 4095 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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