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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Friday, February 14, 2020

What 3066 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They sat us earlier then our reservation. Dishes were all delicious. I always look forward to returning here every time I’m in town.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. I have a new favorite restaurant...and I will be back. For King crab legs! Wow.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant conveniently located across the street from South Coast Plaza. Great place for sea food. It was perfect for a luncheon with our friends. Service staff were friendly and professional. We didn’t have to wait long for our food and our dishes came out in an orderly fashion. Highly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic! We ordered the hamachi nachos, oyster sampler, Chilean sea bass, scallops and the bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream. The food was amazing!!! Highly recommended!!!

OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill. Fantastic restaurant! Great food, great service, in a laid back and casual atmosphere!! Great for any occasion!!! A must for anyone who appreciates a truly enjoyable dining experience!!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It’s a new favorite

JG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place love the bar and fire pit areas
The valet is amazing
Fancy place that is very affordable

AT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Let me say that I’ve had lobster roll here before and it’s always been good. This time however my lobster was raw, uncooked. The fries that came with it were cold beyond belief. I did return it and didn’t charge us. For $29 ypu expect more than this.

m
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was spot on, as usual!

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I dined there for my Birthday the food and service was excellent - staff members surprised me with a birthday card signed by all and a birthday dessert of my choice - my go to when in town was the Capital Grille BUT now I have a new favorite !!

LK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in my life!! Chilean Seabass. Service was amazing. We sat at the bar first and had a cocktail -Kentucky Preacher... very delicious. Overall a great experience.

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time visit to the Water Grill. Always wanted to try it so we decided to celebrate my birthday here. The ambience is amazing here. Love the patio area. We started with the Oysters Rockefeller and then delighted on the Chilean sea bass and the swordfish which were both prepared deliciously. My husband ordered his swordfish blackened and it has a kick to it. Definitely not a place for everyday dining as it is somewhat pricey for most but for a special occasion it is a perfect dining experience. We will definitely come back for drinks on the patio before or after the theatre. Location is great for theatre patrons.

LT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

First time I was not satisfied with my entree of fish and chips at this fine restaurant. My cocktail was skimpy, not satisfied with my overall experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food! Tyler was an excellent server! We love this place!

b
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The clam chowder had shells in it, not needed. The chowder also contained a lot of fish, not clams, that was very greasy. The shrimp and grits was supposed to have sausage in it as well. I didn't find any until the last bite. It was a shame as the sausage tasted better than the overcooked shrimp. The server was MIA for long stretches of time, the only bright spot in the service category was the valet staff and hostess desk. Both were courteous and prompt. It's a beautiful place with a great location but could use some lessons in seafood preparation from the steakhouse (Mastros) down the street.

l
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Water Grill is getting more consistent with their food. Before it was hit and miss. The recent experience was decent. European Seabass tasted fresh but some other items could’ve been better. Fries were brought out cold.

LM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine... the food, the waitress... but the room was so cold! Thank God for the fireplace but I had to sit right next to it!

MD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ended up visiting two nights in a row while in town, and both were excellent. Incredible variety of fresh seafood, probably the freshest I’ve had. Dining experience was great, ambiance was warm and welcoming. Took a bit for our food order to go in, but in good company and wasn’t too much of a bother.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff was beyond accommodating and extremely friendly.

s
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good but no healthy options. Too much butter and rich sauce. Staff very polite and helpful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food as always

LP
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had wonderful service at this lovely restaurant and food quality was beyond our expectations.

ZE
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service are very nice. Good place to dine when going to the performing arts center. New layout is very open and decor is nautical and nice.

IE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood experience!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service as usual! Made us feel so comfortable! Staff is very attentive.

OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Good food but could be a bit more portion-wise for the price. Amazing service and treated us well the entire time. Came to celebrate a birthday and was told prior to coming in that there would be a complimentary desert for the birthday girl but I ended up still getting charged for it. No big deal though. Would definitely come back.

NW
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a wonderful space! We could have eaten only appetizers and have been delighted. Can’t wait to come back!

AL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my sister’s and my first time dining here. Loved the decor...the place is beautifully designed and decorated. Our server was attentive, very knowledgeable of the menu and answered our many questions to help us decide our dining experience.
Wonderful warm rolls were served, Asiago cheese & sourdough.

We shared the Calamari appetizer which was terrific. For my entree, I had the Spiny Lobster (in season) and it was tender and buttery. They even offered to “shell” the tail meat for me...excellent service! My sister had the Lobster Roll and loved it!
We’ll be back for sure! Great place to dine if you’re heading to the Segerstrom Theatre for a show.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday ... everyone was quite kind and courteous

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Server's cheery attitude made me leary but she was great and thoughtful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience all the way around!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all around a great experience

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice Service

L
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this place, but the noise level is too loud for a family dinner with the in-laws. We’ll come back when it’s just the two of us and won’t have to shout across the table.
The service, wine and meals were delicious as always.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food. Great for special occasions.

R
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was selected as the meet up place for 3 friends to catch up after a few years. None of us were really hungry, so we opted to do Appetizers and a salad as our meal...not sharing. Caesar Salad, the Crab Cake and the Wild Maldives Bigeye Tuna Poke were the selected dishes. Everything was presented well, the service was excellent and the food was good. Two of us ordered wine and it was good as well. They did bring one of the ginormous crabs out to a neighboring table prior to cooking, so that impacted our meal...as two of the ladies love seafood, they just didn't want to see it live before it's killed. It's valet only parking and they charge a nominal fee. Make sure to bring your wallet and fancy up a bit....this is a nice spot!!

S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Went there for brunch. The place was empty but it still took longer than 30 minutes to get all our food. Not going back to this place.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

L
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oysters had a lot of large shells in them so I almost broke a tooth

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