Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.6
5091 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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Experiences

  • Celebrate Valentine's Weekend Saturday, 2/12/22!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 12, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend at South Coast Plaza! Chef Eduardo has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!
  • Celebrate Valentine's Weekend Sunday, 2/13/22!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 13, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend at South Coast Plaza! Chef Eduardo has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend at South Coast Plaza! Chef Eduardo has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!

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 5091 people are saying
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vipBillT
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater dining. We always dine here before any performance. The atmosphere is beautiful and the food is delicious. Prepared perfectly. Last night I had the scallops and my husband had the bass. Both were perfect. He usually orders the halibut collar but not available last night.
Our server, Tyler, was very knowledgeable. We would definitely request his station again if possible.
We’ll be dining there again in a couple of weeks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the appetizers, cocktails, and entrees exceeded expectations. Great wine list too.

LL
LbcLongy
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk in the place is truly impeccable and open and airy and of course classA service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lunch was ok. Caesar salad was not good. It was full of lettuce butts. Clam chowder was Luke warm. Shrimp scampi was excellent as well as the seabass and mashed potatoes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill was wonderful from start to finish.

On short notice the hostess Laura was able to accommodate a special seating request which was greatly appreciated. Valet service was friendly & efficient. Our server was very knowledgeable about menu offerings & provided great service.
Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their dinners. Ambience is great. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful loved the decorations for Chinese New Year!!
Service amazing food and drinks fantastic!!!

KF
KathyF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to go before Segerstrom show. We enjoyed food. A couple of minor issues so 4 1/2 stars there but overall excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Even after having a reservation they made us wait 20 minutes while other people with reservations were seated right away. I was told that they have put my name in the waitlist. What is the sense of a reservation if you are treated badly. Had to leave without finishing food as we had to rush to catch a play.

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vipBobbi
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We were excited to try this place for the first time. We enjoy going to Vaca before attending the Performing Arts Center but wanted to try something new. Loved the vibe of the place and seem to attack both a younger crowd as well as seasoned diners. It started out great when it became a slow disappointing evening. Our waitress seemed to disappear after taking our order. We made reservations in plenty of time and told her we had tickets so we didn’t have to rush. It took so long to get our food we ended up having to gulp down an expensive meal. We had to ask where our food was after waiting 45 minutes. I ordered The lobster and although the presentation was great the lobster was cold and so was the drawn butter thinking I could warm it up with it. My husbands salmon was also cold and the risotto was undercooked as well as cold. The best part was the cold coleslaw which appropriately was cold.
When we asked for the check it was the first time we had seen our waitress since taking our order. I told her about our disappointment in the meal. Our bill was over $300 and left frustrated as it could have been a wonderful start to a nice evening. (We don’t go out much due to COVID) not sure we will go back as both food and service were sub-par. Will stick with Vaca next time.

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vipRosco
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Better Ciopino the first time. Lacked flavor. Crab portion very small, shrimp could be peeled to the tail, calamari rubbery and very chewey.

ND
vipNoelD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was incredibly great. The food was really good too

NL
NickL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, with top quality food. Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to water grill tonight to celebrate our wedding anniversary; first time going. Needless to say, it was AMAZING. The restaurant was buzzing, and the decor and atmosphere were great. Despite the fact that they took 30min after the reservation to seat us, we still had a great night. We had a cocktail while we waited, the food was epic and there's no corkage fee (up to 10 bottles) so we brought our own wine, which was great. The part the pleasantly surprised me the most was the service by our waitress, Angelin, because she was very attentive, personable and helpful with her recommendations. With how it busy it was, my expectations were kind of low but Angelin blew us away with her excellent service. So between great food, great drinks and great service, Water Grill is a must.

CM
vipCynthiaM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Water grill has a great environment. The food was very good. But- they were running behind by .5 hour or more for seating which really put a dent in our night regardless of our reservation. As well, it was very expensive- great food- but seemed very high once drinks were added in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not the best experience we’ve had there. Made a reservation 3 weeks prior to going and still had to wait 45 minutes for our table. Food was definitely not what we are used to from Water Grill. Sea bass was over cooked and cold, crab cake was very oily and way over seasoned. Best part of dinner were the rolls, wedge salads and the wine. Poke was ok, but maybe give more than four wonton strips? $350 for two people? Wow.

MC
MarianneC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

WARNING: Don’t go to this Costa Mesa Water Grill on a Saturday or Friday night with evening tickets to the Segerstrom Center and expect to actually be seated at your reservation time or anything close to it. They OVERBOOK, and badly, so you’ll need to make a reservation about an hour earlier than what you think is a safe time to be able to eat and have a relaxing dinner without stressing out. I noticed tons of other outraged people who had to wait well past their reservation time. Disgusted by such a greedy and rude policy. To take advantage of their convenient location to the theater and then abuse the theater guests that way is really terrible.

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ChuckF
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great stone crab claws
Just like joes in Florida.

Excellent squash side

Thank you

KS
vipKimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Horrific service, not nice , food good.
1 1/2 hours to get food.

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vipFoodie2
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

So little lobster in the lobster roll, calamari was dripping in oil and octopus was very chewy. I would have sent it back but we were celebrating with a bottle of champagne and didn’t want to make a fus. Our server at the bar, I think Andrea, was wonderful. Why has the food the last few times so skimpy and greasy???

MC
MarkC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to write. Good restaurant....on the pricey end, but worth it

J
vipJoe4food
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I left my Amex card there and it mysteriously disappeared. Usually waiters turn cards left behind into the office but not this time. There were fraudulent charges and I had to cancel the card.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service was amazing but food was super salty unbeatable

KE
vipKellyE
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a girlfriend after work and was surprised by the beautiful Lunar New Year Decorations. they were stunning as you walk up and then through out the restaurant. they did such a nice job! Our food was great; my friend has some food allergies and they were very accommodating with her dishes. The Hamachi nachos were delicious as an appetizer. And you cannot forget about the Margarita Verde - to die for! We will be back again.

DN
vipDanielN
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We go to water grill at South Coast quite often and always enjoy it however this time it was very disappointing food was poor and returned it once ordered something else and it too was not up to par. Was too embarrassed to send it back again Hoping it was just a bad night

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husbands birthday. Our waiter was great!

H
Hardtoplease
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was great. He explained the specials and was readily available when we needed him. The seafood platter was delightful. Wine great. The only negative was that we were sitting next to the street and the windows were open - a bit noisy from traffic on Bristol and we asked to close the window,then all was well.
A bit pricey but we were satisfied !

JM
JMac
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I am sure they will attribute the slow service to Covid but there sure seemed to be many of the wait-staff "waiting" around the kitchen for the food rather than out on the floor serving water, bread, drinks and making sure the silverware was on the table. The prices were high enough that the service should have been a lot better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

W
vipWineguy
Orange County
104 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kristian the best bartender!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice to be out and enjoy good and fresh seafood once in a while on a date night, but it is also enjoyable for any occasions. Didn’t like the hostess (Sat night 1/15/2022 at 9:45pm) since she wasn’t friendly and approachable but our server and the rest of the service there was very accommodating there from the server to the busboy, to the valet service.

KD
vipKateD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was the best server we had such a great time!!!

FO
FrankO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we wanted. Great food, great drinks and great service.

MM
vipMoiMe
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was giving this restaurant another try. The waiter did not know much about the wine or the food. Had to wait too long for the sommelier to visit the table so I decided on the wine myself and it was ok. However, the food was more difficult. I am gluten free. The waiter gave me no options. I ordered the sea bass and he said I would get veggies with it. It came as just fish on a plate with sauce and nothing else. The fish was cooked perfectly but for the price I had to ask for something more to accompany it. They brought me broccolini that was not done enough. Overall, for the money I spent, it was a disappointment. I was also seated in an area where it was too noisy. I had made a reservation in advance and had asked to be seated off to the side but was told that it was not possible.

DH
DarleneH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable server. Accommodating to our baby and large group. Delicious food, however small appetizer portions to share.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

PA
vipPAMELAT
Orange County
222 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the Water Grill is always a special occasion, but particularly we were going for brunch before Seggerstrom performing arts centers matinee of “my fair lady “, which was sadly postponed due to Covid so our visit at Water Grill was the saving grace on a rainy Saturday we were there for hours and treated like queens! Thanks to Kyle, Justin, Chef and the staff❣️🍴🥂 it was fabulous‼️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and overall experience!

LD
vipLucyD
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler is an excellent server, attentive and knowledgeable. We appreciated his perfect touch and a meal of extraordinary goodness! Thanks for a perfect evening.

BJ
vipBJinSJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, and the service is excellent. The raw oysters and scallops are incredible.

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vipocf00die
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and style of this restaurant. The food is always amazing and the service is great.

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 4.6 stars by 5091 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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