Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.8
3927 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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Celebrate Mother's Day at Water Grill! Our Chef is preparing a special menu to help celebrate that special Woman in your life!

What 3927 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipBrooklyne
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Luis was fantastic!

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vipJohn
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ahi poke appetizer was awesome. Had the clams appetizer for dinner with a side Cesar and was perfect. My wife's salmon was amazing. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for!

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MannyT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood n service was amazing. Our waitress was amazing.

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Vanguard99
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The quality of the food is so inconsistent. We were here last August and the quality of the food was so much better. This time around, the food was horrible. For the prices that they charge, one would expect much better quality. I think this will be my last time here.

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vipDrPSLee
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spot on - COVID precautions, food, drinks, and service.

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vipMsNessa
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service provided by Brandon and he was outstanding. He even helped us make the perfect food choices. The restaurant is beautiful and just love the atmosphere. The ladies at the front reservations area are so nice. Everyone was great. I highly recommend this place to everyone. We will be coming back for sure.

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CesarM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was Sean and was fantastic. He let us have our time, popped in before our drinks emptied, and had great conversation with us!

Would highly recommend him.

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ChristaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Niles was terrific! Yummy cocktails and great atmosphere.

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vipFriendsGetTogether
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s so nice to get back to normal with restaurants! Everyone Everything was perfect at Watergrill.

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vipIanS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience

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CPCP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

We reserved for dinner at 530pm but came early at 5pm. Our dinning area was empty but the unfriendly hostesses wouldn't seat us until 535pm even though our table was empty. It is so funny that the restaurant expects the patrons to come on time, and gives the patrons only 5 to max 15mins grace period, but when the patrons come early, they won't seat us. I have been to many other restaurants and the hostess always seats us if we are 15 mins. if the table is available. I felt the unfriendly welcome from the hostesses. Anyway, the food was good, our waiter was friendly. I won't say I won't be back but it won't be anytime soon because there are too many other options.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our food had been better on previous visits

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MaryR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful venue! Great Lobster roll! Service is always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, great food, enjoyable experience. Will be back soon!

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viplvtoeat
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food good. The service could have been a bit better. We enjoyed ourselves. It's pricey but a treat.

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DanG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday was made special

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vipSteveP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and location. Celebrating two birthdays and had two nice desserts on the house.
One of our party ordered one of the specials which the server came back and said that they were out of that item. Recommended a replacement which we agreed to assuming it would be the same price. It ended up being $27 more which we did not realize until we got the bill.
Also ordered 1 ice cream which was $13 for a very small scoop.
A couple of items for their consideration as we may think twice about returning and spending $600 plus tip for a party of 6.
We would like to keep this review between us and the restaurant as we respect Mr. King and do not want to public ally “complain” but rather share for future consideration.
Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Good customer service overall.
Thank you.

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HappyCamper
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just delightful to dine again like a human being seated among other human beings.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was a great evening/afternoon for us. We enjoyed the oyster platter along with sushi, king crab legs, and the shrimp scampi. It was very delicious and will present it in and was delivered in a timely manner . I would highly recommend.

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TaylorB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was wonderful. I will definitely dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for the wonderful Easter experience. Loved all food and the calamari were so good. Definitely returning soon.

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vipMelissaP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server and food. Very COVID safe with open windows and good air flow.

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JaneE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Easter

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vipLisa
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Table next to us had Three dogs at the table. Two of the dogs were actually sitting on a chair. Seemed very inappropriate for a restaurant. Eventually the manager ask them to put the dog on the floor. Halibut also had no flavor Unfortunately a bad night for the Watergrill. I will try again because I think this was just a bad nigh.

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RitaH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Seafood and drinks. Definitely going back with friends.

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FienniceC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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JohnB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service is great here.
Can’t wait to find an excuse to go back again.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Made a reservation for lunch. Gave us a really bad seat, despite the fact that there were plenty of empty seats. This happened multiple times. Now we are starting to think that this is because of our appearance. Certain kind of people were sitting in the 4 seating booth for 2 people. Yet, they gave us 2 seating table in the corner where sun light does not exist although there were a lot of 4 seating booth available. The host told me that to reserve those seats next time and she told me that all of those people "reserved" these spots. Right.. I don't buy this. This happened almost every time we went in.

However, the food was great and the server was very kind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. Everything was delicious. We try to oysters, clams,scallops, and scampi. The key lime pie and cookie bake was excellent too. The service was perfect!

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SophieL
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at watergrill and can’t wait to go back. It was our anniversary and everyone knew and congratulated us. Our server Edwin really took care of us and anticipated our every need. Beautiful restaurant and ambiance.

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vipConnie
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holly was so wonderful as our server. We all had a very enjoyable afternoon eating at Water Grill. The halibut cheeks were very tasty, the fish and chips looked delicious and the “birthday gal” said her crab crab was the best she has had and always orders that. Thanks for allowing us time to celebrate.
We will return and bring hubbys and more friends. Always fresh innovative cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and drinks! We would highly recommend and would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I would definitely recommend and come back again

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viprick
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. The best of the best

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SamHB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oyster (12) sampler, scallops (12), octopus, 'kampachito' ceviche dish, 1 honeymoon Oyster (topped with quail egg, uni, and ikura). Best oysters: kumamoto & oishi. Scallops: yum. Ceviche dish: pieces should be sliced into smaller pieces, needs more tanginess to reduce fishy smell. Honeymoon oyster: yum, we should have bought 2. Enjoy!

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Jean
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best seafood restaurants that I have ever had. Great atmosphere and services. It’s kind expensive, for two of us food costs $110 plus tips, for lunch, we spent $130

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Water Grill is such a gorgeous restaurant!!! My man and I had the best time here last night. The service is outstanding. Amy was our server and she was so knowledgeable about everything on the menu. She made great suggestions and she was so kind, detailed and efficient! We had the Calamari for an appetizer and it was so fresh and crispy and hot when served. I got the Chilean Sea bass which was so buttery and delicious. He got the filet mignon and it was juicy and thick and delicious. We got the broccolini, garlic mashed potatoes and lobster Mac n cheese. All of the sides were perfect and yummy. Even the cheesy bread you get at the beginning was so good. Overall our experience was a memorable one and we will be back again! Thank you Amy!

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RoseL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was great!!

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vipgRAMMY
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great location. Food was tasty and fresh. The salad was salty but tasty. The lunch menu was terrific and lots of choices.The ambience was terrific.....will definitely return in the future

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Ruben the waiter was 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 4.8 stars by 3927 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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