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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
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3594 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
COVID-19 GUIDELINES
We are excited to reopen and offer our limited indoor dining! Enjoy your dining experience on our open air Patio or beautifully spaced indoor dining room.

In compliance with the current CDC Guidelines, we require all Guests to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant. , including when seated at a table before your dining experience has began and at the conclusion of your experience

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  • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill!

    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Celebrate your Thanksgiving at Water Grill South Coast Plaza, Our Chef and his kitchen are preparing to offer our Guests an experience that will help give thanks to everyone. Make your reservations today!
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill!

    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill! Our Chef will showcase a special Thanksgiving Dinner along with our A La Carte Menu. Our Thanksgiving Dinner will feature Roasted turkey, sourdough apple stuffing, cranberry relish, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and turkey gravy. Make your reservation today!
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill!

    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill! Our Chef will showcase a special Thanksgiving Dinner along with our A La Carte Menu. Our Thanksgiving Dinner will feature Roasted turkey, sourdough apple stuffing, cranberry relish, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and turkey gravy. Make your reservation today!

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3594 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely birthday dinner and wonderful service. Too bad for strict Covid guideline that kill the ambiance 🤷🏻‍♀️

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The fish was super fishy and salty not good at all

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hannasgirl
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Rough start to lunch. We had a 1:15 reservation and weren’t seated till 1:45, this was frustrating. There was no communication between hostesses to us - the guests - on why we had to wait. After being seated our server came over and brought me a black linen ( usually they give white) which I thought was very nice since I was wearing all black. She took my partners drink order and disappeared for 15mins which felt like forever. We waited so long to be seated and hadn’t eaten yet that day, so waiting 15 mins for even bread, let alone to see her and have an order taken was an eternity. I kept checking the time so it made it worse knowing how long it actually was before the drink even made it to the table. I could see it sitting in the well where other servers and managers kept walking by it. Another server finally dropped it off and I placed my drink order with her because I wasn’t sure how long I’d wait again - our server was taking a large party’s order behind us. She finally came back and we mentioned the bread never coming and that I ordered a drink, we also ordered our food then. The food was amazing and always is, even though our fries were forgotten and came out late. Our server was just stale and unaware of her tables experience and her own service. I understand it being busy, but if she just acknowledged that to us and empathized with what was going on it would’ve saved this review from happening. She was too unaware. I don’t expect that when spending $200+ at a quality restaurant. Hopefully the next visit isn’t the same.

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

Always a pleasure! Service is the best in OC - my favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere!

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Cynthia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience3

When we first arrived we had to stand in line to be seated although we had reservations.
The service was exceptionally bad to the point the manager came to our assistance. I had been the Water Grille previously and anticipated this would be a good choice for dinner, but ended up very disappointed in the overall evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, another fantastic experience dining at Watergrill. It was my girlfriends birthday and we celebrated together here and had a lovely time. Service is always outstanding and extremely attentive to everything. I always enjoy myself at this restaurant and that is why I always come back here. The location is superb and valet is easy and quick. The food is phenomenal. The clams with chorizo, grilled octopus, salmon sushi, spicy lobster sushi, and the calamari are magnificent. Also, can’t forget the fresh oysters and scallops. Lastly, their cocktails are great; we ordered the margarita and the mezcalero. Looking forward to coming here again. I’m Always impressed!

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Grant
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant - great good - great service! Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the fact that everything was fresh! Attention to service was great. We will definitely return here when we want fresh seafood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The service was impeccable but the food was marginal. Most of the food we had was under seasoned and overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was very bland. To be so overpriced, I was hoping for better tasting food. They were nice enough to remove one item from our bill however, we still paid for $32 “lobster Mac” which we didn’t even eat because the sauce was so bland and way too watery. Huge chunks of lobster on top of the noodles though that was a plus. Honestly, The best thing was the drinks they were definitely friendly with the pouring.

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KARENB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience3

Did not get a seat by open window as requested.
Sat in a tight table without proper social distancing from neighboring tables. Not ok.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is one of my go to places for great food, wine and ambiance. The service is fantastic and the setting is beautiful.

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vipfernandom
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and I enjoyed every moment! Such a treat!

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JorgeS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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Chelsea
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a business lunch and it was great. We were able to talk and it was a good environment.

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DottieB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so good! Service was great. The chefs cocktail was amazing. Wish I was there right now having another one! I had the scallops and they might be the best thing I have ever eaten- So yummy!

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SuziB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined in the patio area, so felt more confident of airflow. We felt very safe and that the staff was following COVID precautions. The food and service was magnificent, as usual. One of my favorite things about Water Grill is no corkage fee.

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StacyA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, lots of choices. Perfect choice for business meetings.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. The ambiance suffers from COVID restrictions, barriers and masked service staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here especially for the oysters! Service is always great, food always tastes great and cocktails are a must.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place just hate broccolini lol needs real broccoli 🥦

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BrittanyO
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! From the service, to the food and the atmosphere! Love this place! But definitely recommend making a reservation. We were seated within minutes thanks to our reservation.

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BobF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is a go-to date spot. Never get a complaint, always enjoy.

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CarmenE
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance- high ceilings with wood beams, fire places, couches, bar. Looked very cool. Our server was excellent- professional but personable and friendly. The cocktails and food were delicious although it was all pretty pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!!

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GoGo
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great sea food and service. They went out of their way to try to make sure our seating request was honored

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LindaM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was superb. Especially the service. Our waiter and his support were excellent in every way. Thank you.

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ElliK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful very attentive waiter and very delicious dinner and they had Alexander valley silver oak which we loved!

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vipIslandgirlK
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot for great seafood and the service is wonderful too. Felt safe and it was really clean.

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Moke
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our dinner was FANTASTIC! It was prepared well and tested so yummy. The only thing was the service was a little slow .Took 15 min to get drinks and another 15 min to order the food. But, when the food came out it was great.

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DeyaniraH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food omg 10 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Went to Water Grill for Saturday lunch. The ambient is great, staff is great... although waited a long time before we got to order food. While we wait for the someone to take order, I realized there are some mosquitoes flying around. Of course, I am the one who got bitten several time. That is annoying.
To the food, clamp chowder is good but, only four clamps. King crab leg is awesome. Icecream is good. But Cioppino is not good at all. I can tell all the ingredients are frozen food. The soup is lukewarm and the fish is hard. Very disappointed.
The bonus to go to Water Grill on the weekend is the Market. I have to said you should stop by the market on the weekend to buy some great ingredient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

60th Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Water Grill for a friends bday/get together and we had a great time! I made reservations ahead of time and when we got there we got sat right away. This was my first time there and I can’t wait to go back. The drinks were great and the food was delicious! *chefs kiss*

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vipNickW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

When you first enter Water Grill it is a very attractive high end restaurant. You only anticipate the best. When we were seated, we were brought to the "Ugly Section" If you have watched Curb Your Enthusiasm, you know what I mean. We were sat at the only two top in the room. All the other tables and chairs looked so inviting yet we had sold wood chairs right next to an outdoor very loud party. We were in what appeared to be a banquet room and were also distracted by the large backdrop of a screen that had the basketball game on. Our waitress was ok, however made us feel like we were a chore. It almost felt like being in an old sports bar. The constant roaring of laughter and cheers from the party along with the celebrations of the game made this more of a hangout than a high end restaurant. The food was very good, however, for the price we paid for dinner (over $300 for a 2 top that barely fit our display of oysters and shrimp cocktail) we really felt that the experience was far from the food and ambiance we were presented. I would not come back here only because they are seemingly ok with seating people in a large cold room with zero ambiance. I would much rather visit a Kings Fish House location that is always comfortable and almost the same quality food. But at least the service and ambiance is top notch compared to Water Grill.

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VickiZ
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service -loved our waitress Brittany, she was personable and efficient. Food was delicious!

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Sylvia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the bread and butter.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was wonderful a priced right. We will be back to try the rest of menu. Our server Bree 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 4.7 stars by 3594 OpenTable diners.

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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