Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.8
4079 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 4079 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DesireeF
1 review
Dined 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! service and food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kimber
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

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

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IselaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's day. Nice atmosphere with amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipThomas1952
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Extremely long wait for our food.

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AkemiT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upscale attention and food. Will come back.

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vipGreatspot
Orange County
138 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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ElioM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

If you like very loud noise this is the place for you!

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BarbaraN
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome and the service was excellent. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

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Murai
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ali was outstanding with his recommendation of wine was perfect.
The food has always been good.
We also met Nikki---she is a great.

Both are assets to your business.
We will be asking for them the next time we are in

the MURAI's

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff - Amazing food and great ambiance

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vipliv2dine
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a very popular place in town. Mother's Day weekend and so busy.
Staff was great. Valet parking cars to Hostess seating most gracious.
Our Server was excellent. He made recommendation on the menu that were great.
We have dined here many times each Server has been great. Often they come by and say hello, nice that they recall you. The seafood is excellent, bread too, wine list not bad.
This Restaurant is on our regular rotation!

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MattFoley
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mother’s Day dinner ever. Mommy actually said these words, “I think this might be the best thing I’ve ever ate.”

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MissDivinetina
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best pre Mother's Day meal! Our server Thabitha was very friendly, patient & sweet, especially with my kids.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Water Grill is always a great experience though I’m always leery of eating out on a holiday weekend ( Mother’s Day) but no worries here. It was as great as ever . Stephen , our server, was friendly and welcoming and , when I had wine questions, Tyler, the sommelier, was knowledgeable and helpful without try to upsell us . The meals , Filet w/ their incredible fries and Chilean sea Bass were beautifully prepared and presented . We were neither rushed through our meals nor had unreasonable waits between courses . I always finish the meal with the chocolate espresso ganache cake , a rich and satisfying morsel with a pistachio crusted sorbet accompaniment. Upscale atmosphere adds to the pleasure of the experience… Love the Water Grill

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KurtK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, but even the best menu can't keep a place in business unless it's managed well and Water Grill is top tier. We came in with a group of 8 for a family mother's day/birthday combo. For context, our group ranged from 2 sommeliers (they recommended it) to others that don't know the difference between halibut and tuna, so that's a challenge for the staff. They handled everything perfectly and we all left extremely satisfied with the experience. I won't get into details about the food because we ordered too many dishes, but as an ex bartender, they had an amazing cocktail called the Jubilee which is like a negroni that had limoncello to give some sweet/sour flavor with some prosecco bubbles. I will be making this at home from now on. This is a place you can rely on for a fine dining experience or a low-key brunch. I was very impressed.

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SusieF
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue. Casual but very classy. Friendly service, delicious food. Really enjoyed our Mother's day lunch there.

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vipFoodieExpert
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience from beginning to end! Our server was spectacular, the food and ambiance were perfect.

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vipAmyB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best scallops and craft cocktails! One of my all time favorite restaurants for fresh seafood!!

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BettyA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The late lunch was great with the steak cooked perfectly. The crab cake was perfect and we spilt it and the brussel sprouts. The key lime pie was the best I have ever had and was a perfect palate pleaser for dessert.

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OscarR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and my wife went out for dinner for our anniversary and we loved it. Service was delightful, had an amazing time and wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was a little disappointing . Halibut was underwhelming with pea tendrils. Lacked distinctive taste. Brussel sprouts were undercooked. And we like al dente. Shrimp scampi was good but didn’t understand pairing w/noodles. Bread pudding dessert was very good. Enjoyed the selection of oysters that we started with. Very fresh selection were diverse, and all distinct flavors.

Wait staff excellent, starting with bartenders who were exceptional. Sommelier who was knowledgeable and Tabatha, our server, who was attentive and kindly waved the cost of the Brussels sprouts when she asked about our meals. Not really expecting her to do so.

Water Grill normally does better with their food. Maybe an off nite.

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 4079 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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