Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
3712 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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Starting Feb 14, 2021

Enjoy Valentine's Day with your special person at Water Grill! Chef Albarran is preparing a very special 4-course menu. Highlights include Japanese A-5 Wagyu steak, Wild Brittany Dover Sole, Wild Local Spiny Lobster, and an abundance of our most popular dishes! $120 per person

What 3712 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipPeteL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was the last night of the open patio dinner before the stay at home. We had a little party of 5 for my mother in-law and sister in law. My wife and I ordered the Cowboy Ribeye cooked medium. Mother in law had the Rhode Island Black Sea Bass broiled. We also hade the Blue Fin Tuna Tare Tare, and King Crab Rolls. For dissert they brought out 3 birthday cookie dessert. All the food was excellent and the service was very exceptional

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!! Everything was so good!!! Definitely coming back when dining opens up again.

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vipGregA
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food was outstanding as always.

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DorisL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really excellent. I keep coming back. Even with distancing still great and careful and clean. Waiters excellent helpful smart. Food is excellent. Would come again. Please stay open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Not that great when I went as they were literally out of every item I wanted to eat. Partly because of Covid and not over ordering too much food from what it seemed like. Either way, disappointing for the amount of money paid just for myself. Value dollar wise wasn’t that great but what I was able to order and eat did taste great.

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LindaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience overall. We will be back. Capped off my birthday perfectly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic with impeccable service

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TimS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very good experience and they’re doing a great job even with COVID protocol. Food and service is always top shelf, it’s one of my favorite places.

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CanHan
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was attentive and the food delicious.

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Stine
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was my first time dining here and overall the experience was great with the ambiance and service but for a fine dining restaurant that specializes in seafood I'm not very impressed with the food, especially the raw bar items. We got a 1/2 dozen shigoku oysters and half of the ones I ate were fishy. The honeymoon oyster was also very fishy and there was too much going on in that bite. Also got the sea urchin which wasn't too great as well. It was buttery but also had some fishiness and it wasn't sweet. The garnishes & sauce that were provided were good though and helped mask the taste for these. Other than these, I enjoyed the whole fish ceviche and black cod entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always outstanding

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vipTTone
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Water Grill, happy we were able to make dinner before the crazy governor shut down restaurant dining again, especially during the holidays. I hope you survive the shut down and we are able to dine with you again. Thank you!

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Gabza
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overpriced. The waitress was slow and drinks took ages to arrive. The lobster sushi was bland no taste. Service was bad , I get better service at lower priced restaurants. The Rockefeller oysters were good. The scallops crudo tasteless

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I had the octopus and halibut. Both very tasty. I have to apologize I don’t remember the servers name. But the services Definitely gets five stars. I highly recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tania Collins’ birthday- my beautiful wife.
Great restaurant, perfect night. Well done team WaterGrill

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vipCharmaine
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter Jason !!!

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YazminS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, service was simply great! Our waiter offered recommendations on how to pair our entrees and cocktails he recommended were amazing! The margarita verde is a must! Chef Eddy was so nice and we know he has a passion for what he does and shows it in his dishes. The restaurant is designed with windows that open all the way up and they have a large outside patio to accommodate guests and they have all covid safety precautions in place.

This was our first time at Water Grill and by far the best dining experience. We will definitely be dining at Water Grill again. Thank you to the whole team for their hard work and dedication!

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vipTriciaB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an outstanding dinner and service. A great place for special occasions. We have been coming here since they took over Scott's and will continue. Highly recommend it!

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Thomas
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The deluxe tower of seafood was great. Wine also was very reasonable. Enjoyed

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance , amazing seafood restaurant, service was excellent. Will definitely come back again soon

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vipapkurk
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very professional. Food was varied, fresh and delicious. Great Thanksgiving experience.

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LindaG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice but very windy from where we were seated. Our Nicole was very nice. We will return when we are in the area again.

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Michelle
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic. The wait staff is marvelous and just a great place to have dinner.

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KimF
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, especially the pumpkin pie cheesecake.

The two negatives are the cranberries and parking situation. The chef scrimped on the cranberries. It's like he/she took a teaspoon serving and placed it on the plate. Very dissatisfying. Regarding the parking, it was valet service only. I was charged $7.00 and provided a tip for the valet employee. After spending close to $200 on dinner for only two people, patrons should not be charged for parking.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

very disappointed. The food was 2/5 nothing special. Our waitress forgot all out drinks & was not helpful with the menu.

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Patti68
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving at WaterGrill! Loved the food, service💯

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vipSOLPD
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service — exceptional! The food was also quit good and served hot?
From valet to hostess to manager to service staff all a 10+

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual Thanksgiving immediate family get together. We are originally from Redondo, and now live in Hawaii. Our daughter goes to school in NY, and CA is a great middle spot to meet. (Besides our daughter only gets a few days off for Thanksgiving, and a trip to Hawaii is grueling for such a quick turn around. (First world problem, huh? Our server, Amanda, was exceptional!

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vipDiane
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner here and we would definitely come back! Alexa was a great server and we loved our dinner! Dinner was hot and delicious; turkey was moist (tough to do with large crowds). Even the mixed greens was interesting and different with delicious beets and herbs! Absolutely loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place! Amazing fresh seafood. Thanksgiving turkey was awesome too.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I booked Thanksgiving dinner for my family and the food was awful

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vipMaurice
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops, Chilean sea bass and cioppino were fabulous. It was very busy on Thanksgiving, but the staff was very courteous and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had their Thanksgiving dinner and it was awesome. The best Thanksgiving meal I have had in many years. The clam chowder was the best I have ever had.

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AnitaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the 2nd time I went to the Water Grill for an occasion in the past 2 months. Each time there was terrific service. I would like to give a shout out to our waitress Angela who gave wonderful service for my birthday lunch this week. The staff really makes you feel special! Also, the ambiance is great and perfect for these times as there is a huge open type seating area with lots of fresh air. Their crab cakes and key lime pie are delicious. I really enjoyed my experience there.

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vipFoodieNomo
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our first month-sary (one month being newlyweds). I have been here a few times and always enjoyed the food but it’s my husband’s first time,

Exceptional dining experience from the ambiance, to the quality of food, menu options and service.

Our server Adriana provided superior service. My husband and I were impressed with her passion in describing how each one is prepared. It also helps that we seem to have the same taste when I asked what her top dishes were - dover sole & black cod so those are for next month when we come back.

Everyone from the hostess, Adriana and the rest of the staff wished and congratulated us all through out the night. They truly made our evening special.

We ordered the grilled octopus for our starter, manila clams with chorizo for my main, shrimp scampi for hubby’s main and broccolini with chinese sausage for our side. Everything was extraordinary including the asiago bread and butter with sea salt and the complimenatry dessert provided for celebrating our month-sary with them.

Cannot wait to come back next month to “hopefully” try a couple of new dishes. I say hopefully because the 4 we had were all delicious 😊.

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CKtini
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance- can’t wait to get back... Peruvian scallops are amazing and the stone crab claws are the beat I’ve ever had !

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vipTracyC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual at Water Grill. Service was on point and food was delicious! We had the burger and lobster roll - both were very flavorful and filling. We will be back.

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vipMichaelV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

They would let anyone to wear a mask when they walk into the restaurant. Tables were set very close to each other with little or no social distancing. Service wasn’t the greatest either.

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vipPAMELAT
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dinner I have at the water grill is a special occasion! It is the finest restaurant with the finest food the best staff and a desire to please their customers beyond any restaurant. It is extremely safely set up for COVID-19 with plastic partitions throughout the entire open patio restaurant area so you can feel comfortable and safe dining here day or night. They have heaters set up to assist as well but bring warm clothing so that you can stay as long as you’d like. Thank you for a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving celebratory dinner

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 3712 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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