Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4610 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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vipMichaelP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The cocktails were excellent and the food delicious. Chandwick was our server and on top of his game. Made the experience all the more memorable!

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PhilL
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best seafood joint in the country

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant for a business meeting.

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DavidS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was very good. Sequence of appetizers was a little off. We ordered two types of oysters and one arrived and the second one came with enters?
3 of 4 dishes were really good. Mine was just okay.

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vipHowardW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant to go to when I am in town for business.

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KasraM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall from the ambiance to the selection and choice of both food & drink…will be back soon. Thanks Water Grill - South Coast Plaza!!!

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DANAB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never fail. The service and the food is consistently Awesome.

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vipKellyD
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was perfection, the temperature a little high in the restaurant. One of our favorite spots.

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VictoriaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious…the drinks, the appetizers and the entrees! The service was excellent. Peter was very attentive and we never had to go searching for him. He was always checking in on us. First time at this location…will definitely be back!

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kmach05
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jordan was knowledgeable of the menu and provided excellent suggestions. We were well attended from water, food being brought out at a great pace where we didn’t feel rushed, nor did it feel as the food had been “waiting” to be picked up at the line.

Speaking of the food. The chilled Canadian Scallops were heavenly, as we have always remembered the dish to be (used to be Peruvian scallops).

My wife is not a huge seafood person and really does not care for things like raw oysters, but a dozen of those chilled scallops, she will easily devour.

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vipLizMck
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is really spectacular. We had the lobster roll and salmon roll. They gave my friend a beautiful dessert for her birthday. Service was slow for cocktails and appetizer - we had to wave down our waitress. I love the upbeat ambience of this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the Bristol cocktail was AMAZING! The bartenders really knew what they were doing with that one 🔥 great service from my waitress I wish I knew her name I totally forgot but she had a great set of lashes, that’s all I remember! Lol! But she recommended everything that I ate and It was all a 10/10!

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Mary
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with variety choices! Great location for group party!

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CristinaF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love spending special days at Watergrill. The service is always impeccable and the food is always to notch. I look forward to the rolls each time too!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Not impressed with food at all. Food was not seasoned probably, lacked flavor.

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SteveM
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and terrific staff.

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LarryS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We added two to our party of ten and they were very accommodating. They food was terrific and service was exceptional.

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vipCher
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service were top notch.

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trojan1955
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great experience from cocktails and appetizers to a dessert we had never tried.

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DorothyM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant has great service from the valet to the server. The food is always fresh with a great drink menu.

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CristinaL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibes. From the drinks to dessert was amazing!

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JustinT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the server Sean was very knowledgeable about the menu offering insight to each type of clam to meet our specific likes and dislike. 5 stars all around

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Pretty neutral on this place, but that's after only one visit, which was a work celebration lunch. The aesthetics are very nice and maybe I'd revisit and sit at the bar and check out the appetizers. The Pan seared halibut was dry and the bacon and garlic in the brussel sprouts were dry and chewy. Not the best. The french fries were also not the best, dry and didn't taste fresh.

Overall, easily forgettable, for me.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for business or pleasure gatherings...Fantastic Staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is my go to spot for any special occasion , yesterday September 15 was mine and my Fiancé six year anniversary!!! Water grill made it very special for is ! Thank you will back back soon !

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vipJLR523
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went to celebrate our anniversary. I consider the Water Grill a high end restaurant, and the food and service were exceptional. Don’t mind paying their prices for great food!

I little disappointed that we were seated 20 mins past our reservation time … very busy for a Wed night.

My biggest issue is that they don’t enforce any dress code requirement. Baggie t-shirts and shorts, baseball caps, in fact baseball caps worn backwards???

Can’t we go to a high end restaurant and see people dressed nicely and appropriate for the venue? This wasn’t Denny’s.

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vipMark
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and black cod. Wine list is exceptional with many fine French options not normally found in a restaurant this casual.

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vipKemp
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both of us had halibut and by far it was the best halibut we’ve ever had! We primarily go to seafood restaurants and so have a great appreciation of seafood that is prepared properly and tasteful. We would highly recommend the restaurants to all.

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vipFlip
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Water Grill. The food was excellent and the service is first class. It was a wonderful experience. We look forward to our next time dining at the Water Grill.

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DanA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

service was poor, our waitress was not involved with the program which made our evening terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday Night football and the place was cranking! Lots of tv’s to see the game. Delicious seafood-lobster roll on an in house made New England style bun-grilled in lotsa buttahh! Sea bass and gnocchi is delicious! Desserts are fantastic.

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vip1227
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Although Water Grill - So Coast Plaza's Covid guidelines on OpenTable state that diners and staff must be masked, that wasn't so on our recent visit and restaurant management wasn't enforcing it. Two of the hostesses were unmasked as were about 25% of the wait staff. Not many guests coming in or leaving were masked either. If Covid safety is an issue for you, take note or insist on a server that is masked. Luckily our servers were masked but that wasn't the case for all tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a special occasion

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AngieS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place, food was amazing
Excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service

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vipNatalie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Normally, I love the food, but this last time it was very average. Always great service though.

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GailC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The server was new but was followed by someone who was guiding him. I liked that
The bread with salted butter was our starter--amazing
The crab cake--light and full of crab, no fillers
The raw scallops in the delicious citrus dressing--melted in your mouth
Our main meal was outstanding and the presentation--spot on
Did I mention our High Ball grapefruit martini!! and a 1942
Then we popped a MAGNIFICIANT BOTTLE OF DEOVLET WINE--listed 4 times in
Wine and Spirits Magazine in the top 100.
Last: the bread pudding.......fabulous!!!

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vipDavidH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The Caesar salad was yellow. There was absolutely no green at all. It was a salad full of yellow lettuce. Fish and chips had a bone in it. This in unacceptable in a fried fish. Some staff wore masks, most did not. Service was also very slow, despite the restaurant not being particularly busy. Oysters were excellent. That was the highlight of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service… hamachi nachos are to die for

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 4610 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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