Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Water Grill is steps away from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and a just quick stroll across a scenic footbridge from the world renowned South Coast Plaza. The restaurant’s multiple event spaces provide the ideal setting for intimate celebrations, business gatherings, large parties and charity events. Deluxe accommodations are available for any occasion- from groups of 5 to parties of 500, and everything in between. Submit an inquiry now to start planning a truly exceptional experience for you and your guests!
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G
Orange County
117 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. The GM was lovely. What an impressive place. We will be back

l
Los Angeles
143 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was fabulous. The food was exceptional--our waiter Adam was superior and we left completely satisfied and looking forward to the next time!

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introducing my parents to the Water Grill was a pleasure. They really liked the cozy ambiance and decor, and further enjoyed the food. Our wait staff was very friendly and very eager to assist us in explaining items on the menu. He made sure that our wine was chilled cold perfectly. We each ordered an oyster sampler, and tried each oyster from different regions one by one. It was a fun way to taste the different flavors of the oysters. The roasted octopus was flavorful and tender. Frito Misti was fresh and fried perfectly crunchy on the outside and fluffy inside. We also ordered the steamed mussels and steamed clams. They were very fresh, plump, and packed with flavor from the chorizo. After the food, our wait staff brought out a dessert with a candle, and wished my father a happy birthday. This meant that there is good communication between the staff members. I had indicated that the reservation was for a birthday celebration online, before arriving to the restaurant. Needless to say that I was very impressed with the service. Of course, the food was fabulous!! Will definitely dine there again soon.

OT
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Salmon was very tough and tasteless. Strange your food quality is usually very good. This meal was disappointing.

OT
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

I was at the restaurant last night. I come often. They got one of our orders completely wrong and one was way off the request. Nothing offered , barely an apology. Even after we agreed to eat the wrong item to avoid re preparation. Disappointed to say the least.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic experience at Water Grill. Took my son there for Sunday brunch. Enjoyed mussels for an appetizer. For entrees he had the fish and chips, and I had the lobster roll. Delicious! A beautiful atmosphere on the open air patio.

YD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. Food is great and the service was awesome.

CL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place with a relaxed but elegant feel. If you like seafood this is your go to for both fresh and flavorful .... plus good service, as usual!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the staff was exceptional. When we first arrived we waited for service for a while, but the staff made up for it, and then some. Great customer service.

CT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Water Grill is a favorite "go to" for me. From valet through check in, to the dining occasion back to valet, a high level experience awaits you.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

All good except seating to close listened to next tables conversation throughout dinner

M
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant !! The all fish menu is amazing and their Raw fish Crudite' plates are to die for

GW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service, service, service and it was fantastic. We booked for our anniversary and every single person from the host to person who filled out water wished us a happy anniversary. Never at one point felt rushed through the meal. The waiter (Timothy if you want to request a great waiter) knows the menu forwards and backwards and was ready to help in any way he could with recommendations.

Had the Grand seafood platter as an appetizer and that could have been a meal in itself for two people.

Entrees were also amazing the black cod is like butter!

The restaurants is a no expense spared build that is something to just enjoy architecturally.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and good fish very well presented and prepared would definitely recommend it.
Very noisy in the middle of the room.
Excellent menu and no corkage fee.
Strongly recommend.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual

l
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always this restaurant never disappoints,from the food to the service ,and the special cocktails are delish.

SY
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my mom’s birthday there. Everything was great and the quality of the food was very fresh. Highly recommended the sea bass. Ordered the grilled chicken and was surprisingly yummy too! End the meal with caramel bread pudding, the best I ever had. Thanks Water Grill !!

J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always great here. General manager Bridgette made sure we had a great time. We sure did. Food is excellent. Nice design.

PH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pleasant, relaxed ambiance and attentive knowledgeable servers. However my fish was overcooked and dry: If you're running a high-end seafood restaurant you really need to nail the fish.

s
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, all in all we totally enjoyed our dinner as we always do when eating here. We will be back soon!!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and craft cocktails in a wonderful location. Some of the freshest seafood you can find in OC. Can’t wait to go back!

Z
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a slam dunk meal at Water Grill.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Water Frill but it won’t be my last, already looking for opportunities to dine here again! Our service was amazing from Steven at the bar helping us decide on wine and future entrees, he was very knowledgeable and attentive. He height recommended the Ahí Poke as it was special that night along w my favorite the Ciopino! The food was amazing from the poke to oysters and finally the entrees where flavorful, fresh vibrant. I would definitely recommend Water Grill for special occasions and business meals.

RD
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is really terrific. Even their simple side dinner salad was spectacular. It's very pricey, but the food is extra special. The only problem was the service - everyone was extremely nice and warm and professional - but once it got crowded, we had to wait and wait and flag our waiter down. For these prices, that was unacceptable. I truly hope they read these reviews and provide more servers.

DZ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fabulous bread. Outstanding service. Beautiful interior. A wonderful experience!

SK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place looks very upscale and nice, so you would expect there to be more people there. When we arrived Sunday at 11:15am for brunch armed with a Reservation, we were greeted with a completely empty restaurant. This is prime brunch time, and this is a prime brunch place! Why is there nobody here? Lets break it down.

The Service: Valet is the only parking option since it's right next to (or a part of) the Westin Hotel across from South Coast Plaza. Valet however is free before 4pm, so we were in the clear. We were seated promptly, then bread was put on the table and our drink orders were taken. This all happened within 2 minutes of our walking up to the hostess table. After that, it felt like forever before the server returned to take our food order and bring the cocktail I ordered. Once the food was ordered, it seemed like a typical amount of time before the food arrived, and the rest was fine. It just felt like a long time between drink order and the drink being brought and food orders taken. It was probably 5-10 minutes, but that is a long time.

The Food: They give you a lot of food here plus the bread rolls. Everything was very good. We ordered the All American breakfast and the Salmon Hash, plus I got a Rosewood cocktail. By far my cocktail was the best thing I put in my mouth that day, it was balanced, refreshing, and sweet with a hint of tart. It was perfect and so tasty. The rolls were quite good as well, and the rest of the food was very tasty. The cocktail was just amazing!

I would recommend this place, but it felt weird that the entire place was empty during prime Sunday Brunch time.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The service time was poor. Waited for 40-45 mins for appetizers and then 15-20 mins for main course. The server had not given us an idea on Service size and we ended up not eating an entree plate

TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Order squash side dish. They forgot to cook it!
Not good value for what they charge

E
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and always a good experience. New food on the menu and everything was delicious. Going back for dinner in 2 weeks.

SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service. Fresh and luxurious. From start to finish 5 star food and service.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, food above average

TL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Water Grill is one of the TOP places in SoCal for seafood! My wife and I always look forward to the food, people, and service level provided by the Water Grill team. You won't find a better managed restaurant, food supply chain, or service level in California. The Costa Mesa team are ridiculously great at what they do! Patron for life!

V
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughters birthday and the Water Grill made the evening extra special. The experience was outstanding.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and amazing food!

MP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! He was very attentive and so sweet.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entire meal was amazing. Us four girls had the oyster sampler, king crab and shared one steak entree. It was PERFECT!

HR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time, the food was delicious, and the attention to the client was great!

NM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food in the past was good. However this time the black cod was over cooked and the sea bass was greasy. Very disappointing!

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