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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
3612 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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  • 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 3612 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven was AWESOME! Great server! We will request him all the time!

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vipJules
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been once before and the food was excellent- so brought my husband for our Anniversary. The fresh raw seafood was outstanding (shrimp and oysters). You could customize it for exactly how many you wanted. The scallops were delicious. My husband had the clam chowder- it was good but contained clams in a half shell that were gritty. The calamari was delicious. Loved the cocktails (my husband had a margarita- super fresh juice and the delicious warm cookie dessert.

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vipSofluvsjim
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything excellent as usual!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go. Always the best service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love ❤️ everything about this restaurant! Excellent cleaning procedures and felt safe eating there. Second time this week.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Stephen was absolutely amazing. We came in after getting married and they made it so special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

With friends for drinks and appetizers. It was great. Just felt like they were understaffed. The servers and staff did a great job. But took for ever to get our drinks, munchies, straws, napkins. It wasn’t they’re fault, staff is great they just need more people

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SteveA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a great eating expereince that must be expereinced for yourself. Service is outstanding!

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vipTimothy
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We sat at the Bar and Service was excellent. Sushi appetizer was fishy not so good, Halibut entre was excellent.

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StacyH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Amazing service, especially Kiersten. They made my son’s 21 birthday celebration fantastic.

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LisaB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is always wonderful at the Water Grill! They are also following healthcare guidelines closely and have partitions between the tables to make everyone feel comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tabatha was great ! Shes our new recommended server

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vipKseo
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do appreciate the safety precautions that they put in place.

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SammyK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place to be anytime and especially during pandemic. Beautiful place to dine

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KellyE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a work lunch and it was great We sat on the patio and it was so nice. The food was amazing, the halibut tail was tasty, and the service was spot in. We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

More choices without fish please

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The fish was super fishy and salty not good at all

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hannasgirl
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
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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JGold
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing! Wish I saved room for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere!

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Cynthia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
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 on October 17, 2020
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 on October 16, 2020
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 on October 16, 2020
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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BettyU
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice ambiance and extremely friendly and attentive service. Very knowledgeable servers who had every answer about the menu and/or drinks. The menu has something for everyone.

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vipfernandom
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and I enjoyed every moment! Such a treat!

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JorgeS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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Chelsea
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DB
DottieB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
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 on October 15, 2020
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 on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 3612 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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