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Water Grill - South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4.7
5527 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fine cuts, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 208-7060

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Eddie Albarran

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been Southern California's seafood destination since 1989. Located in the heart of Orange County, and with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the renowned South Coast Plaza within walking distance, Water Grill is the perfect location for any event.

  • Private party contact

    Talayeh Hamidi: (866) 325-6409

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Parking details

    Valet Only

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,527 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Seafood

  • Orange County

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  • North Orange County

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday & Graduation. Food was outstanding.

  2. TC

    TracyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wine was delicious and the seafood was amazing. We had an awesome time celebrating my daughters engagement! The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable as our party had some gluten food allergies. And the dessert at the end was the topping of the evening. Thank you for making our celebration special!!

  3. DM

    DonaldM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant. There is nothing on the menu that isn't great.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday! It was great!

  5. ML

    MikeL

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Water Grill! We have eaten at the San Diego, South Coast Plaza and Las Vegas locations. It never disappoints!

  6. JS

    JudithS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything at Water Grill was A+. Will definitely return for another delicious dinner. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Prices were pre-COVID, pre-inflation, unlike so many other restaurants that have increased prices with hefty split fees.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Salad amazing. Service erratic.

  8. P

    Peter

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Our server Sean was incredibly attentive and warm and friendly. Would definitely go back again

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ciopinno was excellent! Lou was our server , he made our dining experience fun and an excellent night out. We will definitely return.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience and great food! Our server was attentive and personable. The wait staff were friendly. We loved the ambience. We tried several appetizers and entrées and all were delicious! We would all go back again.

  11. M

    Muncies

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Limited menu

  12. C

    Clarity

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we were seated at a spatial table with ample room for the baby and stroller. Jason was engaging and attentive. Thank you to the hostess who sat us and Jason for the service.

  13. m

    margot

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Girls lunch. We stayed far too long, and the servers were so accommodating and professional. Should have charged us rent … but kept filling our water glasses and and asking if we needed anything. Great experience.

  14. k

    kiddergirl

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most lovely dining experience! Everything fresh and beautifully presented. I had the sea bass. Talk about melt in your mouth! The mixed greens salad was a work of art!

  15. CW

    CindyW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the restaurant! We ordered trojan roll and oyster platter and lobster roll. Only downside is the restaurant is too loud

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wedding anniversary (6 years)

  17. CB

    CindyB

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food with great service

  18. BE

    BillElisa

    New York Area

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. 5 star service. Great hang in the patio area.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was amazing and the food was great. Oysters were simply delicious!!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always Service is impeccable!!! Food was delicious. Loved our server Nikki!!! So attentive and makes the overall dining experience wonderful.

  21. T

    Tahoevisitor

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We all loved this restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious. We had oysters fir appetizers and they were good! We had Seabass (fantastic), scallops were ok, lobster roll with butter super great, sushi, black cod and shrimp scampi were all good. Nothing special with the scampi and sushi. The black cod was really good!! There were six of us and the lowest dinner out the door was $90. This includes drinks and desserts. The desserts were really good especially the chocolate Grenache. All in all this place does not disappoint at all. If I went back I would do either the lobster roll or seabass.

  22. B

    Barb

    Orange County

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very Disappointing! Our wait time for our 3:45 reservation was close to 15 minutes in an empty restaurant. Bread delivered immediately which was stale. Wine delivered fast and black cod entree delivered quickly but the kitchen should have taken the time to heat it properly as it was just warm and on the verge of cold.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Business meeting

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  25. T

    Tafa

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great. Will definitely frequent this establishment again.

  26. MN

    MarleneN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my birthday and told them because they asked if special occasion But didn’t acknowledge at the end. Just thought it was strange

  27. m

    margot

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat at the bar. Had a nice conversation with other customers who love Water Grill too

  28. JV

    JudyV

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service! I always look forward to dining here.

  29. AG

    AndresG

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    MOTHERS DAY

  30. G

    Glenn

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great service and food. It’s always about the experience. It was magnificent

  31. CF

    CherylF

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Josh was amazing it’s the first time we’ve been there really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere service was excellent

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, ambience was perfect! Highly recommend

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    The filet mignon was undercooked and cold, as was the lobster tail. The Chilean Sea Bass for my wife was not warm. The side fries tasted stale and were also cold. We ended up eating what we had because we were very hungry and we didn’t know when our waiter would return, as he rarely checked on us throughout the evening. The service was very slow.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4

    food was not that great and came out a little cold, other than that the bread pudding was delicious!

  36. H

    Hama

    Switzerland

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Amazing all around! We always enjoy everything- it was just too cold as it was very breezy outside and the whole restaurant had windows and patio doors open - was uncomfortable to be relaxed even though we had jackets on. The GM moved us to a better warmer table , we were grateful! Thank you

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was Mother’s Day dinner. I always order shellfish platter. It was very fresh and beautiful. Our server Joseph was very attentive and friendly and the service was outstanding. It’s one of the best seafood restaurants and I love coming here.

  38. GH

    GaryH

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server went out of her way to make our visit perfect.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Overcooked Filet mignon in 1st time and even 2nd time.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it! Food was 10/10 and service was great the staff was friendly!

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 5527 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 183 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

3300 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Fine cuts, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Only

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Eddie Albarran

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 208-7060

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been Southern California's seafood destination since 1989. Located in the heart of Orange County, and with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the renowned South Coast Plaza within walking distance, Water Grill is the perfect location for any event.

  • Private party contact

    Talayeh Hamidi: (866) 325-6409

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