Water's Edge

4.2
859 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

Beautiful water front restaurant with incredible views of Ventura Harbor and the most stunning sunsets anywhere in Southern California. Fresh seafood from the fishing boats to our kitchens and moderately priced for our customers.
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Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

First off, the service was externally slow. We checked in at 11:10 for an 11:15 reservation, which later we find out that they marked us as a no show. What? For an establishment to say on their Open Table reservation note that parties of 2 will have a maximum time of 1.5 hrs then turn around and serve our breakfast literally 1 hr and 20 minutes later is a joke. Secondly, the pancakes were undercooked and left something to be desired. All and all, the only thing going for this place is the location. That’s it. Sadly we won’t be back.

l
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was perfect, no complaints. Nice view, good food.

RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The surf and turf special was perfectly cooked and the wait staff was very attentive and personable.

DL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food is usually very good. Eaten there 3-4 times. Service never good. On 08/17/2019, exceptionally awful. Food was so so , got our orders wrong, never brought our dessert until we asked 30 minutes later after ordering, never came back to ask us for more drinks.... very disappointing..... took my Mother’s husband for his birthday. Servers were friendly but very disorganized & incompetent.... it wasn’t even full for a Saturday night. Spoke to manager 2 or 3 times during our meal and still service didn’t improve. Most other patrons near us were having same issues. Will never dine there again.

WB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and lovely view of the whole Harbor. We really enjoyed this place.

TR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal very much. Best atmosphere restaurant in the Ventura harbor area.

JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate a friend's birthday which is what I had put on the online reservation. The food and service were excellent. We were asked by the hostess if we were celebrating anything, we responded yes, a birthday. We were a bit disappointed that the server didn't mention it or bring a complimentary dessert for her birthday.

IT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We visited the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The view of the harbor was very nice -- until the fog rolled in. Being a weeknight, the restaurant was not full. However, the noise level was greater than one might have expected from a half empty restaurant. Most of the noise seemed to come from the bar, which is elevated in the middle of the restaurant floor. Although the noise level was moderate, I fear it would have been too noisy for conversation if the restaurant had been full, as on a weekend. Otherwise, it was a good experience.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, view and you can’t beat their special on pricing.

JO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Unfortunately, the wait person kept forgetting to bring the wine and the clam chowder was served warm rather than hot. Also, meals were delivered before everyone had completed their soup or salad.

SD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service and atmosphere

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Loved the bottomless mimosas and the view from the outdoor patio 🍾❤️

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every request was handled perfectly from start to finish.
Excellent food and view.

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Waters Edge. There were 5 diners and all thoroughly enjoyed apps, starters, entrees and dessert. Service was on par as were prices. We look forward to trying their brunch. Will definitely return.

VS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was awful. We had the ribeye and halibut. The ribeye was ok but the halibut was over cooked and didn’t seem fresh. Beautiful restaurant though.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Wasn't the most welcoming vib we got when we arrived, maybe it was because we were a little late. Food was cold when it came to the table. We were a little disappointed.

GT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite, relaxing, beautiful view, good food, excellent wine selection. Service good, too.

M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here three times this past weekend and everything was fabulous! Pork Oso Bucco was fantastic and the grilled shrimp salad for lunch was out of this world-love this place and can’t wait to come back again!

JP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Water's Edge patio is one of our favorite spots to eat in Ventura Co. The happy hour is amazing, with lots of great options, and it's available every day until 7pm. They have great service, and are so accommodating if issues arise. The new look and branding is fantastic. We love this restaurant and highly recommend to anyone we talk with about great local places!

AC
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was okay not great. Staff were friendly but it took forever to get our food. View are really special. I’d give it a second chance.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, amazing views, great food and presentation! Employees couldn't have been nicer, Coco the manager was so nice.

A
Jackson Hole
38 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time that we had visited Water's Edge. We frequent The Waterside, which is owned by the same person. The food was great. We got seated at the time we requested. We were seated at waterside table so we got to see the harbor.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Friday evening birthday celebration on the water, what could be better? Really, not much! Attentive service by all wait staff, excellent (and somewhat different) cocktails and really outstanding meals ... highly recommend the Trophy Pasta (which two of us had), lots of tender shrimp, scallops & salmon in a wonderful vodka cream sauce. But everyone loved their entrees so you likely can’t go wrong. It’s not inexpensive, but for a special occasion it’s well worth it. Wonderful window seating and harbor & sunset views (although we were there early enough we didn’t see a full-on sunset). I will say the noise built over the course of 2 hours (we got there at 5:30), so don’t expect a quiet evening if your reservation is for 7:30. I’d like to go back just to have drinks and watch the sunset/harbor scene (and people watch)! Oh, and I got a beautiful little birthday dessert quite unexpectedly, since a friend told the hostess or waitress this was a celebration.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for average quality

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

We had a great experience like always at Water’s Edge. We come here often for special occasions and this one did not disappoint. Brian was great and allowed us to enjoy our anniversary while providing great service, not rushing us from one course to another yet always making sure we had what we needed. Coco also came by to check on us and wish us a Happy Anniversary. It was a wonderful evening. We will be back again soon!

AM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% recommend! Excellent food and views. I enjoyed the Happy Hour menu the most.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is sensitive to different dietary requirements. Staff friendly and attentive. Beautiful views. I was intending to impress as this was an informal work brunch with powerful women. Surprisingly reasonable when I got the bill. A favorite.

J
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

They should start with a new chef. We had 5 guests and none of us enjoyed the food. Maybe it is better for dinner. We had brunch.
The only thing good is the location but the place really has very little personality. Our service was ok but it is hard to get past the food.

RF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant. Service was very good. The noise level was rather high, but the food was very good.

LG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was enjoyable. Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

J
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable experience for me and my girlfriend's life. Very beautiful and the dishes are amazing. We are from the Sacramento area, so coming from a valley city to an ocean restaurant was very different (a good different). We had our birthdays there and it was picture perfect, they do celebrate birthdays unlike other restaurants in Ventura. Also, the staff was very helpful and polite. Thank you so much for this memorable experience!!!!!!!

b
Tahoe
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were shown a very small “cocktail “ type table for two for dinner for my wife and I and asked if we could have a table by the front window for four we were told the table was for parties of four not two. We decided to sit at a high top table in the cocktail area. 15 minutes after we sat the table for four was given to a couple and that was repeated two more times of two people at four seat tables. The table we sat at had paper napkins while all the other dining tables had cloth. We asked a manager if we could have cloth napkins and he explained that we were at happy hour table and they don’t get cloth napkins. After that lecture he did get us cloth napkins without eating utensils, we had to ask for those. I ordered the ribeye steak and while it was a prime cut it was a low quality prime with about a third of it being fat. It was served with potatoes under it to make it appear it was very thick, it wasn’t. The price was $49 which I felt was over price by about $10. I had been at another restaurant the night before had a bone-in prime strip steak at $45 and it was a better cut and delicious. This restaurant was a disappointment again.

P
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food and service..very noisy. Family with several young children/infant seated next to us . Would be impossible to enjoy an evening with friends.

M
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and service. However a large birthday party group was very loud which spoiled the romantic atmosphere for our anniversary dinner. Pricing of the food selection were on the high side.

KJ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The people and service were awesome. I just wasn’t impressed by the food.

RT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service! Had a nice experience for a family/friend reunion. Champagne was flowing but they should have just left a few bottles with us as it was unlimited mimosas! All was good overall!

AO
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service for brunch and the band was super fun!

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a great brunch!

L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Calamari was oily and the Caesar salad with shrimp recommended was pretty ordinary and the portion size was small. The crab cake was very crispy, nearly burned and the crab overcooked inside. Disappointing. Wonderful waitress.

JJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

From an upscale restaurant, I was expecting it to be quieter, but the bar area was extremely noisy. I'm not sure if this was because of happy hour or what. The view of the harbor is excellent though (even if it was overcast as Ventura sometimes gets). The food is decent enough. I ordered the Chilean sea bass special. The strawberry shortcake was excellent (pictured). I would recommend getting that when it's in season. My major complaint is with the service. I asked for water with no ice and two different servers gave me water WITH ice in a container twice before finally getting it right. It also took a while for each item to come out. Overall, decent restaurant to go to, but there have been others that I would recommend more.

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