Water's Edge

4.3
745 reviews
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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
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Water's Edge provides excellent food in a beautiful and comfortable room with a view of Ventura Harbor. It is a lovely place to have dinner; perhaps the best restaurant for fine dining in Ventura.

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HP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I am sad to say... I really wanted to enjoy our meal. The first time we visited we had a few appetizers at the bar and it was just “okay”.
This second tome, the staff was again very accommodating and professional , but my food was inedible. My husband and I shared sand dabs which come with mashed potatoes and spinach. They offered to split it, which they did. I got a less the 1/4 cup of spinach that horrible over cooked. The potatoes were bland and my fish was, as I said, in edible. I don’t know what kind of breading was used, but it covered over and spread all over the fish like a thick dough-like texture. The dough stretched passed the fish so that there was tubber texture sourounding the edge of the fish. Instead of a nice caper sauce, we had a small slab of thick sauce in the muddle of the fish a few capers. If I was by myself with husband, I would have returned the meal and order something else but we were with another couple. Neither of them are their whole meal either and said they were underwhelming. I ate two bites of the fish without the “breading” and it was very dry and tasteless. So disappointed. They fixed up the restaurant and it looks great. The food needs a ton of work. The other comment I have is that the restaurant is very loud. Sorry, Inwas Hope my to be a frequent patron, but I will not be back unless there are major improvements to the menu.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was truly awesome, and the window seat to watch the sun set was equal to the food! Service was a bit slow...could be they were just short handed the night we visited. A bit of a lag for our waitress to take orders, and the delays in being served even basics like cocktails was uncomfortably long.

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AV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed this restaurant but it was quite noisy which made it hard to carry on a conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was very poor. It literally took over 2 hours for our party of 6 to get our food. The drinks were slow. Only 2 of the 3 appetizers we ordered actually made it out to the table.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and view was great. Service was a little spotty. Had to ask for menus and wait awhile to get waiter’s attention when ready to pay.

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M
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This has a gorgeous view of the harbor, which is the only reason I would go back. The service is absolutely horrible. The food was good, but it takes forever to order, and even longer to get your order. We ordered several dishes, and When our pasta came, we asked for a serving spoon. It took about 10 minutes, and by the time we tried the pasta, it was cold. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco, which never came. So after 25 minutes, we cancelled it and got the bill. The drinks were pretty bad, but the bartender was super nice. He re made one drink, and came out to ensure we were pleased with it. Bad service might have made sense if they were busy....which they weren’t.

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IR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although my request for high top seats was not honored, (because it was not happy hour yet) we were seated at a beautiful bay side window which was much better! We enjoyed the view and the exquisite fare, not to mention the bottomless mimosas! Our wait staff was very attentive and friendly, (thank you Clover!) This definitely a place to come back to!

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view! Lovely staff. Food was good, not fabulous but we will definitely go back there is more to try, our review may change. Nice mix of both seafood and meats for people who are not seafood fans. Regardless it's was a perfect place for happy hour, a romantic dinner or a special family meal. We will return. 🌺

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Have been here for dinner, very good. Breakfast needs improvement. Fo you have a breakfast cook? Missing and incorrect condiments. Excellent customer service.

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SA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was very slow. Waited a long time for a glass of wine to arrive at our table. The food was just ok, nothing spectacular. And the noise level was horrible.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and great ambience - Still our favorite in town after the change from Rhumb Line,
We were happy to hear that the chef has not changed. Our halibut entree was delicious and both our red wine were excellent. Dessert choices also are very good, not too heavy.

Definitely a special place for a special occasion. Prices are on the high side.
Next time we would like to try the happy hour at the bar seatings

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally friendly service from start to finish. They started us off with a complimentary plate of crostini. Even the Manager stopped by our table several times to inquire! The food was flavorful and cooked perfectly, I had the Braised Short Ribs and it just fell apart. My husband said his Pork Osso Bucco was delicious and our dining companions were just as complimentary about their choices, Cioppino and the Chipotle Orange Glazed Pork Chop. Yes a little on the expensive side however, when you can get this kind of service and such great dishes in such a delightful location, go ahead and splurge!

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are great and there's a view of the water pretty much from anywhere you sit. We go to this place often.

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G
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The updated RhumbLine now Water's Edge is a much more comfortable restaurant. Whereas before the old worn-out chairs were very uncomfortable, the new chairs are great, and we loved the light color instead of black. We received a window table as requested and throughout had excellent service from not just our waitperson Coco but from others on the wait staff as well. They served my ahi with extra wasabi on the side, much appreciated, and the sand dabs were tender and perfectly prepared. Since we were celebrating a birthday, they brought us a beautiful dessert on the house. My only caution: If you are using a ride service like Lyft, order your ride home before you get to Water's Edge. You won't be able to schedule a pick-up from the restaurant for some reason neither I nor Lyft can fathom. Others have had the same problem from this harbor location.

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ST
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour for appetizers and drinks! Beautiful view and great service

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was not very good. The meal took 20 to 25 more minutes that it should have. Had to keep asking the other help to get us service. Things like the bill more water to name two.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Manager was wonderful- did a great job in covering for our non-existent server... setting was absolutely lovely!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal. Food was tasty. Good ambiance. Will likely return.

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TF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd Valentine’s Day dinner there and it was amazing. The food, service and ambiance is always spectacular.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent cocktails. Very kind and concerned manager who will make sure you are having a great night. We took my disabled Mom-in-law out for Valentine's and they were awesome about accommodating her. We 10/10 will be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager named Orestes was wonderful and took care of making our table by the window a romantic Valentine’s evening. There was some initial confusion of our table but Orestes made the best of it!!!!!
Thank you for a wonderful night! The food, service and music was awesome! But what we loved most was the special touches in decorations and rose petals everywhere!!❤️❤️🍷

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great oysters. Lobster entree was not hot, lukewarm, probably related to the slow service. Waiter seemed new and not well informed. Halibut and salmon dishes were good. Great ambience. Would go again.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit with no regret- to Celebrate a dear Friends birthday. From the Moment we stepped into the restaurant we were immediately greeted and we did not have to wait for a table, as we had made reservations. The service was
Excellent! I ordered one of two specials; a shrimp
And salmon omelette. My friend ordered the eggs Benedict. We were pleased with our food. My friend commented that her eggs were cooked
Perfectly. She order the hollindise sauce on the side- and her request came through. My omelette was delicious. It was Light and fluffy,
And was not over cooked! The food was both attractively plated and delicious. The service was
Perfect. Our server was Very attentive, and friendly- without being annoying. I plan to visit again.

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MO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance at the Water's Edge set the stage for a relaxing, enjoyable experience with family. Food was excellent, service good and view fantastic!

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our only complaint was that the tables by the window were much to close together. Getting in and out difficult and we felt as though we were part of the tables on either side.

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Ordered braised short ribs
And salad charged 6.00$ to split meal
We each received 1 small piece of meat approx 2” sq mine was all fat hidden by gravy
Will not be coming back

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DB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour!

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MZ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was not good. The chicken was undercooked. The calamari tasted old. The salmon dish was not that great.

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lamb was ordered medium, it came to the table, rare/medium rare. I did not have
time to send it back, it was edible. Everything else was fine. We will certainly be
back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

An enjoyable brunch with good food. The waiter could have been a bit more attentive as we had to ask more than once for water and coffee.

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R
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was really poor and food mediocre

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just too expensive
Pleasant....nice view, good food...only one person had anything to drink and the bill was 300 bucks

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EP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s birthday.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second time (it used to be called the Rhumb Line). Service is a tad slow, but the food is great and the view is awesome.

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J
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s right on the water, excellent views of the sunset. Ask for a table next to the window if one is available. The braised short rib was outstanding. Service was great. The portions are decent. They should probably expand on their side dishes. The wife and I will most likely visit again when we’re back in the Ventura area.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent ambiance, great view, friendly staff and tasty food

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TM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice business dinner, we were able to converse because the restaurant wasn't loud like most are now. The food was excellent, we ate every bite even if we were too full! The service and atmosphere was excellent. Caution: it is expensive.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, excellent service. Birthday lunch for a small group and everyone enjoyed.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Although nicely presented, I was disappointed with the taste of the food. Had the Ahi tuna that I thought would come with a wasabi season, but it had none. Just sesame seeds. Wife had chicken that was 'OK' for her. Friend has pasta that was 'OK' for him too.

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