About Waters Restaurant

Waters is owned and operated by Ft Worth native, Chef Jon Bonnell. Our newest location is 301 Main Street in Sundance Square.

Waters Restaurant redefines the Fort Worth seafood scene with a vibrant and modern restaurant featuring an array of fresh oysters, the finest seafood, mouthwatering steaks, and an award-winning wine list. Visit our bar for a lively happy hour, or relax in our upscale dining room for an unforgettable culinary experience.

301 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
2nd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(817) 984-1110

Website:
http://www.waterstexas.com/

Parking Details:
Valet available through Sundance Square, or garage self-parking options available.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Felli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Waters Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
Business Meals (33)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Romantic (31)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Hot Spot (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Authentic (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Cozy (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Healthy (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Casual (8)
People Watching (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Best filet mignon in FW.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food & service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I liked the vibe and the menu looked impressive but I didn't think the quality matched the pricing.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Waters may very well be the finest restaurant in Fort Worth. You would expect a restaurant called "Waters" to have great seafood--and it does. But it also has outstanding steaks, a ridiculously good burger at lunch, phenomenal sides and appetizers, and five-star service. The wine list has some very rare and well-priced selections, as well as reasonable prices on "regular" nice bottles.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome experience for clients. If you need to make a good first impression and money is on the line, The Waters should be at the top of your list.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Extremely pleasant experience! Food was exceptional! Wait staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent choice for fish and steak. The filet beats all the other steak houses in Ft. Worth. The salmon, oysters, shrimp, crab legs and goat cheese salad are terrific.

Great atmosphere. Quiet but vibrant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful place to go for a nice dinner in Fort Worth!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything was wonderful! We dined at Waters New Year’s Eve prior to going to Bass Hall. Our waitress Nikki after introducing herself immediately inquired about our schedule. She was lovely! John Bonnell, The owner visited with us at our table as well as several other tables. He Is delightful!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Friendly and attentive service. Limited selection. Wines were really pricey.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and great service. But the back dining room is too crowded. And, sitting by the windows in the bench seating offers no privacy. Could barely have a conversation since all I could hear were the people next to us! Would go again but be sure to request different seats.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The fish we ate was cooked perfectly. The server was pleasant. My only complaint is that Waters should advertise the availability of free parking, which they do not. We wasted much time looking for a parking spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice meal. Tasty food, good service. Made for a delightful evening.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was amazing, food was great! Seafood tower was delish!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Legendary gumbo and a fantastic by-the-glass Napa red blend took the chill out of a cold blustery Christmas Eve. Waters’ salmon is my favorite anywhere. Calamari & tuna tartare appetizers...... it’s all wonderful!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had our Christmas Eve lunch at Waters. The restaurant itself is beautiful with numerous sitting options. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to discuss and answer any questions you have regarding the menu. We were unable to be with our real families this Christmas but the staff at Waters made us feel at home.

If you want the absolute best raw oysters in the metroplex, this is the place! Huge selection, fresh, and reasonably priced.

This was a Christmas Eve lunch that will always be fondly remembered.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Beautiful and delicious. Always wonderful. Service is fantastic.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

You will not be disappointed! Service was great! Lobster Mac and Cheese was the best I have ever had! Crab Cakes were exceptional! Don't forget the lemon cheesecake for dessert... not your run of the mill cheesecakes!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

From the moment we arrived the staff seemed confused. The hostess really never greeted us, she just handed two menu to another employee and away we went. When we got to the table there was hardly any room for us to sit - the table were jammed together that much. Service was slow and it seemed as though we didn’t really have an assigned server. There were four didn’t people that waited on us during the meal - not one of them introduced themselves and said they’d be taking care of us. Overall it was just a bad and confusing experience. The only good thing I can say about it is that the food was great.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fun, warm decor. Seafood was all excellent and service was good despite a fully-packed house on a holiday Saturday night.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great place to go and celebrate our anniversary, food was great cooked well ... a little pricey, great for special occasions

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderful food, wonderful service. We bought one of the chefs cook books from the shop across the street.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Spectacular!!! Each and every time, they deliver. Front house, food and vibe. If I want to impress, this is my go to.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Waters is an exceptional dining experience. The food is amazing from start to finish. The environment, service, and experience has no equal. Whether your looking for a romantic dinner, a business meal, or a bite before a show, Waters is definitely worth your time. Don’t miss out!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

You must try the house red wine. Chef John Bonnell has his house wines private labelled for him. He has done an excellent job of selecting these. Food was outstanding and the service top notch.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Waters is an excellent choice for great fresh seafood. All A’s to Jon and his staff!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Unless you go after Bass Hall crowd has left, be prepared for it to be very loud.
Wait staff were outstanding.
Food was good except for the rice side dish which was nothing near Cajun.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is a very good restaurant especially for a business meeting. I will say though it wasn't very warm and friendly.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love John Bonnell’s restaurants. We used to go to Waters when it was on Crocket Street and loved it but it was out of place there. This location is much better.

I started with “The Dirty Dozen” which is 2 of each of the 6 different kinds of oysters on the half shell. Great choice since they were half price. Loved the ones from Duxbury, MA the best. I had the Cajun scallops for my meal. Super good choice. Loved them.

My wife had the salmon. She thought it was the best. Good size piece of fish. She brought half back home.

Overall, highly recommend. Bit pricey but well worth it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Ray was our server and he was wonderful and kind!
We went before going to Bass Hall.
The food was beyond delicious!
Great space and ambience!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We dined with a relatively large group (8) on the night before a holiday (Thanksgiving.) The food was delicious, we shared several appetizers and they even made one by special request. The main dishes were great! We were slightly disappointed because there was only one left of the special and two of us ordered, but they split the plate for us and let us share the special with another dish. The service was wonderful.

On top of that, two of our guests were deaf and one was hard of hearing and the waitstaff was very patient and attentive, everyone felt welcome. Thank you Waters for a lovely evening with friends.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Over priced

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent hostess and food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Atmosphere is kind of stuffy. No personality. Fine dining. Eat. Go.
The food was good. Our server was good. Many people go out for the experience and atmosphere as well. This lacked that all together. If I could do tonight over again, I would go to Mercury Chophouse for a second time or Eddie V’s for the second time. Was a bit disappointed.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

20th Anniversary. Started with the "Dirty Dozen" which was very, very good. Oysters from six different locations. Perfect for the two of us to try together. One oyster was on the small size and the wait staff quickly replaced it with 2 of the same. Next, we tried the calamari and it was good. The big WOW for me was the Halibut! I am sure I will be craving it next week. Heck, I'm craving it now! Husband had the Yellow Fin and was pleased. Our reservations were for a bar table and it was just fine. I might even say it was better than a table because it seemed more intimate. The main tables appeared to be too close to your "neighbor". If your going to Ft. Worth, this place is a must stop!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great. Tasty. A+ service. Prompt and friendly. 10/10 would come back.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Consistently good food. Service always very warm and welcoming. Location also very appealing in downtown Fort Worth. Highly recommended

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food & service were outstanding. Had the halibut with gnocchi & it was divine. Calamari is some of the best I have had (& I have had a lot). I have The Waters cookbook & have done the crab cakes multiple times. I really wanted to see if the ones served at the restaurant are as good as preparing them at home, but decided to I should try something else. Glad I did but next time I will have a taste test because the crab cake recipe is absolutely stellar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic meal! Great place for celebrating!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was creative, textures and taste well balanced. But all dishes were too salty.

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