Waters Restaurant

4.8
1924 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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At Waters Restaurant – Sundance Square, we source the freshest wild, seasonal, and sustainable seafood available. Our style brings together flavors of the southwest, with hints of Louisiana, but our featured ingredients themselves typically speak the loudest. Our Signature Gumbo hastens back to some Creole roots when Jon Bonnell cooked in the French Quarter of New Orleans, while our beef gets the royal treatment Chef Felli has made famous for much of his career. Diver scallops from Maine get a slight TexMex makeover after being perfectly golden-crust-seared, while jumbo lump crabcakes celebrate beautifully fresh crab as their essence, never loaded with fillers just to save a buck. We will never utilize third-world fish farms, cheap seafood substitutes, artificial flavorings, or exploit threatened species at Waters. We strive for only the best experience for our guests, while at the same time being good stewards of our environment and our future.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1924 people are saying
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vipTriedEmAll
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waters and Chef Jon Bonnell never disappoint! The food is fresh and impeccably prepared. The presentation is excellent and it always tastes at least as good as it looks. The menu offers something for everyone. Waters is definitely one of our favorite downtown restaurants and overall favorites.

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NancyS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waiter said he was bringing bread, it didn’t happen, we asked for it when the meal came out. He charged us for 2 lobster and Mac sides, instead of 1, at $20 each! I asked for the House Chardonnay, he charged us for a more expensive one. When we pointed out the mistakes, he took the bill, fixed it, came back and set it down then just walked away without another word, and he never came back over to thank us for coming in!

So, for 3 people our bill was originally $295, it should have been $270. I may be wrong but that sure seems high, we won’t go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best fish I ever had. Fantastic food and great service. Very clean as well.

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vipChris
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food with a wide variety! Service is impeccable!

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TinaJ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Waters. We ordered the seafood tower and a few side dishes. The food was delicious, the service was great and we will definitely go back.

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JohnCrowley
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We ask to see the Wine list... we ask for Chardonnay and we want something Buttery and Creamy. The waiter Recommended a $ 70.00 bottle of wine and he said this is the Buttery one. He said let me ask to make sure that’s the Buttery one... he came back and said yes that’s the one. So I said ok, the waiter served the wine warm instead of cold like it is supposed to be served. So then my wife and I had to ask twice for Ice before we finally got It to make our wine cold. The waiter obviously did not know anything about white Wine and that it must be served cold... I explain to him that when white wine is made cold it brings out all the flavors and raises the acidity. The Wine he recommended was the opposite of what I asked for... it was NOT! Buttery or Creamy... it was very Tart and citrusy. The $70.00 bottle of wine tasted very much Like a $6.00 bottle of Woodbridge Chardonnay that you can buy at Walmart. But serving Chardonnay warm proves you know nothing about white wine... you wouldn’t attempt to serve warm beer with you?? ...It’s A very simple and easy concept to understand.
Finally the food came out, we ordered the Halibut. It was very dry... even the Sweet potatoes under the fish was very dry. It was also bland and lacking in flavor. Not good. It was not moist, tender and rich goodness like we expected... this was NOT GOOD

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

25th Wedding Anniversary

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Notworthreturning
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and recommendations from Kristen in the bar, and James (Jamie) was very smart, sweet, and managed many tables well. The manager stopped by to visit, and was in stark contrast to many mangers we’ve met through the years at Dallas restaurants which isn’t a jab at Dallas GM’s in the least. I met a maternal figure who had a (not to date her) but a very matronly presence over her operation. I think the staff feels cared for first, and I think virtually the rest is secondary. You just don’t see that in the more fast paced and commercial settings further east. She listened to our positive critique of her staff, and thanked us with a free app token for next time. We recommend the bar for happy hour with a flight of a dozen oysters from the north east for only 19 vs 34 normally. Try the bartender recommended Gin, Uncle Val’s, as a martini straight up with them- there’s a floral and citrus tone to the gin I haven’t seen previously, even supersedes Citadel. This was our first time and not our last!

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AmandaS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Love the Tx Rockefeller & my steak was fantastic!

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JeffJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to eat at Waters and this trip was no exception. We were eating early so we indulged in 2 orders of the Dirty Dozen. The oysters are always fantastic and the Dirty Dozen is a fun way to try oysters from different areas. Next was the crab and avocado salad. We split it and it was enough for both of us after the double appetizer order. Crab meat and avocados were meant for each other apparently. On to the main course. She had the scallops, her favorite go to meal. I had the special, a filet with mashed potatoes (regular and sweet potatoes mixed together) and the Oscar sauce (sauce?). Oh my. I can't begin to describe how incredible this was. The tastes, the textures were all perfectly blended. My wife kept "sampling" the potatoes.
Jon and his team always do an outstanding job in a fun environment. I can't wait to go back.

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Craig
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at Jon Bonnell's Waters. Food, service, wine & cocktails are always just perfect. A sampling of raw oysters and steamed king crab legs were very flavorful. Halibut and Lobster Pasta (the feature) were both absolutely perfect! Cheesecake for dessert was just the right portion size.

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WallyK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable and consistent service and food quality.

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vipDFuller
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant, in a town full of great restaurants!

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Jenny
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

After reading a lot of hype about Waters, my husband and I went the day before Valentine's Day. I am a foodie and a traveler and have had food at the finest restaurants from all over the world and have heard people rave about the seafood here, so I was anxious to try it. We had the calamari, which was not fresh and I had the scallops, which were over cooked. My husband had the filet, and he is loyal to another restaurant's steak, so I will leave out his review. The best part of dinner was the wine. The service was okay, nothing special. The ambiance was not really romantic at all. I would possibly go back and give the bar area a try, but probably not a sit-in meal.

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HermanV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys have become our get away restaurant, we live in North Dallas and to us it is worth the drive, you offer great taste quality food and service every time, Ryan did a great job.

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RonC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our valentine dinner was great. Food was excellent and our waiter was great also. Highly recommend eating there!

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RussellM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with the family and enjoyed a great meal

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ChristopherT
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Food was fresh and lived up to expectations.

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chrishendo72
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place.

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SarahBrown
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful! I couldn't recommend this place enough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t sleep on the hush puppies! They’re served with a spicy honey butter👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 AND fresh fried jalapeños. The andouille sausage was the best we’ve ever had, in like ever. The shrimp was perfectly prepared and I’m still thinking about it. You’ll be too full for dessert, but don’t make the mistake and pass it up. 2021 is about making better life decisions. Walk off dinner around the block and enjoy the lemon ice box pie at home. It’s light and a perfect sweet ending to your day. You deserve happiness!

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KaseyC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent! Our server was a knowledgeable, but could have been more attentive for the price.

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StashV
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere and of course the food. Big thumbs up!

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vipcharlie
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As usual a very nice dinner. Menu was extremely limited last night

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vipLeeA
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Oysters are the best! Crab and artichoke dip was all artichoke. Service great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the patio. The food and service were divine, the heaters made it cozy and the tables were well spaced. Made for an intimate, casually luxurious, safe pandemic date night. Can’t wait to return.

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TXjd
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipFoodLover
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than getting the what we like to call "Covid stare" from when we walked in and didn't immediately have our masks on (we aren't wearing it outside when you have to park a mile away and hike it in heels) so we put it on as we were entering the building, the entire evening was fantastic. The food was superb. Our server was energetic and has learned to enunciate her words well enough in the mask that you can hear and understand her even while she is wearing a mask. As it was our anniversary, she even offered to take a picture or two of us. It was a perfect evening. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly and my Salmon was so moist it literally fell apart while eating it. The layers came off without even really having to try to cut in to it. Beautiful place and perfect for any date night. (During Covid or not).

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vipCarolG
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to our servers Carrieanne and Elliot. It was a great Experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Birthday at the bar for happy hour!

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vipBrianS
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limited menu, small portions and cocktails that are over priced. Those are the downsides but oysters were good, crab cake bland, scallops very nice, Halibut was very good and red fish & chips were solid. Old fashion was excellent but $18 each is pricy. Very good but far from great for the price.

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vipMelissaK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place.

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Lifethinker
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good dining experience. Service was prompt. Condensed menu did not have the seafood tower on it. Overall definitely a repeat.

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DeborahD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Nothing special here. I won’t return. Halibut overcooked, crab cake had fishy taste

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service in town, the world even!!

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vipMcwelen
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waters was highly recommended but did not meet our expectations on any level. The side order of haricot vert green beans was ordered as an appetizer and was quite good. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the evening. The gumbo was really a rice dish, essentially with a very small amount of very light roux drizzled on top. It had mainly okra and a single shrimp sliced into multiple bites. It was so thick with rice that it was more like jambalaya. It makes my bottom five gumbo list. The fish and chips featured a generous amount of four pieces of fried redfish, one of which was a slice of the dark dorsal fin portion that is unsavory in taste and texture. The waiter seemed inauthentic...every time we said "thank you" he would bellow melodramatically with great flourish, "MY PLEASURE". We probably heard it ten times.

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vipAngieN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and wine were all outstanding.

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JeffreyN
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, as always! Candice and her staff were superb. Excellent food, GREAT wine suggestion, unobtrusive service. Everyone was on pointZ

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Waters often, love the place

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vipTXGBear
Dallas
63 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to go to Waters. Crab cakes are best in Fort Worth IMHO, and the Halibut on the menu was fantastic with sweet potato gnocchi. Really nice wine list with some great choices by the glass. Service is always spot on and above and beyond when Jon comes out to tables to check on everything. This is a Fort Worth gem.

FAQs

Waters Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (817) 984-1110.

Waters Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1924 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.