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:
Open Daily 11:00-11:00

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, 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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for a Date (53)
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Good for Birthdays (41)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Business Meals (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Romantic (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Bar Seating (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Fun (16)
Cozy (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Healthy (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Casual (9)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome Staff! Seafood was fresh and delish! Also had the Gumbo which was loaded with shrimp and crab.. and handmade sausage. Great start to a birthday evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We are not from Texas but stayed nearby. We enjoyed the food, ambience, and excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I wanted to love it! It was my 2nd time. The first was better, but not great. My friend had fish and chips and had to pull a strip of dark flesh off before she could eat it. I had a crab cake BLT, very little crab and very difficult to eat. The place has potential, but is not reaching it. The lemon icebox cheesecake was fantastic.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Knowing that this is FORT Worth, not PORT Worth, you wouldn't expect to find such great oyster dishes and seafood downtown. Surprise! Jon Bonnell has moved from Seventh Street and brought the best of the best with him. Slightly expensive, but offset by reasonable prices on wine. Setting and service equally wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service and excellent food. Calamari is excellent, Salmon is good. I had one of the fish features and it was amazing. The cheesecake is one of the best I've ever had. Large selection on the wine menu.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time coming to Waters and was a little bit skeptical seeing as we easily got a reservation (2 hours prior to arrival) and the bar was almost empty at 6:30PM on a Saturday when we arrived. But then we realized TCU had a home game and could have impacted the bar scene.

Both bartenders were very friendly and made GREAT drinks. Had an oyster sampler at the bar and they were very fresh.

Went to our table and had the fried calamari appetizer and was probably the best we have ever had. Wife had a salad and absolutely loved it. Entree filet and king crab legs were excellent, as were the sides. Would definitely recommend trying them out as everything we had was great, and service was as good as you will find anywhere.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The ceasar salads had yellow lettuce and mounds of parmesan cheese on it and definitely not worth $9. My husband’s chicken was dry and my crab cakes were burnt. The lobster Mac and cheese was definitely not worth $19. The cheese was watery and not what I expected. Overall- was very disappointed and I expected more. Will not recommend this to anyone.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Extremely expensive, but very good. I would go back, but be a little more aware of what was ordered due to price.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I live in Italy and was in FW just for one week. i wanted a good restaurant down town, I like fish and smart people. i asked for a piece of advice and was recommended to go to Waters. I did it and have been very much satisfied. the quality of fish was super as well as the way it was cooked. if I go back to FW I will go back to Waters for sure. good job Waters! keep on doing so.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome!! We love Bonnell’s and we were excited to visit their new Sundance location! Will definitely be back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great stop after the symphony! Chris and company behind the bar provide stellar service. Great, fresh oysters and multiple choices from which to try. Awesome wine list and program. Always fantastic!

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were referred by our hotel but were not expecting too much since it was a fairly new restaurant. We were treated so well by all the staff and very impressed with the lovely setting. Our service was excellent and food was outstanding. We both had the specials, veal and sea bass. Couldn’t have been better. A special anniversary evening.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was excellent, service perfect, nice to have Bonnell visit the table. I do suggest a complimentary birthday dessert. We were celebrating two birthdays, we were offered the dessert menu, but no reference to a comp dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great ambiance. I would go again in a heartbeat!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first visit to Waters, and it was to celebrate our anniversary. All told, both my wife and I enjoyed the food very much. And the server was prompt and polite. But the overall experience was a bit disappointing in that we were there for a relaxing celebration, but found ourselves halfway through our meal and we'd only been in the restaurant for 40 minutes! And neither my wife or I like the tight quarters when sitting along the windows on the bench seat. It just feels too close to the next couple/table. And, it was a bit noisy as well. We'll probably try it again, but this time was not the experience we anticipated.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Started off with Texafellar Oysters. Very good. Halibut special was excellent. Crab cakes were good, but could use a little less tartar sauce on the plate. (They were served on a bed of tartar sauce). Carrot Cake for dessert was excellent. Overall - very nice place, great wine list, excellent food. Superb service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Love this restaurant. Excellent food and service. Always fresh and seasonal selections.

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were seated in a private dining room. The service, meal, etc were all fabulous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our second visit. Our first at the new location. All was great except our food server went MIA after bringing our appetizers. My husband wanted more delicious oysters and we had to ask another server to help us. And then later after receiving our entree, she was not as attentive as I would have expected in an upper scale restaurant. This dinner was for my husband’s birthday, and she didn’t even ask us if we were celebrating a special event. My reservations noted a birthday and it was never mentioned. The food was excellent but I was let down a bit by service, as I was at our first visit to the restaurant. We will return but we think we’ll try sitting at the bar for lunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great choices of grilled or fried treasures of the sea. The salad with crab and avocado was heavenly. I saw a waiter carrying a burger to a table. Next time I am getting that, it looked AMAZING. Attentive waitstaff, scrumptious lunch menu. Will definatley be going back to try more of the menu!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had late lunch with friends from out of town...we had a great dining experience...will return in the near future!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was our first time at the new location and thought it was a move in the right direction for the restaurant. The food and service was outstanding and leaves you wanting to go back for more.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Nice setting; Table was ready when we arrived on-time for dinner; Great oysters, we shared six texafella and 12 black point on the half shell; two meals no issue. One of these had a second glass of wine arrive several minutes late, the St Barbara stone crab claws were served without shelling pliers or a crab fork. Had to ask for both. The scallops were extremely salty. The person said they were cooked perfectly, but too salty. One of the party tested the scallops and agreed. Only one scallop was eaten. The ticket was comped the scallops. Very nice of the manager.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We got right in no waiting. Immediately people were at our table to serve us. The food was outstanding I would recommend this place

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