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The Water Street Grill

4.4
4.4
223 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Our local restaurant in Santa Cruz Ca is Family owned, The Water Street Grill is a neighborhood Grill, steak,seafood,burger and wine-Beer Bar offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted drink and a selection of intriguing, affordable Firestone Drafted beers & great selection of wines. We have been more the 20 years in the Restaurant business, we are very committed our restaurant to treat customers with the most respect and let us also handle any event you having, will make it unforgettable moment.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 332-6122

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel

  • Catering

    Yes we do Catering, please call for more information

  • Private party facilities

    We can host your event we few weeks notice, just call for more information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    May

  • Parking details

    Rear Parking and Street parking( with no parking meter)

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wine

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What 223 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

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  1. CO

    CallieOmallie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was wonderful, checking to make sure we didn’t need anything…keeping our beverages refilled. Food was AMAZING!!! We cleaned our plates. My husband had the ribeye and lobster. I had the salmon and tasted the ribeye and lobster. The lobster was so delicious. We completed our meal with delicious tiramisu. We didn’t try it but they make their own ice cream.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz.
  3. SS

    SarahS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful meal at The Water Street Grill. Our waitress Shelley was wonderful! She was friendly, efficient and helpful with recommendations. We had a wonderful experience here and would return in the future.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome staff and delicious food!
  5. DT

    DaveT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We eat here often, have never been disappointed. The staff are friendly and helpful. We sat outdoors; the temperature was great, street noise very nice. The steaks were good, prepared correctly. The wines were good, at reasonable prices.
  6. L

    Lexii

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing food! All the servers were very sweet. Their sauces are all made in house and are delicious.
  7. GJ

    GinaJ

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our server Shelley was great!
  8. RR

    RRankin

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Appetizers excellent. Rest of the meal, less than outstanding burger. Fried ice cream was way too much. Serving was huge and unappealing in presentation. Friendly but sometimes very slow service. Dining chairs very cool but uncomfortable after one hour. Tomatoes and watermelon were however excellent.
  9. Z

    Zingwaldson

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best part of the evening was the staff. Their energy was very sincere. Food for 6 was not cheap but all very good dishes and worth it.
  10. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service from Dena was terrific and the food was great! We will be back!
  11. MN

    MarkN

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was fabulous and the service was great. Wonderful casual place to dine
  12. k

    kdlos

    Little Rock

    76 reviews

    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    This place showed high on yelp but it was not up to par. The place is nice with very friendly staff intent on making you dinner good. The only problem was the food was less than adequate. The hamburger was tasteless and tough How can you make hamburger tough. The chicken piccata was also tasteless. Dessert was fried ice cream. The ice cream was frozen inside a gritty crumb crust which also was tasteless. Overall a really forgettable meal.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & great ambiance!
  14. O

    Otter

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was amazing. Great place to take children. Dinner was very pleasant and delicious. The prices were great!!
  15. SY

    SYF71

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in town for a day & found this gem on Yelp. It had great reviews so we decided to check it out. We had dinner here. Our waitress was friendly, lovely & very considerate. I had the ribeye & lobster tail. It came with mashed potatoes & asparagus. Our waitress offered red potatoes, broccoli or broccolini instead. I chose red potatoes & broccolini. I didn’t know you had a choice. My ribeye was cooked in perfection & so was everything else. My husband had the NY steak with Cajun shrimp which came with mashed potatoes & asparagus. He, too was very satisfied with his dinner. We were very impressed overall with the customer service, our dining experience and the price! We’re definitely coming back next time we’re in town.
  16. WG

    WanderinGourmet

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    To be fair it was Fathers Day but the restaurant was not full. In fact there were only 3 other tables with people seated. From the time we ordered to the time we got our entrees was 75 minutes! We did see several Door Dash orders go out during that time. We, and the other tables, did get appetizers in about 20 minutes after ordering. The staff is very friendly but our server rarely checked with us during the very Iong wait. Drink refills would have been nice during the wait. The food was fine except for the clam chowder which was a very thick congealed potato soup with no clams in. The value for the $$$ was very good. Would I go back? Probably not but it just might have been a bad day for them.
  17. f

    francisy

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Rib eye cut was too thin and very grissly and leathery. We asked for medium but it came well. Linguini with "Clam sauce"... oh boy, where do I start? Noodles were way overcooked and broken up while swimming in flavorless pool of butter. I couldn't eat mine... I just left it there. But the wait staff was very nice and friendly.
  18. KC

    KaylaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was really good and it wasn’t too expensive!
  19. JK

    JohnK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    B B. C v z🎁😚❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🎁
  20. CA

    ChristieA

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service; very nice evening. We had grilled salmon and the skirt steak. Highly recommend Water Street Bar and Grill.
  21. BK

    BKTSanFrancisco

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration made better by this lovely venue, great food and masterful service during a very busy holiday evening. Kudos all around including our server Dina… 👍🏻
  22. e

    eriemon

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were visiting family over Memorial Day weekend and all our regular places were booked. Water Street was new to us and our family and we were pleasantly surprised. The service was a solid A and probably an A+ if you give the waitress a little break for the busy environment. The menu lacks a little creativity, but the food was good. The Mac and cheese was great as was a carbonara special. Both were good but a little rich. The Calamari steak was also very good, it had a touch more lemon than I like but still very good. All and all a very enjoyable experience and we will come again.
  23. C

    Cathy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited the Water Street Grill as we were staying across the street. It was a great experience. The food was excellent, service was perfect, and the price was correct. The portions are big and delicious. As a bonus we were comp an appetizer of potato and cheese croquets with a slice of watermelon for each of us. The restaurant is small but feels cozy rather than crowded. The staff was excellent, pleasant, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We recommend
  24. EM

    EdwardM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet place, good customer care service and it's located in the middle of the city. The parking though is not good
  25. SR

    ShelleyR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend took me here for my birthday dinner. The food was good and so was the service. I'll definitely be visiting here again. I had the pork chop this time; next time I'd like to try the macaroni and cheese.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, great server too. We will definitely return
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great staff, great food. Perfect experience.
  28. K

    Kimmy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Have people lost their sense of taste and perspective since Covid? Rap music playing, dirty floors, cluttered shelves, stained table clothes. Could taste the bleach cleanser when I got to the bottom of my filmy mason jar glass. Chicken Over cooked, over salted and “sauce” was a pool of olive oil underneath. Asked for “double veggie” and no starch-was given 5, small, cold broccoli heads that were browned at the base. Yuck 🤮
  29. HC

    HelenC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic surprise. The variety of food on the menu was really good and the quality of product and preparation was exceptional. Both waitresses were very efficient but also very friendly. They were happy to have a laugh and a joke with us but never at the expense of service to us and others. The ambience was lovely - very simple. It was made more special for us as the background music playing was the type of music our Dad (who has recently passed away) played which was very fitting. We would certainly recommend this restaurant to anybody visiting Santa Cruz and would without doubt return again if we were in the vicinity.
  30. EL

    ElizabethL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant cozy atmosphere, great food, very attentive, friendly service.
  31. JR

    JonathanR

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Interesting menu and well cooked. Limited Beer and wine selection but adequate. Really friendly service from everyone.
  32. BK

    BobK

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great fun. Really enjoyed our dinner, ambience and service.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One if the best secrets in Santa Cruz! Fabulous service, great staff, quaint ambiance & goood yfoid!!
  34. A

    Anthony

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Slow service and ok food was not the best way to end the day. Maybe because there isn’t enough staff and cooks, but getting water and a salad took more than 10 mins. Not sure what causes
  35. n

    nancya

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a lovely place to have dinner! We arrived late (came up from Monterey and there was an accident on the way) yet the folks at this restaurant were so accommodating. The food was delicious and the service was good. I felt bad for our waitress as I believe that she was dealing with all the tables. Probably the difficulty of hiring people after Covid. Otherwise, an excellent experience.
  36. RH

    RichardH

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the area and found this close by, we were happy with our meal, it was busy
  37. WB

    WalnutBaron

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The owner and staff could not have been nicer, but one of the most critical elements of a good meal is having that meal served hot. Sadly, our meals must have sat on the pass for too long. Not only that, but my steak--ordered medium-- was served medium well and became well done after I asked for it to be re-fired. My wife's chicken and shrimp dish was also served warm, not hot.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The wine selection is quite good for a small restaurant. They brought out a very tasty and well presented potato croquette as a complementary appetizer. My house specialty Chicken Piccata was very good and my partner, who had the Pasta Carbonara said it was good, just rich, as to be expected. The pasta came with underwhelming garlic bread - on sandwich-style slices which is so unnecessary given the number of bakeries in the area, and no green vegetable. We would go again and next time try one of the steaks which are plentiful on the menu.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and friendly staff.
  40. PW

    PaulW

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, wonderful music, fantastic proprietors, and best of all excellent and ample food.

FAQs

The Water Street Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Water Street Grill

503 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Cross street

    May

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Rear Parking and Street parking( with no parking meter)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 332-6122

  • Catering

    Yes we do Catering, please call for more information

  • Private party facilities

    We can host your event we few weeks notice, just call for more information

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