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Water Grill - Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Water Grill - Downtown

4.6
4.6
4570 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 891-0900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Moulton

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900

What 4,570 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. h

    honest

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My daughter and I decided we wanted to have some good fish for dinner. I generally write reviews that are positive... Water Grill, back in the day, used to have great attention to detail. So I thought I'd go back with my daughter and get some great fish. The reservation was in tact and all started great. The server was extremely nice. No complaints there. But not having any attention to detail is a problem. Ordered a nice bottle of Pinot Noir that obviously had been stored without a slight chill. The bottle was warm to the touch. Oysters took 30 minutes and served without sauces or horse radish...trying to get a servers attention was a chore. No replacing of utensils, server pulled off the plate and put back on the table. My sole and my daughters prawns were not hot when served. It was not the level of service you'd expect for a meal that, for 2 is just shy of $400. If the servers and their support staff were more plentiful and trained for fine dining. If the food service was more quality controlled and if the attention to more detail was installed overall, it would return to what it used to be. Unfortunately, it's time has come and gone in my opinion. With so many other, fresh ideas and choices in DTLA that provide quality at every level, I don't see a reason to return. A meal at that price should be superb at every level. This wasn't.
  2. W

    Winky

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    7:00 on a Friday night. This is the loudest restaurant I've ever been to. There was a large party near the front doing shots and YELLING. Also, when I sat down at the bar to wait for my date and order a drink, the lead bartender promptly took my order and then 10 minutes rolled by while she took care of a server's order. The junior bartender arrived and took pity on me and made me my drink. A few minutes later the lead bartender came over with my drink and saw that I had one already. She started sniping at the junior bartender for "not telling her" and continued berating him for any minor infraction over the next 10 minutes (probably all night - poor guy). It was very uncomfortable and EXTREMELY unprofessional. Once I was seated with my date, I would barely hear her due to the noise level, even thought she was 3 feet away. I will never return to the Water Grill.
  3. CM

    CharlieM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Don't order the north american lobster. it was terrible and mushy, no tail. Very disappointing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food and environment were good. But there was something wrong with the management. We waited for more than 45 min until a waitress took our order. During the 45 min, we talked with two waiters and also the front desk saying that nobody had taken care of our table. But nobody really cared about us. We didn't even have water. It was NOT a busy evening, and the restaurant was only about half full. I don't blame our waitress, because she did a good job. It was the management that went wrong. I think somehow they even did not assign a waiter / waitress to a table for 45min
  5. WZ

    WilliamZ

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Waiter was obviously new. Soft shell crab arrived lukewarm, sat in pickup area too long before being delivered I think.
  6. HM

    HectorMorales

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food was lukewarm and dry at times. Oysters were okay but we were expecting more.
  7. JS

    JulieS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a double date there and everything we ordered was perfection! Our waiter was super attentive and did not bother us too much! I had cioppino and it was everything I had hoped for! The rolls they brought to the table were absolutely delicious! My husband‘s halibut, my friends’ Seabass was exceptional! I don’t like that you have to pay $14 for a side of broccolini, however. The wine list was vast! The location was a 10 minute walk from the intercontinental hotel where we stayed. I’m so glad I ignored any negative yelp reviews and we would definitely recommend this place wholeheartedly! We went on a Friday night at 5:30 and it was not crowded. That was a perfect time to go!
  8. MH

    MarkH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and especially our server made my birthday lunch really enjoyable, as usual. We come here once every few months and everything about the restaurant brings us back. Their mules and The Grand cocktails are really good! And we usually do all raw bar and the clams with chorizo. Tried the octopus and it's really good too! We'll be back!
  9. NL

    NicoleL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My co workers and I enjoyed our meals. The staff was very nice.
  10. OC

    OCdiner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been here before and this place hasn’t disappointed us yet. Food and service was fantastic. Seafood selection is amazing, as is the wine list. Atmosphere was upscale but friendly. Our waiter, Chris, was very nice throughout, and even brought our 3 yr old daughter a special desert for her birthday.
  11. CG

    CalGal1

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was not great; after initially being seated, it took a long time to order. After being very specific about wanting a dish without sesame seeds on top - and assured by the waitress that could be done, the dish was brough with sesame seeds and had to be sent back. There was then a long wait for the dish to be remade, while the rest of us had hot food in front of us. Another in our party asked about one of the sea bass dishes and was suggested to order a different sea bass dish. The second one had toppings and sides that did not appeal, so we went with the original sea bass dish, which turned out to be delicious. It was also about 25% less expensive than the one being pushed by the waitress, so it really felt like she was trying to upsell us in a way that we didn't appreciate.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been to The Water Grill in 20+ years. But it is still great. Glad to have returned.
  13. NF

    NativeFLDeb

    Tampa

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family loved this place! From the oysters to the lobster roll to the steak! Plan ing to go back another night during our vacation in LA
  14. RM

    RobM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our experience at the Water Grill and will be returning for their great food and service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  16. h

    happy

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, scallops and halibut, was delicious, but a little pricy!!
  17. RA

    RosieA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my Husband birthday. Took our son who's a very picky eater for the first time and he loved it. From the beginning all was excellent. Everyone was very attentive and the food was fresh and superb. we valet parking next to the restaurant it was convenient and inexpensive to park. will diffidently be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice vibes great food
  19. BS

    BenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I had the 12 oz. Filet and my wife had the salmon. Both were a little too cooked on the outside. The side mashed potatoes were amazing. Drinks were strong and good. Table water was room temperature. Service was good.
  20. G

    joGee

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friend’s birthday and Water Grill has been on her bucket list for awhile. She said her dirty martini was the BEST one she has ever had! She will definitely be coming back for more in the future. Our server Giovanna was super! We had a most enjoyable experience. Thank you!
  21. RB

    RolandB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to take clients was a bit loud but worked out great
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Fun date times, just a bit busy which affected the service but overall very positive experience.
  23. KS

    KristinaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Bad service, I was waiting my order one hour, pricey for this place! I was disappointed:(
  24. VF

    VanessaF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a nice date food is delicious and staff is friendly
  25. A

    Alex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    This is my third time here and was not very impressed by our meals. The Softshell crab tasted like grease, and was very oily, and the Cauliflower mash was very gummy. Service was good, but not like the last two times, which were out of this world.
  26. EQ

    EQTS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great spot for a nice variety of oysters. Great service and fresh seafood! Will definitely be back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favv restaurant! Always busy , always on top and so tasty 🫠 Love coming here at least 2 a month 😍
  28. n

    new2palmdesert

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Will go back! Soft shell crabs and the lobster were great. Get the cole slaw. Fries are great too. How about the key lime pie. Excellent. Oyster cam slowly but then everything picked up.
  29. JS

    JosephandShannon

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were staying at the Biltmore Hotel next-door, and happened in simply because the Water Grill was close by. What luck! The ambiance is nice, the staff was attentive, yet not intrusive, and the food was lovely. We will return next time we are in L.A.!
  30. AD

    AndresD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Is getting expensive for a decent meal, not the excellence you expect at their price level.
  31. DS

    DallasS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The Salmnon was served skin up and was half cooked, raw inside. The vegetable accompaniment was half diced by the pre-cook. The Chilean Sea Bass was the best. Yet, it was served with baby-food; a bland puree of cauliflower. Great service and a nice booth setting.
  32. G

    Greg

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite seafood restaurant in Los Angeles. The best at everything and the freshest seafood. Ambiance, service, drinks, desserts—all superb.
  33. D

    Diner33

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Very disappointed with this outing to Water Grill. The sushi was supermarket level and the steak tasted like the gas they used to cook it and a poor cut of beef for the price we paid. Employees were just “hanging out” and drink service was slow. We doubt we will give out business again.
  34. Z

    Zizigirl

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood tower was beautiful and so fresh and the clam appetizer was delicious !
  35. F

    Foodie12312013

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food with amazing service. Restaurant could be better at deciding how to space out tables/guests, but I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant.
  36. NA

    NicholasA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good, the mussels, clam chowder, and lobster were all amazing. My wife had the seabass was also really good. The brioche bread pudding is a must. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  37. MK

    MKDining

    Phoenix

    176 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 3 couldn’t ask for a better evening, atmosphere, service and food. Located in downtown LA, it was an easy walk from our hotel that we were staying at. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Sunday 7:00 reservation. Tyler was our server, very personable and efficient made our evening very enjoyable. We ordered cocktails while perusing the extensive 4 page menu. Cocktails were spot on! We ended up wanting to try a little of everything so we ordered appetizers to share: Fried Calamari, Oysters Rockefeller and a Caesar Salad. Entree ordered were the Chilean Sea Bass, 1/2 dozen Chincoteagu Oysters with 1 Honeymooner. All the food came out, presentation very nice, hot or very chilled and all tasting excellent. The Calamari fried to a perfect golden with 2 delicious sauces. Oyster Rockefeller was good. Chilean Sea Bass was fantastic! The 1/2 Chincoteagu Oysters were so fresh and good along with the Honeymooner. Atmosphere: very nice. Service: excellent. Food: excellent.
  38. A

    Adamtuelf

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Every time we go to the restaurant we were never disappointed.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leinster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent - but air on was not working
  40. HH

    HarryH

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great location, great ambiance, great service!!!

FAQs

Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 4570 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - Downtown

544 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Moulton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 891-0900

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900

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