The Water Street Grill
Tender steak topped with herb garlic butter or bleu cheese butter. Served with mashed potatoes and broccoli.
Wild Arugula Salad
Feta cheese, lemon vinaigrette, sliced apples, and candied walnuts.
Good food! Great service! I’ll be back so many things to try. Fish and chips were delicious the Mac and cheese was also delicious! Don’t let me forget my fish tacos!
Unfortunately not the best experience, from things on the menu not being available to the quality of the food
Enjoyed a nice date night with my spouse. Our server, Steven, was very helpful and spot on with his recommendations on the menu. Hope to return soon.
Note - This review written during COVID-19.
We had a reservation and showed up on time. But when the waitress indicated our table, we were shocked. It was jammed into the corner Tetris-style against another table and chairs where five people were sitting. Not even close to being social distanced; it would have been too close for comfort even during normal times. We would have had to ask the gentlemen at the next table to scoot in their chairs and squeeze past them just to sit down, and then we'd have been close enough to kiss! The waitress recognized it was unacceptable without us having to say so, which was great, and said she'd ask if we could be moved to a different table. But then she went inside the restaurant and just... never got back to us. Walked by us a few times but didn't acknowledge us or let us know what was going on. It's a shame; the food we saw them carrying out looked great. We finally gave up on waiting and went to Lillian's.
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. With the Covid restrictions, the restaurant’s hands are a bit tied. The noise level was excessive due to sitting so close to the street. On the night we went, the restaurant was out of numerous items: Corona, Fish Tacos, the listed red wine that we chose. They open at 4:30 and we were there at 5:10. I wouldn’t expect them to be out of these items so early. Although our plates were tasty, they were not piping hot. The service was very good, although ran a bit thin. We might consider returning post-Covid.
the BBQ shrimp with mashed potatoes appetizer was yummy, and so was the kitchen sink salad. It was brisk on the patio, but still a nice space.
The server was fantastic. All four of us ordered steak with various temperatures and every single one of them was dry and over cooked. It took an hour to get our food. The server tried to remedy the wait time by bringing out some house chips, which was nice. He also gave us a free cheesecake because only one of us spoke up about her food not being great. The cheesecake was good but then again it’s cheesecake.
Went for our anniversary - this was a great little place for the price. It was Farm to Table which I wasn’t expecting. It had good home style dishes.
Delicious! We sat right under the speaker but it was plenty easy to talk. The food was great and we were given a complimentary appetizer. The staff was professional and everything was clean. Would definitely go back.
We had a superb dinner. We enjoyed wine with dinner.
We shared one of their salads. I enjoyed their clam linguine; my husband the salmon.
We had their cookies and ice cream for dessert.
They also served a complementary appetizer. This time potato cake and watermelon.
Service was superb. We will be back.
Great place. Food is really good. Service is awesome. But it is not a fancy building/space, which I could care less about. We love going here. Give it a try.
First time and we will be back! The place is small and close tables so conversation is mingled with other people but its ok. There are so many choices so you are bound to find something to eat. The description is not always what you get but I would try again because it was good. My husband loved the fish and chips!
Nice potato croquettes as an amuse boucle. Food could have been hotter and clams were sandy, but otherwise good. Tables were a little tight.
Food and service were really great. Will definitely return again. Don’t be put off by the dated ambiance.
The waitstaff are friendly and know their food. Everything from the kitchen is delicious. I go for the juicy Turkey mostly, but the chicken Piccata, the Salmon and Pastas are really good. I have never gad a bad meal there. Excellent!!!
Do not go here, there is nothing to recommend nothing good to say
Maybe it was because it was Restaurant Week, but the service wasn’t great, they didn’t turn down the blasting air conditioning and the food wasn’t as stellar as it could’ve been.
We were here for Santa Cruz restaurant week. It was our first visit. The food, service, and ambiance was top notch. It was somewhat loud, but we were sitting next to a loud party. That happens sometimes. We will definitely be back!
Service was pretty bad and the food was okay, overall was semi disappointed compared to the past. I went there for restaurant week
Maybe it was because it was "Restaurant Week" in Santa Cruz, but service was very slow and our server was a bit inexperienced (at least that's what we told ourselves). We went early to avoid the rush - 5:30 pm but waited for our entrees for longer than seemed reasonable.
Intimate environment fabulous staff excellent fare
Pleasantly surprised! Really enjoyed the variety and how everything we ordered complimented each other. Very nice staff and very attentive to us. Will definitely go again.
The Water Street Grill is a great neighborhood restaurant! They have a fantastic mix of Southern-inspired cuisine hailing from New Orleans, to local favorites, seafood, chicken, and many American classics. Wines and beers are well-selected and reasonably priced. Great service with with a clean and friendly atmosphere. Just off Ocean Street, with ample parking to the rear and side streets, which makes Water Street Grill an easy place for the family to relax and enjoy an evening after visiting the beach or a day strolling downtown.
Food was delicious. Waitstaff was very attentive & super friendly.
Looking for a restaurant close to our hotel and away from the boardwalk. Found Water Street Grill, don't let the outside fool you, it is a nice little restaurant inside. Street parking was available.
Menu was diverse enough, ordered the fresh local caught King salmon and the ribeye ($25) without the lobster ($15).
For dessert we had the creme brûlée.
Food was good but service from DINA was great.
Concerned about our seating arrangement and table set up, honest responses to our questions, and extremely timely service.
DINA a great resource for her customers and an asset to the institution!
The inside is small and tight so we sat outside plus the patio is pet friendly. We really enjoyed our food and their signature teas were delicious. It is perfect for date night or just a quiet dinner
The waiter was great. I think his name was Steven. Came by our table several times to see if we needed anything. Would dine here again.
Water Street Grill is my favorite in Santa Cruz! The food is consistently great!
This is my second time to the Water St.,Grill and I love it.
The chicken piccata was delicious as were the desserts we tried.
And, it is an excellent value for wonderful food.
Recently dined here for the first time with a large party. The service was fantastic and everyone thoroughly enjoy the experience and the food.
Very enjoyable meal. The Mac and cheese was incredible!
Food very bland and mediocre
I don't know how this is a four star review restaurant. There was exactly one vegetarian entree and that was a tired vegi burger. My other meat eating companions were also not very wowed by the fish tacos and the salmon salad. Sorry we won't be back.
The service was great and I loved our waiter, but I ordered salmon and it was way overcooked and dry. My companions weren’t raving about their food either. I expected more based on the reviews I saw before I chose this restaurant. Very disappointed.
Our server, Seymour, was fantastic. He had a beautiful smile and was very personable and attentive. The food was good. I had the calamari steak. My other half had the sirloin steak. She requested medium and it was prepared medium well. We did not request to have another steak prepared because it already had taken one hour for the food to come. Service was very slow.
For this reason, we won’t return. It shouldn’t take an hour to get our entrees.
I absolutely LOVED this restaurant! The staff was amazingly nice and the food was amazing! Overall such a wonderful experience at my new favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz!
My girlfriend and I went here for Valentines Day dinner and were impressed with the food, the service, the ambiance and the experience as a whole. We would both heartily recommend this restaurant for your special occasion.
Good food, great service, friendly comfortable atmosphere.
It took an hour to receive our entrees and half of the parties food arrived cold. The entrée salad that was served was listed as "everything but the kitchen sink" was mostly just lettuce. It took three selections to finally arrive on a bottle of pinot that they had in stock. We had to ask for a place setting twice. The restaurant was not full so it was puzzling why the service and food preparation was so slow.
The food as well as service is terrific. You always frel welcome
The Water Street Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.
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