Water Grill - Downtown

4.5
3435 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
For over 30 years, Water Grill has sated the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this flagship downtown restaurant from King's Seafood Company has satisfied the need for a world-class fish eatery in Los Angeles. Hailed as "the best seafood in Southern California" by the internationally recognized Zagat Guide, Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 10pm

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Phone number
(213) 891-0900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jesse Riofrir
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Private party facilities
We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
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Private party contact
Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3435 People Are Saying
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MB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Birthday Dinner.
We started with Martinis.
Our appetizers were delicious: octopus and frito misto.
Our main dishes were Outstanding: Chilean Sea Bass with gnocchi and spiny lobster with Coleslaw. As a side we got crunchy polenta.
They offered chocolate icecream with biscotti and ginger cream.
Definitely worth returning.

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D
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the swordfish dinner. Tender and juicy. Excellent t wine list too.

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MK
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been going to this restaurant for years. While it is still very good in my opinion it was once fantastic.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the Water Grill restaurant several times for business lunches. The service and food are always top notch.

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d
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Overrated. The tortellini was good, the sea food was bland. The cocktail sauce was horrible. Despite the reputation, it’s really nothing special. And we got attitude from one of the servers. That was unforgivable

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PM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good but pricey for what you get. Wines likewise. Wouldn’t go back.

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KA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Our waiter was very informative, had wine recommendations, was attentive and the food was great. 5 Stars!!

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R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The woman who sat us was rude. We asked several times for our table to be leveled as it was wobbly. The soda was flat and it took three request and ten minutes to get a replacement. The halibut cheeks were tough. Portions were very small. Will not return to this location. The one in Newport is great!

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a special occasion dinner and had wonderful time and your service was excellent, too.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice dining site with great seafood. Oysters were outstanding, softshell crab as well. Well priced and selected wine list. Come back again for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom's Birthday! We were provided top-notch service and absolutely delicious food. The Chilean Sea Bass was the best dish my group got, though the Shrimp and Scallops were incredible as well. Their special, King Salmon, was amazing but just not quite as excellent as the other dishss mentioned.

We were given a combination- cookie (one third chocolate chip, one third oatmeal raisin, and one third double chocolate) with ice cream on top. All of the ingredients were made in-house. It was delectable.

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s
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress is very friendly and the whole atmosphere is very warm /cozy . The sea food platter is a blast! We had a great time.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but overpriced. Service was a bit haughty.

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MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food consistancy, full of flavor and temperature.

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RC
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable experience. Quiet setting, quality seafood. Short Uber distance but significant uphill walk to Disney Concert Hall or Dorothy Chandler. Will return. Great service.

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent in quality food and exceptional
Service

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LP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wasn’t as good as it use to be. Was pretty disappoint, especially for the amount of money we paid.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely get the ice seafood tower.

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f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our dinning experience at the Water Grill. The food and service were exemplary. We were celebrating our 13th year wedding anniversary and our server made it very special. Thank you!

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Chilean sea bass. And
The tower of seafood was amazing. I was so full but I couldn’t stop. Had to finish off the last jumbo shrimp.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Water Grill for over 5 years. I got my whole family hooked as we all love seafood and fresh seafood is what they specialize in! The Loup de Mer is always excellent. Also fish & chips, a bit pricey but def quality and ALWAYS consistent <3<3<3

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PK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb swordfish dinner with zucchini. Caramel bread pudding made with croissants and served with caramel salt ice cream. Great service.

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HO
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The consistent exceptional quality of the food is matched by the level of attentive service. Our waiter, Tyler, was outstanding.

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SP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best and most consistent seafood quality in Los Angeles. No one else is even close. For a quick bite, try the Connecticut version of the Lobster roll. For main entrée, the ciopinno.

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T
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for fish. The portions were large. In fact, we could have split an entrée. Since I was from out of town, there was no option for the leftovers. Overall very good.

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PS
Los Angeles
367 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience. Thank you.

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C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive for what you get. Food its descent, not spectacular.

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HS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a wonderful meal and friendly staff

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KD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was HORRIBLE—our server in particular. Not professional, not knowledgeable, had to ask multiple times for first drink orders, no menu explanation, the list goes on and on. Not worthy even half of what our large group spent.

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DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I go to this location and the Santa Monica location regularly for lunch and dinner. Usually, they are very consistent, but this meal was uncharacteristically I’ll-prepared. The Santa Barbara spot prawns were overcooked, and the cioppino was watery and overcooked. But, the no-corkage fee and normally excellent food will keep me coming back... for at least one more try.

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M
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Kitchen may have had some difficulties ~ and we were a large group of nine.

A favorite dish, the whole fish ceviche, was disappointing and not up to par. A razor thin fillet which seemed as though it may have been sliced to allow for two servings?


May have been an off day ~ as usually all stars are 5!

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DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Two of three enters were perfect. Third was sub par.

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p
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Normally an excellent restaurant, with tasty food at a reasonable price, but on this occasion my wife's fish was way over salted and, although fresh, seemed to lack any other seasoning.

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JF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here. Very friendly staff and great food. If you are looking for seafood this is the place to go!

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only been there for business meals, don't live in the area. Open Table sent an e-mail stating we did not show up for this reservation. Please confirm with the Water Grill that we did. Thank you

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Tiny portions, entrees don’t come with any sides.

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KE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came out with some friends who were visiting from London and spent the day in LA. We had a great time seeing the sites and ended it with a fantastic meal at Water Grill! We started with the Grand Tower which was full of seafood and raw bar items that were fresh, unique and delicious. The service was on point, Cory was personable and knowledgeable and made the dining experience fun. We will be back very soon.

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

it was my Husband and my birthday - our bdays are just a day apart, and we wrote a note about loving receiving all kinds of happy birthday attention, this place was spot on with giving us just what we needed! Sexy yummy food, great atmosphere, impeccable service. This was my 2nd time visiting and I'd go again and again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our father and his wife to The Water Grill for their anniversary. The food was wonderful. Our server, Tyler was great. Very warm and personable and really made our experience exceptional. We will be back.

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RV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Service and atmosphere were quite good but food had no flavor to it. We both ordered the salmon and agreeded no flavor at all. We’re quite disappointed.

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