Water Grill - Downtown

4.4
3335 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday = 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday = 11:30 - 3:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday = 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday = 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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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 3335 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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3.8
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BJ
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic seafood restaurant in A historic building. Great wine list. Excellent service.

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MO
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with outstanding service. The fried chicken is amazing.

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MA
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Good quality seafood. Elegant atmosphere. Best bartender/server in Nicole at the bar.
She knows her drinks (beer in my case that night), her food and is a great conversationist. Very knowledgeable about the food and drinks on the menu.

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OT
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

There were gnats non stop hovering over my bread, wine, oysters and Chilean sea bass. Also, the colony of gnats were circling the bar area around the top of cocktail bottles. It was nauseating. I left with a bad taste in my mouth, and have had horrible bowel movement issues the last 24 hours. To top it off, I arrived to my 11:00am reservation on time. And I had to wait over 15 minutes to use the restroom. The male worker cleaning the women’s bathroom told me he needed a few seconds. My bladder wanted to explode. I’m completely Irate and horrified at this place. The server was lovely and great at her job. She was the only redeeming quality of this experience. Oh also, and the food was delicious.

I would appreciate a call from the General Manager offering an apology for this horrid experience. Please note my friend and I took videos of the colony of gnats circling over food. I don’t want to post this on yelp, and social media. So please contact me. Thank you kindly.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Old colleague in town

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BW
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Sunday before a theater matinee was perfect-------

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DA
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Amazing seafood! Great service and romantic. I would recommend.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

It’s just an unforgettable dining experience, so good!

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l
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Outstanding in every way.

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R
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was great as usual, but it was not hot as if it sat on the counter for a bit. Our server tried, but I think she had too many tables for the busy hour. There were long gaps between, which is why I believe our plates sat idle. I have visited several times in the past including an annual business dinner for the holidays and this was not the best visit.

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m
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Fresh fish was well prepared and had great flavor. Noise level got louder as restaurant filled. Service was great

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KS
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

You cannot go wrong with the WaterGrill. All good.

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RE
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food and service continue to be great at the Water Grill. Reservations are honored on time. The seating is very comfortable. Ask for a booth if your party is not too big. The bar is full service and the wine list is great
Try the fish!. This is a fish house and while steaks may be good, the fish is great. The clam chowder is delicious!
My only warning is that the restaurant is noisy. We go there knowing this and know the food is worth it but I have to know that it is not the restaurant to go to with someone who is hard of hearing. All others ...ENJOY!

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DF
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The salmon and swordfish were just okay. I expected a lot more. However the cod taco appetizer and polenta side dish were absolutely memorable.

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s
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Food was delicious!
Not your typical hip, trendy lounge style restaurant.

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M
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Came here for the first time for Father's Day and my family loved it! The medium seafood tower (says on menu that it feeds 3-4 people) & 2 entrees were perfect for 4 people. The bread pudding was so good! They had a Father's Day dessert that was so good: a thin pistachio cookie served with sorbet and strawberries. Would definitely come here again!

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j
1.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We ordered scallops and sea bass, and 25 minutes later they arrived, however, the scallops were cold, room temperature. We called that to the attention of the wait person who took them back to the kitchen promising to correct that problem. A few minutes later, the entrees came back and, incredibly, the scallops were still cold, the sea bass lukewarm. We told the wait person we wanted neither. While the restaurant "comped" the entire meal and wine [and we left a tip nevertheless] it is inexcusable for a restaurant of this quality to send out a cold meal and then take it back and it returned, likely put in the microwave for a minute to warm the plate, as cold as before. Too bad, beautiful restaurant and we will never return.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great time as usual, love this place!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fathers day

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OT
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Poor service and expensive.

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M
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I took my wife out for her birthday. She had a sea bass dish and I had the lobster roll. The sea bass dish was delicious but the lobster roll left much to desire. The lobster was bland and the texture was very rubbery, no way was it worth 30$. I have had more delicious lobster rolls from a food truck. We notified our waitor and he thought it was "weird" and didn't offer anything to make up for dissapointing meal. We won't be back.

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GB
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The lobster we ordered had a tail literally the size of a large shrimp....Food was otherwise ok.

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BB
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It took them and hour to bring a seafood tower to our table, other than that everything was good.

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OT
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Have been hear several times this was the worst service ever! Sommelier was great but waitress was awful! It was a $400 dinner with a waitress that should work at Olive Garden!
Although the oysters are great I won’t be back!

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i
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great everything, especially the service. We had a wonderful meal and experience.

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PU
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Fantastic downtown location for a business dinner. The service was great from arriving to leaving and the food was fantastic. I would definitely book here again.

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F
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great Fish.. ..not cheap...fresh fish never is...
haven't been there in a while....still a great
Joint!

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CW
3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Noisy noisy noisy—table conversation was very difficult.

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s
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our server (Rowan) was truly outstanding and the ambiance of the restaurant lovely.. but even with a reservation, we had to wait ~20 minutes to be seated. The food was very good... but could be improved. My co-workers really enjoyed their halibut with a citrus cream sauce. My black cod was perfectly cooked... but just needed some more flavor with a marinade or sauce. The mac & cheese was fine... but again needed something more... a sharper cheese, perhaps. And the dessert (bread pudding), which was said to be excellent was actually rather heavy and dense. Also the bread for the table was also simply not fresh.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Birthday I love. The food

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Y
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I like the vibe in this restaurant but the prices are ridiculous. That said the place was packed. I know Water Grill has some of the freshest fish that comes into L.A. and I do think it's very good. However, $50 for a piece of fish with no sides is ridiculous. I stopped going to the Santa Monica Water Grill because I just was tired of paying their high prices. I went to an event in DTLA and thought why not? Well that's the last time I will ever go there again unless someone is on an expense account and treating and even then it's not that special.

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DF
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food is very good. Appetizers, entrees (they have a great seafood selection) and desserts. My family enjoys Cioppino, so we had 3 orders! One nice thing is that the food is served at a nice pace, no rush as one goes through each course.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I ordered soft shell crab. It was the worst ever.

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TG
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent meal and courteous service.

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PM
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very loud. Service was very slow and not even close to the level of former 1-star standard.

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KD
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The Water Grill is the best seafood place in DTLA. The drinks are a little too expensive for what they are and the service this time was very slow. Still, the bread is good and the seafood is fresh and generally well prepared. The one thing that is always outstanding is the oyster selection.

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CH
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great good! Always consistent.

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KC
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Love the food. Especially the tuna poke and bread pudding. Service was really slow Sunday and the restaurant was not busy. A little disappointing. Could be just a one time thing because other times the service has been great.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was amazing

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J
3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I love this place, but service was very slow this time. Drinks came out slow and so did the food. It could have been an off night because usually it is not like this.

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