Water Grill - Downtown
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
Father's Day: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
You cannot go wrong with the WaterGrill. All good.
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!
The salmon and swordfish were just okay. I expected a lot more. However the cod taco appetizer and polenta side dish were absolutely memorable.
Food was delicious!
Not your typical hip, trendy lounge style restaurant.
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!
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.
Great time as usual, love this place!
Poor service and expensive.
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.
The lobster we ordered had a tail literally the size of a large shrimp....Food was otherwise ok.
It took them and hour to bring a seafood tower to our table, other than that everything was good.
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!
Great everything, especially the service. We had a wonderful meal and experience.
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.
Great Fish.. ..not cheap...fresh fish never is...
haven't been there in a while....still a great
Noisy noisy noisy—table conversation was very difficult.
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.
Birthday I love. The food
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.
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.
I ordered soft shell crab. It was the worst ever.
Excellent meal and courteous service.
Very loud. Service was very slow and not even close to the level of former 1-star standard.
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.
Great good! Always consistent.
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.
It was amazing
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.
Water Grill is an excellent seafood restaurant. I love the energetic, bustling atmosphere. The service is attentive but not overly so. The food is fresh, vibrant, and modern, without being stuffy. I would easily go back for a special occasion or just a night out with friends or family.
Only recognition that this was a special occasion was the hostesses greeting.
The server changed after taking our order without comment.
Personally main course was the real turn-off. We changed reservations to this restaurant because they were serving soft shell crab. Whoa - I’d never cook and serve this item without first cleaning! What a turn off.
Dined at Water Grill downtown for the first time in a few years prior to a concert at the Disney Hall. I asked for a relatively quiet table when I reserved, and was seated in a suitable place. The seafood options are diverse, very fresh, perfectly prepared. There is a long list of fresh oysters, and a number of excellent fish choices, as well as adequate non-fish/seafood choices for the unfortunates who don't eat food from the sea. My oysters were excellent, surprisingly well-priced and my husband's wedge salad (with a thick slice of a perfect beefsteak tomato and crisp bacon bites) would be enough for many couples to share. We both had soft shell crab (2 per order) served with an excellent and refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad. The cheese rolls served with our excellent martinis could become addictive. Service was excellent, not rushed, and we were on time to the concert despite walking up Bunker hill.
Best food I had in a while! The service was superb. The only thing I would hope for is a quieter area to do a little business.
Poor bar service. Our first course was over before our drinks were delivered. Seafood (oysters & soft shell crab) was very fresh and good tasting. The banh mi was a disappointment. Very thick and doughy baguette with few pickled vegetables and no cilantro.
Very bad food. Most dishes were mediocre (like the lobster)
Outstanding restaurant. Every time I go there itnis amazing from the service to the food
This was our second visit to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The steamed clams with chorizo is a favorite. The atmosphere is sophisticated and fun.
Can never go wrong at the Water Grill. More expensive but worth it.
Outstanding in every facet!! Service, food, ambiance (slightly on the loud noise level side) were all exceptional. Our server Coronado did an outstanding job ensuring we had not only great experience, he ensured we had a great experience. Highly recommend the black cod (awesome) and the halibut, can't go wrong with Water Grill.
I used to frequent this restaurant when I lived in LA. I had to kill several hours before getting on LA freeways and decided to stay for an early dinner. The food is always good here... but I had really bad service... The waiter was there to take the order... and from there on out... only other people to deliver the food (they brought the appetizer at the same time as the salad, strike 1)... and after I'd consumed my glass of water... no one was around to even check about a refill... no one returned to see if the $42 piece of fish was any good... etc. Needless to say... I will find somewhere else to frequent the next time in I'm in downtown LA.