Water Grill - Downtown

4.4
3324 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

Father's Day: 10:00 AM - 10:00 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
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

You cannot go wrong with the WaterGrill. All good.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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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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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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great time as usual, love this place!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fathers day

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Poor service and expensive.

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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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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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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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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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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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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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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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Noisy noisy noisy—table conversation was very difficult.

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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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Birthday I love. The food

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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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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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent meal and courteous service.

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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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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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great good! Always consistent.

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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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was amazing

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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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very bad food. Most dishes were mediocre (like the lobster)

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding restaurant. Every time I go there itnis amazing from the service to the food

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Can never go wrong at the Water Grill. More expensive but worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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.

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