Water Grill - Downtown

4.5
3400 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 3400 People Are Saying
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p
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
Orange County
1 review
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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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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M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Water Grill was a long time family favorite until it was redecorated a few years ago. Upon returning initially we found it to be noisy and many of our favorite foods no included. This time we returned for our 33rd anniversary, had reserved a booth for seating. We found it to quiet, delicious, lovely with great service.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Staff oozes arrogance! Hostess showed us a table in the back right outside the busy, noisy and bright kitchen. After refusing to be seated with the help, we were shown to a nice table in the front of the practically empty restaurant. That and the arrogance of the hostess certainly started to ruin the mood. Our waitress continued the trend. Very snooty and condescending. „How was the chowder?“ „Well, a bit to watery - more like soup.“ „Great, happy to hear that!“
The fish seem fresh, but overpriced. Won’t recommend. Will NOT RETURN.

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N
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Watergrill in downtown Los Angeles is always great. Excellent food and service. The booths are very comfortable.

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EO
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always great but our waitress continually loudly interrupt the business conversation. I would expect more tact in an establishment on this level.

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OT
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

El servicio dejo mucho que desear el mesero se paraba en la mesa cada que se len llamaba el nunca fue por su propia gana , la comida excelente

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JJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service. Definitely would entertain there again. I have been there 8 times in the past two years and it continues to get better

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foood was great, I love the Water Grill. The staff was friendly. Ideal parking too

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Someone very special to me my girlfriends bday;) great night of food & drinks😊

Will be back for more.💫

Regards Mark London

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MB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. Server had great recommendations for items not on the menu. Sea Scallops were out of this world!

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DM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

My husband and I were looking forward to a fantastic lunch just like we had last year, but it wasn’t as we remembered. The food was still very good, but not superb. The clam chowder wasn’t as rich and flavorful as the first time we had it. One of the items we ordered didn’t arrive, and we asked for bread twice and never received it. I could understand this happening if they would have been busy, but it was slow during most of our meal. Also, the cocktails are expensive for the little amount of alcohol they pour in each drink. For example, the martini glass was just a little over half full.
I will definitely dine here again, because it was one of my favorite places to eat.

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G
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Ambience was nice. The service was ok. It just needs to be polished a little for such an establishment that I would consider “finer” dining. The service was a bit slow. After seated, it took more than what one would consider normal wait time for a waiter to approach us to take our drink order. It wasn’t a busy evening, so I didn’t understand why we sat there so long before being approached. Then eventually, we ordered and that too came with a long wait time. I’m ok with waiting for my meal to be prepared, but this was a bit excessive. When our entre came, we had no silverware, so again we had to wait for a waiter to come and provide utensils. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. He gave me suggestions because I can’t eat hot/spicy foods. Overall, I enjoyed the food, but the service was a little lagging and sluggish.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Water Grill is always on top of their game in the restaurant business.

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p
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

fish was good but portions were wiefully small. too vad as they seemed to be trying but entree tuna was only appetizer suze.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always expect and get great service at Water Grill, and this time was no different.
The food was disappointing, Chilean Sea bass is always delicious.
Tried something different and was too salty and not tasty.
Desert was excellent and super service by our waitress and good company made the dinner still enjoyable.

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TM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is always great. The crab cakes are amazing and their steaks are cooked to perfection every time. We love coming here, but I will say they need to add or switch things up with their menu. We've been coming here for a few years and I think it's the same menu. I don't recall them offering specials, but that might be something to add.

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BO
London
92 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The original Water Grill remains an excellent place for eating fish downtown. Wide choice, lots of good wines by the glass, attentive well-informed service and beautifully cooked and presented dishes.

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LN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were awesome and the service was amazing. We were celebrating my bday and we were a little concerned it might be pretentious being a fancier restaurant but our server, Tyler was SO warm and welcoming, and down to earth. It was an amazing night. Please pass on the praise to Tyler!!!

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watergrill is just an awesome restaurant. Great food. Awesome service, attentive servers.

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DS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service and quality meal. Pricey, but by LA standards, probably typical. Amazing sourcing on ingredients, particularly in their raw bar. Two thumbs up.

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s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made an early reservation and asked for a quiet booth. Upon arrival we were greeted and taken to a booth. We were told that a large group would be coming later and was this ok with our seating. Nice to be asked. Philip our waiter went above and beyond- we asked so many questions and he had a very solid grasp of the menu, lots of fish that he was happy to compare. I made one mistake in choosing the mussels as an appetizer and then the scallops. They were both delicious but large portions and either one would have been sufficient. My friend had the whole fish and was not able th eat the extra vegetables she ordered. Philip took this off the bill even though it’s was our fault for over ordering!! I would seriously make a trip downtown to have the mussels again. I really felt that we were so well taken care of. The restaurant was getting busier and louder as we left but was very nice and quiet early on.

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SX
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood tower ever! All dishes ordered were beyond expectations. Superb service.

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J
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner for my daughter's birthday. All entrees and drinks were excellent! Valet parking easy and convenient as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the atmosphere and the waiters are very professional

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HL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fish and lobster was very fresh. The fish, french fries and bread were a little salty.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food good service.. Drinks good i will be back

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H
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect seafood restaurant! A big selection of seafood. The service is great.

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L
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Such a great restaurant for so many years - what a shame. It cannot compete anymore. It was terribly understaffed, and, hence, service was bad. Even though it was not server's fault. It took 30 minutes to get a glass of champagne, Food was very mediocre - came out only slightly warm. In fact, bread rolls were still frozen inside. Clam chowder was seriously one of the worst I have ever had, and I had to send it back because it was only mildly lukewarm. The mac and cheese side dish was barely warm. What a disappointment.

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AD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love seafood, so this was the perfect place for it. WIsh price was a bit more affordable so that we can come more often.

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would have given them a 5star, but there are couple of things that they have over looked. First they did not acknowledge that I have reserve the table for out anniversary. Then our ceiling where we were sitting started leaking, but yet they moved us to a different table but nothing remorseful about it. Then to top it all, table was reserved, so we really did not have to wait for being a first time there, but unfortunate that we still had to wait. So overall we 3 stars.

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MT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the great food and great service!!!!! We will definitely be back soon.

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g
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Water Grill is one of LA downtown's treasures. The fresh fish and raw fish families of offerings are beautifully prepared. The Dover Sole is invariably done perfectly with a the skin slightly crispy always under the two side filets. The bitter chocolate souffle served with whipped cream is to always done to an exacting turn and served beautifully. The service is alway consummate by seasoned professionals to understand the elite and demanding clientele. Five stars.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and our server was great. He told us his favorite dishes and he was spot on! Oysters were fresh and so delicious. Wine selection was great too!

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TC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic. We were celebrating a birthday, and he brought a delicious desert out, on the house. The oysters and drinks are great as well. Definitely pricey, but if you can swing it, it's a killer experience.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Little slow, but overall good experience.

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