Water Grill - Downtown

4.6
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to fine before a Disney Hall performance.

JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the seafood is reliably the best in Los Angeles.

Z
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The bread was outstanding. The food was excellent quality. The service was good, but not outstanding.

HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambiance was very nice. Service was a little slow but nothing too terrible. The rib eye and shrimp and grits were delicious. We also had the singleness crab and oyster combo platter. Everything was wonderful.

PD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The quality of the seafood was undeniably high and the venue is very elegant, suitable for special occasions and business meets. The menu is sparse, and in spite of the restaurant's name with almost no grilled items. We had oysters Rockefeller because my wife does not like raw oysters but the way the prepare them here is different, and the oysters come raw. I usually do not have a problem with traditional dishes with a twist, but I think fair warning is warranted particularly when substituting typically cooked ingredients with raw ones. Service was below par and did not match the quality of the venue. I would recommend this place only because of the quality of the seafood but would have to give a few disclaimers. Recommendation with caveats.

w
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy the Water Grill downtown and the one is Sta Monica a great deal. I bring out of town guests here often because it is reliably great on every level. I've never had a bad dish.

DD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, but a bit pricy...

P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The waiter did not serve us with bread and butter while other customers have it. Anyway, the seafoods were fantastic.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and they have really good service, definitely will come back

DF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came to this place by chance. We went to the Broad to finally experience what we kept hearing about. So after our visit there we wanted a nice meal. We searched and The Water Grill came up. It was only a few minutes from where we were at. I was able to make the reservations at 7:15 p.m. We got there early and they were able to accommodate us. So we were shown to out table and what a nice place. It was loud with alot of talking but it wasn't annoying. Our waiter was named Chris. Very nice young man who was very pleasant. And to just get down to the nitty-gritty, the food was great. The employees were great. Just a great time. Definitely going back. Little pricey but it's that type of place. You get what you pay for and it was worth it...... Chris, we will be looking for you again when we come back. My wife told you she lost our Super Bowl bet. So if she pays again then we are eating there again.

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always good, little slow on service at first but they apologized. I've only been here twice because of the prices and location from where we live. Always fresh seafood and the bread is to die for!

GA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a birthday dinner for our son. The food was good, but it is definitely pricey. Also, the service was a little bit slow. They did not bring out all the food at the same time which the server said would happen. They brought my appetizer just before my entrée even though everyone else had their appetizers and had finished them. I think some sort of compensation should have been made for that. They made several excuses about it having been so busy the previous few days… I’m not sure I would be a return customer.

MB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Water Grill every time we eat there. This month, the Valentine special was delightful. We enjoyed every morsel.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Restaurant was empty but took over 30 minutes to get the appetizer. Very slow service

V
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines fixed menu . overall excellent food and selection despite fixed options. Loved the fresh oysters , crab cake apps. Swordfish and sea bass mains were outstanding. Who could pass up the bread pudding ?
-special thanks to server Austin who was friendly and attentive.
we will be back!

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance was great, but the food was a subpar. I ordered the calamari and the sea bass and everything was either drenched in oil or butter. It was a very heavy meal.

BA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!
The server was wonderful .
Food was outstanding !

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was horrible. Food was good. Not great. Very expensive.

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing fish- had blackened sea bass. Great wine by the glass list.Great service and nice staff.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

our black lady server was so slow! can’t believe her manager stepped in. If we don’t waive our havens or trying to get attention, no one was coming to take the order at table

SC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent, service was good but very slow

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always amazing

SF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the water grill and they always do a great job. One small criticism is that I ordered the little neck clams and what came out was Cherrystones. Too big and too strong a flavor. Otherwise lovely. One other thing to know is that you can no longer leave your car in their garage while you’re at the music center or they will charge you $26 for parking.

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was mediocre at best and very expensive. Service was excellent though.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always wonderful

PW
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding family birthday celebration. The oysters and shrimp cocktails were fresh and tasty. The wedge salad is a very generous portion with perfect bacon pieces and bleu cheese crumbles. All our entrees were delicious - lobster, sea bass and salmon. The service was outstanding!! A favorite restaurant!

m
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was terrific. But the service was incredibly slow. 2 of us for dinner. It took a half hour to get my drink and sparkling water. We had two appetizers, clam chowder and Poke, dinner was the sea bass for me and crab legs for my husband. No wine or other complications. For dessert we split the cheesecake and an extra scoop of ice cream. We left two and a half Hours later. Nothing we ordered should have involved a lot of prep time. We arrived around 430p on a Sunday afternoon and the restaurant was almost empty. When we left at 7pm almost every table was taken.

KB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My review would have been higher except for the fact that our waiter encouraged us to get the lobster and that it would be a better value than other choices. My wife and I were sharing a meal and only wanted 1 LB. The waiter thought that wouldn't be enough, but we assured him that it would with the sides we ordered. He proceeded to serve us 1.5 pounds of lobster and charged us for it. I wasn't in the mood for a confrontation and let it slide. But, it left a bad taste in our mouths.

AA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, as always, but the service by our waiter was what made is much better (unfortunately I can't remember his name now)!!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was so good. The drinks, appetizers, main course ( steak and Chilean sea bass) and the bread pudding were perfection.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food wrre superb.

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Convenient valet parking available. Food preparation was excellent. Unfortunately, our waiter was away for long periods of time

KR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

a little delay in seating.
staff very accommodating
manager comped a couple drinks and very apologetic, had a nice seat.

SD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pricy, but worth treating yourself. Delicious food, -plenty of variety. Lots of atmosphere- fun, a bit noisy, great for large and small groups.

NR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service and the food is amazing !

CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to be back for quality oyster and Chilean sea bass.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The check in staff was outstanding! We felt welcomed and heard. We will definitely go back. Our guests had a wonderful time too. Thank you!

PE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wait staff and servers were fantastic and very attentive, the person that seated us was very attentive and friendly. While our food was all very good none of it seemed to come out hot. It was almost as if the food was left sitting for awhile before being served. The exception was the coffee at the end of the meal
which was perfectly acceptable. I would love to try the place again, however my wife was put off by the temperature of the food.

ND
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointing - food was ok. We had DineLA special shrimp cocktail and Caesar salad were not high quality and desert was not impressive. Main courses - steak and sea bass were good. But overall it was an expensive dinner not wort the price

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