Water Grill - Downtown

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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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Chris was superb.

KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful food, wonderful service, would definitely come back

DA
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good app round, lovely halibut

i
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The server was wonderful, highly recommend it, excellent eats, never got to the table because the seafood bar was a great seat.

T
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Been here many of times. But this time was a little let down. We had reservations but we were15 minutes late due to traffic it’s LA it can get real bad. Anyway, hostess said it would be 5 to 10 minutes to get a table even though we had a reservation. Well it was more like 25 minutes later before we got seated. Had to rush the server cause we we a theater tickets and had to leave by a certain time. Not sure why such the long wait, but was a little disappointed with this visit.

G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good , service was good but not perfect

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for my husbands birthday dinner!

AB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service’

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Halibut was over cooked and extremely salty.

JW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus was outstanding along with the oysters from the seafood bar.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Just really pleasant vibe, pro service and great simple food.

JS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Oysters were good not great. Sea Bass was phenomenal! Thank You!

MN
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We all enjoyed our meals but to be honest it was just ok. I was hoping to just get my fish grilled but the waiter seemed put off that I asked and said well ya if you just want a piece of plain halibut. Up to you but that’s not what we do here. I ordered an app for dinner instead. Service felt rushed. Not sure I would go back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was amazing!

RH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eat here regularly when in town. No corkage fee which is great and food always good. Our server (Chris) was excellent as well as support staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Wine was great and they even offered a glass of champagne on the house because I was celebrating my birthday. However the highlight of the night was our waitress Rowan. She was exceptional. Based on the service and food, I highly recommend. I will be returning the next time I am in LA.

n
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tis the season for "Spiny Lobsters" . Just outstanding. Santa Barbara spot prawns fall into the same category. Always has the best selection of oysters in all of Los Angeles. Never fails to please. Service was top-notch. They honor your requests.

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Austin our server was amazing.

RB
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Exceptional seafood! Nice ambiance.

F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flabio is the best. Food and experience was top notch. Had the scallops and sea bass. Excellent food and service.

LH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

There were 4 people in our party, and the meals ranged from good to mediocre - none of it was great. The swordfish was good, but accompanying "marinated" zucchini tasted of nothing but vinegar. The fish in the fish & chips was under seasoned, the crab in the cioppino was very poor quality, the heirloom tomatoes in the heirloom tomato salad were mealy. The waiter was inattentive, and although we had allowed an hour and 45 minutes for our meal in order to get to a performance at Disney Hall at 8 pm, we were extremely rushed in the end. We had informed our waiter of our time constraints, but when we ordered coffee & dessert at the end, it took so long to arrive that we had only 5 minutes to eat and pay in order to leave on time. Overall, a very disappointing experience. I have eaten at Water Grill a couple of times in the past, but given that our bill, with tip, came to almost $100 per person, for this quality and service I am not interested in going here again.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Eaten here several times when in LA for work and each time I go, the quality of food seems to get worse & worse. Shocking considering the prices. Too bad, used to be a good place for seafood.

GL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic birthday celebration. All the staff was great. The food was among the best dining we have ever had. Delicious clams and amazing scallops. Luis our waiter was perfect in his attention and fun to joke with. The Water Grill is now on my list of favorites. It would have been already but this was our first time.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time celebrating life and eating wonderful food at the Water Grill. The crab cakes, tomato salad, macaroni & cheese steak, and cheerful knowledgeable server were superb. We will definitely dine here next time we are in town. The Fitzgerald’s from Lafayette La

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Watergrill is an historical staple to downtown and it’s still an awesome place for happy hour or the best fish meal! Love it. Service is impeccable. Food delicious. It’s gets noisy after 7. We had an early dinner before going to see an evening play at the Ahmanson. It was perfect. Set in the historical PAcifuc Mutual Building. Free parking with validation. The only thing that needs to change is their seats at the tables! Some are worn out And sag. 🙄😬

MB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and the service & food were fantastic! The new manager is lovely !! We love water grill

SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Is a really nice restaurant, the food was awesome. We had to wait, for dessert a long time. But the service was great.

WL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Very disappointing after having been to Orange County location. Food took a long to come especially considering we were one of only 3 tables. When food arrived it was COLD. I would not recommend this location.

p
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always The Water Grill didn’t disappoint. Superb service added to fabulous meal....spit the wedge and halibut with my wife and finished with a delicious bread pudding. Hmmmm good.

D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anthony, our bartender/server was outstanding we felt special

j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow, fries tasted kinda old... not as good as our usual experience here. Will be back but not as fun / good as usual.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and very personable. Loved it and can’t wait to go back.

CM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I dined at Water Grill for our first wedding anniversary. We made our reservation on Open Table the morning of not knowing much about the restaurant as we are from out of town. We were very pleasantly surprised by the level of service and courtesy we received here. We arrived about 10 min early and were treated to a cocktail at the bar due to a slight wait time for our reserved table, we were also given a dessert in celebration of our anniversary. The servers and hostesses were very attentive & made our dining experience even more wonderful. Most importantly, the food was delicious! I would definitely return if ever back in the LA area and would recommend it to others as well.

D
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in Los ANGELES, period. I’m a New Orleans native who knows seafood and has lived in LA for 30+ years. Awesome oysters, shell fish and fresh fish options. Again, best in LA, in a beautiful space, with great service! Cheers!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, yummy food, outstanding server, Christopher. Had a wonderful time.

KS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zavanah and everyone at Water Grill was exceptional! The food was as delicious as I remembered! My Mom and Mother-in-law had a memorable birthday celebration 🥰 Thank you for everything!

N
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly, our server, was professional and accommodating - delicious crab and oysters...good, quiet table for a date night before a show.

PG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food and the staff were very good, and we appreciated the birthday desert. The ambience, however, was quite disagreeable with highly excessive noise level, and no sense of privacy - it was like being in a huge dining hall but with excellent food being served.

c
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Water Grill never disappoints. Great place for pre or post theater. Fun bar hangout for cocktails.