Water Grill - Downtown
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Went during the corona virus pandemic, the restaurant was basically empty, with our table and perhaps two other tables, yet, the service was poor. Had to ask for bread, when my seafood tower came, it came with no lemons nor plastic picks for the barnacles. You would think since there were such few patrons at th restaurant, the service would be on point! However, it was not. I’ve been here before plenty of time prior when it was totally packed and managed to get way better service. Perhaps it was the pandemonium of CV19 to blame. Let’s leave it at that.
Very good food, excellent service, good wine.
Amazing service and management.
Get the sea bass and scallops...delicious!
a bit too pricey for what they serve. Nothing is particularly a standout here.
The service was great, but the food middling. Plates came out on the cold side and dessert took a long time to be delivered.
Great spot for a birthday. Delish entrees, loved the sablefish and siba noodles, Plus no corkage fee!
Historically have like the place. Had a bad piece of fish. Grilled turned out to be smoked. Waitress, although very nice, was new and no help in navigating the menu.
A bit slow service over lunch, but overall a good spot for seriously seafood.
If you want fresh high quality seafood, this is the place to go. The staff and experience make this restaurant a must for those with an impeccable seafood pallet.
Our service was terrible… And the food wasn’t that good. It’s expensive and I expect more.
Usually a great place for pre-theater dinning but despite us telling our server when we sat down that we we wanted to leave for the theater in 90 mins she still wasn't able to manage the timing and brought out the main course 10 mins before we were supposed leave - very upsetting. Usually, they are much better here.
Outstanding in all respects. Ask to be served by Taylor; she is superb!
Water Grill has a good raw bar and mediocre cooked food. When on business trips to LA I often have dinner of raw oysters and shrimp cocktail and a martini at the bar. Expensive but fun.
Excellent place to fine before a Disney Hall performance.
The quality of the seafood is reliably the best in Los Angeles.
The bread was outstanding. The food was excellent quality. The service was good, but not outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
Great service, but a bit pricy...
The waiter did not serve us with bread and butter while other customers have it. Anyway, the seafoods were fantastic.
The food was great and they have really good service, definitely will come back
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.
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!
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.
We enjoy the Water Grill every time we eat there. This month, the Valentine special was delightful. We enjoyed every morsel.