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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Water Grill! We will be featuring our Che’s curated three-course menu that is perfect to share with that special someone. There is a three-course wine pairing option as well. Make your reservation today!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 3900 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There for DineLA. Chris was our waiter and is fantastic. Always smiling and personable. We laughed a lot and it felt like we’ve known him for years. Food was awesome too! Can’t wait to go back and try the other dishes.

JH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ambience

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal was excellent. Everyone had fish at the table. The mahi mahi, black cod, salmon and sea bass was cooked to perfection. I definitely recommend trying the food here.

ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for a birthday lunch and ordered salmon and risotto from their Dine LA menu. It was delicious. Cooked perfectly. The service was spot on. Pro tip: valet for $10 with restaurant validation. And no corkage! I'll definitely be back.

DG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Not sure I would recommend it for a special occasion because portions were small and service was standard but nothing special. Was celebrating a birthday and that information was included in reservation but nothing special was offered.

ED
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very busy, active place. I ate at the bar and the service was outstanding. Wine list was more than adequate.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. Brandon our waiter was more than spectacular. Thank you for making our date night a good one. We needed it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time for Dine LA Restaurant Week and are definitely planning on going back! Food was excellent (calamari, clam chowder, salmon, sea bass, espresso cake, and bread pudding) and portions were very generous. Interacted with 6 different staff members and they were all great. Our waiter especially was exceptional. Can't wait to go back!

KA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I like Water Grill, we just had a mediocre experience. We went for the Dine LA Menu, which was a good value for $59. However, we ran late because their valet couldn't take our car and we had to self-park. Then, after a 10 minute wait during which there was no room at the bar and no one offering to get us a drink, they took us to our table, which was still dirty. They offered to comp us our drinks to make up for it, so we ordered wine and a whiskey, neat. Our drinks didn't arrive until the entree did, so AFTER an appetizer (which I had paired with my non-existent wine) and salad courses. The sea bass was tender but relatively bland, the espresso chocolate cake a tad too rich, the loud foursome next to us about 6 inches too close. And our waitress disappeared for a good 30 minutes. Overall, just not a great experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We got the Dine L.A. special on a Friday night. I would give the place another try, because the food was pretty good (well the sea bass), but majority of our meal came out barely warm. Service was a bit slow.

MP
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked into the restaurant it was a wonderful experience. Service is impeccable, food delicious and so fresh. It’s always the place to go to in DTLA

D
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and food was delicious. The King Salmon was the best salmon I've had in a long time. I will definitely be going back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding, attentive, funny and really informative about the food choices and L.A.

DF
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant, definitely a must every time I visit LA!

SX
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice meal celebrating our anniversary at the Water Grill! I had the grand raw plate and my wife had the Chilean sea bass. We thoroughly enjoyed both dishes. We plan on going back there anytime we’re in Los Angeles.

CB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service, from the hostess to the server! Everyone was thoughtful and attentive. The food was delicious, we were there celebrating my fathers birthday. They made him feel very special. Thank you Water Grill staff!

DS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food was not as good as usual. Servers did not notice that half of our food was left on our plates.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Slow drinks killed the night

D
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay. Not great or outstanding. But not mediocre either. In the party of four, we all had different kinds of fish. Nobody disliked theirs, but the dishes were not really inspired.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service should be considered. It is the worst during this trip. Although the glass is empty, the waiter did not ask anything to us and did not offer water to us. In addition, the atmosphere was not as we expected. We expected a quiet situation. I do not think it is worthy to gain the tip actually, but offered least level of tip. We will not visit again.

WD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Went to Water Grill for the first time for our anniversary on New Years Day and were very impressed by the exceptional food and friendly service. Crab cake and mixed crudo platter for appetizers (both great) and Chilean Sea Bass with butternut squash gnocchis and Alaskan Black Cod with soba noodles and broth (spicy!). The entrees were in the top 5 of all fish dishes we’ve had. Surprised us with a dessert to share in honor of the anniversary — a nice touch.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a nice dinner, Brad our server was very nice and attentive. Limited children’s menu. I had to order salmon off the main menu for my five year old because they ran out of the children’s menu salmon. Not sure why a small piece couldn’t have been cut from the salmon on the main menu. Nevertheless, he ate it all so it was a success.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Satisfaction Guaranteed place.

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JP
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

New year’s

MS
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and attentive service

DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and service. Decorated very festively for New Year’s Eve.

MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The hosts were completely lost and confused. Then it took 20 minutes (we had to ask twice) for a waiter to show up (or even get water), which was odd in that the restaurant was 60% empty when we arrived. As for the food, I ordered surf-and-turf with a side of mashed potatoes; the steak was WAY overcooked and the potatoes were cold when served. I asked for a second glass of wine, which never came. Then it took 20 minutes to get our bill. If the restaurant would have told me they were too busy for my reservation and were going to provide poorly-cooked food and poor service, it would allowed me to save $200 or go to a better restaurant. This is my only bad review on OpenTable.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Seated at 4:30 pm,(place maybe had 30-40 guests seated?) buser lit out candle, then no one approached our table for 15 more minutes, I went to go up to the bar to order us cocktails , then up to the front desk to alert them of the situation, then we finally were attended to by the server. We under stand that it was New Years Eve, but 4:30pm and no service for 15 min?.. food was then rushed out so they tried to recover, I asked then to pace the service, but by time our main course came it was cold and unappetizing. we love Watergrill, We’re sad but will not return as we feel that service has dropped over the past few years.. and we’ve spent a lot of $$ here for continued poor service... will miss this place but not worth it any longer to us.

p
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience at Water Grill. A shout out to a lovely person Felix on the service staff.

M
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. We had the black cod. I thought it was a very small portion, and over sauced. The crab cake is very good. I would have that again. Our server was a little quirky in an ok way. Maybe a little too over the top, too talkative about wine...
They did give us a very nice quiet booth per my request.

t
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional service and food.
Keep up the good work :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, large servings of fish very well cooked and tender. Excellent service

DZ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service by Rowan was fantastic. Food was a little hit and miss - oysters and Dungeness crab were world class, but spiny lobster was very average and overpriced and clam chowder was very poor, watery and only 3-4 clams in a bowl. Overall value was just average as prices are sky high.

DE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I were able to book this place fairly quickly (I happened to find it on Yelp), and it was easily accessible by walking there (only a 10-minute walk). We arrived 15 minutes early but were able to be seated within a few minutes. Chris was an awesome server. He was able to guide us through the raw bar (we ordered two different types of oysters), answer our questions about the entrees, and we felt welcomed in this establishment. There are cocktails that can be made without liquor (virgin margarita for my mom), you just have to ask the server ahead of time. Definitely a family-friendly restaurant to come and enjoy seafood!

MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Despite having a reservation, the wait was over 30 minutes. The food was great and the service was good considering how busy they were.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

美味しかった!し、ワイワイした雰囲気でとても楽しかったです。また行きたいな。

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Reservation for 7:30. Seated at 8:05.
Horrible server.
Food mediocre.

JK
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill was amazing! Arguably the best Christmas Eve meal I have had (sorry Mom). The food was enough for 5 stars but the service was the cherry on top. Our server was great with recommendations and wine pairings. This was a fantastic place to spend Christmas Eve!

MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here and the Santa Monica location many times. Food is consistently good, great service. We’re wine people so we especially love the $0 corkage.

DB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We ordered salad and soup and 5 minutes after both arrived our main dish was served and sat on the table for at least 10 min while we finished our soup and salad. Service slow and order was wrong

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