Water Grill - Downtown

4.7
3989 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989. The restaurant is not open at this time, due to limited outdoor seating, but it will reopen soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Celebrate Mother's Day at Water Grill! Our Chef is preparing a special menu to help celebrate that special Woman in your life!

What 3989 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks!

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vipSchuit
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We love the Water Grill and we go here all the time. This time though, we were disappointed. I tried the lobster role and it was mediocre at best, certainly nothing to recommend. Not sure why it's on the menu.
The service (Chris) is always very very good and everyone is more than willing to accommodate your wishes. We normally give a 4 - 5 star review.... just not this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio gave us absolutely amazing service. He was very detailed and genuine with his description of each drink, dish and accompanying sauce. He was also attentive to our needs and overall made our experience more enjoyable. We will definitely come back and recommend him to our friends.

Aside from service, the food was just as amazing! Some of out favorite dishes were the lobster roll with fries, the Chilean sea bass and the scallops.

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vipAnaP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our server Jarad. Everything was delicious and great ambiance. We’ll definitely go back.

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vipColinT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We experienced outstanding food and attentive service. It's still a gem of a restaurant in DTLA!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Chris is the best server!

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RosieC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely wonderful the food from the appetizers to the desserts and the waitress was so friendly. I definitely will be coming back when I visit Los Angeles again.

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EricN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Love your restaurant. My steak was well done when I ordered medium, but still delicious.

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ShaniceN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience everything was delicious!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back in one of our favorite restaurants in DTLA. We sat at the bar and the bartender by the name of Anthony assisted us... fantastic service!
Thank you- we will be back

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SteveP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first inside meal in 13 months. Top quality food with service to match.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Every item we ordered was amazing without a flaw to be found. The server was very nice and served well but the check in the end needed to be corrected after finding a duplicate charge. We will come back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate My daughters birthday. Food was delicious & staff was very courteous and helpful. Have been here a few times & will continue to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The service was not great, the staff was nice but I waited 30 mins for a water.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The chilled seafood tower was phenomenal! Brandon, our server was attentive and very charismatic. We will be back!!!!

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vipDowntowner
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Continues to be the BEST dining spot for fish in Los Angles.

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TinaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Staff, service, food all top notch. The PAC building is beautiful and will enhance your dining experience if you valet park in the PAC building.

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vipSchuit
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water grill is finally open after a full year of being closed due to Covid. We live downtown and this restaurant has always been one of our go-to favorites. Not to mention it’s one of the oldest restaurants in LA est in 1989.
I am thrilled to say that Water Grill is still that amazing place to eat when you want great service, great food and great ambiance.
Chris was our sever and he couldn’t have been better.
Come just for the table bread- Asiago cheese stuffed sourdough and salted sourdough bread with butter. Yumm.
Come for the fresh oysters or sushi. It’s all good.
We ordered the black cod entree and a mighty good burger and fries.
They have a decent selection of drinks and a great choice of beers. So glad you’re back Water Grill!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service could’ve been better and we weren’t impressed with the food

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Davidb
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to see them back open

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Deli lugar para tomar un trago y los platillos muy ricos no

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Looks/feels like a slightly higher end Applebee’s restaurant.

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MariaV
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so glad they are open we a great time and felt very safe

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vipStuart
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my wife. Couldn’t asked for a better evening.

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NoraG
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off, the ambience is very welcoming. It’s more of an upscale restaurant but my boyfriend and I were dressed super casual and we still got treated just the same as everyone else. The food itself was exceptional and went far beyond my expectation. You can tell that the chefs are peculiar about the food they send out on the floor. I must say that it was worth every penny!!!!

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Steve
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable, good food and service, we’ll be back!

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vipInExile
Los Angeles
245 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a difference a week makes! The staff have found their stride once more and I was delighted to dine on excellent food, perfectly prepared, in comfortable surroundings, served flawlessly in an unobtrusive and professional manner. Well done Water Grill!

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vipmomof4
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seasonal halibut cheeks were fantastic and the roasted beet salad, to die for!

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MarcusE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. The Lobster Roll was amazing. The fries were perfect and the oysters were chilled and juicy.

Well done and great to be back.

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BionicBill
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Newly open again - so no doubt still a few kinks. All staff very friendly...service a bit slow - but they may have just been giving us time to chat and relax at table. Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding. They did forget we had a birthday at the table. Overall - nice to have this place back - still recommended for special occasions.

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JammieN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back at Water Grill. I loved food and the service.

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vipInExile
Los Angeles
245 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Water Grill will take some time to find its footing again I suspect. The entre was good though the Brussel sprouts were underdone, despite my asking for them to be cooked thoroughly. The desert I ordered hadn't arrived after 20 minutes so I cannot comment on it. The servers on duty appeared to be overwhelmed with the number of diners, which looked nearer to a 50% house than the 25% capacity mandated by present regulations. I had to approach the front counter in order to receive my bill, which I had previously requested from my over-burdened server. Perhaps I just caught them on a bad night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. My favorite restaurant all the time. I’m so glad they reopened.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

For me this was my first restaurant that I considered fancy, honestly the food was really good but I was not impressed. I was expecting to eat something that Gordan Ramsey would normally make or eat and I think it fell a little short then meeting his standard as far as taste. I was brought up eating fast food majority of the time so my expectations were high and unfortunately a little disappointed for the price we paid. Overall I would give the restaurant 3.75 stars.

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LindaN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite seafood resturant and has been for many years. The food and service has always been terrific.

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Michael
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The waiter never checked back to see how the food was. Also, I mentioned in my reservation that it was my dad’s birthday. Nothing was said to my dad.

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jimp
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris, our waiter and the young lady in training did an excellent job. The food was up to the Water Grill standards.

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SamuelG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this location. All workers are extremely friendly and the food is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The selection of oysters is great, I've had the lobster roll king crab legs, sea bass, and a steak everything is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I want to know why I was able to book this restaurant through OpenTable when it is Closed. Made a reservation for my birthday and had to then scramble to find another place to eat. Please fix this. The DTLA location is closed.

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Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 3989 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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