Water Grill - Downtown

4.7
4214 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4214 people are saying
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff provided excellent 5 star service.

I have nothing but love and respect for this Water Grill location. I’ve been to many other Water Grill locations and this one dramatically stands out from the rest.

Thank you for the great food, ambiance, and of course the unbeatable service.

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vipSteven
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was very attentive. Even the Manager came over to say hello and ask how food was. Would definitely return

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vipLuckyh20s
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sadly the $50 halibut was slightly overdone. Too bad.

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vipTonyH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative food, service, and ambience. Arguably the best poke I’ve ever tasted. Excellent chowder. And the kitchen obviously knows their way around a superb piece of fish. My halibut, for example. Cook it quickly, cook it well, then leave it the hell alone. If i recall, there aren’t a whole lot of fancified fish dishes on the menu. But there are a whole lot of superb ones. Oh – and did I mention the cheese/onion bread that’s worth running away from home for? As close to a perfect meal as my wife and I have ever experienced.

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caliyah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, everything came in a timely, waiters were nice and attentive. Definitely recommend if you are foodie for seafood or even want to try or venture into seafood. They have quality sampler platters. I will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my girlfriend while on vacation.

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ALex
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Service could have been better. Took the wait staff 25 min to come take our drink orders after I finally got their attention.

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1sis
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overly price seafood
Waitress was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Water Grill is an upscale seafood restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. It is comfortable with the right amount of energy. I had an early dinner there on a Friday evening. I asked for a half-circle booth and the hostess was kindly gave me one. She had a friendly smile. My server Brandan was friendly and attentive. He patiently explained their menu. The king crab legs were above average, yet still slightly salty for me. I tried three types of oysters including Kumamoto, John’s River, and Carlsbad Blondes. These oysters were below average. The New England Clam Chowder was average. The clams were with shells. It was interesting but had very few clam meats. Overall, it was a nice dinner and I certainly will visit again.

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vipDRAJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing visit to Water Grill. Place just not the same as it used to be. Food was amiss and so was the service. Will chock it up to Pandemic operating conditions

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KaitlinR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was okay. The sushi was so incredibly disappointing like you can definitely getting rolls at Ralph’s!

Food was just overall okay nothing mind blowing. The staff was very kind though.

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danteum
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The was excellent and imaginative as always. The space is quite lively during the lunch rush, making it a bit hard to hear. But everything else was great. It is a go-to option for lunch downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual dinner with family member great experience!

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vipLarryO
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was terrific. Service was a bit slow and the dining room was noisy. More casual than expected. People dressed sloppily. Noisy families. Ten years ago this restaurant was one of my favorites. I guess that’s the new thing in LA. Anything goes.

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Marty
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food wasn’t the greatest, I had much better in cheaper restaurants. The waitress wasn’t friendly at all.

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LaurenR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very friendly and food was excellent as usual :)

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vipVictoria
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had simply a wonderful afternoon visit at Water Grill. Wonderful service, great cocktails + wine, and a delicious meal. It was everything we wanted and more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed the food, service was okay. Waiter wasn’t very attentive. Food took extremely long to reach table. Appetizers and main course. Even drinks from the bar!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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WattT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seafood there was incredible. We had two different kinds of sea bass, and each was excellent in its own way. Then, the service was excellent - very attentive and full of knowledge about menu options.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

the place is too noisy buy there is not much they can do.
Business is good, that's the reason it was very noisy, hard to talk.

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Jazz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was a fly baked into the bread & there was a nat in my water. So disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Softshell crab was a little salty! The Virginia oysters were better than the Massachusetts oysters get that one?

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KelseyM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took Summer Associates for lunch and everyone had a nice time and enjoyed the meals.

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vipMayaB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional the waitress recommended a brut champagne that was phenomenal very personable and delicious food ...i wish i remembered her name so that i could give her a shout out

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RiskandInsurance
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I was surprised there weren't more fish selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good experience from all the staff and the whole dining experience. It was easy to book. Had great timing when it comes to serving courses. They were able to give us ample time to finish each course on their own and they didn’t cramp the table. I really dislike it when your appetizers become one of your sides- and that they were able to avoid. Food was good and flavorful. The complimentary bread was great. They give you warm towels after and also clean your table. We were dressed very casual. Good ambience. There is a “valet” guy in the parking structure. Paid $10 to have a parking spot: not bad at all for dtla. We will definitely visit again.

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AnkushI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

overall good but smells too much like seafood everywhere

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was pretty good, not great. Our server was incredibly slow. It would be 15-20 minutes between seeing her at our table. We ended up being there for 2.5 hours for what should have been a 1 hour meal. Decor and vibes are nice though. If you’re looking to drop some money on a meal, this is a place to do it.

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CARLD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed the ambiance and active atmosphere. Homeless situation on the streets are a very big negative for business and tourism. Something has to be done about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!!

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TetsuroS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Terrible waitress.
She killed everything.
Forgot to bring a drink for my wife.
Served first appetizer before my wife’s drink and bread.
Took more than 30 minutes to bring ice cream and other 30 minutes to bring a check.
Guess how long we waited to the waitress to pick up the check.

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great. First time eating here and it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, everything was amazing!!!

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EribertoP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service..waitress was very helpful and polite would recommend coming back with more people

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Winky
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We went on a Friday night. Food and service was good, but if you're looking for a quiet date spot, come on a slower night. It was very loud.

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vipLeighaC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood, wine selection and great ambience. The staff is engaging, positive and eager to help. Great location, walkable in downtown.

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JenniferB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, wait staff was very helpful. We also got seated in a fun leather banqette, loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service very good, but food overcooked

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vipBillyP
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was a real charmer.

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Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 4214 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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