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Water Grill - Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Water Grill - Downtown

4.7
4.7
4619 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 891-0900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Moulton

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900

What 4,619 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    They were out of the signature item halibut and server recommended tuna. I had the cioppino instead and it arrived like warm. Long waits between drinks. Too bad because I had returned after experiencing a much better dinner experience several days before but restaurant wasn’t as crowded. I asked to be put at a quiet area of restaurant for a business meal and was seated next to a table of ten.
  2. BM

    BrianM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We ordered two glasses of wine when we ordered dinner. The wine did not arrive until we were almost finished. It was a very busy night and our server did his best. The food was excellent as always.
  3. MG

    MarkGregg

    Los Angeles

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place before the theatre. Delicious seafood towers.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant
  5. BC

    BCMC

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retired from the LAPD after 32 years. Our server was excellent! Give that woman a raise!
  6. JS

    JamieS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good service , best food, fresh seafood, everything was perfact dinner ! Highly recommend this place!
  7. AH

    AngelH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our waiter was very good but I think they were short staff and part of our food was cold It seems was seating in the kitchen for sometimes
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great ! Never disappoints . Chilean seabass is amazing
  9. CD

    ChristopheD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent place to get succulent fish and seafood. Great cocktails and wine also. We keep coming back! But if you like a quiet dinner, then best is to book a table after 9:30pm, when guests start to leave, otherwise it’s extremely noisy. Service is a bit too fast also. You’d like to enjoy this excellent meal with a pause in between dishes … it just doesn’t happen, and our table was being cleaned for the next dish while we were still working on the last one.
  10. DB

    DanielleB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Food was delicious!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The hostess set her tone! Her energy was positive and inviting. Service was very good; food was delicious. The ambience didn't go with the pricing, but nice.
  12. JY

    JoeY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Clam Chowder and Fish & Chips were excellent. Fish tacos was too dry. Need taller glasses for water. Noisy but not as noisy as Bodega Louie.
  13. S

    Splash

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We thought it was very good! Max, one of the managers and Kelly one of the servers, did a lovely job! The rolls were amazing! Our dishes were pretty darn good too!
  14. LA

    LANative

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husbands birthday and just had a good time. Staff were great and food, as usual, was delicious. Oysters are always on point.
  15. AL

    ArnabL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our dinner at the Watergrill Downtown LA. Really happy with the seafood and the BEST Old Fashioned. Highly recommend!
  16. S

    Susan

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a 5pm reservation, but our train was running late. I called and they had no problem pushing our reservation to 5:30. We had a great time and our waiter Jon was super. Actually, the whole team was great. Will be back again.
  17. DB

    DominicB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lobsters were really good with the calamari and the mussels. The service eas really great also.
  18. A

    Adamtuelf

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Same as before my go to seafood restaurant in DTLA
  19. JJ

    JohnJ

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great - never ran out of water! Great menu…hard to choose what to order!! Reasonably priced for the quality of the food and service…
  20. k

    kenw

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Had a great birthday dinner there. Ordered swordfish and halibut plates. Both had new and interesting flavors when accompanied by the sides. Corn for the halibut. Olive flavors for the swordfish. Highlight was the seafood platter. Great assortment of lobster, mussels, snails, scallops, shrimp. Got a little birthday desert cookie with ice cream. First place I’ve been to with a 3 flavored cookie with ice cream. Overall great experience in an elegant seafood restaurant with a laid back feel to it
  21. S

    Stener

    Surrey

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at The Water Grill is outstanding, the quality is fantastic and boy, do the chef's know how to cook it too. AlsoKelly, our server was very knowledgeable and helpful helping us choose what to eat. Please thank her for us. She was lovely.
  22. j

    jon5cts

    Los Angeles

    394 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    394 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    t start up being really great. Place was at least 1/3 empty but we were not seated for 20 minutes after our reservation and it would have been longer had I not lost it on them. They told me it was due to bad scheduling as they didn't expect to have much business on Labor Day (???), and I said it would be much nicer to wait at one of the MANY empty tables rather than standing at the hostess stand. They offered the bar to anyone (so you can get served there but not at a table??) and they had at least one party leave rather than wait. It really was irksome, because it's not the first time at this location. Anyway, they did seat us with the understanding that it might be slow, but then it all worked out great. Food was outstanding and the service was great. Not sure if it was the "squeaky-wheel" syndrome, but we really had a great meal.
  23. TA

    TwylaA

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallops were seasoned to PERFECTION. Thank you!
  24. JB

    JanetteB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven't been here in years, and it was still wonderful. Food was delicious, drinks were good, service was perfect. A very nice evening for a special occasion.
  25. JB

    JulietB

    Central Coast

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was great but service was slow. Parking was right beside the restaurant. My friend didn't get a birthday celebration 😫
  26. A

    Adamtuelf

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although in the moderate price range you can't beat the quality of the seafood best seafood restaurant in DTLA
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. Everything was perfect and we will be back
  28. W

    Wizzy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic downtown with easy validated parking in the building. We really enjoyed.
  29. MV

    MVEfromMN

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Water Grill is always a consistently great experience
  30. MP

    MarkP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot with both excellent beverage and food service raw bar offerings are terrific
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puebla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida súper atención
  32. BH

    BradH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Water Grill, and loved it! Best fish I've had in LA!
  33. JO

    JohnO

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great! Had the black cod, scallop, and scampi and they were all great! The salmon roll was great also.
  34. L

    Lovestoeat

    Phoenix

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants when visiting Los Angeles. Whenever I am in California, I always try to go to one of the King's Seafood restaurants!
  35. AC

    AuraC

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was unfortunately mediocre they messed up on our order and the food came out missing some extras that we had ordered; as well as the drinks and the bottle of wine took for ever to be brought to our table. First time we had a very poor service. But food was great as Always.
  36. ML

    MariannaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Parking is right next door and accessible through the building. Great seafood!
  37. AC

    ACMCaptain

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! We ordered oysters, Cioppino, and the soft shelled crab. The only thing was the staff was constantly rushing around. It was not just our server but everyone in the restaurant. food was dropped off and walking away. Our table next to us had hard time flagging a server cause they would walk by so quick. It was not a enjoyable dinner with just the wife. If I was out with the guys maybe, that would be the suited atmosphere.
  38. RP

    RickPas

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food as always, particularly the clam chowder, but once again the service was not very attentive. Had to order wine twice, didn’t offer another glass (missed revenue opportunity), timing of courses poor when entree arrived just a few minutes after appetizer. Disappointing for the price point.
  39. h

    happy

    Los Angeles

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!! Steaks very tender and ample. Caesar salad was a little skimpy!! Calamari was fabulous!!
  40. R

    Rick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and nice atmosphere. Can get a little loud during lunch hour due to the popularity, but still able to easily hear your other party members.

FAQs

Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 4619 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - Downtown

544 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan Moulton

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 891-0900

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900

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