Water Grill - Downtown

4.6
4286 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989.

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
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Food was not what we expected didn’t have sides we ordered and had to wait to get more sides everything was such a wait or didn’t have and this was a restaurant of choice for birthday gathering

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible experience at water grill last night. Waited for 30 minutes after my reservation time to be seated. 3 Hostesses at front of restaurant were rude and unhelpful. Snapped at me after I asked 25 minutes into waiting when we would be seated. Food was ok. Ur not as good as I have had here in the past, or the Vegas location. Server came to table 3 times. Otherwise nowhere to be found. Bad fried food smell In the place that stuck around on your clothing. So this place is definitely gone downhill since the last time I visited.

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vipUpscalehealthynatural
Los Angeles
342 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp cocktail was very good as were scallops. The key lime pie was great.

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luv2dine
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The cooked food was very flavorful but salty for our taste. Service was excellent and wonderful value for the price.

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KenR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s really not much to be said when you’re enjoying some of the best Los Angeles has to offer. The watergrill is World Class. I am hard-pressed to think of a better seafood meal I have experienced and five continents. In a nutshell “YUM!”

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TylerD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to go to impress and get an amazing eat! Easy to get to. Comfortable atmosphere.

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MarkG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Great cocktails and bread. Will be back

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VeraI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, restaurant was beautiful. We had no complaints. Thanks for taking care of us.

JC
vipJetCruiser
Fort Lauderdale
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my friends favorite restaurants in DTLA so decided to try it after the LAOpera. Enjoyed the Dine LA offering for $75...which included a shrimp cocktail appetizer, Black Cod for my main course and an amazing Key Lime Pie for dessert. The restaurant is very noisy so if you are hoping to have a quiet chat with your companion, it could be a bit of a struggle!

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Marge
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

While the food was good, the service was unrefined and lacking. No bread service, had to ask. Dishes were not cleared between courses and were left on the table. Had to eat main course with dirty appetizer dishes left behind. Server forgot we were celebrating my husband's birthday and came running to place the candle after dessert was served, ruining the surprise. Since it was my first time, I wasn't sure if that was the standard of service for them (more on par with a casual diner) so I didn't say anything. Maybe this is normal? My tab was nearly $300 so I was expecting a lot more. I was really disappointed. If you don't care about service, you'll be fine. However, if you're expecting fine dining service, this is not the place. At this price point, I think it should be but it's not so buyer beware.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fixed menu wasn’t worthy

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DdePasadena
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opening concert at Disney after Covid shutdown we decided to celebrate with a fine dinner beforehand. We weren’t disappointed! Fresh fish is always good here and the ambience and service was a perfect beginning to a lovely evening

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StacyC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trojan roll, oysters, calamari, blue fin tuna excellent! Waiter fun and attentive. Great experience overall - definitely will go back!

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RandallY
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two thumbs up to Tyler our server. We ordered the Chilean Sea bass and King Salmon He had asked us if it was okay to have the salmon medium rare. Of course! When it arrived it was definitely not medium rare, more like well done. We informed Tyler about this and without hesitation sent it back to be redone While we were waiting the manager came and apologized. The second round and the Salmon was perfect. Thank you Tyler

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vipAlixT
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is one of our favorite DTLA spots! The seafood is so fresh and delicious. Chris makes the dining experience the best that it can be. He’s a major reason why we return again and again.

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JustineA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an AMAZING server named Luis who was able to tell us more info on the dine LA options, wines and great service overall.
Definitely went above and beyond to make our anniversary amazing.

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Garrett
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of five had an enjoyable business dinner. Service was great. Food was outstanding. Our group enjoyed sea bass, halibut, sushi, and steak and all tasted great. Chocolate banana sundae was a great dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Too loud!!! A constant 80 db! Same loudness as a garbage disposal!

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Six of us dined at Water Grill last night to celebrate our son's birthday. What a disappointment! Water Grill has always been one of our favorite 2-3 restaurants in LA. Sadly this time the great service and food that we have experienced before were lacking in so many ways. The good news: they honored our reservation and seated us within minutes of arriving despite being busy. It was downhill after that. All evening the service was slow and very sub-par -- 15-20 minutes before our server arrived to take drink orders, another 20-30 minutes before said drinks arrived. We were given bread after 30 minutes -- never got a refill. Wait staff was generally inattentive -- perhaps they are understaffed. We shared 3 apps -- poke and cod tacos were very good, sushi average. Then the main course debacle. Wife I asked server to filet and de-bone it as any good fish restaurant can do. Server said it could not be done -- we were expected to debone ourselves!? We refused and the server (to her credit) took the blame and whisked it away, to be replaced 15 minutes later by a cooked and fileted fish this time. I still chewed on multiple bones. The bony fish cost $80 -- seriously? Desserts were fine. With 1 round of drinks and 1 bottle of wine dinner cost over $100 per person (after tip). When prices are in nosebleed territory, as at Water Grill, you expect near perfection (as we have received in the past). Entire dinner took 3 hours, cost $650 and my main memory is crunching on bony fish.

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DianeP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was a joy to eat. Unexpected pleasure sharing a dessert. Caramel-sea salt ice crean nothing short of divine.

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LuisC
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I called ahead of time to let them know that we were running late, we arrived 15 minutes late, the parking was a long line and when we finally got to the restaurant they were NOT wearing masks and gave us the speech about we're rotating the tables the best we can, sorry for the inconvenience. It was a DISASTER, The Water Grill it is NOT what it used to be, the dress code was horrible with some people, baseball hats and all, we were waiting at least 20 people cluster in a a small space during pandemic times. It was a HORRIBLE experience and we will NEVER go back. We left and went to Redbird instead where we had a wonderful dinner. The Water Grill is like The Cheesecake Factory, there's nothing wrong with that except that it's not the classy place it used to be. TOO BAD!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Loud
Poor service
Excellent food

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MelissaH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Very noisy! had to talk loudly so my friend could near me across the table!

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KailaO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Extremely loud. Only con was the valet service, they were a bit all over the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Went there for the Chilean sea bass. It was supposed to be for Dine LA and they changed the menu for the sea bass. Wasn’t happy about that. The new menu wasn’t the same. Fish was bland.

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
530 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovvvve their whole fish selections!!!

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LAWoman
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here to enjoy the Dine LA prix fix for dinner plus wine pairing: it was just perfect because it’s also my birthday and the brought out a nice desert! Service was great & professional. It’s my 2nd time here and I really enjoyed being here during post pandemic

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LevM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service period! Highly recommended!

LE
vipLuv2Eat
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dine LA w/ wine pairing. Oysters and white Pinot was excellent. Black Cod and buttery Chard was great. Key lime pie and champagne was a nice finish to the meal.

JC
vipJesusC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service I’m from California la food taste even better

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KARENM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and impeccable service! The Water Grill is the ideal restaurant for dining in DTLA.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The menu was ok but nothing was great and they were sold out of the Halibut.

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Yoko
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food.
wait-staff is incredibly knowledgeable about
menu offerings. trust their guidance.

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Davidb
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, TVs out of service couldn’t watch the Dodgers’s

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baba
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here, we were celebrating an anniversary and our server brought us an awesome dessert! We’ll always come back!

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AngelicaZ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WaterGrill was simply delicious. Fresh and flavorful from appetizer to dessert. Chorizo clams, sea urchin and bread pudding are to die for. We will be recommending this place and coming back for more in the near future. Hats off the the chef and serving staff.

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JeanetteV
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all around here! Would definitely come back.

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HappyFam
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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NickW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Water Grill is a family favorite. Not cheap, but excellent quality seafood that is ALWAYS cooked very very well. This past lunch at Water Grill was the best yet.
Their platters of shellfish are always simple, fresh, and delicious. The seasonal Columbia River salmon was excellent as well as the seasonal halibut. The sea bass is consistently wonderful, as are the sea scallops. If you want to taste high quality seafood prepared right - look no further. The fresh bread to start is also really tasty!
They also have a very good bar program to boot! The staff is very attentive and helpful.

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BharatP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The seafood was terrific but the service was not good.

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Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 4286 OpenTable diners.

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