Water Grill - Downtown

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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DF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came to this place by chance. We went to the Broad to finally experience what we kept hearing about. So after our visit there we wanted a nice meal. We searched and The Water Grill came up. It was only a few minutes from where we were at. I was able to make the reservations at 7:15 p.m. We got there early and they were able to accommodate us. So we were shown to out table and what a nice place. It was loud with alot of talking but it wasn't annoying. Our waiter was named Chris. Very nice young man who was very pleasant. And to just get down to the nitty-gritty, the food was great. The employees were great. Just a great time. Definitely going back. Little pricey but it's that type of place. You get what you pay for and it was worth it...... Chris, we will be looking for you again when we come back. My wife told you she lost our Super Bowl bet. So if she pays again then we are eating there again.

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always good, little slow on service at first but they apologized. I've only been here twice because of the prices and location from where we live. Always fresh seafood and the bread is to die for!

GA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a birthday dinner for our son. The food was good, but it is definitely pricey. Also, the service was a little bit slow. They did not bring out all the food at the same time which the server said would happen. They brought my appetizer just before my entrée even though everyone else had their appetizers and had finished them. I think some sort of compensation should have been made for that. They made several excuses about it having been so busy the previous few days… I’m not sure I would be a return customer.

MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Water Grill every time we eat there. This month, the Valentine special was delightful. We enjoyed every morsel.

V
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines fixed menu . overall excellent food and selection despite fixed options. Loved the fresh oysters , crab cake apps. Swordfish and sea bass mains were outstanding. Who could pass up the bread pudding ?
-special thanks to server Austin who was friendly and attentive.
we will be back!

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance was great, but the food was a subpar. I ordered the calamari and the sea bass and everything was either drenched in oil or butter. It was a very heavy meal.

BA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!
The server was wonderful .
Food was outstanding !

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was horrible. Food was good. Not great. Very expensive.

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing fish- had blackened sea bass. Great wine by the glass list.Great service and nice staff.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

our black lady server was so slow! can’t believe her manager stepped in. If we don’t waive our havens or trying to get attention, no one was coming to take the order at table

SC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent, service was good but very slow

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always amazing

SF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the water grill and they always do a great job. One small criticism is that I ordered the little neck clams and what came out was Cherrystones. Too big and too strong a flavor. Otherwise lovely. One other thing to know is that you can no longer leave your car in their garage while you’re at the music center or they will charge you $26 for parking.

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was mediocre at best and very expensive. Service was excellent though.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always wonderful

PW
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding family birthday celebration. The oysters and shrimp cocktails were fresh and tasty. The wedge salad is a very generous portion with perfect bacon pieces and bleu cheese crumbles. All our entrees were delicious - lobster, sea bass and salmon. The service was outstanding!! A favorite restaurant!

m
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was terrific. But the service was incredibly slow. 2 of us for dinner. It took a half hour to get my drink and sparkling water. We had two appetizers, clam chowder and Poke, dinner was the sea bass for me and crab legs for my husband. No wine or other complications. For dessert we split the cheesecake and an extra scoop of ice cream. We left two and a half Hours later. Nothing we ordered should have involved a lot of prep time. We arrived around 430p on a Sunday afternoon and the restaurant was almost empty. When we left at 7pm almost every table was taken.

KB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My review would have been higher except for the fact that our waiter encouraged us to get the lobster and that it would be a better value than other choices. My wife and I were sharing a meal and only wanted 1 LB. The waiter thought that wouldn't be enough, but we assured him that it would with the sides we ordered. He proceeded to serve us 1.5 pounds of lobster and charged us for it. I wasn't in the mood for a confrontation and let it slide. But, it left a bad taste in our mouths.

AA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, as always, but the service by our waiter was what made is much better (unfortunately I can't remember his name now)!!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was so good. The drinks, appetizers, main course ( steak and Chilean sea bass) and the bread pudding were perfection.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food wrre superb.

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Convenient valet parking available. Food preparation was excellent. Unfortunately, our waiter was away for long periods of time

KR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

a little delay in seating.
staff very accommodating
manager comped a couple drinks and very apologetic, had a nice seat.

SD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Pricy, but worth treating yourself. Delicious food, -plenty of variety. Lots of atmosphere- fun, a bit noisy, great for large and small groups.

NR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service and the food is amazing !

CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good to be back for quality oyster and Chilean sea bass.

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The check in staff was outstanding! We felt welcomed and heard. We will definitely go back. Our guests had a wonderful time too. Thank you!

PE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wait staff and servers were fantastic and very attentive, the person that seated us was very attentive and friendly. While our food was all very good none of it seemed to come out hot. It was almost as if the food was left sitting for awhile before being served. The exception was the coffee at the end of the meal
which was perfectly acceptable. I would love to try the place again, however my wife was put off by the temperature of the food.

ND
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointing - food was ok. We had DineLA special shrimp cocktail and Caesar salad were not high quality and desert was not impressive. Main courses - steak and sea bass were good. But overall it was an expensive dinner not wort the price

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
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 on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ambience

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
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 on January 19, 2020
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.

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