Water Grill - Downtown

4.7
4151 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
What 4151 people are saying
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4.6
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s was great, food was delicious! We had reservations for 9:45pm. We got seated less than a few minutes after. I also brung my two children. They had a great time as well. We valet for 10 flat.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing dinner. Service was slow but I’m assuming they are understaffed from covid.

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Casemiser
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall a good dining experience and excellent food taste and prep. Service was unfortunately slow but understandable given Covid, return to indoor dining, maybe some new staff or kitchen. But once things got rolling all was delish!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad it was open; one of our favorite restaurants that never disappoints. Love the atmosphere, food and service.

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viphardmarker
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is as wonderful as ever. Fabulous lobster roll. However, the service was slow, and we never got bread. The value is not not quite what it used to be, but I understand restaurants have had to raise prices to recoup some of their pandemic losses. Water Grill remains one of my favorites, and I was delighted to be back.

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Tizoc
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow due to only 3 waiters for the whole restaurant during lunch time. The place was packed 6-17-21

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Riffmaster1998
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant as far as seafood goes. When I am in the mood for seafood, we always go to WaterGrill.

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LawrenceW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant, from when first courting my now wife, to our 20th Anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chris was very nice and helpful

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AshleyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my mom here for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Staff is friendly and attentive and the food was amazing!

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seefood
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was very surprised I've eaten at the Water Grill before and it was excellent. This time I ordered the Halibut which was featured. It was a nice size but not too tasteful. It was cooked right just not that good of a piece of fish. They did serve it on a bed of corn, pepper, and cojita but they left out that it had cilantro in it. I'm one of those that cilantro tastes like soap.

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly food and service. Good place to eat when you are in downtown LA.

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FREDYZ
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

it’s a good restaurant, flavor are good , but despite we had a reservation we need to wait for 20 minutes to get a table , they receive a lot of people at the same time bue apparently there are fe waiters to attend people

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vipLuckyh20s
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very disappointed with Water Grill DTLA. Used to go every trip to LA. Last night was horrible. Long wait for a table although I had a reservation. Extremely long waits for all aspects of the meal. Food was terrible. I’ll have to scratch Watergrill off the list. Makes me sad.

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vipCooperL
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to stop by after a long time away. Great location, great service, great food!

AR
vipAmyR
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed the amazing shrimp louie salad so much a week ago, I returned again just to have it. The location is a DTLA gem, and the food is beyond fresh and delicious. So much so, it's even worth dealing with DTLA traffic and parking!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back!

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vipSteph
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both Steven the manager and Michael our server did an excellent job taking care of us.

The food was outstanding and the service was expeditious! We needed to catch a train and they were helpful to get us there on time.

The Water Grill is a classic!

We look forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We’ve been here numerous times. This time was a bit different. The food was t as tasty this time around.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill continues to serve the best seafood in Los Angeles and the "in restaurant dining" was greatly missed. We could not have had a better meal and experience.

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vipDaniel
Los Angeles
203 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What an exceptional dining spot for fresh seafood. The service was wonderful.

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AdamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time took my parents to water grill in dtla and amazing food everything that we order was just perfect. The drinks were amazing I ordered the castaway and my mother ordered the grand Avenue both were great drinks. Oysters were perfect and no complaints. Service was on point

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding I waited to get served and appetizer for a long time so didn't like the wait time. It was very noisy there and crowded. Use. The ambience was OK nothing too special but I really did have a good time here I would give it a 4 out of 5 didn't blow my mind a great food and lovely waiter. The manager also came over and wanted to know if everything is going well so I thought that was pretty special

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RonaldS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad they are back. Not inexpensive but always a great dining experience

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sclisa
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been long time patrons of Water Grill and this was our first time back after pandemic. Service and food were exceptional and better than we remembered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Side dishes were lovely. It was packed so service was incredibly slow but the server was very friendly. Seafood was unimpressive. Best seafood dish was the raw scallop.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The quality of the food was good to average but the prices were very high. I don't mind paying high prices for amazing food but it bothers me to pay high prices for average food. I was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and setting in DTLA

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Price
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, Trevor was great. Really cool ambiance and the food is always amazing.

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WillT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back inside a restaurant and hoped it would be worth it. This place is obviously well managed, and I understand most staff returned after a pretty long shutdown. Service was attentive and informed, food tasty and wonderfully presented. Very complete bar selection and amazing wine list. I will return when in L.A.

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JenniferA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood tower was amazing and so fresh. The 20 ounce steak perfectly cooked.

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DanielM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I enjoyed out evening at Water Grill - Downtown. I especially enjoyed the Calamari, Oysters Rockefeller and King Crab Legs. The drinks were interesting though not terribly good. The service was adequate but not great. The table next to us seemed to have ties to the staff. There was a lot of congregating and too much noise.

I think, on a different night, we would have had a better experience.

At present, no plans to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, great food (albeit a rather limited menu). The wine list tended to be a group of the "unusual suspects" rather than a truly curated list. Ambiance is nice, and convenience to downtown is perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the king crab legs they were amazing. The oysters are great, they have a great variety East Coast and Pacific Ocean,. I sat at the bar Anthony was very informative and makes a great old-fashioned and a mojito. I haven't had anything bad to eat here everything is great. And don't forget to try the bread pudding for dessert

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They didnt do anything for my friends birthday

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vipRickS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in without a reservation sat at the bar for dinner Anthony took care of us.GREAT MARTINIS

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wutang976
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Loud. Had to send the halibut back because it was over cooked and dry, and they didn’t even take it off the bill.

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JesseL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

forget any other seafood joint :) , this is this spot to be!

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Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 4151 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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