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Water Grill - Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Water Grill - Downtown

4.5
4.5
4491 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Water Grill has been serving seafood in Downtown Los Angeles since 1989.

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Booked 50 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

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    6th St.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

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

Menu

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What 4,491 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. L

    Luisa

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    The service was very slow. It took 45 minutes to get oysters. Our drinks were another 40 minutes. The soft shell crab was soggy at $45 for 2. I think it was sitting out for awhile. We had to ask for water refill, and did not get clean plates. We went here for my 60th birthday and despite my husband reminding them it was my birthday, it was not acknowledged.

  2. CH

    CynthiaH

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food & drinks. Fresh seafood, delicious dessert. Service was first rate.

  3. P

    Pamela

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Best place to eat in DTLA.

  4. PM

    PatriciaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    I have been to the Water Grill at South Coast and feel the food quality was much better. For the price the food was OK. Unfortunately we had a screeching child next to our table. That is not the restaurants fault but the noise was piercing. All good though. It was convenient for dinner before the theater.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Services Great Food

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Noisiest restaurant we’ve ever been to. Had to shout! Waitress indifferent. Bill over $450 for 4. Two drinks. Won’t b returning.

  7. D

    Dinner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely delicious great service. But room. Is too loud

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Área above tables was super dusty

  9. DB

    DavidB

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hostess held spot despite running late- Special greetings from manager since owner USC grad and we were there to celebrate. Service was great- drinks brought quickly and spot on recommendations on food choices. Chilled raw bar is the best of any seafood- great oyster choices - chilled mussels especially good. Cannot go wrong with any of the main fish dishes- all of our prepared perfectly and tasty sides. Enough to split if go heavy in the apps. This place is worth the $$$$. I’ve been here three times - it does not disappoint.

  10. RR

    RebeccaR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always, food was excellent. Kendall, our server, was great but seemed a little rushed. However, the restaurant was quite busy with a USC event. Host and hostesses were pleasant and helpful. I always go for the fresh fish, and it never disappoints. I tried the Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre), and it was excellent - served ice cold - perfect!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, amazing food and service

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Celebrated my brother-in-law’s bday on a Thursday evening. Our late arrival was easily accommodated. The service and food was excellent. It can be a bit loud but not unbearable. Good for groups. We also found out that there was no corkage for wine. We’ll definitely be back! Highly recommend the place.

  13. PB

    PeterB

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Hervorragende Bedienung, sehr gutes Essen, schöne Weinkarte. Ein tolles Erlebnis. Etwas gar laut.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2

    Extremely expensive. Prices have gone up since the pandemic. The restaurant is very loud. Not a good place for a business mtg. Service was very slow definitely because the restaurant does not have enough waitresses. Nonetheless Food is excellent

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a great experience. Timely sitting. Good service. Overall a good Mother’s Day experience for me and my mom! Thank you 🙏

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food and ambiance!!

  17. SH

    SidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just want to say I loved the Peru scallops on the half shell and shrimp And my halibut was also mmmooaa!! Thanks. See you soon again .

  18. MT

    MargoT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! Worth the hype and price. Great service and awesome food. The scallops were delicious. Everything was delicious!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Only drawback to our experience… we were seated in a booth where none of us could rest our feet on the ground.

  20. G

    doctorG

    San Diego

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner at Water Grill, after a less than stellar visit a month ago. Service was excellent. Food was perfectly prepared. The whole experience was just perfect.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best experiences we've had

  22. RH

    RussH

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been coming here a few times a year when visiting LA to see family/friends. Always have a great time as food and service is great. We get a booth in the back and enjoy ourselves. This past time half the group had filet mignon which they all loved and the other half had sea bass and bream which was also delicious. Jared was our server and he was perfect: friendly, attentive, and great sense of humor. All in all had a great time and highly recommend this place. And they are one of the few restaurants around that do NOT charge corkage fee!

  23. P

    Pjf405

    St. Louis

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my first visit to this restaurant. The ambiance, food & service were wonderful. The fish was fresh and expertly prepared — Flavio, our waiter, was attentive and made great recommendations. Highly recommend!

  24. NT

    NancyT

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent preparation of every dish (fish and chips, halibut, calimari). The halibut could not have had a better sear and the fish n chips were lightly fried and fresh. Our server was attentive and helpful. Price is a bit steep, but it’s downtown LA… I would go again in a heartbeat.

  25. M

    Mario

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Our server on this day was absolutely atrocious. Not only did he ruin our appetite and overall experience, he ruined our anniversary date. It took him a literal 20 minutes to check back in with us to see if we were ready to order our food. He spent those 20 minutes chit chatting with another employee, and once he was finished, which was really the icing on the cake, he pleasantly attended other tables that had a larger party, KNOWING he had not seen us in nearly 30 minutes. I had to obnoxiously raise my hand as if I needed permission to speak, just to get his attention so that he can attend us. Absolutely atrocious, ridiculous behavior and professionalism. I will not be returning to water grill.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Water Grill is consistently good.Always. Perfect for a downtown business meal. As with everything else prices are approaching stratospheric but you can generally find something for every budget. You can’t go wrong. Service is exemplary and the fish is fresh and seasonal . Water Grill will always be my go to spot for a business meal

  27. TO

    TimO

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    was not the same - waiter not very attentive. Drinks took awhile to arrive..the food itself was not visually appealing as before. I was as if someone just flipped my fish onto a plate and not clean it up. The calamari appetizer was undercooked and soggy. The raw clams were very good and fresh tasting; and the Oysters Rockefeller were luke warm and the topping crumbs soggy.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The medium seafood tower was amazing. Drinks and entrees were great too. It was an awesome meal.

  29. V

    Vino

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such an amazing all around establishment. Chris our server was honestly one of the best I’ve had in my 11yrs if living in LA. If you’re looking for great seafood and a beautiful date night experience this is the place.

  30. DJ

    DoctorJ

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the most wonderful dining experience for my friend’s birthday. Our server was second to none! We had the halibut and it was delicious! Would definitely come back again.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at Water Grill. The food was excellent. Our service was even better. Great ambiance.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience all around on a Friday night! Highly recommend.

  33. SS

    SusanS

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was expensive but worth it to enjoy this lovely airy dining room, fresh delicious seafood and excellent service. We’ll be back.

  34. CP

    CaroleP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for a birthday celebration! Oysters galore!

  35. P

    Pamela

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always excellent!

  36. BH

    BHFoodie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The salmon was amazing. If you want a quiet place to have a conversation, though, you should find somewhere else to go. The restaurant is really noisy, even at 9:30 pm on a weeknight.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was fantastic with the exception of the Brussels sprouts. They had good flavor but were not cooked enough. When we made our reservations, I included that we were celebrating our Anniversary. The wait staff nor the hostess ever addressed it.

  38. m

    monolayerstoo

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Family from out of town

  39. WF

    WilliamF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of the best seafood restaurants in LA. I got a octopus tail and crab cakes for the appetizers and order the Mahi Mahi for my entre. Both were cooked perfectly, not dry and flaky. The Mahi Mahi cut through with my fork very easily. A great way to celebrate my 21st Birthday!!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious. Great ambiance

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Water Grill - Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 4491 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 50 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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