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About Water Grill - Downtown

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.

544 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11pm; Saturday 5pm - 11pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
6th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(213) 891-0900

Website:
http://www.watergrill.com/

Executive Chef:
Chris Idso

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

Private Party Contact:
Brian Buonarti: (213) 891-0900

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Water Grill - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (46)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Notable Wine List (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Romantic (23)
Healthy (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fun (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Cozy (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (5)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Scenic View (3)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 2 days ago

After 30 years, the Water Grill has never let me down--always great food--always great urban ambience. It is a good spot for a private discussion over a fine meal (I have recruited a few prospective USC faculty there) or for a small group of friends. The photo is a group of USC faculty who wanted to the seize the chance for a meal together at the end of the semester before heading various directions for the holidays. We would normally get together at the Jonathan Club, but the Club had a special event and we seized the chance to vary our routine. I am glad we did. I had the 20 shrimp, washed down with plenty of Woodford Reserve bourbon. It was a great evening.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service all around is excellent! Only place I order oysters and bread pudding!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lit bro, lit.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always a great place for a meal before a show at the Music Center. A busy weekend before Christmas, but had our table waiting for us. We shared a salad. My wife had the sea bass which was melt in your mouth good. I had the dover sole special which was outstanding. Great job. Thanks.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good restaurant, very nice experience. I certainly will come back

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I have eaten at this restaurant on many occasions. This particular occasion the service was sub-par. We were seated and served drinks, and the waiter was very upbeat and friendly. However, after our order was taken, no one checked back with us to see if we needed additional drinks (which we did). I kept trying to get someone's (anyone's) attention and actually had to raise my voice to get someone to come to our table and take another drink order (it had been at least 30 minutes). We ordered a cold seafood tower as an appetizer and it took probably 45 minutes for that to be served. We had not even finished our appetizer when our entrees came out. The service was disorganized and unprofessional, and the waiter kept telling us it was because the kitchen was not getting the food out in a timely fashion. He did not seem to understand that the primary issue was with his inattention as opposed to the time it was taking to get our food. We would have been happy if our drinks had just been filled. Very disappointing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent seafood restaurant. The dishes were uniformly delicious, and service was excellent. Craft beer is available in pitchers which is great for groups. Not vegan/vegetarian friendly, they are reduced to eating salads or side dishes. Ambiance was classy and nice without being stuffy. Fairly pricy but a great restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice Sunday afternoon Brunch, quiet and few diners.
Full bar with the game on.
Crabs Benedict were superb.
Huevos Rancheros not so good....plain.
Great attentive service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The chef seems to be obsessed with serving up fatty bacon with everything. Maybe we just chose poorly, but: shrimp salad - with fatty bacon; mussels - with fatty bacon; Brussels sprouts - you guessed it, with fatty bacon.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

While the service and appetizers were quite good, the entrees seemed to take a long time to come out of the kitchen and half of them were inedible (the hamachi and the swordfish).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was excellent. Server was a little too perky - everything was delicious. We'd rather have an honest opinion on the food. Wine was quite good.

Good place to go before a night at Disney Hall.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our return to Water Grill was disappointing. Shrimp Louis featured large beautiful rather tasteless shrimp bland out of season tomato. Wife’s salad nicoise looked great but also not much taste. Why was it served with cannoloni beans ?

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I had decollated sea food tower with colleagues. it was amaging fresh robster, oyster, shells, crab and so on. wine was also great with perfect serve. I really satisfied the restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

One of my favorite places and I'm even allergic to fish. Top notch service with everyone stepping up to unobtrusively get us what we needed. My mac and cheese was creamy and yummy. The wedge salad was huge, fresh crisp and I couldn't finish. My guest thoroughly enjoyed the clam chowder with whole clams (shell and all) and a fish dish.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Second time here. Great food, mussels and fritto misto were awesome. Very nice wine list with many moderately priced bottles, good European selection. Very attentive service, really enjoyed it.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our waiter Cory , I believe was his name, is a great waiter. Very good service. he made the evening. Thanks Ron Ziegler

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

we celebrated our mom’s 70th birthday and we were all happy with everything, from ambiance to food and most especially the service.
we will definitely return here

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was very impressed with the quality of food and friendly service. My 7 year old enjoyed every bite of the oysters and lobster.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Waiter was weird. It was six of us dining, couple were late she got us drinks appetizers and she disappeared. She came back took drink orders for the couple that were late and she disappeared. I asked another waiter to call the lady that was serving us and her young gentleman came and said that he’s going to take care of us from now on. He took our order and our waiter reappeared.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This restaurant is walking distance to Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, MOCA. It is around the corner from the Biltmore Hotel, and Pershing Square. Food was amazing! We came early, maybe at peak would be more lively?

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

This is a great spot if you want a quiet, business lunch. It is a high-end, high quality restaurant. The food was amazing, hot, fresh and delicious. I did not pay the bill but I believe it was substantial. It's a great place to impress a potential customer or client.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was delicious, however, the lunch entrée portions were too small

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was ok, it was quite busy. We were not dressed up and I thought perhaps that’s why our server was not very attentive to us. The sea bass was very delicious and cooked to perfection but the steak (12oz filet) was not great. Bland and on the chewy side. The Mac and cheese was not bad, nothing special. We also had the broccolini which was also ok but the sausage that was in it was quite dry. Overall from other reviews I was disappointed

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

45 minute steak cook time wasn’t the best. Everything else was amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wwwwwooooowwww happy happy day. Every bite deliciously served and taste in every bite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

WE can always count on the quality of the Water Grill and the friendly and professional wait staff!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server was excellent, however, we had to wait an exceptionally long time for our food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very disappointing experience. We have been coming here for years.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was extremely slow even though the restaurant was almost empty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was very good but the quantities were relatively small. The prices were on the higher side also and the service was fine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was great. The only thing that could be improved is the print on the menu. It is too small and the restaurant is dark. The print is difficult particularly on the regular menu items.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I invited a dear friend from Washington State here for dinner. We arrived at 5:00 in order to avoid the crowd.
We were "invisible" for a half an hour, sitting in a very noisey, 'kitchen-close' table (booth)' which we told, "ill be special for you", and then we waited and waited ..... apparently not visible to any of the staff.
Finally, someone came by so we could order cocktails.

Then, when it seemed like months later, we could order. When the orders came, both of us were in shock.

I have been coming here for years, and always brought dear friends from all across the country.

This was "the worst", and, my friend who is a gourmet chef, was appalled!

I was horrible embarrassed.

Thankfully, Water Grille comped the menu, which they certainly should have: given the horrible service, and the quality of the food.

I can't say that I will never come here again - I've been coming for years and years -
However, IF I come again, I will be determined to "Be treated with the courtesy, and dignity that I deserve. I am, Dr. Griffen.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I stopped her for dinner before the theater. Not my first time here and will not be my last. The service that night was exceptional and the food was excellent too. Really enjoyed our time here this past visit.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

They know fish (obviously). All three dishes at our table were perfect, as they have been on previous visits. And the service is friendly, attenative, and appropriately paced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A gem of downtown LosAngeles.
Fantastic menu.
Impeccable service.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The seafood was fresh, especially the oysters and king crab legs.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We ate hear given it's proximity to the Music Center and the positive reviews for "best seafood" in LA. Hardly. Seemed pretty middle of the road to us.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and were celebrating our 35 wedding anniversary, which I noted on the reservation. We were greeted with a "happy anniversary", but were not offered any complimentary desert. We split "The Grand" iced shellfish platter plus 1 sea urchin. We brought our own bottle of wine. It was nice that they did not charge a corking fee. The seafood was fresh and tasty. I was dissapointed with the size of the "jumbo" shrimp, they seemed about average size, and the half 1.25lb lobster, which was just half a tail, no claw, also seemed rather small. Pictures I've seen of the whole lobster show a larger tail and claws. The Urchin was good, sweet and creamy. The dipping sauce was terrible; smokey and totally ruined the taste of the Urchin. The waiter said this is the sauce they have served for 20 years. So, I rated the food 3-stars, about average. The price was about right for what we received. Service was excellent and the ambiance was very clean and up scale.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Marvelous seafood in an inviting and friendly, albeit noisy venue. Their website needs to be clear that there is no curbside valet but that diners need to enter the adjacent garage. Albeit a good experience but the noise level is a bit daunting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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