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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Special Occasion (48)
Business Meals (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Good for Groups (31)
Bar Seating (29)
Notable Wine List (29)
Romantic (29)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Healthy (21)
Authentic (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Fun (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (10)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We have been to the Water Grill once before. But, this time we were disappointed. The service was erratic. The food just Ok. The noise level is very high making it difficult to hear everyone at the table.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I love when the service is good, the music is not too loud so you can have a conversation, and then the food is great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined 3 days ago

Nice atmosphere. Food taste good. Good selection of oysters. They need to do happy hour. Food is a little over priced.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

Sent some slightly picky execs there. They had nothing but compliments upon return.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We hadn't been to this restaurant for some time, but if you're in downtown LA, it is a must. The food is spectacular, and the value amazing. Every imaginable seafood is available, either at a raw bar or cooked to your order. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great Food,Service and Ambiance...
Our server Cory Is the Best.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Husbands birthday celebrations with friends!

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Best sea bass I have ever had

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

this was a fast dinner that's probably why I didn't enjoined that well

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

The Miso soup tasted funny. Had to return the Bronzini fish which was not fully cooked!
For what they are charging you would except much higher standard in food and in service!!!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went for lunch on a weekend around 1:00. It was kind of too empty, but there were a lot
of servers. After a while this made for a slightly uncomfortable ambiance. If there are going to be that few people then maybe they shouldnt be open then? The mahi-mahi and the sable fish were great, the crab cake, good, but a little small and undercooked. The scrambled egg from the brunch menu was also a little disappointing, maybe I should try the salmon hash. I am also not a huge fan of the bread pudding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good raw bar. Tasty appetizers and good cocktails. Fun for date nights or groups.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tapas, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server, Coronado Romero, was friendly, prompt, knowledgeable and entertaining! He definitely added to a wonderful experience!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

初めてのロサンゼルス旅行で、ホテルの近くでしたので、色々、調べて伺いました。

期待を、裏切らず素晴らしいレストランでした。

アメリカは、NY.、マイアミ、シカゴ、ハワイ、
と、旅行しましたが、ロサンゼルスとNYのレストランは、最高に良かったです。

NYは、少し高いですが、こちらのレストランはコスパ最高です。

今度は、大谷翔平の応援にエンゼルススタジアムに来た際に、訪れたいです。

ホテルは、また、ミレニアム・ロサンゼルスで。

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

This restaurant we found via Open Table while visiting L.A. It was within walking distance from our hotel. The seafood was great, the variety of the seafood was great and the service was great. What else can I say?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were in town for a bowl game and I made a reservation on Open Table. The restaurant called to confirm our reservation. I called the restaurant back and told them we would be there. A few minutes later I got a message from Open Table that the restaurant had canceled our reservation. I immediately called the restaurant back and the guy that answered the phone said somebody had mistakenly canceled the reservation but had resintated it. I'm not sure if I got credit from Open Table for the booking. I and another diner had the scallops, which were very good. The other diner had the salmon with some sort of beans on it, possibly cannellini beans. The dish was very bland, not much flavor. We had the seafood fritters, which were excellent. The bread they brought out before the meal was also very good. A bit pricey but very good overall. I would definitely recommend Water Grill if you're in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
·Dined on January 1, 2018

While in town for the Rose Bowl, our family diner here for NYE. Service was impeccable and very friendly, seafood was great.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Earned its high rating from atmosphere, to service, to fantastic food. Would get 6 stars if offered. If you don’t like seafood (especially oysters, clams, lobster, etc), they have steak options that are equally wonderful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had eaten at the Water Grill a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. So when we knew we’d be in LA to see Hamilton and overnight at the Biltmore for our 50th wedding anniversary, we naturally booked a dinner reservation there. I had noted that this would be a special evening when I made reservations. Our table was in the back near the kitchen—not very romantic. Wait person obviously had no idea about our special event, nor did she ask. Food was not good. Ordered the shrimp Louie salad, which had few shrimp and lettuce in big awkward pieces and not much else. The scallops came in some kind of flavorless cauliflower sauce with pieces of browned cauliflower floating in it, which was not a good pairing. At no time did the wait person seem like she was concerned with us. We paid the bill and left. Very disappointing. Will not return there.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was great but food was kind of bland. Ordered the filet and it was moist and prepared as ask. It just didn’t have very much flavor. Also ordered the seafood stew (can’t remember the exact name) but needed to add tabasco sauce to the dish to add flavor. Oyster order was tasty and so were the drinks.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Perhaps it was just because it was the Saturday before New Years Eve...and the Rose Bowl... but everything just seemed to be a little "off" that night. We have season tickets to the Ahmanson and Water Grill is our "go to" place on those evenings. Our waiter that evening was Coronado,who was very friendly and efficient when we arrived, but the bussers were not up to WG's usual standard. We had to ask 3 times for bread. Each time we were told it was just coming out of the oven and would be there in a "minute"...NOT! Finally, ask the manager, got the same excuse, but finally the bread arrived. The manager did comp our salad, so thanks. I finished my meal before my guest did and I still had a piece of the "late arrival" bread in my hand when the busser came to remove my plate...including my bread plate. All just little stuff, but not up to WG's usual standard. We will be back. Hopefully, this was just a very busy holiday night and the Water Grill downtown will return to it's usual excellent food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
·Dined on December 30, 2017

The place is excellent as always. Have been coming here a lot and won’t stop.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Steaks were cold. My dover sole was excellent however. Most of the people at the table had a problem with their meal. Service was very bad.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was amazing! Found on open table app & decided to give it a try. We are visiting for the Rose Bowl and had a wonderful experience! Would definitely recommend! Get the stone crab claws, mac & cheese & Brussels!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place for seafood downtown LA.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was superb! Service matched! Everything was fresh and super tasty. Top experience. Will be visiting again before holiday is over

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was Fresch and well done but I think the prices are too high for what is offered.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Waited about an hour for our food and it arrived cold. (Appetizer was also cold.) The waitress seemed to expect this when we asked her to heat it back up. When it came back it was warmer, but still nowhere near the quality that would justify the price per plate. Big disappointment. Don't order the miso cod. They put bonito (cheap, trendy fish flakes) as a garnish on top of... fish. Weird, not a good choice. There were barely any vegetables on the plates, either. For that price they could at least give you more food, vegetables if nothing else.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food is excellent. The attitude of the front desk staff has a room of improvement.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Friendly and helpful stuff, great vibe. Food portion could improve. Overall a good experience

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The oysters were perfect, but my steak arrive late and was not warm. Not one to send food back, I had to this time. The new steak arrived warm with a pad of butter that the first one did not have.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The entrees were very flavorful and we were provided with good service overall. We celebrated with a group of family and enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

This was a holiday party for my company and the venue was terrific. The food was fabulous (as always), and the environment was perfect for our get-together. Great job by the staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Solid go to restaurant for before the theater. Always good fish and the best oysters in LA. Once you get past the host station the service is always first rate. Best place to sit is by the Oyster Bar as the shucker always has an opinion on anything and everything. Great DTLA spot.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food was beyond delicious and our server was great! Helped us pair a nice bottle of wine with our meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent dinner! The crab legs were delicious, and the server was very attentive! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always outstanding, always the best seafood in Los Angeles

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was on point with timing, refilling my water and attentiveness. The server was very nice and welcoming. The food was spaced out perfectly. The ambiance well dim but still well lit. The only thing I would say is to please keep an eye out on utensils. No one likes reusing their utensils, it takes away from the fine dining experience so please have your servers look out for any missing utensils their customer may need for the next meal. Thank you for providing excellent service and amazing food. Can't wait to eat there again! :)

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat, especially when heading to the music center. Coronado made our evening so special & provided top notch service. He was very knowledgeable as to the oyster, wine , and entree choices. I wish I still worked in DTLA as I would go there more often

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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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