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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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
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Fit for Foodies (27)
Romantic (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Bar Seating (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Authentic (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Healthy (16)
Cozy (15)
Fun (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
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Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (7)
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Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Scenic View (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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Organic (2)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Great find and the food was outstanding! We started with a crab cake and Tuna Poke to share - so fresh and WOW! The fish is awesome and the side dishes were great and interesting - we had the Crispy Polenta and the Kale! The Clam Chowder is well prepared and they have a unique twist with clams in the shell which I haven't seen before! This is restaurant is a keeper and hope to be back next time we are in LA!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect place to meet up with old friends! Our server was attentive and terrific. Food scrumptious. Looking forward to returning when we’re back in LA

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We got in before the rush. Very relaxed experience. The scallops were wonderful. I really enjoyed their cioppino. Our server was very nice and attentive.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

The Chilean Sea Bass was the bomb! Had to refill my own wine glass a couple of times though...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

A downtown Los Angeles icon, and well worth a visit. Ambiance is great, food and service were outstanding.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding. One of the very few places where you can buy Wild fish, and they have an incredible selection of fish. The meal should have come with a salad and a simple desert, but it didn't.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow and we had a 5:45 reservation
Breads were phenomenal and best part of meal.
One of our sides came after some of us had finished our main course .octopuswas really good. My Mexican sea bass was tasty but dry.
Just not the quality it once was as the finest seafood restaurant in the city

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was wonderful, as usual. The tuna poke was the hit!! Thank you for a great evening!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great seafood restaurant. Definitely will dine again here. Very close to the Biltmore LA

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Open table said we did not make reservation yet we did show for dinner and it was ggread

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent waiter. Thank you for the timing.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

I am not a seafood person. But my friend is. She loved the Scallops and I loved my 20 oz Steak. Cooked to perfection and very tasty!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Swordfish was UNDER-COOKED! But our server Brandon was terrific....
Mike the manager was concerned with our needs and Armahd the host found us a great table

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The Water Grill Downtown was perfect for our family birthday celebration (8 people celebrating 4 birthdays!) We covered three generations and everyone was delighted with their food. The seafood is the best I have ever eaten - fresh, flavorful and perfectly prepared. The service was outstanding! Shrimp cocktail perfect - chilled, firm, generously sized shrimp. Sushi - fresh and beautifully presented. Chilean seabass firm, flaky, outstanding preparation served with delicious gnocchi. Lobsters terrific! Clam chowder delicious. Wedge salad huge and perfectly delicious. Everything Outstanding! Thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Overall good experience. Service was a little slow as they were very busy but our server was still very nice.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The sea bass and filet mignon were average. The Mac n cheese was bad. The drinks were skimpy. We arrived on time for our reservation, but waited 15 minutes for our table. By the time our appetizer arrived it was over an hour after our reservation. The service was slow. I was underwhelmed.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was, as always, of high quality and intelligently prepared. We have always enjoyed the seafood platter, and this time was no exception, although I'd have loved the Dungeness Crab that used to be on it. I'm a bit of french fry snob, and the fries were first-rate. Extra points for providing malt vinegar. The service was attentive and professional, without being cloying. My only real complaint is that the space is very noisy, which I believe was intended and deliberately created by the internal space's architecture and decor. A lot of people like noisy dining environments. I don't. But I'll put up with that, for one of the seafood platters!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fantastic. Local wild swordfish was the best I ever had .

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Before philharmonic. Note. Shuttle service discontinued

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Customer service was absolutely amazing!!! Food is consistently fresh and delicious!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great date with my wife

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were four in the party and we had a 5:30 PM reservation. We found the food to be very good. The food was prepared as it should have been. We ate early so that we could go to the symphony. The only complaint I have is that the kitchen was very slow. Given that we ate early, there was no large crowd to slow them down. They were just slow. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, which we like.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food and wonderful drinks.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Walked in on a Saturday afternoon at 4pm. The place was empty and they said they had no tables available. I booked on my app and got a table. The host was not the friendliest but the rest of the staff was amazing. The mahi-mahi was fabulous!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Out server was overwhelmed he had too many tables on his own it took him 20 minutes to get us drinks then another 25 to take our order. The food wasn’t worth the high price we were all very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It has been several years since I last dined at the Water Grill and the meal we had was a pleasant surprise. Altogether, I thought the dinner we had (fresh oysters, crab cake, grilled octopus and sand dabs) was very well prepared and presented and, though the restaurant remains pricey, it is definitely not overpriced for the food, ambiance and service provided. The oyster sampler was, to our taste, a perfect sampling and the sand dabs--a personal favorite of mine-- were as good as I've ever had. Now that I've retired we don't dine frequently downtown, but the Water Grill is back at the top of my list for central business district dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first visit recommended by a business acquaintance. Excellent seafood in a San Francisco style atmosphere, with brilliant and attentive service and good wine list. This was convenient to the LA Opera where we headed after dinner.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was delicious. We have eaten here before, and our previous experience was great. This time it happened to be during dineLA, and we actually felt like the waiter treated us differently because of that. Didn't read us specials, had to ask for refills, and to remove empty plates.

For the price we paid to eat, we would've expected better service. Like I said, amazing prior experiences, but the service level definitely fell off this time.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service. But the food was disappointing. Very bland with no depth of flavor.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent bread! Great choices for seafood. French fries are also great. Service was outstanding. They also bring a dessert for birthday celebrations. Don't make a mistake and enter the garage from Olive Street. You have to go around the corner to grand to enter otherwise you will be in the bowels of the building. It is very confusing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Greatly disappointed the last time we were there for a friends’ get together. It’s not the same dining experience I remembered from the past several times I was there. The place was noisy, packed and the table setting were closed together. Food were prepared as run of the mill dishes. It’s nothing special anymore.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The fish/seafood was cooked to the Water Grill standard and was fresh but their signature clam chowder which usually is absolutely delicious was unacceptable this time as it was watery and thin. It was like drink and not a chowder. Our group found their squash soup tasted a bit medicinal and bland. Disappointing as we all came for the chowder. Seemed like they did not have time to make it right.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

High energy atmosphere with crisp Pinot Grigio house wine and excellent grilled fish-Black Cod and Maui-Maui. Seafood specialties outstanding with extensive raw fish selections. A bit pricey.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Outstanding seafood restaurant and raw bar—and it has a few steaks too. Always the freshest of seafood. Sit at the bar and watch the shucker do his thing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything was good except the fire alarm went off severla times...so...down fro 5 to 3.5 stars

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Given ratings we noted from reviews the food was very disappointing. Two of us ordered the grilled pork chops. Both were dry, over cooked and pretty blah. One ordered to Chicken Milanese that came out tough with no accompaniments at all- just a plain piece of dry, breaded, pounded chicken breast. Would not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We like scallops roll better than lobster rolls. For dina la menu, that was no worth.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The dineLA menu food was great. The pumpkin soup was delicious and the salmon was outstanding! The key lime pie was a bit richer than I like. The services were very welcoming and pleasant! We will come back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The fish was delicious and well-prepared. The service was attentive but not too overbearing. We truly enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to returning.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

i ordered a cod with claw chowder for appetizer . My friends ordered sea base. Cod was too dry. And, the temper is too low when hot food were served. I will not come back for this restaurant.

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