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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Seafood, American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11pm; Saturday 5pm - 11pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Water Grill is pleasant, though rather noisy. It is conveniently close to the music center. The food is quite good, though our fish was a bit overcooked. The sides were very good. The wine list is good with fair prices. There is a TV over the bar, which is in the middle of the dining room. I dislike being subjected to TV when having dinner.
I held my son’s engagement party at Water Grill and spoke with Michael, the manager, a few times for preparation. He was very helpful and accommodating. The service was attentive. Of course the food was delicious. Thank you for making the engagement party a very special event.
Friend and I were looking for a place close to our hotel downtown as she couldn't walk far. Barkeep at hotel recommended.
Wonderful choice! The staff there provided some of the best service I've ever had. And the food was spectacular. Friend did pieces from the raw bar and a salad. I did the New England Clam Chowder, shrimp, fish and chips, and asparagus. Only dish that disappointed was friend's salad, which was drenched in dressing. As my friend only has two forkfuls of it, they did the right thing and took it off the bill.
I would definitely head back there again. A highlight of our trip to LA.
What delicious food we had at Water Grill! The menu selections did not disappoint! It was difficult to eliminate anything ~ The perfect excuse to go back again and again!
Our server was so efficient, courteous, attentive and gracious. He was certainly the perfect complement to a perfect meal!
The ambiance was great, dimmed lighting on a half-level lower-than-ground setting, bar seating looks equally inviting as couched booths, parking was easy since they had valet in parking structure right by restaurant entrance on Grand Ave, reservation (Thursday 7:30pm) on OpenTable 15 mins in advance was super simple, and food was decent but a bit pricey for what we got. We (two people) ordered half-dozen oyster sampler, fritto misto appetizer, one clam chowder to share, one lobster roll with fries, and one shrimp pasta; the total comes out to $110. Our waiter was quite friendly and considerate (had kitchen split one order of chowder in two bowls for easy sharing w/o we even asking for it), but the wait between courses and getting the final check was just ridiculously long for a Thursday night, not even on weekend yet.
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