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Water Grill - Downtown

4.5
3310 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday = 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lunch: Monday - Friday = 11:30 - 3:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday = 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday = 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Father's Day: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(213) 891-0900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jesse Riofrir
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Private party facilities
We offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
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Private party contact
Nitin Kashyap: (213) 891-0900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate Father's Day at Water Grill! Enjoy our world class Raw Bar featuring a selection of more than 15 Oyster choices, shucked to order. Our Live Tanks feature fresh, seasonal seafood to satisfy every Father. Make your Father's Day reservations today!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 3310 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Have been hear several times this was the worst service ever! Sommelier was great but waitress was awful! It was a $400 dinner with a waitress that should work at Olive Garden!
Although the oysters are great I won’t be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great Fish.. ..not cheap...fresh fish never is...
haven't been there in a while....still a great
Joint!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Noisy noisy noisy—table conversation was very difficult.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our server (Rowan) was truly outstanding and the ambiance of the restaurant lovely.. but even with a reservation, we had to wait ~20 minutes to be seated. The food was very good... but could be improved. My co-workers really enjoyed their halibut with a citrus cream sauce. My black cod was perfectly cooked... but just needed some more flavor with a marinade or sauce. The mac & cheese was fine... but again needed something more... a sharper cheese, perhaps. And the dessert (bread pudding), which was said to be excellent was actually rather heavy and dense. Also the bread for the table was also simply not fresh.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Birthday I love. The food

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I like the vibe in this restaurant but the prices are ridiculous. That said the place was packed. I know Water Grill has some of the freshest fish that comes into L.A. and I do think it's very good. However, $50 for a piece of fish with no sides is ridiculous. I stopped going to the Santa Monica Water Grill because I just was tired of paying their high prices. I went to an event in DTLA and thought why not? Well that's the last time I will ever go there again unless someone is on an expense account and treating and even then it's not that special.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food is very good. Appetizers, entrees (they have a great seafood selection) and desserts. My family enjoys Cioppino, so we had 3 orders! One nice thing is that the food is served at a nice pace, no rush as one goes through each course.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I ordered soft shell crab. It was the worst ever.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent meal and courteous service.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very loud. Service was very slow and not even close to the level of former 1-star standard.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The Water Grill is the best seafood place in DTLA. The drinks are a little too expensive for what they are and the service this time was very slow. Still, the bread is good and the seafood is fresh and generally well prepared. The one thing that is always outstanding is the oyster selection.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great good! Always consistent.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Love the food. Especially the tuna poke and bread pudding. Service was really slow Sunday and the restaurant was not busy. A little disappointing. Could be just a one time thing because other times the service has been great.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was amazing

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I love this place, but service was very slow this time. Drinks came out slow and so did the food. It could have been an off night because usually it is not like this.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Water Grill is an excellent seafood restaurant. I love the energetic, bustling atmosphere. The service is attentive but not overly so. The food is fresh, vibrant, and modern, without being stuffy. I would easily go back for a special occasion or just a night out with friends or family.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Only recognition that this was a special occasion was the hostesses greeting.
The server changed after taking our order without comment.
Personally main course was the real turn-off. We changed reservations to this restaurant because they were serving soft shell crab. Whoa - I’d never cook and serve this item without first cleaning! What a turn off.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Dined at Water Grill downtown for the first time in a few years prior to a concert at the Disney Hall. I asked for a relatively quiet table when I reserved, and was seated in a suitable place. The seafood options are diverse, very fresh, perfectly prepared. There is a long list of fresh oysters, and a number of excellent fish choices, as well as adequate non-fish/seafood choices for the unfortunates who don't eat food from the sea. My oysters were excellent, surprisingly well-priced and my husband's wedge salad (with a thick slice of a perfect beefsteak tomato and crisp bacon bites) would be enough for many couples to share. We both had soft shell crab (2 per order) served with an excellent and refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad. The cheese rolls served with our excellent martinis could become addictive. Service was excellent, not rushed, and we were on time to the concert despite walking up Bunker hill.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Best food I had in a while! The service was superb. The only thing I would hope for is a quieter area to do a little business.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Poor bar service. Our first course was over before our drinks were delivered. Seafood (oysters & soft shell crab) was very fresh and good tasting. The banh mi was a disappointment. Very thick and doughy baguette with few pickled vegetables and no cilantro.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very bad food. Most dishes were mediocre (like the lobster)

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding restaurant. Every time I go there itnis amazing from the service to the food

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This was our second visit to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The steamed clams with chorizo is a favorite. The atmosphere is sophisticated and fun.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Can never go wrong at the Water Grill. More expensive but worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Outstanding in every facet!! Service, food, ambiance (slightly on the loud noise level side) were all exceptional. Our server Coronado did an outstanding job ensuring we had not only great experience, he ensured we had a great experience. Highly recommend the black cod (awesome) and the halibut, can't go wrong with Water Grill.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I used to frequent this restaurant when I lived in LA. I had to kill several hours before getting on LA freeways and decided to stay for an early dinner. The food is always good here... but I had really bad service... The waiter was there to take the order... and from there on out... only other people to deliver the food (they brought the appetizer at the same time as the salad, strike 1)... and after I'd consumed my glass of water... no one was around to even check about a refill... no one returned to see if the $42 piece of fish was any good... etc. Needless to say... I will find somewhere else to frequent the next time in I'm in downtown LA.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The food was excellent, the service was not. Normally great food and service but today they were not busy, so I am not sure why it was so slow.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Menu items and food excellent - service is a 10. Especially food if you are a seafood lover. I had the Swordfish and it came medium which is just the way I like it. Most places cook it through and through so that it dries out.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great raw bar selection. Very fresh ingredients from salad to fish. Care in the details. Fantastic service.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I was not in a rush but service was rather slow. Good food. Drinks too quite some time and it was not jammed inside. Recommend the Margerita Verde for the ladies.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Had a wonderful meal with friends. Great quality of fish nicely prepared.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food is excellent and the they have a great selection of drinks/wine. The seafood tower was amazing! This was a great place to host out business dinner and I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great experience, delicious seafood.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Everything was great at this LA institution. Food and drink orders were very slow. Otherwise, they did a great job.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner with my son was enjoyable with delicious King Crab and oysters! Despite being a busy night, the server worked really hard and was attentive.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for the soft shell crab and they ran out by 8 pm. Everything else was lovely though.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good meal with old friends, a bit noisy but great service and vibe. Would go again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Have eaten at Water Grill several times during visits to LA. Very fresh seafood/fish, excellent diverse menu options, something for every eating criteria, great ambiance, accommodating staff and service. A great place for special celebrations and 6+ people groups.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a 6:30pm reservation but didn't get seated until 6:50pm. However, the excellent food made up for the seating delay. I had the bass, it was beautifully done - simply seared and no heavy sauce to mask the flavor of the bass. My friend had the black cod which was also flaky and melts in your mouth.
We ordered steamed mussels and poke as appetizers, delicious! Def recommend this restaurant!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had to wait 10 minutes to be seated, despite having a reservation. It does make a difference, especially when you have everything planned out as we were going to a show after. Our waiter was fantastic though, took time to explain certain things we had questions on. The fire alarm went off during meal, not ideal but these things happen. Food and drinks were great, as usual.

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