Water Grill - San Diego

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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EO
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was fantastic but my entire group wished the service would have been better :(

d
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

went there since i saw Stone crab claws on internet...But none to be found that day very disappointed but GM and all staff very nice and accomodating.

ES
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great oyster selection and among the best mussels I’ve ever had. Good choice on wines by the glass. Attentive service. Highly recommended.

FR
Naples
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent shellfish tower. Waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia was marvelous. Very patient, friendly, and professional. As of right now, she’s moved up to my favorite.

This is the Legend’s go to restaurant for getting together as a group.

PW
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated three birthdays! Delicious seafood, outstanding service! Thank You!!

J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Oysters and seafood entrees excellent. Our waiter was pleasant but service was slow, especially considering we had an early reservation (5:15 pm). No desserts available except for the rice pudding. Waiter tried to justify that by attributing it to a busy Valentines Day that”cleaned them out.” Not a valid excuse for a high end restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an unexpected delay in getting our food, however our server did everything she could to accommodate us. Everything from the service, food, and atmosphere was top notch!

R
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Water Grill was recommended to me by a friend, and it did not disappoint. The service was comparable with any top restaurant in the Bay Area. We felt lucky to reserve a table as we found the Gas Lamp District was super busy on a holiday weekend - so, thank you Open Table - and we left it kind of late after being out on the water all day. My husband had oysters - super selection and the presentation was perfect. I had the Wild Shrimp Louis salad, which was chopped for me, and was more than I could eat. Very attentive staff and good food. The bathroom was clean and well-stocked, despite the huge crowd in the upstairs rooms and the full tables on the street level. You pay for what you get, so I'm saying it was priced accordingly.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent food, service was impeccable. Someone was always filling my water or asking us know if we needed anything, while also letting us enjoy our dinner

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was great except big disappointment at the end of our dinner on both of our desserts plates and this was on a special menu for Valentine’s Day.
My suggestion for the management or whoever oversees the kitchen to pay more attention to all the preparation of each plate before brought out to customers. For a beautiful high end restaurant but both of our dessert plates looks like we were being served from Denny restaurant that night and especially on our special night.

SJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Fresh oysters. Steak was cooked to perfection and was very flavorful.

EF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Yes but do not get the special could have had the same thing alacarte for half the price!

R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day limited menu. Swordfish came out cold. Sent it back and then watched my wife finish her entree before mine came back out. When a new piece came out it was dried out. And no attempts by the staff to fix it. I won’t be recommending this place.

AN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Set menu for valentines dinner was over priced. Food was average. Fresh warm bread is excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just had Valentines dinner here and had a great time. Great food and spectacular service.

6
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mediocre food, bad cocktail with no alcohol (really?). Recommend you come for oysters only

OT
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious seafood!! Knowledgeable staff. Just a step above. We loved it.

A
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley provides excellent service! Food is delicious and ambience relaxing and great! Would Lovett have had a vallet service!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and location

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks!

c
Cleveland
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I visited while on vacation in San Diego. We split the mussels appetizer. It was fantastic and large enough for an entree. I had the lobster special, which was good. My wife had scallops which she said were too salty. They also surprised us with the bread pudding for dessert. We were too full, but had a taste and it was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

incredible seafood, great service, fun atmosphere for our dinner with customers.

TS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Restaurant was noisy. Food didn’t taste anywhere near the word great. Hostess was friendly. Way over priced for the portion of food. Would not go there ever again and would not recommend it to anyone.

B
Boise
91 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood restaurant!

DP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, waiter explained the menu thoroughly and service was top notch. A surprise dessert was even delivered to our table. Highly recommend.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My wife had the spiney lobster and I had the sea bass. Both were very good, but the cook timing on the entrees was off. My wife's spiney lobster arrived hot, but my sea bass and sides had gotten cold by the time the meal was delivered. Pacing of the meal was also off and the restautany was not busy on a Friday night. Service was far better in the Los Angeles Water Grill.

J
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Ryan for an amazing cocktails and oysters!

SF
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant was nice, our server was amazing and friendly, but the food was overpriced for what you get. Although it tasted good and presentation was nice, it is overpriced. If this were a restaurant on the water I could see these prices, but this isn’t waterfront and there’s no parking.

B
Boise
91 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place ti reward my sales team with a special dinner. Everything was terrifuc!

a
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every worker was an elite worker. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and thoughtful. The food and drinks were top notch. I would recommend friends and fam to visit.

AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food was mediocre but very expensive. The service was excellent, but we definitely would not go back.

OT
Phoenix
115 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good and personable

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very fresh seafood. Was very impressed by the texture and flavor of sea bass.

CW
St. Louis
23 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great late night find.

F
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is really one of my favorite restaurants, the service was great yesterday!

SA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots for date night. Classy, romantic and trendy with a great open view concept for city people watching. We love everything on the menu, however, on the top of the list is the sea bass and their burger. The service is top notch as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Fantastic service

F
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is an overpriced generic East Coast seafood chain, in spirit if not in fact. On the West Coast? Why?

The food lacks character, yet the prices reach for the top. Our server was friendly and helpful, but couldn’t make up for the sad surroundings.

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