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Water Grill - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Water Grill - San Diego

4.5
4.5
2744 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located steps away from Petco Park in the heart of Downtown San Diego, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,744 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. K

    Kris

    Naples

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oyster selection! Best rolls in the city! Ask for Ivan - he’s outstanding !!!
  2. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    My second time there and will be my last. While the service was good it did not make up for the overpriced poor equality food. The fish did not taste fresh and lacked any taste. At over $40 for an entree with all side dishes extra, it should have been much better. There are so many choices in the area , and any of them would have been better. I would recommend you try one of them instead.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    I’ve been to water grill many times & consider it an amazing restaurant Tonight was my first time at the San Diego location , beautiful store & waiter was awesome Food was weirdly bad My $74 steak was room temp & well done I had to return to get it reheated , which made it worse Honestly I was disappointed
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    For starters, asked for a seat inside. We were sat next to a huge open window. At the time, it was around 53 degrees. Needless to say, we were cold for the entire meal. Food wasn’t good at all. If it wasn’t for our Server Jordan, the rating would have been a 0. While the food was not good at all, he really did make his best attempts to make the experience enjoyable.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, our waiter gave great recommendations, and provided fantastic service! The food was excellent, the drinks very tasty, one of our most favorite restaurants! Always very consistent on every visit!
  6. J

    Janemd2az

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating the birthday of our friend from Florida. We requested a table at the window which we got. Our waiter Jordan was very attentive. The drinks and food were all great. We live in San Diego and Water Grill is one of our go to restaurants and they didn’t disappoint on this special occasion.
  7. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Holiday so very busy. Had reservations for 6:45. Understood, but waited 30 minutes before being seated. Will go again, just not on a holiday.
  8. w

    williamk

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had thanksgiving special, perfect as everything!
  9. d

    dmanddm

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent Food And Service !
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal and our waiter. Good ambiance.
  11. JF

    JohnF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Martini good, Bread outstanding, Oysters fantastic, Halibut dry and no flavor. The main dish was really terrible. The service was decent a tad slow in getting more bread and bringing out espresso late after dessert was finished. Overall would only go back for the bread.
  12. c

    conorg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service, Great Ambience, Great Drinks, Great Good! Bring your jacket…Chilly inside!
  13. JS

    JimS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we ordered the chilean sea bass and it was delicious. We had the ahi poke and the oysters on half shell for appetizers. The whole experience was amazing. The waiter was exceptional,
  14. C

    Chachi

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner here for our anniversary. I ordered the Chilean sea bass really good it’s like butter. Hubby ordered steak came out to perfection. They also serve really good Old Fashions.
  15. MG

    MeganG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was OUTSTANDING, as always. Service was not as attentive as it could have been for what we spent, but we’ve had great service at this location before - our sever just seemed very busy, which happens. I’ve been saying all morning ‘that was such a great meal last night…’ and that’s what you want from a restaurant experience.
  16. r

    roberth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food selection, suburb wine and wonderful staff. Highly recommend this location for their fresh shellfish.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as always. Our service from Matt was top notch being both attentive and informative. This place is always on our list and we will be back very soon.
  18. JT

    JohnT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Decided to book a reservation based on a recommendation from my fiancé’s coworker. When we arrived we were greeted by the hostess and I informed them we were early. She responded no problem, we have a table available and seated us in a booth upstairs. Once we started to order our food is when the lack of professionalism and service began. Our server was young, inexperienced, and never trained properly. We asked if they had bleu cheese stuffed olives for martinis, our server responded, “I think so,” so we ordered two martinis. We also order oysters, the oysters arrived before the martinis. The service just continued to get worse, upon ordering a very expensive bottle of wine, I was asked if I wanted to try it? We were each poured a small portion after my initial taste, and never had any server pour another drop. I watch the staff stand and talk while I had an empty glass and dirty dishes on my table. Management was called and tried to right the wrong, their solution was to offer a gift card to return another time…? Obviously management and training is the issue. Will never dine here again.
  19. SW

    StephanieWfromKC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, helpful, professional and kind lady server. Had the spiny lobster. Food was amazing-cooked just right and flavorful. Fun atmosphere.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and terrific recommendations from our server. The sea bass was amazing. Great cocktails too.
  21. SB

    SBSB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The apps & salads were very good. Main courses of blackened cod and tuna were not good. The server was not knowledgeable on the wine list and didn’t refill empty glasses from the bottle we bought. We did that ourselves.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    great services food great , great lobster and oyster and appetizer. I did not care for the steak also way over price, I did not had any flavor lack a presentation plus paid $19 for a files little bit ridiculous , never been charging for olives for martini $2 to dollars when you paying $19! love bread putting
  23. HC

    HappyCamper

    Toledo

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food & service
  24. MW

    MWM5

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous and the wait staff were graciously attentive.
  25. JI

    JIMA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It's a fun place to dine, and an atmosphere to love. Great service. We both ordered cioppino and it had all the required items-crab, octopus, shrimp, fish hunks and mussels. I make this at home often and we both agreed that mine had a much better seafood taste then this here. What they served was rather bland and tasteless.
  26. CM

    CMgirl

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Group dinner for 6- food was excellent and waitress was wonderful. Jena (sp?) was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and hard-working. She brought out a live king crab to our table! This place is a little more casual than the Costa Mesa location. The seafood is pricey but delicious. Fun atmosphere but loud. It was really tough to have a conversation.
  27. MS

    MichelleS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were great! Love the bread, fish and bread pudding.
  28. KL

    KateL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails!
  29. t

    tef7777

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of oysters and beer. Outside seating was quiet but inside was noisy.
  30. CT

    ChrisT

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always excellent.
  31. J

    fayeJ

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Fish was over cooked and tasteless - would not recommend
  32. RV

    RachaelV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we had a reservation before the concert. We’re seated and had great service on a very crowded night downtown. Food was excellent and drinks were divine.
  33. MQ

    MarcQ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Bustling atmosphere but not too loud for conversation. Pricey but worth it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Tuna dish not good
  35. DB

    DaveB

    Jacksonville

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The halibut and black cod were excellent. Service was attentive. Overall, an enjoyable night out.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for dinner after we got engaged, and it was perfect! Great service and food. Thank you for making our night special 😊
  37. DG

    DawnG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Waitress was very personal and great. They didn’t have two of the items we ordered one of which being lobster and they said we only have the 2.25 and we asked will you honor the 1.5 price since they ran out and they said no. They pushed the swordfish on us and talked about ow great it was so we order it instead of lobster and it had no flavor and no taste. The salmon roll would have been good if they got rid of the like vinaigrette they added to it.
  38. I

    Ilovetoeat

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on all levels! We can always depend on Water Grill to surpass expectations.
  39. JG

    JulieG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wonderful food and overall experience but they were out of two entrées and we had to go with plan B
  40. WV

    WVDiner

    Pittsburgh

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu is creative and fairly deep. Very shellfish heavy. The food was well prepared and the service excellent. The vibe is good, but somewhat loud, as the open space fills with sound. We enjoyed it.

FAQs

Water Grill - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 717-6992.

Water Grill - San Diego is rated 4.5 stars by 2744 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - San Diego

615 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

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