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Water Grill - San Diego, San Diego, CA
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Water Grill - San Diego

4.5
4.5
2841 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


Booked 89 times today
Experiences are available.
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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

    Arian James : (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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Experiences

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate Valentines Day at the Gaslamp! Chef has prepared a special, exclusive 4-course dinner ($135 per person) to enjoy with your loved one. Join us for a memorable evening, filled with delicious menu offerings, optional wine pairings, an interactive photo booth, and more. Here's to enjoying a romantic evening for you and your loved one.

What 2,841 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. S

    Sammie

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Jen, was great!
  2. SC

    SamariaC

    Mexico City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service !
  3. CY

    CynthiaY

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At first we were out at an undesirable table close to the entryway but after requesting to change, we were served by a great server. Food was excellent. My boyfriend and I shared the ahi poke tuna with wonton crisps which were delicious, I had the black cod and he had the mahi mahi, both which were very good and we shared a delicious side of broccoli with roasted garlic cloves and Chinese sausage. The sausage was a bit over cooked but the broccolini had this beautiful smoked taste. Very nice ambience, next time we would like to sit upstairs because it’s very cozy. There were 2 parking lots on the same street.
  4. M

    Mosafik

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. The food is delicious and fresh
  5. SH

    ShelleyH

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    California spiny lobster delicious Excellent service and ambiance
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was lacking. Had two people order the sea bass and they looked nothing alike. When I asked the waiter he said that they probably pressed it but you can’t press fish because it will fall apart
  7. V

    Voyager

    Montana

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seafood
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good time at the restaurant, the food and service was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Lindsay was amazing! My gf and I didn’t know a lot about oysters and they helped us find our favorites. The drinks were also amazing.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails, and our server was sweet and knowledgeable!! The rolls are amazing, don’t skip them!!
  12. M

    Montrellk

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I got the recommended fish and chips, which were OK. However, they served it on paper which made cutting into the fish and into the paper rather irksome. I found pieces of paper on my fish. The fries were over cooked. It was not a very good dining experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall was great. Wud eat here again.
  14. TM

    TimM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill never disappoints! The variety as well as the quality and flavors are always exceptional. The Black Cod is especially noteworthy, along with their MANY oysters from the Raw Bar. I’ll be back. I’ll ALWAYS be back 😃👍🏽
  15. L

    Lisa

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent the food was ok. I ordered Sea Bass for $52 when I made it to the center of the fish it was undercooked. Did not send it back because it was partially eaten. Next time I will cut the middle before I start eating to make sure the whole piece is good.
  16. PJ

    PhyllisJ

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance. Beautifully decorated.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Food was delicious and server was great! Definitely would return and highly recommend it!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puebla

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Very bad service
  19. J

    Jenny

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My husband ordered the filet mignon with a side of broccoli, we were told the steak didn’t come with sides…but it actually had a small spinach salad and half of a tomato with it. He said he probably didn’t need the broccoli and it had an odd tasting seasoning to it, not our favorite. But his steak was delicious!! I ordered the lobster roll, Connecticut style…was very disappointed!! The lobster was in tiny pieces, and not much of it. We get lobster rolls from a food truck (@Rebel lobster) in our home state of Minnesota that are amazing!!! This restaurant…needs to step theirs up and serve it with huge chunks of lobster! I would not recommend the lobster roll here, at all.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s near my loft apartment and a local fav for me and my girlfriend.
  21. SB

    SammyBoots

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Best seafood dinner we had during our month stay in San Diego. Hubby had the whole Spiny Lobster. I had Chilean Seabass. Both were perfectly prepared and so delicious. Only complaint was my gnocchi were overcooked. Good wine selection. We will definitely go to Water Grill again if we get back to San Diego.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick was spectacular! His service made our night along with the amazing food and wine!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as usual!
  24. DR

    DanielR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Held an important VIP meet and greet. Service was superb. VIP was happy with selection
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can start off the review with the Fantastic customer service. Roberto our waiter was so nice and patient. We moved to the bar so we could watch the football game and Brian the bartender was also great. The level of customer service is on point. Now the food and drinks. Amazing food, so fresh and delicious. I had the mezcalero cocktail and it was delicious. Overall a great date night. Thank you to all the great staff. This is a great place to dine, it’s going on my favorite list for sure.
  26. AT

    AshT

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill was, hands down, one of the best food experiences of my life. Our waitress, Marillia, was absolutely everything you could ask for. She was polite, kind, helpful, prompt, and went above and beyond. The restaurant was beautiful and maintained. Don’t even get me started on the food! There was not a single thing that we had that was disappointing. The fish selections were phenomenal, and the ribeye was the best steak I’ve ever had. It was well worth the cost. Even if you’re full, you have to try dessert. The maple cheesecake and the caramel bread pudding were desserts that had the most divine balances of flavors. At the end of the day, this was a meal that has you wishing every meal could be just like it.
  27. HC

    HappyCamper

    Toledo

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill is always dependable for good food and service
  28. J

    James

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience I have had in awhile. Great fresh food daily. Service was special. Jenna was the best server ever. She is very knowledgeable and attentive. Large wine list. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  29. TN

    TeresaN

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly and our server was excellent! We had calamari, Caesar salad and the King Salmon Roll, all were fresh and delicious. The main floor seating was very cozy, we will be back!
  30. JC

    JasonC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Brought the wrong side dish and waitress was inattentive. I have had several wagu steaks and I’m petty sure my “wagu” New York was just a regular new yor strip. Overall disappointing experience.
  31. CZ

    ChrisZ

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress. Great food
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing service and meal! Eric catered to our every need and never let our water cups stay empty. High quality food and pleasing aesthetic. Chilean sea bass, fish tacos, and toro tartare were exceptional!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great food, cocktails, service. Love it 🥰
  34. HO

    HOLLYM

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Santa Barbara Lobster I’ve ever had. Great atmosphere and service.
  35. CA

    CarlosA

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Food, excelent service and nice decoration, ill be back soon!!
  36. CA

    CAnderson

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here New Year’s Eve. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. We just hate that the entrees from the four course meal didn’t have sides come with the dish. We ordered the surf and turf. The steak and lobster were phenomenal.
  37. DS

    DrSam

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The restaurant was running 25-30 minutes behind. Our 9:15 reservation was delayed and the table ready at 9:40. The plan was to be out of there by 1130 and it was closer to 1:00am. Due to rain and no car services available many patrons were stuck in the restaurant waiting for car services. At 2:00am the restaurant closed and “not very nicely” kicked us all out in to the pouring rain. Fortunately we were able to get home. None of this would have happened if they were on time with their reservations or kitchen. The food was ok, the oysters were not cleaned well. The lobster was a disappointment. The Bass was undercooked. Not returning anytime soon.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    New years fixed menu was terrible and overpriced.
  39. F

    Finediner101

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    NYE menu, forced to do set menu. Food came out wrong, ok service, ok food. Nothing memorable. Won’t dine here again.
  40. TS

    TimS

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner was very good, plenty to eat, service was very good for a big event night. Gave a few New Years Eve trinkets, all in all pretty good dinner.

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 2841 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 89 times today
Experiences are available.
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

    Arian James : (855) 978-1928

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