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Water Grill - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
4.6
2421 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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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

    Valet

  • 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 2,421 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. BC

    BenjaminC

    Jackson Hole

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The Watergrill is in one of the best spots in the gaslamp district. The appetizers were incredible but the entree's were a bit hit or miss. Super cool vibe and a great option to eat outside and enjoy the San Diego weather.

  2. CM

    CatherineM

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Danielle was terrific with her recommendations and general personality . The food was awesome, as usual. I had the fresh fish Caesar salad and my husband had the achiote fresh fish (local sea bass) served over farro and vegetables. The best!

  3. K

    Kris

    Naples

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Matthew Morrison you are terrific! Thank you for making our celebration so special!! Look forward to seeing you on our next visit to Water Grill. Cheers! Kris & Chris

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was good. I wouldn't say off the chart great, but really good. Overall a good value, probably try something else next time.

  5. GA

    GinaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was yummy!! Server was not very friendly sadly

  6. LC

    LindaC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful Resturant. Very friendly staff. Extensive menu. Lots of fabulous seafood options. You need to try the homemade ice cream. We split salted carmel and Peanut better and it was amazing. Nice for a special occasion.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Do NOT get the coleslaw $10 for a small bowl The recipe they used years ago was so much better Moister and yellow raisins. Very disappointing

  8. KN

    KatieN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Food and drinks were great! Kudos to the bartender and the chef. Only fault was the service. Our waiter heavily favored the large party next to us. Probably because they kept buying numerous bottles of wine. $$$$. He Ignored many of his other tables. We saw multiple neighboring tables looking frustrated as well. We saw our server maybe once after our food was out? We had to flag down someone else for another drink and the check. Host also made us wait 10 mins even though we made a reservation. The food and drinks will definitely bring us back though. Hopefully a different server next time.

  9. AJ

    AngelaJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time with our whole family - including our dog 🐾

  10. TF

    TheresaF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the time we walked our experience was outstanding!!! The hostess greeted us and then here comes Bob Sanchez in all his professional glory! He recommended superb starters and always makes you feel like he’s never met a stranger Our server (female) was attentive and extremely courteous!! We celebrated Fathers Day with a phenomenal dining experience As I sit here I’m marketing Water Grill! We will be back Thanks WG!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service.

  12. CJ

    CierraJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for Father's Day! We loved it and will come back!

  13. CG

    ChrisG

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing atmosphere and great food.

  14. JV

    JanV

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was excellent. The oysters exquisite.

  15. Z

    Zorro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    Worst soft shell crab I've ever had....salty beyond recognition. Average scallops, chewy calamari.

  16. JL

    JulieL

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We come here every year for my husbands birthday because we love the food and service! Awesome place!!

  17. VV

    VanessaV

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing ambiance, drinks and food. I got the margarita, oysters, and the lobster roll (butter). Everything was delicious!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great experience.

  19. BO

    BarryO

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent. Food was amazing. Highly recommend

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a reservation and were sat right away. Now, it was a Friday night with nothing big going on downtown. The food was amazing we got the wagyu steak and Chilean sea bass. Both were amazing and we recommend the mussels as an appetizer! Kathryn was a great server and gave us great recommendations. It is a pricey place but we’ll worth it

  21. BB

    BrianB

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Vacation dining.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    There are many better places to go downtown for seafood. The oysters and bar are great. I just don't think it's delicious, it's just OK.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Slow service. Slow to seat/eat

  24. A

    Andrew

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely great food and drinks.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Server was very attentive but food was poorly prepared. Octopus was over cooked, salad was soaked in dressing and sushi rolls were very mediocre.

  26. RG

    RichardG

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent.great location.Food was phenomenal.We had a great time. We’ll be back soon

  27. ES

    EdwardS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had outstanding service along with really great food. Our server was attentive and very personable while managing a very busy evening crowd. From the lobster, the cioppino and the scampi, it was top notch.

  28. MA

    MalcolmA

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    My wife's Sea Bass ($40) was overcooked- she sent it back. No vegan entries for myself- I had a few sides of veggies. Disappointing.

  29. MM

    ManonM

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our experience was absolutely amazing and we are so happy we were able to get a table last minute! The seafood tower was so fresh and big oysters and delicious lobster! Loved our cocktails (I got a mule and kicked my but!)

  30. LD

    LanceD

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Great location and ambiance, really unfortunate that the service did not match!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wedding anniversary

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner for my best friend plus two others, it’s a fun and energetic spot in the Gaslamp Quarter . Our wonderful waiter, JT, steered us through the best selections and everything we got was delicious. Dover Sole, Halibut, Bacon Cheeseburgers, calamari appetizers and the best Key Lime Pie in town. As good as any in Key West, even. Can’t wait to return!

  33. KC

    KatieC

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server , Jenna, was absolutely charming and an outstanding professional. Darien, the manager introduced himself and was very accommodating. And did I mention that the oysters,black cod, and swordfish were of the BEST EVER? Thank you ! We will be back !

  34. V

    Vance

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Staff was overwhelmed as it was right before the Padres game on a Saturday evening… they failed to deliver the salad my wife ordered, failed to keep the sausage our if my side order and weren’t able to seat us at our reservation time. Sam King would not have been proud of our experience.

  35. MC

    MikeC

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always go for Maine lobster and dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives. My fiancé loves their drink called Accidental Crossing. They pre-crack the shells to make it easy (but not too easy) to get to the delicious meat. Last night dinner was delayed due to the steamer needing to be fixed. The delay wasn't too long but they comp'd both our lobsters! Can't beat that!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and our server were great! I made a reservation on here for 5:30pm and arrived in time. There was a wait because they said they were short staffed. I understand that things like this happened. Especially when there are two baseball games that day. They were seating walk-ins before people with reservations.

  37. R

    Randee

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we started with a dozen oysters, excellent and of course a glass of champagne to go with it. then had the Octopus appetizer which was delicious and then shared the Shrimp Louie Salad. perfect amount of food before the Padres game.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were amazing!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Couldn’t get the table we wanted, after reservations. Sat at the bar had some food and a drink. Got the call to our table and then they told us we had to wait an extra 20+ minutes…. Food was alright except that I’m Jewish and my food came with pork. Would have been better if they actually put there ingredients on there menus.

  40. AB

    AthenaB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was amazing, very efficient and courteous and the food was incredible. we will be back! :)

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 4.6 stars by 2421 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.

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615 J Street San Diego, CA 92102

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

    Valet

  • 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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