Water Grill - San Diego

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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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Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sea bass and halibut were excellent. Restaurant is a little noisy, but it was pretty full for a weeknight. Would definitely go back and try other dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cant wait to go back!! Amazing food and amazing service!

SD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and tremendous service.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal here. The smoked hamachi nachos were excellent and our entrees, swordfish and seared tuna, were outstanding. The bread pudding dessert was super rich but delicious. It’s certainly a pricey restaurant but well worth it for the quality.

JL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, awesome service! Our waitress, Candace, was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.

C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love sitting at the oyster bar!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, service was wonderful! Definitely coming back.

KL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. We weren’t rushed at all. We enjoyed our evening. The only disappointment was they only had one bottle of Turley.

RV
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Loved the experience. Our waiter was genuinely pleasant.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for San Diego restaurant week and absolutely loved it! Had incredible service and the food was delicious. Would highly recommend the clam chowder! We will definitely be back

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood abd great service. Large selection of oysters. Excellent clam chowder.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Server was unfriendly and rushed, food was very good, beautiful presentation. A little salty for my liking

F
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swordfish was very good. Scallops tasty also. Great service too.

SB
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this place on Yelp and it did not disappoint! The seafood was fresh and delicious and we all really loved our dining experience. Highly recommend.

MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere , location and staff. Our waiter was amazing! Enjoyed the dining experience. The food was wonderful and loved the fresh bread also.

G
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice watier

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience.

M
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you’re dairy free there isn’t a lot of options and be careful what they bring is actually dairy free. Their replacements for the dairy options are generally tasteless.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a awesome evening of great food combined with great service. We are already planning a return visit with friends. Jordon and Powers provided exceptional service and their recommendations where spot on.. Great job...

KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous food and service

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

We got appetizer because the menu way very overpriced, appetizers were good just the quality was not up to the prices

SD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in San Diego during our recent trip. Food and service were exceptional, especially the Chilean Sea Bass & the Bread Pudding with Salt Carmel Ice Cream!

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't had anything less than delicious, fish and chips the best I've ever had!

SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambience for celebration of any kind. We ordered grand size of seafood appetizers and lobsters, shrimps, mollusks, oysters, scallops were fresh. Clam chowder was a bit watery but tasty with burst of flavor. Lobster roll with fries were so scrumptious. It’s a perfect place to also unwind after long day at the office.

DP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We called and made a reservation to meet some old friends. Asked for a booth and got a table next to another couple. The good news is the food and service was excellent. The halibut, filet and king crab legs all got a 5 star from the gang. I would highly recommend for another San Diego fish dinner!

H
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We started with the crabcake. It was nicely done with a Ritz cracker breading. Good lump crab meat with no or very little filler. Tasty. We had the branzino whole fish grilled. Very good flavor with capers, thyme and butter. Fish could have come out hotter but overall good. Seemed more roasted than grilled. No grill marks or crispy skin. We had a side of brocolli and the butternut squash. Both veggies were supposed to be grilled. They both could have been grilled longer. Parts of the squash were hard or undercooked. Bread pudding for dessert came out cold. Second time warm. Food quality was good, but food seemed rushed. Would suggest the kitchen slow down and concentrate on consistent quality food.

N
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was dreadful totally ignored by our waitress and when the overpriced soft shell crab arrived it was cold. Never again and will advise friends not to go.

R
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try the live shrimp grilled, they're exquisite. It's a rare treat compared to frozen shrimp.

A
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was ok, not the high end seafood restaurant we were looking for. Decent, casual, place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The food was well made and there was a very wide selection of East and West coast oysters. Fresh, tasty, and perfectly shucked. There were so many you'd have to visit at least twice if you only tried one of each.

PB
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is typically of this stalwart of the Gaslamp, Water Grill came through with wonderfully prepared plates. We started out with a chilled shellfish platter that was so very fresh and sweet. For our entrees we had the whole fish black sea bass and a strip steak. So good! Finished the meal off with a couple tawny ports. It’s a wonderful room with a great vibe and staff that know how to please.

g
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner meeting. Sagan was phenomenal! Super attentive and very patient. We never felt rushed and my group really enjoyed themselves, the restaurant and were able to have a productive meeting. Thank you Sagen!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing seafood. Would recommend

CS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Nice enough place, but I don’t expect a sports bar in the middle of what was billed as “fine dining” (with fine dining prices).

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters I’ve ever had! Great food, service and atmosphere. Four thumbs up from us.

MT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Some of the dishes had some strange combination of spices. Crab cakes were bad

PA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

What a disappointment! Greatly anticipated our visit. Good ambiance, great location and decor; however, it stopped there. My husband wanted a fish dish, but did not want it prepared in the Asian style. Waitress said that was not possible. Finally, just selected fish and chips. It was so salty as to be almost inedible! Even the tartar sauce was salted. We like salt, but this was over board. The mussels were so spicy hot as also to be unacceptable. We love spicy food, but again it was too much. The clam chowder also disappointed. Overall, terrible meal! Way over priced. Worst meal out of a week in San Diego.

D
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful family dinner...6 adults and two babies. Salmon and Halibut we excellent. Mushroom Tortellini and Octapus were good. Crab cakes were awesome...as were the oysters.

SL
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there often. Best seafood in SD. Superior quality

JH
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Bob. He is a great server and pretty darn entertaining!

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