Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
1653 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.

A safe and comfortable experience, Water Grill follows all the CDC guidelines to ensure you have an amazing experience each and every time.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1653 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHowardW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant to visit when I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It doesn’t get any better than this!
Wine and food is absolute top class! And so is the service.
This was the second time we’ve been here and this time was even better! We came here this time to celebrate my wife’s birthday, which they recognized several times! The oysters, salmon and Chilean sea bass were excellent! Dessert, which was to die for, was on the house!!

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ELIZABETHF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Location was not great. Lots of homeless people and load cars driving by. Service was below average.

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Mike
New England
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Food was also very good

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GilK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!
Even though it’s a seafood restaurant I had a fantastic New York steak with some lobster on the side of course! The Mexican corn is definitely a must!

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ericb
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service 😀

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service from JP. Great cocktails - the mule and margarita both had a special twist on the routine. Surprising diversity of great clams and also special twists with sauces. I can go on and on, but overall a really wonderful experience that we look forward to repeating soon.

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ML1012
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing time! I had my mother and boyfriend visiting San Diego and decided to give Water Grill a try for Saturday night dinner. The oysters were amazing; we ordered the 12 oyster sampler, and the variety was spectacular. The king crab was also fantastic! Good wine too. Would definitely come back for a special occasion again. Everything was fresh, beautiful, and delicious!

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BrookeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food in a fun part of San Diego!

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Kris
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional place to dine at with reasonable prices. Would highly recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fresh seafood and service.

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SandrineG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in all categories but be ready to have a big hole in your wallet after. Will go back but only for special occasions as it is pricey. But soo sooo good. Great waiter!

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JoyceK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner. It was surprisingly busy for a Thursday evening, but we had just a short wait. The restaurant is large and beautiful with lots of dark wood. We got a nice booth and started with the Trojan roll. For entrees, we had the halibut on roasted yellow corn with cotija cheese, and the Chilean sea bass on gnocchi with sage brown butter. For dessert, we had the bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream. Everything was cooked perfectly. Their sauces are very well done and not at all heavy. The fish was exceptionally fresh and cooked perfectly. Our waiter, Bob, was great. He made sure everything was to our satisfaction, and he didn't rush us. Bob was that kind of waiter who can really enhance your dining experience.

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vipKonilu
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful selections. Our dinner was excellent, and the service was superb. We had a stellar waiter, Bob. The only negative was that our chairs were a little low for the height of the table, probably because the seat padding had gotten flattened with use. I had to lift my wine glass from the table and drink it off to the side because I couldn't get my lips to the top of the glass. The seat was that low.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Dinner for 2 took 2 hours! At the 90 min mark they told us they ran out of gnocchi for the Chilean sea bass and asked what we wanted to sub it for. When they finally brought it out the fish was WAYY over done - can’t believe they even put it on the table. I was shocked and super disappointed. It was supposed to be a nice meal for my gf’s birthday (which I told them about). They really could not have done worse.

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vipSteveS
Central Texas
53 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clam chowder outstanding! Sushi was fabulous. Fresh clams amazing.

Did I mention the bread? The bartender told us ‘we take our bread seriously’. I thought it a cute comment until the bread arrived. Indeed they do.

Wine list appropriate for the food; both menus offer excellent choices.

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Mshita
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very chic restaurant, great food and great service.

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DanielT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The servers were great. The food was OK. My fish was dry and the Brussel Sprouts were tough and not very flavorful, and were luke-warm. But the server was great and did remove the fish from the bill.

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vipDebB
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious! So many choices. We went with the Dover Sole and Seabass and were not disappointed! We will be returning!

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vipFunNightOut
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time my wife and I dined at Water Grill and the food and service definitely lived up to the great reviews we read. We chose to eat outside which has been our preference during Covid so the the ambience was much different than the indoor experience. Even though the have less staffing (and are actively recruiting more) we did not notice any significant delays—there was a staff member checking on us very few minutes although Megan, our actual server, was a true delight. Megan had a wonderful personality and provided helpful recommendations. I read some reviews regarding the pricing but the prices seemed right in line with a premium, upscale restaurant that provides delicious meals. We started with the Mussels Garbanzo with a yummy garbanzo and bacon broth easily soaked up by the sourdough bread that complimented the mussels themselves. There were so many mussels that this could easily be a complete, filling meal. However, not wanting to limit our experience, we also each selected an entree. My wife selected the Wild Mexican White Sea Bass which is less moist than the Wild Ross Sea Chilean Sea Bass. However, Megan accurately described the two choices and my my wife was happily enjoyed the Wild Mexican White Sea Bass. I ordered the Wild Alaskan Black Cod (Sablefish) which was prepared Asian-style. While I was unfamiliar with this menu item, I was so pleased that I made this choice which was one of the more delicious seafood items I have tasted!

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CarolD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We chose Water Grill to meet up with friends who we had not seen in a long while. The food was lovely, fresh, and flavorful. The server was excellent, funny, and informative. We had a great time! The maritime mule was fantastic, as was the crab cake. My partner’s steak was cooked a bit too long but he still really enjoyed it!!

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alexiss
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh seafood. Lobster roll was amazing. Really cute. Trendy. Upscale eatery . Great drinks as well

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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RobertD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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Carol
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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vipDwag
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was just ok! Matt our server was excellent

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vipBelindaS87
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Started with a delicious cocktail, I believe it was a cucumber, Mezcal margarita. Then we ordered oysters Rockefeller, they were delicious!

Finally finished off with the octopus as my entree. It was cooked perfectly!

Loved the service and ambiance! Thank you!

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LoganK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible. I ordered the sea bass and it was so overcooked it was like eating rubber.

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GregG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must-see place for anyone interested in superb seafood in a fun environment. Our meals were excellent, the restaurant is a casual, open air place right in the heart of the Gaslamp near Petco Park. Our server Jordan was a superstar! Very extensive and creative menu. We had the Maryland soft shell crab special and it was unbelievable. Just keep in mind that while the prices were not outrageous for a high end restaurant, this is not bargain place. Only downside is parking is very challenging, especially if there is a baseball game so leave plenty of time.

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vipDano
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at this fine dining experience next to Petco Park.. and on a night when the Padres beat the Mets! This establishment is mixing a sports bar and high-end dining experience.. novel. Cavernous, two story venue. Staff is still very Covid aware- masks required to enter, even as most walkers pass by the open windows mask less. Great drink and wine list; we started by sharing appetizers of ring calamari and a bowl of delicious clam stew.. and a bottle of Austrian Sauvignon blanc (Gruner). For a main course, my wife chose a half dozen oysters selected from a daily list of cold water west and east coast locations - (all yummy, she said). I chose the scallops, and they were excellently prepared and presented. Ask for a table upstairs if you want a quieter, less hectic experience.

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vipJacquiG
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was fabulous and took great care of us. The black cod with soba noodles was awesome!

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vipMariaP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nisha is the best server I have had at any restaurant- this includes international 5 star eateries- James Beard winners, etc. If you go, I highly recommend requesting to be seated in Nisha’s service area if she is working. Phenomenal service and goes totally out of her way to make your dining experience just what you want it to be.

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RogerB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

They oysters were fresh and clean. Loved them.

The cioppino was skimpy. Broth tasted good but skimpy on the seafood. The 8oz filet was seriously overpriced at $52 with no sides. A small cone of fries was $11. Ridiculous prices.

I’ve been to water Grill in L.A. there is no comparison

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MarthaH
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fue la primera vez que visitamos este restaurante y resultó ser una EXCELENTE opción, la experiencia fue muy buena de principio a fin. Decidimos celebrar el cumpleaños de mi esposo y la pasamos genial. El servicio desde la llegada, atención de hostess, Megan - nuestra mesera - la comida, presentación de los platillos, opciones en el menú, bebidas, sin duda crearon el marco perfecto para nuestra celebración.

Lo primero que llevan a la mesa es una selección de pan brioche de la casa con diferentes sabores, queso asiago, cebolla, natural, acompañado con una mantequilla que podrían, por si solos, ser el menú perfecto. Mezcla de sabores e ideales para abrir boca.
Continuamos con unos mejillones con chorizo y pulpo español, que solo de escribirlo quisiera que se pudieran materializar frente a mí en este momento. La baguette para acompañar los mejillones es perfecta, sabores, olores, un manjar.
De plato fuerte, Megan nos recomendó los callos sellados con puré de coliflor y coliflores con curry, la cocción del platillo fue perfecta, mezcla de sabor con un toque entre Hindú, Marroquí de querer chuparse los dedos.
Por último, mi esposo pidió el Alaskan "Black Cod" que viene con soba noddles, cebollín y un caldo picoso de pescado, fueron una explosión de sabor. Este platillo es picante, muy rico, perfecto balance también.
Cerramos la velada con un delicioso Chocolate-Espresso ganache acompañado de pistaches y cerezas negras, como parte del tradicional "happy birthday"
Considero que este será uno de nuestros lugares recurrentes durante nuestras visitas a San Diego, o bien en cualquiera de sus sucursales. ¡No se lo pueden perder!

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ErinS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. The food was good just small portions. I would definitely eat there again.

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DLee215
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was awesome and the White Sea bass and scallops were great!!! Would recommend to anyone who loves seas food.

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IanG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

OK only. Not worth the $$$. Overly seasoned. Service was friendly but slow and with a miss of something that was ordered as a side and came out at the end of the meal - it was taken off the bill.

Overall - ok - can't really recommend it.

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kristen our waiter was fabulous. Manager came to check on us and he was great. Rolls even more fabulous!!!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot remember the name of our waiter, but he was fantastic!

Food and atmosphere amazing:

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The waiter service and and food were lovely. The host station were unfriendly and offputting

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 1653 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kingsseafood.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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