Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
1492 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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Celebrate Mother's Day at Water Grill! Our Chef is preparing a special menu to help celebrate that special Woman in your life!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The food was great. Service was slow. This was the second time coming. The first time they took for ever. Same thing happen again took a long time to get our drinks and our food

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gilN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The staff needs to be a little more attentive to the customers needs show themselves more at the tables they need to be a little more friendly

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Bahareh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The ambiance and service was great. The food lacked flavor, wasn’t worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal & great service!

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vipEricF
Dubai
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was slow, food was marginal, not what I expected for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great. Waiter forgot my shrimp cocktail but not problem. I had plenty of food.

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Pcolo
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food! We had a dozen oyster sampler and the cod with soba noodles, would recommend.

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vipFrancesZ
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I keep giving this place a chance and I keep on getting disappointed, we were met with a host who displayed zero hospitality. She was more interested in displaying her armpits with her sleeveless top. She took one look at me and my son turned around and tried to sit us outside after watching her seat every person inside. Although, if there were no seats inside, I’d understand...but there were plenty. I realize after coming here a few times, they definitely treat us different as a person of color and display a strong sense of discrimination. The food is great but not so thrilled with how they treat you...if you’re a person of color, I hope you don’t get greeted by armpit girl!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for 9 pm and showed up 10 minutes late to hear kitchen closed at 9. Management should stop taking reservations at 830 if they close at 9

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vipmitch
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reception was off putting with management seemingly more concerned with gossiping with each other, rather than attending to us getting a table, despite our reservation (a recurrent problem in King's also owned by Water Grill) but once seated, the service was superb, our waiter was engaging, diligent and fun, and all in all, a very pleasant evening. If they could only get the front desk on track.

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HughH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It was highly recommended to us. Unfortunately the Sea bass was very fishy and overcooked. It could not have been fresh. We would have sent it back but my husband was feeling the affects of his second Moderna vaccine shot and just wanted to go back to the hotel and crawl into bed. At a seafood restaurant, you should not need to ask if it is fresh today. Sad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scallops

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was seated as soon as I arrived for my reservation. This restaurant was beautifully romantic. My husband and I had an oyster appetizer that was truly delicious along with the seafood nachos that were so fresh and hit my palate beautifully. On to the entrees. I ordered the cioppino so yummy.. My husband had the lobster roll which he enjoyed. My cocktail was the 6th and J also yummy. I will be back when in town again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We ordered seafood tower crab is not fresh calm chowder too milky overall service is good

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GregoryF
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here and service was great. Food was also very delicious. Crab cake and shrimp scampi terrific! Even brought out a special dessert for my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service / really friendly staff! Food was pretty good, but price was too high.
Scallops were really good though!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved their appetizers I recommend the calamari and the oysters Rockefeller! BOMB

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ColleenM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Great concept but lacking in sense of urgency and quality in general.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Chowder was bland. Not creamy or rich at all. Lacking flavor, texture was off. Chorizo Clam could have had more sauce. Al food was a warm not hot. Wonderful service though! Pricing doesn’t match outside seating accommodations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was fantastic. Excited to have one come here to Denver!

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vipBubz
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Definitely try the crab nuggets and Dover sole!!

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Biddy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fish! I recommend the oyster sampler, scallops, and black cod

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vipFrank
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and service! We will rerturn next time.

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Sighree
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner here and I would recommend them. The food was so delicious and the staff were all friendly and attentive. Ordered the oyster sampler which was fun to experience along with Halibut and Shrimp Louie salad. We enjoyed the outdoor dining option and had some nice sun as it set. Definitely very busy in the area since the Padres were playing.

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vipLSwik
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quality ingredients, consistent preparation with some innovative culinary efforts without overdoing it, a very nice ambiance and very good service, it has become our go to for fresh seafood when we’re in the Gaslamp or East Village.

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Mindy
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal before going to Padres Home Opener!
Best Oyster Bar in town!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome place..... very classy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner

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CarlaG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was was great, ambience was relaxing yet fun. It was an overall wonderful experience. My husband loved his birthday celebration there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. The food was excellent. I liked the feel of the place. We had a booth inside and were able to talk with friends we haven’t seen for a while. Everyone in the room seemed to be having a good time.

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EatAuthentic
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was very good - great to be out - and their COVID protocols are excellent. We're just very familiar with Water Grill Los Angeles, and surprisingly the quality of this San Diego restaurant's fish is just not quite AS good.

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vipRachelWick
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Bob was fantastic. Cocktails were amazing and food was excellent. Best experience we’ve had dining out since precovid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an excellent way to end our visit to San Diego! Exceptional service from David, our host, who accommodated our picky seating during a busy service and our waiter, Tristan, who was phenomenal with our service! Will most definitely recommend and be back again. Thank you!

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Patrice
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd visit to Watergrill and again, I was so satisfied with the service, the food, the ambiance, EVERYTHING! Our server, Donna, was attentive, polite and just on top of everything! We even recieved a free bread pudding because one the servers knocked over the candle on our table and a little bit of wax spilled out. You can absolutely tell that the customer service model is taken seriously. As a consumer, I appreciate that. This is my go-to Seafood restaurant! Thank you!!!

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emzfoodie
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a fantastic place to dine. From start to finish our entire dining experience was exceptional. The customer service and attentiveness we received was fun, casual; it felt like we were dining with family. Krista our server took great care of us. She helped us with our food choices and made some great recommendation. If you like fish, try the dover sole.

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ClementeG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take a group for lunch or dinner. Great food and drinks.

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DocD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Keep in mind we are just past covid restrictions. The staff was exceptional. Amazing atmosphere for indoor dining. I’m a sucker for Cioppino, if it’s on the menu I order it. The fish and crab was over cooked but not too extreme but mine tastes better. My girlfriend thought her scampi was average. Our guests loved the sushi and we all loved the apps, poke and calamari. Oysters are also 5 star. I will go back. I’m sure reopening requires focus. It’s deserves another visit for any foodie.

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JenniesK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. The service was spot on, the cocktails were exceptional and the food was sublime. I cannot wait to return.

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SamA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly Attentive and Excellent service. The food was cooked perfectly and our drinks never ran dry. Would definitely recommend!

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vipAdamp3p4
London
168 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to be able to give a great review. Everything from the space to service to food to drinks were amazing.

We loved it all.

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 1492 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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