Water Grill - San Diego
We are currently only offering Outdoor dining, Thank you for your assistance as we follow the San Diego County Health Order for Indoor Dining.
In compliance with the current CDC Guidelines, we require all Guests to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant. Face coverings may be removed when sitting at your outdoor table.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
(crassostrea virginica), noank, connecticut
Caramel Bread Pudding
with alaea red sea salt
Wild Eastern Sea Scallops
cauliflower puree, curried roasted cauliflower, pickled golden raisins, soy brown butter
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Really fabulous service. Excellent quality ingredients. Spectacular
The service wasn’t that great today sadly, but everything else was good.
Food was Very Bland. Not one dish was I impress with.
Don’t usually write reviews, but the food and service was outstanding. Had a wonderful time and looking forward to returning.
From start to finish great experience!
Bob was an amazing server. A must eat in San Diego.
I typically have a great time at Water Grill - San Diego, and I would even still return/recommend friends. The food is always so fresh and outstanding. However, I was rather disappointed with the level of service we received this time. I made a reservation and noted it was a friend's birthday, but that was never acknowledged. In fact, it felt like we were being rushed out at the end as we were never given the opportunity to order dessert. We also brought our own wine (which Water Grill proudly advertises a $0 corkage fee), but the waiter had a change of tune when he noticed our own alcohol. He seemed less attentive to our table vs the tables around us, and kept trying to push cocktail drinks a few times - don't get me wrong I love cocktail drinks but I'm not going to want to mix tequila with wine. Normally, I wouldn't be too bothered by this on an "off night" but I felt bad that the birthday boy was subject to it on his day.
The crab with drawn butter was to die for!!!
Great atmosphere, service and especially the food
Our waiter didn’t come to our table as often as we liked
Which resulted in less drinks being ordered and a long wait for everyone
The food and service were great, but we made an 8:30pm reservation and had to wait outside to get seated until 9pm. A quick rating of our food order:
Oyster sampler - 5 stars - all were excellent
Filet mignon - 4 stars - little bland, but the chimichurri helped.
Local spiny lobster - 5 stars
Broccolini - 1 star - we sent this back. had a weird chemical flavor
Brussel sprouts - 5 stars - we got these to replace the broccolini
Wonderful food!! Try the lobster Mac and Cheese!
Amazing drinks , the oyster Rockefeller were the best and nice birthday celebration
Great food, great service, great time!
Food was great! Beautiful restaurant and they took great care of our large party
No frills, we were glad to have found a last minute reservation during Covid. Our waitress was very attentive and provided great service so the review is purely on food and value. Food was really subpar at best, crab cake were ok, not bad but I’ve definitely had much better for $23 (for one). The halibut was overcooked ($46) especially since it was in season and we were disappointing. The biggest save was their chocolate ganache dessert which was superb and their drinks (they were fantastic and had an extra kick). There are certainly better places food wise around the area, especially seafood, but I wouldn’t rule it out completely if you needed a last minute dinner spot also.
Every time we come to San Diego we have to come to our favorite restaurant! The service and food are amazing! You will find very happy people that love whet they do working here. Everyone is very helpful and the food tastes delicious everyone! :)
For starters, our server, Christa, was amazing. She gave us great suggestions. The food was outstanding. We look forward to having a wonderful dining experience there again. And by the way, great wine menu.
Had the special, Dover Sole. So delicious. Melted in my mouth. My birthday friend had the king crab legs, so full of meat!!!
Love everything about this restaurant. The service is great, the food is delicious and the drinks are so yummy!!!
Food was so delicious and our waiter, Bob, was amazing. He was so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Cannot wait to go back again for another meal. Really love this place.
I went to Water Grill because of the good reviews, but ended up being very underwhelmed. The food was just okay for a $200 tab for two people for two drinks, two entrees and a shared side.
It was our first time to this restaurant my boyfriends and I and honestly we loved it, we had a great time, service was above and beyond. Def. recommend food was so delicious. 10/10 and we will def come back.
Waitress outstanding - Courtney. We sat by the window and had homeless walk right up to us with their head in the window begging money and food off our plate. We understand that during these times, everything thing is askew, but really feel a manager should prevent that from happening.
It was great experie
Great oysters attentive staff.
Donna was amazing
This is my favorite destination in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. To wit: a perfectly charcoal grilled California spiny lobster. And, service is excellent without being intrusive.
Went for my birthday and everything was perfect! The food was amazing and the service was just as good! Megan was our server and she was attentive, friendly and overall helped our experience be as great as it was
Food was great. The only thing we regret is leaving Watergrill right before 10pm. We did not know, nor were told, that all restaurants are not allowed to seat new customers past 10pm. We would have stayed and had our drinks there instead.
Bob is the most awesome waiter ever. We had the best time!
Best dining experience we have had in awhile , amazing staff and delicious food !
Great service and spectacular spiny lobster, halibut and of course bread pudding!
First time there. Our server Tristan was fabulous! Engaging about my birthday, very knowledgeable about the menu & preparation. Loved that he shared his favorites & why. That Asiago bread is to die for! Dipping it in the sauce from my steamed clams was soooo delicious. My hubby loved his swordfish- cooked perfectly. The crab-cake appetizer was so moist & stuffed with crab only just enough breadcrumbs to hold it together. The sauce was delicious too- asked for extra. The dining room is slightly elevated & We sat near the windows & they swing open so you can get a feel of street life watching people walk by outside. It was delightful. Oh, my champagne cocktails were perfect choice for my birthday!
The ambiance in this place is outstanding. I have been here once before and it was much better so not sure what was going on this time. We made reservations got there on time and were sat immediately, this is where things went down hill. We waited about 15 - 20 minutes before anyone took our drink order. My wife had to go up to the manager and ask to be served. He came over and took our drink order and we got them quickly. Then we finally got water at our table, isn't that supposed to happen first. We waited some more and the manager came back to take our order. My wife, not being very hungry ordered clam chowder and salad, I ordered halibut. I thought it was odd the she got her soup before salad so when my meal came they gave her the salad. Food was good not great, much better my first time visiting. On a good note they comped us my cocktail and the chowder for having to wait so long. Its a bummer because this place has a great atmosphere but not sure we will be back.
Really good food just slow service
Fantastic seafood. The outdoor seating was fun and was nice to get out. The wine list and service were great. If you're looking for somewhere special this is the place!
Had reservations and they put us at an outside table right on J street. Asked to be moved so we waited a little longer and got an inside table. Scallops were mushy and cold. Service was good, but more like a family restaurant than fine dining in my opinion.
Upscale casual describes this place best, we had reservations for 6pm and were seated quickly.
We ordered cocktails, a mescelero for me and vodka tonic for my wife both arrived fast and were thoroughly enjoyed.
We had questions on the raw shellfish platter that were answered by our waiter who seemed knowledgeable and took time to answer and be still be friendly.
Deciding on the raw Bay scallops with citrus pesto and pistachios to start as appetizers they arrived on the half shell while tasty they were a little mushy and soggy but the citrus pesto and pistachio gave it the crunch and flavor to save it from an unappealing mouth feel.
Heirloom tomato salad came next and the tomatoes were beautiful red firm and flavorful with greens and olive oil with salt to set off the sweetness of the tomatoes.
Grilled spiny lobster with coleslaw for myself and filet mignon for my wife with side of mashed potatos. Nothing fancy here just cooked, grilled and seasoned to perfection. The filet tender juicy and flavorful, the lobster grilled sweet and of course with drawn butter and lemon delicious,and cup of great coffee to finish off the meal. Doesn't get better than this
Of course everything in 2020 has an asterisk. Masks and "protocol" take away a lot. Our server was awesome and the food was delicious. Has a bump in the road with doneness of my dish but it was swiftly and generously taken care of. We had one or the seafood platter appetizers and it was fantastic. Will be going back!!!
Great atmosphere and fresh fish prepared perfectly.
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 1409 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.