Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
1409 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
COVID-19 GUIDELINES
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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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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What 1409 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fabulous service. Excellent quality ingredients. Spectacular

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vipFayxx
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service wasn’t that great today sadly, but everything else was good.

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Chewy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was Very Bland. Not one dish was I impress with.

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ChristianG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t usually write reviews, but the food and service was outstanding. Had a wonderful time and looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish great experience!
Bob was an amazing server. A must eat in San Diego.

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MikeSD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab with drawn butter was to die for!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and especially the food

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JanJan
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience2

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

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Erickc
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipRobinC
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food!! Try the lobster Mac and Cheese!

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JessicaF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks , the oyster Rockefeller were the best and nice birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great! Beautiful restaurant and they took great care of our large party

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TrueFoodieKDT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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! :)

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vipKim3b
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the special, Dover Sole. So delicious. Melted in my mouth. My birthday friend had the king crab legs, so full of meat!!!

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vipFayxx
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant. The service is great, the food is delicious and the drinks are so yummy!!!

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vipSusanR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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M123A456
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great experie

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great oysters attentive staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donna was amazing

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smartfox
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ChandraF
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipDavidS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bob is the most awesome waiter ever. We had the best time!

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GregC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience we have had in awhile , amazing staff and delicious food !

JC
vipJoeC
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and spectacular spiny lobster, halibut and of course bread pudding!

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Datenight
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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chadcjc
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Really good food just slow service

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vipLorraineA
San Diego
75 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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MarcM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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JimP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and fresh fish prepared perfectly.

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 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.

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