Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
1553 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!

What 1553 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriend’s birthday and we were visiting from out of town. She ordered the octopus appetizer and asked me try it. I don’t eat seafood, but because it was her birthday I gave it a shot. It was delicious no fishiness at all. She had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the New York steak. Both cooked perfectly. Ordered the Brussel Sprouts and the Broccolini as sides. Simply delicious. Our only regret was no room for dessert.

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vipHarrisB
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is hands down the best seafood in all of San Diego.
Great service and wonderful ambiance as well.

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vipLtrain
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great place. Keep it up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent experience and would def go back. Halibut was a little bit boring and i wish I got something different for $50... the scallops were best I ever tasted.

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Crystal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall experience was great! Food and drinks are so good! The only thing was the lobster Mac and cheese was dry and cold on the outside. Hot and cheesy in the middle. Still good we just had to dig for the good stuff!

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EricS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Steak was cold and waiter never paid attention to our table.

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vipTammyN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was not seasoned. I had to add salt and pepper to everything. I have never done this at a restaurant before in my life. Ordered lump crab cake for appetizer and didn’t taste like anything. Next had to add salt & pepper.to the Chilean Sea Bass which needed seasoning too. Finally the lobster Mac & cheese once again had no flavor so added salt and pepper to make it taste good which a comfort food should already be ready to eat. My friend ordered caramel bread pudding to go...not sure how that was. All in all I expected more from this place. Have visited the one at The Forum Shops in Vegas and was only slightly better. This is a good place for drinks. App somehow wouldn’t let me add pics of appetizers & sea bass which all had a nice presentation.

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vipSpikemontropolis
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Highly recommend this place.

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ValerieR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My bartender/server was Michael. He was super cool to chat with and gave me some good insight on San Diego. I ordered a variety of oysters 🦪 and I had the scallops. The ambiance was nice, very airy. I would definitely recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

the quality of the Food was off the charts no matter what was ordered. the specials were good, the ordinary fare was good, the sides were good..........everything.
OUr waiter Megan was outstanding and personable and offered real attention so we had fun at the table.
What was not ideal was the high prices and the really small portions. When I say small I mean really small.........like 6 ounce fish portions, small vegie sides, no starch with your entres. It was a blatant gouging. Never again.

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NateB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Worst sushi I’ve ever had. Would have preferred grocery store sushi, honestly.

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GilM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the water grill is predictably world class!

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vipMichael
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day downtown. Great food & service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible. Spot prawns are divine. Great service. Always love a hot towel after a meal.

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Gymkata
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food was excellent. Fish/shrimp/oysters were fresh and delicious. Server was attentive and friendly. Very cool vibe in downtown San Diego gaslamp.

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David
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambience and friendly staff. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality seafood. Top notch server that enhanced the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jordan was exceptional! He gave great suggestions for menu options, answered all of our questions, and had a very pleasant personality. Jordan’s suggestions were on point! He explained he’d worked at the restaurant since it opened. He was passionate about the food and his career and it showed. We’ll be back.

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GB34
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was cooked to perfection and the service was excellent.

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MauriceE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome

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ShannonM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The service was very good, our waiter was very helpful on suggesting dishes for us (we were visiting from NM) and also helping select gluten free modifications. We got the sea bass dish which my husband didn't have the modification and said was delicious. I had the same fish but there was some gluten free noodles in a broth. The fish was cooked perfectly and tasted OUTSTANDING. I did not care for the noodles but it was still an overall great dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan was amazing very helpful friendly great vibe

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience one on the best Dirty Martini’s I have had and they had blue cheese olives! Fresh and very tasteful. Great service!

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vipAmyF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dinner! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. The halibut was done to perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening we spent here. Good food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress that night was amazing!!! Thank you doe taking care of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter Joey was Awesome!!!

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Leigha
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good service, food was okay in my opinion nothing spectacular. Great bread and shrimp cocktail. My boyfriend loved the grilled octopus I didn’t enjoy the shrimp scampi.

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Smittow
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The hostess was flustered and rude. The rest of the staff was great. The food was also on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was cold. Lobster Mac wasn’t warm. Manila Clams came out cold when it’s supposed to be a hot dish. Same with clam chowder. After eating Manila clams dish we were approached with a food runner bringing the same dish but hot. We obviously knew they brought out a dish that had been sitting there so it wouldn’t go to waste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience from start to finish. Our server was attentive and had excellent oyster recommendations. He stopped by frequently to check on us, and kept our drinks flowing. I had the shrimp scampi - 10 stars. My wife had jumbo shrimp Louie salad. She shared the massive portion of bacon with me, which went really well with scampi. They should consider making that an option IMO.

Usually bread isn’t all that noteworthy. Not the case at Water Grill! We devoured it. Every bit.

Can’t wait to return on the next San Diego visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing super cool guy really enjoyed the restaurant will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal & great service!

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vipEricF
Dubai
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Pcolo
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 1553 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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