Water Grill - San Diego

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
For over 30 years, Water Grill has sated the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this flagship downtown restaurant from King's Seafood Company has satisfied the need for a world-class fish eatery in Los Angeles. Hailed as "the best seafood in Southern California" by the internationally recognized Zagat Guide, Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Water Grill! We will be featuring our Chef’s curated three-course menu that is perfect to share with that special someone. There is a three-course wine pairing option as well. Make your reservation today!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1179 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food was mediocre but very expensive. The service was excellent, but we definitely would not go back.

OT
Phoenix
113 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good and personable

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very fresh seafood. Was very impressed by the texture and flavor of sea bass.

CW
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great late night find.

F
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is really one of my favorite restaurants, the service was great yesterday!

SA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots for date night. Classy, romantic and trendy with a great open view concept for city people watching. We love everything on the menu, however, on the top of the list is the sea bass and their burger. The service is top notch as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Fantastic service

F
Vancouver
42 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is an overpriced generic East Coast seafood chain, in spirit if not in fact. On the West Coast? Why?

The food lacks character, yet the prices reach for the top. Our server was friendly and helpful, but couldn’t make up for the sad surroundings.

HC
Toledo
77 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Great

SC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was exceptional. The cold bar seafood was fresh and delicious. The Chilean Seabass was buttery in taste and firm in texture. The ambiance and setting was richly done, but not over the top. The server was friendly and prompt. I will definitely frequent this restaurant again.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Don’t let your eyes be hungrier than your stomach!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The fresh bread is worth the visit

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, nice menus options and really good service

NL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really awesome seafood. The Cesar is a bit too fishy for my taste... I would recommend something lighter in between courses.

a
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went for a NYE dinner and I highly recommend ! We ordered a few appetizers to share and king crab legs , finishing with the Carmel bread pudding . Everything was cooked perfectly and the servers work as a team so you’re taken care of . We will definitely be back .

JM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, and service! Try the sea bass you won’t be disappointed!

j
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year's Eve dinner. Place was packed but service was friendly and efficient as always. Food was excellent as were the drinks. They did not mark up their prices for the celebration nor offer a limited price fixed menu. Great place for a celebration or just fresh oysters and a good martini

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Our waiter was exceptional and gave us great suggestions on the menu. We would recommend this place if your in town.

F
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at the Water Grill, the service was great and the seafood was exceptional. A little pricey but so worth it

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and the service was good overall.

LF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess fabulous and let us move ya better table. Good food and drinks made it an amazing night. Great service!

DY
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood with great ambiance. Our server Bob was right on with his recommendations and service. Well worth it!

TG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fantastic seafood selection. Full stock bar and fairly developed local wine list.

SV
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were the best! I can't wait to go back. There was a slight issue with our food being delivered to another couple, hence ordered the same plates. Nevertheless, we had appetizers at the bar and table, so the delay was okay. They took off a portion of the bill for the trouble.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was phenomenal. Jordan was our waitor and he couldn't be more accommodating. 5 stars!

C
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great experience

TH
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a good restaurant! My husband and I only had the soup and salad and we shared the calamari. Calamari was amazing! We had clam chowder and it was kind of lacking in the clams. I liked the taste but my husband thought it tasted more like cheese/potato soup. Salads were both very good and large!

MN
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was fantastic. Will be back!

K
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience4

I got violently sick

KH
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great, attentive server at the Water Grill. Drinks from the bar took a bit - and we had only ordered a chaos’s of champagne and an olde fashioned. The server did take those off our bill, since the wait was so long. That was thoughtful, since we didn’t ask her to do so. We ordered the Deluxe shellfish platter, which serves 3-4. I would agree with that, because my husband and I had a hard time finishing everything on the platter. The spicy lobster sushi roll was OK. Not quite spicy, so we wouldn’t order it again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David made the difference in our dining experience. He is the type of person that the team should build around. I’ve waited tables for 3 years and I am a huge critic when it comes to customer service. He blew my expectations out of the water. The food was amazing of course but good food and service leads to a multi million dollar business

t
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server was great but the food was not that good. I had the cioppino which tasted like barbque sauce. The broth seemed to have cooked too long making the tomato’s taste like barbque sauce. The seafood was tough in the dish also. My wife had scallops and they were not tender and cooked well. This was a very expensive meal and we felt it was nowhere near that level of quality.

ML
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy restaurant! The server was very knowledgeable about the food and how it was prepared, etc.. we were so well attended to, I must say. Amazing service the entire time! The food was amazing as well! We had oyster, bread, soup, and crab & fish... all the dishes were delicious! The dessert too! This was our 2nd time at this restaurant. Both experiences were amazing. We are a fan of the Water Grill
For sure!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent. Would visit again. Our server Garret was fantastic. Such a great place for a nice a special date night.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, superior service. One of our favorite stops when visiting San Diego

EN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great experience. Service was spot on. Looking forward to coming back.

5
Charleston
240 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service! Our server was a wonderful lady! We will be back!

OT
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

We always go there for Barents Sea King crab. The best crab ever! We will go back there again soon!!

BP
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was terrible and wasn't enjoyable at all. Restaurant setting was very nice!

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