Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
2121 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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Experiences

  • Celebrate Valentine's Weekend Saturday 2/12/22!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 12, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend in the Gaslamp at Water Grill! Chef Jose has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!
  • Celebrate Valentine's Weekend Sunday, 2/13/22!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 13, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend in the Gaslamp at Water Grill! Chef Jose has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day!

    $135.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Experience Valentine’s Weekend in the Gaslamp at Water Grill! Chef Jose has created an exclusive 4-course dinner for you and your loved one to enjoy! ($135 per person). Indulge with a delicious, optional wine pairing enhancement, capture your moments with our interactive photo booth, and cherish the special celebration of love!

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
What 2121 people are saying
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vipJoan
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Black code is fresh and tasty !

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nelknoll
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had one night in San Diego and Water Grill was the perfect spot. We dined outdoors. The food was delicious and our waitress Jessica was so attentive and friendly. The inside vibe looked fun as well. We had a great time and would highly recommend the Water Grill.

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Bennyfanatic
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Water Grill is a great go-to for a low key, but special, dining experience.

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vipLorraineA
San Diego
81 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood and wine list is amazing.

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JeffS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had the seared wild tuna dish. I’m from Hawaii and love tuna both raw and cooked so I was excited to try this.
I was told by the waitress that it was a spicy dish… no problem, I love Indian food so how spicy is a chef going to make seared tuna???
It was terrible!!!! The only thing that seared the tuna was the heat from the spices! The tuna slices were actually tepid to cold in the middle and the dish was so spicy I couldn’t even eat it!
There were 5 slices of tuna about the size of a California roll slice and an Asian mushroom in the center of the plate covered in the spicy sauce.
Worst meal ever!
The calamari appetizer was decent.
My boyfriend had the Cioppino and was also very disappointed.
Considering our bill was well over $200 for two with one drink each and no dessert… it’s safe to say we will never return!

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AlejandroN
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday we had an amazing time great food great servers always on top of everything

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PhilipL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service: You get what you pay for! Great food and great service! Our waitress, Mari was attentive from the time we sat down to the time we left. Mari took the time to explain the specials on the seafood menu. She was also very patient with our order. Also, all of our plates that were finished were picked up right away, which showed how organized and attentive the staff are. I’ve eaten here plenty of times and will continue to do so.

Food: I had and would definitely recommend their organic chicken and wedge salad. The chicken is sooo soft, tasty and juicy. The clams and oysters are so clean and refreshing.

Don’t forget to leave room for the bread pudding. Best in any restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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JHSMD
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a treat to have a real dining experience again. This was our first trip out of town since the pandemic changed our lives. The fresh seafood was incredible. The service was 9/10, I think because there are new staff members.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They put rose petals on the table for our anniversary. Our waiter, Josh, was amazing. Everything he recommended was fabulous! I would eat here again in a heart beat.

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vipRobertR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Chilean Sea Bass which was fantastic, I had a wedge of lettuce. It was gigantic probably for 2. All in all a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for your service and for making our evening special!!

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vipDuaneG
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent.

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Pangero
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aways great, we had the black cod and spiny lobster, they were delicious. Oysters fresh, cold, clean; and service is top of the line.

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Kerry
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a very nice place.

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vipLynnG
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner experience was phenomenal. Quite possibly one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! Food and service is consistently top notch here. Will be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Had reservations for 2 at 8:15PM, we arrived at 8:19PM and had to wait over 30min to get seated at a table. For the price of $300 for 2 people, we weren’t expecting to be served raw steak, bitter tasting Caesar salad, and wait 45min for our dessert. We did not want to complain due to the fact that it was New Years, and I wanted to take my lady back to the Airbnb since we were at the restaurant for 3 hours. We saw the reviews and the ratings of the restaurant and we were very disappointed with our experience, now we know not to come back again.

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vipMikeP
Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Sat for over sn hour and still no appetizer. Bread was all we got and way too salty. Everyone around us complaining about their food.

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vipTmstr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We really like Water Grill but our New Year’s Eve dinner there this year was really bad. Our food was just plain not good. Drinks were off too and then we were told it was just ‘our version’. Just not a good experience.

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vipjenniferh
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for NYE and while there was a significant amount of time between courses, the food was delicious and the service was wonderful. The owner also came around to speak with us since the food took quite a bit of time to come out. Each course was warm and the chef’s preparations were delicious. Highly recommend!

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vipWmFoodGuy
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Very slow service. Dinner took over 4 hours. 35 minutes for first course. 40 minutes wait for dessert. 20 minutes wait for check.

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BrooklynCJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank for a very rememberable experience. My entire party enjoyed dining at the Water Grill.

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NicoleA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Food was delicious and ambience was lovely

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vipSarahK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

First time dining here and likely won’t go back. Our appetizers came out quick but our entree took over an hour to come out even though we ordered it right when we sat down because crab was limited that day. Waiter checked on us once or twice during the hour then the manager even came out to say it will be out quickly. Still took another 30 after that. After waiting, the sides came out cold which was a bummer. Quite pricey for the service & food quality.

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vipRonaldB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Dave our bartender was super friendly and took good care of us.

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vipWayneH
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would like to see larger shrimp for their shrimp cocktail, like in the 12-13 range, not 17-18. Shrimp were very tasty. Also, where is their cheese bread? Bread was still very good.

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SheilaM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful authentic food experience and real dining where we could order many courses.

Especially impressed with the service. Our waiter was perfect. Really.

Thanks!
We traveled far and we will return again.

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vipCouqquoc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We shared the clams, the Dungeness crab, and the fish & chips and everything was good. The restaurant is beautiful. We would come back.

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vipErikT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good but not outstanding, especially considering the price. The atmosphere is lively and energetic but a bit loud if you’re looking for a place where you can easily converse. While the place is pretty big, the bar area was a bit tight. In particular, the booths in the bar area were relatively comfortable but It was a bit uncomfortable with all the servers and guests whizzing by at face level with Omicron on the rise. The servers were all pretty friendly but we didn’t get some utensils and condiments that are supposed to come with specific dishes until we asked for them. We also didn’t get the complimentary bread until near the end of the meal, after asking for it and following up a couple additional times. It’s a pretty good place but we just didn’t have the best experience.

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Que7
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service, plates could be more plentiful but we love coming here. Delicious! Go to place for a fancy night out. $$$

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto was a stellar waiter. Food was top notch

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MikeR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food not to pricey

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and quality food!

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GraceW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a my favorite seafood restaurant, best quality of food, best vibes. Everytime I go, I have the best time!

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JohnS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent waiter. Very helpful. Food quite good. Very nice setting. We enjoyed our dinner. Special plaudits to our waiter Jordan.

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food (spiny lobster and black cod). Table with a window to people watch on Christmas Eve!

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MSpi
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for fine dinning, kids friendly too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic

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Johnsonk
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good place and would highly recommend anyone going

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 2121 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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