Water Grill - Santa Monica

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Seafood
For over 30 years, Water Grill has sated the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this 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 USA Today and Zagat, the Water Grill consistently offers dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very fresh ouster with good wine in the good place

BK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The oyster selection is very good. The wine by the glass selections good as well, and moderately priced. Sitting by the window is lovely, and that's why I dine here. While the service is great, most of the food options (and I've tried a fair number over time) are unexceptional, certainly for their cost. If you know what you're doing, you can have a nice experience here.

DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service- We asked for a seat near the window to see the sunset and they accommodated us. The waiter was very professional and gave us great recommendations. We had the Sea Bass and the Swordfish and both melted in our mouths. Great Food, Great Service...a little pricey but well-worth it on a date night.

LA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I had chosen the Water Grill to celebrate my daughters birthday with the family because it looked very classy in your pictures and was located on Ocean Avenue with a view of the sunset. The tables for two near the windows were great but since there were six of us we had to sit on the side with no window view except for maybe one person. The food was great and so was the service but the atmosphere was more like a sports bar than high end restaurant. Not what I had hoped for but maybe fine if that’s what you expect. The place was also way noisier than we had anticipated. Not our kind of place but great for a date.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and good food!!

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time in Santa Monica and also my husbands bday. We had a great meal the service was super nice and got to sit right along the window with a nice view

O
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was wonderful. Chip was our server - he was friendly, and knowledgeable and we appreciated his suggestions. Tried the spiny lobster and glad we did!

PL
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific.

CD
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in LA

EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Santa Monica visiting from Chicago this last week, a party of 9 including myself couldn't get a reservation at another nearby seafood restaurant because they "don't book parties over 5 because they have had trouble with large parties..." I ended up finding Water Grill, read the reviews and booked our party with no issue. We had 1 incredible server named Dan, who made sure everyone had everything they needed at any given point during the night. The food was incredible!! From the warm bread served the minute you sit, to enormous lobster I got, to the decadent desserts we all shared! We couldn't believe the affordability for all that we got! We did bring 2 bottles of wine with so that helped, but still! We paid about $100 per person with gratuity and found that extremely well priced for such a fancy dinner!

JB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were on point! Just the right amount of balance between polish and convo from the server. Sat in the window at sunset and enjoyed chilled seafood to start and then King crab legs and fresh whole Black Sea Bass. Sides were killer too with the squash over the pistachio and mint couscous(or similar grain) stealing the show. No booze and dinner came in around 250 before tip with dessert, coffee, bottle water and no holding back when selecting food. Very happy with value, I have paid more for less! I also worked in the industry for decades and very rarely through around compliments like this.

C
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

thoroughly enjoyed the sea bass and swordfish. good service but like most other restaurants, we seemed to be in and out all too quickly

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I'm from Louisiana...worst shrimp and grits ever. Guy with me had a burger that was excellent.

VA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love seafood Water Grill had be best raw bar in town and the best fish. They have HALIBUT CHEEKS! One of my favorites. I love sitting by the window and looking out over the Pacific with a nice lunch and a glass or Rose. Great place to take friends from out of town. One of my favorite restaurants but a bit of splurge. The service is professional which is saying a lot. Don't forget to get your parking ticket stamped. Valet is expensive.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Touristy Spot with rushed service only trying to turn tables and the mouthiest waitress I’ve ever experienced. A shame since the food is actually good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lobster was a bit over done and chewy and most of the mussels and clams in the cioppino were not opened and inedible. The cioppino was cold too. Expensive and waste of money. We were not happy.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Just was disappointed. Waiter bamboozled my husband into getting a $500 king crab didn’t like that.

BB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit but it won’t be the last! Excellent waiter who knew the menu well and made some terrific recommendations. Fabulous cocktails and miso cod perfectly prepared. Pricey but palate pleasing!

MA
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends from out of town. Fantastic, never disappoints! Will be back as we have many times before. Thank you.

RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was extremely knowledgeable of the fish on the menu which was very refreshing and a master class to boot, I must say.

The sea bass was to die for! (Along with the broccolini.)

Thank you!

PB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my go-to places in Santa Monica! Never disappoints!

SD
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I wish they would keep the street corn and sauce with the halibut. The other garnishes they use is not as good.

W
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best lobster roll anywhere coast to coast with beautiful ocean view

DM
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Great service, fresh and perfectly prepared seafood and all the other offerings. I can’t to return.

JD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was great, had him a couple of times and he is a great waiter!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A Birthday Celebration ❤️

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old friend came to Los Angeles. Turns out it was her Birthday.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is without doubt the best restaurant in Santa Monica (and I have been to them all). The service is fantastic and the food is beyond compare. My wife had the fillet and I had seafood. Both were superb. Don’t kiss the chance of eating here.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Hostess sat us at the worst table even though we had a reservation and there were other open tables.

RB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent!

R
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best seafood restaurant!! Every dish is superb, fresh and delectable. Service is always terrific, ambiance is wonderful. A great restaurant for a meal or any occasion or celebration!!

BB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Server was humorless and absent and not particularly welcoming or engaging. Reservation honored promptly. Location is perfect for enjoying Santa Monica and the views of sunset.

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Dads birthday

AB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been coming fish co restaurant since the early 80s. A go to place for special occasions & GREAT seafood. Also go to downtown branch. Our favorite getaway downtown

IM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Main course came before we had finished entrees, no apologies or understanding of timing. Our mains then got cold while we finished entree.
Staff members were scarce until you are paying your bill!

BS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I did a drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica for our anniversary. We loved the Grill. They reserved a table for us with a sunset view and brought us an amazing bread pudding with salted Carmel ice cream to end our meal
We love seafood!!! So many choices for dinner. Everything was delicious and our waitress was fantastic Can’t miss having a meal here

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that we had hoped it would be - from the Mimosa and Oyster Combo plate, to the delicious Soft Shell crabs to the glorious maple cheesecake dessert.
Can't wait to return.

JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oyster selection. Server made great recommendations.

JB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were entertaining out of town guests. They really liked our choice of restaurant and its proximity to Santa Monica Pier and Venice Muscle Beach. They loved the seafood dishes. We’ go there again next time.

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