Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.5
2410 reviews
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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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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Table location not favorable and crab was a little challenging to eat!

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R
New England
65 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The Water Grill was very crowded when we went there for dinner. We had a reservation but waited a bit for our table. Our waiter was enthusiastic but it took over 45 minutes to get our appetizers. The food was good but not over-the-top great. We enjoyed having dinner there but not sure I’d go there again.

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had in a while. Service was excellent too

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JB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Isn't inexpensive but you get what you pay for.

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FF
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love this restaurant- it never disappoints- fair warning it is very pricey

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed for 2nd time in a row. We enjoyed for years but something has changed.. for the worse. Quality of food is not the same.

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G
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Very good wine selection and prices

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A
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and excellent service. I love their seafood tower with freshest selections of oysters, scallops, and lobsters. If you love fish, definitely try their Chilean sea bass. For dinner, reservation is a must. The restaurant was very kind to give us a room last time when we had a big group for dinning.

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DG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very limited fresh fish choices for a seafood place. Spot shrimp were heavily advertised they were terrible and terribly overpriced. Service was spotty. Very noisy. You can do better somewhere else

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F
Omaha
32 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Crowded, noisy, decent menus

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great food, great wine!

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l
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant felt like a food factory and not a food destination
Our server was very polite but he was hard to find when we needed something
The ambiance was pleasant since we were tucked away on the side
the rest of the restaurant felt chaotic
We were entertaining a guest from out the country who had requested seafood - it was really embarrassing to have to wait half and hour for our reservation
My husband enjoyed his fish but could not eat the accompaniments as they were hard and dry
My fish was tasteless and an extremely meager portion for a not inexpensive price
The Brussels sprouts were hardly there too- why suggest a side for the table when there is barely enough for 1
I would normally have shared my dissatisfaction but I did not want to do it in front of our guest

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VH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality seafood! We have eaten here twice and there steaks are the best I have had. The staff is friendly, very helpful with the menu and the device is well timed.

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z
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very nice and accommodating
The manager keep coming to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed
All the other. People, from the front hostess to the box boy were nice and attentive 👍🏽

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R
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommended

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R
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender and manager were terrific

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Amazing food. Great all around place!

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ML
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spoke even in the rain.... liked the décor.

Great staff - took my coat, waiter was awesome

The music was way to loud for the middle of the day... only real drawback.

Oysters were so fresh...

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was awesome!!

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BE
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Comfortable space, Food was great. They are exceptional and working with all kinds of seafood. Incredible sword fish and Cod. Small portions on the Sea Bass. However, incredible taste.

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We quite appreciated our servers and the manager, who brought me my (forgotten!) hat in the valet area.

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b
Los Angeles
195 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole fish Dover sole, Chilean sea bass, mahi mahi were excellent. The fish were all cooked perfectly . the sides of mashed potatoes and Chinese sausage with brocolini were equally excellent. We had no dessert but I also enjoyed my decaf coffee. The service was attentive and recommendations were excellent

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sea bass is amazing! Love the service and ambiance. Overall great experience and value compared to other restaurants of its caliber.

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family in town.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster ever...great service, excellent!! I would highly recommend and already have to several friends.

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MP
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this was our best seafood dining experience Ever! Our server Brett was very attentive and knowledgeable. The only negative was the.tiny bathroom shared by several other restaurants and businesses with an attendant hovering over everyone. No privacy and weirdly uncomfortable.

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ED
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Yuri was unbelievable. Overall, service is excellent, including the 2 who checked on us twice. Thank you for a great experience.

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m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was prompt and efficient.

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PL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, nice mood. Always good to have a dining

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R
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chilean sea bass is truly unbeatable.

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HR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night. Yet, the service and food were great.

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e
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were sat next to the lobster tanks and the kitchen door. Lobsters were taken out of the tanks and several times dropped on the floor.

We had a table of eight and when dinner came out one dish was missing because the waiter forgot to put the order in. The eighth and last dinner came out as the seven of us were finishing our meal.

Sad because most of the restaurant tables have nice ambiance. I made the reservation weeks in advance and we had a terrible table.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here often for years and it is always great. Our waiter was outstanding this time-engaging, knew his wines and funny!

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

Family trip

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DL
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and delicious food!!

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RE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sea food and service. Highly recommend it!

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HC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Great decor!

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KT
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family dinner night - loud but good food. Kinda pricey but enjoyable.

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l
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wanted to come here as it is a longstanding steak/seafood place in Santa Monica. It felt a bit like a franchise, with the staff hurrying around in a panic and long pauses between service. The food was good but relied too heavily on fat and salt, so I think for the price that there is better food to be found in the area.

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