Water Grill - Santa Monica

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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 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with comfortable seating with a glass lined kitchen and attentive staff. Well located on Ocean Ave with access to Santa Monica Pier.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!

s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

overall pretty good, good service and nice ambiance and view. Recommended.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good but overpriced for what you get. Service was ok, felt unnatural and inexperienced.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very pleasing and foods were amazing. It was valentine's day and it was very crowded even at 10pm. Service was great and surf and turf and seafoods were excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Wouldn’t come on a special holiday due to the menu is pre fixed and you can’t order anything else

SH
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our Valentines and Anniversary date, and we had an amazing time as always. Even though they had a limited menu that night, we were excited to hear that the raw bar was still open and we were able to order some of our favorite items.

RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

My server Melissa straight lied to me and was a terrible server

GG
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Prix Fixe was a bargain at $90. (We has upgraded the $75 by ordering Lobster at an additional $15 cost.). When it turned out the restaurant ran out of our prechosed dessert, the manager stopped by with his card to invite us back for a free one. CLASS!

FA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food options are typically great. The fish, oysters, and lobsters are to die for ... haven't tried crab. Unfortunately, on Valentine's day, the service was really slow. We had to 30-35 minutes for food and they also ran out of the dessert we ordered. Essentially, a delay on a busy day is expected but not to an extent where you get a headache waiting for food. Anyway, sea food is great and the flavors are adventurous but service needs to be quicker.

d
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

A couple was sitting beside us during Valentines Day. The woman broke the glass of champagne and a piece of glass cut my arm. I handed it to the manager and he only apologized after my husband stated it was wrong to let a drunk couple in your establishment. My 70 year old mother was there and was very upset with the incident. It was not a pleasant experience. We don't recommend.

KB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

Kimberly, our server, was amazing and warm.

The cheesy bread the have you start with is delicious.
The scallops in the curry cauliflower sauce were the best scallops I’ve ever had!!

Classy joint, lots of people.

JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Yes I think the ambience is really good for small group of friends cheering their time

L
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super consistent, always great. The best thing is the fact that there is no corkage if you bring in your own bottle. The staff is super friendly, the food is always spot on, and the location is spectacular. Overall, I highly recommend the Water Grill.

e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love going to Water Grill.

PP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and meal.
Our waiter Joe was just perfect.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience4

OVERALL RECOMMENDATION COLORED BY THE FACT THAT WE WAITED FOR A WINDOW SEAT FOR ABOUT TWENTY OR THIRTY MINUTES AND OUR TABLE WAS GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAD JUST COME IN. WHEN I BROUGHT THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOST, HE APOLOGIZED BUT SAID HE CANNOT UNSEAT PEOPLE ONCE THEY WERE SEATED AND WE WOULD BE SEATED AT THE NEXT AVAILABLE WINDOW SEAT. HE OFFERED A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE WHILE WE CONTINUED TO WAIT, BUT THIS HAD ALREADY SET THE MOOD FOR A LESS THAN SATISFACTORY VALENTINE'S DAY. MY DINNER WAS FINE BUT MY HUSBAND FOUND HIS CHOICES TOO SALTY. I AM SORRY THAT THIS HAD HAPPENED BECAUSE THE WATER GRILL WAS ON OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS.

R
Las Vegas
63 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in all of Los Angeles, and I eat out a lot. The food is excellent - the freshest seafood you can get in a restaurant, and so perfectly prepared in creative and delicious ways. The service is always great - everyone is polite and efficient. You can count on Water Grill Santa Monica for the best of everything in a restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Ordered expensive sea bass came out undercooked they then took it back and re-cooked the same pieces of fish and tried to re-serve even then it was still not cooked correctly they did in fairness take it off the bill
It seems that if it is raining in Santa Monica they understaff the restaurant’s

BO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous waiter, Nick, who just did a wonderful job over the course of the entire meal.

Very highly recommended!

AK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an Amazing server, Richard. He was accommodating, knowledgeable and very attentive .

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always

OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a business dinner and knew we could bring our own wine (no corkage fee for the first 6 bottles, we had 2). This took alcohol off our tab (short of tipping appropriately for the service) and made our total tab for AMAZING seafood very reasonable.

We had California spiny lobster (in season and cooked fresh to order), oysters, stone crab and sides...not to mention their amazing clam chowder! It all amounted to a great dinner for 3 that was reasonable given the freshness, flavor and impeccable service.

Every location (Dallas, Santa Monica, South Coast, etc) is consistently fresh and enjoyable!

TT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Water Grill please clean your Windows. Our area was quite dirty.
Loved the salmon. Perfectly prepared.
Did not like the onion cheese bread.
Waiter was very accommodating to our relaxed schedule. Thank you.

IH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE OUR SERVER WAS GREAT MADE GREAT RECOMMENDATIONS

G
San Luis Potosi
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

De lujo y excelente

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food actually made me sick

AL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Loved it all.

C
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried this place for the first time for Dine LA lunch. Fabulous. It is our new Santa Monica restaurant favorite. Get a street side table when the windows are open. Like being on vacation. And ask that John be your server.

MG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was very good with generous portions. We were seated in a quieter area of the space

VC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I keep trying to give Water Grill the benefit of the doubt bc the location is stellar but they always miss the mark. Location, ambience and service are great but food is ok and overpriced.

OT
Los Angeles
151 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good for and service. Great corkage policy. Added sushi & it was excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Noted birthday on the reservation and it was not acknowledged.

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and nicely prepared. The waiter we had was very attentive, as were other staff from the restaurant. I strongly recommend Water Grill in Santa Monica.

B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

A much noisier version of the DTA Water Grill. Food was fairly good and a reasonable good value for the money. Dined at the Santa Monica Water Grill as part of the Dine LA deal, where we enjoyed a four-course prix fix meal.

JF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening. Our party of 6 was seated promptly even on a Saturday night! Friendly and professional service, reasonable wine selection, and everyone enjoyed their appetizers, salads, soups, and main course. Sea Bass was a stand-out! Fish and chips were delicious, although pricey for what was on the plate (one piece of fish), but most of us ordered the Dine LA menu and were very happy.

E
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It wasn’t good. I made a reservation and still have to wait more then half an hour for my table. I would have left if I wasn’t the host. The food was mediocre and the server had no knowledge about the dishes when one of us asked a question. She left to find out and didn’t come back for a long long time. It was really noisy hard to carry a conversation so over all not pleasant. I won’t go back.

FW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This place is like being at Disneyland. Loud, too many people. Food was OK at best!

s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was wonderful and a great value

MJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server michael was great he made the night really memorable definetly going back to try the rest of the menu.

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