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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TP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous views and fantastic food! We had Oysters, Calamari, Shrimp, and more. Everything tasted fresh and flavors were incredible. Service was in par with the food, as well. It was a busy Saturday night, but everyone made time for us. Gorgeous location, exactly what we were looking for for a Saturday night on the pier!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively atmosphere, delicious food and cocktails, excellent service. Beautiful location across from the beach.

S
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance and the food was very good

MS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. We were visiting for a work event and got a reservation same day. The butternut squash ravioli was divine, as well as all the seafood dishes. But the prize winner was the caramel bread pudding. We debating eating there again the next night the food was so good. The wait staff is also super friendly!

n
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fish selection, good wine available and creative sides and appetizers.

m
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner with friends. We were there for a very long time and no one asked us to leave. We like that

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed. Staff was lovely

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We go there a lot but this is the first time that service was inattentive and the food orders were not well coordinated

h
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great sea food
Fish n chips outstanding
Salmon very good
Fresh Bread amazing

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad. But not as good as I expected.

K
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food is good and the service is great but it is very expensive.

C
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the Fish & Chips. Fresh wild-caught cod, very thin breading- almost delicate. Fries were the right cut and quantity. Highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We have been here on multiple occasions. It’s a fantastic restaurant, however on this occasion I wasn’t impressed with the black cod...overly salty, yet not flavourful. Last time we had the halibut, which was much better.

SC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The view of the sunset was excellent and the service was wonderful. The food was tasty enough. The restaurant was overall too loud. Possible to hold conversations but just barely.

JD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great location. I had the Cod in miso. It was relatively bland. Waiter was very nice and got me fresh ginger, which helped a little.
It was disappointing they only had one certified sustainable fish on their menu - chilean sea bass. That too was bland.

Sourdough bread, however, was excellent.

OT
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food here is amazing. The view and atmosphere more so. The service can be a little stuffy and distant - definitely NOT warm, and almost perfunctory but the kitchen sends out top-notch food, so it makes that a little less noticeable. Will definitely be back however. The Seafood is amazing as is to be expected, but even other dishes like the spiced yogurt and arugula roasted beet salad are stars.

d
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Teal is an amazing waitress

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was great. Only downside was, I couldn’t hear my friend across the table... because 4 very drunk women 4 tables away were talking/screaming/laughing so hard. That was the only issue ;)

m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always the most delicious food and fantastic service

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent
One the best in Santa Monica

MA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a chance because I had never been there before. What a great decision I made. Our server Chris was amazing, the food was delicious, the decor was beautiful, the drinks were on point for an amazing evening. Your greeters were fabulous! I really give you a "10"!! However, I was worried about parking, but it turned out OK...a little bit pricey, but OK.

LF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We arrived and stated our reservation and the attendant did not acknowledge me at all. I wasn’t sure if he heard me or didn’t. I presumed he did after I watched the curt treatment of others coming in. Very crowded/jostling, extremely noisy where we could not hear each other at all. Our waiter was charming, polite, but hurried (not his fault). Appetizer was so over salted it was actually inedible, like the cap came off the salt shaker level of salty. The quality of the fish and shellfish was excellent. Their cioppino was nothing like a fish stew, more like seafood in spicy tomato pasta sauce. Disappointing although, again, the seafood quality was good. Ordered bread pudding for dessert and it was super dry, super dense, and had so much salt chucks on it we couldn’t get rid of the salt. Imagine normal bread pudding that been dehydrated and left out a few days then covered in salt chunks. For $220, I feel like we wasted both our time and money. Nothing romantic at all about the place but if you can’t stand your partner’s voice, then this is good because it is so loud you won’t hear him/her. (Btw, the window seats are open windows at night and very cold.) Waiter tried his best and was charming though.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service didn’t match the food or price of food. Informed our waitstaff about unstable table and met with disappointing response without attempt to fix issue.

Delicious oysters and lobster. Mediocre service.

MK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone there is so friendly - our server Allison - was fantastic.

DC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our waiter was good, but not attentive. Food was good, but limited selection. Over all, a nice place to eat.

ME
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed superb dinner to celebrate a family birthday. Service was professional and friendly. Fantastic location. Thank you!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very fresh ouster with good wine in the good place

BK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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 on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and good food!!

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific.

CD
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in LA

EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food3service4ambience4

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

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