Water Grill - Santa Monica
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Lovely setting on Ocean Ave Promenade in Santa Monica
Great food and great service. Love the fresh oysters.
Will definitely be back!
We had a great time. The service was great. The other diners around us were having a good time and we all just had a an overall good time in our section. Go have a good meal and a good time. You will not be disappointed.
Most things about our dinner were outstanding, but I didn't love sitting outside as much as I have loved coming and sitting indoors in the past. I can't wait to feel comfortable coming back indoors and enjoying the ambience. The service was great, though, and so was the food. Thank you!
Amazing view and super fresh delicious seafood
Different experience than usual. Food has been better. Service was good
Food was mediocre given the price. I wouldn’t go back
Dined outside and enjoyed the delicious seafood, beautiful ocean view & convivial atmosphere.
We had a great time and great service. Nick kept us entertained and a wonderful server.
Great looking restaurant but the food is mediocre for the price.
Enjoyed myself immensely
The oysters, sushi roll and other items were delicious. Our waiter was okay. The food runners were new and not trained properly to bring your food without having to ask tables if it's yours. You just cannot do that. Especially at these prices. That is why I lowered the service rating.
The server was not concentrating on the customer's needs.
Great location across from the beach. Our server John was excellent. I ordered king crab legs and love that they were split open so I didn't have to work so hard to enjoy my food. They also have an amazing key lime pie.
From the cocktails to the food to the service, our visit to Water Grill was nothing short of spectacular. We enjoyed gorgeous views of the ocean while eating a delightful seafood platter for three that included lobster, several types of oysters, clams, mussels, crab, and more. Their respectable wine list includes several local varietals from both niche and well-known vineyards, and their cocktail menu includes some delightfully creative drinks. Above all, however, our server was outstanding, and we enjoyed chatting with him every time he stopped by. We were celebrating my mother's first trip to Los Angeles, and she could not have enjoyed herself more. We will certainly return to Water Grill, as we will fondly remember our visit for a long time.
Birthday dinner with amazing seafood and great table service. Hostess was slightly rude related to my appearance being “very noticeable”.
The King Crab legs were ready good (didn’t manage to take any photo…)
The oysters are quite small (really the smallest I’ve ever seen 😂)
The halibut and the grill octopus are great.
Outdoor seatings are a little loud (heavy smog from busy traffic on Ocean 😅)
We wanted to eat inside, but we also wanted to be socially distanced which Water Grill wasn't doing since so many Californian's are vaccinated. When we insisted they quickly found us a booth that did the trick. We had a wonderful waiter who checked ingredients for one of my guests who can't eat anything that has eggs or dairy it. He also brought extra bread (sourdough with no cheese in it) and olive oil for that guest while we ate the onion/cheese bread with butter. He was xlnt. Food, as usual here, was also xlnt
The seafood here is outstanding. I appreciate the seasonality of the menu and the wide range of options for a variety of appetites and desires. Cocktails are well-crafted and the service was attentive, but gave us space. I love the indoor/outdoor dining room, so it always feels breezy.
The food, drinks, and the waiter was absolutely fantastic! Will definitely be going back.
Came for the view. The service was superb. The food was really good, particularly the seafood options.
This place is amazing and the food is made to perfection! The manager Justin Hada is amazing and makes it his job to ask every customer there how they are doing. This manager is amazing and funny as hell. I give credit to all the staff there from the waiters to the janitors. My wife and I come here at least twice a month and we have no problem spending money for food that matches the quality. Next time ask for Justin and he will make your experience even better with his recommendations about what is good that day.
It was my first visit to this venue, I believe I was there before but under another name and a different style. For today, it was ok. It was a very vibrant Saturday afternoon today, the City and the beach area were packed, and so was this place. I had 1/2 lb of Mexican Jumbo Shrimp (4 out of 5 stars), followed by fish & chips (3,75/5) and the banana sundae for desert (4/5). Service was pretty decent though nothing real special but the place was packed and seemed a bit understaffed. It’s on the pricier side of restaurant but it’s First Row Santa Monica. Valet Parking was available for $13 which I consider decent for SoCal premier real estate environment. Would I return? Probably, but I still favorite Gladstone’s at PCH
Great food and great service. The setting is one of the best in Santa Monica - and the food is REALLY well prepared. Fresh ingredients every time.
Our server Kelly was the best! Period!
Amazing food, service and ambiance!
Great Crab legs!!!
Great options for seating indoors and outdoors. Good customer service. Food was delicious and priced well for the location and quality.
Food was not great and was served cold. Service was good though.
Wonderful dinner on a cool evening. We ate on the patio enjoying the ocean views. Food was delicious and even though it was busy night for diners we received great service.
Everything was excellent, many thanks
Other than the fresh oysters, I order the fish and chips more than anything else I've had at Water Grill. I have long considered them to be the best I've had in LA. Until yesterday. They served one average sized piece of cod, which was coated in a horribly overcooked, thick batter. There honestly was more crumbling fried batter than fish. The fish tasted good, though slightly overcooked, but it was difficult to even cut through the hard, massive amount of coating that was bordering on burnt. Of course, this was balanced by the wonderful ambiance of the place, the excellent service, and delicious oysters. But the fried fish was thoroughly disappointing. Not sure if I'll order it again, which is sad.
Food was perfect. It’s expensive but worth it every now and again.
Vacation in Santa Monica & chose Watergrill for our last night dinner. Made reservations but got there a few mins early, greeted by host & was able to be seated promptly. Host made sure i got my OpenTable points. Was seated at a smaller table but upon request was moved to a larger table. Cocktails and came fast, fresh & DELICIOUS! Sea bass, macaroni, Brussels and New York strip was so good and i consider myself a foodie. Server Matt “Powers” super friendly & helpful. Will def come here again when back in LA.
Server was friendly and nice oysters are always phenomenal
Matthew our server was excellent. Food was delicious!!
It was my daughter’s graduation lunch and we had a blast. The serve surprise us with a cookie desert. I was so good. !!!
Walking into Water Grill - Santa Monica, you are walking into a place where you want to celebrate, where you want to feel great. And that's exactly what they deliver. Service is always impeccable, the wine list is great, and of course, their seafood is fantastic.
Water Grill - Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 394-5669.
Water Grill - Santa Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 3577 OpenTable diners.
Water Grill - Santa Monica 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.