Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.7
3577 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located on Ocean Avenue overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3577 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful

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RobC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting on Ocean Ave Promenade in Santa Monica
Great food and great service. Love the fresh oysters.
Will definitely be back!

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KarlW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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SarahA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

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Danw
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and super fresh delicious seafood

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Different experience than usual. Food has been better. Service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre given the price. I wouldn’t go back

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JanZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dined outside and enjoyed the delicious seafood, beautiful ocean view & convivial atmosphere.

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Frogprince
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and great service. Nick kept us entertained and a wonderful server.

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peterv
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great looking restaurant but the food is mediocre for the price.

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ShellyB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed myself immensely

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badmeal1
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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AliK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The server was not concentrating on the customer's needs.

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vipYvie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipEcceAdam
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Rosey
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with amazing seafood and great table service. Hostess was slightly rude related to my appearance being “very noticeable”.

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OpenTable Diner
Thailand
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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 😅)

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PSN1
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipstarfilledmac
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipErinH
E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and the waiter was absolutely fantastic! Will definitely be going back.

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FrankD
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the view. The service was superb. The food was really good, particularly the seafood options.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipWolfie
Phoenix
160 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

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

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vipJeffreyS
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kelly was the best! Period!

LA
LoriA
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Crab legs!!!

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vipCindyC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for seating indoors and outdoors. Good customer service. Food was delicious and priced well for the location and quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food was not great and was served cold. Service was good though.

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vipFrankS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, many thanks

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Michael
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meals!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was perfect. It’s expensive but worth it every now and again.

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Shay305
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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JBoh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly and nice oysters are always phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew our server was excellent. Food was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s graduation lunch and we had a blast. The serve surprise us with a cookie desert. I was so good. !!!

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vipNickEWYWTB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.

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