Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
4078 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

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Ocean Avenue! Chef Trevor has prepared a special, exclusive 4-course dinner to ring in 2022! Join us for a memorable evening, filled with delicious menu offerings, optional wine pairings, an interactive photo booth, party favors, and more. Here’s to the new year!

What 4078 people are saying
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NadiaR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible! We loved everything that we ate, would def come back and recommend you do the same.

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MarquesT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot, and great food. Would definitely recommend

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vipKWDiner
Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great assortment of fresh fish selections, Shrimp Louie was interesting and different, Salmon roll was fantastic. John was a great waiter. We'll be back.

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Toba
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fresh and amazing! Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

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DaveM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar with my wife on Saturday night. We had a great time and the bartenders were fantastic. We’ll be back👍

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vipGourmetChef
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have been dining at the Water Grill for many years and I am sorry to see a good restaurant deteriorate so badly. I come from a family of restaurantors and gourmet chefs. I usually never complain or even write reviews. But this experience required a critique. The service was slow but waiters spoke in a rushed and robotic manner. I was appalled to see servers handle glassware with fingers on the rim rather than from the base. The silverware was dirty. Menus were left on chairs from prior diners. The food came cold , overcooked and tasteless. The cooks wore the required Covid masks with noses and mouths exposed. The noise level was simply annoying and not celebratory or joyous. The dessert was not penetrable by the supplied utensils. Sorry to see a good restaurant deteriorate so badly.

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MarleneH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a birthday celebration for two of the four guests in our party. Our waitress was superb. She really paid attention to us and took care of all our needs by explaining items on the menu and also substitutions.There were a few hiccups with our food order and the manager came over and apologized for the issue then took care of those items on our bill. Overall it was a great experience.

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vipJoannC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Experience was just ok. I’ve had better food I. The Bay Area. The food was served cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very knowledgeable and personable server, friendly attentive hosts. Ambiance is second to none, absolutely fabulous experience! Can’t wait to come back!

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KurtB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation to be seated even though there were many empty tables. It took 20 minutes to get a drink and one hour to get a dozen oysters. I had the chowder which was bland and my friend had fish tacos which were soggy. A waiter takes your order and someone else delivers the food which doesn’t work here. They did take the tacos off the bill. Won’t be going back.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The service was awful, we didn’t get to order our main dish until and hour and a half of being there. We waited a full 30 mins after our appetizer for our sever to show up again, and had to ask for him. Unfortunately bad experience for a birthday dinner for my fiancé. They tried to make up for it at the end with the birthday dessert. However, we don’t appreciate the sever being MIA for the three hours we’re there and then trying to sweeten us up as the bill comes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening!
Delicious food
Thank you

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PAVEL
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great spot for people watching with the Pacific adding ambience, especially when seated outside.

Great selection, especially oyster varietals! Not cheap but no surprise considering the prime location.

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vipclarem
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good and flavorful. We had the scallops and tuna entrees. Very small portions but nicely presented. Service was friendly but very slow. Waited about 15 minutes before anyone took our drink order and then another 15 mins to get drinks. Bread was delicious and serving chilled water as opposed to a glass full of ice was a nice touch!

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Lsac
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I would not recommend the restaurant. Unfortunately, my $49 Chilean Sea Bass was too salty. My dish came with cauliflower puree but i think they ran out because my dish, literally had enough for 1 spoon full. My friends Sea scallops dish was too sweet. She did not like it. We left feeling disappointed.

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vipBrianLP
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall we really enjoyed this restaurant. The service was good and the food was good. Nothing was outstanding for the prices so I can’t give it tip marks. We had a nice table looking out to the street/beach which was nice. Our server was really great. I would return and be mindful of what I order.

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vipDmarie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Wasnt as good as ive had. Halibut cheeks were overcooked and dry. Fish tacos nit seasoned. Was sad there was a nice grilled shrimp entree. Had wonderful experiences in the past. Still love this place but not as thrilled about it as i was before

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vipNICOLEG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Water Grill never disappoints. Such a great menu. I wish they didn’t take the branzino off of the menu. It was one of my favorites. We had the muscles and calamari for an appetizer and then the most delicious fish with the butternut squash.

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vipWestsider
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a great booth, great service and delicious food and wine. A wonderful spot in Santa Monica.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill isn't cheap by any means but well worth the price!

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StevenR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Food, service and ambience first rate!

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vipDawnL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a friend visiting from the east coast and we came to WG for early an early dinner. Our experience was perfection from the moment we entered to the finish. Our server made great recommendations, was attentive, and every dish was exceptional. The manager came by to make sure we enjoyed the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb menu and service. Unique, special place

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Really disappointing.

We had been before and were looking forward to returning.

We waited nearly 20 mins for our pre dinner cocktails.

Crab cake starter was good. Our mains arrived but without our sides. The server asked if there was anything else and we mentioned our sides. He said he would get them immediately. It took 20 mins. They were no longer sides at this point….

He seemed to think that by comping the sides the problem was solved.

Suggest they need to get the basics right and actually take ownership of an issue. The kitchen’s cooking is being let down by front of house.

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Justperfection
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on OCEAN AVE. Perfect service. Thank you for maintaining your standards through the craziest of times. 110 STARS

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KatherineQ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the front desk to the service and the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 service!

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vipShellyloves
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink

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NashVegas
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently an overwhelming favorite of friends and family. Great service, excellent food and great ambiance!

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vipDebraB
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service very good!

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vipLorraineM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food at water grill never disappoints. The service was great. Our only complaint if you could call it that is the level of noise is quite high. Also, as with most other restaurants it’s gotten very expensive over the last year but we truly enjoyed our dinner

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BrettD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Water Grill is a good place to go for dinner. For me, looking for seafood. And a drink perhaps. We sat outside on the patio and had a good time.

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Waaaay too expensive, even for a business dinner. $18.50 for a Chopan vodka is a gouge.

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vipLily
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Salmon was great! Lobster roll too! Had our large dog with us and they were very nice to him . Service was great⭐️

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julietk
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Mitch was great. Had really good knowledge of the menu and drinks. Attentive and caring service

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The bass was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Oysters were awesome. Nantucket scallops were 4/5 ok. Clam chowder was creamy but was missing the quality flavor I was looking for. My cocktail was delicious, Accidental Crossing 10/10.

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PaulK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service that is right on the ocean. What more could you want?

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JohnM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! 1 of my favorites.

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 4.6 stars by 4078 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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