Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
3160 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
COVID-19 GUIDELINES
In compliance with the current CDC Guidelines, we require all Guests to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant. Face coverings may be removed when sitting at your table. We are exclusively offering Outdoor dining for our Guests.

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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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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What 3160 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service recommend the crab legs🦀

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HSpe
Austin
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely loved our dinner at Water Grill! The food was amazing and the service was great!

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MorganZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Maître d' was accommodating even as we arrived at least 15 minutes late for our reservation. Waiter wore too many masks which kind of makes it difficult to hear the specials, on top of sitting only several feet away from traffic. Dessert was not offered, I just had the check dumped in my lap after our entrees were cleared and had to ask for it.

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Reese
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Sword fish was absolutely delicious!!!

JD
JackieD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

never a disappointing meal here! one of my favorite restaurants!

KV
KennethV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipGrahamC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food, as ever at The Water Grill, was good and very consistent, the service was the let down, rushed and the greeter was pretty off hand and should not be front of house. Our server was good and knowledgeable so no complaints there.

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Michael
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I had a lovely lunch outdoors with the beautiful ocean view. We went on a rare hot day (for November) so it was beginning to get a little hot. Our server was happy to move us to a table with more shade.
The food, as always, was excellent. We had a dozen kumomoto oysters and they were as delicious as usual. And the fish and chips remain the absolute best in LA.
We both just love this place and were happy to see it doing well during such a difficult time, especially for the restaurant industry.
Cheers to all!!

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vipRW77
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My waitress wasn’t honest about pricing and my $72 lobster has tasteless.....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Peter and the rest of the staff were amazing! The food was just ok today. I’m a frequent quest there so maybe they just had an off day for food because I’m usually very satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The seafood here are always grilled to perfection. Even dishes that sound so simple, like the salmon are also outstanding.

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Charlie14
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Tron was great, but we did have to wait about 15 minutes to sit down. Very nice evening

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vipEddieMac
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location, food and service was simply exceptional. The staff is super friendly, super safe and super attentive. The food was simply off the chart tasty!!

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Anna
London
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing service.
The shellfish platter wasn't great to be honest, but the rest compensated.
We had a lovely time.

CJ
CJDRALK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would have been much nicer inside; but I understand the times.....

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viptomc
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

excellent service and food - unfortunately outside rather than in they're nice restaurant

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Rivera
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food was excellent, a must-visit again.

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vipGlazed
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

This is review during Covid, so the lack of ambiance and lack of value are partly due to the fact I was freezing and the heat lamps don't really do the trick. The loud sounds of emergency vehicles and the bus stop next to the restaurant definitely reduce the value. When you go to a restaurant that is $50-100/head, you expect a lot more value than you get right now. With that said, the food was great, servers were excellent.

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vipKFredL
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Sea Bass was excellent... Brussel Sprouts slightly over cooked but tasty.... Chowder slightly bland but creamy...
Staff very accommodating and friendly but not enough outdoor heaters based on being so close to the beach....
Very cold and hard to enjoy dinner

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Coco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was overpriced. It was essentially a very expensive Red Lobster as far as food quality went, though I'd choose Red Lobster next time. The pre-meal bread was dry and tasteless. The (very expensive) lobster was far too chewy and rubbery. Our shrimp scampi was drenched in butter and seemed to have no salt in it. The Cheesecake was dense but nearly flavorless. The Key Lime Pie was decent, but far more tart than most I've had. I wouldn't really recommend eating there during COVID in the evening because you can't see the ocean, you're sitting almost on the street (some seats are actually on the street), and it's very loud and rather smelly. Overall I'd probably go there again if it cost 1/4 the price.

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vipRiaSC1776
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have 5 tars for all categories. We ate on the sidewalk part of the restaurant (COVID mandate) the street was being repaired which is why I listed noise level as moderate. The food and service were excellent and I would definitely go back.

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Lilolu
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been awhile since we’ve visited Water Grill in Santa Monica. The ambiance is FAR from “normal,” but considering the situation that we are living in right now, I’LL TAKE IT! The host was pleasant. Servers had masks. Tables were spaced out. There were plastic partitions up. The food was delicious! We had ordered oysters and jumbo shrimps for appetizers, Chilean sea bass, and king crab legs for our entrees. DELICIOUS. All in all, VERY SATISFIED. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I hated sitting on the street that have cars passing me while i eat and yes the food may have been good and the service was good. but it is not good when all you smell is ⛽️ gas from the cars passing. Also my table wasn’t leveled it was wobbly and for my birthday I expected so much more. I am Disappointed.

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DylanP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Our server was amazing. Our food, not so much. They’ve also put up fogged plastic which prevents you from seeing the sunset, which was kind of the point. Their prices are a bit much for what they deliver. Sea bass was over cooked. Deboning left a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, the most flavor of the whole meal came from a 5 spice sausage in the broccolini. Would’ve been a decent $35-50 plate- with drink- in most of LA (though, still, overcooked). At $72, the product is just not competitive when compared to what’s out there.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was really windy and cold the day that we went there. The host made us wait outside for 15 min.. we were so cold and had to stay out of their way. Our waiter was really nice. Food was a little salty, but it was ok.. we always go to Water Grill in Costa Mesa and have a great time there.

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EOIN
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The one thing we were most pleasantly surprised by was the fact they still have a full menu despite the difficulty of operating under social distancing guidelines. The seafood tower was excellent, as usual. The only reason I am giving the food four stars is because the bone-in ribeye was not as flavorful as we had hoped. Service was attentive, friendly and prompt.

CJ
CJDRALK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Hard to evaluate fairly because of Covid dining restrictions

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4gno
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous Birthday lunch. John gave great service and was fun to meet. Despite the COVID plastic walls, masks and other restrictions, it was an absolute lovey experience! Oysters, champagne and the spiney lobster were a perfect combination.

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UrsulaV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of four decided to eat dinner at this restaurant because in addition to the exceptional quality of food, we felt safe dining here during this time of COVID: tables were sanitized, staff wore masks, and even it being outdoors, there were dividers between each group of tables. With the view of the palm trees and the sun setting, it was an overall great experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience2

Foods are unreasonably expensive

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JaniceS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The shrimp cocktail was the worst I've ever eaten world-wide. Seems shrimp was frozen and served right after defrosting. Didnt taste fresh or edible. How can a seafood restaurant next to the ocean serve bad fresh shrimp. They can! I sent the dish back but as a first course it truly was a meal spoiler. I got my friend to try it and he was just as disappointed. They denied it was frozen until a manager admitted it was. Do better Water Grill. All other food was good. Further outside dining uses foggy dividers so ocean is hard to see. That was a big oversight blocking the view of the water. So overall 3/5.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great overall experience. There are plenty of heat lamps, so not a chilly dining experience. Service was great and food quality is high. Would return.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place and it's food! The 1.5lbs lobster looked like 3 lbs. and they have their CoVid act and heaters and tables together. Always a winner

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Had to flag server down for refills. Ordered no bacon but burger came with bacon.

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Somar
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathew was a polite and energetic servers. He was constant with me and my date, making sure we were content and happy. Give that man a raise. The Blue Tuna was phenomenal and I’ll be sure to come back again. Compliments to the chef.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Fresh seafood for sure but not spectacular

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vipDee115401
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Recommended by hotel and did not disappoint. Would return and the cocktails are amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The prices were raised significantly from the menu online. The food wasn’t great and came with very little food and no sides. Would not go back.

PB
PaulB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Under served and overpriced. Better places in Santa Monica to eat and not get ripped off.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Having to eat at small tables outside was the only issue. Once indoor dining is once again allowed, it will be 5 stars across the board.

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 3160 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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