Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.7
3428 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Celebrate Mother's Day at Water Grill! Our Chef is preparing a special menu to help celebrate that special Woman in your life!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you
Good food
Great service

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vipneal
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE food was great as always and the service was excellent. Try the toro appetizer its worth the trip just for that

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was awesome and the food very good!!

JW
JohnW
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot, a bit pricey but the food was very good. Their wine is way over priced.

CC
CourtneyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view, and great service. Highly recommend!

KK
KurtK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, right across from the beach. All around amazing!

JR
vipJRM44
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish for fish+chips ever. Cracking crisp crust, fish shaped to look like a bread loaf, kept it very moist. The tartar sauce is lively with Mediterranean spices. The Parker house roll-like complimentary bread was pillowy with substance and tasted of salt and sour. Fantastic lobster in the lobster roll, and lots of it. Better than Maine, roll great quality too, not just a hot dog bun. We’ll be passing through Santa Monica again next week, and we’ll be back to try more of their extensive menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and fresh.

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Xqwizite1
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent! He recommended great food options and was full of personality with even better customer service.

DG
vipDanaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The service was good but the food was very institutional
tasting. Not worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here for the fresh sea food! I come here here at least once a month to try something new.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was a decent experience. It was a lil annoying that we had people come up to ask for money or to “bless us with salt and pepper” that were left in the planters. The drinks took a lot longer than anticipated and we had asked for drawn butter for the lobster/crab but it came out cold. Otherwise, the food was delicious, and the bread was amazing! I’m glad our server was able to get our Louie salad “constructed” as opposed to de-constructed. We had a good time catching up and enjoying our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was good. Service was a bit slow.

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vipTimothyR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service (Tasha) was 5 Star!! For was fresh and amazing, but her knowledge of menu and drink recommendations made the night!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Definitely recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was simply too salty. For the price, I expected better.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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TKNK
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, a little pricey for some dishes and some were served lukewarm. Other than that we had a great experience.

JB
JessB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sons Birthday ! We had a fantastic waiter and great food !

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AlisonF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and service was exceptional. We were sat on the front patio at magic hour with an ocean view as well. Couldn’t get much better than that!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places, best oysters in Santa Monica that is for sure!!!

TK
vipTaisiiaK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service! excellent food- everything very good

MB
MonikkaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fresh and delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

AP
AngelinaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! The service from valet parking, to checking in, being seated, our waiter,
and of course the food, was amazing. Definitely coming back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was delicious. My partner and I enjoyed the tuna appetizer, seafood platter, steak and Chilean sea bass. Didn’t get a photo of our dessert but the banana ice cream was out of this world!!! We had a wonderful time celebrating his work accomplishments. We will definitely be back!

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PamB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience2

We were celebrating an anniversary and based on my sister’s recommendation we chose Water Grill with plans to get the lobster. Sadly it was over cooked and tough as could be - but the coleslaw served with the lobster was delicious. We ordered the crab cake appetizer which was also delicious. Because we were seated outside, the mash potatoes, ordered as a side dish, turned cold before we could eat them. On a more positive note, the service was excellent. Our server was very attentive, checking back frequently to see if we needed anything. We brought our own wine which our server put in an ice bucket and there was no corkage fee. We were also give a nice dessert, on the house, to celebrate our special occasion. Except for the tough lobster and cold potatoes, our experience was lovely.

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CarlosQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had dinner for the first time at this Water Grill location in Santa Monica.

Our server was Marc, who provided an outstanding service. He was cordial, attentive and checked on us during the evening.
The food was wonderful, with every dish we ordered was an explosion of flavors and textures. The restaurant measures and capacity seemed adequate to the current health department requirements.
Overall, this dinner was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Sat outside. Food was nice. Service. The only issue is when your on ocean, too many loud motorcycles being super loud and many people smoking as they walk by.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is very good. Drink not so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow it’s great to be out and have fresh seafood and just good food. Service was excellent the tables are spread apart nicely and you can see the ocean while you eat. The Alaskan king crab roll was the best ever, and the live main lobster was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend Water Grill !

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brad
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent wait staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not have to pay penalties for car registration, people at the DMV so kind and courteous, and thought I would celebrate my birthday earlier than May 16th just in case the pandemic gets worse. I live the WATER GRILL and my server was an angel.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great..I had the King crab roll! Very delicious 😋

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea bass and scallops were buttery and melted in our mouths. The crunch on the calamari was perfect, with just the right amount of oil. The lobster Mac n cheese could bring about world peace.

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SJL40
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food just average today.
Fish and chips C
Lobster Roll C
Fries B+
Ceased Salad D+
Clam Chowder B-
Dessert B
Service B+
They have been missing it on my last few visits. Hopefully they can turn it around.
Also, pretty expensive. Be prepared to pay at least $200 with tip. Including 2 glasses of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Un lugar con ubicacion, preciosa frente al mar
Con una muy buena seleccion de mariscos
Y una atencion amigable
Se recomienda ampliamente

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vipLisaV
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Water Grill. Food, service and ambience are always spot on. Will continue to dine here.

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vipbobby
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite seafood restaurant in Los Angeles (Santa Monica)! Top quality seafood, good serving sizes and prices are fair. Excellent service too! Good energy by their whole team!
Valet parking with validation for $13, very convenient!

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Tildenk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Water Grill, especially the one located in Santa Monica with ocean views and palm trees. First time in over a year to dine "indoors," but it is basically like patio dining with the immense open windows. Food and service were outstanding as always. Bravo!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Very small portions , Chilean sea bass was a strange cut and not flaky . Oyster menu was huge so many to choose from definitely recommend getting some .

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 3428 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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