Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
4016 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best raw oysters I’ve experienced to date. The service at the bar was fantastic, Tasha tended to us like a boss. Great recommendations, muscles were amazing and the steaks are amongst the best I’ve had as well. For drinks I recommend the margarita verde, cucumber and spice made the night even that much more enjoyable.

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SMDINER
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Fresh salmon was very tasty.... Great evening...

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Mitch helped make the most amazing experience reconnecting with family. Have not had a chance to get together in person because of covid for the last two years. It was very special. The food was incredible. Definitely recommend!

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vipJuanZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Valet to food and everything in between was perfect great experience with great views

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vipFrenchrunner
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with the best Santa Monica sunset in a long time. Oysters and Sea Urchin were the best we've ever had.

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vipJasonH
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great time and food at the bustling Santa Monica outlet for this seafood institution. Really good service and thoughtfully accommodating.

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Sonya
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Denisa, was the best. She was always there, anticipating our every need. The oysters was delicious, as well as the crab legs and Filet Mignon. Best dinner ever.

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vipSam27
New England
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great place along Ocean Ave. Indoor and outdoor seating. Great seafood selection and quality. Recommend the oyster sampler! Service was attentive, but a little slow given it didn't seem that busy. Overall, great dinner and experience. Will definitely return.

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Cooper
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been there many times it is always a good bet.

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JohnM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Halibut was dry, brussel sprouts slimy, butter had salt on top -- why?

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are super nice

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant.

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vipUncleRon
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Dishes can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to flavor.

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AmandaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome!

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vipLuv2cook
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great, and they don't ask for a corkage. I love this place.

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JamieP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good experience. The staff was helpful, moved a heat lamp to make us more comfortable. Knowledgable about the wine and food menus. Would definitely return. if we lived in LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, service, everything was phenomenal. Our server went above and beyond, probably the best client support I’ve ever experienced. My gf also loved the spot! Will definitely be back and make sure to recommend everyone I know to check it out

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good all the way around. The new beet salad was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch for two days and worth it!
Octopus, calamari, oysters, bread, lobster roll, squash, wine all outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had to wait past our reservation time a d front desk was a bit confusing but once we were seated the service and food was amazing

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RickS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service! Every aspect was first rate.

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vipImndalyte
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After having a fantastic experience at their San Diego location, I decided to try the Santa Monica location for a special birthday dinner. I booked early on Open Table and confirmed the day before the requests for a nice table for our birthday guest. When we arrived we were sent to the bar and it was very unclear whether they were coming to get us when our table was ready or if we had to check in. We asked the waiter at the bar and he did not know. We went to the host stand again and received a vague answer. There should be one well-known policy. The drinks were incredible. So delicious. The bar waiter, Richard, was fantastic. And that's it: everything else was really bad. I'm so embarrassed I hosted my birthday guest there. The calamari was swimming in a pool of oil. The shrimp scampi was literally cold in the middle. The oysters were not very varied in their available types. The ice cream sunday had frost bite all over it. The server assistant was incredibly rude to us and the table next to us. The waiter was rushed and clearly in the weeds. This place, unlike the San Diego location, is clearly a tourist joint as you would expect on the pier. Definitely okay for a few drinks; but definitely not worth the 400 dollars I had to pay last week. I'm really really disappointed with their food quality and the process for checking in and waiting for tables. The obviously frozen shrimp, overly breaded fish and chips, the oily calamari, it's all akin to Red Lobster but 10 times as much expense wise.

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vipHiGeoff
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for dinner with your family and friends! Nice sunset view!

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vipKarenP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I recommend for great fresh seafood if in the area. Great views. Good drinks and great wine!

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Chach
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food is amazing here.
Will definitely reco.

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Janee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The check in is easy and stress free - staff is very friendly right at the start.
Ambience is warm and nice.
Food is great.
The place is clean and I’ve observed staff disinfect often.
Most of all the 5 starts is for the one serving our table Denisa - she’s a gem, always checking on us making sure our needs are met. And very accommodating. That makes our dining experience outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and great atmosphere, right on Ocean overlooking the Pacific!

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MsAlysMs
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lively go to seafood spot, great to sit at the bar, sip a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives, and eat their oysters raw, and if you feel like splurging, in Rockefeller form.

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MariaD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew was a terrific server. The pace was just right and the food portions were large.

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Anna
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, very attentive and friendly woman.On the other hand, the front desk attendant was not delicate guy at all. Food was not very good to my taste.

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Hesh
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we had. Being outside across the street from the ocean, the sunset was amazing. A little pricey but worth it.

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jazmyna
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I attended for the first time for dine LA and it did not disappoint. The courses and options were filling, but there was also a solid variety which stood out to us when it came to booking. If you love seafood and chill oceanside vibes and views, even at night, Water Grill is for you. It's casual as far as dress code, ladies if you wear heels, the floor is slick, not in a bad way, but my heels were new, so they slipped a bit. Definitely recommend the calamari, sea bass and the incredible key lime pie. I'm not a huge key lime girl, but I would absolutely go back just for theirs.

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TrungN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated my wife’s Birthday. The service staff and food quality were excellent. We will definitely go again.

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vip4mytwocents
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both outstanding...had shrimp Louie, bass, sushi and Caesar salad all top notch. Also celebrated our anniversary and they provided a delicious desert....

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vipJohnnyStranger
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fish and food overall.

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MarleneU
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter and food superb

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KevinD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Seated promptly for a 1:30pm Sunday lunch (reservations thru OpenTable) outside, very nice wait person, food was very good (Wild Jumbo Shrimp Louie Salad, traditional Lobster Roll). One side salad that should have arrived with lunch was missed and late but delivered was taken off the bill without me asking. Other than that, wait and service staff was very attentive. Fully recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

No sirvió de mucho la reservación, nos metieron 25 minutos después.

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ShirleyL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food is over rated and not cooked properly. Shellfish and shrimp cocktail were terrible and and not fresh

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Water Grill. We were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. The food and service was amazing. I was happy I made reservations because there was an hour and a half wait time.

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 4016 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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