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Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
4745 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 161 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 394-5669

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Bendezu

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been LA's seafood destination since 1989. Santa Monica's ocean views paired with the fresh new design offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Barbara Marie: (310) 394-5669

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Santa Monica Boulevard

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,745 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Los Angeles

    Seafood

  • Westside

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  1. RM

    RMJ10

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great views, and delicious food.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    good service. food was what you would expect. good people watching.
  3. g

    geoffreyp

    Melbourne

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great bustling venue across from the beach Prompt service, tasty meals, and excellence value
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My father in law’s birthday dinner was held here and I have to say I’m completely satisfied with how it all went yesterday. The food the service all of it was amazing!
  5. S

    Sxavier

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excelent food It may be expensive if you choose some options
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Water Grill - every location - always delivers!
  7. c

    carolb

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always fresh seafood, but it does not come cheaply! We had a wonderful server which made the experience that much more enjoyable.
  8. M

    Matt

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visitor, very pleased with the Australian Spiny Lobster and selection of oysters. Service was exceptional!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place. I’ve never had anything that was an amazing. Can’t wait to go back again.
  10. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Salt salt and more salt! Everything coming out of the kitchen was covered with salt crystals. Even the dish of butter and accompanying sour dough bread. 🤷🏻‍♀️Way too much salt which leads me to believe the food would have been tasteless without it.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal. I had fillet and king crab legs, both prepared to perfection. Very good service as well
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service !!! Thank you for the memories !!
  13. A

    Albert

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty, the views were amazing and service was top notch. Special location for a special event.
  14. SK

    SandyK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was excellent. And the view was beautiful. Ate out on the patio which was nice and not as noisy as inside. Will return again!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic meal, brilliant service, Loved it
  16. SB

    SamB

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, attentive service. Delicious food. Plentiful servings.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were seated right away, at a nice table in the back. Our server was good. But seemed to pay a little less attention When we didn’t order a cocktail. Oysters were great. My daughter had the Caesar salad and I had the wedge. Hers was small and limp, my wedge with goat blue cheese was excellent… the problem came with the Entee as both ours, here’s the Chilean sea bass and mine ,the scallops, came out cold. The flavors were good, but at this price point it should come out fresh off the grill. Also for $45 I would have thought the portions would have been a bit bigger
  18. MB

    MBagel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really good! Server was very helpful with their menu.
  19. O

    Oceannavigator

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent overall experience! Food fabulous.
  20. KM

    KelleyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hannah was amazing 5 ⭐️ service!! Great food!! And drinks will be back for sure!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was first time in this restaurant. The food was great and the service was amazing we ordered the pasta and the sushi and it was fabulous. Will definitely come back again
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    The host at the front is very rude. He does not smile or greet people. Even though we had reservations they always make you wait 15-20 extra and 10 min to get you a waiter
  23. DA

    DAVIDP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    Service was very slow. Waited ages for wine to arrive. Starters were very slow coming out and then the main course was delivered whilst we were still halfway through the starters with no apology??
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great seats, great views, great service, but overcooked fish
  25. NG

    NancyG

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Air conditioning would have been welcome, or more larger tables outside. We were a party of 6 and tucked comfortably next to the kitchen which had a fun view of the bustling chefs but it was so hot and stuffy it was distracting. Food was good, not great and certainly not worth the hefty prices but service was outstanding.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and
  27. ST

    StanleyT

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, beautiful ambiance.
  28. CJ

    ChicJewelryLA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really beautiful ocean view and delicious sushi and oysters!
  29. KC

    KarenC

    Hawaii

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time, despite my first choice of entree and dessert not being available. Server Leo was on top of it, gave great service.
  30. JB

    JasmineB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and amazing service!! Food was great and made my mother’s birthday special
  31. JO

    JoOr

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    53 anniversary
  32. d

    davbarne

    Dallas

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and great food with a perfect view of the ocean.
  33. CN

    CatherineN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Octopus overcooked Ciopino too salty Mistake in the bill Too dark inside
  34. SL

    ShirleneL

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe was a great waiter.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with my parents. The server was really thoughtful and kind. We would come back just for the server! (Forgot to ask his name) the food was amazing too.
  36. JE

    JessicaE

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous view, great food, even better company. ❤️
  37. j

    jolie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    very expensive bad good. oysters were toooo small, plates were dirty and clam chowder and sushi didnt meet standards
  38. P

    Purple

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leo was our server and he took amazing care of us. Very knowledgeable. A great experience as usual.
  39. C

    Carlo

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed dinner and our server and staff were instilled with excellent work ethic! Thank you!!
  40. J

    Jennifer

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, ambience. Loved our entire experience!

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 4745 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - Santa Monica does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 161 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - Santa Monica

1401 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Monica Boulevard

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paolo Bendezu

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (310) 394-5669

  • Private party facilities

    Water Grill has been LA's seafood destination since 1989. Santa Monica's ocean views paired with the fresh new design offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.

  • Private party contact

    Barbara Marie: (310) 394-5669

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