Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
3390 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!

What 3390 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipbobby
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 .

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Hhhh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice location. Felt safe considering COVID with all the options for outdoor seating. Good raw food (shrimp, oysters) but fish and chips and halibut were very underwhelming considering the price. Bread pudding was huge disappointment as well. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

There was an incident at another table that was very disturbing. The manager nor his team acknowledged that other people were effected. It ruined our meal and left us with upsetting feeling. Manager ignored all other tables that witnesses the incident.

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AgostinoZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff and our server were top notch! Excellent! The food was very good but a bit over priced but what do you expect for an ocean view location and fresh seafood. Everything was delicious. As pescatarian I find it a little odd there’s bacon in the Mussels so heads up on that.
Overall great Lunch !

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vipPresaH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch in my birthday. I ordered the sea bass and my husband ordered the crab. So fresh! Everything was delicious and the service was great. Will be coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our chicken was not completely done. Blood ran out of it. The lobster Mac was runny . The appetizers were awesome especially the sushi . The drink was good. The service was exceptional

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JenniferL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I called for a reservation they did not have anything available until the end of the night but when I went on this app they had reservations within the next half hour. So I was a bit annoyed by that.

However, the service from our waiter and the food was exceptional. We tried a couple of the sushi rolls and the black cod. Everything was very high quality and delicious

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place. Sat on the sidewalk because of Covid - but as usual, the food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for celebrate our anniversary !

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MarcoD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setting and ambiance! Would recommend for outdoor seating during covid. Even the indoor seating is breezy and safe!

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JayS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Every experience was superb except the food.
Very mediocre

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Service was excellent.

JC
vipJohnC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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DarenD
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to people watch and have dinner. Our waiter was very good too!

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vipCarolyn
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was quite good. Apparently she was new and not on our receipt.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fargo
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must if you’re in Santa Monica!

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DLaRosa
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The seafood is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Asked for a booth. Was stuck in a brightly lit half booth in the bar. That's not why I make a reservation to drop hundreds of dollars. Thumbs down here.

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BarryO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first time there. They do a very nice job, the staff is very attentive, and the food is delicious. If you have a special night out, this is a perfect place to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food in all courses. Service was attentive, courteous, and efficient.
Open windows and doors for pretty ocean view made even the deep restaurant interior uncomfortably cold.
Some special main course offerings were listed on the menu as priced by the pound when they were actually priced by the serving; they should have been listed as such.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! So good we went back 3 times

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vipTracyG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great location. Great wait staff. Great people watching!

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vipfoodie2
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We ate at your Santa Monica location tonight. We are from Dallas and Louisiana, and we love to travel, eat out and cook. Without a doubt, for the money, it was one of the worst Restarant experiences we’ve ever had. You are charging A+ prices and delivering a C- product. Obviously, you will not continue to be able to do this for long.

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Lori
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met my mom & sister there. The waiter was very patient and accommodating to my elderly mother and Finn/quick witted with us. The food was delicious and the Margarita with cucumber & jalapeño was magnificent. I will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and views. The drinks and the waiter is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience1

Classy restaurant with pop radio music, two vibes that absolutely don’t fit

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vipIrish007
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sushi roll was not fresh. Manager made an excellent recovery move by providing a delicious scallop appetizer while we waited for a new entrée. However, it just upset the night as this food item was rather offputting and upset the cadence of the meal service. Server was excellent. She was grace under pressure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great location. Table service was excellent. Host/hostess stand appeared to be overwhelmed. Very curt answers and no smiles. Made a reservation for 3 to celebrate graduation outside. Arrived on time but one person in our party was 5 min late. They gave away outside table and wanted to seat us in a back corner by a door. Ultimately they moved us to a high top inside that worked out fine but was not what had been requested. Would recommend to go at least once - food is very good. Will most likely not return as location is very touristy- busy.

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been to this place before was my first time and I really enjoyed it everything was on point

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vipSantaMonicalady
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice to finally be able to go to Water Grill and feel normal again. The weather was beautiful along Ocean Avenue and everyone was having a great time at each table. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica and the seafood was exceptionally fresh.

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MelissaG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a restaurant experience like the good old days. Fantastic atmosphere -- from outside you can see the ocean, great service and fabulous food. Everything was perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great ! Definitely going back very soon .

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vipjamesn
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been there numerous times and its always great. Glad to see COVID has not changed that

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YvetteM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bit pricey but was very good. Lemon Drop best i have had...!! Will come back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Horrible service and food quality

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WendiL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Lovely day to celebrate my beautiful friend’s acceptance into USC grad school just before her 50th bday!!

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 3390 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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