Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
3259 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
What 3259 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good service and food. The only things that had a negative impact on my experience were things the restaurant could not control - very windy and loud noises from the street. Excited to return when restaurants can reopen indoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place fir oysters and their bread is phenomenal.

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vipHelenS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is always delicious, and the new outdoor seating is very nice now since they upgraded from the cheap plexiglass dividers. The prices are a bit steep in my opinion but the food is high quality and the free corkage makes up for the exorbitant prices a bit.

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vipangel
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

TN
TravelNurse99
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing 5 star style classy food ever amazing staff Sergio was the best Server we have had in years! So knowledgeable and patient with our questions! Kind soul! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious quality seafood and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Water Grill used to be my favorite seafood restaurant. Our last lunch was disappointing. As usual the oysters are great but the fish in the fish tacos was greasy, we asked for two more tortillas which never arrived, the scallop dish consisted of 3 small scallops drenched in a sauce. My lobster roll was good but not as it used to be. The service was friendly but so slow.

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vipBernadettem
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the Chilean sea bass was to die for!
The complimentary cheese bread and sourdough were delicious!

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vipdeanzzzeats
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday lunch. Terrific staff, good and ambiance.

JM
JasonM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I agree with some of the other reviews that have been posted. The service is sub standard for this scale of restaurant. Sat around for quite a while after we were seated to get any service. Once the waiter did stop by we ordered a bottle of wine and oysters. Took about 10 minutes to get our wine and the oysters never showed up. Had scallops and Chilean sea bass, sea bass was a little over cooked. Highlight of the dinner was the butternut squash over quinoa. Very good and if you are a light eater it's big enough to make it a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Nick was the best waiter we could ask for!

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vipRoger
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordinary preparation for scallops. On a par with what a home cook would do.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were amazing

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Triniisa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was a hit or miss for me but the service was really great. They had heaters and tables spaced and followed COVID guidelines

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very good food! Loved the up beat atmosphere and our waiter was very fun and energetic! He knew a lot about the menu and made helpful suggestions! Very observant and stayed on top of accommodating all our dining and drinking needs! Fresh oysters and fish! Will definitely be back!

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luisv
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We made reservations & still waited 30 minutes afterwards. Food was bland for the price. Server was great, I forgot his name but it started with a T. Great guy. Manager was pretty cool too, nice lady. The issues were with timing and food quality. Making a reservation is our job, having the table ready is Water grill’s.

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BrendaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend. The quality and freshness of the food is so worth it. I will definitely be back!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience was great from start to finish as the host greeted us. Gregory waited on us and the manager was super attentive to our needs. We are local and enjoy seeing the familiar faces of the Water team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Denisa was an excellent server. Highly recommend the Chilean sea bass and oysters. Machete is excellent if you like Mezcal

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KathrynF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m coming back for the whole king crab

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vipangel
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent drinks great service!

JG
JuneG
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Lobster was way over cooked and steak tasted like it was from sizzler. Would not recommend this place and I’m never one to complain.

AJ
ArabiaJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely requirement this restaurant. Our server was so nice and helpful. The environment was nice and had an amazing view of the water.

CJ
CristinaJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only reason I did not give Five stars for every category was because of COVID. Watergrill did a great job adapting to the rules and making a great outdoor space but it’s louder because of traffic and ambiance is tricky because of sitting out on the sidewalk. However, they made a great little outdoor space. I highly recommend this restaurant. The wait staff is above and beyond.

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vipBXzilla
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink were terrific and John,our server,was superb

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viphardtime
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best birthday lunch in a long time!

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garym
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Waiter was attentive. Food was pretty good. Would recommend

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vipCheriedh
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and offered yummy suggestions!

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irinaw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good . Always good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe & spaced out floorplan during covid times. has burners for the nighttime to keep warm. Service was great & the food is always top notch when I go!

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Nayeli
Cancun
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Manager was FANTASTIC! Super friendly and accomodate my request to be seated by the heaters since it was pretty cold out. We made an 8pm reservation and the table was ready upon arrival. Due my requested we waited less than 10mins. It was a great outdoor dining experience.

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vipRynH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, Good atmosphere considering its outside. Servers were great.

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HannahW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great, food was amazing. We wish we could have sat inside since it was super windy out and chilly, but they had heaters and we sat near the wall which seemed to help.

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ChrisM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was a great dinner despite covid-19 and having to sit on the sidewalk. Great service and great food. My wife's new favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. It was mine and my husbands anniversary and they made sure to acknowledge that. Food was amazing! Drinks even better!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Oysters are great, fast servers , management needs to learn about better client service,

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was very helpful it was our first time and he helped us a lot , great food and great cocktails def coming back here 🦀👌🏽🙏🏼🔥

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiter brought out a dish we did not order and billed us for it. Claimed it was a complimentary birthday dessert. Will never go back and will not recommend.

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vipJohannaF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for my birthday lunch. It started with cocktails which had just the right amount of alcohol and finished with complimentary cookies and ice cream. We all loved our entrees which was sea bass scallops snd shrimp scampi. Thanks Watergrill

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 3259 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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