Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.7
3467 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
What 3467 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Barbie
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from the food to the service to the environment. Richard was a great server! Will definitely going back soon!

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vipJohn805
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Water Grill sets the standard for seafood restaurants. Excellent food, prepared perfectly and served in a charming setting by friendly and knowledgeable staff. My only complaint is that spiny lobster is not always in season; but that is hardly WG's fault.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I’m not sure what the hype is about this restaurant the food is NOT good. However, I will not take anything away from the customer service. The service is amazing the staff are very tentative. I was seated on time for my appointment, and received great recommendations on the menu from the waiter.

Now on to the food, for a place that specializes in seafood I was fairly disappointed. The raw oysters were fair: good size good taste. The cooked oysters were the best thing in the menu, again why I acknowledged the service that was waiter recommended. The wine is fairly over priced. The 2 pound LOBSTER something that should me mastered at a seafood restaurant was awful. Bland to the taste, poor plate presentation, overcooked and chewy, overall an absolute nightmare.

The salmon was also fair nothing good nothing bad to say about it. The Mac and cheese was the equivalent to eating rubber and the broccolini was scorched.

I need more honest reviews for restaurants like this instead of fluff because according to these reviews every restaurant in LA and surrounding areas are rated 4.5+ and that’s not the case.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter here for lunch for a late Mother’s Day celebration. Everything was perfect , food and drinks were great . Reserved a table for inside but they still let us sit outside on such a beautiful day. The only thing I would recommend is maybe making booster seat available for toddlers as all they had was a night chair that was way too small for my kid. Over all everything was amazing and will definitely be goin back !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. weather and view was beautiful. Stacy,our waitress, was wonderful. She even brought over dessert for my birthday. Would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Wouldn’t add chicken to a Caesar salad, so dumb

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great birthday treat! The food was incredible. Nick, our server was such a charmer and fun to chat with on top of doing a great job. A night I will always remember!! This place is a MUST and worth every penny!!

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Feedyourlineman
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was very excited to try Water Grill but it didn't live up to my expectations. The server was very friendly but typical California service, hard to find when you wanted something. The cocktails were good but not great. I ordered the Alaskan halibut with gnocchi. It was ok. The fish was slightly overcooked and there was only 3 gnocchi on the plate. I split the beet salad with a friend it was way overdressed. The sunday and cheesecake desserts were just ok. Most disappointing was I was looking forward to the scallops which were called "Eastern Scallops". I am from the northeast and a bit of a scallop snob. I asked where the scallops were from and the waiter all he could find from the kitchen was that they were Pacific scallops. They might want to consider renaming. Also disappointing is a seafood restaurant that does not offer Maine lobster only hardshell. Just not worth returning.

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Aaaamazing
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, location, food, service and ambiance!!!

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BrandiH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was wonderful great ambience waitress was great and will recommend to friends

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vipTomH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and service in a surprisingly casual atmosphere

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vipDoto
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was our second time to the Water Grill, but admittedly it had been a while since we were there. Last time, the food and service was excellent. This time it was not. We called ahead to tell them we were running late due to traffic. Upon arrival instead of seated where requested we were seated at the raised tables by the bar, with only stools with no backs to sit on. After waiting quite a while, we finally got our drink order in. Another 20 minutes later waiter came back to take our starters, and another 20 minutes to get our entrée orders. Never did receive our bread while other tables received it right away. Finally received after a second request. Drinks were only refilled upon repeated requests. Utensils were taken away after appetizers and not replaced. At the previous visit, oysters Rockefeller were the best we had ever eaten. Definitely different recipe and not that good this time. Black cod was extremely spicy and sides were nothing special. Never even offered dessert. Fortunately we were not in any hurry, but it took over 3 hours to get to receiving the check. They were busy, but our waiter disappeared frequently for long periods of time, and I don't believe he was serving elsewhere in the restaurant. Other tables had 2 turnovers during our meal. Probably won't be back.

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Giomex
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place never disappoints, great service. They started very slow taking the order, etc, and then they improved. Amazing food. Friendly staff, great
Location. Love this place

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Kimmy
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I had a lovely Mother's Day lunch! Leo was an EXCELLENT server (very attentive and personable) and the food was delicious and cooked perfectly. I can't wait for our next visit!

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CrystalS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great table inside at the window, so it was perfect during covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I ordered fish & chips and my food was not cooked.... the drinks are good... waiter snatched the check out of my hand because there were several errors... we will never return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest seafood ever.

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StephonM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect viee of the ocean, Santa Monica peir, and the service is awesome.

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BarryU
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were both exceptional!!

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vipZLlama888
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience to be had at Water Grill!!! The oysters, the raw bar, the wine list the fish, the steak, I mean you cannot go wrong with anything on this menu!!! Service is wonderful and on point!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Attended Water Grill this previous weekend for Mother’s Day, I was very impressed! I love the atmosphere with a view across of the scenic Santa Monica beach having an option to dine inside or out. Service was good, very friendly waitress as well as attentive. The oysters rockefeller are to DIE for!!!! Just picturing them in my head rn has my mouth watering, and would come back here every time just for them. The fresh clam chowder was just as great, as for the shrimp scampi wasn’t a huge fan lacks a bit of flavor that I was looking for. Overall I had a great time as well as my Mother, we will be back.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day. Everything was great.

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Jamesbeme
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top-notch service & food prepared with originality & taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WG is one the best places to dine in Santa Monica and on Ocean. Amazingly welcoming and friendly staff and the best seafood you'll find

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Pretty bad service.

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LisaN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Pricey but worth it! Great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great went there with my girlfriend and enjoy everything.

The Chilean Sea bass and octopus appetizer was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you
Good food
Great service

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Pmacomb
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was awesome. Nothing negative to report. Arrived at 7pm with reservations and immediately taken to our table. Used Valet. Got our vehicle quickly after we ate

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vipneal
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
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
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was awesome and the food very good!!

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JohnW
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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CourtneyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KK
KurtK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JD
JoeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great

JR
vipJRM44
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
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
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing and fresh.

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Momj
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice space near the water. A lot of different seating options. Service was good. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive.
Food was not very good- clam chowder had 3 clams and I got a lump of flour in one bite.
Fish and chips- fish was more breading then fish. Chips not crispy.
Calamari were tasty.
Beet salad tasty.
Oyster Rockefeller were flavor but small.
Mussels were slightly overcooked.
2 beers - and $150 later I can say this is a solid B. If you like the location go but not worth the food.

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Xqwizite1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time, EXCELLENT SERVICE by Jeff. EXCELLENT food! My mother (the birthday girl) and 2 girlfriends thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will be back

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 3467 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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