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Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
4826 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


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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 4,826 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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  1. SH

    SteveHan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service ocean breeze
  2. L

    Lindylou

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Seated swiftly at a table of our choosing, and initial contact with servers was prompt and courteous. But then we waited over 20 minutes for our wine to be served. The appetizers arrived at the same time, and before we were finished, the second course was plunked down on the table. The food, as always, was outstanding, and the waiter did make a complimentary adjustment to one of our dishes which was much appreciated. Overall, we enjoyed our visit and will definitely return.
  3. MP

    MoeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service. Try blackened swordfish!! Should really be on menu.
  4. F

    Foodie

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The only thing that made the experience worthwhile was watching the sun set.
  5. r

    ralfwolf

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a word, perfect. We chose Water Grill to celebrate our anniversary. We had never been there before because we were just visiting Santa Monica. From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable all the way until we were leaving when the host that seated us said goodbye to me by name and wished us a happy anniversary. The food did not disappoint either. The uni (sea urchin) came in the original shell and was incredibly fresh. The sides were delicious and the fish grilled delicately and to perfection. When we finished our meal, they brought us a complimentary dessert which was above and beyond.
  6. SA

    SheafromALtoLA

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Martinis were the only thing good last night for dinner. The crab cake was gritty and had no flavor l the broccolini was disgustingl along with the brussel sprouts . The macaroni and cheese was runny and the chicken and breast tasted like air! I won't be back for food. The manager tried to help but there was nothing he could do the problem was in the kitchen not on the service floor.
  7. PS

    PSN1

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had two disabled people in our party and Hostess seated us early and quickly. The waitress was a 10+ Really wonderful. And helpful with some of the menu explanations for guests. Enjoyed the dinner immensely.
  8. DC

    DonaldC

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good. Service was slow. Over 3 hours for dinner
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time in Santa Monica and we were told to fine at Water Grill. We enjoyed our meal and beverages. Nice way to start our mini vacay.
  10. TK

    TaisiiaK

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food- Lobster so fresh! excellent service- I love this place
  11. GW

    GlendaW

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shellfish was fresh and well-prepared. Service was solicitous. Our servers were great. Management was on the ball. My guest and I really enjoyed ourselves. I’ll be back!
  12. DF

    DavidF

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Got off tp a slow start. Waiter very busy. Manager arrived promptly when we requested. She could not have been nicer or more responsive, She identified all the seafood for us on the Seafood Platter. She also comped our wine and drink order. Then also gave us a second dessert since we received a birthday dessert for my daughter. We will definitely return.
  13. AK

    AlanaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant! Must stop place when I’m in town always! I’ve never had a bad meal. Service is always great as well.
  14. OM

    OmarM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place to eat see food with great service and awesome view… had the best birthday
  15. T

    Terry

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kirsten was fantastic and Eddie the manager was very accommodating. 2nd time there in two weeks. Going back again in another.
  16. PQ

    PrincessQ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this location. We were seated outside so we enjoyed the scenery and weather. We were only one of two parties on our side of the resto when we first got there, and it got a little busier as the lunch crowd came - but it wasn’t too noisy. We had the calamari and nachos for appetizers, both very yummy. The nachos was really refreshing, the right combo of tangy and sweet. The batter on the calamari was light so it wasn’t too heavy. We ordered the lobster roll (Connecticut style) - lots of meat and the bread light and so tasty; spicy lobster roll - it wasn’t as spicy and it was yummy; crab cake - it was ok; and the fish tacos - lightly battered fish which was also good. Wonderful service from Nicole!! She was always cheery and attentive throughout our meal.
  17. u

    underwhelming

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The service poor because we ordered a large > 2 pound pink breem and I had to request sharing plates, serving spoons for deboning and a plate for the bones. A seafood restaurant should know what other supplies you need to manage a dish like this if it’s on the menu. And I had to another server because we didn’t ours for a while.
  18. SS

    StuartS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Birthday. Expensive but hood food and nice outdoor patio. A bit noisy.
  19. t

    trufood

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We were seated outside because we asked for a quiet table. Noise levels were therefore street level noises along Ocean Avenue (moderate). The Black cod and Chilean sea bass were perfectly done and delicious and really left a great impression. The service was extraordinarily and inexplicably slow. Although we allowed over two hours to eat to make a show and informed the waiter when we started that we were trying to catch a play. And after he informed us that it wouldn't be a problem, we still ended up arriving 10 minutes after the show started. Sighting of the waiter were rare and we waited long periods of time between every step of the meal. We may have waited a total of 1 and 1/2 hours out of the 2 hours on our server, rather than enjoying the meal. I hope my problems were with this one server and my next server will be more attentive.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful, thank you!
  21. TF

    TomF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality food here, along with attentive service and a great location.
  22. j

    jamesn

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The reservation was pretty early for dinner, 5pm but the server was definitely rushing us out. Maybe she’s used to a different level of service but it was off putting to say the least. I’ve dined here for 10 years but it’s not going to be my go to for guests anymore. Too bad.
  23. k

    keith

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect spot to lull away a lazy afternoon with the ocean breeze. Great cocktails and fresh seafood served by friendly staff. Nor inexpensive but certainly a great spot.
  24. TT

    TomT

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    While not cheap, the pink bream we had was delicious, and the service impeccable. This is a lovely seafood house that is a notch above. So happy to have found it during our business trip.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch. Oysters, Uni, Calamari, followed by Australian grilled lobster and cioppino. The seafood was fresh and seasoned and presented perfectly. Our Server was wonderful and really added to our perfect dinning experience. Ernie TUROCY
  26. MZ

    MarkZ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    food was small portions for price and was just ok everything else was good
  27. P

    Phylissa

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the waitress was delightful and very helpful and astute. It was very expensive, but delicious.
  28. LP

    LaurelP

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh seafood, well-prepared. Excellent service and yummy cocktails as well. This was our first visit and we will be back!
  29. SM

    SallyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was pleasantly surprised at the food quality! A fine dining experience and our server in the bar, Jeff, and our table server Kirsten were phenomenal!!
  30. b

    boradwayjojo

    Los Angeles

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The raw clams are always fresh and delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked. My partner had Australian spiny lobster, which was perfect. We had a great table next to the open window with an ocean view. The lemon drops were perfect. The staff friendly and attentive. A great meal.
  31. AJ

    AimeeJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food and ambience was great, unfortunately the entire service was rushed. We had barely sat down before the server was trying to take our drink order. The entire service was this way. Had to literally hold on to plates and drinks to keep them from being removed. Such a disappointment as we were celebrating our daughters birthday. Don’t go if this is a special occasion or you want to actually enjoy your food
  32. MS

    MartinaS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant has great views toward the ocean, and with windows open even sitting inside you can enjoy the breeze. Our server was great, and the food was absolutely succulent! We ordered oysters and grilled octopus for appetizer, tuna and sea bass for entrees and bread pudding and cheesecake for desert :). There are so many amazing seafood options …. I think pups definitely come back again!
  33. LR

    LucianoRizzo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Molto buono, locale molto curato!! Da provare
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sehr lecker…
  35. MW

    MarjieW

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I called before making the reservation to be sure we could get outdoor dining due to an immunocompromised guest. The hostess said just to make a note in the open table app and they would be sure to take care of us. The outdoor setting was ideal and because I had noted it was our anniversary, they presented a delicious complimentary dessert. Service was excellent.
  36. RE

    RamsayE

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Oysters were really good…salmon overpriced & overcooked
  37. S

    Soonso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, ambience great, food great, cocktails great! We could see the sunset along the beach.
  38. JR

    JaredR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Good service, great ambiance. Food was slightly below average.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    Took a long time for food to come, when it came, Brussels sprouts over cooked and lobster was cold. Mashed potatoes did not come. We had to ask for them. When they came they were cold so the waiter took them back and took charge off our bill since our meal was almost finished. Waiter acknowledges that since we had been to water grille before, we know the service could have been better.
  40. BA

    BonnieAnn

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Poor service, overpriced

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 4826 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 131 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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