Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.7
3613 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 3613 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipangel
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!!

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fffa
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We got the table we wanted. We had a great welcome and great waitresses. The food was excellent. It was our anniversary and we received a complimentary dessert! Tables were spaced out and we felt safe

JC
JoshC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening experience with the fellas

KT
KathleenT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Tell chef to not use hard end of tomato. When we got there waited twenty minutes for table to be cleaned, four hostess just stood chatting ignored us completely. We asked to share a wedge salad, should be served on two plates. Bread was amazing! Food was good. The experience was not great for the price this should be much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was goooood. Bread and butter was amazing as well!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Used to love this place. Now menu lacking. Small amount for huge price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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CrystalS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice birthday dinner for my husband! The staff made us feel welcome and the food was delicious. Thank you!

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vipElyseN
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently great food, extensive menu selections and our server, Adam was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food was exceptional. Our server was fantastic and really made the experience extra special

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Paranoir
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spot for a date. The food and the service was fantastic. We had the lobster and new zealand salmon. Food presentation was spot on.

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KatieL
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here - can’t go wrong with the smoked hamachi nachos 🤌🏼

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LORILU1969
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 8.25 king crab with clarified butter , cowboy steak and cod fish tacos. Was not a fan of the tacos. Not bad, just not great. Both king crab and steak were mouth watering. Also tried the old fashion, jalepeno (has a bite) and classic margarita. Classic won my vote. Our server Stacy was absolutely amazing. Not to mention the manager Steve, who went out of his way for me and my pic of my king crab. We will be returning to try other items on the menu. Outside had a patio view of the passersby. Lighting was gentle. Enjoyed immensely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! The food was spectacular, the staff was super friendly. Everything was perfect.

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vipIsobelLA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, fresh, beautiful food. The fish was amazing, delicious, memorable. We sat outside which was dreamy. And the service was incredible.

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MarkR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service exceeded our expectations. The dinner sides are pricey and portions are small, but they were delicious. Our waiter, Nick, was on top of his game. There is a tad bit of traffic noise as it is effectively sidewalk dining. the dining area is enclosed with a three foot wall to separate you from the multitude of bicyclists and pedestrians walking past.

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vipRichardD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Outdoor area is bland and uninspiring. Menu prices have gone way up. Not enough people want to work to expect high level of service. Manager and server were excellent however. Not their issue.

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vipPeggyL
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat in summer weather. Shellfish great and lobster roll also.

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KevinC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. John is terrific. Look forward to dining with you often.

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vipBonnieAnn
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Scallops were a bit overcooked and I sent the fries back because they were definitely overdone. The waiter was excellent. It was also fun sitting on the patio watching the world go by and see all the characters.

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DavidG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience . My friends loved it. They had been in Costa mess . I experienced all three. The Rockefeller oysters this time was not very good. Normally , it’s great .

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vipDZIR
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great as always. They're cooking of seafood is always beyond perfect. They had a bit of confusion on the gluten-free front but they did catch and correct it.

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vipangelgirl
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was truly outstanding! Waiter was most helpful / knowledgable, the host wished us good by by name, really positive experience!

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ChristopherM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice seafood spot. The food is ok. Nothing at all original. If you’re looking for basic seafood, this is perfect for you. They use great quality products, just wish they did more with them..

Service is fantastic though!!!

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williec
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, the service was great. The wine selection was top notch.

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vipthatslife
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service slow. Needed to send Clam Chowder back twice because was not hot. Saw others doing the same thing. Calamari average, nothing special..many places to go along Ocean Ave, would try another next time...

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dada
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time. food was delicious and I would recommend.

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LoriD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was fantastic! The food was not memorable. My fish was dry, my husband’s lobster roll not tasteful, and my friends scampi was probably the best. The cost for lunch was pricey… 170.00 without alcohol.

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LauraV
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! Excellent excellent service from our waiter!

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JacobN
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our night was a very good experience. Great service great food.

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LorraineW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner outside enjoying the sunset. Cocktails were unique and exciting, and the seafood appetizers and dinner were outstanding! One of the best meals I’ve had while visiting LA and with a lovely view as the icing on top!

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GaryK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill remains one of the finest eateries for top notch entrees, ambiance, a great bar and drink selection. Also, excellent service from the waiting staff. Wife and I celebrated our anniversary on 6/12/21.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful

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vippashm
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I was around the place and thought to give them another chance after 5 yr ago bad experience. Guess what, nothing changed! i prefer to go The Lobster vs here as there food if made to be served and not seating under the lamps to be kept warm. Not my cup of tea. Thanks but not coming back again. I bet tourists will love your dull food and lackluster drinks.

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RobC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting on Ocean Ave Promenade in Santa Monica
Great food and great service. Love the fresh oysters.
Will definitely be back!

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BarbS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I have eaten at the Water Grill many times over the past 20 years, and I remembered the food and service were good. Well, not so much anymore. My friend and I went for our birthday lunch on 6/12/21, and the whole situation was a big fail! We both ordered the shrimp salad, which took a while to receive. Once we received our food, we realized that the shrimp had NOT been deveined. Who doesn't devein shrimp???We sent them back. I re-ordered the same thing, stating to make sure the shrimp we all deveined. My friend ordered the salmon salad (which she said was very good). Her food came out and nothing came for me. We flagged down another waiter and asked for our waiter. He somehow misunderstood me and had not placed my order. My friend was almost done with her food by the time my new shrimp salad was served. Guess what-the shrimp were not deveined again! I sent it back and did not order anything. Again, who doesn't devein shrimp? This is not the restaurant I remember. They need to do a better job.
We sat outside which was nice. No patrons were wearing masks, during their time at the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I got laid afterwards :)

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DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelle was awesome! The Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding!!

KW
KarlW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. The service was great. The other diners around us were having a good time and we all just had a an overall good time in our section. Go have a good meal and a good time. You will not be disappointed.

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Most things about our dinner were outstanding, but I didn't love sitting outside as much as I have loved coming and sitting indoors in the past. I can't wait to feel comfortable coming back indoors and enjoying the ambience. The service was great, though, and so was the food. Thank you!

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 3613 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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