Water Grill - Santa Monica

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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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BB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Server was humorless and absent and not particularly welcoming or engaging. Reservation honored promptly. Location is perfect for enjoying Santa Monica and the views of sunset.

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Dads birthday

AB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been coming fish co restaurant since the early 80s. A go to place for special occasions & GREAT seafood. Also go to downtown branch. Our favorite getaway downtown

IM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Main course came before we had finished entrees, no apologies or understanding of timing. Our mains then got cold while we finished entree.
Staff members were scarce until you are paying your bill!

BS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I did a drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica for our anniversary. We loved the Grill. They reserved a table for us with a sunset view and brought us an amazing bread pudding with salted Carmel ice cream to end our meal
We love seafood!!! So many choices for dinner. Everything was delicious and our waitress was fantastic Can’t miss having a meal here

DT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that we had hoped it would be - from the Mimosa and Oyster Combo plate, to the delicious Soft Shell crabs to the glorious maple cheesecake dessert.
Can't wait to return.

JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oyster selection. Server made great recommendations.

JB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were entertaining out of town guests. They really liked our choice of restaurant and its proximity to Santa Monica Pier and Venice Muscle Beach. They loved the seafood dishes. We’ go there again next time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great chilled seafood towers with beautiful ocean views.

S
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was so salty that we couldn’t eat it

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful birthday celebration!

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service good. It was very noisy.

l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS halibut. The best halibut fish we have ever eaten, any where. Love that you have 5 different options on the menu but the Best was the halibut collar. Delicious.

M
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took care my friends from Japan.
Thank you for letting us seat close by Window.
Everyone enjoyed and happy.

I really appreciate their nice work.
And our server Erica was very friendly and nice.
I love this restaurant .

MS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very loud, over-priced tourist restaurant. Period.

Food is mediocre, for example COLD oysters Rockefeller. Everything was bland and unenjoyable.

Don't go.

S
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the mood for great fish. Water grill in so consistently great. There is no corkage and that is always a plus.

R
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very different seafood Restaurant from the typical norm. A must. Live unique Dungeness Crab in a tank. Incredible!
A large variety of Wild fresh live daily not seen in any seafood restaurant.
Fresh live east and west coast oysters,
Mussels are a must! Rate at 4 to 5 star.
Congratulations to Water Grill and keep up your trusted abilities!

PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been there twice. Food is great, both in terms of the quality of the ingredients and the precision of the cooking. Every piece of fish was cooked perfectly and the oysters tasted like they just came out of the ocean. Service was warm but not intrusive although it’s a busy restaurant with a lot of activities all around.

b
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Oops. They forgot its was our 37th wedding anniversary we were celebrating. And it even was noted by the hostess afterward! Ridiculous wait for a booth. Had to go up and ask hostess if we could have the booth that was sitting empty. Yikes!food was otherwise delicious.

JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had to push back our reservation about 15 minutes. Were told we had to wait about 10 minutes when we arrived, no problem. About 20 minutes later, we approached to ask how much longer and they looked confused and seated us right away. So it appeared they forgot about us. Not great. Waitress gave us a lot of time to chat but at times was much too long.

Lastly, although the menu appears impressive and delicious, the food is incredibly bland. Like the most flavorful thing was the roll at the beginning of dinner. Not worth the price.

RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best oysters in town. Great selection! Plus free corkage!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food

M
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Water Grill is always spot on with their seafood. My only request would be a larger oyster selection. They also have a nicely curated selection of wines by the glass, rather than the tired old standards you see at most restaurants. We requested an ocean view for a party of 10, and got it. Our out of town guests were delighted to be able to dine and watch the ocean in a nice, cool ocean front restaurant. Our server was on point, and delightful.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous views, fresh seafood, and the best service in Santa Monica. Thank you Waterfront Grill for a great date with my lovely wife.

AA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and setting. Our waiter was great with recommendations. food was delicious - platter with oysters, shrimp and crab nuggets; grilled octopus had a great smoked tomato sauce, sea bass was light yummy and huge halibut collar. Cocktail were really solid. Will be back for sure.

j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot, had to wait a while even with a reservation. Food cost to high.

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a Saturday night and was busy and noisy. Not the restaurant’s fault. The food was very good. Santa Monica has become a foodie heaven and this place held its own. Actually had halibut cheeks. Have caught and eaten our own, but never have I seen them on a menu before. Would go again, but at an earlier time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience coming back to Watergrill. However, service was a little off this time around. Serving the main course while we were still enjoying the seafood tower appetizer, was really weird ! At a top restaurant like this, they should get everything right. That was a real faux pas.

HC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and a glass of Chardonnay to end a hectic week. Service was attentive, with just the right timing.

TA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. They took care of us with great enthusiasm and charm.

S
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always pretty good, and the ambiance and service are quite nice. On the downside is that it tends to be fairly spendy for what you get. That said, The Watergrill is in a very popular area for tourists and this allows for them to keep their prices on the high side.

MS
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always outstanding. Innovative preparations on a very wide array of seafood, as well as items for "non-fish" diners.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dan was great, patient and attentive to all our needs

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

I specifically booked a reservation to hold a certain area of tables. And to my dismay, I was completely humiliated and seated in a far location from what I originally suggested. This was a special Birthday. And we drove 40 miles to come here, only to be seated in an undesirable area!!! I’m completely irate, and I will Be yelping this experience and sending the general manager a letter. The areas that were taken, were by tourists in beach clothing. They are not your regular customers, like I am. And I am so upset I could cry about this...

M
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Restaurant super crowded. Feels like a chain. Friend ordered scallops and they were cold. We shared Chilean sea bass. Wasn’t much warmer. Skimpy portions and expensive. Won’t go back.

RM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all-around a great experience. We had pan sautéed Chilean sea bass. One of the best pieces of fish I’ve had. great service, and good wine list.

SM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Raw bar good. Overall, food and drinks good. It's always busy and loud. A little pricey,but that's to be expected.

EM
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently good food. My favourite Fish & Chips. Dover Sole very good. Raw bar etc., very fresh. service exceptionally good. Highly recommend.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and special. Appreciated the special preparation of one of the dishes to our preference.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to have a great seafood

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