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About Water Grill - Santa Monica

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.

1401 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Daily: 11am - 4pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm; Friday - Saturday: 4pm - midnight

Cross Street:
Santa Monica Boulevard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 394-5669

Website:
http://www.watergrill.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.

Executive Chef:
Michael Teich

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

Water Grill - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (62)
Scenic View (60)
Special Occasion (54)
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Good for a Date (53)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Casual (40)
Fit for Foodies (40)
People Watching (39)
Bar Seating (38)
Business Meals (36)
Worth the Drive (35)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Fun (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Hot Spot (25)
Romantic (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Healthy (21)
Happy Hour (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Kid-friendly (9)
Great Beer (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Seasonal (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was slow and several times had to look for him the food was ok but not worth almost 200 bucks. Overall not a place i would go back to. Was a little upset with my friend for recommending this place. The server needed to be more on top of his job and I even spoke to him about if he could check on us a bit more and it still didnt happen.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was very inviting, and the staff was very friendly. I would recommend dining here, and would most certainly come back again.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great Dover Sole and yummy clam chowder . Great birthday venue - staff was very attentive

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

Expensive place for very mediocre food and poor service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great location and the flood and service were great .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very fresh seafood with a few choices for meat lovers and vegans. Great location near the pier.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food came out uncooked, waiter was a bit intense and overbearing, a bit too jazzed up. Quality of food not commensurate with price, they redesigned the place but couldn’t put in rest rooms? You have to leave restaurant to go to shared restroom with other businesses in the building.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food is always high quality. Location is very nice - ocean view. Service moderate - not quite attentive enough for the price. Restaurant staff has a bit of attitude. I will go again - Clients really enjoy the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Scenic View, Waterfront, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Delicious food with nice waiters

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a nice quiet booth. The service was great and the Patagonian Tooth Fish was delicious

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The sea bass was under cooked. The cioppino was ok. 2 Very small mussels 2 very small clams not much fish 4 shrimp that were good. I was disappointed also the horse radish was really weak but the oysters very good. Shrimp Louie was a lot of ice berg lettuce and the dressing was bitter.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always great service, wonderful food and delicious cocktails. A+

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We always love it. Great views and foods. Never disappoints.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Water grill has great seafood. A fine wine list and NO Corkage. I love the fresh raw bar. The fresh fish grilled is special. Its a great value as well, if you know how to order.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The waiter was obnoxious and slow. The fish was fishy and the one that ate it had stomach issues the whole night.
We eat there at least once a week- never happened before. Will not give up on you!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Reunion and we had a quiet cozy corner

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The Watergrill is amazing, hands down one of the better restaurants in Santa Monica. I’ve eaten there several times before and it’s always been outstanding service. The last time we went there the service wasn’t very good. We spoke to the manager the next day who gave us a gift card which we used yesterday when we were there. The general manager came over and asked about our experience this time.
This restaurant has attention to detail with outstanding food. I don’t usually write reviews but the WG is outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food and ambiance were great. Server Michelle was terrific. Nice location on the waterfront. Ooutdoor feel with windows that open up to the ocean. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, People Watching, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a great birthday celebration even though the service was spotty and the table location not great. Some of the food was good, though I didn’t think it was close to that of their original downtown LA locale. Very noisy, they basically sat us in the bar after I had requested a nice table to celebrate a birthday. I did love the fact we could bring a good bottle of wine and not be charged a corkage fee. So, mixed results. It is overpriced for the way it was presented and the portions were small. Our waitress was nice and helpful.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very good food, borderline too much. A very good wine list too. Attentive service. We’ll definitely return if we’re in the area again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Water Grill is our favorite restaurant. I and my husband like their raw bar. I really like the claim chauder, oyster, and my husband like the scallop.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always like coming there great food service & nice staff

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was slightly above average, certainly nothing special. Had a tourist atmosphere

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Very nice and fresh seafood. I hope I can visit there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved the seafood sampler tray. Octopus was excellent
Popular place

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Poor management period. Had a dinner reservation for a birthday and we had to wait an hour to be seated. How do you book reservations back to back and have people wait for a table to “open up”. Absolutely horrendous experience and the worst management ever. You can’t call yourself a high end restaurant with service like this. The only thing that saved the night was Tom, our server. He was top notch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and great staff

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, and a bit different. Terrific service, beautiful view of the ocean, the sky, and the mountains.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service and Food were great. We were on a tight time schedule, and it worked out beautifully!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This was my third time to the Water Grill. Each meal has been a bit worse than the previous one. I had Swordfish. It was dry and over cooked. Plus, it had a blood vein. Quite frankly, for the prices charged for the fish entrees the fish should be served well trimmed and well prepared. It’s not like the portion size is so large to begin with. The service was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful, but more needs to be paid to the food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great seafood/fish options. They do not do a good job accommodating guests or hearing seating requests. Good location. I would recommend if you are looking for fish/seafood dining

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was good and well presented. Wait staff was helpful and attentive. Suggestions about menu items were well considered and sincerely given. The restaurant was busy but we did not feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Terrible service pretty much throughout. The manager seemed to care less. Zero empathy. Really ridiculous. Unfortunately that experience will be our last at Water Grill.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food quality and outstanding attention to details. Amazing choice of cuisine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The appetizers and entrées in fish/seafood in this restaurant are fresh and tasty.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We absolutely love the atmosphere and vibe of this Restaurant. The grill octopus is the best in Santa Monica. The servers are great and the old fashions are well poured! ❤️

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always love going here because of the location and excellent service. Recently celebrated a birthday and they could not have made the experience better.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

So happy with our experience! Took my wife here for date night, it was perfect. Dinner and two drinks each was over one hundred dollars but I knew that going in. (Just be aware) BUT in our opinion we felt that was more than reasonable! Our server was from Romania and she was fantastic, my wife was a bit chilly because we are at sunset, and the waitress brought over a knit blanket for her! The food was out of this world and the drinks were great too. But by far the service was what put it over the top. Amazing atmosphere, my wife and I left saying it was one of the best date night dinner we have ever had!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pleasant casual decor, friendly efficient service, wedge salad crisp fresh and large portion while lobster roll was tasteless and skimpy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My first visit, but hopefully not the last.
Excellent food!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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