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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (67)
Scenic View (62)
Special Occasion (55)
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Good for a Date (54)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Bar Seating (46)
People Watching (46)
Casual (45)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Worth the Drive (39)
Business Meals (36)
Great for Lunch (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (34)
Fun (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Romantic (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Happy Hour (22)
Healthy (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Authentic (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Cozy (13)
Great Beer (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was exllent! Thank you. Especially seafood was so fresh. Great embiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was our anniversary and they really benefit from being right across Ocean Ave. That sunset is breathtaking. The staff was very nice and it's spacious so you don't feel like you're sitting on top of people.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I have been to Water Grill several times, but this time was a disappointment. A friend and I met for lunch--both of us had been before, together. We ordered wine (she had one glass, I had 2), I ordered the 1/2 dozen oysters selection, and we each had the shrimp Louis. The salad was a small plate of butter/romaine lettuce, a deviled egg, and some cut up shrimp. Nothing even remotely special (go to Lobster for a great Louis). $24. Each. Not close to worth the price and our bill came to over $120. And we had to send the salads back once because they forgot the shrimp--obvious omission since the salad was nothing but lettuce and shrimp. Very disappointing experience at an otherwise excellent restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a good experience when coming to Water Grill. Good selection of both raw and cooked options. Great oyster selection.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The fresh Halibut entree was beautifully prepared, just excellent. The wait staff seem preoccupied, difficult to get their attention thru-out dinner, the restaurant was not particularly busy. The wine-by-the-glass pricing was the most over priced I have ever seen. Ever.
The location on Ocean Ave. is very nice, the restaurant nicely done.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was excellent and responsive while the ambiance dabbled between fine dining and the late night bar scene. Definitely go for the California Spiny Lobster, Uni Toast, and Sampler. You can skip the Seafood Fritters and Banh Mi.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great location and service. But food was really expensive and less than average.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a rather casual restaurant with premium restaurant prices. The food had ups and downs--the crudo salmon was *awful*, the chocolate dessert was very good, other dishes (poke, crab legs, octopus) were mediocre at best. Service was responsive but careless, and the restaurant would not substitute an item on the crudo sampler that we were allergic to, even at a higher price.
Overall, to anyone who had been to downtown Water Grill, a sizeable disappointment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food - we had shrimp and grits, orechiette with shrimp and halibut. Wines by the glass expensive. Location wonderful - especially as can see the sun setting over the ocean. This is a great go to place for special occasions or when you want really well prepared food.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We dine here when we are in Los Angeles. The first night I had local mussels with garbanzos in a delicious broth with lightly sautéed Dover sole with lemon and capers and a small salad as a side. The second night I had charcoal grilled octopus in a homemade tomato purée and Santa Barbara spotted prawns with homemade coleslaw for my entree. Both nights I drank Roederer Estate champagne and had the rice pudding that has fudge sauce and cherries at the bottom 💕

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Not as good as we were expecting based on reviews. Pleasant place with good service. Food was mediocre. One of us had black cod which was good. Other had cioppino. Fish and shellfish over cooked. For the price we thought restaurant was overpriced.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The seafood was great. Very fresh and my Littlenecks tasted of the sea. I ordered seared scallops on a cauliflower purée with a side of charred baby carrots seasoned with chili oil.
As I said, my food was delicious. I just really thought the restaurant would have been a bit more elegant like their restaurant downtown. Except for the delicious fresh food, I could have been in a chain restaurant. I was just wanting the dining experience to have been more gracious. Service is very fast, adding to that chain restaurant feel.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Average meal. Nothing bad but nothing memorable either. Very average.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Water Grill is very good food, the little of it they choose to give you. Our service was incredibly polite, but actually ineffective. We ordered drinks and appetizer and finally got the appetizer but no drink until we finally gave up and pointed that out to the waiter. He gave us recommendations on the food, including that the side dishes were large so we had ordered enough. This was wrong as the sides were 4 pieces of the squash we had ordered and, combined with the classic high-price means small portion main courses, left me having cereal at home to get filled after paying $200 for 3 people to have dinner (we didn't order wine).

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Halibut was scrumptious. Maine lobster roll Connecticut style was yummy! Homemade pickles were yum. The fried seafood appetizer was great and well presented. Our server, Eva was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, we will be back!

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 (México)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Un lugar fantástico en Santa Monica ; la comida fue espectacular. Los mariscos de Primera. Atención fue personalizada y muy atentos a pesar de la barrera del idioma = inglés / español

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The Grand seafood platter is a great deal and delish.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lots of experience at the Water Grill, here and downtown venue. Usually very good. Last night really bad. Really bad. Excruciatingly long delay for any service post seating. Ordered about a dozen oysters which took 30 mins to serve, and then additional wait for horseradish and sauces. Then start into room temperature oysters and the dreaded "tangy" taste. We stopped eating them but didn't totally head off turned stomachs later in evening. Entrees arrived: very mediocre swordfish and shrimp/grits, which we had little appetite for and didn't inspire much attention anyway. Visiting family occasion was a bad time for Water Grill to have a very off night. Maybe it was an isolated thing but great restaurants charging these kinds of prices can't really be excused for lapses of this magnitude.

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 (London)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was the last night of our California road trip, and we wanted something a little special, including seafood, and the Water Grill did not disappoint. After a couple of excellent cocktails (Sunset Mimosa and Pisco Sour) we shared the 'Deluxe' iced shellfish platter. This was more than enough as a main meal shared between two. This was the best meal we had in the USA during our two week trip.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. Best lobster around and prices are not out of line with quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was generally pretty good and we had allergies so they were very accommodating. Unfortunately the swordfish was terrible and was removed from the bill but the scallops were incredible.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service. Great food. Relaxed atmosphere where they let you enjoy your meal and friends and never feel rushed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

been here several times and it never disappoints. food is incredibly fresh and delicious, prepared expertly. they just added a new dessert... caramel/sea salt bread pudding which is the most incredible thing i have tasted in years. i would go there just for that!!! service was awesome and friendly. never have a complaint going there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have enjoyed downtown Water Grill on several occasions and was looking forward to similar experience in Santa Monica. The ambience and location are lovely. Our waiter and the entire staff were outstanding. The food was not simply disappointing it was absolutely horrible. I did not recognize the shrimp louie salad. It was not a pleasing presentation - wedge of iceberg salad, shrimp not completely cleaned!, mushy tomatoes, dried pieces of bacon on the side. (The avocado was good). The scallops my friend had were tasteless and mushy in a bland cauliflower sauce. The lobster appetizer was passable. We did not finish our meal because we were full but rather because it was so awful. The birthday cookie- cake with ice cream given to one of our guests was the only good part of the meal.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great all around ! 👍👍
Fantastic customer service from the back of the house to the front. Huge menu and eclectic cocktails.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Over priced for what you receive. Food is average at best. Waitress pushed the halibut, which I ordered. Unfortunately the halibut was over cooked. Started with the heirloom tomato salad, which was very good. Herringbone restaurant a few blocks away is in the same price range but with much better food.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Was really great! Teal was awesome

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

nicholAS BAGGENSTOS ENERGY I WANT WHAT HE'S HAVING

HE ALWAYS MAKES US FEEL SO WELCOME. LOVE THAT GUY.

MISS THE AHI TUNA BURGER, BUT I WILL LIVE.

Tags: Bar Seating
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