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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (55)
Scenic View (50)
Special Occasion (47)
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Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (46)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Business Meals (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
People Watching (30)
Casual (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Notable Wine List (23)
Healthy (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Romantic (21)
Fun (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Local Ingredients (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (3)
Live Sports (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Terrible service

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·Dined 2 days ago

Awful service. The food arrived cold and undercooked. There was way too much noise. Used to be a good place, but very bad now.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great service, food and overall experience.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food!!! One of my best meals. The deluxe plateau, sea urchin, and seabass

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great. Service was off and our food took 45muns to receive.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

Always phenomenal food. Arguably the best seafood in Santa Monica Oysters to die for, incredible Lobster and fish cakes, the meat dishes also are superb. Great staff, every time I’ve been I want to ensure I go back with others.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 3 days ago

To be fair, we were seated directly beside the kitchen so it was very noisy, also it was Valentines day so very busy. The server was spot on fantastic. The food was mostly delicious-grilled brussels were a little TOO grilled. Too burnt to eat. Mashed potatoes were terrific, steak was a perfect medium rare. The seafood fritters were mushy inside and undercooked. If I could give a half star, I would rate Water grill a four and a half.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Good for date :) thank you

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Vacationing

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·Dined 3 days ago

Nice location with a beautiful sunset view over the ocean. Really nice perfectly fitting interior design to make a place comfortable for the type of meals served. Great service and amazing fresh fish. Love everything about it and would definitely recommend for seafood lovers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent! Service was great! The ambiance was amazing! We went for lunch during the week. It’s great for business meeting because the noise level was very moderate and it wasn’t overly crowded. The view of the ocean was spectacular! I would definitely go back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great fresh seafood, great menu items, and a decent wine list. If you are looking for fresh seafood, this is the place to go. Our server was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Food came out fairly quickly too. I rated high for the food and service.
That being said, I have 2 negative comments: One is that the restroom is a public restroom with a code access. It's not located directly in the restaurant, it's through a hallway near the lobby of the main building and it just detracts from the entire dining experience. Also, there was quite a wait for valet for drop off and pick up. If you are not in any rush to be somewhere after dinner, valet is fine. Otherwise, I suggest you park it yourself at the public garage around the corner from the restaurant for $2 less. It might be quicker to get in and out.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It’s always consistent

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was wonderful, the waitress was delightful and efficient, it was too loud, we kept repeating our words!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Good, just a little too loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great location, impressive service and very good food. Wine list, both by the glass or bottle was far better than most restaurants. I had the roasted beet salad as a starter and it was exceptional, not your average beet salad...far more interesting. For an entrée I ordered the swordfish. It was cooked to perfection. I would definitely return on my next visit to Santa Monica.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was good - food was mediocre and very expensive - portions very small.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Subpar for the price expect a lot more and the food left a lot to be desired.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food is well prepared but VERY rich. Raw bar is extensive. It is also very pricey--a good portion of that is due to its location on the waterfront in Santa Monica.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Tom is the beeeeest! Literally coolest waiter I’ve ever had.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It's a good seafood place, but terribly noisy and we waited some time to be seated, even though we had a reservation

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

nicholas baggenstos most energetic, welcoming waiter ever;
gets beverages, water, bread, food asap. He is opening watergrill at caesars
in vegas; i am sure we will go to visit him.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food and service were great but we were forced to wait nearly 20 minutes for our reserved table. Several times we were told the table was being cleared when it clearly wasn't. We were hosting out of town guests and the delay put a damper on the mood.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious and very fresh and our server Nick was a pro!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This experience was not worth the price point.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently tasty with friendly service!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food is taste but the food portions are too small

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The appetizer was super, better than the main course....

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was great. Fish dishes were wonderful. Particularly good was swordfish, very moist. However, orecchiette pasta was not good, chewy and lacked flavor; the shrimp in the dish was good though.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Would definitely recommend to others.
Great ambience, food, and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was out of this world. Seafood ultra fresh. Drinks made with care. Service was 5 Stars. Location is awesome. Not a fan of the smokers out front but dealt with it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very poor service... food was forgotten about and it took

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. Richard, our waiter was helpful in pacing our meal. Although the restaurant does not charge for corkage (unbelievable), assistance in pouring wines was slow. No fee for cutting a cake I brought in either. Amazing! The oysters and clams were delicious. The sablefish also delightful. The cioppino is nothing special, in fact disappointing. However, generally speaking, I will return another day to try other fare.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A meh experience, for sure.
Snobby server- bussers and food runners very kind and welcoming.
Food was nothing special: ordered 4 different types of fish, the Brussels sprouts, squash and the lobster, but none of the dishes were outstanding in flavor nor in presentation. In fact, the squash had such a strong mesquite taste that 5 of us could not finish the small dish.
Restaurant has a noticeable old-frying-oil odor when you first walk in.
The view is absolutely stunning, especially around sunset.
Did not try the fresh seafood bar items, and won’t since we will not be coming back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very expensive for such small portions and quality

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food, great selection

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our server, Sarah, was absolutely phenomenal! Its people like her who make a dining experience worthwhile. Her knowledge of the menu and personal suggestions were spot on. I'll definitely be requesting her again on my next visit.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant is really interesting inside. The decor is really nice and you can tell they spent a lot of money on it. The food was good and service was good too, but it was quite loud and really expensive. For two people without alcohol or dessert and only 1 appetizer and 1 salad it was almost $100/person with tip.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding service and a reasonable selection of beers and wine to go along with their magnificent fish and shellfish dishes. I ordered the Black Cod Miso and it was amazing. My wife ordered the Wild Tahitian Big Eye Tuna and it was "very good" but not great. Partially because they gave my wife and me a great table it was overall a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is a good place to eat and a great atmosphere. We went on a Saturday around the time the sun was setting in Santa Monica. It was beautiful.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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