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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (41)
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Business Meals (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Casual (28)
People Watching (28)
Bar Seating (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Romantic (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Fun (20)
Healthy (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
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Kid-friendly (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
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Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 21 hours ago

The Dine LA menu is an amazing opportunity to try this spectacular restaurant. A great tip is that there is no corkage charge. You have to love the Watergrill.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is good but very pricey. Nick, our waiter did not appear at our table for more than 20 minutes. Fortunately, we were able to get hold of an assistant who took our drink and then our food order and was very helpful. Not sure how long we would have waited for Nick. When he finally arrived, no apology and he didn't acknowledge keeping us waiting. Restaurant had nice crowd but was not packed. Need to do better at this price point.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was inattentive and they ran out of ice cream despite it being on dine la menu. Sea bass was burnt and chicken was way over salted.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Friend I went to Water Grill to celebrate birthday dinner, first time visit. Great location on Ocean Ave, with a large open windowfront, from which diners could see a beautiful sunset sky through the palm trees across the street.

Enticed to try the restaurant based on the DineLA menu choices, my friend and I both ordered and enjoyed the clam chowder as our starter. However, it was disappointing to have our entrees brought out to the table while we were still having the chowder; poor timing and this should not happen. We had to move our soup bowls to the side to make room for the entree dishes, and then rush through finishing the chowder to start our main courses. My friend had the mahi-mah, which was small in portion and looked somewhat bare on the serving dish, but tasty. I had the cod, which was served with fingerling potatoes and red cabbage. The cod was delicious but the few potatoes were actually over-cooked and dried out.

We chose the bread pudding and key lime pie for desserts, both good but not remarkable in any way. Another disappointment was the lack of recognition of the birthday celebration other than the comment after the desserts were delivered: “Your birthday present will be not having to hear me sing.” That might’ve been funny/ cute IF there had been minor acknowledgements like a candle and a “ Happy Birthday, enjoy your dessert” statement. But, there was nothing. Disappointing.

So, while food and service were ‘okay’, the dining experience was not up to par for an upscale seafood restaurant, and overall disappointing...with the potential to be much better.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic location and busy place for sure. Make sure you have a reservation. There was a LA weekly special menu with very good option BUT my favorite remains the GRAND platter with oysters, mussels, shrimps. Excellent quality and it comes with good bread and salsa.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Never come again

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

I have been to the Water Grill before, both to the one in Santa Monica (which I prefer) and also downtown. This review is regarding the restaurant in Santa Monica. The overall vibe was one of welcome and accommodation. We were a party of 7 and a little late, but the hostess was very nice and friendly, without even a hint of being upset that we were a few minutes late, and got us seated right away. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and certainly was a big part of our overall great experience. The food was very good, for everything that we ordered. The no corkage fee was a huge plus and in summary I would say it was a wonderful dining event, which I will encourage others to experience for themselves.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

great oysters and lobster, wonderful californian chardonne

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great experience! I just wish it wasn’t raining so we could enjoy the view better!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Fabulous dinner, starting with oyster shots and their signature Lions Tail cocktail!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Good experience. The lobster roll was fabulous.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We are long-time restaurateurs and were visiting family in LA. From start to finish, we had a wonderful experience. Great knowledgeable & friendly server and super-fresh shellfish and seafood. We highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Orthodox Christmas

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Usually a great meal and one of my favorite restaurants. Very disappointed by the food quality this past visit. My salad was drenched in dressing and sauce and my crab cake had almost no crab in it (all bread), which is not on par with their usually quality. The manager did remove the items from the bill and offered dessert. All other meals here have been excellent, but probably won’t be back for a while after this round.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Mouthwatering semáforos outstanding Delicioso y súper recomendado

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My son and I decided to eat dinner at Waterfront on a weekday evening during vacation.

We valet parked and the attendants were friendly and professional.

We ordered the FRITTO MISTO (Seafood Tempura) appetizer, which could easily work for a party of three or four, it was well proportioned for an appetizer. It was good with the sauces.

My son ordered the Sea Bass and he's not a fish lover. He loved it! I ordered the steak as back up but will definitely order seafood next time.

We shared a mac and cheese as a side and it was creamy and rich and good.

The caramel bread pudding for dessert did not disappoint. I especially liked the salted caramel ice cream (or was it gelato?) on top.

Service was great and timed well. Order seafood at the Waterfront Grill and enjoy a pleasant meal in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The wine price on the the menu was $20, but the price on the bill was $23. Why can't they be honest about their price?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, great vibe, excellent waiter--such fun for our New Year's Eve dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

not tasty and very expensive seafood. Expected much better.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very disappointing. We were here about a year ago and were anxious to get back, but it was not worth the wait. Ingredients were substandard and the execution was uninspiring. In addition, it was the most expensive meal we had while in Santa Monica.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went on NYE.
Table was ready on time and waitress Kathryn was great.
Lobster was delicious!

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

we both ordered the super expensive Chilian Sea Bass and it came to our table not fully cooked particularly in the middle of each piece. It wasn't flakey and tender there as one would expect because of the undercooking. We asked that it be taken back and cooked more. It was brought back to our table and we could instantly tell that nothing had been done to rectifiy the situation other than perhaps putting it under a heat lamp. It was still under cooked and somewhat cooler since it had then been a longer time that it had been away from the grill or searing pan. I ate mine because I was to hungry and disappointed to send it back the 2nd time. My wife could eat hers at all. It was a very disappointing meal because of this.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined at Water Grill on New Year's Eve. WG was busy even at 6:00 pm with a line out the door. We waited about 10 min to be seated. There is no good place to wait. We were seated at table/booth at the window which during daylight would have a great street and ocean view. It was difficult to hear the server because of the high level of noise. WG appears to be the place to eat for shell fish especially oysters. Our party of 4 had mahi, sea bass, and swordfish. We each ordered a wedge salad that was 1/2 head of lettuce. Our server should have advised us of the size to encourage sharing. The wedge salads, however, were the best part of our meal with tasty bleu cheese and bacon. Our fish selections were merely okay with the sea bass being best and the mahi being the least appetizing. Observations and lessons learned: the filet mignon served to a nearby table looked excellent, sides are intended to be shared (this appears to be the norm in the LA area), water from the tap is called "still" as opposed to sparkling. Speaking of sparkling we enjoyed a bottle of Napa Valley Brut. It was served by the sommelier who was very personable. This was a good selection. WG's wine list is extensive, excellent, and expensive.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE dinner.
Excellent service(Bobby) food, and ambiance. Thank you!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food! The largest selection of Oysters and the largest Oysters we have ever eaten‼️The sea bass was cooked perfectly ‼️ The service incredible ‼️

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, good time, service was almost 5 star

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overtime we come, we really enjoy the fresh seafood, lively atmosphere and really superb service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ordered the $47 sea bass and I’m not sure how the chef can send out a piece of fish with literally zero seasoning. To drizzle some purée around the plate doesn’t cut it. I was so disappointed.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The chowder was watery and my chicken was undercooked. Overall not a great experience.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It’s a big box tourist restaurant right on the beach drive. That’s the main attraction. Highlight : Oyster selection was large and very fresh. Lowlights : grilled octopus appetizer inedible due to extreme saltiness (and I love salt). Mains came cold. Server must have been too busy as it’s a big place, as per above.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Friendly, pleasant and fun staff. Beautiful restaurant. Food top to bottom were great. Aged ribeye was awesome, Brussels sprouts delicious. And chorizo clam app was extremely good. Definitely would recommend water grill. I found it on google- and didn’t disappoint! Great job!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food is subpar. For the masses. You’re better off at the Del Frisco grill.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food! The dessert is fascinating!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve family get together

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was great, except it was freezing and windy when we arrived for our reservation at 4:30; the manager would not close the open wall of windows because the sun had not yet set! We were all freezing. They did offer blankets, but come on, if it's cold, we can see the sunset through the windows!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best food and service ever, so happy!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My mixed sashimi appetizer was amazing. The lobster roll was a bit disappointing. Not much lobster in it and the roll didn't seem fresh. It seemed a bit stale and dry. Our waiter was great tho!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food and our server was outstanding. She anticipated every need and we did not have to ask for drink refills.
We had the oysters, fritto misto, mahi-mahi , shrimp, tuna poke and a burger ( there were 4 of us!) all outstanding. Recommend the Pisco sour, the Sancerre Rose and the Cider.
Our visitors from Chicago were very pleased!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was so cold with all the windows wide open that we couldn’t even enjoy our very pricey meal. We were shivering. I eat out a lot but this restaurant was not pleasing to me. The clam chowder was heavy in base and there was one clam in it! The salad Nicoise tuna did not look fresh and was not generous in size for the expensive price.

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