Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.6
2490 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. As always!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service ever

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

Excellent service! I requested for ocean view and I am so happy that I got my ocean view.

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

Was very goog but very expensive. Service was ok, we will be back but only on special occasions.

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

This was my 3rd times coming back to Water Grill. We all ordered fish and chips and none of us liked it. My food was not even cooked well. I celebrated my husband birthday at the resturant and did not want to make a big deal out of it in front of my guests! Thank you

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, overlooking the ocean with attentive service. Ideal that it was also right next to where we were staying in Santa Monica

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was on point! Good service, not too intrusive! All around professional— awesome!

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KD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The table sitting next to us was unbelievably loud and annoying. My whole family was getting migraines listening to them. We were told there was not another available table (nothing was said to the family next to us about their football match appropriate noise level) and then a while later later they found us a table but the table was ready to leave and we had already ordered wine so we did not take it. Not the restaurants fault but definitely could have been handled better.

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IM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was amazing!!!
Salmon, calamari, shrimp and white fish appetizer wow!!!
I got the Tuna cooked rare the wife had the scallops so good along with the mash and their home made bread.
My wife had an amazing time for Mother’s Day and great experience. Thank you sever Brent :)

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VR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a last minute Open table reservation with a request for a window seat - we were accommodated 15 mins early. All staff were super friendly, the atmosphere is so nice.
The food is delicious- overpriced, over $30 for fish and chips and a small portion of fish- but delicious.
You pay for the atmosphere and the water views of Ocean Ave.

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SI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

would recommend but after asking the waiter to put my order in for soft shell crabs, i was told an hour later that they ran out. really? Why wasnt the order held for me? Very annoying for a foodie....

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food, upbeat atmosphere

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w
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

the food here has gotten worst since the first time we were there 10 years ago and none of the food we were served tasted like it used too.The lobster was dry, the burger was not cooked well, the clam chowder was watery and the steak was dry.

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RC
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! My boyfriend had a great time on his birthday :)

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D
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Way loud. Great food. Best scallops raw ever. Until I found out they were out of season. I felt guilty and they should too!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for me

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GG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is in my top 3 worldwide, always outstanding! Great food, excellent service and amazing ambiance.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great food!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. Excellent seafood. Terrific atmosphere. Generous corkage fee of one bottle no charge.

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CB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Terrific food and service as well as nice location near Santa Monica pier. A large, open space though so gets loud. Better venue for large gathering than intimate dinner for two.

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FS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve been several times, and the food is good but the service is always slow. Took 45 minutes to get our food. We’ll probably go again, mostly because we like the location, but we’ll be prepared to wait.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The Water Grill is meant for the young. The food is very good and the service is fine, but it is very cold and the music is extremely loud. Don't expect to have a conversation! I can see how some people would love it, but we will not return.

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WA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Water Grill is right in the heart of the action near Santa Monica Pier but not so close that you are overrun by the crowds that hit the pier. Food is very good. There is a nice selection of choices. I am not a cold shellfish eater, but if you are, they cater to your needs. The ambiance is wonderfully beach town. But with that comes waiters who may not be focused as much on their waiting tables as they are on their aspiring acting career. Bottom line is that if I'm in the area again, I will return. The Water Grill has good seafood and the right vibe for a beach town.

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c
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I took my daughter to lunch today. We had not had an outing together for quite awhile. I wanted what I remembered as a great special restaurant. To my dismay, it was AwFul . I almost walked out. I didn't want e to make the dining experience , in her eyes, as bad as we both felt.
First off, it took forever for the waiters to even acknowledge us and get us a booster, yes, for my grandson, and a cup for water, non break able(aka, Plastic). Second, we ordered Miso Soup. That came quickly but, to ask for a second spoon or additional cup, about six minutes.


We ordered Cioppino for my Daughter, Fish and Chips for my Grandson and I had the SeaBass.
Mine came Somewhat Raw. My Daughters dish was cold as well as my Grandsons.
By the time we got our waiter, about 8-10 minutes later, We said our dishes were cold or raw. They then took our plates and said they would fix it.

After 40 minutes our newer plates arrived. By then, My Grandson was overly done with Bread and Butter.
The dishes arrived. My fish was still overly raw , as before. The other dishes were fresh and hot. Unfortunately, the desire to enjoy was gone
Even the Cioppino was less desirable as my grandson's dish. Fish and Chips.
The first time his order arrived as cold French Fries and Batter with perhaps a slice of fish. The second time around, much better yet much too late.

In Essence, we hardly ate our lunch. We paid for it. I have vowed never to go back. It is really too bad. The Water Grill has always been one of my favorites. Never More.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were with the whole family family (three generations) and everyone loved both the food and the service

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GS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. The food and the service have always been great. And they were such this time again.

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CK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

To note, the Host at the reception desk was VERY rude and unprofessional. We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary and asked for a booth - in the Open Table reservation, on the confirmation call, etc. When we asked him, he snorted and said no. When we pressed him, he asked if we could finish and leave in under 60 minutes (!). My wife nearly walked out. Luckily the manager walked up, took over, and sat us in an excellent booth where we had a superb dinner. Sea bass and halibut were awesome; great wine list, great deserts! And we enjoyed nearly 2 hours! ;-) Everything was great (except for the snooty host!). Cheers!

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D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great “go to” place. Always terrific.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked a table for our anniversary. So surprised we haven’t been here before!

Highly recommend the clams and chorizo, oysters and king crab legs.

Service was great. Our entrees were slow to come out but management more than made up for it by comping a few dishes.

Love the ambiance and best of all, no corkage!

I will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place with good sea food.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sea bass!

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and preparation was very nice. It is pricey but worth it. The waiter was nice but seemed a little disingenuous. We were his only couple as he had larger parties and we felt like he did not care about us. It was not a bother but felt a bit improper. Get the Chilean Sea Bass or the lobster fresh from the tank. Both were excellent.

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GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely attentive. Even though it was Easter, & a large crowd, the service was excellent. Serving the appetizers & entrees, refilling water, & placing new silverware between courses, were all perfectly orchestrated. The food was tasty & flavorful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere!
Great food overall.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always good at Water Grill and it is u realistic to think you won’t pay a handsome price. It is consistent and delicious.

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