Water Grill - Santa Monica

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Seafood
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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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Lackadaisical Waiter, not up to their usual standards.

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AQ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food that my husbands order wasn’t great the steak was burned. And when they replaced it , it took a long time so by the time we got it he doesn’t feel like eating it anymore .

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KZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My lobster was steamed though I was assured it would be broiled, and it was only fair. My wife's Chilean Sea Bass was raw in the middle and she said the flavor not good. The server was excellent.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, had the Oyster Rockefeller, came with fennel and although I wasn’t a fan it was delicious all the same. The salmon and crab legs where also just as delicious!! Will be back for sure!!

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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, great food and perfect staff. We used opentable for a six people reservation and it responded immediately. The staff gave us a window seat though there is no glass but that is the best point as you can enjoy the outside view!

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RP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The meal was mostly good. The surf and turf steak was great but the lobster was tough. The burger was great. My wife’s sea bass did not have much flavor to it and she was disappointed. The jumbo soft crabs were not jumbo and were a little bland. The place itself is great with a wonderful view. $300 for 4 of us was steep for the quality of food received. The service was good. The wait staff did a great job.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience were great!

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KA
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and location. Fantastic views of the water and lovely service

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress (Teal) was amazing — great wine suggestions, friendly and prompt service!

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NS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place!

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

Service was EXCELLENT and the food was great. Highly recommend!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very nice and helpful. My fiancé and I are new to finer dining and he explained thoroughly when we asked questions. The food was beyond delicious and the drinks were fantastic as well.

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SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host and staff were courteous and understanding.

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D
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We use to like the Water Grill. We have been to this one twice and both times the food has been disappointing. I ordered the soft shell crab and though the portion was large,I think it was undercooked. Yellow stuff oozed out both shells. I order this dish often and have not noticed oozing like that. My spouse had the black cod. We also had the octopus appetizer. All items were not served hot. I got the feeling there are no chefs in the kitchen, just cooks.

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C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food and service. Our server Teal was fantastic as always. The seasonal Halibut is delicious. A great Birthday dinner!

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and great food. I highly recommend the beet salad, ceviche scalops, king salmon and wild eastern sea scallops.

The only problem we had was that we requested to sit at a booth, and we were told they were reserved, but the whole time we were there no one sat at those seats.

Otherwise, it was a great experience.

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k
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Water Grill! Sat next to the window. Ocean view. Had the Sea Bass & it was the best piece of fish I’ve had in a really long time! Outstanding!

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AP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife out to dinner at the Water Grill for her birthday. It was a lovely evening on the oceanfront. Our server, whom I cannot recall her name, was helpful with my wife's dietary restrictions as well as very knowledgeable of all of the items on the menu. She was also able to give recommendations along with letting us know the specials. Food was great, ambiance was great too.

All around a truly pleasant dining experience for our not-often-enough date night. We'll definitely go back some day.

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic super fresh seafood in a sophisticated dining environment. Best soft shell crabs I’ve ever eaten! Great range of craft beer too, including four great San Diego IPA. We liked it so much we went two nights in a row! Serving staff are polite and attentive. I love it!

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K
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice views. Food was ok- for the price I’d look for another seafood place in the area. A little noisy. Service was also mediocre.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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j
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First rate fresh Kumamoto oysters; soft shell crabs were excellent. Not a particularly strong Chardonnay selection.

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D
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Just hang around with my friends and family and we had a good time there.
Especially excellent service abd food we enjoyed very much.
Thank you,

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L
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The two fish meals that we had were first rate: sea bass and European style sea bass (a branzino). Both were delicious and perfectly prepared. The prices were so high that we forewent drinks or wine. We had a window seat with the window tilted open. That was great until sun was low enough to cause trouble.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with a great choice of fish dinners properly prepared. Attentive wait staff, nice ambience. Great location overlooking the Pacific in Santa Monica near the pier

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. As always!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service ever

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Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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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AE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
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 on May 16, 2019
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
2 reviews
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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