Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4589 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located across from South Coast Plaza and steps from Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

A safe and comfortable experience, Water Grill follows all the CDC guidelines to ensure you have an amazing experience each and every time.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4589 People Are Saying
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CristinaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibes. From the drinks to dessert was amazing!

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JustinT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the server Sean was very knowledgeable about the menu offering insight to each type of clam to meet our specific likes and dislike. 5 stars all around

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KatieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Pretty neutral on this place, but that's after only one visit, which was a work celebration lunch. The aesthetics are very nice and maybe I'd revisit and sit at the bar and check out the appetizers. The Pan seared halibut was dry and the bacon and garlic in the brussel sprouts were dry and chewy. Not the best. The french fries were also not the best, dry and didn't taste fresh.

Overall, easily forgettable, for me.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for business or pleasure gatherings...Fantastic Staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water Grill is my go to spot for any special occasion , yesterday September 15 was mine and my Fiancé six year anniversary!!! Water grill made it very special for is ! Thank you will back back soon !

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vipJLR523
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went to celebrate our anniversary. I consider the Water Grill a high end restaurant, and the food and service were exceptional. Don’t mind paying their prices for great food!

I little disappointed that we were seated 20 mins past our reservation time … very busy for a Wed night.

My biggest issue is that they don’t enforce any dress code requirement. Baggie t-shirts and shorts, baseball caps, in fact baseball caps worn backwards???

Can’t we go to a high end restaurant and see people dressed nicely and appropriate for the venue? This wasn’t Denny’s.

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vipMark
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and black cod. Wine list is exceptional with many fine French options not normally found in a restaurant this casual.

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vipKemp
San Diego
92 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both of us had halibut and by far it was the best halibut we’ve ever had! We primarily go to seafood restaurants and so have a great appreciation of seafood that is prepared properly and tasteful. We would highly recommend the restaurants to all.

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vipFlip
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Water Grill. The food was excellent and the service is first class. It was a wonderful experience. We look forward to our next time dining at the Water Grill.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday Night football and the place was cranking! Lots of tv’s to see the game. Delicious seafood-lobster roll on an in house made New England style bun-grilled in lotsa buttahh! Sea bass and gnocchi is delicious! Desserts are fantastic.

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DanA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

service was poor, our waitress was not involved with the program which made our evening terrible.

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vip1227
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Although Water Grill - So Coast Plaza's Covid guidelines on OpenTable state that diners and staff must be masked, that wasn't so on our recent visit and restaurant management wasn't enforcing it. Two of the hostesses were unmasked as were about 25% of the wait staff. Not many guests coming in or leaving were masked either. If Covid safety is an issue for you, take note or insist on a server that is masked. Luckily our servers were masked but that wasn't the case for all tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a special occasion

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AngieS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place, food was amazing
Excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service

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vipNatalie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Normally, I love the food, but this last time it was very average. Always great service though.

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GailC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The server was new but was followed by someone who was guiding him. I liked that
The bread with salted butter was our starter--amazing
The crab cake--light and full of crab, no fillers
The raw scallops in the delicious citrus dressing--melted in your mouth
Our main meal was outstanding and the presentation--spot on
Did I mention our High Ball grapefruit martini!! and a 1942
Then we popped a MAGNIFICIANT BOTTLE OF DEOVLET WINE--listed 4 times in
Wine and Spirits Magazine in the top 100.
Last: the bread pudding.......fabulous!!!

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vipDavidH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The Caesar salad was yellow. There was absolutely no green at all. It was a salad full of yellow lettuce. Fish and chips had a bone in it. This in unacceptable in a fried fish. Some staff wore masks, most did not. Service was also very slow, despite the restaurant not being particularly busy. Oysters were excellent. That was the highlight of the meal.

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ladyengineer
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are excellent. the pace is very reasonable as well.

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vipPamK
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was amazing. Everything tasted wonderful

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vipPAMELAT
Orange County
212 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat seeing this fabulous staff and the lobster and clams chorizo were EXCEPTIONAL 🍴

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MichaelC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, nice menu selection…some unique items but something for everyone….little noisy as we were seated buy an open window, nice, but the traffic noise on Bristol was disturbing….overall, I would definitely be back, cool place

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
570 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the oysters, and so delicious, so fresh, exactly what we came for! Drinks and service also great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing dining experience from food to service. My favorite place to eat.

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JeffreyL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant for entertaining guests from out of the country. From the architecture to the service to the cuisine the experience was world class in all good ways. Highly recommended!

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vipJennaZ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cocktails, wine and service! We had a great time! Can’t wait to go back! 5 stars ⭐️

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JasonN
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was pretty good and the server was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My date does not eat pork or bacon so she was disappointed that pork was unexpectedly contained in clam chowder

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vipDennisP
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Second (and last) visit to a Watergrill in a month: this one and the San Diego store. In both locations we had reservations and arrived early. In both locations they tried to locate us at tables with overbearing sun and when we demurred made us wait 20+” for a suitable table. Evidently the policy is to sell the undesirable first.

The bar is poorly stocked and bartenders not very transparent about what they are doing. In both locations they misrepresented Triple Sec as Cointreau. And in one case they saved the incorrectly made drink to serve to someone else!

The food service wait staff was very good but hampered by a slow kitchen whose offerings seemed hurried and indifferent . The oysters were great, however, and they waived the charge for grossly overcooked calamari but should have corrected that in the kitchen before presenting it at all. My supposition is that it was under the salamander too long and they thought they would see if they could sell it to someone who might not complain.

They appear to be hugely successful so my guess is they no longer focus on the superior food and service for which they were once known.

We liked them for years but, hey, if you can ride for a time on your former success why not?

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Morley
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Listen to their server. Our server, Tabatha, was amazing. Knowledgeable, timely, friendly. When we return, we will request her station.

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SueY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Water Grill continues to provide a great dining experience with their attentive service and fresh seafood. Water Grill is my “go to” restaurant! Always suggests Water Grill when we go out and definitely recommend to out-of-towners.

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vipDioneelettS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th Birthday celebration for my dear friend. Thanks to Adam for a wonderful time!

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FoodieNat
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

So we made an opentable reservation for 9pm, wasn’t seated until after 10pm ! Once seated, it took awhile for them to bring drinks, maybe 7 - 10 minutes, waitress was pretty rude. Everything that was wrong or taking long was given an excuse to us by the waitress, never took accountability for the disaster experience. Not even to mention 1/2 the food was cold when it arrived.

CO
vipC4Ocean
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theater night

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vipAdrianG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved it

JR
JohnR
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative menu, great service, and perfect ambiance. Water Grill is first class.

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HappyCamper
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just delightful. It’s the type of dining experience that we need right now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well, service is always wonderful.

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vipWilliamL
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good seafood restaurant with plenty of fresh seafood items.

FAQs

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 208-7060.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza is rated 4.7 stars by 4589 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kingsseafood.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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