Water Grill - Downtown

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For over 30 years, Water Grill has sated the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this flagship downtown 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 the internationally recognized Zagat Guide, Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness.
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WL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing after having been to Orange County location. Food took a long to come especially considering we were one of only 3 tables. When food arrived it was COLD. I would not recommend this location.

p
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always The Water Grill didn’t disappoint. Superb service added to fabulous meal....spit the wedge and halibut with my wife and finished with a delicious bread pudding. Hmmmm good.

D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anthony, our bartender/server was outstanding we felt special

j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow, fries tasted kinda old... not as good as our usual experience here. Will be back but not as fun / good as usual.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent and very personable. Loved it and can’t wait to go back.

CM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I dined at Water Grill for our first wedding anniversary. We made our reservation on Open Table the morning of not knowing much about the restaurant as we are from out of town. We were very pleasantly surprised by the level of service and courtesy we received here. We arrived about 10 min early and were treated to a cocktail at the bar due to a slight wait time for our reserved table, we were also given a dessert in celebration of our anniversary. The servers and hostesses were very attentive & made our dining experience even more wonderful. Most importantly, the food was delicious! I would definitely return if ever back in the LA area and would recommend it to others as well.

D
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in Los ANGELES, period. I’m a New Orleans native who knows seafood and has lived in LA for 30+ years. Awesome oysters, shell fish and fresh fish options. Again, best in LA, in a beautiful space, with great service! Cheers!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, yummy food, outstanding server, Christopher. Had a wonderful time.

KS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zavanah and everyone at Water Grill was exceptional! The food was as delicious as I remembered! My Mom and Mother-in-law had a memorable birthday celebration 🥰 Thank you for everything!

N
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelly, our server, was professional and accommodating - delicious crab and oysters...good, quiet table for a date night before a show.

PG
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and the staff were very good, and we appreciated the birthday desert. The ambience, however, was quite disagreeable with highly excessive noise level, and no sense of privacy - it was like being in a huge dining hall but with excellent food being served.

c
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Water Grill never disappoints. Great place for pre or post theater. Fun bar hangout for cocktails.

KH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Watergrill. Been coming for decades. The restaurant seems less old fashioned now with a more varied clientele and the food is still outstanding. Highly recommend

KS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood staff was great, only had an hour to eat dinner before heading to a concert and the staff accommodated nicely. Food was amazing and menu was great. Fairly expensive but well worth it if your a seafood person:) highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything with Water Grill. Food is great and the restaurant environment is super nice! Definitely introduced to all our friends who will travel to LA.

S
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Value for the amount and quality of seafood you get. Service is outstanding and knowledgeable. Good wine selection too. Well managed restaurant.

SB
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! We left totally stuffed and satisfied. We will definitely come back again!

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We always love coming to this restaurant but this recent visit it was not up to par. Both the Hamachi cheeks and the black cod were overcooked. The potato puree was quite thick and sticky, not smooth like usual. We will come back but this particular night, everything was off.

MG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous night. Please go back to serving good bread. That was the only disappointment.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!

B
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting LA and had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Water Grill! The staff was very kind and attentive. We loved the ambiance and look forward to returning!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect brunch setting. Highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was not that great. Poor cuts of steak and the seafood was not that fresh. Disappointing experience for $800

CJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. 5 star!

GH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch. Don't go if you are in a hurry.

AO
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect . Impeccable service , atmosphere and food quality . This experience is second to none .
I highly recommend a visit

RB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I don't know if it was just an off night or what. We ordered our wine and the wine server slopped some on the table and didn't bother to wipe it up. We ordered Halibut and the Halibut Cheeks appetizer, both came out overcooked and dried out. One of the managers came right out and apologized very nicely and said they would remove them from the bill. I ordered half a Crab, and asked the server if they were frozen previously, and she assured me that the crab was fresh. It wasn't but I was hungry at that point and ate it anyway, and didn't say anything. I tipped the server generously what her tip would have been with the original items on the bill. They were trying very hard to make us happy but sometimes it just doesn't happen.

F
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to Water Grille, looking forward to dining at the one Las Vegas!

MH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, ambience, and atmosphere are incredible. I’ll be back, soon!!

T
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There was a very loud party near us. Our waitress apologized immediately and it wasn't a big deal. The food and service were fantastic if a bit slow.

BB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good but you need a bigger variety of vegetables. Broccolini and kale are not enough.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sea bass is the best! Kumoto oysters were outstanding!

NI
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion of friends!!!

ED
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a business meeting with a client from London and a partner at 12:30 on Sunday. The restaurant was quiet and uncrowded, and our lunch was perfect; great server, not rushed or hurried, good food and wine and spent a quality 2 1/2 hours there'

CS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood is very fresh and prepared superbly. I love the everything about the place. It is not cheap but not overpriced either. I never miss coming here when I’m in LA.

f
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend visiting from Spain requested some good sea food and I immediately thought of Water Grill. The quality of seafood is unquestioned and I admit that I am a demanding customer when it comes to seafood. My Spanish friend got to have some White Sea Bass which she won't be able to get in Spain. I went non-local, I can't resist soft shelled crabs (when I know the quality will be good). The surprise was the "slaw" (I don't know how to describe it) that came with the crab. The combo of cucumber, zucchini and watermelon was amazing. (I word to readers...I only give out 5 stars about once every 5 years...so this is a really favorable review. ) Brandon provided good service and took good heartedly my chiding his staying with the Orioles of his old hometown over the Dodgers.

G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , the location is impecable , the food excellent , I love this place I definitely come back back

MS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.best in town!!
Fritto misto was PERFECT!!

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