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Water Grill Santa Monica

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
+1 310-394-5669
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (226 reviews)
“sea bass” (45 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A meal out is really only as good as the companions eating with you. But the Water Grill helps take the experience up a notch, with excellent service, an eclectic selection, and wonderful food. This is a place to enjoy with friends - pleasant, comfortable,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank markquixotic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sat at bar alone, bartender was great, recommendations where great, crab was awesome!! I highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Timeout2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a business trip solo, ate at the bar. Real good bartender and excellent King crab. I highly recommend, trust the bartenders suggestion.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank duncantn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friendly restaurant on the main drag. Very high prices for adequate but not outstanding food. The Dover Sole wasn't great and had to be sent back BUT they handled everything brilliantly, they immediately offered to change the orders then didn't charge for the main...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank highgategal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to the Water Grill which is near the Santa Monica Pier for dinner during a LA Dodgers playoff game. The bartenders were so much fun talking about sports and the LA scene. Had the grilled salmon and enjoyed it on a bed of pickled...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dave W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The white chowder is excellent but the rest of our meal was pretty ordinary. Service is efficient but overall I would say I was disappointed by this restaurant. Anyone who rembers the original downtown will find this disappointing.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jsthouston
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

It was my first time going there, nice and clean place as well as very friendly and welcoming people. We got couple dish it was well cooked and good but kind of no flavor , would taste much better if they add some salt and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank monar768
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Knew I’d like it the first time we walked past. Both a bar and a restaurant, with an immensely impressive team. Everyone works towards a dining experience, not just a meal. Food is fantastic, wines the same. Try it, it won’t disappoint.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank malcolm d
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Best seafood that I have ever try !! Interior is old, with 100 years old sofas, no service, personal is so-so , but all this compensated by meal ! If you like seafood, don't miss this place. We spend 1,5 hour to go there and...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank SVGTravel
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We have been here before and made the trip from Newport Beach (before our flight from LAX) to experience it again. What a treat to be able to enjoy their heirloom tomato salad, deluxe seafood platter, and incredible wine list. We loved being served by...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Neen J
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thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
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27 November 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-394-5669
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For over 20 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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