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Water Grill Santa Monica

1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
+1 310-394-5669
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (218 reviews)
“sea bass” (44 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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I'll start by saying I'm a member of a Travel Writers Association. It's my job to review hotels, golf courses and restaurants. Mrs. Grace and I visited this restaurant based on a friend's suggestion. It started with our ordering drinks and a bottle of wine....More

Thank Grace_of_Golf_Travel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Staying at the Georgian Hotel next door on business, we came in here 3 times in a week. Our experience was very different each time depending on how busy they were (earlier and earlier in the week less busy). Restaurant has nice aspect out to...More

Thank Angus W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an elegant restaurant with a very polished staff. The very best soft shell crabs, so delicious and presented beautifully. We shared the iceberg lettuce with blue cheese and bacon dressing. The bread pudding dessert was to die for. The meal was spectacular

Thank MaryR5027
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are in Santa Monica, if it were not for the state road the restaurant would be on the beach. Nice place, even if there are too many tables. Medium-quality cuisine and a discreet wine list.

Thank Eleonora F
Reviewed 1 week ago

My BF and I were visiting L.A. for the first time. The food here was delicious, including the free bread. Great beer and oyster selection. Was a little disappointed that the ran out of razor clams. The server got our beer orders wrong but the...More

1  Thank Jenn K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to this restaurant 2 consecutive nights as a recommended place by our hotel. Nice atmosphere and ambiance. First night the service was good even though very busy. We had oysters which were nice and the scallops very good. I had prawns which were ok...More

Thank Justin K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an overnight stay a few blocks away and the hotel recommend the Water Grill which offered fresh wild fish. Perfectly cooked and delicious but with minimal accompanying veggies. Dessert choices were disappointing but the location and ocean breeze was much appreciated.

Thank Tony D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a dozen oysters and drinks after a mediocre dinner down by the pier. Shoukd have eaten here. It looked great.

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pricey but not as upscale as I expected it to be. Food was good but it did take over 30 minutes to arrive. It is however in a very good location and has a decent menu.

Thank spinningphotography
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for dinner and couldn't get a table so ate at the bar! Really fun with delicious seafood and classic martinis. Service was pleasant despite it being really busy. Good experience and would do it again.

Thank travelchamp1
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
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
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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