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Water Grill Santa Monica
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Ranked #34 of 776 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Description: 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
Reviewed 16 September 2018

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 manager was super helpful and made the service very impressive.

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Reviewed 16 September 2018 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 but small and extremely expensive. The server came by a few times to keep telling me how good they were - telling me doesn’t change the fact they were just ok and small.

Second night was more disappointing. The service was not very patchy which when you are expected to pay 20% tip in the US, it’s not good enough. Had the steak which was cooked ok but tasted slightly odd. Biggest gripe was one of the servers sweeping the floor and clattering away with broom and pan. Really noisy and for a decent restaurant I don’t expect them to start cleaning up when I am still eating (and this wasn’t just a one off spill). Had to ask them to stop in the end as it was just so irritating.

Nice restaurant in a good location but very expensive for what it is.

Thank Justin K
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 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 tonydT9649EZ
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank E2602RWjamesh
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 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
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