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Water Grill Santa Monica

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Santa Monica
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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
+1 310-394-5669
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice place with outstanding service and valet parking. Whenever someone in my crew says seafood this is the first place I think of

Thank Michael M
Los Angeles, California
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Raw bar and byob wine overlooking the Pacific, with people watching thrown in...can't be beat. Fantastic raw seafood towers. Had the best Little Neck clams since Long Island clam bakes years ago. Superb razor clams that you don't see outside of Taiwanese seafood restaurants in LA. All super fresh. Wide variety of well-prepared cooked seafood served by expert waitstaff. Snag... More 

Thank Hencat
Tustin, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We came in at 5:30 pm for an early dinner and were presumably given the wrong menus- lunch menus. We were surprised at the bill because the entree prics were significantly more- I got the Sea bass. $37 lunch vs. $47. My husband got the mahi mahi $24 lunch v. $36 dinner. Just be aware.

Thank nicolespeights
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in town for Billy Joel and from Miami. Went here for lunch at about 12pm on a Thursday. Place was not crowded, sat at a booth so we could look at the ocean. Our server did not come by initially for about 7-10 minutes while 3-4 other servers were in the area serving other tables. The crab cake, lobster... More 

Thank Pilam76
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

water grill is THE place for seafood in santa monica. a bit pricey but delivers quality. halibut was excellently prepared. service professional and unobtrusive. window tables with ocean view. young crowd a bit noisy.

Thank dl5490
Dublin, Ireland
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

8pm dinner - book ahead as it gets busy. Fish and chips special all round, with a smaller portion for the youngest. Super service, a good wine recommendation, super friendly, trendy, upbeat type of place. If you want to indulge yourself you can here - great menu at the upper end, wines too. Enjoy!

Thank Martin K
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bustling place, fun scene. The food was disappointing--we told them and they were classy and took 4 of our dishes off the bill. Waitress was excellent, but we would have preferred excellent fish which is why we went

Thank Peter C
Los Angeles, California
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant's entrance faces the ocean and it receives cool ocean breeze . It has a friendly valet parking and its located right in front of the restaurant. The host and the server were friendly on a very busy day and they did their best ensuring the special day is celebrated without a glitch. The NY steak was fair and... More 

Thank K T
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were broken pieces of glass on the floor. How could they not clean this up properly? This was especially dangerous for people wearing sandals and kids. Additionally, the server brought salmon instead of fish and chips (what we originally ordered) to one of us. They brought the fish and chips 15 minutes later, with undercooked french potatoes. They also... More 

Thank Ipek D
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious meal with great environment right in front of the Santa Monica pier. Wide selections of sea food and stakes. Had the King Crab and it was great! Highly recommend.

Thank gabrielfarme

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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
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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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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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