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Business Description
Water Grill is one of the leading seafood restaurants in Southern California. The restaurant specializes in cuisines from northern Africa, Southeast Asia and India. It has a dining room that is accented with auburn wood and features marble columns, white tablecloths, cushioned chairs and booths. The restaurant s menu includes a variety of entrees, desserts and beverages. It additionally serves a selection of wines. Water Grill is located in Los Angeles and is owned and operated by King's Seafood Company, which was formerly known as University Restaurant Group. It operates various Southern California restaurants, including Ocean Avenue Seafood, 555 East, Lou & Mickey's and the King's Fish House.

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Phone: (213) 629-1891

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discover, master card, visa, amex, diners club, all major credit cards
Price Range
New Downtown, Downtown Los Angeles, Central La, Central LA, Financial District

Water Grill - Downtown

The Water Grill

Seafood Restaurants, Bars, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Take Out Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Garage, Street, Validated, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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Edited: 12/22/2016

We had a lovely double-date experience at Water Grill. We started with cocktails, fresh oysters and stone crab claws (first of the season). Two members of our party ordered the same cocktail and upon delivery, one was noticeably more well-crafted than the other. We sent the one back with a busboy and when it returned, it was only half-heartidly fixed. Thankfully, our server quickly fixed the situation and everything was uphill after that moment. Our oysters included the Tomahawks and Mermaid Cove's, (all east coast). They were wonderfully briny and super fresh. The crab claws did not dissapoint.

In addition to the raw bar, each couple ordered wedge salads and clam chowder. Our server was smart enough to have the kitchen split each item without us asking. Kudos to her. The chowder was probably one of the best I have ever had. It was loaded with clams which were sweet and tender. It also included thinly sliced fingerling potatoes which I thought was a nice touch. The wedge was wonderfully crisp, and had the perfect amount of blue cheese with generous bits of lardon. The soup and salad alone would have been a perfect meal.

Since we were so full from the first two courses, we each decided to split lobster rolls and get a couple of sides. Having had lobster rolls all over the east coast, in addition to many of the popular sea food places around LA (Connie & Teds, Hungry Cat, Littlefork, assorted food trucks), I can honestly say, this was one of the best I've had. The roll was piled with tender lobster. It contained the perfect amount of mayo which allowed the flavor of the lobster to shine. I washed it down with a glass of Turley Zin, which is one of my all-time favorites. I was super-excited to see it on the wine menu.

We finished with the Key Lime pie, which was good, but maybe a tad bit tart for my taste.

Overall, service was spot-on. The staff understood we were two couples catching up and enjoying each others company. They were attentive and not obstrusive. The food itself is amazing and I'm already craving the clam chowder. We had a great experience and we're looking forward to going back.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Seafood -- some problems with sustainability

Came here for dineLA with my husband and 2 friends. The fish were just excellent with excellent service as well. This was our first time eating here. I had the red fish which is a mild white fish. It was perfectly cooked; not over-cooked like so many restaurants would do. The fish served here for the most part, according to the waiter, is sustainable and caught for the most part without bycatch and pollution to the ocean. They did have wild jumbo shrimp on the menu, which was from Mexico. Bottom trawls used to catch most imported wild shrimp damage habitat and unintentionally kill many unwanted invertebrates fish and sea turtles. But at least they are making some effort to serve sustainable fish that doesn't harm the ocean environment.

Since I wrote the above review based on the waiter's information I have found out that red fish is on Greenpeace's International Red List. Which means it is unsustainable and should be avoided. Redfish are vulnerable to overfishing because they are slow growing, long-lived and, even though they spawn every year, few young survive. Most stocks are now at historical lows and are considered depleted. Redfish are caught using bottom trawls and pelagic trawls.
Bottom trawling damages the seafloor, impacting marine habitats that are important to the survival of groundfish and other species. Many species depend on seafloor structures like coral and sponges for feeding, breeding and hiding from predators. Bottom trawling is also indiscriminate and incidentally catches other fish and marine animals that are dumped overboard as bycatch.
In fairness to Water Grill there is a very limited supply of red fish that is sustainable. Let's hope Water Grill's red fish comes from that source.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Strengths and weaknesses

Everything we ordered was excellent. main course portions are very small for the price.The service was both professional and friendly. There was a big time gap between the salad course and the main course.
Overall a pleasant experience. i would return.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best seafood

I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Very tiny portions

Four of us went to Water Grill before the theater. The appetizer of fish was small. But the portions of halibut and swordfish were even more disappointingly small. But the dessert was almost not even there...the tiny carrot cake was like a little igloo... a tiny mound with a white topping. ""Where is the dessert????"" I asked.
When I spoke to the maitre d', and with a smile he said,""I am sorry to hear that but enjoy the show!""
That was not the comment I wanted to hear! All four of us definately did not enjoy the meal!!!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Hadn't been to WG for a year, and went for Dine LA on Wednesday.

I wish I could go to Water Grill all the time but it's too $ for me. I went for Dine LA on Wednesday and had an amazing time. Generous portions. Great fish. I had the Sturgeon, my friend the Organic Salmon. Our waiter (great service) let us know they will be serving $44 Dine LA menu all February! I'll be back.


Provided by Citysearch - 

What a fantastic place! I went to Water Grill with a friend for the first time about a week ago. Beatiful restaurant, great service, top-notch cuisine, and a great innovative wine list. The service was inpeccable, not only by our waiter, but also by the wine director Andrews. With great sophistication and knowledge he presented us with a fantastic winelist, including top producers from around the world. We decided to look at domestic wines and he suggested to start in the Pinot Noir section. He described it as the focal point of the wine list with the most tie to the cuisine. This was one of the best Pinot Noir selections I have seen in the country. Great small artisan wines and well known name producers single vineyard selections. We ended up with a bottle of Native 9, a small winery from Santa Barbara. A fantastic wine that paired perfectly with the tuna dish. The tuna was beautifully prepared with a red wine reduction, lentils and brusell sprouts. Awesome expreience, and if you are into wine this is where to dine!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Just average.

I've heard nothing but amazing things about the Water Grill; it's supposed to have the best seafood in L.A. I grew up on the east coast, so I tend to be very picky about my seafood, and this just doesn't measure up to 'the best' of anything. When you walk in the restaurant the walls are covered with awards and Zagat ratings, and I really thought that might mean something, but apparently no. It's not even that the food was bad, it just wasn't great. It wasn't even good, it was just average. Maybe if I hadn't come from an amazing meal at Blair's two days earlier I might have felt differently. The crab cake appetizer was just so-so. Maybe I'm biased having grown up in Maryland, the home of the blue crab, but it was a bit dry and just passable. The scallop entree was good, if small portioned, it made me rather glad I'd eaten a salad a few hours earlier. My desert though, completely fell down on the job. From the menu you would think that their deserts would be the best thing ever. I had a peanut butter and chocolate souffle, that was supposed to be garnished with banana and marshmellow. They failed to mention the banana gelato on top, the popcorn or the caramel sauce or the chocolate sauce. It is possible to just go entirely overboard and this most certainly happened here. As I said before, it's not that the meal was bad, it's just that based on the hype it certainly should've been better. At least the champagne was fantastic, but then again, that was pre-packaged.

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