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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 good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (183 reviews)
“swordfish” (29 reviews)
“sea bass” (32 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
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1 - 10 of 666 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nothing wrong with an average rating. Not everyone can be excellent. This is a fine place to grab a meal. It's pricey near-water seafood. I ate at the bar. One staff member was amazing, one didn't want to be there. The food (cod tacos) was...More

Thank Mitch3588
Reviewed 4 days ago

Water Grill is across the street from Palisades Park which overlooks the ocean. Sit at a table that looks out the giant open windows toward the bluffs and ocean. The fresh sole was excellent. Ask for it to be lightly buttered and without flour in...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This was my 2nd time and I plan to return. I've been here now 2x w/ girl friends. They had salmon (which was amazing). I had King Crab Legs which was divine. The seafood here is very good - fresh... i wanted a jalapeno margarita...More

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place and location in Santa Monica. High quality of sea food, oysters tasting many Fishes on menu. Lobsters and crabs pool in site. Cool. We enjoy it twice. Very nice and friendly service though the restaurant is kind of up market.

Thank MrAulin84
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with several friends after work meetings. Beer selection is excellent. Menu was quite diverse and food we ordered outstanding. Best of all is the view of the Pacific Ocean. You can't lose going here with friends and family. Perfect Santa Monica experience.

Thank frank k
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this restaurant at lunch on a Friday and loved it. We were fortunate enough to get to sit inside at an open window with a view of the beach. Our waiter was excellent at making recommendations and even told us we were ordering...More

Thank stewartjl2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic oyster selection. Great fish menu and the sides are outstanding. A must eat if you want quality seafood in Santa Monica

Thank groowl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinning at Water Grill was our last evening dinner whilst visiting the USA. The service, food and wine was outstanding. A diverse menu was well supported by an extensive and quality wine selection. Our server was attentive and handled a solid workload in our section....More

Thank rotowhenua
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grilled Beets were really, the organic chicken was crispy and tasty, the black cod was perfectly cooked and the oysters were excellent! Service was wonderful! Whisky came with a big ice cube! Even the bread was great! Our waiter helped us with choices. We did...More

Thank treysia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was delicious. My husband had chowder and salad and amazing bread. I had a beet salad to die for and butternut squash. The flavors were perfect and the service was good. I would go there again and order dessert! This is a great...More

Thank Rabbit6230
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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Gary G
Corkage or corkage fee?
8 April 2017|
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Response from MattFoleyManager | Property representative |
No corkage fees!!
Have a outside patio? And I have a small dog pet okay ?
19 September 2015|
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Response from marksw3960 | Reviewed this property |
There's an entranceway set back up steps from the sidewalk. When we were there a few weeks back another customer had tied their (well-behaved) dog to the rail and the restaurant provided some water in a bowl for the pooch.
Dress code?
9 August 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 40
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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
  • E-mail
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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