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“Fresh seafood in a great setting.”

Water Grill Santa Monica
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Ranked #9 of 705 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: 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 February 22, 2014

We were looking for a sea food restaurant with a good view of the Pacific and the sunset. We had the good fortune and timing to enter the Water Grill on Ocean Drive. We were able to get a table at the street with open windows and people watch and anticipate the sunset. Although a bit pricey, given the special location, it was worth the premium. We started with a chilled seafood plate which featured a variety of mollusks and crustaceans all of which were excellent. I had a salad nicoise which contained a generous portion of rare ahi tuna and white anchovies. Terrific. My wife said her swordfish was delicious. Our server was charming and attentive. And the sunset was worth the wait.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The new Water Grill in Santa Monica is a great addition to SM. The food, like the downtown location, is excellent and the view is perfect. If possible request a table at the front so you can enjoy the ocean front view.
The bar is very cool and sleek.
Have been 3 times and each time the service and the food has been top notch.

Little known secret - you can bring your own special bottle of wine and there is no service charge - as long as it is not something on their wine list already.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The restaurant has a fantastic view of the bay.It is very clean and the kitchen is fully visible behind the glass wall in the back.The front has fully retractable windows,so it feels like sitting on the patio.Inside there is a beautiful oyster bar.There are massive beams and sketches of sail ships,that bring the nautical theme to the ambiance.The servers are fashion model quality and they are dressed well.The place is packed,happy and buzzing.For lunch I had New England clam chowder and Caesar salad which were very good.They have Guinness and several other good beers on tap. I came back later that day for a drink and to my surprise bartender asked for the credit card,before he served me a drink.I am not one of these people,which Paula Deen calls " the darkies";it was around 6 pm and bar was not very crowded. The managers need to find a solution to a very annoying problem.Even at The Cheesecake Factory at the Grove Mall,which is much busier all the time,they never ask you to pay upfront and make you feel like a thief.When I asked the floor manager about it he had a very lame excuse,that they had people walking out without paying.It happens in every other restaurant but it it not a reason to abuse your customers.I had Maine live lobster for dinner but it was below average-luke warm and coleslaw was tasteless ( the best coleslaw in Santa Monica is at Hillstone Steakhouse-not sweet at all,just mustard,parsley , garlic and cabbage-heaven ).I will continue to go there because the menu is big and overall it is a great place.

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Thank George S
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

This was a very nice meal. The service was great, they had a great beer selection.
We would recommend the lobster roll, this was so good.
This restaurant is waterfront, so you can enjoy a great view !

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Thank sookeod
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Great seafood. Great location. Great service.

We loved this place. The Chilean sea bass was cooked so perfectly it melted in your mouth. The fish tacos were awesome. But the mixed organic greens with pickled beets elevated salad to a new level!

Thank Meg02
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