While in CA, I had lunch here with 2 friends from our working days. We all had been to the downtown Water Grill which was always very good. This one in SM is new to me and turns out, I believe, to be on the site of the old I Cugini restaurant but totally renovated. It is large with an open air front looking out onto Ocean Ave. and the ocean. It is well designed and really pleasant for a lazy day lunch.
And the food is really special and well prepared. We shared a starter of a dozen oysters---excellent. I had grilled scallops with grilled vegetables in a brown sauce. Sounds odd but it was an exceptional dish with the large scallops cooked to perfection.
The service was friendly, informed and thoroughly pleasant. Our server, Nicole, was very nice and added very much to the fun dining experience.
I go to CA once a year and the Water Grill is now on my must do list!