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Water Grill

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • Liz C.
    "The view and the lobster rolls are worth every $$$."(6 Tips)
    Tasting Table
    "King shellfish platter"(2 Tips)
    Les G.
    "Crab, oyster, mussel, prawn, clam, scallop, lobster, snail!"(11 Tips)
    Susan G.
    "Lively atmosphere, fab raw bar, and beautiful views of the ocean."(9 Tips)
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  • Meech W.
    Meech WellsNovember 20, 2013
    Had amazing Malaspina oysters and the Alaskan Halibut! Don't forget to have some of the Aussie Mollydooker as well. Jay was a great server, chill environment. 8/10
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 17, 2013
    The new location offers an iced shellfish platter that serves five called “The King”: whole Channel Island sea urchin, whole lobster, whole crab, and a gathering of shrimp, oysters and clams.
  • Toni B.
    Toni BMarch 11, 2015
    Great service, fantastic location (try and get a table by the open windows) and the food was excellent (but expect to pay quite a bit)
  • Dmytro
    DmytroFebruary 11, 2015
    Great restaurant! Nice design, good location, ocean view, food is delicious. Frito Misto, owen baked black bream, great kids menu. Good selection of draught beer
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    The pièce de résistance: The King shellfish platter ($150), baited with oysters, scallops, clams, periwinkles, shrimp, mussels, lobster, crab and urchin. Read more
  • Alessandra L.
    Alessandra LuiseAugust 26, 2014
    So many kind of oysters, try Naked Cowboys and Bahia Falsa. Cioppino soup then is just delicious! Seafood is FRESH. (they make Epresso)
  • Naz F. G.
    Naz F. GérdabiFebruary 22, 2014
    So many fish choices it was hard to choose one but i scored with the MAHI MAHI. Perfect meaty white fish in delicious brown sauce. The lobster sandwich was not good, so bland no flavor.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GreenOctober 6, 2013
    A sibling of the famed Water Grill downtown, this does not disappoint. Lively atmosphere, fab raw bar, and beautiful views of the ocean.
  • Arturo A.
    Arturo AmadorDecember 23, 2016
    Great service, the Alaska cod fish was very tasty. Great beer selection and wines. Great spot to watch the sunset 😉
  • Sara A.
    Sara AhmedDecember 27, 2016
    Try the Wild Heard Island Chilean Seabass.. It is perfect !!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteinbergOctober 16, 2013
    Lobster Roll "Connecticut" style was the best Cali interpretation of a back east standard that I've had yet it LA.
  • Nicolle B.
    Nicolle BeizaJuly 6, 2014
    The bread putting is the most amazing desert ever!!! Also the Chilean Butter Seabass is my favorite!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LanzilloFebruary 27, 2015
    The seafood tower is great to share. Scallops FTW
  • Les G.
    Les GeeAugust 24, 2014
    Appetizer shellfish sampler! Crab, oyster, mussel, prawn, clam, scallop, lobster, snail! Outstanding!
  • Debbie S.
    Debbie SpenceJanuary 16, 2015
    Get a table in the window for great views of the sunset
  • Alex V.
    Alex VNovember 19, 2016
    That is probably the only real and true seafood restaurant in LA where I've been. Crowded and noisy. Loads of menu options.
  • Kaitlin W.
    Kaitlin WilleNovember 11, 2013
    Salted caramel bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream is orgasmic! 7-7-7-7!!
  • David C.
    David CottrellAugust 21, 2013
    Bar area is great and also serves the full menu.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerAugust 30, 2013
    Get a seat by the window and enjoy the unbelievable view of the Pacific.
  • jake c.
    jake coniglioAugust 27, 2013
    Get the traditional style lobster roll. Mexican shrimp cocktail was great
  • Chris P.
    Chris PattonJuly 22, 2013
    Great seafood.... But also had the best chicken I've ever had. Yes, ever. Get it.
  • Dress for the Date
    Dress for the DateJanuary 13, 2014
    The side dish of Kale, Hazelnuts and Greek Yogurt is tremendous. Pair it with the Polenta side and wine for a memorable and complete meal.
  • Ruchika B.
    Ruchika BhallaNovember 18, 2013
    Great service, great raw bar, very fresh! One happy customer. :)
  • Maria G.
    Maria GudkovaOctober 30, 2015
    Very good place with sea food and good choice of wine!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FernándezJuly 24, 2014
    More than amazing restaurant. A little bit expensive but so good!
  • Yevgeniy S.
    Yevgeniy SkazovskiAugust 16, 2014
    Everything is incredible, but 20 choices of oysters is why I keep coming back.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerAugust 22, 2016
    Great for an oyster happy hour and wine with friends. Some celeb spotting here too.
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YangNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Think we tried almost all oyster they offered today. Good Bloody Mary.
  • Kyle L.
    Kyle LNovember 5, 2013
    Phenomenal...just go and try one of the raw platters
  • Kristin A.
    Kristin ArndtAugust 21, 2014
    The bread! The Cod! The Halibut, The Scallops, The Brocollini!
  • Bekki J. C.
    Bekki J. ChapmanJanuary 12, 2014
    The tuna poke just melts in your mouth. A good combination of textures, savory and salty.
  • Tina H.
    Tina HahnJuly 3, 2014
    Fantastic oysters. Ribeye was also delish!
  • Jill M.
    Jill MolloyFebruary 24, 2014
    Book a table by the window at sunset for the perfect view.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DrescherAugust 19, 2016
    Great location overlooking ocean in Santa Monica.
  • Kathryn H.
    Kathryn HopkinsJune 23, 2015
    Great vibe, decor, service and seafood.
  • Lynda A.
    Lynda AllenSeptember 15, 2014
    Fab seafood, great view, cool breeze. What more can you ask.
  • Kelsey F.
    Kelsey FosterDecember 20, 2013
    Ask for Wade at the bar. Great service
  • L
    LJuly 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster roll, mac&cheese, mussels + fries.
  • Kalika Y.
    Kalika YapSeptember 19, 2013
    Great vegetarian items! Braised kale, crispy polenta and roasted asparagus!
  • Liz C.
    Liz C.January 20, 2014
    The view and the lobster rolls are worth every $$$.
  • Sylvia D.
    Sylvia DiazJune 30, 2014
    The best corn anywhere!
  • Melek V.
    Melek V.October 5, 2015
    Everything
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CMay 16, 2014
    Whatever the server suggests, order it.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittNovember 22, 2015
    The interior and setting is nice, but the food is honestly not really amazing ... and also overpriced for the quality.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GardnerSeptember 3, 2013
    Awesome view. Pretty good , but not as good as the one downtown.
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlsanieSeptember 3, 2013
    Best clam chowder you can ever have
  • Paul B.
    Paul BakerFebruary 5, 2014
    Get there at sunset.
  • Katie R.
    Katie RobbSeptember 2, 2016
    Killer selection of oysters!
  • Joni V.
    Joni VillamilMarch 14, 2014
    Maple Cheesecake...heavenly!!! <3
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaAugust 23, 2015
    We had an issue with card payment, as the bill was over$1,000. Meat was good, fish was ok
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