Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Water Grill

544 S. Grand Ave. (5th St.) Send to Phone
213-891-0900 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A downtown seafood tradition continues with a more fun, democratic approach.

Open Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

* Click here for rating key

Water Grill, Los Angeles, CA

Water Grill Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Opened in 1991, Water Grill has long dominated the Los Angeles restaurant scene, especially in regard to seafood. Over the years the kitchen has been overseen by such notable chefs as Michael Cimarusti (Providence) and David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite). But this is not your father's Water Grill. The upscale menu and décor have transitioned to a more fun, democratic approach. The room is less stuffy; the central bar now sports ten beer taps and flat-screen TVs, while the comfortable booths offer more privacy.

Food & Drinks: The tempting market-style raw bar remains on display; choose from more than a dozen oyster varieties or indulge in one of the iced shellfish platters. Clam chowder and a supremely light blue crab cake can still be found among the appetizers alongside beautifully presented ceviches and raw crudos such as salmon and big eye tuna. Dinner offerings may include a selection of whole fish charcoal grilled or oven roasted, sustainable Chilean sea bass, and wild local sand dabs. Carnivores could try the roasted chicken with harissa or Prime rib-eye, but really, Water Grill’s raison d’être is fish. There's even sea salt in the satisfying caramel bread pudding! The wine list focuses on American wines but there are also international selections as well as craft cocktails. Also located at 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-394-5669.
Discover LA's best new restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in LA

Check out these new and trendy LA restaurants, from DTLA to Santa Monica and beyond.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.