Water Grill

★★★★☆

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Your unique restaurant name brought me here, just the curiosity got in me really hard to even view your site and wanting to be at your tables then tasting your foods.

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★★★★★

Your unique restaurant name brought me here, just the curiosity got in me really hard to even view your site and wanting to be at your tables then tasting your foods.

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Great food, didn't try the Oyster Bar but did try their steaks and they came out really well, just the way we had ordered it. The service was friendly and our experience here very satisfactory, definitely recommend to try.

3
★★★★★

Great food, didn't try the Oyster Bar but did try their steaks and they came out really well, just the way we had ordered it. The service was friendly and our experience here very satisfactory, definitely recommend to try.

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Came here for dineLA with my husband and 2 friends. The fish were just excellent with excellent service as well. This was our first time eating here. I had the red fish which is a mild white fish. It was perfectly cooked; not

3
★★★★★

Came here for dineLA with my husband and 2 friends. The fish were just excellent with excellent service as well. This was our first time eating here. I had the red fish which is a mild white fish. It was perfectly cooked; not

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Everything we ordered was excellent. main course portions are very small for the price.The service was both professional and friendly. There was a big time gap between the salad course and the main course.\r
Overall a pleasant experience.

3
★★★★★

Everything we ordered was excellent. main course portions are very small for the price.The service was both professional and friendly. There was a big time gap between the salad course and the main course.\r
Overall a pleasant experience.

Pros: nice ambiance

Cons: pricey.

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I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA.

3
★★★★★

I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA.

Pros: all in the review

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Four of us went to Water Grill before the theater. The appetizer of fish was small. But the portions of halibut and swordfish were even more disappointingly small. But the dessert was almost not even there...the tiny carrot cake was like a little igloo... a tiny mound with a white topping. "Where is the dessert????" I asked.
When I spoke to the maitre d', and with a smile he said,"I am sorry to hear that but enjoy the show!"
That was not the comment I wanted to hear! All four of us definately did not enjoy the meal!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Four of us went to Water Grill before the theater. The appetizer of fish was small. But the portions of halibut and swordfish were even more disappointingly small. But the dessert was almost not even there...the tiny carrot cake was like a little igloo... a tiny mound with a white topping. "Where is the dessert????" I asked.
When I spoke to the maitre d', and with a smile he said,"I am sorry to hear that but enjoy the show!"
That was not the comment I wanted to hear! All four of us definately did not enjoy the meal!!!

Cons: Too pricy for such small portions

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Tasteless food, not enough on plate, service under par, reputation and quality is below average. Lobster tasted like cardboard, fish tasted too fishy

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★☆☆☆☆

Tasteless food, not enough on plate, service under par, reputation and quality is below average. Lobster tasted like cardboard, fish tasted too fishy

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It's a beautiful restaurant - all old fashioned and clubby - the food is good, the service friendly - I love the downtown scene in general, and this a a great part of it

5
★★★★★

It's a beautiful restaurant - all old fashioned and clubby - the food is good, the service friendly - I love the downtown scene in general, and this a a great part of it

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The Water grill has the best seafood in Los Angeles . A bit on the pricey side. They also have a wonderful selection of martinis. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

4
★★★★☆

The Water grill has the best seafood in Los Angeles . A bit on the pricey side. They also have a wonderful selection of martinis. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

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I wish I could go to Water Grill all the time but it's too $ for me. I went for Dine LA on Wednesday and had an amazing time. Generous portions. Great fish. I had the Sturgeon, my friend the Organic Salmon. Our waiter (great service) let us know they will be serving $44 Dine LA menu all February! I'll be back.

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★★★★★

I wish I could go to Water Grill all the time but it's too $ for me. I went for Dine LA on Wednesday and had an amazing time. Generous portions. Great fish. I had the Sturgeon, my friend the Organic Salmon. Our waiter (great service) let us know they will be serving $44 Dine LA menu all February! I'll be back.

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Cant wait to go again. :)

2
★★★★☆

Cant wait to go again. :)

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My friends and I enjoyed the food as well as the service. Our waiter was attentive to our needs. We enjoyed our entrees as well as dessert. The portions were fine for us, but we were all females. We would go back.

4
★★★★☆

My friends and I enjoyed the food as well as the service. Our waiter was attentive to our needs. We enjoyed our entrees as well as dessert. The portions were fine for us, but we were all females. We would go back.

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This is my favorite seafood restaurant. I have attended many dinners and lunches here and the food never fails to impress. It is a great place to dine if you are attending a function downtown, as they offer early dinners for the theater crowd. It is located near the Biltmore hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.

4
★★★★☆

This is my favorite seafood restaurant. I have attended many dinners and lunches here and the food never fails to impress. It is a great place to dine if you are attending a function downtown, as they offer early dinners for the theater crowd. It is located near the Biltmore hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.

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What a fantastic place! I went to Water Grill with a friend for the first time about a week ago. Beatiful restaurant, great service, top-notch cuisine, and a great innovative wine list. The service was inpeccable, not only by our waiter, but also by the wine director Andrews. With great sophistication and knowledge he presented us with a fantastic winelist, including top producers from around the world. We decided to look at domestic wines and he suggested to start in the Pinot Noir section. He described it as the focal point of the wine list with the most tie to the cuisine. This was one of the best Pinot Noir selections I have seen in the country. Great small artisan wines and well known name producers single vineyard selections. We ended up with a bottle of Native 9, a small winery from Santa Barbara. A fantastic wine that paired perfectly with the tuna dish. The tuna was beautifully prepared with a red wine reduction, lentils and brusell sprouts. Awesome expreience, and if you are into wine this is where to dine!

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★★★★★

What a fantastic place! I went to Water Grill with a friend for the first time about a week ago. Beatiful restaurant, great service, top-notch cuisine, and a great innovative wine list. The service was inpeccable, not only by our waiter, but also by the wine director Andrews. With great sophistication and knowledge he presented us with a fantastic winelist, including top producers from around the world. We decided to look at domestic wines and he suggested to start in the Pinot Noir section. He described it as the focal point of the wine list with the most tie to the cuisine. This was one of the best Pinot Noir selections I have seen in the country. Great small artisan wines and well known name producers single vineyard selections. We ended up with a bottle of Native 9, a small winery from Santa Barbara. A fantastic wine that paired perfectly with the tuna dish. The tuna was beautifully prepared with a red wine reduction, lentils and brusell sprouts. Awesome expreience, and if you are into wine this is where to dine!

Pros: Awesome wine list, great service

Cons: None

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I went to Water Grill with a group of five to celebrate a new job-- I had heard great things about it, and had high expectations.... Not only was it an amazing evening, but it was the best seafood food I've ever had! From the minute we walked in we were treated fabulously- excellent cocktails, attentive (but not annoying) waitstaff, black napkins for those of us with dark pants (you know- the little things), lovely wine suggestions, and so forth.---------------------

We started with the fruits of the sea platter-- all cooked perfectly with yummy sauces for the side. The appetizers/salads were killer- particularly loved the beets, also had the best crab cake EVER. But, seriously, the main dishes were so good it was RIDICULOUS- all of the fish was fantastic. The Barramundi with cous cous, and the Cobia with some sort of corn and epazote were my favorite; others liked the tuna the best. ----------------------

Portions were just right-- no "food coma" sensation. And, it's a good thing, because I am now able to say DO NOT skip dessert here! There was a Doughnut with two kinds of Creme Brulee that was spectacular! While we were winding down, the chef even came out and chatted with us for a bit- super friendly and fun-- seemed like a really cool guy. -----------------------

I am no restaurant critic, but our entire evening at Water Grill was so special that I literally felt the need to write about it......Elegant without being pretentious, TONS of attention to detail, and innovative seafood dishes- this is one classy place, and they know what they are doing! Definitely worth it for a special night out!!

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★★★★★

I went to Water Grill with a group of five to celebrate a new job-- I had heard great things about it, and had high expectations.... Not only was it an amazing evening, but it was the best seafood food I've ever had! From the minute we walked in we were treated fabulously- excellent cocktails, attentive (but not annoying) waitstaff, black napkins for those of us with dark pants (you know- the little things), lovely wine suggestions, and so forth.---------------------

We started with the fruits of the sea platter-- all cooked perfectly with yummy sauces for the side. The appetizers/salads were killer- particularly loved the beets, also had the best crab cake EVER. But, seriously, the main dishes were so good it was RIDICULOUS- all of the fish was fantastic. The Barramundi with cous cous, and the Cobia with some sort of corn and epazote were my favorite; others liked the tuna the best. ----------------------

Portions were just right-- no "food coma" sensation. And, it's a good thing, because I am now able to say DO NOT skip dessert here! There was a Doughnut with two kinds of Creme Brulee that was spectacular! While we were winding down, the chef even came out and chatted with us for a bit- super friendly and fun-- seemed like a really cool guy. -----------------------

I am no restaurant critic, but our entire evening at Water Grill was so special that I literally felt the need to write about it......Elegant without being pretentious, TONS of attention to detail, and innovative seafood dishes- this is one classy place, and they know what they are doing! Definitely worth it for a special night out!!

Pros: best seafood EVER, innovative treatments

Cons: can't think of any

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We had an early dinner at the Water Grill and it was great. The interior was nice, the service good and the food excellent. I have recommended the restaurant to my family and friends.

4
★★★★☆

We had an early dinner at the Water Grill and it was great. The interior was nice, the service good and the food excellent. I have recommended the restaurant to my family and friends.

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We had an early dinner at the Water Grill and it was great. The interior was nice, the service good and the food excellent. I have recommended the restaurant to my family and friends.

2
★★★★☆

We had an early dinner at the Water Grill and it was great. The interior was nice, the service good and the food excellent. I have recommended the restaurant to my family and friends.

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I've heard nothing but amazing things about the Water Grill; it's supposed to have the best seafood in L.A. I grew up on the east coast, so I tend to be very picky about my seafood, and this just doesn't measure up to 'the best' of anything. When you walk in the restaurant the walls are covered with awards and Zagat ratings, and I really thought that might mean something, but apparently no. It's not even that the food was bad, it just wasn't great. It wasn't even good, it was just average. Maybe if I hadn't come from an amazing meal at Blair's two days earlier I might have felt differently. The crab cake appetizer was just so-so. Maybe I'm biased having grown up in Maryland, the home of the blue crab, but it was a bit dry and just passable. The scallop entree was good, if small portioned, it made me rather glad I'd eaten a salad a few hours earlier. My desert though, completely fell down on the job. From the menu you would think that their deserts would be the best thing ever. I had a peanut butter and chocolate souffle, that was supposed to be garnished with banana and marshmellow. They failed to mention the banana gelato on top, the popcorn or the caramel sauce or the chocolate sauce. It is possible to just go entirely overboard and this most certainly happened here. As I said before, it's not that the meal was bad, it's just that based on the hype it certainly should've been better. At least the champagne was fantastic, but then again, that was pre-packaged.

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★★★☆☆

I've heard nothing but amazing things about the Water Grill; it's supposed to have the best seafood in L.A. I grew up on the east coast, so I tend to be very picky about my seafood, and this just doesn't measure up to 'the best' of anything. When you walk in the restaurant the walls are covered with awards and Zagat ratings, and I really thought that might mean something, but apparently no. It's not even that the food was bad, it just wasn't great. It wasn't even good, it was just average. Maybe if I hadn't come from an amazing meal at Blair's two days earlier I might have felt differently. The crab cake appetizer was just so-so. Maybe I'm biased having grown up in Maryland, the home of the blue crab, but it was a bit dry and just passable. The scallop entree was good, if small portioned, it made me rather glad I'd eaten a salad a few hours earlier. My desert though, completely fell down on the job. From the menu you would think that their deserts would be the best thing ever. I had a peanut butter and chocolate souffle, that was supposed to be garnished with banana and marshmellow. They failed to mention the banana gelato on top, the popcorn or the caramel sauce or the chocolate sauce. It is possible to just go entirely overboard and this most certainly happened here. As I said before, it's not that the meal was bad, it's just that based on the hype it certainly should've been better. At least the champagne was fantastic, but then again, that was pre-packaged.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food doesn't measure up to hype.

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It's almost like being on the Titanic in the middle of downtown LA. They serve super fresh seafood here. The grilled swordfish is not only delicious but very healthy. The make great cocktails here. The staff are very nice. It's a comfortable place.

4
★★★★☆

It's almost like being on the Titanic in the middle of downtown LA. They serve super fresh seafood here. The grilled swordfish is not only delicious but very healthy. The make great cocktails here. The staff are very nice. It's a comfortable place.

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It was great! I loved the extensive wine list and the raw bar was adventurous and the service was above and beyond!! I'd recommend it for a group occasion or a nice romantic evening.

4
★★★★☆

It was great! I loved the extensive wine list and the raw bar was adventurous and the service was above and beyond!! I'd recommend it for a group occasion or a nice romantic evening.

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Went there last night for the first time to have Valentine's Day dinner. I had the 5 course menu and everything was spectacularly delicious. Lots of interesting combinations and assertive flavors that worked together seamlessly. The service was good but not what I expected for one of the 18 (only) restaurants in all of Los Angeles to receive a Michelin star. The most surprising aspect of all is the ambiance...it feels like an upscale Cheesecake Factory. There is a storage cabinet in the middle of the dining room where the servers wrestle with silverware all night long. What??!!! So much for a nice intimate dinner. The food is truly special, no complaints there but IMHO, good atmosphere is a critical component of a fine dining experience and here is where Water Grill misses the mark. Go there for a delicious seafood meal if you're in the area for a show but don't go out of your way to come here for a special occasion.

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★★★★☆

Went there last night for the first time to have Valentine's Day dinner. I had the 5 course menu and everything was spectacularly delicious. Lots of interesting combinations and assertive flavors that worked together seamlessly. The service was good but not what I expected for one of the 18 (only) restaurants in all of Los Angeles to receive a Michelin star. The most surprising aspect of all is the ambiance...it feels like an upscale Cheesecake Factory. There is a storage cabinet in the middle of the dining room where the servers wrestle with silverware all night long. What??!!! So much for a nice intimate dinner. The food is truly special, no complaints there but IMHO, good atmosphere is a critical component of a fine dining experience and here is where Water Grill misses the mark. Go there for a delicious seafood meal if you're in the area for a show but don't go out of your way to come here for a special occasion.

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The food was wonderful, however the portions are very, very small. I am sure that they put a lot of time and money into each dish, however, the portions/price ratio was a little off. It's fairly overpriced for the amount of food that you get. I'm not asking for huge portions either, but I mean, one appetizer is about 2 bites. Nonetheless, the oysters are wonderful.
The biggest issue for me was that the service was inconsistent and fairly horrible. The host was wonderful and they were sweet enough to print my name and "Happy Birthday" on my menu. The server, on the other hand, was very bad. We weren't served for about 10-15 minutes. And then, there was some confusion so we had a couple of different servers at first, and then finally were given one who didn't seem like he wanted to serve us at all. He was not very attentive since we saw the runners and bussers more than we saw him. Also, after dining there for about an hour and half (on my birthday), he asked us to leave. We still had half a bottle of wine left and he basically made us drink all of it and rush through our dessert in 10 minutes. He said "I have to wake up early tomorrow morning." I feel that 1 1/2 hour-2 hours is a pretty reasonable time for dinner at a fine dining establishment and his attempts to get us out as soon as possible was very disconcerting. Service is so important at restaurants, and if it's not consistent with the food and overall ambience, it throws off the whole experience.

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★★★☆☆

The food was wonderful, however the portions are very, very small. I am sure that they put a lot of time and money into each dish, however, the portions/price ratio was a little off. It's fairly overpriced for the amount of food that you get. I'm not asking for huge portions either, but I mean, one appetizer is about 2 bites. Nonetheless, the oysters are wonderful.
The biggest issue for me was that the service was inconsistent and fairly horrible. The host was wonderful and they were sweet enough to print my name and "Happy Birthday" on my menu. The server, on the other hand, was very bad. We weren't served for about 10-15 minutes. And then, there was some confusion so we had a couple of different servers at first, and then finally were given one who didn't seem like he wanted to serve us at all. He was not very attentive since we saw the runners and bussers more than we saw him. Also, after dining there for about an hour and half (on my birthday), he asked us to leave. We still had half a bottle of wine left and he basically made us drink all of it and rush through our dessert in 10 minutes. He said "I have to wake up early tomorrow morning." I feel that 1 1/2 hour-2 hours is a pretty reasonable time for dinner at a fine dining establishment and his attempts to get us out as soon as possible was very disconcerting. Service is so important at restaurants, and if it's not consistent with the food and overall ambience, it throws off the whole experience.

Pros: Very good food, Great Hosts, Incredible Wine

Cons: Service

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My boyfriend dragged me there (sorry but I'm very picky and untrusting to other's tastes) for my birthday and I have never been happier to have my arm twisted! We had reservations for 5:45 but were running late and he called and asked if we could arrive at 6:15. They were very accommodating, seated us immediately and in my opinion, sent the best waiter over. He recommended every dish I had since I was torn between two for each serving. The blue and dungenese crab cake was fresh, deliscious and not processed. The flavor of the fish is what bursts forth, they are not kidding when they say they have the freshest and best seafood. I then had the Maine Lobster, tender and moist and the broth sauce was subtle and complemented the overall dish. My bf had the grilled cobia which I will have in the very near future because I can't wait to go back!! BUT the dessert!! Oh I don't even enjor dessert all that much but this was scrumptious, delectable and heavenly. We ordered the red velvet pudding. I can't wait to go back. Oh by the way, I don't understand what these other negative reviews are about, the service was impeccable. Yes as in perfect. They timed our dinner perfectly so that we would be able to take the shuttle (right in front of the restaurant) to the Disney Concert Hall just in time for our 8 o'clock. I love this place!!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend dragged me there (sorry but I'm very picky and untrusting to other's tastes) for my birthday and I have never been happier to have my arm twisted! We had reservations for 5:45 but were running late and he called and asked if we could arrive at 6:15. They were very accommodating, seated us immediately and in my opinion, sent the best waiter over. He recommended every dish I had since I was torn between two for each serving. The blue and dungenese crab cake was fresh, deliscious and not processed. The flavor of the fish is what bursts forth, they are not kidding when they say they have the freshest and best seafood. I then had the Maine Lobster, tender and moist and the broth sauce was subtle and complemented the overall dish. My bf had the grilled cobia which I will have in the very near future because I can't wait to go back!! BUT the dessert!! Oh I don't even enjor dessert all that much but this was scrumptious, delectable and heavenly. We ordered the red velvet pudding. I can't wait to go back. Oh by the way, I don't understand what these other negative reviews are about, the service was impeccable. Yes as in perfect. They timed our dinner perfectly so that we would be able to take the shuttle (right in front of the restaurant) to the Disney Concert Hall just in time for our 8 o'clock. I love this place!!

Pros: You get what you pay for, incredibly deliscious food and wonderful service

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Service and food not as expected from a Michelin star restaurant. Many restaurants in LA, So. Cal. South Bay and in Europe that are much better that do not have a Michelin star. Saving grace were the oysters which were excellent.

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★★★☆☆

Service and food not as expected from a Michelin star restaurant. Many restaurants in LA, So. Cal. South Bay and in Europe that are much better that do not have a Michelin star. Saving grace were the oysters which were excellent.

Pros: oysters were great

Cons: service and value for money below par

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I love tasting menus...there's something about the excitment of not knowing what you're going to get next...and the food is always beautifully presented with a detailed explanation of what you're eating...so, when I found out Water Grill had a superb tasting menu, you was extremely interested.

Water Grill's tasting menu surpassed my expectations!

First, the service needs to be mentioned...it was impeccable (and I never use that word!). From the moment you walk in, everyone is friendly and welcoming. The servers place your napkin on your lap, your plate is never absent of a roll, water is always refilled, such attentive staff...and yet, you don't feel as though you're being hovered over! You still have the privacy of a romantic dinner.

The food was amazing! I can't even decide what my favorite was. We had an amuse of tuna, a thai style jumbo prawn soup, two different fish dishes, a meat dish, a delicous melon soup, and probably the best dessert I've ever had. Each server during the 6 course meal, explained the dish in full detail. Our semmolier (sp?) explained each wine pairings to us in full detail, and even gave us a list of our meal with the wine she choose for us, so we could remember what we had. What I thought was perfect was the order of the food and wine...it started off with light foods and wines and then progressively deepened. It was the perfect amount of food...I was comfortably full and satisfied.

It's quite pricy, but worth every penny. It was the most romantic, delicious, warming dining experience I've ever had.

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★★★★★

I love tasting menus...there's something about the excitment of not knowing what you're going to get next...and the food is always beautifully presented with a detailed explanation of what you're eating...so, when I found out Water Grill had a superb tasting menu, you was extremely interested.

Water Grill's tasting menu surpassed my expectations!

First, the service needs to be mentioned...it was impeccable (and I never use that word!). From the moment you walk in, everyone is friendly and welcoming. The servers place your napkin on your lap, your plate is never absent of a roll, water is always refilled, such attentive staff...and yet, you don't feel as though you're being hovered over! You still have the privacy of a romantic dinner.

The food was amazing! I can't even decide what my favorite was. We had an amuse of tuna, a thai style jumbo prawn soup, two different fish dishes, a meat dish, a delicous melon soup, and probably the best dessert I've ever had. Each server during the 6 course meal, explained the dish in full detail. Our semmolier (sp?) explained each wine pairings to us in full detail, and even gave us a list of our meal with the wine she choose for us, so we could remember what we had. What I thought was perfect was the order of the food and wine...it started off with light foods and wines and then progressively deepened. It was the perfect amount of food...I was comfortably full and satisfied.

It's quite pricy, but worth every penny. It was the most romantic, delicious, warming dining experience I've ever had.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Wine, ALL!

Cons: Zero

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If you haven't been, you really must try the Water Grill. The menu changes daily but it seems there are a few things that remain the same. The crab cake appetizer, gorgonzola salad and red velvet putting were the most amazing food experiences I have ever had. Many flavors on each plate, only serving to compliment the others. The A-Z Pinot Noir was wonderful, as was the Water Grill's "The Nile", a vodka, pomegranate, sugar and lime juice martini. The fish dishes were very good too, however, the salmon was a little salty for my taste. All staff polite, friendly, helpful, while allowing you time to take your time.
The Water Grill is a place you will most likely recommend and visit again and again.

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★★★★★

If you haven't been, you really must try the Water Grill. The menu changes daily but it seems there are a few things that remain the same. The crab cake appetizer, gorgonzola salad and red velvet putting were the most amazing food experiences I have ever had. Many flavors on each plate, only serving to compliment the others. The A-Z Pinot Noir was wonderful, as was the Water Grill's "The Nile", a vodka, pomegranate, sugar and lime juice martini. The fish dishes were very good too, however, the salmon was a little salty for my taste. All staff polite, friendly, helpful, while allowing you time to take your time.
The Water Grill is a place you will most likely recommend and visit again and again.

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I took my boyfriend here for his birthday last weekend. We both had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and it is, hands down, the BEST tasting menu we've had to date. I thought Sona was great but this place was even better. Everything they brought out was excellent, fresh, so flavorful and delicious. The chef was so gracious when he'd come out to explain his dishes to us. The wine expert Cara was so knowledgeble and friendly, even downright hilarious at times. The manager Steve came by to make sure we were ok, and he was really funny as well. The service was impeccable, attentive and accomodating but not overbearing. Water Grill has met and exceeded our expectations and I am looking forward to the next time I go back.

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★★★★★

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday last weekend. We both had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and it is, hands down, the BEST tasting menu we've had to date. I thought Sona was great but this place was even better. Everything they brought out was excellent, fresh, so flavorful and delicious. The chef was so gracious when he'd come out to explain his dishes to us. The wine expert Cara was so knowledgeble and friendly, even downright hilarious at times. The manager Steve came by to make sure we were ok, and he was really funny as well. The service was impeccable, attentive and accomodating but not overbearing. Water Grill has met and exceeded our expectations and I am looking forward to the next time I go back.

Pros: Tasting Menu, impeccable service

Cons: none

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What a great dining experience! I took my parents here for their 30th anniversary, and they were so pleased. To start, we had the oyster sampler plate and champagne. We then had Lobster tail, John Dory, and another fish dish. However, the best part was DESSERTS!!! Their Pastry Chef John Park is truly amazing! He is so talented at combining different flavors and making something so traditional so unique. You have to try his doughnuts and creme brulee. The red velvet cake is excellent as well. The service was great! (the busboys were especially good) I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants good food, great desserts, and an overall fine dining experience!

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★★★★★

What a great dining experience! I took my parents here for their 30th anniversary, and they were so pleased. To start, we had the oyster sampler plate and champagne. We then had Lobster tail, John Dory, and another fish dish. However, the best part was DESSERTS!!! Their Pastry Chef John Park is truly amazing! He is so talented at combining different flavors and making something so traditional so unique. You have to try his doughnuts and creme brulee. The red velvet cake is excellent as well. The service was great! (the busboys were especially good) I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants good food, great desserts, and an overall fine dining experience!

Pros: Desserts, service, and seafood

Cons: Parking, downtown traffic, pricey

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Save your money. Whatever The Water Grill used to be, it no longer is. From start to finish, our experience was disappointing. Coat check was haphazard and we received no ticket. At the bar, an overworked, sweaty bartender took forever to get us drinks, then even longer to bring the oysters we'd ordered. At last, we gave up and asked them to bring our raw bar items to the table. The tuna tartare, which we'd heard so much about, was bland. Clam chowder was tasty but watery thin. We had to ask multiple times for bread. A steak entree was completely overcooked. The pastrami-spiced salmon was not thrilling and had sat for too long on the line, leaving it no longer hot. The overpriced lobster entree was only fair. We left feeling unhappy.

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★★☆☆☆

Save your money. Whatever The Water Grill used to be, it no longer is. From start to finish, our experience was disappointing. Coat check was haphazard and we received no ticket. At the bar, an overworked, sweaty bartender took forever to get us drinks, then even longer to bring the oysters we'd ordered. At last, we gave up and asked them to bring our raw bar items to the table. The tuna tartare, which we'd heard so much about, was bland. Clam chowder was tasty but watery thin. We had to ask multiple times for bread. A steak entree was completely overcooked. The pastrami-spiced salmon was not thrilling and had sat for too long on the line, leaving it no longer hot. The overpriced lobster entree was only fair. We left feeling unhappy.

Pros: Oysters, crab claws

Cons: Service, ambience,

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Average food, not excellent as I had expected. very thin clam chowder, with only a small amount of potatoes and clams. the chicken entree was good. Incredibly overpriced. Most of the wines are about $15 or $16 a glass. I thought there was a disconnect on how the restaurant perceives itself (i.e. "fine dining") and the actual quality of the food, service, and atmosphere. The dining room was tired and worn looking. There was an incredible lack of attention to detail--no one came to ask if we wanted another drink, we had to ask. We also had to ask for bread and butter. And our waitress was overly attentive (yet some how missing the basic details?!) What irked me most was that they offered to take our coats as we were sitting down, which we accepted. After our meal, we had to go find our coats on our own. there was no coat check, server, host, busboy to lead us to our coat. We had to fish through a shoddy coat stand that was overflowing with black coats to find our own black coats. When I mentioned this to the host, he was couldn't care less. very rude in that smug, haughty way that's annoying.

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★★★☆☆

Average food, not excellent as I had expected. very thin clam chowder, with only a small amount of potatoes and clams. the chicken entree was good. Incredibly overpriced. Most of the wines are about $15 or $16 a glass. I thought there was a disconnect on how the restaurant perceives itself (i.e. "fine dining") and the actual quality of the food, service, and atmosphere. The dining room was tired and worn looking. There was an incredible lack of attention to detail--no one came to ask if we wanted another drink, we had to ask. We also had to ask for bread and butter. And our waitress was overly attentive (yet some how missing the basic details?!) What irked me most was that they offered to take our coats as we were sitting down, which we accepted. After our meal, we had to go find our coats on our own. there was no coat check, server, host, busboy to lead us to our coat. We had to fish through a shoddy coat stand that was overflowing with black coats to find our own black coats. When I mentioned this to the host, he was couldn't care less. very rude in that smug, haughty way that's annoying.

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My wife and I had heard of the Water Grill for a long time...but we rarely eat Downtown. Tonight, however, we had tickets for Disney Concert Hall, so we wanted to eat dinner close by. I read CitySearch (of course! THE best place to find restaurant referrals...), and - to be honest - I picked the closest restaurant on the recommended "Top 10" list to the concert hall. As it turned out, the closest one was Water Grill.

We dropped in at 6pm without a reservation, and the very kind host and hostess greeted us and seated us. The dining room is beautiful! Very warm colors...and not loud (i.e. they have carpeting instead of hardwood flooring). We enjoyed the atmosphere.

Our server -- I think her name was Donna Jo? -- was "personality plus!" She was kind and funny. We told her that we were on a tight timeline, and she said that she would be sure to get us on our way in plenty of time to catch the 7:30 p.m. show.

We started with drinks: My wife had a pomegranate martini...and I had my ususal gin-and-soda. Both drinks were exceptionally good. In fact, I got up and told the bartender how much we had enjoyed them.

For salad, we shared the Gorgonzola salad. It was SUPERB. After tasting it, I regretted that we had chosen to share it. Next time, I'm getting my own!

For our entrees, my wife ordered the tuna and loved it. I ordered the John Dory fish, and I thought it was good -- not great...but good.

Our dessert was Devil's Pudding, and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

After we paid our bill, we were on the sidewalk walking towards the Disney Concert Hall by 7:05 p.m. Just as Donna Jo had said, "In plenty of time to get to the show..."

After the show, we returned to the Water Grill valet stand to get our car. Even the valet staffer was exceptionally polite - and quick.

What a delightful experience. It is rare that my wife and I leave a restaurant saying, "Without question, we will be returning." Water Grill? We will be returning!

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★★★★★

My wife and I had heard of the Water Grill for a long time...but we rarely eat Downtown. Tonight, however, we had tickets for Disney Concert Hall, so we wanted to eat dinner close by. I read CitySearch (of course! THE best place to find restaurant referrals...), and - to be honest - I picked the closest restaurant on the recommended "Top 10" list to the concert hall. As it turned out, the closest one was Water Grill.

We dropped in at 6pm without a reservation, and the very kind host and hostess greeted us and seated us. The dining room is beautiful! Very warm colors...and not loud (i.e. they have carpeting instead of hardwood flooring). We enjoyed the atmosphere.

Our server -- I think her name was Donna Jo? -- was "personality plus!" She was kind and funny. We told her that we were on a tight timeline, and she said that she would be sure to get us on our way in plenty of time to catch the 7:30 p.m. show.

We started with drinks: My wife had a pomegranate martini...and I had my ususal gin-and-soda. Both drinks were exceptionally good. In fact, I got up and told the bartender how much we had enjoyed them.

For salad, we shared the Gorgonzola salad. It was SUPERB. After tasting it, I regretted that we had chosen to share it. Next time, I'm getting my own!

For our entrees, my wife ordered the tuna and loved it. I ordered the John Dory fish, and I thought it was good -- not great...but good.

Our dessert was Devil's Pudding, and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!

After we paid our bill, we were on the sidewalk walking towards the Disney Concert Hall by 7:05 p.m. Just as Donna Jo had said, "In plenty of time to get to the show..."

After the show, we returned to the Water Grill valet stand to get our car. Even the valet staffer was exceptionally polite - and quick.

What a delightful experience. It is rare that my wife and I leave a restaurant saying, "Without question, we will be returning." Water Grill? We will be returning!

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Food, Drinks, Parking

Cons: A bit pricey - e.g. the pomegranate martini was $15

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Not the cheapest of places but certainly the best in LA...it offers fresh seafood and a nice decor...I reccomend it highly...

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★★★★★

Not the cheapest of places but certainly the best in LA...it offers fresh seafood and a nice decor...I reccomend it highly...

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We went there Sunday, January 14, 2007 for dinner. I have never been there on a weekend before, always during the week. The food was good, but not as great as it usually is. Maybe that is why there are mixed reviews on this restaurant. Before this Sunday, I previously had stated it was the best seafood in LA. Now I am not sure. I will give it another try on a weekday where the fish melts in your mouth, but probably not again on a weekend.

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★★★★☆

We went there Sunday, January 14, 2007 for dinner. I have never been there on a weekend before, always during the week. The food was good, but not as great as it usually is. Maybe that is why there are mixed reviews on this restaurant. Before this Sunday, I previously had stated it was the best seafood in LA. Now I am not sure. I will give it another try on a weekday where the fish melts in your mouth, but probably not again on a weekend.

Pros: Always favorful. Never dry fish.

Cons: Quite pricey.

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Enjoyed the service, as well as the dining room, but the food left a bit to be desired, especially at these prices. Nearly $300 (including tip) for two people with 4 cocktails, and no wine.

While they did some things really well (Crabcakes, service, oysters), the amount of things that fell below the bar (lobster, cclam chowder) don't inspire me to return any time soon.

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★★★☆☆

Enjoyed the service, as well as the dining room, but the food left a bit to be desired, especially at these prices. Nearly $300 (including tip) for two people with 4 cocktails, and no wine.

While they did some things really well (Crabcakes, service, oysters), the amount of things that fell below the bar (lobster, cclam chowder) don't inspire me to return any time soon.

Pros: Cheap parking, great service, outstanding desserts

Cons: Prices, Portions, and it's (gasp!) downtown!

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nice decor, good service., but food? overated. its good but not outstanding. i would give 6 out of 10. price is expensive compare to how they taste.

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★★★☆☆

nice decor, good service., but food? overated. its good but not outstanding. i would give 6 out of 10. price is expensive compare to how they taste.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: noisy, food

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Went last night for my 3 yr wedding anniversary. Completely disappointed. Here's why:
1) WAY too noisy - if you're expecting quiet romance, fuhgeddaboudit here
2) WAY over-priced - $15.50 for a glass of wine? $18.00 tuna appetizer that is the size of a ping-pong ball? My husband said it tasted like play-dough and he "didn't understand the sauce" (organic soy or something like that). I thought it made the big-eye tuna taste like a floury potato. What a waste of a choice piece of sashimi. DON'T ORDER THAT.
3) NOTHING SPECIAL about the seafood. I had Alaskan Halibut prepared 2 ways. They were cooked fine, but no flavor to the fish. I was expecting the sweetness of a super fresh catch and for the sauce/dressing to bring it all out, but it was not there. My husband had the sturgeon, which had an interesting texture, but again, no knock-out flavor or preparation style.
4) Portions are miniscule. We were still hungry after 2 appetizers, lots of bread, and eating all of our main course, and we are NOT big eaters. We refused to pay for a skimpy, tiny dessert portion so don't know what that would have been like.

Pros: the Malpeque oysters on the half-shell were decent. The olive bread was interesting.

Overall, NOT RECOMMENDED if you know your way around seafood. I honestly DO NOT know how they can tout themselves as baving the best seafood in L.A. I wish I had gone to Roy's Hawaiian a couple block over instead or even the Reel Inn on PCH. =( Would have spent less for a better meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went last night for my 3 yr wedding anniversary. Completely disappointed. Here's why:
1) WAY too noisy - if you're expecting quiet romance, fuhgeddaboudit here
2) WAY over-priced - $15.50 for a glass of wine? $18.00 tuna appetizer that is the size of a ping-pong ball? My husband said it tasted like play-dough and he "didn't understand the sauce" (organic soy or something like that). I thought it made the big-eye tuna taste like a floury potato. What a waste of a choice piece of sashimi. DON'T ORDER THAT.
3) NOTHING SPECIAL about the seafood. I had Alaskan Halibut prepared 2 ways. They were cooked fine, but no flavor to the fish. I was expecting the sweetness of a super fresh catch and for the sauce/dressing to bring it all out, but it was not there. My husband had the sturgeon, which had an interesting texture, but again, no knock-out flavor or preparation style.
4) Portions are miniscule. We were still hungry after 2 appetizers, lots of bread, and eating all of our main course, and we are NOT big eaters. We refused to pay for a skimpy, tiny dessert portion so don't know what that would have been like.

Pros: the Malpeque oysters on the half-shell were decent. The olive bread was interesting.

Overall, NOT RECOMMENDED if you know your way around seafood. I honestly DO NOT know how they can tout themselves as baving the best seafood in L.A. I wish I had gone to Roy's Hawaiian a couple block over instead or even the Reel Inn on PCH. =( Would have spent less for a better meal.

Pros: Malpeque oysters on the half-shell. Pleasant wait

Cons: Everything else.

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When you look at the menu...shellshock probably be your first reaction...especially after seeing Clam Chowder is $14. Went with a couple of coworkers to splurge one night (6 of us - $700 tab) and it was incredilby fun. The wait staff was attentive and brought out all the courses with enough time in between so we didn't feel rushed. All of our entrees looked wonderful and from all of our reactions I'm pretty sure my colleagues would say it tasted great too. The shellfish platter for the appeitzer was great and the quantity of shrimp, oysters, crablegs and clams....it was a big time bargin and it could probabaly fill up a person by itself. The atomsphere was very professional (men...you'll feel out of place if you don't sport a jacket and tie especially on a weeknight). And finally, the clam chowder was well worth the $14

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★★★★★

When you look at the menu...shellshock probably be your first reaction...especially after seeing Clam Chowder is $14. Went with a couple of coworkers to splurge one night (6 of us - $700 tab) and it was incredilby fun. The wait staff was attentive and brought out all the courses with enough time in between so we didn't feel rushed. All of our entrees looked wonderful and from all of our reactions I'm pretty sure my colleagues would say it tasted great too. The shellfish platter for the appeitzer was great and the quantity of shrimp, oysters, crablegs and clams....it was a big time bargin and it could probabaly fill up a person by itself. The atomsphere was very professional (men...you'll feel out of place if you don't sport a jacket and tie especially on a weeknight). And finally, the clam chowder was well worth the $14

Pros: great food, great service

Cons: tad bit expensive, had to be in downtown

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This would be a perfect plact for business/recruiting lunch on your Company. Too pricy to pay on your own. However, the food and the service are both incredible.

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★★★★★

This would be a perfect plact for business/recruiting lunch on your Company. Too pricy to pay on your own. However, the food and the service are both incredible.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Price

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i have never written a review before, but i felt the need to after reading the negative ones on here... first i'd like to say that i am from hawaii, so i definitely know and love my seafood. and water grill is the BEST seafood restaurant i have ever been to, hands down. i took my family there when they came to visit, and even my father was impressed--a rare accomplishment. yes, the service is slower than at some other restaurants, but i believe that is a good thing. i HATE when service is too quick, and your entree arrives when you are still eating your salad--so rude. everything at water grill was perfectly timed, and the server was very helpful in recommending the perfect reisling. ps: i had the halibut. AMAZING!!

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★★★★★

i have never written a review before, but i felt the need to after reading the negative ones on here... first i'd like to say that i am from hawaii, so i definitely know and love my seafood. and water grill is the BEST seafood restaurant i have ever been to, hands down. i took my family there when they came to visit, and even my father was impressed--a rare accomplishment. yes, the service is slower than at some other restaurants, but i believe that is a good thing. i HATE when service is too quick, and your entree arrives when you are still eating your salad--so rude. everything at water grill was perfectly timed, and the server was very helpful in recommending the perfect reisling. ps: i had the halibut. AMAZING!!

Pros: seafood, service, seafood!!

Cons: none

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The Water Grill has been around forever. The food was acceptable, but overshadowed by poor service. It's pricey and overrated. I don't plan to return.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Water Grill has been around forever. The food was acceptable, but overshadowed by poor service. It's pricey and overrated. I don't plan to return.

Cons: , Service, Value

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My husband and I went to the Water Grill to celebrate his 30th birthday. We had a great time and had great service, but we left feeling like there wasn't any one thing that was exceptional. At a restaurant like this, we were expecting something to make us go "wow." I am not a fish/seafood eater, but my husband is. I asked my server if she could recommend anything that wasn't too fishy/seafoody because I was willing to be adventurous. She recommended the John Dory, and I actually liked it! My husband had the scallops and said although they were good, they were a tad overcooked. The portions seemed a bit small for their price. The bread was hard and tasteless. We shared the chocolate brioche pudding and loved it. Would I go back? Maybe, but with all the fantastic places here in LA, I'd rather explore something else.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I went to the Water Grill to celebrate his 30th birthday. We had a great time and had great service, but we left feeling like there wasn't any one thing that was exceptional. At a restaurant like this, we were expecting something to make us go "wow." I am not a fish/seafood eater, but my husband is. I asked my server if she could recommend anything that wasn't too fishy/seafoody because I was willing to be adventurous. She recommended the John Dory, and I actually liked it! My husband had the scallops and said although they were good, they were a tad overcooked. The portions seemed a bit small for their price. The bread was hard and tasteless. We shared the chocolate brioche pudding and loved it. Would I go back? Maybe, but with all the fantastic places here in LA, I'd rather explore something else.

Pros: Affordable Parking, Attentive Service, Good Menu Selection

Cons: Very expensive

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More hype than deserved. The service was deplorable, waiting 15 minutes just to be acknowledged by the waitress and an hour before our lunch was served. Never an explanation or apology for the delay. The food while good wasn't worth the price, or the lack of service. Don't waste your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

More hype than deserved. The service was deplorable, waiting 15 minutes just to be acknowledged by the waitress and an hour before our lunch was served. Never an explanation or apology for the delay. The food while good wasn't worth the price, or the lack of service. Don't waste your time.

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This is probably one of the best resteraunts in Los Angeles. Althought it's not on the "hottest locations" but becaue the food is so great, people flock to them! Their food is just so good. Everything from the appetizers to the main course!!

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★★★★★

This is probably one of the best resteraunts in Los Angeles. Althought it's not on the "hottest locations" but becaue the food is so great, people flock to them! Their food is just so good. Everything from the appetizers to the main course!!

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Fine dinning. Great wine selection. All the fish dishes are great. Call ahead and get directions for parking. The parking entrance is on the opposite side of the block.

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Fine dinning. Great wine selection. All the fish dishes are great. Call ahead and get directions for parking. The parking entrance is on the opposite side of the block.

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For all my friends who like to pan LA cuisine (and claim NY and SF are better), I always take them to Water Grill to shut them up. Probably one of the best fish restaurants in the US. Even the red meat is excellent. The oyster bar is better than any place in Northern Cali and even Seattle. The service is outstanding. Very friendly and very bright on the subject of wines for all price ranges. For fish lovers, you have to eat here once before you die or life wasn't worth living.

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★★★★★

For all my friends who like to pan LA cuisine (and claim NY and SF are better), I always take them to Water Grill to shut them up. Probably one of the best fish restaurants in the US. Even the red meat is excellent. The oyster bar is better than any place in Northern Cali and even Seattle. The service is outstanding. Very friendly and very bright on the subject of wines for all price ranges. For fish lovers, you have to eat here once before you die or life wasn't worth living.

Pros: food, service, oyster bar

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Wonderful steaks and seafood. Great wine list.

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Wonderful steaks and seafood. Great wine list.

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Even though Michael Cimarusti has departed, Water Grill maintains a standard which other restaurants could only dream of. Not a false note; appetizers are interesting, creative, beautiful and very complex. Main courses are interesting, mostly for their choices of rarities from the ocean. Desserts are flawless, service elegant. One of L.A.'s three top restaurants (the other ones being Bastide and Matsuhisa.)

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Even though Michael Cimarusti has departed, Water Grill maintains a standard which other restaurants could only dream of. Not a false note; appetizers are interesting, creative, beautiful and very complex. Main courses are interesting, mostly for their choices of rarities from the ocean. Desserts are flawless, service elegant. One of L.A.'s three top restaurants (the other ones being Bastide and Matsuhisa.)

Pros: exquisite food, good service, great wine list

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I have neve been crazy about seafood...until I ate at the water grill. The food was delicious. It is absolutely the only seafood restaurant for me...so far at least. It is a beautiful restaurant, as well, with great service. It is expensive but worth the price for special occassions.

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★★★★★

I have neve been crazy about seafood...until I ate at the water grill. The food was delicious. It is absolutely the only seafood restaurant for me...so far at least. It is a beautiful restaurant, as well, with great service. It is expensive but worth the price for special occassions.

Pros: food

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The Water Grill continues to amaze me. I called a couple of weeks ago to make reservations for dinner celebrating my wife's birthday and the women who answered the phone asked me if we were celebrating my wife's birthday again. I asked her how she knew and she told me that their computer system keeps track of those kind of things. She also asked me if we wanted the same booth we celebrated at last year..Anyway, food and service were again outstanding. The Tuna with lentils was out of this world and my wife's char with beets was even better..

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★★★★★

The Water Grill continues to amaze me. I called a couple of weeks ago to make reservations for dinner celebrating my wife's birthday and the women who answered the phone asked me if we were celebrating my wife's birthday again. I asked her how she knew and she told me that their computer system keeps track of those kind of things. She also asked me if we wanted the same booth we celebrated at last year..Anyway, food and service were again outstanding. The Tuna with lentils was out of this world and my wife's char with beets was even better..

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The Undisputed Champion of Seafood in LA. If this restaurant was in NYC it would give Le Bernidian a run for the money. The Chef is so talented he can amaze you with combs of food you never thought of. Enjoy!

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The Undisputed Champion of Seafood in LA. If this restaurant was in NYC it would give Le Bernidian a run for the money. The Chef is so talented he can amaze you with combs of food you never thought of. Enjoy!

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