544 S Grand, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9007134.052223 -118.251898
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Downtown, New Downtown
Water Grill is a place where you order lots and lots of seafood. Get the oysters, uni and clams. And beer. You must get beer.
Legendary high-class seafood palace in downtown is heavy on the raw bar, shellfish and whole fish with price tags to match.
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.
Great Seafood -- some problems with sustainability – 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 over-cooked like so many restaurants would do. The fish served here for the most part, according to the waiter, is sustainable and caught for the most part without bycatch and pollution to the ocean. They did have wild jumbo shrimp on the menu, which was from Mexico. Bottom trawls used to catch most imported wild shrimp damage habitat and unintentionally kill many unwanted invertebrates fish and sea turtles. But at least they are making some effort to serve sustainable fish that doesn't harm the ocean environment.
Since I wrote the above review based on the waiter's information I have found out that red fish is on Greenpeace's International Red List. Which means it is unsustainable and should be avoided. Redfish are vulnerable to overfishing because they are slow growing, long-lived and, even though they spawn every year, few young survive. Most stocks are now at historical lows and are considered depleted. Redfish are caught using bottom trawls and pelagic trawls.
Bottom trawling damages the seafloor, impacting marine habitats that are important to the survival of groundfish and other species. Many species depend on seafloor structures like coral and sponges for feeding, breeding and hiding from predators. Bottom trawling is also indiscriminate and incidentally catches other fish and marine animals that are dumped overboard as bycatch.
In fairness to Water Grill there is a very limited supply of red fish that is sustainable. Let's hope Water Grill's red fish comes from that source.
Strengths and weaknesses – 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.
Overall a pleasant experience. i would return.
Best seafood – I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA.
Very tiny portions – 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!!!
Don't do it!! – Tasteless food, not enough on plate, service under par, reputation and quality is below average. Lobster tasted like cardboard, fish tasted too fishy
Hadn't been to WG for a year, and went for Dine LA on Wednesday. – 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.
AWESOME EXPERIENCE, GREAT WINE SELECTION! – 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!
so fantastic i'm writing my first review ever – 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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