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Pan Seared Halibut Velouté - Water Grill - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Water Grill - Santa Monica

4.7
4.7
5786 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located on Ocean Ave. overlooking the Pacific, Water Grill Santa Monica is an iconic seafood destination to enjoy the first catch of the season and a deep variety of fish, lobsters, crabs, oysters and shellfish on a robust menu that changes daily. Private dining capabilities also available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 105 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fine cuts
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 394-5669
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ben Ringer
  • Private party facilities
    Water Grill has been LA's seafood destination since 1989. Santa Monica's ocean views paired with the fresh new design offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
  • Private party contact
    Barbara Marie: (310) 394-5669
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Parking details
    Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 5,786 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Westside

    Most Booked

5,786 Reviews
  1. NICOLEG

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve been coming here for years. Unfortunately it’s not very exclusive anymore and is super pedestrian now. I can’t explain it any other way. It’s not fine dining, it’s not exclusive, it’s babies crying next to you, beach traffic to the right of you and over priced food that’s…well pedestrian food. It’s not even flavorful or good. We got the halibut and it’s got a weird hazelnut thing (with half the population allergic to nuts) and the cauliflower mash is terrible. My husband got the fish and chips because it hard to mess that up. I’m afraid we will not be back It’s just not the same as it was. Our food took almost an hour to come out which is not acceptable. There’s nothing special anymore about this restaurant so kindly move on to the newest thing if you know what’s good for you.

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    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A+! Excellent, friendly service and food! The best key lime pie I’ve ever had. Classic: Oysters, plus unique wedge salad and scallops. Marc the bartender is the best- gorgeous and great personality. Sat on patio so not sure of noise level indoors.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience with amazing food and service. Our server Roger was A+++

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  4. ElsieP

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was good. Just wish they had a bigger portion of food not just a couple pieces on a plate

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  5. none

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered Maryland soft shell crabs, Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and French fries. Everything was delivered cold. We requested a redo on the French fries and soft shell crabs. They took forever to arrive. We requested vanilla and pistachio ice cream and chocolate sauce and one scoop of ice cream arrived without the chocolate sauce. We ordered a glass of sparkling water three times from our "new" waiter before it arrived. Overall, a very unimpressive showing!

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  6. KBITALIAN

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it!!! The Bread is incredible! I Lived my Libster Roll, and Ambiance was Beautiful! Will most definitely go back!

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  7. SteveT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Birthday Experience and at our favorite table with a view of the Pacific Ocean

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  8. John805

    Los Angeles

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Water Grill continues to provide the best seafood in town. Front desk staff friendly and accommodating. The waitstaff is the best. Richard was an absolute jewel!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the ambience, our server Kirstin, was amazing! The gentleman who delivered our food as well, was fantastic! I needed a halibut fix and it was delivered! A good size piece with excellent flavor! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Columbia River Wild Salmon went away incredibly happy as well! We will highly recommend this restaurant any day, and if we make it back this way, will return again!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cool place, loved where we sat. Nice view of the pier lit up at night. Ordered the surf and turf and had to send the steak back because it was overcooked. Staff was kind and remade the steak - very apologetic. Just didn’t provide the service I expect when paying $70-80 a plate. Be sure to check if steaks are charcoal grilled, if you don’t like the charred taste don’t order a steak.

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FAQs

Water Grill - Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 394-5669.

Water Grill - Santa Monica is rated 4.7 stars by 5786 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - Santa Monica does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 105 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Water Grill - Santa Monica

1401 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Fine cuts
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet parking available in front of restaurant. Metered street and lot parking near by.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ben Ringer
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 394-5669
  • Private party facilities
    Water Grill has been LA's seafood destination since 1989. Santa Monica's ocean views paired with the fresh new design offer a classic and inviting backdrop for entertaining small and large groups alike.
  • Private party contact
    Barbara Marie: (310) 394-5669
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