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Water Grill

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544 S Grand (at Fifth Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Water Grill - Los Angeles, CA
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Water Grill - Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews

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Best

I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA. Pros: all in the review

Worst

Went here with two friends for a dineLA dinner on Friday night. Here's what I tried between my own order...

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/12/2012

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. more

Great Seafood -- some problems with sustainability 10/4/2010

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. more

Strengths and weaknesses 3/6/2010

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. Pros: nice ambiance Cons: pricey. more

Watered down experience at Water Grill 2/3/2010

Went here with two friends for a dineLA dinner on Friday night. Here's what I tried between my own order... more

Watered down experience at Water Grill 2/3/2010

PaulaF Provided by Partner
Went here with two friends for a dineLA dinner on Friday night. Here's what I tried between my own order and my friends': - Cibatta, white ba... more

Best seafood 12/7/2009

I am impressed, finaly found the best seafood in LA. Pros: all in the review more

Very tiny portions 10/12/2009

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. Cons: Too pricy for such small portions more

Don't do it!! 3/6/2009

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

always good 2/15/2009

I've been to the Water Grill many times over the years, through different chefs (including Cimurusti, of... more

always good 2/15/2009

mh2mh Provided by Partner
I've been to the Water Grill many times over the years, through different chefs (including Cimurusti, of course), for lunches, dinners, oysters at ... more

Hadn't been to WG for a year, and went for Dine LA on Wednesday. 2/8/2009

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. more

GREAT PLACE!!! 1/12/2009

Cant wait to go again. :) more

AWESOME EXPERIENCE, GREAT WINE SELECTION! 6/28/2008

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 more

so fantastic i'm writing my first review ever 6/10/2008

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.--------------------- Pros: best seafood EVER, innovative treatments Cons: can't think of any more

Just average. 3/24/2008

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. more

Delicious, High Quality Cuisine, Good Service, Ambiance needs improvement 2/15/2008

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. more

Tasty, delicate food. Bad service :( 2/10/2008

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. Pros: Very good food, Great Hosts, Incredible Wine Cons: Service more

best crab cakes Ive had!! Waiter was wonderful and the dessert!!! 2/4/2008

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 more

Verry diisapointed in the service and the food was not as good as expected for a restaurant which has just received a Michelin star. 12/9/2007

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 more

A lovely experience 10/5/2007

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. Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Wine, ALL! Cons: Zero more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Warm deco stylings inspire the gleaming luxe raw bar, with intimate booths tucked on one side and a lively, airy dining room on the other accented with auburn wood, marble...

  • 10/19/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Tue 11:30am-8:30pm Wed-Fri 11:30am-9:30pm Sat 5pm-9:30pm Sun 4:30pm-8:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Diner's Club, American Express, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central LA, Downtown, New Downtown

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