Water Grill

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14 expert recommendations



Completely revamped version comes with much hipper interior (think hardwood floors, subway tiles, and pressed-tin ceiling) and more casual attitude.


DK Eyewitness

Fish and seafood fanciers from all over flock to this clubby shrine, which uses only impec- cably fresh ingredients. Desserts are superb.



The menu is seasonally driven; all the seafood greats are represented. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Widely considered to be one of the best seafood houses in the city, Water Grill is popular with the suit-and-tie crowd at lunch, and with concertgoers en route to the Music Center at night. Full review →


Gayot 14.0

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. Full review →


LA Weekly 84

Even now, with the proliferation of new seafood spots in town, Water Grill is the grande dame. Full review →


Lonely Planet

Who needs the captain’s table when impeccable service, fresh seafood and a warm, nautical ambience await in the heart of downtown? Full review →


Los Angeles Times

At Water Grill, the raw bar rules. Always has. Full review →


Michelin Guide

Located in downtown's vintage Pacifrc Mutual Center, this fine restaurant is hailed as the city's finest seafood restaurant.


Not For Tourists

Expense-account dining to impress. And it's delicious. Full review →


Rough Guide

One of the top-priced, top-notch spots for munching on California cuisine with the focus on seafood, prepared in all manner of colourful ways – such as mint bass ceviche, or big-eye tuna with pomegranate couscous.


The Infatuation 7.0

The fancy space is also massive enough that it doesn’t get too stuffy, and if things start to get dreary, pop open that bottle of wine you brought - there’s no corkage fee on your first bottle. Full review →


Time Out

Chef David LeFevre has taken this famous and expensive seafood restaurant in a different direction. Full review →


Zagat 4.4

"Seafood so fresh it seems as if they just fished it out of the ocean" is the hook at these upscale-casual Downtown and Santa Monica eateries. Full review →

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