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Water Grill

Map & Directions 1401 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Seafood
  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Apart from the view, the best reason to come to Water Grill in Santa Monica is the raw bar. There's a fantastic selection of oysters, and the iced shellfish platters both here and downtown are one of L.A.'s great treats. The smallest (dubbed "the Grand") is one of the few things on the menu that could be described as a bargain: For $39, you get four oysters, two cherrystone clams, two Peruvian scallops, six shrimp, six mussels, half a lobster and a smattering of periwinkles that you pry from their shells with tiny plastic picks. It's enough to satisfy two people easily, an affordable indulgence. Water Grill's greatest strength, the quality of its product, is evident here: sweet, tender lobster meat; fat, briny oysters; mussels and shrimp that pop with freshness. That freshness carries over to the rest of the menu, where you can order just about any type of fish or shellfish, prepared simply or as a composed dish. —Besha Rodell

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Tips from foursquare

  • Dress for the Date on 01/12/14

    The side dish of Kale, Hazelnuts and Greek Yogurt is tremendous. Pair it with the Polenta side and wine for a memorable and complete meal.

  • Heather on 02/23/14

    Get the Connecticut style lobster roll!

  • Jill M. on 02/23/14

    Book a table by the window at sunset for the perfect view.

  • Kaitlin W. on 11/10/13

    Salted caramel bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream is orgasmic! 7-7-7-7!!

  • Los Angeles on 10/16/13

    The new location offers an iced shellfish platter that serves five called “The King”: whole Channel Island sea urchin, whole lobster, whole crab, and a gathering of shrimp, oysters and clams.

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