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Water Grill - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Water Grill - San Diego

4.6
4.6
2442 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located steps away from Petco Park in the heart of Downtown San Diego, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,442 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Got there 15 minutes early and had to wait an extra 35 minutes. Other than that the food was excellent and the waitress was attentive.
  2. YR

    YRivas

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tristan our server was wonderful, food came out promptly and our drinks were great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Water Grill but we will definitely be back. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing.
  4. j

    jeffs

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit pricy. $64 for salmon is expensive. That aside, food was very good as was the service. Liked the open air environment of the restaurant.
  5. j

    jhlsd

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable experience. The food, drinks, service and setting is great.
  6. ZL

    ZaraL

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive seafood and raw bar offerings, good wine list and great atmosphere.
  7. JG

    JuanG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great shellfish, particularly the Oysters. Very good fish dishes.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was an underwhelming experience. King crab nuggets were watery, salty, and some parts mushy. You could tell they had been frozen. The sea bass plate was delicious, but cold. I would’ve sent it back but I already had to send back my dirty martini and was just over it. On that note, the server didn’t realize that I ordered a dirty martini, so when a regular one came and I asked about it he decided to bring me a small glass of olive juice. I asked if they could do it behind the bar. When he brought it back it tasted like olive juice, so disgusting. Cool ambience but I wouldn’t go back
  9. RC

    RobertC

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High School Graduation and Family
  10. GA

    GregA

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Always consistently good food!
  11. KS

    KSSS

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Fit for foodies
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Reservation was at 8:45 - there really wasn’t a lot of people inside for how many the place can hold….but it took an hour to get our appetizer then our food came out almost immediately after and it was cold. The waitress was nice but it seems like the bar area gets more attention and timely service than regular dining seating
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Our first visit to this restaurant. I chose it because of the reviews on Open. We had a 6:45 PM reservation and arrived about 10 minutes early. The place was busy and we were seated at about 7:05. The server took our order for for drinks and appetizer, which came out within a reasonable time. Almost one hour past and no main course. The server told us the kitchen had misplaced the ticket, but was being done now. We cancelled the food. The manager came to apologize and took care of the bills for drinks and appetizer. The fool looked very good, but we’ll never know. There is no sense of urgency here. You’re just a number. I will not return.
  14. MC

    MickeyC

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the various seafood choices and normal fare. Our server- Bob- been there for a while-was a 5 star guy.
  15. TK

    TammyK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The upstairs was uncomfortably warm at 6pm with the sun in our eyes for the half of the table the entire meal. The portions were rather small. Overall the food and experience was underwhelming. Disappointed because the reviews and menu looked good.
  16. b

    bwhitfield

    Orange County

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant was slammed on Friday night. Our food and drinks were great! The servers were good but the time between drinks and being served was extensive. Almost 3 hours to get thrust dinner!
  17. N

    Navytravel

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Had a great pre-game dinner here! Food is always great. Lobster sushi and calamari very good. Server was busy but handled it. Great drinks too! Very close to ballpark and they take reservations! Only downside is that they no longer do valet parking.
  18. L

    Lilian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing business dinner with clients on a Friday evening. Our seafood was flavorful, beautifully plated, served quickly, and our waiter made the perfect recommendations for us, from drinks to entrees. All the staff is very attentive, and my clients loved the leisurely, luxurious ambiance after a busy jammed pack week meeting vendors at our tradeshow. Five stars!
  19. VH

    VincentHank

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location was easy to get to. The ambience and views were fantastic. The food was excellent as was the service.
  20. BC

    BenjaminC

    Jackson Hole

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The Watergrill is in one of the best spots in the gaslamp district. The appetizers were incredible but the entree's were a bit hit or miss. Super cool vibe and a great option to eat outside and enjoy the San Diego weather.
  21. CM

    CatherineM

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Danielle was terrific with her recommendations and general personality . The food was awesome, as usual. I had the fresh fish Caesar salad and my husband had the achiote fresh fish (local sea bass) served over farro and vegetables. The best!
  22. K

    Kris

    Naples

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matthew Morrison you are terrific! Thank you for making our celebration so special!! Look forward to seeing you on our next visit to Water Grill. Cheers! Kris & Chris
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. I wouldn't say off the chart great, but really good. Overall a good value, probably try something else next time.
  24. GA

    GinaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was yummy!! Server was not very friendly sadly
  25. LC

    LindaC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful Resturant. Very friendly staff. Extensive menu. Lots of fabulous seafood options. You need to try the homemade ice cream. We split salted carmel and Peanut better and it was amazing. Nice for a special occasion.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Do NOT get the coleslaw $10 for a small bowl The recipe they used years ago was so much better Moister and yellow raisins. Very disappointing
  27. KN

    KatieN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food and drinks were great! Kudos to the bartender and the chef. Only fault was the service. Our waiter heavily favored the large party next to us. Probably because they kept buying numerous bottles of wine. $$$$. He Ignored many of his other tables. We saw multiple neighboring tables looking frustrated as well. We saw our server maybe once after our food was out? We had to flag down someone else for another drink and the check. Host also made us wait 10 mins even though we made a reservation. The food and drinks will definitely bring us back though. Hopefully a different server next time.
  28. AJ

    AngelaJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time with our whole family - including our dog 🐾
  29. TF

    TheresaF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time we walked our experience was outstanding!!! The hostess greeted us and then here comes Bob Sanchez in all his professional glory! He recommended superb starters and always makes you feel like he’s never met a stranger Our server (female) was attentive and extremely courteous!! We celebrated Fathers Day with a phenomenal dining experience As I sit here I’m marketing Water Grill! We will be back Thanks WG!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service.
  31. CJ

    CierraJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for Father's Day! We loved it and will come back!
  32. CG

    ChrisG

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and great food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing. We had an amazing server and the vibe was great. If you love seafood this is a great location.
  34. JV

    JanV

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. The oysters exquisite.
  35. Z

    Zorro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Worst soft shell crab I've ever had....salty beyond recognition. Average scallops, chewy calamari.
  36. JL

    JulieL

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every year for my husbands birthday because we love the food and service! Awesome place!!
  37. VV

    VanessaV

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ambiance, drinks and food. I got the margarita, oysters, and the lobster roll (butter). Everything was delicious!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great experience.
  39. BO

    BarryO

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was amazing. Highly recommend
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a reservation and were sat right away. Now, it was a Friday night with nothing big going on downtown. The food was amazing we got the wagyu steak and Chilean sea bass. Both were amazing and we recommend the mussels as an appetizer! Kathryn was a great server and gave us great recommendations. It is a pricey place but we’ll worth it

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Water Grill - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 717-6992.

Water Grill - San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 2442 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - San Diego 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 138 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - San Diego

615 J Street San Diego, CA 92102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue and J Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Peraza

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 717-6992

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Water Grill - San Diego can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jennifer Emerzian : (855) 978-1928

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