The Water Grill
Since 1989, Water Grill has been serving upscale seafood from its flagship Downtown location in LA. Expect traditional shellfish platters served on ice, bivalves by the dozen, charcoal-grilled whole fish, and various steak cuts. Elegant decor and a wine list to match have made Water Grill -- both in LA and at outposts across Southern California -- a reliable spot for high-end surf and turf.
Water Grill is an institution in this category, a longstanding bastion of luxury seafood cooking that is about to open its seventh location, which includes locations in Santa Monica and Downtown. In all those years their kitchens haven’t lost a step, staying up to date with lovely seasonal cooking that relies on impeccable sourcing and creative preparations. The raw bar is legendary, with oysters from both coasts and a wide selection of other shellfish. The charcoal-grilled whole fish are always a good choice, whether there are seabass, sole, or anything else on the menu that day.