Water Grill

1401 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-5569
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Photo: Anne Fishbein Grand seafood platter

Details

  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
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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