Water Grill

544 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Critics' Pick
Water Grill +

Michele Stueven Oysters


  • Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Takeout
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
We’ve got more oyster choices in L.A. than ever before, but the greatest selection is at one of L.A.’s seafood institutions, the Water Grill. You can order from about 20 different varieties according to size, brininess, coast or town. The raw bar and iced shellfish platter selections of Peruvian bay scallops, lobster, mussels, clams, crab and wild jumbo brown shrimp are extensive and can be customized to size and preference. And try the generous crudo sampler of big eye tuna, wild Nantucket Bay scallops and New Zealand king salmon. The original old-school location is downtown in the art deco Pac Mutual building, complete with carved ceilings, brass doors and leather booths. By contrast, the newer Santa Monica outpost is a breezier version on Ocean Avenue, perfect for watching people and sunsets. Both menus vary but are always seasonal. Pacific halibut season begins this month and runs through summer. During that time you can live out your mermaid dreams with Water Grill’s roasted Alaskan halibut tail tacos with roasted tomato salsa and pickled mango. The tail is served whole and makes a fantastic mess as you dissect the tender flesh from the bones and crunchy skin. The martinis are top-notch and come with a blue cheese–stuffed olive upon request. —Michele Stueven

Related Stories (13)

  • 62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. by Besha Rodell

    Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes. 62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill. There's a lot to indulge in at Water ...

  • Water Grill Has A New Chef: Damon Gordon
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. by Elina Shatkin

    Recently reopening after an extensive renovation, Water Grill also has a new face behind the stoves: executive chef Damon Gordon. He takes over the kitchen of the posh seafood restaurant after 16 months of musical chairs. Longtime c...

  • Previews: Water Grill Renovations Continue Apace, with a Vacancy Remaining in the Kitchen
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:29 a.m. by Jessica Ritz

    Downtown Los Angeles continually witnesses its fair share of change and reinvention. So it's no surprise that one of its fine dining stalwarts, where notable chefs have developed careers and power brokers wheeled and dealed through ...

  • Top Chef Amanda Baumgarten Out at Water Grill
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:15 a.m. by Elina Shatkin

    After only seven months, Top Chef season 7 contestant Amanda Baumgarten is out as executive chef at downtown's Water Grill. Baumgarten was promoted from sous chef in mid-February to fill the shoes of chef David LeFevre, who left in ...

Load More Articles


View All

More Modern American Restaurants in Los Angeles


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >