Water Grill

Water Grill
Embraced as one of LA's top seafood restaurants, Water Grill is a civilized sort of place. Quiet and dimly lit, done up art deco-style with warm wood details, and staffed by attentive servers, it has long been a beacon for downtown theatergoers and businesspeople. The menu reads like a watery world tour, specifying the oceans and rivers where your Gulf of Maine lobster or your South Pacific swordfish were sourced. Under chef David LeFevre (once a sous-chef for Charlie Trotter), the kitchen skews to the contemporary with unexpected touches like lavender and vanilla bean oil basted on Chilean sea bass. Already-rich desserts like cheesecake, chocolate-peanut butter cake and red velvet pudding are sent over the top with accompaniments like caramel popcorn, coconut cream cheese ice cream and cardamom churros.

sweet seats

For comfort and privacy, choose a high-backed booth along the rear wall. If you want to try to upstage the shellfish (good luck), take a seat at the higher-profile bar.

chew on this

Endorsed by Wine Spectator, Water Grill's wine list is outstanding. Half-glass pours are on offer, making for twice as much tasting.


Mon.-Tues. 11:30 AM-9 PM
Wed.-Fri. 11:30 AM-10 PM
Sat. 5 PM-9:30 PM
Sun. 4:30 PM-9 PM

price range

Prices range from approximately $30 (jidori chicken, oven roasted breast, with red wine-braised celery root and chicken ravioli) to $49 (1 1/2-pound Maine lobster, butter poached, with ricotta agnolotti, morel mushrooms and English peas), but the menu changes daily so prices may vary.