Water Grill - Dallas

4.6
758 reviews
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Water Grill is located blocks away from the American Airlines Center in the heart of Uptown. For over 30 years, Water Grill has satisfied the palates of fish lovers. From the moment it opened, this restaurant from King's Seafood Company has satisfied the need for a world-class fish eatery in Los Angeles. Hailed as "the best seafood in Southern California" by USA Today and Zagat, the Water Grill consistently offers dazzling fish preparations of superior quality and freshness. From the copper topped 360-degree bar to the world class interactive Oyster Bar and Live Shellfish Tanks, Water Grill is an easy place to enjoy great seafood.
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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent oysters, the rest was very average

AS
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Restaurant Week for an early Sunday dinner before going to the Opera House. Quiet atmosphere, attentive staff (many of them and they seem to help each other out), enjoyed watching the activity in the kitchen (behind glass, so not loud), restaurant decor is fishy / coastal / retro padded bar in the center and fresh bar opposite it. I did see a patio, but it's 100+ out in August, so didn't see anyone there. I had Boston clam chowder (mild, but fresh) served with excellent breads / Scallops were done well - not overcooked, but crispy exterior w/ a flavorful sauce, and the best bread pudding w/ caramel and sea salt even. Hubby had the watercress & Heirloom tomato salad - large portion and fresh, he had the salmon and Farro risotto - a little too earthy for his preference (green sauce), he had the dish of 3 ice creams for dessert. We each had a cocktail ahead and then a Pinot for the meal. I did have to ask for ice for my water. Valet was OK, but had to be found when we left.

w
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, the wait staff, although generally pleasant, seemed to be very busy but not efficient. They had no clue about cleaning off between appies and dinner; no clue that we might want to order more; no clue we might want desert; and the hostess' were very nice but not particularly well versed in dealing with clients. FOOD EXCELLENT!! so, bottom line, the back of restaurant should get a SIX STAR RATING but the front of house, other than the bartender who was top notch, really could use significant training on awareness and efficiency....much movement and constant scurrying around but not productive....kind of annoying actually.

AL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in all of Dallas. I have been here twice & plan to return for my birthday.

OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service!

PG
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good and fun place to go.

L
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chef needs training on cooking fresh fish. When fresh fish gets close to expiring, chefs have a trick of over salting to cover fish smell. This is not my first rodeo. If I’m paying a premium to get fresh. I sent my overly salted Halibut back for a fresh, unsalted filet.

OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week, so didn't have choice of entire menu. I selected the scallops which were delicious. I started with the Clam Chowder which was excellent. We shred desserts - ice-cream and bread pudding, all of which were OK. As for the service: Justin took extremely good care of us. I will return so that I can try other menu items.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! The staff really made it a special night. The food was fantastic!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious high quality food, amble serving sizes, great service, and for Restaurant Week- it was a very good value and great experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Definitely disappointed in the atmosphere and food

LH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was way overpriced for what it was. It was aesthetically pleasing but that's about it. And, I got this menu during restaurant week, so it was already discounted as is and I still don't deem it worth it.

LK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant week specials. Excellent service and very good food.

CA
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Everything was wonderful (the food, the service, the ambiance).. we shall come back...

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely flawless service, thanks Alley! Enjoyed fantastic oysters and crab starter, refreshing moscow mules and excellent breads. I wish I could finish the diving Mexican Sea Bass with bok choy, mashed potatoes were amazing too! Looking forward to coming back for sure.

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, not cheap but worth it.

DP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, attentive and personable bar tender, good food, and great atmosphere!

SB
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an amazing restaurant, and each time it seems to get better. The host to the servers and table runners are so polite. The food never disappoints

G
Dallas
52 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was in eatable. Shrimp was mushy. Chowder smelled. Fish-n-chips were soggy. I don’t know what’s happened. Been a few time previously and always had good food. This was scary!!!

DG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I wanted to take my wife out for dinner where she could dress up as she likes to do that. I was hoping Water Grill was such a place, but not so. My wife was looking amazing, hot, dressed fine, I was dressed in very nice business casual. The waiter commented we both looked great and asked if we were going somewhere after dinner.

Regrettably, there were patrons in the restaurant on a Saturday night during our 7:00 reservation wearing T-shirts and shorts. It killed the overall ambiance. So for management, can you have a minimum dress code of a collared shirt and any long pants (jeans, slacks) and sock rule. If not I will not return. Food, staff, decore, valet, etc. all great. But not a place to take a date if your date wants to feel special.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff was very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to our next visit.

m
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Valet understaffed and took extra time to check in our car. Snapper special came as full fish- no indication from server or menu that this would be the case. Full of bones and not very flavorful. Shrimp and grits unremarkable. Warning- if you get this dish, tell them to take the heads off. Otherwise your shrimp will come whole including the heads for some inexplicable reason. A disappointing experience.

H
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

This is a nice restaurant with a nice decor. Good food though very pricey. Good service. But for God’s sake why does a restaurant that try’s to market itself as a high end seafood restaurant have to play loud, obnoxious music like it is a bar in Deep Ellum? They don’t have to play ANY music. Look around at your clientele Watergrill. The average age in there is not millennial and doesn’t listen to the crap they were playing and not at that volume. We won’t go back until the policy changes.

CK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter. Knowledgeable of menu and very helpful. Raw bar is outstanding. A wonderful overall dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here has been fantastic!

CV
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. The restaurant was a beautiful surprise to be available on July 4th

M
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The interior is very nice as well and has a very large bar area with great seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and exquisite food!

W
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the same problem this time as I did the last. The Valet is supposed to send me a text so I can request my car, but never got the text even after reminding the via the hostess 2 times. We typically come by prior to going to the theater, so it would be nice if we could request the car and not have to wait long for it. Can’t imagine why this wouldn’t work two times in a row.

FT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is the 4th time we have been there this year. great food, great staff. highly recommend...

D
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

For a seafood restaurant, which is usually quite a healthy choice, I found the offerings to be quite heavy. I ordered the CT version lobster roll, which I've had in CT and enjoyed, and this one had so much butter on it that it was a mess to eat, in addition to being quite unhealthy. The wedge salad was just good, not great. AND it's a very expensive restaurant, so it's just not worth the money. The interior decoration was quite nice, but still not worth it.

M
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

3rd time here was NOT the charm. Got the happy hour oysters and one was old and stinky. Shrimp cocktail was so-so, and copper river salmon over cooked. Way too expensive for a $47 plate of food. Wife’s Seabass was okay, mashed potatoes good and scallops were average. Do not believe we will be back with so many dining choices in D.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced for the tase of the food we received. Service and bread rolls were great. Otherwise everything else was kinda bland tasting.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious food but extremely pricey!

GK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Dallas Water Grill. Servers were attentive, good energy vibe without overdoing it, even offered a dessert special. ( Perhaps because we also held our Wedding reception dinner event at the Costa Mesa Water Grill.) My wife loved her Halibut Salad entree, and my Copper River Salmon entree was one of the best I'd ever tasted. Top marks go to the entire staff.

SP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valet parking was wonderful. The service and staff are very accommodating. The menu is suited for many diets and the food is well prepared. Very comfortable dining and we look forward to returning in the near future.

A
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

G
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Water Grill always seems to exceed my expectations. The food - Chilean sea bass and Dover sole were mouthwatering as advertised. The waiter knew just the right times to intervene in our late lunch to serve the table without interrupting our conversation. The meal was enhanced on the open air patio that provided a nice breeze but plenty of shade. A great dining experience.

t
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very chi-chi interior and ambience. The blue crab cakes with the vegetable salad is the one to get. In fact, you can almost make a meal of it but we split it since we were both getting main courses. Mine was the Copper salmon(in season) and was cooked to perfection with a bed of risotto underlayment. The risotto was good, marred a little by a bit too much salt. My partner had the fish and chips. The batter was very crispy but again a bit too salty. Since it was my birthday, they gave me a three cookie(double chocolate, oatmeal, and snickerdoodle) with homemade ice-cream. A very nice touch!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Horrible service!!!!! Had a reservation for pre-theatre at 5 pm, showed up at 4:40 pm. Walked in and the restaurant was nearly empty and yet it still took almost 10 minutes to be seated. Then service was so slow and the food came out lukewarm at best. It took almost 2 hours to have dinner. Dinner was not worth the money and especially when you factor in the service...waiting 20 mins for dessert was the last straw. I won't be coming back. This place was great when it first opened and now is another restaurant to never return to. If I could ask for my money back I would.

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