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Water Grill - Denver, Denver, CO

Water Grill - Denver

4.6
4.6
436 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
PLEASE NOTE: Valet Parking entrance is on Blake Street between 17th & 16th (on the left).

Water Grill is family-owned and operated, and offers an elevated, seasonally-driven seafood experience. Located in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood (LODO), their menu features “first-of-season” seafood and a large selection of finfish, shellfish, lobster, crab, and oysters, all sourced directly from their own seafood distribution company King’s Seafood Distribution.

The saltwater tanks are visible from the dining room and feature seasonal items such as Spiny Lobster, Dungeness Crab, King Crabs, and more. Menus are updated twice per day — visit https://www.watergrill.com/denver for daily offerings!

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 727-5711

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Biederman

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    We are located on the corner of 17th St. & Market.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    If you are driving down Blake St., valet is available between 17th & 16th halfway down the block on the left side. Look for the entrance of the Market Station Parking Garage. You will see the illuminated signage with a large red arrow and a 'P' for parking. Valet crew will direct you to the restaurant's entrance.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver / Colorado

    Seafood

  • Denver

    Most Booked

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  1. b

    bretth

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    very nice place, very good food, recommended to anyone
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute new spot in Denver! Our server was lovely and the food was really good. I’d highly recommend the scallops!
  3. TM

    TerryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional; our server was very helpful describing menu items an was friendly and welcoming.
  4. p

    phillyphoody

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Kaitlyn was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and easy going. The food was fantastic except my red snapper was a little dry. Oysters were fabulous and the bread and butter is to die for…great cocktails, ambiance and space.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My food came out after my daughter was finished with her meal. The waiter communicated with us regarding delays. The manager took my daughter margaritas and my dinner off of the bill without us asking or complaining. Definitely will go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and delicious. Wonderful variety of seafood with tasty sauces and preparations. We will definitely be back again
  7. l

    lola1eats

    Denver

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We chose this restaurant for our 40th anniversary, as we had a great experience here for Mother's day. I mentioned in my notes that it was our anniversary, and that we would like a window booth. Instead, we got a booth near the door, and no mention of our special event. Our server was adequate, but the whole visit was disappointing, and it felt sort of like everyone was going through the motions. If we go back, we will just sit at the bar for appetizers, as the bartenders were personable. Food was good, but there are so many choices downtown.
  8. M

    Michie

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was our second visit to Water Grill, last visit excellent but this time not good. Soft shell crabs anemic No bread offered. Sea bass not like the last time. For the price charged it’s a poor value.
  9. M

    Mike

    Hawaii

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food Quality is definitely above average. The prices for appetizers, entrees and desserts is exceedingly high given the portions.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great restaurant. One of my favorite places to eat in Denver. I will be back.
  11. AF

    AngelofromtheFort

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Experience: The dinner was amazing.  Those who appreciate fresh seafood will love this place.  The Spanish Octopus was probably the best I have ever had anywhere.  It was meaty not rubbery and had an amazing finish when paired with the fingerling potatoes.  The spiny lobster was from one of their many live tanks and the grilled meat was excellent.  I also saw live prawns, maine lobster, and live red king crab which I have never seen in a Colorado restaurant.  The preparations on the sable fish were incredible.  It was like eating a steak.  The Maryland crab was perfectly breaded and had that amazing east coast flavor that you would expect from the inner harbor area of Baltimore.  The freshness of the ingredients was apparent throughout.  The sourdough bread was a great touch.  The Broccolini was crisp in texture and cooked all the way through and the sausage was a good companion to the dish.  The desserts were unique and very well presented.  Espresso cake just exploded with flavor while the maple cheesecake had a subdued finish.  We have been to the water grill in Vegas and were told there was one opening in Denver.  The reviews are spot on.  The service/food is great.  It was 3 of us and the pricing with drinks came out to about 150.00 or so per person which for this type of food is very good considering where we are located.  If you want an amazing seafood experience this is the place to go.  I have been to nearly all seafood restaurants in Denver and the surrounding area.  They all come in a distant 2nd to Water Grill in my opinion.  Happy dining everyone. 
  12. D

    Denvergal

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Amazing ambience with open windows and open spaces. Fresh seafood options were amazing! Service was slow, not that we wanted to eat fast as we are European diners and love having hours for meals but the drinks were the issue. Definitely waited for about 15 min for drinks each time. If you like martini's the least bit dirty, ask for extra dirty as they were sweet otherwise. The blue cheese stuffed olives while generous (and appreciated) were sweet also. Weird. LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole fish options....hard to find in Denver! Wait staff is very young and inexperienced but did a good job with being professional which is really what matters. I would come back as I want to have a sushi lunch here. Definitely recommend for corporate dinners and out of town guests. It's Denver so take an Uber/Lyft, much easier in case you didn't already know this.
  13. L

    Luvmybun313

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was our first in downtown Denver. We love seafood, steak, etc and believe me, this restaurant did not disappoint. Besides the high quality, tasty food and cocktails, the service was impeccable! Robert was the most professional/friendly server ever. Very highly recommended.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shawn was the best server. Attentive but not pushy
  15. j

    jasonh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is pricey but pretty good. Don't get the steak. Wine selection was very mediocre.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We came to Water Grill after seeing it several times on Tik Tok. The ambiance was beautiful, but gave more of a country club vibe rather than the trendy spot we were expecting. We were seated right away, but service was incredibly slow. Waited 20 min between each drink and our crab cake appetizer was not warm when it arrived. Overall, this place was definitely fancy, but overpriced for the small portion of crab legs we ordered. Would recommend supporting other local spots over this one.
  17. A

    Alex

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food was good. Service was not. We waited 15 minutes for a bottle of wine we wanted to eat with our food and finally just cancelled it. That was after waiting more than 5 min for our first glasses of wine. I can’t imagine what it’s like if you order cocktails.
  18. BB

    BlakeB

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Great raw bar. Not good Cesar! Good service and management
  19. AI

    AmieI

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    I have dinned here in the past and the wait staff was excellent. This time, I had a waiter with a bit of an attitude and was also a bit forgetful. That said, the food was excellent and the ambiance was lovely.
  20. b

    bbfrodo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I really wanted to like this place. The menu is great as is the vibe and service. The food was not as great as I hoped it would be and there are better choices in downtown for seafood. First on the mussels, there were chips of shell in the dish, which since mussels open when they cook, I'm not sure how that happened. Also, one of the plates had fresh cilantro for seasoning which was more wilted than week-old cilantro I got from King Soopers. These seem like rookie mistakes, so perhaps this will get better over time.
  21. JP

    JPoz

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this location and it was great! The food and service was outstanding! We will be back soon!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic and everyone was very pleasant. Drinks very good. Appetizers for dinner included crab cakes (tasty!) and 2 types of sushi rolls. The vegetable is recommended over the king salmon roll.
  23. JP

    JohnP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and drinks, we sat at the bar and enjoyed our experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service. Food is amazing, big thumbs up for Cioppino. Busy restaurant even on Monday night and nice, vibrant atmosphere.
  25. RB

    RichB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Water Grill. After a minor hiccup at the beginning, which they quickly and graciously corrected, we had amazing food and wonderful service for our 30th wedding anniversary. The rose petals on the table were a beautiful touch!
  26. MM

    MicheleM

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    10 min wait to be seated after I had already been at the bar for 20 min. It took 15 before the server came to our table and another 15 to get 2 beers. The calamari was greasy and chewy, sea bass was ok …not incredible and server had described. The crab cake and lobster roll were very good. Very slow service on everything. Must say we were over all disappointed .
  27. GG

    GoldenGirl

    Denver

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want to have a terrific meal go to the Water Grill. Our 3rd time there and we will be back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, beautiful interior and friendly stuff!!!
  29. SA

    SuzannaAloian

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! Tastiest food, beautiful ambiance, great atmosphere and location, but most amazing was the service!! Our waitress was just phenomenal!!! Thank you.
  30. CH

    CapitolHillMan

    Denver

    51 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Not worth it. My wife and I dine out a lot in Denver so we have experience with some amazing meals in town. Unfortunately, I can not say that about Water Grill. The food was only OK at best, and we certainly did not feel it was worth the large price tag. I get that they have lots of "high quality" fresh fish and that's not easy in Colorado, but the preparations were just not high quality. Most of the dishes did not really pair well with the fresh fish and were almost competing with it. Let the amazing fish stand on its own or at least build upon it! We even had a piece of fish so overcooked we had to send it back, which we rarely ever do. I will say the staff handled that really well and replaced it right away, apologized profusely, and even comped us a round of drinks. That is really why my rate is not a 1 star.
  31. SW

    SWFoodie

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Excellent server, who was a little overwhelmed as the night got businer, but we've come to expect this post pandemic. Good quality seafood, but several sides and the bread were outstanding. Signature cocktails were good, but their wine list was better...reasonably priced for such a high-end restaurant and the white wine choices were well curated for seafood. There were 6 of us celebrating a special occasion & everyone was mostly happy with their meals. Raw/chilled shellfish was good, as was the steamed lobster (the best preparation method), but fish was disappointing. Halibut cheeks were overcooked & dry. Dover sole was a very small portion, whose preparation was uninspiring & needed seasoning or an appropriate sauce. Calamari was saved by the Thai dipping sauce. Sides are additional, but 2 are highly recommended: Mexican street corn & the baked polenta. All in all, we had 6-8 cocktails, 2 bottles of wine, 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 2 desserts, 2 coffees and the meal was $160/person (including tax & tip). An expensive evening, but we enjoyed the overall celebration.
  32. S

    Susan

    Denver

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    For seafood in Denver just go to Jax. Don’t bother with this place. Marginal would be my best description. Our water never got refilled. Al the food/fish was okay not stellar. Street corn served on the cob??!!! At a place like this? Our server basically ignored us. And there was a lot of wait staff just standing around but couldn’t fill our water or offer more drinks or dessert? Weird when the whole world is presently under staffed. We were celebrating a birthday and all they did was put a card on the table. We weren’t even offered dessert, let alone a free one for my friends birthday. Manager came and tried to make it right, but gave us gift cards which we’ll never use because we won’t be back! Too many great places to eat in Denver to waste coming back here. Huge disappointment. The space is cool but SO loud! Couldn’t hear ourselves at a table of 5 because they put a huge group right in the middle of the restaurant. Poor planning
  33. BT

    BlaineT

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I’ve previously been absolutely blown away by the value. Yesterday was good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Amazing seafood and cocktails. Steak left something to be desired. But who orders steak at a seafood restaurant anyway….
  35. ML

    MelL

    Denver

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    After reading all the great reviews about Water Grill we were really looking forward to eating there, and we really wanted to like it. We made reservations well in advance and when we arrived they wanted to seat us in the bar even though there were plenty of tables in the dining room. We asked to sit in the dining room and we had to wait 10 more minutes for them to bus a table even though four more parties came in after us and were seated promptly in the dining room. We eventually ended up sitting a nice booth by the window and were greeted by our friendly wait person. We enjoyed the salted sourdough rolls while looking through the menu. I ordered a glass of wine at $19 a glass, my husband had a beer, and we started with an order of calamari ($19) and a half dozen New Zealand oysters ($21) which we enjoyed. My husband got a chilled shellfish platter ($52) with oysters, shrimp, snails, mussels, scallops, clams, and a half a lobster. The lobster tail was good, but we weren’t thrilled with the rest of the selection. My husband had asked if they could substitute a bowl of clam chowder for the oysters since we had already ordered oysters, but they could not. My mom and I both ordered the soft shell crabs ($46), which we really liked. They paced the appetizers and entrees nicely so we didn’t feel rushed. We don’t mind paying for good food and service, but we felt that the food and service didn’t live up to our expectations considering the prices. Things Water Grill could have done to make our experience better: - seat us promptly at one of the open tables in the dining room - when I couldn’t decide between two wines, offer a small sip of each to help me decide - offer a small taste of the clam chowder to see if we might want to order that on our next visit Like I said, we really wanted to like Water Grill, but with all the great dining options in Denver we will think twice before returning.
  36. DB

    DmitryB

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice upscale and 'fancy' downtown restaurant. Service is attentive and prompt. Meals are well prepared, fish is fresh. Dont be afraid to dress up going there - most people care.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are at the Water Grill in Las Vegas and the experience was the same. Our waiter was very nice and the food was great!
  38. CA

    ColeenA

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Place looks amazing. It is huge. Service was great. Just disappointed in the food. The spiny lobster was good. The halibut had a really salty, crispy topping that we would usually love but it was way to salty. Just doesn’t seem like something that should happen at a seafood restaurant. We also got a sushi roll that just didn’t taste like fresh seafood was used. I have had a lot better at The Sushi Den. Not sure that we will be back for the amount we spent.
  39. JT

    JohnnyT

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I ordered the swordfish and the description didn’t match the dish at all. The flavors were confusing. It came with a side of spaghetti squash mix with marinara and minced red olives which didn’t go well with the dish. Swordfish was cooked right but didn’t pair well with its side. It should of been topped with the sauce that came with the scallop entree.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for Father’s Day and had a wonderful time. Our boys loved the mussels, oysters, scallops and Sea Bass. We will be back!

FAQs

Water Grill - Denver is rated 4.6 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 72 times today
Google Map for Water Grill - Denver

1691 Market St Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are located on the corner of 17th St. & Market.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Fine cuts

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    If you are driving down Blake St., valet is available between 17th & 16th halfway down the block on the left side. Look for the entrance of the Market Station Parking Garage. You will see the illuminated signage with a large red arrow and a 'P' for parking. Valet crew will direct you to the restaurant's entrance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Biederman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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