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Water Grill Makes Waves in Costa Mesa

Water Grill, noted as one of the best seafood restaurants in Southern California, just opened in the former Scott's Restaurant & Bar near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Water Grill also has locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Diego.

King’s Seafood’s, the company’s private seafood distribution operation based in Santa Ana provides all the seafood for Water Grill’s menu. Menus are crafted daily to account for freshly caught fish and seasonal culinary changes for Water Grill guests to enjoy. Water Grill prides itself in offering a wide variety of fin fish, oysters, crustaceans and shellfish.

The Orange County Water Grill is their largest restaurant yet, the 500-seat restaurant boasts several private dining options and multiple event spaces, ideal for intimate celebrations, business gatherings, large parties and charity events.  

Water Grill’s extensive menu includes a raw bar and chilled shellfish selection of both Pacific and Eastern oyster varieties, as well as clams, scallops, lobster and crab. Available in three sizes, the Iced Shellfish Platters provide an incredible sampling of chilled shellfish. 

The exhibition kitchen showcases large sea water tanks displaying the ever-changing assortment of live products including Wild Barents Sea Red King Crab, Washington State Dungeness Crab, Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and local Spiny Lobster.

The constantly evolving lunch and dinner menus feature more than a dozen varieties of fish options as well as a whole fish program. Other lunch and dinner favorites include Wild Columbia River King Salmon with lemon nage and heirloom tomatoes, Wild Ross Sea Chilean Sea Bass with cauliflower purée, lemon chutney, hazelnuts, brown butter, and the Crudo Sampler with wild Tahitian bigeye tuna, wild eastern sea scallops, wild Columbia River king salmon.

Water Grill also serves mouthwatering deserts such as Caramel Bread Pudding with alaea red sea salt, Banana Chocolate Sundae with chocolate covered corn flakes, and Warm Almond Cake with red wine poached apple, apple cider ice cream, and red wine caramel.

The weekend brunch menu features Baked Salmon Rillettes with crème fraiche, mustard, dill and tobiko, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with lemon and vanilla syrup and sweet creamed ricotta, and Crab Benedict with jumbo lump blue crab, poached organic eggs and grilled asparagus, in addition to specialty morning cocktails.

Lunch and dinner are served 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. On Saturdays and Sundays Water Grill is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Water Grill is at 3300 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. 949.208.7060.

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