On the Waterfront

  • Samantha Brooks

After nearly 25 years as the city’s premier seafood restaurant, downtown Los Angeles’s famed Water Grill has opened its second location—in view of the Pacific, on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. The 8,700-square-foot space, designed by Jeff and Todd Hatch of Hatch Design Group, has a vintage nautical feel, thanks to exposed brick, reclaimed wood, oversize leather booths, a copper-topped bar, and industrial lighting that recalls a ship’s pulleys. The restaurant offers traditional table seating, a bar serving signature cocktails like the Blood and Sand (scotch, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and cherry liqueur), and a raw bar with an expansive oyster selection. Several large tanks house Maine lobsters, Santa Barbara spot prawns, and king and Dungeness crabs. Unlike the more formal downtown location, the Santa Monica spot encourages a more relaxed experience: Its expansive window walls open fully to let in the ocean breezes.

Water Grill, 310.394.5669, www.watergrill.com

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