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Gluten Free Fine Dining: Seafood is always a safe gluten free bet and no one does it better than the well-regarded Water Grill. If you ignore the few flour-dredged seafood, sides and desserts, nearly everything else on the menu is (or can be) gluten free. Lobster lovers should visit during the winter months when grilled, meaty California Spiny Lobster --also known as rock lobster--hits the menu. The crudo from the daily changing raw bar is fresh and served with a selection of dips and sauces that make each bite sing. Locations in downtown L.A. and Santa Monica.

Seafood: Like its older sibling of the same name in downtown L.A., the Water Grill in Santa Monica is a seafood lover's paradise. Huge towers of raw and chilled shellfish are par for the course, served up in a large convivial space dominated by wood and leather. And there are plenty of other delicious cooked choices on the menu, ranging from crab cakes and fish tacos to a wild king salmon entree presented with snap peas and heirloom tomatoes, for $42. Swordfish, sea bass, halibut, tuna, squid; you name it and the Water Grill probably has it on the menu. They'll grill it to perfection, oven roast it or combine it into a tangy Cioppino, whatever your heart's desire. Be sure to taste some of their spectacular sides, too: the mac & cheese is grandly gooey and the braised kale with Greek yogurt and hazelnuts is seriously good stuff.

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Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:

Seafood: "Go for lunch and you'll find the same dinner menu items at reduced prices."

Best for Seafood Because: One of L.A.'s stalwart seafood restaurants downtown (since 1989), this Santa Monica outpost is a worthy addition to the Water Grill fold.

Lunch Menu

Eastern
Pacific
Chilled Shellfish
Appetizers
Raw Crudos
Salads & Sandwiches
First of Season
Seafood
Meat
Wild Alaskan Halibut
Shellfish
Whole Fish
Sides

Dinner Menu

Eastern
Pacific
Chilled Shellfish
Appetizers
Raw Crudos
Salads & Sandwiches
First of Season
Seafood
Meat
Wild Alaskan Halibut
Shellfish
Whole Fish
Sides

Dessert Menu

Dessert

Wine List

Sparkling
White
Rose
Red
Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Sonoma
Napa
Carneros
Santa Barbara
Other California
Oregon
Other North American White Wines
Magnum
Alsace
Burgundy
Loire Valley
Rhone Valley & Languedoc
Australia
Austria
Germany
Italy
New Zealand
South Africa
South America
Spain
Rose Wines
Mendocino
Monterey
Napa Valley
Paso Robles
Merlot
Red Blends
Rhone Varietals
Zinfandel
Rhone Valley
Bordeaux & Southwest
Bourbon
Rye
Brandy
Gin
Rum
Blended
Single Malt
Tequila & Mezcal
Vodka

Drinks Menu

Apertifs
Digestifs
Draughts
Cans and Bottles

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