At long last, Southern California’s Water Grill has an opening date at the Forum Shops at Caesars. The seafood restaurant taking over the former Spago space that has been vacant since January 2018 plans to open in early July.
Diners can expect to find an interior from Hatch Design Group fashioned like an old, sea-worn wooden ship with wide plank wood floors, a polished copper bar top, and large wooden support beams. Early paperwork filed by Water Grill in December estimated a construction budget of $9 million to overhaul the spacious 14,000-square-foot project.
The restaurant — with locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Diego, and Orange County — features a menu that changes twice a day with “first of season” items as well as live products, at least 16 varieties of oysters sourced from both the East and West Coasts, a sushi menu, and whole fish such as wild Maryland black sea bass, and wild Brittany Dover sole. The opening menu plans to include Maryland soft shell crabs, king salmon from the Columbia River, and Santa Barbara spot prawns.
Diners can find the live seafood — including North American hard-shell lobster, Oregon Dungeness crab, California spiny lobster, and Barents Sea red king crab — in large salt water tanks at the front of the exhibition kitchen.
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