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Water Grill is it good?

normalheightsfoodie Aug 23, 2006 08:48 PM

Staying at the the Biltmore this weekend. How is the Water Grill?



  1. ipsedixit Aug 23, 2006 08:52 PM

    One of my faves, make to sure to try the prix-fixe dessert menu if you want to end your dinner with a flourish.

    1. russkar Aug 23, 2006 09:08 PM

      Checker's across the street is good.
      Cafe Pinot around the corner, for outside dining.
      If you like Sushi take a Cab to Sushi Gen.

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        CulverJack Aug 23, 2006 09:22 PM

        It's very good - was just there last weekend. Hits were the crab cake app, salmon entree, rare tuna entree, and the chocolate bread pudding (really more of a very dense cake) was simply insane. In a good way. Lots of good dessert wines, too, if that excites you.


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          epop Aug 23, 2006 09:26 PM

          yes, definitely a good place for seafood. probably the city's best, outside of the asian varieties

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            Mr. Cookie Aug 23, 2006 09:26 PM

            I would say it has declined somewhat since chef Michael Cimarusti left to start his own restaurant. I ate lunch there some months ago and had a horrible service experience -- food was late, late, late, headwaiter apologized, apologized, apologized and finally just gave up coming around. Probably this was a fluke experience, though. I have had good food there before and after Cimarusti left, but it was better before.

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              slacker Aug 23, 2006 09:46 PM

              Water Grill is excellent! with or without Cimarusti. All the seafood is oh so fresh. The crab cakes are a must, and diver scallops if on the menu.

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                bijoux16 Aug 23, 2006 10:02 PM

                I had dinner there in late May '06 -
                if you order the clam chowder, keep in mind that it is not as thick as most clam chowders are. (I thought it was too watery, but my friend seemed to like it.)
                I like their portion sizes: I left feeling satisfied, but not stuffed or, worse, still hungry.
                the service was subtle, natural and comfortable.
                could argue that it's a bit overpriced...
                I enjoyed my time there but when I left I didn't have that "I can't wait to come back here" feeling, and I haven't been back since.

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                1. re: bijoux16
                  slacker Aug 23, 2006 10:11 PM

                  I've been there many, many times for lunch, and a number of times for dinner. Always had great and good meals there, and always want to go back.

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                  eatemup Aug 23, 2006 10:14 PM

                  I went there some months back after hearing all the raves. Stopped for a cocktail at Cafe Pinot around the corner and saw a lot of great looking food go by while enjoying my drink. After eating at Water Grill I wished I had stayed at Pinot. The service was entirely indifferent and the food was exceedingly average. I chalked it up to a bad night but have not returned since there are plenty of other options. Once burned....

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                    ostudio Aug 23, 2006 10:25 PM

                    I would agree that Water Grill has declined recently. If you are craving a great seafood meal, then I would recommend taking a taxi to Providence, Cimarusti's newish restaurant. The food is fanastic and the service is impeccable.

                    1. OCAnn Aug 23, 2006 10:33 PM

                      Great service & very good food. I recommend you go; it's worth trying out once.

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                        purediva Aug 23, 2006 10:34 PM

                        I'm taking my BF to Providence tonight for his birthday, and have been feeling uncertain due to the mixed reviews I've seen. We had a great experience at Bastide for my bday last year, and I want to make sure Providence will measure up.

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                          russkar Aug 23, 2006 11:34 PM

                          Not to worry, Providence will measure up and you'll have the full attention of Donato(ex Manager of Bastide) Plus the incredible cooking of MC. Tasting Menu's are recommended

                        2. David Kahn Aug 23, 2006 10:51 PM

                          In my opinion, the WaterGrill is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.

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                            pkpk Aug 23, 2006 11:58 PM

                            I have been underwhelmed by The Water Grill. Over hyped I believe for the price. Having not been there yet (have reservations this Sat.) Providence is by all accounts wonderful.

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                              ckbear Aug 24, 2006 12:00 AM

                              The crab cake appetizer and clam chowder are delicious. It is definitely pricier than it probably should be, but if you're downtown and on an expense account, then why not.

                              1. carln Aug 24, 2006 12:54 AM

                                I also agree that the food has declined since MC left. Having said that, the quality of the food is still excellent...im just not a huge fan of the poaching of fish which the new chef does a lot of.

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                                  normalheightsfoodie Aug 28, 2006 04:56 AM

                                  We had a great dinner at the Water Grill. There were 5 of us and we shared everything. Oysters, Starters, entrees and desserts were all served in the center of the table. The soft shell crabs were fresh and juicy, they were the hit of the evening. They chef lightly panfried them, they were great. We had them for apps and then reordered them as an entree.

                                  Thanks for the input.

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