When you run your very own seafood-distribution center, chances are you’re also sourcing the best product for your restaurant. That’s the prime advantage Water Grill has over the rest. Premium shellfish is shucked in a dedicated section of their sprawling ode to mollusks and beyond. Of course, you can also settle in to one of Water Grill’s two other bars to enjoy your feast. That’s how it’s done at South Coast Plaza’s newest shining star. Be prepared to wait, though: They show no signs of slowing down.
3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (949) 208-7060; www.watergrill.com.
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