It’s fitting that another well-known California restaurant group will fill the space at The Forum Shops at Caesars where Spago revolutionized the local culinary scene.
Water Grill, which has been operating for more than 30 years, with locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Diego, Costa Mesa and Dallas, is expected to open July 17.
The restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, such as Santa Barbara spot prawns and Maryland soft-shell crab. Its menus are updated twice daily, and usually list 16 varieties of oysters, sushi and whole fish such as wild Brittany Dover sole. Live seafood including Oregon Dungeness crab, California spiny lobster and Barents Sea red king crab will be visible in salt-water tanks near the exhibition kitchen.
While the menu has not yet been released, appetizers at the Downtown L.A. location include wild Pacific bigeye tuna poke and crab, shrimp and cod seafood fritters, and entrees include wild Ecuadorian swordfish a la plancha and cioppino with Dungeness crab, jumbo shrimp and fresh fish.
The company reportedly spent $9 million to have Hatch Design Group transform the interior to evoke the spirit of an “old, sea-worn wooden ship” with wide-plank wooden floors and a copper bar top. The restaurant will seat 321 on the newly expanded patio, in the dining room, lounge and private-dining areas.
The space is near the Forum Shops’ entrance from Caesars Palace. It had been vacant since Spago, which opened in 1992, moved to Bellagio last summer.