Butterfly, The Embarcadero
FabulousEverything was just perfect. The food,the drinks and the service. Can't describe it any better. There was 4 of us and we all felt it couldn't been any better.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting food at ButterflyThe menu dishes are a blend of Asian and California cuisine. Very interesting options and very well prepared.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMPapillion Tres BienWhat a special restaurant. The ambiance is great, views of the bay and nearby piers, great food masterfully prepared, fantastic sauces, and friendly waiters. The appetizers are some of the best in San Francisco. From seafood to steak, everything is pleasing presented and very tasty.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved this place!We drove in from the East Bay and finally tried Butterfly - we were so happy we did. The place is smaller than I expected, but a lot of fun. We had some of the best Calamari we have had in a long time, and the pig in lettuce leaves was delicious. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food and the bay view was nice.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Experience!Great view and atmosphere for brunching on a Saturday/Sunday! Best Bloody Mary's in the bay! Staff was very friendly and gave great suggestions for ordering. Will definitely be bringing newbies to SF here again.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat View of the BayCame here to celebrate a birthday. Food was excellent although some of the food was overly salty. Otherwise, all 5 of us had a wonderful experience. It was a clear day and the view on the Bay was very nice. Service was excellent and we had an extra treat. The Demon Chef, Allen Leung was in the house that evening making something at the bar :)6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe tried Butterfly becauseWe tried Butterfly because of dine about town. We chose it for its cuisine, and we also previewed the menu. On arrival, the ambiance was a big turn off for us. The music was loud so that it was difficult to have a conversation. The food was good, we essentially ordered everything on the dine about town menu and were pleased with the variety and quality. We also had a scenic view which overlooked the pier. However, this did not overcome our negative experience loud music. I can certainly see why it would be a good setting for a nice date. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this restaurant for people who are looking for a quiet dinner with good food.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOur Anniversary Dinner CritiqueI chose a DAT dinner menu. First course was the scrumptious salt and pepper calamari with ponzu cucumbers, garlic, cilantro and tabasco remoulade. The long narrow plate was much too slim to contain the calamari and garnish. The calamari did not stay in the plate. Several pieces were on the table. The calamari was lightly battered and fried and was tasty nontheless. My entree was the turmeric grilled snapper with sizzling onions and herbs, rice noodles, herbs salald and nuoc cham sauce. This was delicious and is prepared just right. For dessert, I opted for the warm chocolate torte with coffee ice cream and it was delectable but was rushed in preparation. The wait staff was efficient and friendly. Food was slow coming out of the kitchen.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGuillermo Dacumos' DelightThe Bay side of the restaurant is a floor to ceiling wall. This creates a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay and boats without having to dine outside in the chilly Bay Area weather. The whole staff is friendly and pampering.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceThis was our second trip to this restaurant and we weren't disappointed.We ordered two appetizers-the calamari with spicy aoli and the lettuce wraps... both were delicious. There were four of us.. we had-duck (great), ahi tuna (really tasty), rib eye steak (amazing) and the scallops (delicious). The highlight of the meal was the desserts... OMG... everyone a real winner... lava cake, banana bread pudding and crème burlee....this place is a real gem.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for visiting familyThis is a great place for taking family members who want a San Fancisco experience but aren't quite so adventurous. Good food, somewhat exotic and a nice view of the bay.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat RecommendationA friend had recommended this place because he saw it on Check Please! Close enough to the ferry to walk and far enough to not be crowded with tourists. The view was great and we were able to watch 4 America's Cup boats practicing. Service was exceptional, from the hostess who gave us the "best table in the house", to the waitress, to the bus boys.
The food was great and accommodate my gluten free needs. French fries were awesome! Coffee and dessert were also exceptional. I will be returning!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Asian fusion cuisineExcellent Asian fusion cuisine and friendly, attentive staff. The view is disappointing considering that the restaurant is right on the pier. You're looking directly at a cruise ship berth, flanked by wharf buildings on both sides that generally block your view of the bay. If you're looking for a romantic location on the bay, this isn't the place, but drop by for the food and an interesting wine list.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM4 Birthdays 1 DinnerI recently made a dinner reservation to celebrate 4 co-workers' birthdays and I could not have chosen a better location. I work in the area and always end up at Pier 23 or Hillstone. Butterfly was a nice treat and different. We loved the open space feel and the view of the Bay. The staff was also great. Thanks to all the staff and management at Butterfly.....the birthday girls loved the "special" birthday treat you prepared. See you again!!!!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely one of the bestTotally recommended restaurant! Great food, super service! We loved it from the minute we walked in... Many thanks for a memorable evening!!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Lunch afterUSF GraduationMy wife read an artical about Butterfly and we had our daughter graduting from USF so we booked a party of 8 for lunch. I have to say and all of us agreed that Butterfly was a fantastic choice. The lunch menu and the variety of choices was just great. We orderd 4 or 5 appetizers as well as 4 or 5 lunch itmes along with 4 dessert items.Everyone of us sampled each item and all of them were very good. The staff was nice and very helpful with their suggestions and menu knowledge. You would have no idea looking at Butterfly from the Embarcadero, that there is a fantasic view of SF Bay. We definately recommend Butterfly and the lunch service. Lunch prices are extremely affordable, lunch for 8 with a couple cocktials and beers, $350, great deal.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful view and decent foodWe have always enjoyed Butterfly's food. This time, we had the New York steak which was huge and decent but nowhere as near as good as their filet mignon. They need to bring the filet with wasabi potatoes back and soon. Drinks were great and so was dessert. Service was just right. The view can't be beat. We hope they continue to have more deals since we are a frequent patron.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful on the embacaderoFood was fantastic and nicely portioned. The chef came to our table to see if we liked our food. Wait staff was very attentive. We will be back.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food and service!We are regulars here now, because the staff is always engaging and helpful, and the dishes are quite inventive with great presentation. Our last meal we had the ribs and the shrimp/mango and pulled pork lettuce cup appetizers. All were superb. It's really a great spot. We live in noe valley, so it says something that we'll drive across the city to dine here several times a year.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMlove iti don't know why i don't frequent this place more often! food was amazing, service - awesome.
need to go back again soon!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an outstanding Mother'sWe had an outstanding Mother's Day Brunch at Butterfly. The meal started off with an assortment of appetizers that were fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed the scallop entree. The banana bread pudding is a must! The courses were well paced. We never felt rushed which was very nice as the restaurant was busy. Great way to spend Mother's Day.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCongenialOur experience(for the fourth time) was a pleasant one. We were greeted with a smile, which continued throughout the meal from different servers. This was a special menu for Mothers Day and was superb in presentation and taste.
We will continue to patronize this establishment as it pleases one to know that expectations will always be fulfilled.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!I've been here many times, and am never disappointed. We get a bunch of appetizers every time, and are always well satisfied.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Execution, Generous SizeButterfly is located on the Cruise Ship Pier and as such, the waterfront dining can be dominated by the ship at port and the entertainment of watching a large cruise ship back out into the Bay. Notably spacious inside and around the table, we had no problem seating and maneuvering our large party. However, it is extremely loud.
The food was exceptional. What appeared as a ho hum asian inspired menu was much more creatively presented and executed. The portions were generous, even for the appetizers so if "small" plates makes a meal for you, this is ample!
The service was excellent, however, sometimes a bit too helfpul as we were perfectly capable of deboning a whole fish and lychee's were just up our alley.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite place!We come here to celebrate everything! Mothers Day... Fathers Day... Holidays.... Chef came out to our table the first time we went because he wanted to know WHO ordered the foie gras fries! I love it!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMTried and TrueThis was a repeat, repeat visit to Butterfly. The food is always great. I would like to see the kitchen stretch a bit with an occasional special. The Happy hour lasts from 3pm to 7pm and since the appetizers are wonderful - they are even better at a discount.
The chef/owner is clearly engaged as he has made the rounds of the tables to inquire about the food and our well-being each time we have been there. We have introduced many of our friends to Butterfly and they continue to return also. Highly recommended.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingA definite fun time for us, traveling on the Oakland Ferry to Pier 41, a short walk to the restaurant,, given the best table overlooking the bay and having the most delicious food ever! What more could we ask for!!!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMVery GoodWe arrived about 6:45--15 minutes before happy hour would end. The waiter and hostess made sure we received attention so that we could order from the great happy hour menu. Great drinks and appetizers. We then order from the fixed menu that is advertised on the website. Great bargain and great food. The wine by the glass was limited but very diverse. The Kalua Pig wraps were our favorite -- tasted like the real deal. Service was awesome.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWent there for our anniversary.Went there for our anniversary. Food we ordered was awesome. Waiter was fabulous. Great experience.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe wait staff was incredible.The wait staff was incredible. The food was also great. Wine & cocktails were so yummy!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMButterfly RocksOutstanding Staff. Food arrive timely and would go back again for another special day.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is incredibly tastyThe food is incredibly tasty and the price is very reasonable. The staff is very professional and attentive. We had a great lunch experience.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI dined at Butterfly for theI dined at Butterfly for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it. The food was excellet; however, the service was painfully slow.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for brunch and enjoyedWe went for brunch and enjoyed everything we had. I had the garlic noodles with shrimp and my husband had the chicken salad. We shared the calamari app which was lightly fried and the dessert which was my favorite part. Loved the Macapuno ice cream on the banana brûlée. Would definitely go back.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, good service! InterestinGood food, good service! Interesting menu items for brunch and dinner. Went here for brunch; will have to attend a dinner here in the future. A bit pricey, though maybe one should expect that in a high-tourist area along the Embarcadero.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI was so lucky to be introducedI was so lucky to be introduced to this restaurant by a friend! We so enjoyed the Kalua pig in Butter Lettuce Cups and Duck Confit Spring Rolls to start. My Curry Spiced Diver Scallops were perfection. My dining companion had his "go-to" Roasted Peking Duck which did not disappoint. Cocktails done perfectly, nice views, great decor. Definitely will return.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent experience overall!Excellent experience overall! Great ambiance, good food, fabulous service!!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Very good as usualWe went on a Friday night and it was busy but not overly so. Food was good as always, we consider ourselves semi-regulars and very much enjoy the view, the food and the service.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic! Ambiance, foodFantastic! Ambiance, food & the waiter, Danny, were outstanding!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic -- Great food, greatFantastic -- Great food, great service, great view, awsome ambiance and at a fair price!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Prices are moderate.Great food. Prices are moderate. Service was great. Wonderful view of the Bay.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed excellent AsianWe enjoyed excellent Asian fusion cuisine, a lovely view of the bay between piers, a double-rainbow in the sky, and excellent service. We could not have asked for a better anniversary dinner on a slightly rainy evening. Parking was a challenge on Saturday evening.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat's not to like?The food is outstanding, the waitstaff friendly without being obsequious, the ambiance hip but not overdone, and its a lovely walk alomg the Embarcadero for us to get to the restaurant. The chef made a point to come around and talk with diners, and we really enjoyed the conversation. Our waiter thanked us for coming and for our patience, as he was overly busy. What's not to like about Butterfly!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was adorable, helpfulOur waiter was adorable, helpful and fun. I wish I had remembered his name. He's fantastic!!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandin. The service wasOutstandin. The service was first rate. The dood awesome. I took my daughter to dinner here. we live across the street and had never been there. They had a mushroom soup with truffle oil the was to die for. the gnocci were exquisite. qbsolutely exquisite.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful view, wonderfulBeautiful view, wonderful interior, feels like it's been there forever. Nice, interesting menus with excellent food. I've been there for both lunch and dinner and have enjoyed both.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time here.We had a great time here. I had a party of 8 and our waiter was amazing! The food was delicious and the Chef came by to check on our table! I will definately come back.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThank you "Check Please)!I have seen this restaurant along the Embarcadero for years and really never thought about dining there. We recently saw it on the PBS show "Check Please." The diners couldn't say enough good things about it, so we decided to give it a try. The food was excellent as well as the drink specials. The atmosphere is great also. We were there on a Wednesday night during happy hour. I think my only complaint is that we were not offered the happy hour menu or told about the 3-Course special. Luckily, I checked out the website before we went so I asked for it. The happy hour items (which are also on the regular menu) were much cheaper. We will definitely be back!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was probably the bestThis was probably the best meal I've ever eaten my Wife and Mother agree I will definitely be back as soon as I save up enough money to do so really special place with wonderful food that s just to die for3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI have eaten at the ButterflyI have eaten at the Butterfly several times. The food and service is always consistent. I brought two of my friends that have never been. They both say that they will definitely be back.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AM