MarketBar
MarketBar

MarketBar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marketbar.com/
  • Phone: 4154341100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 11:15am Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Dinner: Saturday & Sunday: 5:00 - 8:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: MarketBar offers two dining rooms with seating capacity of 60 guests per room. The outdoor/patio can accommodate 80 - 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: David Garza 4154341100x
  • Entertainment: Televisions
  • Special Events: Now Open for Breakfast Monday thru Friday 8:00a-11:15a.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Public Transit: BART & MUNI
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet and public lots in the area.
A word from MarketBar
MarketBar is San Francisco's answer to Grand Central Station but on the water in the restored landmark Ferry Building. The casual menu offers many of the organic ingredients sold in the thrice-weekly farmer's market as well as the shops filling the interior of the building. Full Bar, creative wine list and seasonal market driven menu attracts a cross section of the city's diners to its handsome dining room, comfortable bar and spectacular outdoor sidewalk terrace.

**We do not take reservations for the patio. We seat only complete parties on a first come first serve basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
MarketBar reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (108)great for lunch (71)great for brunch (55)scenic view (44)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (14)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (7)notable wine list (6)romantic (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great food, service so-so
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've had good meals and service in the past, so reco'd this for a brunch with two other couples. The food was good, people watching great, and service terrible. Coffee was filled to halfway mark the first time (half a cup? why?), and refills had to be requested three times before we finally got one refill in an hour. Had to request salt three times before we got it, same re cream. Five of us received our meal and the sixth was told her's was coming…it took longer than the rest. So she sat without food for 10 minutes while we all had ours. So why not time OURS to hers, vs making her wait? The only thing that was fast and prompt was the check turnaround. Bummed, but may try again at night when we've had good service that matched the food..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breakfast @ Ferry Terminal
    eatndrink
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had breakfast and were looking for something quick and easy. So we decided on the soft scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage. Oh my. The eggs were perfectly scrambled with wonderful tasting small tomatoes. The sausage links were perfect with the eggs, but, a little spicy alone. All in all, really good breakfast. Even though busy, the staff were very attentive and checked regularly to see about our needs during our visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service on this latest visit
    laguna
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    fantastic location and decent food. very good outdoor seating with a lot of availability. usually decent service, but on this visit, it was poor. this is our neighborhood, so we will still be back hoping for a turnaround.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We sat outside and had a very nice lunch. It was a beautiful day. I've only been to Marketbar for lunch which works very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great sidewalk scene
    chipper
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food and the best sidewalk scene in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An enjoyable repast
    smkarizonaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Laughing with the host about sitting outside on such a beautiful day. He joked that my penance would be sitting by a screaming child. Then he actually (unknowingly) sat me by one. Once baby boy got his food (mac & cheese) he was just fine! The food was excellent, but the service was a little less attentive than I like. I got my soup and a promise of a spoon, but I had to track down a waiter a few minutes later to get one, as mine had never come back to see how I was doing. The crab deviled eggs were nice, but I had expected the crab to be mixed into the egg, not on top. That make it more difficult to eat and the crab was a bit overpowering. Great local beer on tap and a great relaxing lunch, where I wasn't chased out to turn a table. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...poor service
    Sandibeach
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was excellent. We started with a fruit poptart and mimosa. I had the quiche that was outstanding. My husband ordered the soft scrammbled eggs and enjoyed them. The service was poor! After receiving our first cup of coffee, we had to ask no less that four times for a refill. He never stopped by the table after our food was served...only to bring the check. Hmmmmm....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teeeible
    Bean12
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overpriced and appears to cater to quick turnaround for tourism. Wait staff was nice, but inattentive. Then, about seven of them sat next to us to count receipts, etc. Very unprofessional while diners still eating. Hamburger was very overlooked. BLT came with melon slices, odd. Both items were pricey. They brought us check w/out offering desert and we were there for a birthday. Will never go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Relaxed Atmosphere
    TheBeam
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have had both lunch & dinner at MarketBar, & both were very good. They also offer breakfast & brunch. Unlike many places in the City, it was not difficult to get reservations. The food is very good, & reasonably varied. They use many sustainable ingredients. The servers are friendly & attentive, but not intrusive. If the weather is good, you can sit outside & watch all of the comings & goings on the Embarcadero. The restaurant is in the Ferry Building, & there are lots of interesting shops to browse before/after dining. Access to the ferries is right there, & BART is only a few blocks away. Note that they close at 9:00; if you are a late night diner this may not be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    CoffeeStains
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Seated us immediately though one of our party of three had not arrived. Were asked if we wanted out or indoor seating with the warning that the only outdoor available was in the sun. My BLT was fresh and delicious. Overall: happy lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breakfast Outside
    LauraLVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was a cute place on the wharf and my french toast was great; but their version of smoked salmon/bagel (although beautiful on the plate) was just okay. The portions were small (for a hungry person) so we ended up ordering another dish to complete breakfast. Sitting outside on a gorgeous SF day however...that was great!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views but just OK food
    Kimdoll
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The views are great, but the food and service leave room for improvement. The service is good, but very slow and not as friendly as it could be. The food is on the bland side, not a lot of flavor coming out of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot in the Ferry Building
    Momo4
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great service and something for everyone. I loved the cocktail list. A crowd pleaser.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ferry Building dining
    cnalscVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Located in the Ferry Building, with outdoor seating for those days when the fog isn’t present, Marketbar focuses on specialty cocktails and farm-to-table cuisine. We stopped by for a quick bite to eat before heading to the ballpark and enjoyed some wonderful salads, an enormous plate of pasta with sausage, and scallops wrapped in bacon with zucchini ribbons. We skipped dessert because we were in a rush but they looked appetizing. Great for habitués of the Ferry Building but also anyone in the Embarcadero neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Vibe and Attentive Service
    1greatcook
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed everything about our meal here. Plus, the location in the Ferry Building is so convenient, even for folks coming from the East Bay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just an okay experience
    Chuckjerri
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lots of dining choices in the downtown area so knowing what I do now I would go elsewhere. It is not that I disliked Marketbar it is just that I would have preferred going elsewhere. A bit pricey so continue sharing but then you get to pay the sharing fee which is quite rude. Food is good but you can do better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Saturday Brunch
    RobW
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first Market Bar experience. We were a party of 5 and had a delightful time. The staff was very warm and professional and made us feel very welcome. We had pulled pork and egg sandwiches, omelettes and salads. All were good, if unremarkable. Our server was helpful with wine suggestions. Market Bar is great for entertaining out of towners and provides a good start or finish to roaming around the Ferry Building and strolling along the Embarcadero. I might chose another place next time for the food aspect but overall it was fine and we were generally satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisingly not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First the hostess table was unorganized & created a fit of people that were coming from either end so folks arriving from the other side would either wait longer or be ignored. little did I know that making a reservation was only for the inside and not the patio. Felt like it didnt matter and the male hostess was less than peach about it.. Then finally at our table, it took a good 10 mins before we got water. Hard to not notice when 2 tables near us were sat after us & got water right away. Overall you have to put this on your saturday brunch list but dont expect to be wowd.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always!
    karaokegal
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was there with my friend Yanni, celebrating my new job, and he'd never seen the Bridgelights. Food and view were perfect. I'm started eating paleo/primal and the cornish game hen fit perfectly. (OK MAYBE the pea puree was borderline, but still....)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jackie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What a find. Great food, vibe and location. After a day of heavy sightseeing, this was a great place to dine and recharge before heading out on BART at the nearby Embarcadero station. Great bartender. The lunch menu calls for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Joyful
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had brunch at the Market bar in celebration of our wedding anniversary. The place and the food made it memorable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice outdoor meal
    RobFromDCVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had good lunches and breakfasts at the Market Bar. Good for outdoor ambiance. God was okay, average. They are better places if you want a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dihughesVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Sometimes you go to a tourist destination and expect to get so-so food. Market Bar surpassed that by a long shot. We had the House-Made Pancetta Flatbread as an appetizer. In San Fran you expect fresh fish, so I had the Halibut fish and chips. A nice portion of crispy fish and fries that were actually warm when they got to the table. My wife had the Grimaud Farms Confit Duck Salad. The portion was nice and there was a good amount of duck. Our server was very attentive even for a busy lunch crowd. Al in all a very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    Tony123VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very good for outdoor lunch. Quick service and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Marketbar can always be counted on for consistently good food, fresh, well prepared and well served!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dinner with a View
    FoodRads
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had 8:30 reservation but we arrived early as evening was cool. No prob we were instantly seated at a nice indoor table overlooking the bay lights. Our initial drink orders arrived late and incorrect, they were instantly fixed, and we were please find the bar bill comped at the end of the evening. We had oysters, guacamole, and halibut all well prepared and tasty. Will return if in San Francisco again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but a little pretentious
    DenisVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. We were a group of 8. The service was solid, very friendly and helpful. The runner messed up the tables but that was quickly resolved. The view on the Bay Bridge is great and there is a nice outside terrace. The food is very good, everyone enjoyed their meal except one person who found it a little peppery. There are no kids menu but they can whip up something. I am not doing 5 stars because it is a little pretentious for what it is. It tries to project a super high-end image but the whole package is not quite there. That always grabs me a little bit. However, it is a solid restaurant if you are in that neighborhood and want to see the bridge. There are better option for the same price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, Convenient
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While nothing special it is certainly worth a visit if you are at the Ferry Building and hungry. Service is indifferent but will eventually get to you.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love this place! We always go there for brunch when we take the ferry over.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in Market Bar
    Triddy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We dine at the Ferry Building on a regular basis. normally we eat at The Slanted Door but this time decided to try Market Bar for a change. We were greeted by a hostess who never smiled, as were others who lunched there. The service was slow, half-hearted and we were "passed around" to 4 different servers, so there was no continuity in service. There were 4 different entrees ordered at our table. The fish used for the fish and chips was "muddy". The halibut and the salmon were overcooked and dry. The chicken on the peach salad was so sparse that you had to look hard to find it! Given that there are many other choices in the area we will not be returning to Market Bar.
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  • GO HERE.
    bronpawn
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was amazing, the views are ridiculous, and the waiters are very attentive to ensure you have a great experience!
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average Food; Nice Outdoor Atmo
    MissionMuffin
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I like going to Market Bar for lunch because it has a nice outdoor dining area and the wine is reasonably priced. The food could be better (and is often disappointing) and the service is spotty. Our last visit, it took nearly 10 minutes for a server to show up. When we mentioned the wait, she got somewhat defensive and said something about it being the lunch rush. I think it was because she had stations both outside and in (we were eating inside that day) and wasn't able to properly monitor her diners as a result. The attitude, however, is inexcusable and she could have had a more customer-oriented reply to us. I will go back to Market Bar but I usually leave wishing the food were a little better
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MarketBar experience
    Lunch4business
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Overall pleasant experience. The food was good, and I very much appreciate them accommodating special my special request! I love the outdoor seating. My only hiccup was the slow service.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Food was not served together.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had to wait a while for the Maple syrup to come for our delicious blueberry pancakes. Also the French Toast came a lot later out than the Pancakes and the maple syrup. Seemed odd. But the waitress was aware of it and apologized for the wait. It would have been nice to eat together but at least we did not have to catch a Ferry.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    BaycydVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best part was the flawless service from everyone. Food was delicious too, but not 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • great meal
    hiedVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    everything about this meal was original and creative. Excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterbar
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    First time experience - enjoyed with coworkers for lunch & plan to return for dinner with family to celebrate our upcoming birthdays!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynn
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    so much fun so much fun so much fun so much fun so much fun so much fun
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Go-To Spot
    Menlo23
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    MarketBar is the best go-to spot near the water. It's easy to get in, great food, the service is spectacular, and the overall mood of the restaurant is purely classy and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was great and so was the service. Service was fast and efficeint. The menu selection was adequate but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.