The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
  • Address:
    Pier 7 on the Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $31 to $50

The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterfrontsf.com/
  • Phone: 415 391 2696x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday:
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
    Sunday: 10.00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary French / American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full Prix Fix dining menus available, custom-made for your event. Let us help you with all the planning for your special or corporate event. We have Private Rooms available with a Private Bar, a separate kitchen from our Main Dining, Private Restrooms, Expansive views of the Bay, including the Bay Bridge Lights, all accessible via stairs or our private elevator.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cheryl 8883305948
  • Special Events: Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.
    10 minutes walking distance from Bart.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $14
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An Experience in Excellent Californian and Seafood Cuisine
With a Gorgeous View of the Bay and the Bay bridge light show
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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (168)great for outdoor dining (82)special occasion (82)romantic (65)great for lunch (50)good for groups (44)fit for foodies (36)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (11)hot spot (7)Show More
  • Fine as usual
    John
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We come here to give special visitors a treat in San Francisco. Views are great, especially with the lights on the Bay Bridge. Service is good (courteous and helpful), food is excellent with some variety, noise level is bad, and the valet parking has now gone from $5 to $14 which means $20 when you tip the attendant. We come here perhaps one or two times a year. Never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant is next to the Exploratorium so we drop by and have lunch there, but last time, we treated some relatives there and the dinner menu was excellent as well. Service was efficient, friendly and non-intrusive. We had a very enjoyable dinner and so did our five year old son. He loved their clam chowder soup and so did we.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful Service.. Good Food..Portion Size is small. Covered Patio gets noisy when near full capacity... Otherwise very pleasant. I stopped for tacos after leaving because I was still hungry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful for early dinner
    mizudines
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dined here with a small group for an early dinner on a Sat eve. The place was not packed and we got a seat right by the window in the outdoor patio. Our waiter was superb and very attentive. Appetizers and mains were delicious. Decent portions and a good variety. Crab cakes and clam chowder for appetizers were winners. Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass was the table favorite. Desserts were ok. I would not come here just for dessert, although the view of the bay bridge lights and the bay was enough of a post-dinner treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • australian visitors
    earle
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The location is beautiful -- right on the bay. The food was not remarkable, but OK. The service is inattentive-to-poor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Solid destination for bringing out of town friends. Good variety on the menu, something to please everyone even if they don't like seafood. Wow, a restaurant where you can have a conversation, too.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco icon
    MariposashelVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    With it's name and location being what and where it is, this restaurant is a must for any visitor. My cioppino(sp) was as perfect as I expected and everything was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Crab
    WaytogoVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    There is no Crab the highlight of the menu but other restaurants of the wharf have crab, what is wrong here
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful seafood
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The crab Louie salad at lunch is superb. It is a generous portion, and the crab is so fresh and delicious. The view is great! This is a first rate experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with a view!
    DineAboutTownVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent service from Kelly. Good seafood and fresh pastas. The oysters were subperb and seafood linguine crave worthy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and oysters
    Vinny2fingers
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The main courses were okay but not remarkable. In our 6 person group no one was disappointed but no one was overly impressed either. Oyster selection was good though. The staff is terrific as is the view. Slightly overpriced if you're just about good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    DoloresVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had oysters for appetizers and seafood salad for lunch, all so good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I did not dine there! I never made a reservation there either.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was great!
    Phatkhat1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I went to this place during the Americas Cup, for the fist time. The setting, food, and service was great. I returned to take a friend to lunch for her birthday. The weather was perfect as well as the food. We enjoyed this place. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably not again
    TrinityVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    From the somewhat unwelcoming host staff to the for sure bothered and abrupt waiter, my guess is we won't return. I felt like we were dining in one of the "tourist" restaurants where they know you won't be back and consequently won't bother to treat you well. Too much competition for view restaurants to bother with this one again. Too bad as the food was good enough.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    lovtodine1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding Lunch at the Waterfront. Something we have come to expect and never (to date) been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish, awfull pasta
    RamiroOO
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Try any fish, lobbster, prawns, even the steak is good, but don't ask for the pasta: it's dry
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Emily
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation, and our waiter had body odor and got one of our orders wrong. He was not personable. Would not go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful View, Best for Lunch
    EricaInCA
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We are locals, this was our 4th or 5th visit. Cocktails all too sweet, special of the day (halibut), overcooked. With 2 teens who ordered pastas - both were excellent. Heirloom tomato salad & baked oyster 1st courses also excellent. We've had superior meals here before, but the quality of dinner fare has steadily declined. Lobster and crab salad sandwiches at lunchtime are a favorite. Come for the 100% guaranteed beautiful view of the bay, roll the dice with the food. Better options for the same price point available EVERYWHERE. Will keep as a lunch option only.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    StitchVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good (not great) food marred by lousy service. Server rarely checked on us. Birthday celebration made just a bit less special by waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great overall - bad service
    JamesNfood
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was good. I ate the cioppino and it was delicious with the exception of the mussels. They were very small and rubbery. Maybe they were frozen and pull out of the back of the freezer? I sat outside in the glass-enclosed area and it was nice. The sun was shining and I had a great view of the Bay. The worst part of the experience was the service. The server was never there. When he did show up he stayed for 30 seconds and quickly disappeared. It was an early dinner, 6 PM, so it was not busy at all. When he served the entree, he never checked up on was everything. I wanted a glass of Chardonnay for dinner, but I could not order one until I was half way done with the entree because he never showed up!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time and amazing view!
    nktfoods
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a lovely time for dinner here! Amazing view- service was amazing and my boyfriend and I both had the specials and they were delightful. Will come here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok but view amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It is worth trying this restaurant. The food is okay, but the view and environment are great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a combination
    WaytogoVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food, Great service and Great View what a find we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KMS
    ksenn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was the first time dining at the waterfront. My husband and I had lunch and we were not impressed. The food was good but nothing over the top, but the service was terrible. I had to ask for water 4 times before we got a glass!!! The view is lovely overlooking the bay. Perhaps dinner is a different experience. Not sure if we would go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We met up with family for a scenic lunch at the Waterfront. The food is consistently good, the service is good, and the view is outstanding. It is also nice that they have valet parking available. We very much like that they don't hurry you here-- if you want to linger over lunch and visit, the staff are great and continue to refill your water and pay attention, even if the bill has been settled.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was very yummy!! Great views and service. Even my daughter had fun at this restaurant!! Waitstaff and front desk were both very attentive without being too pushy or not there at all -- just right!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    tra01
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've never said this about a classic restaurant. Combo of disappointment. Poor service, felt neglected and it wasn't even busy. Not going back. Just wanted to share.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, Great service!
    EJDBoston
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great wait staff, superb view. The food is competently prepared and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrTea2
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Held a surprise birthday dinner for a dear friend. Everything was wonderful. The food was great and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great
    Diner101
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Decent food, poor services. A bit overpriced like all waterfront restaurants, but at least it's not fisherman's wharf.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RP
    RP66
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The table was great with a great view of the bay but the drinks were very small for the price. We have been here before and were a bit disappointed in the quality of the fish compared to previous visits (at least five previous times). Would probably go else where with all the other choices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RichardVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    When we arrived for our 7:30 reservation we were told our table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes. Not a good start, but they offered us free drinks at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our entrees came before the wine we ordered, twice we had to get up to go find our waiter, things were brought out completely wrong. I do not normally complain about service but this guy genuinely seemed to hate his job
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Redboots
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A great place to take friends when are visiting from out of town. It is always a hit on so many levels. The Homemade Seafood Linguini is our personal favourite and we never grow tired of it. The best in town really!! ALL of our guests have really really enjoyed The Waterfront.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Delicious food, leisurely dining allowed us to enjoy the lights of the bay bridge
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Visit Waterfront
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Booked through open table and were seated right on time. The food was pretty good ..oysters (raw) were delicious! The risotto I had as an app was also pretty good ..I've had some that are better. My friends tried the lobster Mac and Cheese as their apps and it wasn't spectacular which is what we hoped for. My main dish the handmade seafood pasta came out a bit clumpy ..I'm used to pasta being soft and easy to manage. The whole fish was to be stuffed with crab but it seemed as if the crab had just been topped - the fish however was cooked perfectly and was delicious! My friends temp on the steak was a bit too rare for her and she'd asked for it medium rare but there was a great sear on it which saved it. Overall I'd go back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good; service a bit slow
    SpecialP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was the 4th of July and therefore very busy, perhaps that explains why the service was a bit slow, however the food was quite good. I had the chicken breast with sides of green beans with bacon. Another diner at my table had the lobster mac and cheese that was served in a huge portion and was rich and creamy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    DrWizard
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was bland and uninspired. Not bad enough for one star, but nothing memorable or special here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jankaycar6
    jankaycar
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Our second visit to The Waterfront proved to be as enjoyable as the first. We have family living in the Bay Area so visit frequently, but this occasion we brought friends to the restaurant from back home in Texas as well. We were all pleased with the food--from the appetizer to the desserts. We had a bottle of red and white wine and the list from which to choose gave us a good variety. As always, with our experience, the staff is very attentive and accommodating. And, The Bay Bridge is an added bonus to dining at The Waterfront! We'll definitely return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.