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

The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterfrontsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 391-2696
  • 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: Californian, Seafood, Contemporary French / American
  • 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 (888) 330-5948
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
A word from The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "There is no Crab the highlight of the menu but other restaurants of the wharf have crab, what is wrong here"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Excellent service from Kelly. Good seafood and fresh pastas. The oysters were subperb and seafood linguine crave worthy."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had oysters for appetizers and seafood salad for lunch, all so good!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I did not dine there! I never made a reservation there either."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Try any fish, lobbster, prawns, even the steak is good, but don't ask for the pasta: it's dry"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good (not great) food marred by lousy service. Server rarely checked on us. Birthday celebration made just a bit less special by waiter."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It is worth trying this restaurant. The food is okay, but the view and environment are great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food, Great service and Great View what a find we will return"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great wait staff, superb view. The food is competently prepared and reasonably priced."
    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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Decent food, poor services. A bit overpriced like all waterfront restaurants, but at least it's not fisherman's wharf."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Delicious food, leisurely dining allowed us to enjoy the lights of the bay bridge"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was bland and uninspired. Not bad enough for one star, but nothing memorable or special here."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our server was slightly but repeatedly rude. Maybe he was just having a bad day. I've never before experienced anything but pleasant service at the Waterfront."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is the second time I have eaten at the Waterfront on a visit to SF and I was even more pleased with the experience. The food and service were impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is near Pier 7. Spectacular view as well as great overall experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Overall service was OK however one of our guest ask for bread after ordering and the server sarcastically stated. Yes, it will come once he takes all the menus. The bread never came before the meal."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Leisurely lunch turned into three hours - although our foursome wanted to visit and catch-up, we were left for 30-40 minutes at a time before ANY service checked on us throughout, which was surprising since we were the ONLY party in the restaurant for quite some time - server couldn't describe "what's in a blood mary?" or any special/freshest dishes - he brought out my entrée along with the others' appetizers (the food was all delicious). A dessert that was described as caramel bread pudding came out as sliced prune bread covered in caramel sauce. Once the check requested and he dropped it off, disappeared for 20 minutes until I finally got up to give it to another server. Despite service, we'll give it another shot just for their menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had dinner with family there. Everyone enjoyed it! Great experience!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Recently, had dinner at the Waterfront. Everything was perfect, the table the view, the service and the food. We had a wonderful wine and even spend some time in the bar. It was a perfect night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014