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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
  • "Crab was the order of the day at our table. The crab was good but my sandwich bread, which was toasted, was too buttery. The bread was dripping in butter."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "Had a few friends stop by during a recent international conference and decided to try to this restaurant. The 8 of us arrived around 1 PM and the place was totally empty. Service was better than expected as only two tables were occupied. The food was good and prices acceptable. The best part was the scenic view of the bay. It was not a bad lunch; however, we did find the chairs uncomfortable. Overall, it’s not an impressive restaurant, but found it acceptable for a quick non-formal lunch."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "Have dined several times the past few years. Still considerate it a good place to attend."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "It is a lovely setting with fine and understated service and well-prepared food."
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal. Our waiter was excellent and the view of the water could not be beat."
    Dined on 9/1/2014
  • "This the second time I've been here. The last in 2011. Then this place was packed and vibrant. However this time, it was dead. Maybe 30-50 people and this place is huge. And it was a Friday night. The food was still great but it just seemed to be dying. And to top it off, our waiter asked us to pay in cash (which we couldn't as we never carry any) as they have not been tipped out in 6 days or something. It was quite awkward and more or less spoiled the night when I had to give him a card. It made me feel bad."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The location is beautiful -- right on the bay. The food was not remarkable, but OK. The service is inattentive-to-poor."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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
  • "Outstanding Lunch at the Waterfront. Something we have come to expect and never (to date) been disappointed."
    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
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