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Waterbar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterbarsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 284-9922
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm,
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm,
    Our Bar Menu is served everyday from 2:00pm until closing.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Parke Ulrich
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrison
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Waterbar
Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular panoramic views of the bay and city skyline, exceptional design, and a menu of the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Featuring stunning outdoor (dog-friendly) dining on the waterfront patio, a relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life from the Pacific Ocean Waterbar is not to be missed. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was quite good. Much better than our last experience some time ago. Very good and friendly service. A bit loud but acceptable."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant we've been in for some time. Absolutely fresh and tangy oysters from a nearby bay on the half shell. Delicious and perfectly prepared tilefish."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Atmosphere was amazing, and food was superb. This was recommended by one of my friends and was so glad I took the recommendation"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Didn't seat us when they promised, although it was an early reservation and the restaurant empty - felt like we were 2nd class citizens, ignored for the most part...waiter forgot to deliver starter soup so it came later - and cold...overpriced meals and not as described...this was a special dinner for out of town friends. No intention of going back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Waterbar never fails to impress. The food, the service, the views are all remarkable. I am not a seafood fan and I love this place!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I enjoyed my dining experience but my mussels were dry with very little ( too thick) sauce. I missed good dipping broth and don't understand why they serve mussels in a way that does not enhance the dish. Disappointment at those prices."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It had been some time since I had eaten at Waterbar, and I found it to be as great as always. I had picky friends in from out of town, and they also loved it. The food was outstanding; my Goan Tilefish was superb. Green fried tomatoes with spicy dip excellent. Great drinks. And we were not hurried at all even though it was a Friday night."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great value, great food and wonderful view! Definitely recommend to all..."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal at Waterbar with a group of five. The restaurant is stunning and our table overlooked the Bay Bridge which lights up at night. The service was fantastic and the seafood was spectacular. We all enjoyed cocktails and wine from their nice selections. We even saved room for a little dessert. The whole evening exceeded our expectations and we will all plan to go back on our next trip to San Francisco!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This place is tasty and reliable. Definitely worth trying if you like seafood and want something special with a nice view."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "In SF from out of town and Waterbar was recommended by hotel concierge. We had a wonderful dinner with attentive but unobtrusive service. The view was beautiful and the fish was deliciously fresh. Highliy recommend."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I decided to treat a friend moving out of SF to a farewell diviner and he chose Waterbar. I had never been before so I didn't know what to expect, but this was one of his favorite spots. The food (I had the tartare and the Pike) and ambience (bay bridge views) were terrific but it was the service that really made it outstanding. Now Waterbar will be one of my favorite sots too."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner with delicious food and wine . The view was beautiful . The service was top notch ! We will be returning next time we visit San Franciso."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Friends and I had a great time. Food was delicious and there were no issues from our visit. Weather was great."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The setting is spectacular and the outdoor site on a perfect day is probably preferable except for the crowded seating. The indoor ambience as with so many restaurants depends on the noise level the surrounding patrons are producing, and these days ordinary conversation has been replaced by shouting. Restaurants should study the noise factors in their restaurants if they consider the food an important draw. The food can be extraordinary and my soft shell crab sandwich was one of the more tasty I've experienced, but it was not exceptional. The service was cursory; the wait staff were not engaged."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not only did this restaurant provide one of the most beautiful views of the bay bridge from the embarcadero it had some amazing food. Great energy, awesome customer service, and an amazing view. We were a little late to our reservation and had to wait an extra 30 mins. but they still were able to accommodate us. The wait seemed like nothing when the food arrived! I highly recommend this place! Go now!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Best meal we had in San Francisco. We had three different fish dishes, and they were all great. Good view, and good service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. Thanks Waterbar for providing hig-quality food and services."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Waterbar is a great place with very good food and nice views of the water. But this last time we were seated in the only table that doesn't have a view to the water and our lunches took FOREVER (almost an hour) to arrive. The waitress was very nice and give us two updates that our meals were on the way. I understand that during a really busy time a kitchen staff can get backed up and in a packed restaurant not everyone can have the best table. However, when we arrived at 12:30 the restaurant was half full, so why we were given the blocked view and delayed meals is a mystery to me. Maybe they don't give good tables to Opentable reservations....."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've dined here with my colleagues after a long day at the trade show and it was a real good experience. The selection of seafood is impressive and the quality of food and service was excellent! The view is spectacular! We were really happy to have chosen this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Was quite a bit underwhelmed. Had high expectations but salmon was way over salted which killed the taste and steak was an average piece of meat."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Waterbar is my FAVORITE restaurant in San Francisco. Every time I've been, I am never disappointed. The service is incredible and the food is amazing."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One of the best meals I had in San Fran. Nice preparations, very fresh, fish cooked perfectly. Attentive and friendly service. Great ambience and view. Only caveat...my GPS was way off for location! It is very near the Bay Bridge NOT north of the Ferry Building. Due to the confusion we were quite late for our reservation but when I phoned they pleasantly gave directions and held the table for us. Very much appreciated the effort! Will absolutely recommend this establishment to friends and return on a future visit."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The Oyster Happy Hour that lasts all afternoon is great. We had a dozen creamy large Elkhorn oysters that were a meal in themselves. The tombo tuna was rubbery, tasteless, and served barely lukewarm, had to send it back, but the staff graciously replaced it with another entree. Loved having a table in the window, I always take out of town guests here!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Visiting from east coast, choose restaurant through Open Table. Seated promptly by a very friendly host, wait staff at table within minutes, drink orders taken (wine & beer), then waiter suggested food selection by the drinks we choose and the weather....he was spot on! Probably one of the most knowledgeable and accommodating waiter ever. The meal was as impressive as our waiter, "outstanding"!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The first thing that will seduce you is the unbelievable view of the bay bridge. I'm sure it's great during the day but go for dinner and enjoy the light show. Salmon, ribeye and oysters were fantastic and service was top notch. Love the open kitchen floodplain."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is the place. Everything we ordered was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We brought my parents from out of town to Waterbar over the weekend ....they could not stop talking about their experience. They really loved the food, the service, and the view! The dishes were all wonderfully prepared. Very consistent. The restaurant accommodated our request to sit us at the main dining room (we called ahead to request). Peter was (and as always) a wonderful host ; Sam was wonderful in his recommendations of oysters...and our courses were timed wonderfully. We did not feel rushed at all. We had a wonderful evening...made it memorable to my parents who come to SF to visit once a year...Mom has already posted several pics of the evening out at Waterbar on her Facebook !"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great seafood....great setting!! Wear a jacket if sitting outside in the evening"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The restaurant is nothing to rave about in terms of food. Nothing creative on the menu and in general the taste is just average. The view, however, is lovely, especially as the sun sets and you see the lights on the bay bridge. I probably wouldn't go back though."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I frequent Waterbar at least once every 2 weeks or so to get my oyster fix. $1.05 per featured oysters=lots of oysters in my belly (2 dozen for myself usually). They also have a great brunch menu selection that I've tried but have been unimpressed with. I usually just order a side of their french fries and drinks while I wait for my oysters to be shucked. I don't enjoy dining indoors there and almost always request outdoor seating. With gorgeous views of the bay, it's prime real estate."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Waterbar is a fun restaurant with an amazing view of the Bay Bridge. Great bar with an oyster bar - we watched them shuck oysters and build a seafood tower. Everyone is friendly and upbeat. The seafood is fresh and delicious - recommend the crab and pawns cocktails."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "So travelling in a new city with our wedding anniversary looming, I started to search online to see where we could dine. The waterbar came up and I instantly booked after looking through the menu. We weren't disappointed!! The food was absolutely delicious and the staff very attentive, after mentioning it being our anniversary we were presented with a glass of bubbles and a little chocolate treat at the end of our meal! I would definitely recommend to anyone....."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great view, excellent service, delicious meal. Asked to have salmon prepared specific way and it arrived perfect, followed by visit from manager to insure all well. Nice!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Slightly disappointed in the side of grilled eggplant. There was no description of it being spicy, which I cannot eat. I thought it would a simple dish but when it came it was covered in some sort of chili (or other orange) sauce and each piece I tried was spicy. It made the eggplant unbearable. Otherwise the food would have been great and with an amazing view."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This lovely restaurant is a complete package of good service, fine food and delightful atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The appetizer and soup were super delicious. Our entrees were good, but not excellent, the same goes for the desserts. A little bit pricey. Of course, the view of the Bay Bridge is awesome. We were taken to a table that my husband didn't particularly like, but were accommodated by getting a better table. It was our 40th wedding anniversary. Our dessert plates had that written on them, which we thought was very special."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "First restaurant that I step in that dont sell you mineral water. Its water from the tap. Really dissapointed. The Food was ok"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "GREAT dining experience on the SF waterfront! We chose Waterbar to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. Making our reservation through Open Table was convenient and the restaurant called the day before to confirm our Saturday evening reservation. My family enjoyed the fresh seafood options on the dinner menu and the references where the fish were from. Appetizers, entres and desserts were delicious and beautifully presented! Our table was conveniently situated in the restaurant to observe the verticle fish tank and the "light show" on the Bay Bridge. The service was attentive and we never felt rushed. We'd love to go back for brunch or lunch!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Waterbar is one of the best places to have good food, a marvelous view, very light and great service. I enjoy my experience every time I have dined here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014