Waterbar
Waterbar

Waterbar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterbarsf.com/
  • Phone: 4152849922
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Waterbar reviews from OpenTable diners
495 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (426)special occasion (304)fit for foodies (273)great for outdoor dining (228)romantic (203)notable wine list (146)great for lunch (141)vibrant bar scene (132)hot spot (127)good for groups (100)great for brunch (96)neighborhood gem (69)late-night find (40)kid-friendly (23)Show More
  • Birthday lunch
    xdanvilleite
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Awesome location....awesome oysters. We love it here
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food, service and ambiance was a 10. Why did I wait so long to go there?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outstanding lunch in all respects. The ribs are awesome and Pete and Pat and Arron are wonderful people. I recommend Waterbar with the highest recommendation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top of SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Top view of Bay Bridge, large sea food and fish choice, elegant charme. A little bit expensive but in line with the quality service and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Waiters are very friendly, although forgetful at times--asked for more bread and he never gave us any.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    MMTN
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Had a great dinner here for our two year anniversary. Our server was excellent and fun, and the oysters were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Francisco view
    Daphne
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great place to take someone who is visiting San Francisco for the first time. Request the outdoor patio if the weather is good - Has a beautiful and commanding view of the Bay Bridge. Great service and ambience. Food was just so-so, but it's the view you come here for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    SFFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A colleague and I ate here for lunch. He was wild about his meal and so happy. I was fine with mine, but nowhere as happy as him. He got some oysters to begin and then 3 course fixed price lunch, which also included an oyster po boy. He loved every bite of all of the food. I got the watermelon salad to start. There were tiny fried shrimp on top, which did not go with the dish. I pushed them aside. The dish was underseasoned. The rainbow trout was my main dish and it was beautifully presented, but again, the various elements of the dish didn't go together very well. The fish was light, but the elements underneath were heavy and stew-like. Our server was great and fun and the restaurant treated us really well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen disappoints
    SteveNatVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had high hopes having eaten at Waterbar on our visit to San Francisco last year. The oysters were superb but sadly the rest of food, everything prepared by the kitchen, missed the mark badly. We had seared tuna that was so overcooked that my wife sent it back. My stuffed sole was rubbery and tasteless. Next to us another couple waited an hour and a half for their food even then it was not done right. The view of the bridge is amazing but cannot recommend anything other than oysters to order.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waterbar - What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Needed to play tour guide for family visiting from SoCal who wanted to see San Francisco last Sunday. We were also celebrating a couple birthdays, so I researched restaurants looking for something that would leave an everlasting memory for all of us. I wanted something with an awesome view, a great ambience, and wonderful food. So I booked the Waterbar, which had rave reviews and had won quite a few foodie awards. Our waitress, Sophie, was fantastic...super down to earth...and very knowledgeable and helpful. The entire dining experience was so amazing, that I made out like a hero finding this place! We will definitely be back and will recommend the Waterbar to all our friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dallasdesigner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant! It was by far my favorite place that we dined in San Francisco this year! The raw bar is excellent! I had the Halibut and it was incredible! Our waitress was really super nice and informative! The whole dining experience was truly wonderful! We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Seafood in S.F.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Upon entering you can’t help but noticing the attractive vibe. Our server, Nick, was very skillful. We devoured a half dozen of the Toten Inlet oysters from the vast menu selection. A smart wine list is well matched to the cuisine. The crab bisque was rich and creamy. Dive into the Kampachi Sashimi, an outstanding preparation. Don’t miss the Ricotta Doughnuts with American caviar. The cured King Salmon “Pastrami” shows the deftness of the talented kitchen staff. An entree of fennel stuffed Petrale Sole was moist and cooked perfectly. We were hooked on two desserts: a Kadota Fig vol-au-vent with sweet chevre and, the frozen Chocolate Mousse with raspberry sorbet. Recommend Waterbar to your friends and they will undoubtedly thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    Dsander48VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you are looking for a place with a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge then look no further. If you are looking for a raw bar then stop by. If you are looking for wonderfully prepared fish then you have found your place. The Turbot and Halibut were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining with a view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great way to end our trip to San Francisco. Great food, wine and service and fabulous view of the Bay Bridge! The halibut and ribs were delicious! Will definitely be back next time we visit San Fran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterbar Meets Expectations
    JonlivesinChina
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Arrived 15 minutes early for 1:00pm reservation and we were seated immediately. Not exactly a "view" table, but we came for the food! We were initially disappointed with what we perceived to be limited number of selections for lunch at Waterbar. However, after receiving detailed information regarding menu items, our anxieties evaporated. Started with one dozen of the chef's selection oysters; a little pricey but excellent! Halibut ceviche was shared and we contemplated ordering a second as this dish was outstanding. Our entrée selections, based on recommendations and descriptions form our server, were also wonderful. Service was seamless in spite of the fact that the restaurant appeared to be full. Waterbar certainly met expectations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch on the Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had originally planned to celebrate a birthday dinner over looking the Bay Bridge but United had other ideas. Oh well, changed booking to lunch the following day. As weather was outstanding, the patio was the place to be. Right on the water front. Oysters are certainly a specialty, of which we had to have few of both the daily special (great pricing) and a few chef selects. Followed with a Salmon tarte which was also outstanding. As it was lunch we shared a main, selection a fish which didn't disappoint. Gluten free was supported the staff went over and beyond to make the birthday lunch a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncomfortably loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The fish was the best I'd ever consumed, but the experience was offset by the cacophonous noise level. Further, we left hungry, unable to lift ourselves to the prices asked in order to sate ourselves. I recommend to try it once to learn what fish can achieve, but come prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We love, love, love the Waterbar, although this was the first time we sat in the other old-style dining room --- low ceilings, dark timbers, still very cozy but without much of a view. Everything we ordered was excellent: corn soup, soft shell crab starters, oysters, ahi tuna (salt was a little heavy). The restaurant prepared a very nice vegetarian plate for my daughter. Definitely our go-to place for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in SF
    ECRichVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wife and I enjoyed the meal and the service. Wife had the Halibut which was excellent and I had the Sole with the fennel. Both were excellent and we shared a side of the Brussels sprouts. Would definitely go back again when in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoping it was just an "off" evening
    BTC415VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Normally the food is delightful, as is the atmosphere. However, this night the food was just ok, not great. My starter's mix of flavors clashed and the seared ahi tuni was left on a little too long on the grill and somewhat overcooked, but then left out so that it arrived at the table cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great aesthetic, food was okay
    KevMo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The environment at Waterbar is excellent, great views of the bay and bay bridge (especially nice at night), our server was outstanding. The food was okay not great. They seem to favor some odd combinations which might be nice for a hard core foodie, but for us, not so much. I will say that I had the house made sorbet with Black berry sauce and that was heavenly. All in all a nice time, but this was for my wife's birthday so I was hoping for something a little better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    marsbear
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great time taking our friends to lunch and we all enjoyed it. We were not rushed at all. Our waitress was friendly & helpful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water Bar may be losing its touch
    NicolasVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've dined here dozens of times over the last few years and sad to report that my last visit was lackluster with only a couple of highlights. First the good news: great service, wine list and cocktails. Oysters are fresh and many varieties are available though a bit pricey. Bad news: starters were ordinary: softshell crab in a wrap of some sort? Ribs and octopus? Overly seasoned and worthy of the Wharf...not Pat Kuleto. Main course: we all had fish...over-salted and the dumplings that accompanied were tough to chew and undercooked. Will think again before I revisit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the whole experience
    freddyT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Usually places with great views don't deliver in the foof department. Not the case at Waterbar. Our food was fresh, delicious and beautiful. Or waiter wad also great. -- friendly, funny and anticipating of our needs. His service was fast and efficient but never stuffy or overbearing. We loved the whole experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star Food with a View to Die For
    Whale123
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lovely evening-the hostess was warm, welcoming, and sat us at the perfect table with a view of the SF bay on one side and an aquarium brimming with fish on the other. The martinis were perfectly mixed and the wine list was vast. The food was amazing-wonderful oysters, an incredibly fresh crab cocktail, and the main course of halibut was perfectly seasoned with a unique blend of flavors-garbanzo beans, peppers, southwest spices and avocado. The desert of frozen chocolate mousse/rasberry sorbet/topped with a chocolate sculpture was a work of art. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and never made us feel rushed. After a beautiful sunset, we enjoyed the twinkling lights of the Bay Bridge come to life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    traveler1tVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our 5th time at Waterbar and it didn't disappoint. The lunch offerings are innovative, delicious, and enough variety on the menu to please everyone. I had the Halibut cerviche and found it excellent, as good as the Ahi cerviche I have in Honolulu. My wife had the fixe prix special--melon salad, pork ribs, and a great desert. She loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Waterbar was excellent. We had a great table, our server was professional, helpful and attentive and the food was awesome. Great setting as well. We had a really nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10+'th visit; worst so far
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    reservation made at 945pm; arrived at 925pm and sat at the bar since then; wasn't able to get seated until 9:55pm; yet there are 4+ empty tables in the inner room and, we were seated in a table right next to a 10+ person group; noise, staring, unnecessary eye contact, u name it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were fantastic
    kdtampa
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Tuesday dinner with kids (9 and 11) while on vacation. Wait staff could not have been better with the kids, from multi-page activity packet to early delivery of their dinners while mom and dad enjoyed wine and figured out dinner. The halibut was cooked perfectly, but the calamari and short rib combo app was the favorite. I will definitely return when I am back in SF for business.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seniordiners
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have dined at Waterbar several times. It was outstanding as always. The extra touches with service (bringing extra spoons so dessert could be shared even though not requested) are very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely outstanding
    IowanOnVacation
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food, service, and scenery at night with the Bay Bridge Light Show in the background are second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food & view of Bay Bridge
    Illbeback
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food, service, view and drinks were absolutely great! Had the Blue fish which was perfectly cooked and had a very unique sauce. The soft crab app was excellent and everyone should have a couple oysters while you wait!! They are superb! Price vs. value is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience!
    bayareaExplorer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my wife here for our 15th anniversary, we're new to the area so didn't know what I was getting into…but loved it! great ambience, amazing food and a brilliant view of the bay area..it seemed like we were sitting right under it. The staff knowing it was a special occasion for us were extra nice. A couple we just met at the bar while waiting for our table ended up paying for our dessert!! People here are really nice :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent location, food
    Seafood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place has everything. Food: long choice of oysters, well-described, served fresh; 5-6 type of fish. Service: very good, we had large group, waiter was courteous, knew his staff, and was able to describe different kind if fish choices well,misheard one order due to noise level, food was delivered simultaneously to everybody and dishes were delivered correctly. Location: right underneath Bay Bridge, one of the best places to dine if you are out of town, provides plenty of view for taking pictures and enjoy San Francisco
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A San Francisco Gem
    josel
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The crab cocktail is always outstanding at Waterbar. I love the convenience of valet parking, the views are amazing and the wait staff knowledgeable and efficient. We also ordered the stuffed squash blossom appetizer on a bed of heirloom tomatoes and cubed cucumber beautiful presentation and so of the moment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waterbar
    Thebeat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was very good. We waited a very, very long time for our lunch. We had reservations at 1:15 for a Friday afternoon.Had to wait a short while which was fine. Niece did receive her order from child's menu quickly. Must've taken at least another 30 min. before we received ours. Food was delicious, but by 2 pm we were more than ready to eat. Waitress was nowhere in sight. I asked another waiter to check on our order.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greatmeal
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a fabulous experience: our waiter was terrific, the menu was great, and our meals were excellent - great presentation and flavours. This is one of the best restaurants I have been to and I dine out a lot: I will definitely be coming back the next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmadaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Heard others tell me this is their favorite restaurant...but I was disappointed! Service was great. Mussels were great. Prolly need to stick to seafood because the tri tip steak was tough and mediocre in flavor! The vegetables around the steak saved the meal. Desserts are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food, Views, Service
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everyone at Waterbar works to ensure each meal is a masterpiece. They take their product very seriously and it shows: flawless service, immaculate surroundings, excellent food. Truly a class act from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cdmpatty
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A not-to-be-missed dining experience in San Francisco and right under the light show on the Bay Bridge. It was a highlight!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.