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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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Great seafood....great setting!! Wear a jacket if sitting outside in the evening"
    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
  • "This is the place. Everything we ordered was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "I waited months to make a reservation here but made it when I could. It was fantastic. It was better than we had imagined. The food, service and view were the best."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "I have been top the Waterbar four times now. I try to go every time I visit the city, and I usually take friends to introduce them to the place No one has ever been disappointed. The service is amazing, the views spectacular, the food even better. This place is the bomb!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "I often lunch at Waterbar when I am in the city. The menu changes frequently but I have never eaten a bad meal there. Always well-prepared, always fresh, always delicious. Service too is quite good and the views are sublime."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This was my wife's first trip to San Francisco, and this was a great way to introduce her to the city!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Primo table, view, service and food. Everything was great and we ordered everything including Appetizers, sides, drinks and desserts - fantastic. I don't know how to explain how they had one of the best table reserved for us - it must be because of the " open table app ""
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The absolutely perfect place for a lite lunch dining in the city outside with a view experience! The menu selections were well rounded and provided ample selection for any descerning diner. But the Campfire Sundae was one of the best sweet treats I've shared with my husband in San Francisco! A "must go to" venue!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants I've been too (I've been to a lot world wide), Excellent food, excellent view, and excellent service"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a very nice evening at this restaurant. Nice ambiance. Great cocktails. Really enjoyed the food and view."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This place is a little pricey but unlike a lot of high end restaurants this one is worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "excellent food, decor, service, and ambiance. great menu"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "... which doesn't always happen! Excellent all round."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went to Waterbar with the family for dinner. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Food, service, and ambience were all top notch. Definitely worth it! Would recommend checking this place out."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Was hoping to book a table at a The Slanted a Door but they were very busy. So walked on over to this place which also came recommended. Got seats at the bar and bartender was welcoming and informative."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Took my wife out for her b-day. Wait staff was very attentive. Appetizers were great - my wife loved the soft-shell crab, while I thoroughly enjoyed the yellowtail cerviche. Main dishes were excellent as well. The wife had a halibut which had a great sauce, while I had the pike on a bed of risotto which was expertly prepared - both dishes were very enjoyable. My only disappointment was the noise of the room - I had a difficult time having a conversation with my wife and we ended up checking our cellphones a lot - not the way I wanted to spend time during dinner."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Saturday and Sunday they are only open for a menu brunch. There were about a dozen choices and what we choose was great. The best deal is the $1 oysters special, for our visit it was Washington Summersets. Service was very good. Do be aware that they do a lot of special events on the weekends. The Patio was closed during out visit but the inside seating was great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Water bar was perfect for what we were in the mood for. Lots of energy at the bar and even in the dinning area. We were seated right away at a great window table with a view of the Bay Bridge. As it got darker and the bridge lights came on, the light show was pretty cool. Service was very good, and every thing on the looked tasty. We all ordered different things and everyone was pleased with their order. My only complaint was that the wine selection by the glass was limited"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The quality of the experience here is one that I would not want to mess. The seafood the surface the ambience all contributed to a great experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is an interesting restaurant with a waterfront location. Service was excellent. The noise level made it difficult to talk to our friend that we were treating to a birthday luncheon."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was avgreat experience overall except that the food took long to arrive. Awesome view."
    Dined on 6/19/2014