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 WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Waterbar reviews from OpenTable diners
501 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (433)special occasion (305)fit for foodies (280)great for outdoor dining (235)romantic (208)notable wine list (158)great for lunch (134)vibrant bar scene (131)hot spot (120)good for groups (99)great for brunch (88)neighborhood gem (75)late-night find (32)kid-friendly (22)Show More
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great food, great food, definitely coming back! Awesome seafood tower!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely September Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Perfect for the out if town guests. A little noisy and of course I always want more main course choices, but all of the evenings choices were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good was good, could have been better, bar scene was fun, despite having a reservation we didn't get seated until an hour or more. The service was outstanding otherwise! Beautiful Bay Bridge in the background!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was great. But waited 45 min before we got seated of a table booked 3 weeks in advance. Waited 15 min before I had to ask a waiter to get some wine. Food was good, but there are SO many great restaurants in this city that has so much more. Would call it touristy, and not worth the money at all. Many might like it, and I understand, but that is when you really don't look because you are charmed by the expensive prices and location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Would highly recommend...wonderful food, interesting menu and the selected wines were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    50andFab
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We ate here to celebrate my 50th birthday - everything was fantastic: food, wine, service, view. A nice touch and much appreciated was a special birthday dessert. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Julie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was excellent, and the service outstanding. My favorite San Francisco restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time, great food
    luckypuppysf
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good food, great waiter and even better cocktail selection -- busy kitchen so be prepared to wait for your food (45 min from ordering to appetizer), the rest of the meal was seamless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Loreto
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My server Sophie was outstanding, extremely nice and knowledgeable, all her recommendations were great. The food was delicious and the whole atmosphere is very inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow food service
    Liz123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food, but probably the slowest food service in my life.. There almost 2 hours and didn't even get dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We loved our meal! Food, service...everything was outstanding. Our waiter-Jim was fabulous! He truly spoiled us and my sister loved her birthday dinner celebration. Thank you Waterbar for making it such a memorable night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining outdoors in late summer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here last night. We had a reservation at 8:15 and when we got there, it was so warm outside that we decided to sit on their patio. We waited about 5 minutes and then got the perfect table under a heat lamp with unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge. I'm huge on ambiance and this was a 10/10. Everything we ate and drank was delicious and the waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View
    PB2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Waterbar has good food and a great view! I would return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Day in SF
    Judyd
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had a visitor from the east coast here on Thursday & chose the Waterbar for our lunch destination. The weather was perfect - views stunning and the food & service here were excellent! We each sampled several dishes - everything I tried was delicious - complex mix of flavors, balanced, well executed - beautifully plated, but not overdone. Our server was personable and attentive but not at all intrusive. Others on the staff (hostess, and a few others who cleared out table, delivered dishes, etc.) were also very pleasant & welcoming. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    daffyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Three of us celebrated our late summer birthdays with dinner on the outdoor patio on a rare mild evening. Every bite was delicious, wine suggestions were on point, and service was casually professional. Above all, the view of the lights on the Bay Bridge was magical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stari grad
    starigrad
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    excellent .... oyster bar is outstanding.... brunch was very good.... menu based...baby green salad with roasted strawberries and stuffed squash blossoms big enough for two........cross cut ribs on a bed on corn salad...excellent....partner happy with steak sandwich....not your usual breakfast buffet...but that was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DannyD
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was creative and outstanding. Table service was great. Bar service was only average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little noisy
    Margot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Definitely one to take overseas visitors to, as the view is amazing. However, if it's a romantic night you are after, perhaps somewhere quieter would be more suitable, as the music is a little too loud in their effort to be cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco's finest
    jimmckinnney
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our party of 5 were so impressed with the ambiance, food & service. We will definitely return & recommend to our friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • iluvfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful start to our empty nest lifestyle now at Waterbar. BEAUTIFUL location which was very easy to get to. Service was impeccable. Food DELICIOUS!! Sommelier was very helpful with our wine choice. Overall worth every penny for a wonderful night out dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jocelyn
    Josh
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always leave Waterbar with our palates satisfied. The food is exceptional, waitstaff attentive and friendly. The views are one of a kind. Was wonderfully surprised to see an old acquaintance, Peter Palmer. Waterbar is fortunate to have a sommelier of his caliber on their team! I highly recommend Waterbar to anyone who wishes an exceptional restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very nice place for a business dinner. The service was a little slower and less attentive than expected, but still fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ricardo the manager needs skills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Form a line for a table .He was rude and unprofessional. When we finally sat and ordered our good took 1 hr.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Flies, flies, flies
    Marcel
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Invited 2 potential business partners for dinner. Food and wine were fine, service nice. But... There were many, many little flies in the restaurant - that ended up in our wine and food. Honestly, I won't go back again
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much oil & honey coated wine
    Mary
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had dinner with 5 others on a Wednesday night. The waiter & service were great. Meals were ok. Carefully selected seafood -- I had the tuna -- it was loaded with so much oil along with the sides that it was difficult to eat because it was too rich & the natural flavors were drowned in oil. I requested a crisp french-style white wine--something that would pair well with the table selections & was served a honey coated wine that didn't pair well with the food. Disappointed with the food prep & wine selection all at a premium price. Not sure if I'll return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beyond Expectations!
    FiveYears
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went there to celebrate my friends wedding, it was awesome! The oysters were delicious. The salad was exquisite. And, my albacore tuna was superb! Thank you for the moscato touch and caramel chocolate with sea salt. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bay bridge by night... stunning
    xamtomcat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    They have 2 main food selection, appetizers and main courses. Me and my wife took 3 appetizers and 2 sides (like french fries and some beans... All was reinvented in a foodie way) it's awesome exploring the menu by tasting simple food reinvented in a great way by the chef!
    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.
  • Great experience!
    Eatwell
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We celebrated our Anniversary at the Waterbar and found everything was tasty and elegantly served. With a view of the water and a relaxed and comfortable setting we noted we could converse easily even in a fairly crowded restaurant. It is expensive inside and also has a patio with a bar menu that is musch less pricy. I noted families, singles and groups of people all enjoying themselves at this very busy place. Make sure you have reservation if you want to eat inside. We went on Thursday at 5:45 and it was crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical place
    eagleeyeVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It's hard to beat the location, looking out at the bay and the vibrant energy of people on the Embarcadero. The cuisine is very good. The wine list is outstanding, and we've always had very fine servers here. The servers are helpful with suggestions and are good at responding to special requirements. One can't be in a hurry to eat here though as there can be time lags between seating and initial contact, as well as order and delivery of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    smartSF
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a marvelous time for lunch. In Sept, they offer $1 oysters starting at 11.30am. We sat in the lovely bar area, had lots of oysters as well as the Grilled Monterey Squid, corn raviolo, wild mushrooms, pea leaves. I give any restaurant thumbs up for using pea shoot leaves. The bartender was very attentive and delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food and service. Made a special occasion even more special. Amazing attention to details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Giant Fish Tanks in a Seafood Gem!
    ShaftVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    OK, this is not a cheap restaurant. But we in San Francisco will pay more IF we get more. I don't mean more food, the portions are just right. Great seafood, well cooked, with some creative flair. Service that was very appropriate. We were not smothered, and we did not get a generic, "Is everything OK with the food?" Instead, a bit more personal, "How's that halibut, is cooked just how you wanted it?" We took a couple from out of town. The view of the Bay Bridge, the fish tanks, the food and service WOW'd them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should have been so much better
    Vitchick707VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We should have had such a better experience at Waterbar. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was breathtaking. Our service was so bad, we all thought this May have been our seever's first shift on the job. Dietary restrictions were forgotten, orders were forgotten, incorrect orders were brought out, and we were charged for all mistakes. The bill was $100/person for a painful experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View and Food!
    UpfromSantaCruz
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    One of our favorite places to dine and relax after taking in a show. The fish tank towers are fun to watch as are the lights on the Bay Bridge at night. We always enjoy the wonderful appetizers and main dish selections. The service is fantastic and we never feel rushed like they want to hurry and flip the table. The oyster selection is wonderful and we always try the sampler plate. The wine selection is very broad and they will help pair the wine with your food selection. You can't go wrong with any of the fresh fish main dishes with their sauces too. We always get a few side dished such as the corn, peppers and fries. The dining experience does not get much better than this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • butters
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very good, but it was the views that made the place a great experience. Loved the tall pillar like fish tanks and beautiful view of the bridge. Service was friendly but the food took a while, so don't go totally starving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing views
    GoGiants
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic ambiance, one of a kind views, great food and they dont rush you. Clean environment with a really great staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a disappointment
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One might be rewarded by lining up for an outdoor table at Waterbar and then enjoying a drink and the happy hour oysters. The noise level will be more tolerable and the view of the Bay Bridge will also be superior. Otherwise one risks a great deal of cash and great disappointment. Our party found the food to be mediocre. And worse, it was served with attitude in micro portions at sky- scraping prices. If the staff had displayed some sense of hospitality, I might consider returning for that drink on the terrace.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Front door staff - rude
    Majtaylor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great experience at the Waterbar, once we got by the rude guy at the door. Made us feel unwelcome and unimportant. After that we had a great meal in a fantastic location with really good service as well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location!
    Judy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Love the location and ambiance. I 've also always had good service. The food has always been Well-prepared and beautifully presented. However, the recipes are not always to my liking so I have to query the waiter as to the preparation of the dishes. (Ie: I don't like sweet sauces w/ fish or want crispy soft shell crab to be served in a stew...but that's just me.) The desserts are great! And, of course, the oysters.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - beautiful view
    luvbows
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Seafood is excellent. Normally we have been seated below which is much quieter. This time we were seated closer to bar area which is extremely noisy plus seeing the open kitchen and all the hustle and bustle didn't make for a relaxed atmosphere. Service was good. Each time we ordered a wine they were out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic