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
517 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (443)special occasion (315)fit for foodies (294)great for outdoor dining (248)romantic (220)notable wine list (162)vibrant bar scene (137)great for lunch (134)hot spot (128)good for groups (98)great for brunch (91)neighborhood gem (80)late-night find (33)kid-friendly (21)Show More
  • what a location
    RobKVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great location on the Embarcadero right by the SF - Oakland Bay Bridge. Excellent and fresh seafood, nice ambiance and a fun and lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The ambience and views are fantastic. The bay bridge with lighted verticals are gorgeous backdrop. The restaurant has floor to ceiling fish tanks that are very well kept. Food was impeccable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was very good! Full of flavor and great presentation. We all really enjoyed our meals. I had the Sable fish with hollandaise sauce, very yummy. My only complaint is that the apps were really small portions, not enough to share especially for the price. Crab legs for $28 three bites. Loved the scallops but you only get two for about $20. We will definitely go back, but now I know what to order. Loved the decor at night with the view of the bridge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Winner
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Have had dinner here and that was always great. For a change, I had a lunch date here and we both agreed that it's also a great lunch spot. Our food was delicious, especially the stuffed squash blossoms, the presentations were lovely without being overly fussy, and our waiter was fabulous. It was a pretty, sunny day and the bay was bustling with tankers coming and going, so the view was as dynamic as it is at night when the bridge is lit with the art installation. I love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location - service spotty
    GoodFood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Have been here many times. This last time the service was spotty. Served an appetizer and 20 minutes after they cleared the plate we were asking where our entrees were. Began by sitting in the bar enjoying catching up with an old friend. Was 1.5 hours early for a reservation but told them we'd be at the bar. Instead of grabbing us when a table opened in the main dinning area we were seated in the "dungeon" back room area. When asked to be reseated they told me it would be another 25 minutes. Crazy! Really poor attention by hostesses and waiters. I bring a lot of guest from out of town here and it is one of my favorite spots to go. Unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suzanneVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I found the service both at the bar and at the table to be very slow. At the bar, I arrived before my guests and it took about 10 minutes to get someone's attention to get a drink. At the table, our drink and food orders were taken quickly, but it took almost 1/2 hour to get appetizers and then another 1/2 hour to get entrees. Much too long a time - service staff were very nice but service was just too slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service adequate, food good, view/ambience makes it worthwhile. Would go again....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional!
    GingerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Exceptional table service, menu and wine list. We go out of our way to visit when we are in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    JBDUVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very good dining experience. Highly recommended for fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Sftrixi
    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.
  • Waterbar a place to savor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Arriving early for our booking we (5) sat at the bar and took advantage of their oyster special (Miyagi) a buck apiece and some wine. Service at the bar was a bit slow so we had our oysters at the table with a great view of the lights on the Bay bridge. Waterbar is a great experience, a biton the expensive side but well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood Gem
    LDfoodies6
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was our second time to Waterbar. We had an out of town guest arrive at the last minut. Waterbar did not disappoint. We got caught in traffic. I called to say we'd be 15 minutes late, I was told not to worry. Unfortunately we had to call again after another 30 minutes still stuck in traffic! Again, politely we were told no problem. We arrived 45 minutes late and were immediately seated.Our dinner was wonderful- we all had the Petrale Sole stuffed with crabmeat. The oysters are outstanding as well. My only complaint was that my glass of wine arrived half-way through my meal We shared 2 desserts for 3 of us. Because the restaurant sits at the foot of the Bay Bridge, the light show on the Bay Bridge as the sun sets is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Waterbar on Sunday
    foodnme
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Having requested outside seating on the reservation, I was surprised when I arrived a tad bit late that they had seated my party inside, even though 1 of our party asked at check in. I know it is not guaranteed, but they were seating people outside even after I arrived. After some work they did manage to get us outside. After that tiny snaffu all progressed very well. The servers were very attentive and readily explained the various options. We stayed for rather a long time and didn't feel pressured to hurry up, and the server even accomated us by taking some pics of us with the BayBridge in the backround. It was a most pleasant experience. The food was good, not to rave about, but certainly good. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance
    Girlsweekendout
    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
    SunhomeV
    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
    PandA
    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.
  • Didn't credit my points
    Doctor
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After dining here with 3 friends I got an email that said we missed you at Waterbar. I emailed Opentable with the pertinent information, and they responded a day or two later and the mistake had been fixed. But several days later, no points from Waterbar have been added. So annoying to have to do others' jobs and follow up.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Fancy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Came for my birthdate celebration. The food tasted great, the service was awesome, but the most memorable part of this restaurant is the scenery. Our table was next to the window looking out at the bay bridge and next to one of the fish tanks. Since we were seated next to the bar, it was hard to hold conversations. Nearly all the fish entrees were spot-on and so were the chef selected oysters and mussel appetizer. The poultry entree was a little too gamey to me. Overall a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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 2014VIP
    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.
  • GO- so good.
    chitealatte
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Waterbar was recommended to us by a friend who lives in San Fran, and I am SO glad he told us about it. Yes, it was pricey, but it was so worth it. We ordered the Gingersnap and Lawn Party cocktails, and I wish I could recreate these drinks. They were SO yummy and packed a delightful punch. My husband ordered the Halibut while I ordered the Sole. The Sole was good. I felt like it was missing something though - I would have appreciated a mix of more flavor. My husband's Halibut was ah-mazing though. The freshness was evident and the flavors mixed so well on the palate. I wish we lived near the ocean to establish a Waterbar in Chicago, but I guess we'll just have to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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