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Permanently Closed - Butterfly, The Embarcadero

1978 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Butterfly offers the perfect mix of food, atmosphere, an amazing California Wine List and great decor. Chef Robert Lam was named as a previous "Top 6 Rising Star Chef" by The Chronicle, Lam continues to impress by bringing his innovative California-Asian cuisine to the waterfront location on the Embarcadero. " Narsai David of KCBS said," Butterfly is a happening place". Best seafood soup, I have ever had!" A few suggestions Clams and Mussels, Salmon and Strawberry Rolls, Kalua Pig in Butter Lettuce Cups, Crispy Fried Whole Fish, and Banana Bread Pudding for dessert.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Pan-Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday: 4:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 864-8999
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert Lam
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Private party facilities
For parties larger than 40 guests, please contact the Special Event Coordinator for details.
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Private party contact
Helen Chandra: (415) 864-8999
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Cross street
Bay Street at The Embarcadero
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Parking details
Parking lot across the street. Metered street parking on the Embarcadero.
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Public transit
Take the bart or muni to Market Street. Catch the F-line street train towards Fisherman’s Wharf. It stops in front of our restaurant at Pier 33.
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Live Jazz on Thursday for dinner service.
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Special events & promotions
From wedding festivities to convention parties, our waterfront location is the perfect backdrop for your next event. Please contact us for more information.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on November 23, 2016

The Happy Hour menu has lots of tasty choices, and it's fun to share a good variety of small plates with friends. Prices are quite reasonable. Only wish the fixed price menu were still available.

vipgoldbloodedgriller (San Francisco)
Dined on November 19, 2016

Good poke, cocktails, & desserts. Duck & chicken entrees were overpriced for mediocre food. Service & atmosphere was blah

vipSqueeze (San Francisco)
Dined on November 18, 2016

Great green papaya shrimp salad. Duck was good and
Garlic noodles surf and turf ok. We both liked our shared desert.
Banana bread pudding with Carmel sauce and ice cream

vipFoodanier (San Francisco)
Dined on November 18, 2016

In all, I cannot be totally fair, because I was recovering from an upper respiratory illness, so I could not taste as well as usual. It may have been that was the reason nothing on the menu appealed to me. My friend got the noodles, which were good, and I got the curry chowder, which was also good, but neither were "off the chart". The fresh fish was more expensive than I wanted to spend, and my friend did not want to go for the "steak for two". Perhaps I will try it again when my taste buds have recovered.

vipBlue (San Francisco)
Dined on November 18, 2016

Outstanding value for lunch with delicious sandwich choices. People in our group had the Angus Cheeseburger Loco Moco style. It was about 6 inches high and was sooo delish. Cooked perfectly - medium rare. The Tumeric catfish Thang Long was a nice low-carb choice with fresh catfish that comes sizzling hot in a cast iron pan. It is liberally drenched with tumeric over carmelized onions. Wrap it in the fresh butter lettuce leaves and sprinkle with the dipping sauce - a great combination of flavors. For a vegetarian choice we had the portobello mushroom sandwich - great flavor, did not miss the meat. The steak fries are medium cut, crunchy on the outside and piping hot. Everything was very comforting and satisfying.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on November 12, 2016

We wanted great food and an interesting location for a special occasion and Butterfly delivered. We loved the Catfish, Butterfly Chicken, Peking Duck as well as the cocktails, dessert and service! Our party of 6 left well fed and very happy. Thanks Butterfly!

bayareagal (San Francisco)
Dined on November 9, 2016

We had a Groupon for Butterfly, but we had also been wanting to try it since we saw it reviewed on Bay Area Check Please. It did not disappoint! We had happy hour cocktails and appetizers -- great value. The salt & pepper calamari was outstanding. The batter was SO light, and the minced peppers added just the right amount of spice. Truly the best fried calamari appetizer I have ever had. For our entrees, I had the teriyaki hangar steak, which was good. I would have liked a bit more potato and peas. My husband got the whole fish, which was Bronzino sea bass that night. It was moist, flaky, and deliciously seasoned, and even though it was a bit difficult to eat due to the whole fish aspect (bones), the presentation was beautiful. We were seated at a small table that faced the windows so we had a great, unobstructed view of the Bay. Lovely evening and meal!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on November 7, 2016

We came here for our 18th wedding anniversary celebration. We arrived early and were seated immediately. The host honored our request for window seating.

We were a little disappointed with our server. We did not receive a warm reception from him. It was our first time trying the place. We were looking to him for guidance. We did not get the warm reception we'd expected for a high end restaurant. I thought he would interact with us i.e. Ask if we have dined there before or return costumer, etc. We expected him to return to ask how we are enjoying our dishes. He did not do that either.

Part of our eating out experience at a nice restaurant such as The Butterfly, we expect some level of interaction with our server. We expect warm reception. We expect high quality services. We did not get that here. We left feeling unhappy. We like the food, location, ambiance, and view of the bay. Because of poor service, we are questioning our return.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on November 6, 2016

Enjoyed the Hawaiian thread. Nice water view. Staff friendly. Food was yummy.

vipVickiO (San Francisco)
Dined on November 6, 2016

If you're headed to Alcatraz Island via the ferry, don't forget to stop in for a drink and/or memorable meal at BUTTERFLY right on Pier 33, close to Pier 39 yet "so far away" from the tourist scene, and a rather elegant, fun discovery.

The food is superb and the whole restaurant enjoys incredible floor-to-ceiling SF Bay views between two private piers where a harbour seal and bird life have staked-out their paradise.

Butterfly's menu and drink selections are meant to please the hearty- and the healthy-minded hungers (don't let the name fool you). Beautiful and thoughtful presentation of meals add to the memorable discovery of your new "secret" favorite San Francisco Embarcadero restaurant.

See you there!