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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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vipRudolph (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Last meal at Butterfly in SF, RIP. Thank you Chef Lam for the awesome memories the last 16 years. SF won't be the same without this fine restaurant and its ambiance. I love those sea urchin chandeliers!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

had hard time reading the menu, since it was so dark.. took awhile before waiter to greet us ..
took awhile between service of food items ..

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

It is a shame that this restaurant is now closed. It was very romantic!

ChiliQueen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2017

The food was fabulous as it always is. The calamari is to die for. The duck confit spring rolls are to kill for. The Shanghai Noodles, surf and turf style are not to be missed and the catfish was outstanding. We are so sorry to see the closing of Butterfly but we know Chef Rob Lam is moving on to a wondrous new project! And we wish him All the Best!

Disappointed2 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 1, 2017

They were closed!!!!!!!!!!!

Helen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Overall it was an awesome experience although I am vegetarian and the menu does not have a big list to choose from.

ItalianFoodinTimesSquare (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Butterfly has a very limited menu with very few choices that aren't "fried". It's not a healthy menu at all. It's also way overpriced - $42 for a 1 lb fried fish - really?
The ambience is great - right on the water and the service was very good, but I can not recommend this restaurant because it is so overpriced and the food, although OK, is not exceptional.

Tammim (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Service wasn't very good. For the first 20 minutes we were completely ignored. Had to ask for water and wine list. Waited another 0 minutes and than was brought the wrong wine. Our waiter didn't seem to know what was going on...our food was pretty tasty, but for me it wasn't the best Christmas Eve because of the way we ignored at first and the overall service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Simply wonderful! Beautiful setting, marvelous food, excellent service.

msTT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2016

Our office is local to Butterfly and we really enjoy this place and the sister Poke joint; Sammy's Aloha. The food is good, the Ahi/Poke is excellent, the owner/Chef is fantastic and the staff are SO accommodating. We love this place. Beautiful view out of the huge windows as well.

Calif (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

Very Loud! Food was cold. The Curry Chowder was bland. We will not be going back

vip2dindin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

Jose is an awesome server. Considerate and attentive.
The food was delicious and high quality. I highly recommend this restaurant. May I add amazing views.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Creative, flavored food. Poor wine menu. Starter too big. Really nice ambiance and decoration.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

First time there nice view of the Bay and Bay Bridge, do the oyster shooters and Hangar Steak or the Cheeseburger:-) Only thing maybe bring a good wine with you, only short fall but the bar is great. Service was great

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

We really enjoyed very much so we may comeback soon.

TessnKim (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2016

Amazing food - tasty and good portion size. Great ambience and service. Look forward to coming back!

vipVickiO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Tucked away on Pier 33, right next to the Alcatraz Ferry terminal. Why isn't BUTTERFLY packed?!

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

Wonderful decor, music, and interesting dishes such as fried whole Black bass served with kim chee and tasty rice cake pieces. The Duck Confit spring rolls with wasabi mustard sauce was great too. Just wish there were more people for a livelier atmosphere. Maybe Black Friday night was just a quiet one (as people are out shopping). Also at night, you cannot see much out the large glass windows. It's better to go when there's some light out.

The waitress was friendly and table service was good. Nice value with a Groupon; may be on expensive side without it but worth trying the different fusion dishes at least once.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

The food and service were amazing. They only issue would be the low lighting but it does provide ambience to the restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Enjoyable fixed dinner with turkey on thanksgiving.