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Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar

213 reviews
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$50 and over
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Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar was built around the idea that people want to experience the best food and drink that life has to offer. Chef Glen Shwartz’s incredible menu highlights locally raised animals, the freshest seafood and the most delicious produce we can source. We have fifty-two of the best beers on earth all on draft. We have over 100 professionally selected wines from around the globe, all served by the glass. We serve an incredible array of the best cocktails and spirits available in San Francisco. We look forward to having you visit.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Late Night: Monday - Saturday 10:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(415) 792-5101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Glen Shwartz
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Cross street
10th Street
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Parking details
Our building has plenty of parking after 5PM until we close. We are located at the street level of the Twitter building. The parking entrance is located on Jessie Street which is behind the Twitter Building. Take 10th street off of Market going south. Take a left on Jessie. The entrance will be to your left. The parking attendant will handle it from there. The rate is $5/hour or $2/hour on weekends.
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Public transit
We are located between two MUNI stops. Depending where you are coming from you can either stop at the Civic Center Station (BART also arrives at this stop) or the Van Ness Station. We are less than two blocks from either station.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dirty Water offers 52 rotating draft beers, over 100 wines by the glass and 100’s of rare fine spirits to choose from. Chef Glen Shwartz perfectly complements this offering with a world class menu, making us the ultimate adult beverage destination.

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What 213 People Are Saying
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SusanL (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere with a swanky bar and an expansive dining room hidden away in the back. Mushroom agnolotti was a real winner, as are the two portion bread serving with house made butter. Service was courteous and flexible, and the cocktails are inventive and delightful.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Delicious, unpretentious food in a casual setting, with a great selection of beers and wine by the glass. We enjoyed a simple salad and 5-mushroom soup, as well as a wagyu ribeye, all prepared to our liking. Wines the sommelier helped us choose were well matched. We skipped dessert. There were a number of other choices we would have liked to try. Interestingly, several game choices on the menu as well—

SoCialWe (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was our second Valentines Day Dinner at Dirty Water. (For those who see it listed as a Beer Hall, it may be that as well... it has a lounge area up front and an almost unsurpassable number of house brewed brews.)
We know it for dining wonders!
Last year, we were presented with a Prix Fixed menu, I’m almost always dubious of any Fixed menus because they tend suffer for the expectant quantity over quality factor.
Bygones needs be... we were last minute reservations so...
To our delight the courses were beyond delicious. Each profile a sensational journey of epicurean wonder!
Last nights meal was not a Prix Fixed menu. The food was no less delicious! We enjoyed Foi Gras as well as a Venison Tar Tar.
Both were incomparably exquisite. The Tar Tar was among the best I’ve ever had!
Next course was a beet salad w/ whipped goat cheese and bitter greens. If you think that a simple beet salad cannot approach the monument of excellence previously noted, then, think again! It was superb!
After much puzzling we chose to share a very large cut of bone in wygu steak that when presented seemed impossible to full consume. We choose not purchase nor attempt to prepare red meat at home but not out of any moral or dietary discretion over all. It is because I am unable to produce anything close to the succulent and mouthwatering marvel that we devoured last night.
By the close of our meal we ordered two of the deserts offered from the menu. I chose a pot de creme. My dining parter chose a
creme puff with some orange tangy whipped citrus center.
Thanks to Dirty Waters Chef, wait staff, bus staff, kitchen support staff, the Excellent bartenders!
The Owners, Certainly!
Last but not least thanks to Open Table for making reservations easy.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to Dirty Water for Valentine dinner. Had the cheese platter, foie gras, beet salad, and lobster. Food was good, but the beet salad was overpriced at $18

vipBigMike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We started in the bar for a “pregame” drink. The cocktails were creative and the beer list was extensive.
When we got to the dining room, We tried a number of items on the menu. The charcuterie board was a nice assortment to kick things off. We followed that with the pate. It was creamy with a layer of honey. Very delicious. We also shared the Axis deer tartare. Very mild and delicious. We shared the elk, antelope and the halibut. All were delicious. The halibut was cooked perfectly. The antelope and elk had a nice side and sauce.
Overall, it was a unique meal with a gamey flair.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food for a reasonable price. Good service. Only downside is that the bathroom is outside the restaurant, and you have to get a security guard to open the door for you, which is kind of weird.

DustyF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is great. We REALLY liked the fried brussels sprouts and the passion fruit halibut was wonderful. Looking around the room, I saw all kinds of delightful looking dishes that looked easy to share. They have an extensive list of wines by the glass and cocktails. My sauvignon blanc was lovely.

The prices overpower the food a bit though. For example, a cauliflower steak a la carte is basically a big piece of grilled cauliflower with sauce. $14 is a bit steep for a veggie appetizer. $7 is a bit steep for bread that you won't get unless you order it. We weren't turned away by the prices, but they're just high enough to stave of a second visit.

Service wasn't on par with the amount of people in the dining room. I didn't feel our server was really engaged. No specials, no welcome, no recommendations and slow for how empty it was. He was an order taker, not a server. I typically expect more than that from a restaurant of this caliber.

On the plus side, it's close to Davies Symphony Hall. This was the only place nearby with reservations open between 6 and 7 on a Saturday, hence our choice in dining here.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

It was a bad experience... first the drinks were not god at the bar... then when moving to the dinning room the service was not good the waitress did not come to check on us.... the meal was really pricey for what it was and the worse part was to go to the restroom and finding out that they do not have restrooms and had to go to another part of the complex, asked for a key to go to open the door of the restroom, finding a filthy restroom.... then running back to return the key.... the good thing was that my customers did not use the restroom... it was have been very embarrassing.... i would not recommend this place to take customers for a dinner.

vipLisa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Close to Davies Hall and the War Memorial- great spot for a bite before the symphony or opera- super happening happy hour in a relaxed, cozy bar atmosphere- dining room equally fun. Friendly staff; great, varied wine program. Don’t forget dessert!

vipNoesurf (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was fine, service slow and unfriendly, ambience had no soul. Great location though .

vipGandL (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Dirty Water is ultimately let down by an experience that isn't worth the high price. The food is well-prepared and portioned and the menu varied and interesting. The list wines by the glass is quite extensive but ridiculously overpriced (most are $25-35 per glass). Our server was friendly but knew nothing about the wines (except to say there are 100 of them by the glass). Go here if you can expense the meal.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

The restaurant was not that busy, but everything seemed to take a long time - especially the bottle of wine, which we thought was weird. On the other hand, the food was great and our gluten free eater had plenty of choices.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Enjoyed the food a lot, there were a couple of spots where the server seemed to be missing, but the food made up for it.

zglsn49 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

We were going to Band Together featuring the RHCP's at Bill Graham. The location and reviews of Dirty Water were compelling and they had availability for the date and time we needed. Unfortunately the prices were very high and the portions extremely small. For example, we ordered the Deviled Egg appetizer and we received 1/2 of an egg (really?). We are big eaters and left hungry because of the show. We felt we had ordered plenty of food but based on portion size it didn't do the trick.

vipBigMike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

We came for a last minute dinner. The menu was very cool. No ordinary fare. We opted for the Axis Deer tartare and the Antelope version of the dirty burger (which I found out you can order even if not on the menu). They were both fantastic. Not sore where else you can have the “deer and antelope play” on the same menu. The beer selection was also awesome. Definitely back soon.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a great brunch, celebrating my graduation. The food and service was excellent. Big thank you to Jimmy and the staff. Thank you!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch before a show at the Orpheum. Food was excellent. Service was adequate. We were one of only 2 parties in the restaurant at 11am on a Sunday. We would go back to try the rest of the menu. Lots of good choices.

vipDoug (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Great bar scene to be sure and the service was enthusiastic (if not always attentive) but the food preparation was extremely uneven and left a strong sense of mediocrity.

AdamCav (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food and a friendly waitress! Nice spot for pre-theatre dinning!

vipEwokinOaktown (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

We’ve eaten here several times. The lentil salad was amazing but my halibut was just okay. The drinks and wine are excellent.

dave (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

I went into the restaurant hoping to be wowed but it fell short. First, the prices are ridiculous ($7for two rolls and butter?). But worse, the food doesn't measure up. It's one thing to pay a premium for quality food but this wasn't it. My halibut was overdone and dry. My husband's pork chop was so salty as to be nearly inedible. And as just one more reminder that this place is geared to the Twitter crowd that doesn't care about being gauged, note the itty-bitty print at the bottom of the menu informing you that an extra 5% will be tacked on to help pay for employee benefits. These surcharges (which are often 1.5 or 2% at other restaurants) are obscene at a place that already overcharges.

vipMissy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

The place is pretty. I think that we were 1 of 2 parties in the restaurant. The agh in about in a potato nest sounded like a great idea

vipHungry2eat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

We had a great time, our table of 7 had great service. They got us out in perfect time to make our jazz concert.

vipTopochinesVino (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

This was actually my second time at the restaurant. The first was a dinner out with friends, this was dinner with a business associate. I cannot say anything but positive things about Dirty Water San Francisco, I love everything about this place. The ambience is energetic, the interior space is gorgeous, and the menu is creative, innovative, and delicious. The chef has created some signature dishes Including dear tartare, elk, and antelope. We hear that for lunch they even have an antelope burger.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Went to the Dirty Water for lunch before a Sunday play at A.C.T. It was a great find in an area short on nice restaurants. We will be going back again.

vipJimmuh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Perfect place to go when attending a performance at The Orpheum or The Strand. Good food and excellent service at a reasonable price.

MarissaJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

We found the restaurant as we were looking for somewhere close to the Orpheum and haven't been impressed by some of the other options in the area, and were very happy with this choice. The drinks and food were so delicious, the menu had something for everyone, and the service was great. Really enjoyed our meal here.

vipRinker (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

What a terrific find this place was last night. I had planned to go elsewhere for dinner, and then passed by this place as it was preparing to begin dinner service. I decided to have a drink at the bar and peruse the menu, and immediately canceled my reservation at the other restaurant, and I'm so glad I did. The staff was fantastic, and the food spectacular. Although my dish, the saffron tagliatelle, did not have the razor clams (which I love) as noted on the menu, I still enjoyed it very much with the little neck clams. My dessert, the pumpkin cake, did not live up to the rest of the meal but I was already extremely satisfied at that point. I would definitely go again and would bring others to experience it as well.

vipTheater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Went here for dinner after a matinee at the theater. The new hostess was totally confused by the fact that we showed up 5 minutes before our reservation. After that the evening was spectacular! The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive but not over the top. He made excellent recommendations. The food was different and delicious. I never had antelope before! They did not rush us out and let us relax over coffee and dessert. All in all it was a delicious meal and an excellent evening. I will go back to this establishment.

vipBigMike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

I went there to meet a friend for lunch. They have 52 beers on tap and the list is creative. The shrimp and grits was "the BOMB" There are some creative dishes made with various game animals. Both my friend and I thought the food was excellent and would like to come back for dinner (we looked at the dinner menu).