Permanently Closed - Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar

4.2
246 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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 Edwin Sandoval'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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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
Edwin Sandoval
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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Bernadette Manzazno: (415) 792-5101
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Cross street
10th Street
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Parking details
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.
Additional
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
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BM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic!

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N
San Francisco
2.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

No surprise here that it closed....expected a work of art when a salad has "edible flowers", not so. Too bad, the deviled eggs were pretty good. Bartender shouldn't mess with cocktails. When one wants a Manhattan, they want a Manhattan, not someone's cutesy version of one.

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BM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, the experience was great. Good food, good service, good beer list. What more do you need?

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JP
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place was excellent. My wife & I had the Tomahawk Ribeye for 2 with roasted vegetables & it was cooked perfectly. Be patient, it takes 45min to cook. The cocktails were also deliciousl. Pricey place but well worth it. Definitely one of my favorite meals of all time.

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BM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn’t been there in a while. The menu had some new items in addition to my favorites. I had the duck confit sandwich (new item). It was off the charts good. My guest had the Dirty Burger, which, as always garnered high marks. I tried a couple beers from the extensive list. There are always some that I haven’t tried. I really like the vibe there. Definitely will go back. Excited to see what they added to the dinner menu.

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U
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Environment was totally urban vibe. Pre-theater dinner and drinks. Waiter was excellent, food was so so, limited menu and a bit overpriced but not terrible.
Would come again and recommend, but would love to see more variety and better value.

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d
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We needed a place to grab a quick bite before the theater that evening. We were seated in the dining room, but the noise level from the bar was still pretty intense. Once the waiter got to us (it take about 10 minutes!) he was awesome. The staff took very good care of us . We mostly had appetizers and wine, but everything we had was exceptional. The Brussels sprouts are a MUST.

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OT
Kansas City
3.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Takes 45 minutes to get your food

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GB
Sacramento
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The trout was just wonderful, as was the appetizer (fried brussels & lollipop kale). It was a wonderful choice after seeing a show at the Orpheum nearby on a Sunday afternoon.

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V
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go there for brunch before seeing a play. Food is always innovative and delicious. Order whatever looks the most unusual and it will be amazing!

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PW
San Francisco
1.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I never leave bad reviews, but based on my experience last night, I feel I have to comment. The food was pretty awful - in fact our server comped my husband's entree (he didn't ask him to) because about 3/4 of his meal was left on the plate. However, my biggest concern was the way our server treated the table next to us. We were seated next to a lovely African- American woman who, upon paying, was asked to provide her ID. My husband (who is Caucasian) then asked for our check and provided his credit card (which is unsigned on the back). No ID was requested for payment. I would strongly recommend that if the restaurant has concerns about fraudulent use of credit cards, ask EVERYONE to provide an ID upon payment. It's the simplest way to ensure all patrons are perceived as being treated equally. It was especially galling since this restaurant is advertising as a great place to have dinner prior to seeing 'The Color Purple.' Wouldn't recommend and we definitely won't be returning.

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h
San Francisco
1.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation, even at a table far from the bar. Service was incredibly slow although it was early and there were many unoccupied tables. Food was delicious! And way overpriced for ingredients and sophistication. An example of being popular for location and trend rather than quality.

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DC
Omaha
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Seemed like it could have been a great experience but the table next to us was clearly over served and was yelling out whole meal. It was more like a bar than a restaurant.

Also, WAY too much pepper on the elk.

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D
San Francisco
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is Excellent. We have been here several times and have never been disappointed. The service is outstanding and Laurent

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GP
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great! He lnow we were going t o show and got us in and out very quickly. The food was really well prepared and the halibut was sone of the best I've had from a restaurant..

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TO
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The scene is very fresh, exciting, and nice and big.
The hamburger was very good, and size is enough to share.

The spring salad was a bit lacking, it was mostly greens and mandarin oranges.. not much else. and there was too much dressing on it... to much vinegar.

The mules were very good, and the early bird special had a nice price offer for the featured drinks.
The service was good, but there weren't many people there, service was slower than we imagined. We had to rush to get to our performance we were attending.
But the servers were very nice, and helpful

Yes, I would return, and recommend the place.

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f
San Francisco
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The menu is interesting for lunch but the service was not as good as last time. Maybe our waitress was covering too many tables.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were accommodating to let us choose our table. Service was excellent. Good fabulously delicious. Made our special night quite delightful.

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T
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really can't say enough good things about Dirty Water. I enjoyed the options on the menu that allowed for vegetarian options that were absolutely to die for. The option of the brussel sprouts and artichokes were mind-blowing. Believe me. You won't go wrong with this restaurant. My server, Laurant was fantastic. Just go already! And enjoy!

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KB
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running to concert and they met every need with amazing food, the brussel sprouts were to die for! made it to our show in time... perfect night!

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OT
Houston
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious. With a fine flavors and unique

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G
San Francisco
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I booked this restaurant for a special event, and I will sayDirty water did a excellent job making sure my event came across without any issues.
The service, was excellent, the food was delicious, a perfect night, I highly would recommend.

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Denver
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a late business lunch meeting and despite the room only being 1/3rd full, it was intensely loud. It was hard to have a business meeting here, but the food was fantastic. Also, the service was great, but the price is very high.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service

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SJ
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really wonderful time at Dirty Water. Great ambiance and decor. Really amazing service and I want to thank our server, who accommodated for all our requests and was very helpful and reasonable. The food was all very delicious as well! We ordered the beet salad, cheese platter, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts, pork chops, antelope, elk, ox tail and tomahawk ribeye. All delicious and on point. We finished everything! Also amazing beers, wines, desserts, coffees. Just an overall perfect experience.

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CL
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space and delicious food!

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F
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pre-theater dining.

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n
San Francisco
4.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, somewhat inflated prices. Definitely felt like the place you grab a drink after work, and potentially get a bite if you've stayed too late, but really get use of game meat.

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RM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, attentive staff, and excellent service. We were seated right away and the waitress was well-informed regarding the menu items.

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R
San Francisco
4.0Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Best Brussels sprouts I’ve ever had. All that we ate was amazing.

The metal table legs scraping on the slate floor almost blew out my eardrums, however.

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SB
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved the antelope. Good wine list. Friendly service

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s
San Francisco
4.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our pre-ballet dinner at Dirty Water Restaurant. Although the bar that you walk through to get to the restaurant is loud and energetic, no problem speaking to your date (even if it's your spouse) in the restaurant (though you can hear the background noise). We enjoyed a delicious seared foie gras with champagne infused raspberries and a beautifully presented beet salad. Our mains were the chestnut flour agnolotti with mushrooms and the trout roulade. Both were delicious. I often avoid trout on menus because i find it bland or overcooked, but this was recommended by our waiter and I felt like having something light. This was rolled around a crab filling on a sweet potato bed and was quite moist and tasty but not heavy. Although the wine menu is not extensive, I found a nice St Emilion by the glass. They have an extensive and interesting-looking beer menu and an impressive scotch list also -- for next time!

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f
San Francisco
4.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

This place suffers from being inside a busy hub after work. They really need more wait staff & something to dampen the din. Even though the waiter was nice, too much time went by between visits & our 1.5 hours before the Symphony was too tight. We ran to the Symphony! Food is overpriced but delish. Prob won’t go back.

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SL
San Francisco
4.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Baltimore
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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—

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SC
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Chicago
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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BM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
4.0Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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DF
San Francisco
4.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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