MarketBar

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$30 and under
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Seafood
MarketBar is San Francisco's answer to Grand Central Station but on the water in the restored landmark Ferry Building. The casual menu offers many of the organic ingredients sold in the thrice-weekly farmer's market as well as the shops filling the interior of the building. Full Bar, creative wine list and seasonal market driven menu attracts a cross section of the city's diners to its handsome dining room, comfortable bar and spectacular outdoor sidewalk terrace.

**We do not take reservations for the patio. We seat only complete parties on a first come first serve basis.
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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

lighting was dim and atmosphere grim, service took a while even though there were very few people in the restaurant, and food was totally unremarkable.

S
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is very good, albeit a little pricey for a sandwich and fries. Bread is extra charge - $3 for two rolls.
Oysters weren't a bad deal at $4 each. Our waiter was very attentive. Martini was excellent. Because of the weather, people who might normally have been seated outside, were at the inside bar being quite noisy. Our table was in a separate dining room, but quite close to the bar. I suspect it would normally have been a little quieter. Enjoyed it and would go back, especially any time we need a dinner location that opens before 5:30.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience3

Yes and no I would recommend Marketbar. If you are looking for a place for good cocktails and apps in a slightly quieter atmosphere with your colleagues, this is a great spot. However, if you are looking to have a tasty elevated dinner with work colleagues, the dinner menu leaves much to be desired.

S
San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

A friend and I met for an outdoor lunch on a very fine early January day

We had iced tea a specialty that never disappoints

She had salads nicoise and I tried the salmon sandwich

Both excellent

Service deft and professional

We were slow getting to our selections chatting. Our server was patient and never rushed us as we lingered

Delightful meal

Check it out

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

New Year's Eve dinner we could have went somewhere else. Most of the photos of the food online was not available for dinner. They had oysters, fish chips, lobster roll/bisque but no seafood tower or special seafood entrees. We had one chance to spend NYE in SF and I made the wrong choice by picking MarketBar. This is a more casual eatery not a place to have a special dinner for $$$.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful NYE here - they made it very specual

m
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not busy so they put everyone in one section, including the screaming baby that the parent refused to remove. Food was good but raw onions are not listed as an ingredient in the lobster and crab roll. I spent a good deal of time picking them out.

OT
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A bit noisy and we were seated by the Office Door which kept opening and closing. Also the door leading to the outside was left open and it was COLD. No consideration for the patrons sitting on that side of the resturant. All in all the service was excellent, and the food was very good.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch at Market Bar today. I had a delicious salmon sandwich, my friend had a really yummy chicken pot pie, and my husband had a Caesar salad with some of their parkerhouse rolls. The rolls were dry but everything else was delicious. No complaints but it would be nice to have a couple more vegetarian options. Service was excellent and we were allowed to linger with no pressure to move along. It was a very enjoyable visit.

SM
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside at MarketBar for lunch on Saturday. Had a reservation and was seated promptly. Service was very good. God was fresh and tasty. Excellent smoked fish platter and incredible French fries. The patio is on The Embarcadero with a view of the bay bridge so the setting is great.

m
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I have ordered fish and chips and they were just average. Previously when I would order fish and chips here they were very good. One of the best, something has changed and test is not there. Quite disappointing.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The chopped salad was beyond mediocre....iceberg lettuce, salami, provolone cheese, disappointing and overpricrd.

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good solid standard. Delicious juicy burger and crispy/fluffy fries!

h
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Efficient service. We ordered a crab & shrimp Louie salad and the chioppino Both were good. The wine list was limited and I had to send one glass back Overall Ozk but there are better options i. The Ferry Building.

T
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Marketbar for daughters birthday and our server was amazing and made the meal a special occasion.

FD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I always enjoy MarketBar. The food is interesting and good. Great ambiance and you can actually have a conversation at normal voice levels. Great location and setting, and friendly service. It used to be great value too, but I think they raised the prices to typical SF high end restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a few times and only ordered the seafood salad. It’s been consistently delicious.

d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great We decided to do small plates: deviled eggs, mussels, deep fried olvies, beef empanadas with a delicious red wine

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great. Service was very accommodating and friendly!

NG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very convenient location. Lively atmosphere. Big portions

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service! Great outdoor seating by the ferry building

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Es ist eher eine Brasserie.
Das Personal hatte hatte zu wenig zu tun, und hatten auf den Cell Phones rumgespielt. Non go.
Zu grosse Weinkarte.
Der bestellte Rose wurde nicht im Kühlschrank gelagert.
Seafood war sehr gut.

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Market Bar...met girlfriends and stayed for two hours...nobody rushed us to give up our table...my only issue is that the prices seem to have gone up...as seniors on more or less fixed income...it was definitely over my budget...

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had friends visiting from Australia was hoping to sit outside but was told that they couldn’t accommodate a party of 7 outside. That was disappointing. Service was good, food was so-so. The portions of the food and drinks were on the smaller end (dinner). For example Aperol spritz usually is in a huge wine glass but they served it on a half sized wine glass. For the price of the food and drinks, we expected more.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

we sat outside and maybe that helped with the noise level. Service was EXCELLENT

TP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good restaurant with great service. Their fish & chips, calamari, and cheese burger dish are all good. It's a bit pricey, but good food.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service was ok but for the price and location would have expected more. Nothing that exciting on the menu.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All excellent! 😁

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat outside and it was (too) windy...

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant dining experience. The food was great, the atmosphere casual but nice. Our server, Divina, was awesome. She was efficient and attentive without being intrusive.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Longtime patron for business lunches. Food quality has gone down, service still slow, still overpriced.

AA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Buen lugar en el muelle de San Francisco. Comida muy bien lograda. El restaurante es un poco discreto

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GP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Tasty food. Pleasant atmosphere. Good value. What more could you ask for?

e
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was very welcoming. This shrimp special was spicy but very well done. I would try again.

MO
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to people-watch in San Francisco. Service was very good. Food fresh tasting and reasonably priced for the Embarcadero area.

AA
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was a slow, had to go out of our way to find the server a few times. Also ordered a side of bacon that never came but I understand that’s easy to overlook.

f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and very attentive. High cost of food in a touristy area is expected. It was fresh (seafood) and delicious!

b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Servicable option on the Embarcadero. Work and live nearby, and eat here every few months. Always eat inside, so not going for the outdoor patio which I know a lot of people like. The food and menu usually look better than they actually taste, and this time was no exception. This time they had no vegetarian options on the menu for my partner, and a soft-ball request for the chef to just make some pasta without the shrimp sauce was met with confusion and consternation. Really? Peruvian fish stew for me was workmanlike but not inspired or inspiring. Service was inattentive and spotty early on a Friday evening.

If you're looking for reliably good food and service for not too much money in the area, there's other, better options. The location and the outdoor patio will keep people coming back though.

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We chose Market Bar for its location, convenient for our group coming from work and BART. We chose to be inside because the afternoon sun was intense this particular day. Waitress was distracted and inattentive.....worse part, she was wearing sunglasses indoors (maybe she also had outdoor tables) so impossible to make eye contact. Happy Hour was pathetic....very few choices, and at least one was the same price as the regular menu! We enjoyed the devilled eggs (not on the happy hour and quite expensive) and my husband enjoyed his seafood salad. Calamari bowl was neither fresh nor plentiful. Didn't sample cocktails, just wine and beer, nothing special!

TT
San Antonio
36 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Caesar Salad. Delicious fish tacos (spicy!) and oyster chowder(really nice).

Quite expensive, but the tastes & beautiful day outside made the visit a pleasure.

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