Great venue on the embarcadero's scenic waterfront. Great selection of whiskey and the oysters and fried chicken were fantastic. Will definitely be part of my rotation of bars in SF.
We sat at the bar, and really enjoyed the ambiance. We'd been there 2 nights in a row, and had a great time both times.
Why haven’t we come here sooner? A new after work favorite! Been here twice and the service was exceptional both times. Fun food menu and mind boggling selection of the hard stuff. I’ve many a visits to try something new here.
Always awesome. Great ambiance; amazing drinks. Helps to make reservations when you have a party during a hh window.
This IS NOT a restaurant. This is a bourbon bar with a very limited bar menu. The bourbon selection is amazing.
We loved everything about Hard Water, with the exception of the seating. We were a group of 8 and had to crowd into a table and stools barely big enough. The space could have been set up with several small tables instead of primarily a long bar. The food is so good, why not feature a comfortable way to sit and enjoy it?
Very noisy. But The degustation of whyski was interesting ...
Great food and whiskey flights
Bartenders got drinks out quickly maintaining quality!! The cracklings were our favorite!
Nice location at Pier 3. The service was great. The servers were very attentive. Great variety of upbeat music played at a volume that did not disrupt conversations. The Restaurant and bar design with whiskey display reminds me of 1800s pharmacy.
The menu on Open Table is outdated. The actual menu is limited. A majority of the entrees have been eliminated. There are no brussels sprouts or poboy sandwich options.
There is a full service bar, but the specialty is whisky. Only one type of vodka available. They make their own tonic water that results in a ginger ale like coloring for a simple vodka tonic. While the server assured me that their tonic was superior to commercial tonic, it tasted like flat tonic with no flavor to me.
The spinach dip was by far the best thing we ordered. The hush puppies were also good. 3 bbq oysters for $18. The oysters were tasty but small. It was a generous portion of fries, but the fries on the bottom were stale. We could barely chew those. This was true for two separate orders.
Waitress could not describe the types of oysters available and yet kept refusing to go find out.
Hard Water is my favorite place to eat on the Embarcadero. Best service, amazing cocktails and the food is outstanding. For me, it is a must have whenever I visit San Francisco.
You cannot beat the location for ambiance. Outstanding selection of whiskey . I drink my bourbon neat so it has to be really good and I have never been disappointed at Hard water . I my friends said that the fried chicken was out of this world . I think their French fries are some of the best in the city and the shrimp and grits is to die for .
Love this place especially on a sunny afternoon in the city. Great staff who can accommodate a custom tasting. My group had a fantastic time.
Late lunch and whiskey tasting with girlfriends. Our server was excellent and new the menu both drink and food and steered us towards treats that topped off a great day. Seating is on a stool and isn't comfortable for everyone. Seats with backs would be a nice addition.
It’s good for drinking and socializing. For people who are looking for relaxing dining experience, this is not the place to go. The restaurant looks more appealing in pics.
Great selection of whiskeys at decent prices! And the good was amazing! We went middle of day so not busy, so able to enjoy much better :-)
Great setting for an incredible selection of bourbons and whiskeys. The small bites are great though the pomme frittes were disappointing. Highly recommend for drinks after dinner or before a night out.
Lunch on a Saturday. Delicious food. Excellent whisky collection.
Bday, they did something special!!
Not much to look at, but if you want to enjoy pours of very rare very high quality whiskeys, this is a must go place
Beautiful space, with a chef who knows food. We were ready to dive in deep, order more than enough food because everything sound delicious, but our server made us second guess that thought. We decided to only order a few things due to the lack of hospitality or care. When you have to say hello to your server, there is a problem. You are only as strong as your weakest link...
Amazing place to eat if you don’t mind noise
Great fried chicken and biscuits. This is my favorite spot for bourbon and the good food is a plus.
We had a reservation and our table was ready when we arrived. Good and friendly service. We ordered some snacks and they were tasty. Unfortunately it was so loud we thought we had placed an order for oysters but our server didn’t hear us.
The drink selection is the big draw. Two of us ordered whiskey flights and these were outstanding - a good variety within a category, which is exactly the point of ordering a flight. Others had beers and wine - everyone in our group enjoyed their drinks, we never felt rushed, and we had a good time. The down side was the price - but that’s not unusual for San Francisco. I will definitely book for Hard Wayer again in the future.
Great food and drinks!
Visiting my son for his 25th birthday, and all being whiskey lovers, this checked off all our boxes. Lots of flights to choose from, and great whiskey cocktails. Had the fried chicken with 4 or 5 small plates between the 5 of us. Perfect. Food really good, and sitting out on the bay made for a memorable evening.
Must go for the bourbon and rye selection as it is amazing!
Reservation wasn't honored, host didn't communicate well (waitress was great) Oysters weren't footed, chicken was dry and biscuits were raw...
4 stars for food: my group did not order any food; however we saw the food that other groups ordered and they looked great.
It was our 1st time experiencing Hard Water. Our reservations or at 4 o'clock on a Saturday. We arrived 5 minutes to our reservation and was given options on where we could sit. My husband and I chose the bar. All of the bartenders and servers were excellent in answering questions, keeping our drinks filled and made time talking about our interests and what our visit to SF was for. I myself am not a whiskey drinker I was scared to order but the staff assisted me in selecting something per my taste through questioning my likes abd dislikes and sure enough hit it out of the ballpark. We will definitely be back!!!! And the good before I forget... small plates with HUGE taste... we shared the chicken, mac n cheese, and PB Chocolate pie... all so yummy.
It was a small space but the food and service were great!
The Nashville style spicy fried chicken only had flavor in the crispy skin. If the chicken itself, which was cooked nearly perfectly had some more flavor. I would give it 5 stars across the board.
Cool place. Seems some of the staff do not like customer interactions. One in particular (owner’s son or family member?) may have been having a bad shift, but came across annoyed and condescending in every attempted conversation. Would not recommend based off this interaction but willing to give another chance because of the fantastic whiskey options.
Hard Water is my go-to place. The service is consistent. The selection is wide. The ambiance is perfect - with a spectrum of times to choose from (come earlier for that happy-hour FiDi crowd, come later for that late-night murmur). The views are amazing and easily accessible (parking at Embarcadero is across the street and the space is easily accessible for Lyft/Uber/Ride-du-jour drop-off). Security is top notch (it's next to the Bloomberg West offices and consequently you will see 2-3 finely dressed, welcoming security personnel patrolling the premises).
Stuart the bartender was Awesome, I was looking for to try a different whiskey that way I normally order, I asked for a whiskey rye and Stuart brought out this Hill Rock whiskey and it was excellent.
We took our best friends on a tour of our favorite bars — Hard Water was on the list!
Great crispy Brussels sprouts. And best fried chicken- with the pepper jelly it was incredible.
Didn't actually need a reservation. Seating open and first come, first served.