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About Hard Water
Hard Water is a whiskey bar with the largest selection of craft and highly allocated whiskey on the west coast. We serve delicious small plates and fried chicken in a convivial and lively bar setting. We have two tables for large parties and communal counter seating for snacks and cocktails. Join us for lunch on our sunny patio that fronts the Embarcadero.
We are located at Pier 3, The Embarcadero, San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Contemporary Southern, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday 11:30 am- 10:00pm
Thursday-Saturday 11:30am- 11:00pm
Sunday 11:30am -10:00pm
Monday -Saturday 11:30am- Midnight
Sunday- 11:30am- 10:00pm
Between Broadway and Washington
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Hard Water Ratings and Reviews
If you are a student of fine rare bourbons and love expertly crafted cocktails, be prepared to being a kid in a grand candy store. Bartender, Brian, was both approachable and scholarly but its the opportunity to try those whiskies you've only read about that is the star of this show. Its really more of a bar with inspired "bites" than a restaurant with a bar so, when I went for a 2PM "lunch" on a Friday afternoon, I had the place practically to myself. The meat and cheese spread was an excellent palate cleanser throughout.
This was a fun energetic place. I am not a whiskey fan but thought the other people in our group would like it. I did not read ahead of time that this is was bar seating but it was still a great place. Only wished the bar stools were a little more comfortable but that is my only negative about the place. Great location, great service and staff, great fried chicken.
Hard Water is an impressive whiskey bar, something I only realized after I booked their charming bu slightly odd minimalist space for a large brunch. The food was fantastic, but it did feel like we were asking a bar to do something they weren’t that comfortable with service wise by having brunch for nine. Would definitely recommend for a client drink or a drop in weekend lunch for a few people
An easy walk from the ferry building, Hard Water is a great place for a date. We tried the fried chicken five pieces and shared it. Food was great! We sipped on a flight of six different whiskeys. Service was fantastic, and host was amazing.
We will go again and recommend friends.
The place is super cool looking; its wooden stools are a bit uncomfortable, but I get the look. I was super disappointed that there were no fresh food options available, although on the menu. This left us unable to eat and stay longer. The location is fabulous--fun place to meet friends.
Good stuff, love their fried chicken, especially the spicy Nashville style . Side are good and the whiskey selection is ample and excellent. Also, right along the waterfront in Pier 3, so views of the Bay Bridge and the Embarcadero also make for a pleasant experience. Only downer was our culinary guide who took an excessive time to take our order and made only one pass at checking on how our meal was progressing. But, when in SF, pop over for a bite and a drop of whiskey.
The drinks are excellent at Hard Water and so is the selection of bourbon and whiskey. I’ve had mixed results with the entrees. On this occasion my girlfriend had the fried chicken and I had the fried chicken po’ boy sando. The gumbo we’ve had previously was absent from the menu and missed. Unfortunately, The chicken breast cutlet on the sandwich was disappointing small. It was literally more breading than chicken. The fried chicken was much better and we appreciated the option to go all white meat for a small upcharge. The spicy flavor (regular preparation also available) was relatively hot and good.
The food was good not great - think the fried chicken is well spiced but dry, the hushpuppies are good but not amazing. This place used to have melt-in-your mouth food, now it seems like a whiskey joint where you can get some snacks too. So fantastic on the whiskey, but don't expect to have a full dining experience
3rd time dining at Hard Water. Only here for the large assortment of whiskeys . Sadly, there were only European and American whiskeys, no Japanese whiskeys. Smallish restaurant, with limited seating on the hardest wood stools ever around the bar and a lined against the walls. Would only recommend to try the whiskeys, limited comfort food menu.
Wow!!! What a whiskey and cocktail selection!!! Stumbled on Hard Water thinking we had been before. Glad we were mistaken and found this gem.
Drinks are fantastic and you have to try the Nashville hot chicken. It's not classic Nashville but a great California derivative.
Can't wait to go back!
The setting is spectacular - outside the boats and traffic on the Bay and inside a stunning wall of bottles, 2 stories high. The service was good overall, except for an entree that arrived long before the others. It was fun to take the ferry there and then to walk 5 minutes to the restaurant. Prices reasonable. Stools uncomfortable. Try the chitlins!
Ordered the fried chicken, fritters and a salad. The fried chicken was dry - completely overcooked. The service was off and on - our bartender was knowledgeable about bourbon, but not so attentive on the food part (we sat at the bar - they don't exactly have tables inside). He brought us plates and no silverware. A different person brought us a salad and walked off before we could ask for silverware. The whiskey was good and there are a lot of choices, but there are other places with good whiskey and we would not go back.
As much as I wanted to like this restaurant, I left with a bad taste in my mouth (pardon the pun). It is very clear that whomever is in charge of this place is asleep at the wheel. The service was atrocious and the demeanor of the wait staff was one step above an army sargent at a basic training camp. I have no idea why anyone would ever return after one visit. Charles Phan should be horrified that his name is associated with this train wreck.
We went to Hard Water for a meal and drink before a concert at AT&T Park. We had a 4 pm reservation. The food and drink were good. However, our original seating was less than desirable. The table was a board attached to the wall with a partial harbor view out the window. The chairs were hard to maneuver. We asked to be moved to an outside table fronting the Embarcadero, where we could watch the eclectic crowd walking by. That was satisfactory.
We came for the whiskey and fried chicken, and we were not disappointed by the whiskey! (To be fair, the chicken was excellent, but certainly have had better.) We each did a flight, and I discovered a few new favorites. The fried green tomatoes were razor thin slices of pickled tomatoes, and were more like chips than the traditional southern fare. They were good, but I thought the dill was overdone and not necessary. We sat at the bar and were treated to a show of crafted cocktails all evening. I would recommend this as a great stop, but more for a drink and an app than a full dinner.
Classic SF Bar that tries to be more than what it is (ala Rickhouse) -- they make you feel like you should be honored to be served. I get that you spent a lot of money to make this wall of booze look cool, but now dial back the attitude and enjoy the fact that people are paying a lot of money for your drinks and awkward seating.
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