Birthday, just grabbed drinks. Great ambiance.
The server incorrectly said the whiskey prices were for 2 oz pours but instead they were for 1 oz pours. She even argued with me after the fact about it. We miscommunicated a food order and she argued about that as well. Food and whiskey selection were fantastic. Service, not so much.
Amazing and great Nashville chicken and whiskey!
Hard a great time with a couple friends!
Excellent bourbon selection near the water. Paired well with the house made spicy fried chicken and jalapeno hush puppies.
Yum we had a nice time.
Food (fried chicken and biscuit were delicious) and cocktails were great. We had a reservation and were seated at the bar. Unfortunately the bartender barely paid attention to us. We had to ask to order our drinks and then our food, had to remind him we ordered drinks because he forgot, had to ask for utensils, etc. He never checked on us or even appeared to care. With so many wonderful places in SF, we won't be returning
The huge wall of whiskey is impressive! The horseshoe bar is fun. There are only 2 tables (each sit 6 max) in the whole place. Besides the bar seats around the main horseshoe there are seats lined up against the windows. The southern food was definitely bar food. Many deep fried dishes which was too heavy and greasy for my taste. I had hoped the fried chicken was going to be crunchy and flavorful but it was subpar and tasted like a box of fried chicken from the freezer section. The whiskey list is extensive so if you're a whiskey lover then perfect! There's also a small cocktail list. I might stop here for a quick drink after work but this is not the place to stop for food.
Chase is always fabulous!
To be honest everything was okay to good or a sum of it components at the least. We ordered more than half the menu and two rounds of cocktails. Yet sadly I don’t really have a reason to go back.
A super fun place to sample bourbon and enjoy a variety of adult beverages. Food matches perfectly; we made an afternoon of it!
Chris made our time informative and enjoyable. Just the right amount of attention.
Can’t wait to go back.
Excellent staff, drinks, and location. The food was great as well as the drinks on point :). I would highly recommend t his place for good top shelf drinks.
Absolutely the best Nashville fried chicken West of the Mississippi
Bourbon selections are second to none! Most advanced list I've found for American Whiskeys. Nashville hot fried chicken is great too, but this isn't really a dinner spot. All bar high-top style seating. Great spot to try a new bourbon prior to purchasing a bottle elsewhere, also you get a chance to taste some very rare bourbon. Definitely should be on your radar if you enjoy your whiskey.
Fantastic American whiskey selection. Great service. I was surprised at how good the food was too.
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.
Hard Water is rated 4.6 stars by 507 OpenTable diners.
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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.