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Hard Water

4.5
390 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Kitchen Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 11:30 am- 10:00pm
Thursday-Saturday 11:30am- 11:00pm
Sunday 11:30am -10:00pm

Bar Hours:
Monday -Saturday 11:30am- Midnight
Sunday- 11:30am- 10:00pm

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Phone number
(415) 392-3021
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Cross street: Between Broadway and Washington
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What 390 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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Aficionado (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

If you like whiskey and bourdon, this is the place to go! Tasty snack food, great drinks and cool ambiance. We had a wonderful date night - Thank you!

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viplouiseknows (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and drinks Very Tasty!! if you like Whisky and Southern (New Orleans) inspired food in a bar setting, this is tops. Pork Belly appetizer is a must, enough to share or bring leftover home for breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

The food isn’t delicious and the atmosphere is great for conversation. The drinks are delicious and the staff are very kind.

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vipRhondaT (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

gathered friends for a birthday celebration. the venue is perfect for reserving bar space and the staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating. would highly recommend.

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vipLDSP (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 10, 2017

Large selection of bourbon cocktails, with a variety of upscaleNew Orleans and Nashville-style appetizers and entrees.
Fast service at high/bar tableland bar.

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Aggie (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0
Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall, the service was poor. The waiter was smug and not friendly. The food went down from last year.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0
Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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vipWorldDiner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Kitchen Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 11:30 am- 10:00pm
Thursday-Saturday 11:30am- 11:00pm
Sunday 11:30am -10:00pm

Bar Hours:
Monday -Saturday 11:30am- Midnight
Sunday- 11:30am- 10:00pm

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Cross street
Between Broadway and Washington
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(415) 392-3021
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Executive chef
Charles Phan
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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