The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.3
2495 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
ZAGAT 2015
"Breathtaking Bay Bridge views from every table, both indoors and from the "tented patio", makes this Embarcadero seafooder a wonderful place to relax and absorb the beautiful setting, while the Californian fare is deemed well executed."
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday:
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00PM to 9:30PM
Sunday: 1130AM to 9:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 391-2696
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Full Prix Fix dining menus available, custom-made for your event. Let us help you with all the planning for your special or corporate event. We have Private Rooms available with a Private Bar, a separate kitchen from our Main Dining, Private Restrooms, Expansive views of the Bay, including the Bay Bridge Lights, all accessible via stairs or our private elevator.
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Cross street
Broadway
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Parking details
$14
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Public transit
F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.
10 minutes walking distance from Bart.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2495 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined a day ago

Birthday celebration!

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OT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Good atmosphere and heartwarming services.
Then, the wine price was very reasonable.

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BM
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great meal with a incredible view.

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MD
3.0Dined 6 days ago

A little pricy for the quality and quantity of food. Wine is over priced.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always good

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AM
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Classic San Francisco dining experience: Bay Bridge view, excellent food, attentive service. Diverse menu, with emphasis on seafood dishes, and a comprehensive wine list. Not cheap, but the kind of place you definitely want to consider for special occasion dining. The cioppino is outstanding, but my wife and I have never been disappointed by anything we have ordered. Ask for a seat at the window or in the garden room.

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DM
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food was great but the service was quite disorganized. View of the bay was wonderful but I'm not sure worth the price.

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B
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We were visiting San Fran for fun and looking for a great seafood place by the water, and found this through Open Table. It was exactly what we were looking for with excellent food and a beautiful evening view of Bay Bridge. We would definitely return if we stayed in the area again.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We have eaten here several times before, and enjoy the view of the Bay Bridge lights. This time the food was good, but not great. My sole was not super tender, but tasted fine. My cousin had never had sole, and loved it. The service with our main waiter was good, but I had trouble keeping my water glass filled and had to ask several times. Overall a good experience, but not great.

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KW
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent!

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FD
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were late for our reservation, and when I called to say we’d been delayed, the receptionist was very gracious and accommodating, and we really appreciated that! We were led to a lovely table with a magnificent view. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. And the food was very good. Even the curmudgeon of our party agreed The Waterfront was a great choice!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The manager (Anwar) was outstanding and extremely courteous and helpful. Thanks to him, we will definitely go back!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Das Essen war gut. Wir mussten enorm lange warten, auf Getränke und Essen. Wir waren zu zweit und Vor- und Nachspeise kamen nicht für beide gleichzeitig an. Wein wurde uns nicht nachserviert. Service schien überfordert. Schade hatten wir doch einen schönen Tisch am Wasser.

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MH
1.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Unacceptable: the place was grossly overbooked. In spite of our reservation we had to wait well over half an hour to be seated. We then sat at our table for about twenty minutes without meeting our server or even being offered water. So we got up and left.

Admittedly we had arrived about ten minutes late, but we had called ahead to let them know, and it was clear from talking to other patrons that many others were in the same situation.

Reservations are apparently of no value at this place, and it should not be on OpenTable in my opinion.

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t
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was fresh and local, service was very good. I had dietary needs and they were very accommodating.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent desert
Good fish
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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

fresh seafoods and diversity of wine, staffs were so kind. crap cake and fresh platter is my recommendation.

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NK
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The service was good but the food was a bit slow to come out even though there were not a lot of people. The servers or helpers were pretty intrusive. They stepped on my shoes a couple of times reaching over the table to pick up plates. Salmon was undercooked. Decor is outdated and need some care.

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SF
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great view Food and wine also good. Very nice service. I believe our server was Alonzo. He was excellent.

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A
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Girls first time going to Giants game. Waiter was sweet and attentive

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CC
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was excellent as was the service. Beautiful view of the waterfront. I will definitely dine there again on my next visit.

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TP
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We had a very good time except I remember my boyfriend's birthday being acknowledged.

Thank you for creating an enjoyable overall experience.

Toby Pollock

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d
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We ordered three meals, two of which were very good, but the third was overcooked, dry and had to use a knife to cut a piece of fish.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great choice of tables inside and outside with superb views

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BC
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This restaurant was reccomended to us from friends and I have to say I’m gald we went! Great location, food and staff! Our server Kelsey was fantastic and we loved that the maître d (not sure if he is also the owner) came by and checked in with our table. We sat outside and it was a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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LS
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Spectacular waterfront setting. Good service and delicious food.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We were led to a corner table with an impressive view of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge. The golden glow of the sunset melted into the Bay as the magical lights of the bridge began to flicker. The attentive service provided a leisurely beverage hour followed by delicious salads and chowders and soups and fish and shellfish. Our waiter was professional yet friendly, helpful but not intrusive. We had a wonderful evening with fiends in town from Florida who were enjoying San Francisco's version of seafood. The Waterfront is a solid choice for some of the city's best seafood dining.

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B
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The service was great, food delivery perfect, and the food was fine. Have been going to the Waterfront for years, probably 50 times.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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j
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We made a great choice for lunch, and we'll try it again for dinner in the near future. Loved everything about it!

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CP
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Really great time was had by all. The host is delightful and he made all of us feel special.

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E
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday afternoon late lunch before walking up to ATT Park for a Giants game. Picturesque view of the Bay complimented teh food!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Rafik was our waiter and he was great!

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J
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The whole staff treated us like special guests, from the owner to the busboy. everything was fantastic.

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DP
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Host and Hostess both very gracious and accommodating. Service prompt, very good food, and a terrific view of SF Bay.

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d
3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The atmosphere was dry and boring. The view was great from the outside patio but the weather was extremely cold. Cold winds found their way through the porous doors and windows. For an expensive restaurant like this, you would think they’d place heaters outside as cold winds are typical on the San Francisco embarcadero. And the food was awfully pricey. We indicated in our reservation that we were celebrating our 1yr wedding anniversary and had hoped for some kind of recognition - a complimentary dessert or even just a verbal acknowledgement of it, but nothing. There’s nothing about this place that made us feel special. I will not be returning nor will I be recommending this restaurant to any of my friends and family. It was unfortunate.

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c
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Views of the Bay Bridge light show and the SalesForce tower and light show were just wonderful from our table on second floor of restaurant.

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WW
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Predictable, last century approach to seafood. Too much had spent time in the freezer and all the seafood on the mixed grille was over cooked. Dry, dry, dry. Best thing was the fresh arugula. Was visiting the city, and wanted a water view. Saw mostly piers. Acoustics not good; child on lower level making bird sounds echoed throughout the entire space. Waiter was bored. Prices too high for both the food and the service

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JP
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food was delicious and service was excellent. The view of the bay is beautiful. They have a lot of window tables and outside seating when weather is good. The mussels were especially good with a delicate, flavorful sauce.

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h
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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