The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.3
3151 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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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4.3
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4.6
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusannaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We usually have a great time at the Waterfront, however our waiter Doug had a poor attitude that made our dinner very unpleasant. I don't we'll be back unfortunately.

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CarlY
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our second time there and we have no complaints. The food is good at the price, and the view is really good at the price!

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RichardH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had excellent crab cakes, scallops and cioppino. We probably had the best table in the house, on the mezzanine. Matyias (sp?) was our waiter and he was friendly and very attentive, he was able to vary the mixed grill selection. The only minus was the bartender, who may have been working his first shift. Overall a great experience, we are so happy that they reopened after a lengthy closing, and of course we will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , great food , great view!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once entering you are greeted very kindly. The staff was very nice and friendly. Answer all our questions about the menu and made sure we got the right order. The oysters and crab cakes were delicious! The King Salmon was amazing! I have never tasted mashed potatoes so creamy and full of flavor before!! Was tempted to order more!! I had the Nutella Pie and the chocolate was so rich and delicious. I personally had an amazing experience! Thank you to our waiter Joseph, he was very respectful and kind, attending to our every need! Will definitely be back!!

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RollyB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food, ambience and the price are excellent. We had a table at the mezzanine with a view. I'm a little disappointed with the Ribeye for two because of the size. I was expecting more, but it had good flavor. The Halibut was outstanding.

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vipInternationalFoodie1
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I'd certainly recommend Waterfront. The food was delicious and high quality. The drinks generous. The view, well, sublime. The only hitch is service. Our fist/primary waiter was old school professional. But then others got in on the act and dragged down the high service level we enjoyed at hands of primary. But all and all a good time. The caesar was super delicious; perfect amount of dressing. Lig w/clams yummy. Check it our!

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foodiegirl
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting and great food. My only complaint is we felt a little rushed, but in fairness, we were late for our reservation. Overall is was very nice, and the view can’t be beat.

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JimW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Waterfront wowed us from start to finish. From the friendly greeter, relaxed bar, amazing view, delicious food, and one of the best servers we have ever had, it was an absolute pleasure. Make sure you have a sweater or a coat as the outdoor deck causes a chilly breeze inside, but that’s waterfront San Francisco for you. The cioppino was delicious, oysters were fresh and crem brulee was exceptional. Most of all, Wendie was above and beyond expectations. She cared for us on a personal level rarely seen in any experience we had. Thank you Wendie and The Waterfront!

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, and so was the cioppino!

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JustAguy
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It seems overpriced, but it is San Francisco after all, and on the waterfront.

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MariH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose this as our "first meal in the yellow zone" restaurant and we were really happy with it. The bartender and waiter were wonderful. Sole cooked to perfection. A lovely meal.

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vipGailM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for nice lunch or dinner. Wonderful view of bay plus good food

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Vanna
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was gorgeous and the view was even better however, the Food was not worth the high price. It was a really expensive restaurant with small plates of average tasting food. The best part of the food wasn’t the main courses, it was actually the creme brûlée. The service is impeccable and the staff is super friendly. All in all I rate it a 4.

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RobH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come here for our anniversary twice in the last 3 years. It is one of our favorite spots when we come to San Francisco. All the staff always treat us great and the food is always top notch

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MCRSharksFan
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Ordered a variety of seafood. Everything was fresh and tasted delicious. Will definitely come back.

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vipTeeTimeMike
Philadelphia
238 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Waterfront was a fine dining experience. We were there for lunch and enjoyed the clam Chowder and grilled prawns. Only negative was the value as it was very overpriced.

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AviM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very touristy , simple food , nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Beautiful view over the water. Ask for a window seat.

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Yukon
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Homemade pasta with seafood was overcooked pasta (?homemade) with minuscule shrimp (a bag of them at the store would be about $5,00-$6.00), about 3-4 mussels and 3-4 claims and very little crab. Basically, a bowl of pasta with almost no sauce and little seafood for $36.00. Sole was OK in size but very basic (no sauce) with mashed potatoes and spinach. Crab cakes also were very small but were mostly crab and not filler. Calamari was soggy. Service was fine. In general, menus and wine list was very limited.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Sadly the Waterfront isn’t what it used to be. The service was incredibly slow, and our server was super awkward. There was a small miscommunication at the beginning of our meal and then we felt like we were punished for the rest of our experience there. We watched 3 tables that were sat after us get their food before us. Then when ours arrived the food was mediocre at best. We ordered a medium burger and it was still moo-ing it was so rare. Sad because we used to love this place.

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vipalbertb
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I ordered mixed grilled seafood and disappointed with cold food. My husband was very pleased with his cioppino. Will go back to try cioppino.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It took to much time to bring the food

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Gary
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

All was good except the calamari appetizer was truly was like breaded latex rubber. The main course made up for it but the appetizer was not user friendly to say the least.

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VincentM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The overall lunch was excessively expensive, we had two entrees and two chowders. The final tab was "with tip" and parking $170.00 for two people. It's a great restaurant, perfect location however $170.00 for a lunch was just too expensive.

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BriannaC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! We ordered the crab cakes, chowder, and vegetable risotto — definitely recommend these dishes!

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vipRayW
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Poor service and average food. Will not return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Location is perfect. Food was perfect. Wait staff was awesome!

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GregoryD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails — and especially good appetizers. Excellent staff and lovely casual ambiance in the outdoor space.

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SusyS
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ♥️

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KarenD
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alone together, we celebrated our 40th anniversary at the Waterfront Restaurant...
the excellent food, outstanding service, and unparalleled view made our evening very special. We highly recommend!

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vipDHolm
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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Tildie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and views! Definitely recommend this for birthdays anniversaries

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BryanG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife for dinner here and we loved it. we had the best time. we highly recommend this beautiful restaurant especially the bartender (Jonathan) he was the best 💯💯thank you all workers from waterfront will be making more reservations very soon

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oldtimer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was always a favorite. So glad that they are back!

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vipTony
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy the Waterfront is fully back and better than ever. Don't miss it for the gorgrous setting, the delightful food, and the friendly service.

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Jamsy
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was memorable, the service superb, and delicious food.

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vipMack
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sadly, this is one of the most beautiful restaurants in San Francisco, but the food is only passable. Clam chowder OK, not memorable. Pizzas not very good, dough inadequate.
The Sauvignon Blanc was not the one on the menu, and it was mediocre. Coffee was good, and desserts were good. Service is excellent, and we love the feeling of this place. Please improve the food!

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vipmizzlizz
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy that The Waterfront was open for our annual luncheon! You will not be disappointed with any item on the menu. The view and service is exceptional!

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Zeats
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view was amazing. The service was excellent. We had a lovely Father's Day dinner as a family. Thank you so much!

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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 3151 OpenTable diners.

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.