The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.4
2586 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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.
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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WD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a SF Waterfront oldie but goodie. The staff couldn't have been more attentive and the Bay & Bridge views are phenomenal. The wine list by the glass left a lot to be desired and the menu is pretty traditional. Nothing inventive or a WOW to be seen. Quality and taste were pretty good, except for the Brussel Sprouts, which were flavorless. An older crowd for the most part. If you are seeking a GREAT view with decent food and great service... I'd definitely go.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and waterfront backdrop is must see and feel. The food was great, more than expected and the price is worth visiting.

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F
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love to bring out of town relatives here. The water view at night is so beautiful. It's also quiet enough to have small group conversations. The seafood is fresh and local. Creatively plated but not so over the top you cant identify your food. It's expensive but worth it and really just a relaxing setting with enough room between the tables that you feel you are only dining with your guests. Loved it. It's a great place to come if you really want to have time together and a great meal

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PM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing on all levels. Server Eric was fantastic, food and drinks were outstanding. The waterfront view is worth the trip. We were able to enjoy a firework display at Pier 39 which added to our date night experience on our last night of our Napa Valley and San Francisco vacation. Thank you

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EA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Special birthday dinner w/family visiting from East Coast...window seating, with unobstructed view of Bay Bridge, had the desired effect and was perfect when the bridge light-show came on. We ordered lots of different starter plates to leisurely have with our wine and found the table too small and cramped for 4, surprising for such an upscale restaurant. Lobster mac a great starter to share; clams were in a nice wine sauce. Of the mains...short ribs really wonderful, but the 4 large scallops were quite disappointingly 'mushy' and consequently overpriced at $32.00; the mixed grill was average as was the chicken dish. Our waiter, from Hungary, was knowledgeable, attentive and helpful.

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambiance and the view and the food is wonderful!! Never disappointed at the Waterfront! Also, pretty quiet which we appreciate - service is very attentive - just love the whole presentation of the restaurant.

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J
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best meal in San Francisco. My server made me feel welcome. The Cioppino was so delicious and warmed me up on a cool night. I highly recommend!

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JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was nicely prepared and a good portion size (not too little or too much). The view of the bay and bridge was great. The place is large and probably the indoors is comfortable. However, we were cold by the windows and the restaurant did not offer to change our table. Also, we told the restaurant it was a birthday occasion but we were brought a happy anniversary plate. It was a minor mistake but there was not enough attention to details. The waiters were nice but seemed rushed.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food combined with fabulous view makes for perfect evening out!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of bay bridge at night

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. The only comment is the chairs that are in the covered patio are so uncomfortable. For the high end restaurant better chairs than patio ones would be a worthwhile investment

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 4 pp ate dinner after a matinee theatre performance, starting just before 6pm in late October. Great location under the BAY BRIDGE, starting before sunset. We were on outdoor, glass-enclosed patio. Could see the former Officers Club at Treasure Island, as well as sailboats, before sunset. After sunset, the light art on the Bridge was lit, and could see the lights in the East Bay hills across the Bay. Good dinner. Seafood choices were excellent, and well prepared. Waiters and staff were attentive but not fussy. Wine list has good CA wines at typical restaurant prices, by the glass or bottle. Bar was busy, but not noisy. Guests looked like a mix of tourists and locals.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

I have been to the Waterfront several times over the years so decided to bring business colleagues to dinner last Thursday night. The service was absolutely awful! We sat for at least 10 minutes before the Waiter attended to us. Then had to ask 3 times for water and bread. Appetizers and dinner took unusually long to arrive. Food was good but very hesitant to return. Disappointing for a a $550 meal.!

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SK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Slow service!

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RM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall we had a pretty poor experience. The food quality was simply under par and when we mentioned the poor quality of the oysters to the waiter, he did nothing about it. The meat was OK but nothing to write home about. It felt like they had enough business with a few large parties (groups) and paid little attention to smaller tables. Will avoid in the future.

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r
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good views and good food. With parking across the street it is easy to get to.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stunning view on the bay bridge. Service can be better. It took too long to get the drink while there was not too many customers.

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R
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Organisation Must improve. With confirmed reservation waiting time was close to 30 min.

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F
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food here. All of our fish and seafood meals were excellent. Our waiter Juan was a pleasure and the view of the water and the bridge were fun too. We had a great time!

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D
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

This has been a go-to spot when visiting San Francisco but this might have been our last visit.

It was incredibly noisy with multiple LARGE parties which took over the restaurant. And despite having several dishes of Dungeness crab listed on the menu, they did not have any crab which was the main reason we chose to go there (we were told it was not in season but had it at another restaurant only 2 days prior).
The raw oysters were not shucked properly as we found multiple pieces of shell. Our entrees were good but disappointing in the setting of expecting fresh crab.
We were approached by multiple staff indicating that they were sorry we were unable to have any crab, but our bill was not modified in any way - hey, a free glass of wine would have been a gesture...
We were there celebrating an anniversary, however the plate with the dessert said "happy birthday"! Tacky!
Multiple opportunities to salvage a bad experience were missed. With the abundance of excellent restaurants in San Francisco, we won't worry about not returning to this one.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience for my birthday. The restaurant went above and beyond and the view was spectacular. The food was great. Perfect night.

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T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was wonderful, sat on the patio part - should have had a bit more heat.

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l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. The first time I have ever had a fresh anchovy. The anchovy had no bones and was white and color and was not fishy at all.

this was our second time to this restaurant in two years and we would definitely go back.

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J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service prompt and accommodating and the view of the Bay Bridge and Berkeley was beautiful! What's not to like?

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j
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience here once again. The food was amazing from the appetizer to meal and a very nice selection of wine.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For locals who had never eaten here before this was Avery welcome surprise. Excellent all around!

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great views and beautifully crafted cuisine
The mixed seafood grill featured lobster prawns scallops and salmon
The deserts are lovely

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WH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our experience was good. We got to the restaurant a little early and got a great corner table overflooking the Bay. I had the scallops and they were fabulous as usual. A little pricy at $32 for four but they were large. Of course the dishes are ala carte so you have to add veggies and a startch if you want to complete the meal. We shared the calamari fritti with the table. It was tender and tasty but very short on the rock shrimp and fennel. We remembered more of both the last time.
The service was attentive and the host came by a couple of times to make sure things were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 days we were there consecutively. Lunch and both days loved the clam chowder and the petrale sole .very very good

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D
Cleveland
47 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Everything was pretty average except for the portion sizes which were underwhelming and the view and prices which were overwhelming (for what we received).

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The service, the food and the atmosphere.

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CD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate my 46th birthday. Haven’t been here since the late 90’s. The change was beautiful. The staff and waiters were all very attentive. There was the one lady at the reception desk who could use a little retraining in customer service . The way she talked to the staff and myself was very unprofessional. But that won’t stop me from coming back . The good was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. I enjoyed my birthday dinner

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ED
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and amazingly delicious food! Came here to celebrate my date’s early birthday and everything was perfect.

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BR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall ambience - plus the attentive staff / the views / and the delicious food makes The Waterfront my first choice.....not only for special occasions, but anytime (lunch or dinner)!

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MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great. View was amazing. The staff had an attitude that was definitely not welcoming and professional. They crossed a line few times between polite conversations with the guest and passing judgement on eating or ordering habits. It felt like their misbehavior was originating from lack of training. It was surprisingly similar amongst the staff we’ve interacted with, probably due to an underlying culture and hiring problem.

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Had a reservation for 7:45, wasn’t seated until 8:45.

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the meal took more than 30 minutes to arrive, 2 salads and a pasta dish with no explanation. The price was quite high for what we got. Pretty views right at the waters edge. Would like to go back again as it's near my office but probably won't.

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good. Waiter was friendly and responsive. Incredible Bay views. The only negative is the wine list. Markups on the wine are well outside the recommended range of 2-3 times wholesale. In one case, the markup was 6.5 times retail. Recommend you bring your own bottle.

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TW
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, gorgeous view of the water and the Bay Bridge! Beautiful at night with the amazing lights!!

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