The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.4
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3084 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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Sun 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 7:45PM - 9:30PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Sat 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

What 3084 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Your team that removes the plates are very aggressive. They are willing to interrupt conversations and even reached over in front of one guest to grab the small bread plates while he was still eating.

B
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food quality! Location is outstanding.

FH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Food, presentation and service were outstanding. We had a window table upstairs and the view of the Bay Bridge was so pretty as we watched the afternoon light turn to night.

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very small crab salad for the price. Way too small and way too expensive. Sorry!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to the Waterfront because I had been here before and enjoyed the food. We ate outside for lunch at the time. Thought I’d come back and enjoy a dinner date in The City. Waterfront did not disappoint. We sat inside and not only was the atmosphere was great, but the food, the service and the value included. The staff from the hostesses, the bartender, and waiters were all very professional and nice. I’ll be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing!! The view was awesome!! Great experience!! Definitely will return! 😊

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. On the expensive side so great for a special occasion. Beautiful views.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My fiancé birthday. She wanted the window view, unfortunately I was told it’s already reserved. However, going up the stairs the back view by the bathrooms was wide open. Also special occasion I would think they would give you an option for window view. I know downstairs was open. But thank you to our server for his kindly service he was wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server read the table well without having to ask us very much. He was a pro. The food was excellent and the view of the bridge was epic.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not worth the price. Food was good, not great. Great views. Not much else.

L
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely lunch at the Waterfront on Valentines Day. We started with cocktails and both had the special petrale sole which was excellent. We had a great table looking out over the water and weren't rushed to order and had a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the restaurant and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a great meal in a wonderful location.

AH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The view was amazing, the service and food could have been a notch better considering the prices. it was a special occasion so that's why we chose the waterfront....

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the view was fabulous

DE
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ok, We've had clam chowder all of the Bay Area...the chowder here was outstanding, interesting and unique. Out other dishes were really good but nothing to unique and different. When we go out we want to have a dishes we probably couldn't make at home, all of the dishes were just ordinary. But you certainly can't beat the atmosphere and location.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great birthday dinner.

IB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, great food, great service. Thank you!

ST
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall we really like this restaurant and will definitely be going back. We sat out in the Enclosed patio and enjoyed the view of the Bay and Bay Bridge. We had the calamari appetizer, and both felt the calamari and shrimp were slightly undercooked. My husband had the Mary's Chicken and it was delicious, I had the fish and chips and the first piece was cooked perfectly, crispy coating on the outside and light flaky fish inside, but on the remaining pieces the coating was more thick and spongy instead of crispy. The fish was light and flaky though. For dessert, we had the sticky toffee pudding, and it was amazing. Overall the service was friendly and timely and we had an enjoyable time.

F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The servers were attentive at first, but forgot part of our order. After inquiring, it did not arrive until we were done with our entrees. If you go, it’s important to ask for a table upstairs rather than outside in the enclosed patio as will be warmer. View is amazing though!

k
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good restaurant overall but is aging. Menu changes rarely and nothing exceptional in service or menu choices. They push lobster mashed potatoes and lobster man-n-cheese, but both are greasy and aren’t really that great - but high profit for the restaurant. Beet salad was heaps of lettuce garnish and maybe 1/4 cup beets, not at all something one would call a salad. Not a bad place, but highly overpriced for the aging menu. I think target audience must be tourists who get sucked in by the view and no harm that they never come back. Service Isn’t bad but for the prices it should be better. Water glasses emptied and were never refilled once. Even got the wrong food delivered and then when we pointed it out they took the food to another table after being served to us. Even things as simple as replacing tableware removed with dirty plates after each course was neglected. Again, not terrible but not great either.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Ambiance is great.

Service is good

overpriced

AD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! We sat near window with beautiful view of the bay. Only small issue was getting our waters refilled timely. Would definitely recommend and go again, the food was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was cold and a inviting in the coveted patio room. I had to wear coat.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambience was elegant and the view was fantastic. We all enjoyed out dishes and would return to enjoy again.

BA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place, Great food, and Great service. I love inviting out of states friends to this restaurant, pricey but worth it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and great service. Our wedding dinner was simply perfect

RR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came here about three years before this visit and it was better then. The bread was stale. I could probably stop this review there. But wait! There’s more! The bouillabaisse was average to good. The waiter...nice, but his style was a little more suited for an east coast restaurant. I just wasn’t in the mood for that. But the view! I guess that’s why we were there, more than anything.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A little bit cold in the restaurant as it was in the temporary roofed part of the restaurant. Nice view to Bay Bridge.

M
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch of clammy clam chowder and a crab Louie salad with a generous serving of fresh Dungeness crab and an Anchor steam beer, served on a cold but sunny day at one of the Waterfront’s outdoor tables in a glassed-in space along the Embarcadero sidewalk. A classic San Francisco meal with prompt, friendly service, in a scenic location perfect for conversation. What’s more to want?

H
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The waiter was extremely rude, we were celebrating and after 1 bottle of champagne ordered another. As the only female he then looked at the men on the table to confirm the order which I found incredibly humiliating. The waiter Then went to the host who came over and rudely said ‘for everyone’s wellbeing I’m not going to allow another bottle’. It cost over $450 and ruined the celebration.

B
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My husband and I took our teenage daughters here who are quite adventurous diners. The cocktails were too sweet and the pasta and risotto were over the top rich. When we complained about the drink all the waiter did was add more soda.

We wanted to have a nice view and ambience but we were seated right beside the kitchen and outside deck which was drafty and loud.

Not worth the price of food.

The clam chowder was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good not great. Had an Old Fashioned cocktail and it was pretty bad. Service was friendly and quick. Generally overpriced for the value.

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A little slow on service, food was good, view was great

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing. The food was exquisite. Looking forward to returning.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The servers were excellent limited options on the menu. View is great but food could be a lot better.

h
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had very fresh seafood. Started with clam chowder which had big pieces of clams. Then shared the grill seafood- salmon, lobster, scallops, shrimp Finished off with the netalla pie.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening at the Waterfront Resteraunt and Cafe for New Years! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food! Perfect service and great drinks! After our 3 course meal, all guests were invited outside on the private deck to count down till midnight to ring in the New Year and watch the firework show. Truly the best way to end the evening.:) Will be coming back again!

AO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food for NY’s eve dinner was decent but wasn’t spectacular, 3 stars. Service, ambiance and convenience for the occasion is 5 stars.

FL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there NYE. Perfect spot to watch the fireworks. We were seated on the covered area in the back and it got really cold and we had to wear our coats to eat dinner. They should add heaters. Otherwise, service and food were excellent.

SF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Because it was New Years Eve the staff kept things moving. It felt a little rushed.