The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
"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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Day Boat Sea Scallops
Waterfront Clam Chowder
Hobbs Bacon & Point Reyes Manila Clams
Buttermilk Fried Calamari & Rock Shrimp
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.
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!
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!
Great service , great food , great view!
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
The service was excellent, and so was the cioppino!
It seems overpriced, but it is San Francisco after all, and on the waterfront.
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.
Great place for nice lunch or dinner. Wonderful view of bay plus good food
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.
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
Food and service was excellent. Ordered a variety of seafood. Everything was fresh and tasted delicious. Will definitely come back.
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.
Very touristy , simple food , nothing special
Excellent food. Beautiful view over the water. Ask for a window seat.
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.
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.
I ordered mixed grilled seafood and disappointed with cold food. My husband was very pleased with his cioppino. Will go back to try cioppino.
It took to much time to bring the food
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.
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.
The food was incredible! We ordered the crab cakes, chowder, and vegetable risotto — definitely recommend these dishes!
Poor service and average food. Will not return.
Loved it. Location is perfect. Food was perfect. Wait staff was awesome!
Great food and cocktails — and especially good appetizers. Excellent staff and lovely casual ambiance in the outdoor space.
Loved it ♥️
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!
Great service and great food!
Great food, service and views! Definitely recommend this for birthdays anniversaries
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
This was always a favorite. So glad that they are back!
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.
The setting was memorable, the service superb, and delicious food.
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!
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!
The view was amazing. The service was excellent. We had a lovely Father's Day dinner as a family. Thank you so much!
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.