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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.4
4.4
3274 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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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Contemporary French / American

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-2696

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Kimberly: (888) 330-5948

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    $20

  • Public transit

    F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.<br />10 minutes walking distance from Bart.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,274 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The view was wonderful. The food was very good. In regards to the service, there were a plethora of issues I have never experienced in my life. Our reservation was confirmed for 6:00 pm, but when we arrived was told it was 6:20. This was not correct, but I did not complain as the table was prepared in about 15 minutes. When we sat down our sever was curt and very appeared upset even though it was early and we were the first tables seated and the restaurant was not busy. Once we ordered the food came quickly and everything was alright. Once we finished our entrees the server brought the dessert . A couple in our party wanted dessert, but the server did not come back for 20 minutes. When they finally came back we decided to just ask for our check. The server took our three credit cards (was a party of 6, three couples). After ten minutes the server said all three cards were declined. We asked if there might be an issue with their system, and the server said “no”. We asked them to run them again and waited 30 minutes before the server came back. When the server finally came back they said the system was down. We waited another ten minutes and finally I asked the server to talk to the manager. At that point the manager said there was nothing they could do and these things happen. When I complained about the need to continue to wait the manager said, “fine, your dinner is on us I guess.” I was not wanting a free meal, just some transparency about the problem and timely communication. I do not understand how a business can not have “down time” procedures to authorize credit card s manually when these things occur.
  2. VL

    VanessaL

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    It was just ok, too expensive for the food they serve, nice view, would not recommend.
  3. SH

    StuartH

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all the way around. Great place for a date with amazing view of the bay bridge.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience from the time we arrived, until our departure. The service is great and the food is outstanding!! We will be returning in the future. If you’re looking for ambiance, great service and excellent food, you won’t be disappointed!
  5. BP

    BossyP

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely view, superb service, delicious short ribs and petrale sole, with excellent side dishes. A really nice evening.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed everything about this restaurant! The view, food, service, and ambiance where on point! We’ll definitely come back❤️
  7. KR

    KealohaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and wonderful birthday celebration.
  8. HA

    HANANK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bessal our server made our experience memorable with superb customer service.
  9. J

    Jeff

    Fort Lauderdale

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks, Waterfront crew, for a fantastic evening!
  10. GR

    GREG

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lucked out with a beautiful bay-view table. Very good and friendly service.
  11. s

    shaunak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great view of the bay and great food. kid friendly
  12. A

    Allan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is a good place, however the tables were to close so we can basically listen to the conversation of the others.
  13. A

    Anna

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most elegant ambiance. I felt like I had gone out for dinner rather than grabbed dinner. Bread was really good and fish very fresh. Service terrific. Enjoyed!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was great, and the view was amazing.
  15. SF

    SFLADY

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone from hostesses to all servers were great. Food was excellent and service was excellent. Professional and pleasant staff. Made our meal very enjoyable. And of course, the view is wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    You have to try the crab mashed potatoes. The mixed seafood grill and the ribeye were great too. The service was fantastic. Phenomenal view!
  17. JT

    JeffreyT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere was very good so based on that I’m fine with the pricing but I think charging $5 for a few pieces of sour dough bread is a little ridiculous.
  18. DH

    DonnisH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great clam chowder. Ok salmon burger. Overpriced.
  19. JA

    JasonA

    Houston

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great location, good food.
  20. RH

    RonH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience2
    The real truth is adding a bogus charge for some stupid service or post COVID charge has nothing to do with the tip. So what I did was took off that stupid charge from the tip which short changed the staff. I will add this comment to Yelp or any social media so give everyone a stern warning or heads-up for some stupid charge. Although the food was good I will never return until you remove that stupid service charge. I hope you get the picture or understand.
  21. BH

    BobH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    crab cakes where outstanding
  22. TK

    ThomasK

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Festive evening dinner while viewing the Bay Bridge! Fresh fish, lots of veggies, preceded by some great and creative appetizers and a delicious California white wine from Wente.
  23. DS

    DerrikS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Absolutely great venue, superb service and good food. Hard to beat the view too.
  24. o

    otdiner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A+....Awesome dinner! All generous portions...caesar salad, superb seafood Mixed grill, juicy halibut, salmon, grilled asparagus. Warm reception when we arrived, Excellent service. Quieter dining area with view table by 2nd floor window. One of our best meals in SF! $20 valet parking well worth it.
  25. SN

    SiddharthN

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good location and food. The Salmon was one of the best I have had.
  26. T

    Twasalright

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterfront was recommended by a friend, and she definitely nailed it with what I was looking for! I had the short ribs with mashed potatoes, haricots verts and carrots. I paired this with the Embarcadero cocktail (a twist on an Old Fashioned), and it was the perfect combination. The cocktail itself was stunning. The meal was AMAZING! The short rib was so very tender, it was like butter melting on the tongue. I look forward to returning!
  27. PW

    PWdiner

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from beginning to end. Our 3 generation group enjoyed every appetizer, salad and entree we ordered. The Sole was tender and delicate with a perfect sauce. The Halibut was cooked to perfection. Our host and servers were attentive to our needs without being intrusive. Food, wine service, and even the Shirley Temples for the kids were wonderful. WE heartily recommend The Waterfront whether you're seeking a lovely view of the bay or also an outstanding dining experience.
  28. KN

    KathyN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and outstanding service!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful experience nice elegant and quiet!
  30. NA

    NotzAndFood

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Love the Waterfront! However, the umbrella's outside are dangerous in the wind. We witnessed someone being hit in the head with an umbrella that was picked up by the wind and came down hard on a lady's head! And we knew it had happened earlier that day.!! Come on Waterfront!!!! You know those umbrellas are not suitable for San Francisco's high unpredictable WIND!!!!! Get better ones!
  31. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite SF restaurants! I’ve been coming back for the past 40 years!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The atmosphere and food were great!! The service was definitely lacking. My daughters and I were on vacation—I was celebrating my birthday. We were hoping the whole dining experience would be memorable, in the best way. Unfortunately, I’ll always remember being disappointed that we spent $500 on our meal, and received mediocre service, at best.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Return to the Waterfront after 30 years and It was Perfect as it was in the Past!
  34. t

    tunatartarlover

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood, incredible views and charming staff.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was great , food was delicious and the price was not so bad . The waiter was very attentive and great service
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary very nice views!
  37. LC

    LeslieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to take my wife and four relatives to San Francisco for a nice birthday dinner by the ocean. I made dinner reservations for the six of us at 7:00 pm. We were about 20 minutes early and the hostess seated us immediately upstairs with a nice view. Three of us ordered cioppino, the other three being halibut, beef short ribs, and clam linguini. For appetizers, we ordered the clam, prawn, and calamari. We also ordered beet salads and clam chowder soup, and lastly hot sour dough bread. Because we had no idea that the soups and salads were large for us, by the time I finished with the soup and salad, I was so full, already. So was my wife. We mostly eat at home and are not use to such large portion. Being somewhat embarrassed, I tried to finish it, but in doing so, made a great dinner into a somewhat debacle as I felt it would be unwise to order desserts. However, one of our party decided we had to order desserts, while I tried to quell the dispute saying I know my wife best and that it was nothing but mere formality and putting on a show. Next, it got louder and louder at our table (my wife earlier had excused herself to the powder room) the waiter heard us and asked what deserts we wanted. Well, they decided on crème brûlée, wife gets back and said she want any dessert because she was full (told you, I know my wife as I have been married 40 years to her and dated her for 10 years before that, met her at Sac State back in 1973). It started to get somewhat heated as a debate to who, what, and why, as to what was the reasoning to order when she wasn’t present. Needless to say, it became uncomfortable at that point. I’ve eaten at many nice restaurants, but this is the first time I felt that I am the wise, old sage, but I was over staged by one of the party. And, we don’t even drink. But, I still had fun because my wife liked it and overall this was a great place to celebrate. I give a nice thumbs up, guys,
  38. DD

    DianeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the nicest evening at the Waterfront. The service was great. Our table located outside was perfect. The food was spectacular
  39. F

    Foodmd

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always reliable and excellant SF Bay-side seating.
  40. L

    Luv2stealrecipies

    San Francisco

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a nice afternoon with our daughter and our 3 pups and dined after 2 hours at Chrissy fields. We were tired and hungry and the staff satisfied our every need. Drinks for humans and doggies. We enjoyed grilled seafood appetizer which was great. Dogs loved the sweet potato fries ( 1 mutt and 2 Huskies). Risotto was great as was seafood pasta and salmon. Love this place as our go to for great seafood on the bay!!!

Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 3274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

Pier 7 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    $20

  • Public transit

    F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.10 minutes walking distance from Bart.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-2696

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Kimberly: (888) 330-5948

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