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About The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

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."

Pier 7 on the Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
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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: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 1130am to close

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 391-2696

Website:
http://www.waterfrontsf.com/

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.

Parking Details:
$14

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm.

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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (54)
Scenic View (52)
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Special Occasion (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
People Watching (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Cozy (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 9 hours ago

Good food but Chiopino could be better

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·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant ok , view super beautiful, waitresses are nice and friendly, but the waiter so serious not friendly at all , food is not ok for the price , too high, .Thanks

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The view is fabulous! The service was excellent (half empty restaurant may have helped that). The food was average and for the price paid it should have been excellent. Two fish dishes (halibut and sea bass were both overcooked and dry). Pay for the view, but don't expect a gourmet meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had a great time!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving and celebrating a birthday and was pretty disappointed. First off they said I was a no show when instead they had me wait 15 mins on my reservation. We then waited a half hour for our appetizer and another half hour for dinner and they ran out of all the desserts we wanted on a prefix menu. I saw 2 other tables complain about the wait and mediocre food. The only plus was the view of the bay bridge.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I was very disappointed. I didn’t know they were going to force a Thanksgiving set menu. The food was just ok. Nothing great to match the 70 $/pp charge. They ran out of some food. Service was slow.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Horrible, horrible service...ordered 2 virgin drinks but they come filled with liquor (never deducted from bill), brings soups & NO spoons, brings TG Turkey dinner & NO knife to cut with, says will bring water, then gone x 10 mins & we are choking, have to remind her x & y & z. 7:00pm reservation honored at 7:35 or 7:40pm. Omg. Food quality was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving and were had very bad service. Lots of problems across the entire meal. We requested seating downstairs but were seated upstairs. Waitress could not remember our dinner order, could not remember our drink order or to bring bread after multiple requests. Wrong food served, delays in bar orders, delays in food orders, only dark meat on the traditional turkey dinner (no white breast meat), hot soup served cold, dessert took over an hour to be served even after speaking to the manager and when it was served it was not as ordered because they had run out of the item we ordered and insisted that we could only have what they had left. Manager did not even bother to return to talk to us about the problems. People at the tables across from us with a different server seemed to have no problems or delays. Several tables came and went in the hour we waited for desserts we never even enjoyed. While the location is lovely, the service was awful and the manager's response or lack of personal attention to a problem made the experience that much more disappointing.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We ate Thanksgiving dinner there. I know what it's like with a prix fixe menu and a huge crowd of people. Maybe they shouldn't have had risotto on the menu (as a first course), maybe it was too tricky, maybe not many people ordered it so it wasn't ready, but it was undercooked and nearly flavorless. The rest of the dinner was fine, we had the turkey which was good, except that the stuffing/dressing was very dry. Then it took 25 minutes after they took our dinner plates away to get our desserts. Our waiter was fine. I've eaten here before when it wasn't a holiday prix fixe menu and it was much better. So while I recommend the place, maybe not for a holiday dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We visited for thanksgiving dinner we have various food intolerances so when I made the reservation I asked whether we could order off of the regular menu and we were assured that we could. But when we arrived we were told that we could only order off of the special prix fix menu. Somehow we managed but it was a struggle.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Location was the best! Love the valley parking and I just wish they offer more seafood selection for the Thanksgiving Meal. People who don't like Turkey and loves seafood will appreciate it better. Maybe next time?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was Thanksgiving Day dinner and for the price even though it was price fixed you would think to offer extra helpings as if it would cost much. Had to ask for extra gravy and cranberry sauce disappointed. I was rushed into my main course almost after receiving my appetizer and cocktail. Will not go there for Thanksgiving ever again there must be better places for the price was not cheap.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food. Good value. Great view. We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Perfect restaurant. The server Juan is amazing person!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

While the setting was beautiful, and a perfect place to watch the light show on the Bay Bridge, we were so disappointed in the food. The quality was not only low, but the food was over cooked on some and under on other items. The food was incredibly overpriced as well. What a disappointment!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This restaurant was the perfect way to have a special romantic dinner with my husband. The food was very flavorful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A center fireplace piece in the tented Water area would make this the ultimate restaurant. We loved it though, everything.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I had the crab louis. It was small, the louis dressing was hideen under a lettuce leaf on one end of the plate, and there was a non-descript itaian dressing on the rest of the plate. Is this intentional? Did you run out of Louis? I like your staff and your drinks, but the food over all is decidedly mediocre, I am sorry to say.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The view from the patio was amazing. The food was great & so was the ambiance. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Hard to find a better view than here. Oakland Bridge looks magnificent in the background. We had the scallops and the sea bass, and both were incredibly tasty! Just note that if you are *really* hungry, the entrees by themselves may likely not fill your belly, so be prepared to get an appetizer + side. Great spot though, and super friendly and professional staff, would definitely go back sometime!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

NewYork steak was good choice but scallops seafood got some little rock hurt my teeth when I bite it. Server blamed that was sea salt, but it hard like a rock almost break my teeth. Lobster was not fresh or over cooked it stick to the shell so well. Nice view to see the Bay bridge.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

great food & service with a wonderful view. Love it!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

They cannot find my reservation and the service is really bad, they bring the wrong food

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

great view of the bay bridge, fish was cooked to perfection and the staff was friendly and professional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Loved the food, service, and ambiance - as always.
The clam chowder is particularly fantastic. We order it every time.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enjoyed the view which was superb but the rest could have been much better. Food was good but over priced , service was polite but extremely slow .

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We took the last reservation which was at 9:00pm. I will say we were 15 mins late but the rest of our party was on time. We did not get complimentary bread until a half hour in, the server asked us if we were ready to order 4 times in 15 mins and we were basically rushed out of the restaurant. This was very apparent when they started stacking chairs all around us before 11:00pm. The only positive was the bay bridge view during dinner. This restaurant is considered "high end" and for the price you are paying for the food I better have darn good service. The food was good not great and the overall service experience wasn't good. I would not recommend this restaurant and they could use some schooling on proper service from a high end restaurant. Oh, and there was no music of any kind, just servers walking around you waiting for you to leave. Also, if you don't want someone staying late and enjoying their dinner, then don't have a 9:00pm reservation and expect us to be done in an hour.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent Service!!!!
Excellent Food!!!!
Excellent Staff!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Delicious dinner. Had the sea bass. It was a beautiful presentation and a wonderful mix of flavors. Service was okay. Must have been the change of shifts but not what I expected. The rest made up for it and would try again if back in town.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very rarely does a restaurant live up to the hype, but

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

the crab and shrimp Louis Salad is wonderful, prosciutto wrapped prawns are delicious, good martinis and wine list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

great service from Windsor, relaxed at the bar, try the chocolate cake martini

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with excellent seafood. Loved the atmosphere.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Anniversary dinner, overall experience was fair. The staff started cleaning and preparing to close around 9:30pm, while we were still eating. Atmosphere was poor despite a great view of the Bay Bridge. Food was excellent and our server was decent but also got busy doing closing chores. Very disappointing considering it’s a Saturday night.

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vip
·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was my first visit to Waterfront, it was pleasant and the views outstanding. The food was OK, as was the service. The wine list was also OK but lacked international variety.

With so many delicious restaurants in SF it is unlikely I'll return. But the view of the Bay Bridge at night was memorable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were 8-10 min late for our reservation. We had to sit for 10-15 min more. OK, but then after being seated no waiter came to take any order for at least another 10 min, and then it would take a very long time to get anything after. The waiter who ultimately appeared was very nice, but what could have been a pleasant 1 1/4 dinner turned out to be 2 hrs (and this is not one of those times when one wants to dine leisurely over many hours). The only saving grace is the tastiness of the food.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our meals were very good as well as the service. Dinner overlooking the bay is great.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pre-fix lunch was very disappointing. Microscopic portion of salmon was kind of insulting. Location offers outstanding views of the water, and one of the few excellent outdoor dining spaces in the city.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything ended up being perfect! 10/10 would come again

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I absolutely LOVE the Waterfront!! The food is amazing! I have not had a bad meal. The mash potatoes with crab…simple divine! In addition, please note I do not like Lobster, but once I tasted the Lobster Mac and Cheese..., all I can say is Damn, Damn, Damn make you want to slap somebody! Let us not forget a couple of my favorites the fried calamari and the Myers Lemon cheesecake. I take my out of town guest there and they like it as much as I do and, they always ask to go back when they come to town. Thank you Mr. Waterfront for a spectacular Restaurant with FABULOUS views. Five Stars and 2 thumbs up!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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