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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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (28)
Good for a Date (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Romantic (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Great for Lunch (16)
Casual (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
People Watching (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Cozy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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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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vip
 (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.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date
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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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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great dinner. The food was great and the service was the best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The smallest piece of salmon ever. The restaurant offered an additional piece of salmon that could not have been more than 2 oz. We have been regular customers and will go back but I will not order the salmon without asking the size of the portion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Enjoyed every aspect of lunch, can’t wait for a repeat performance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband, sister-in law and I went to lunch at the Waterfront during Fleet week to see the flights.... good vantage point. Food was excellent (sea bass especially) and the service was prompt. The wine was delicious and they didn't rush us at all. So we got to spend a couple hours catching up, watching the planes and enjoying the food as well as the view.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Too expensive food is ok it there is much better in San Francisco. Service mediocre at best. Trying to be a fancy restaurant but lack the class and ability. The staff does not take celiac gluten free serious as I was contaminated by this restaurant. Very loud in the "tank" and the chairs are very uncomfortable. 250.00 for a family of 4.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We really enjoyed the view which is amazing. The food was good. The service was slow though.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food not up to par with their pricing. Location and ambience are excellent

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Setting is incredible! View of the bridge and sunset colors were beautiful. Food was outstanding- we had various seafood all around and it all was perfect. Wait staff were very attentive and efficient. A+ for this popular embarcadero spot.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We enjoyed a good dinner with friends before going to a concert. The food was served promptly, the french bread was amazing. The check took too long to get to us and we were almost late to the concert as a result.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Terrific atmosphere, right on the water with dining patio style to the right, elegant upstairs and romantic casual out on the forward tent area with its little night lights. Friendly service and a varied menu make for a fabulous evening!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Picked up my husband from the airport and it was a beautiful day in the city so they fit us in and we sat outside. Great service and so nice to have valet parking right there!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The Waterfront is a place of elegance, yet it is unpretentious. It's my favorite place for lunch in the city. Staff is attentive but won't hover. Food is outstanding, especially the prosciutto-wrapped prawns and wonderful Seafood Louie. I thank the owner or manager for attention to detail and excellent service every time I go in.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

You're paying for the view. The food, while good, isnt any better or worse than any of the other nice restaurants with a similar view on the Embarcadero. The portions are mediocre though filling. Like any upscale restaurant all the food is a la carte so your sides are additional. The seafood, which is why we went here, was superb. Lobster Risoto was lovely, crab mashed potatoes was very nice, seafood was really great! However you're still paying for the view because this seafood could have been significantly less expensive a few blocks away from the Embarcadero and likely the same quality.
It's a really nice place but since Im just a tourist to SF, Ill definitely check out other spots before I return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. The view was spectacular. It was a nice and relaxing lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our waitress, Jessica was great! She was very attentive and the service was delightful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Awesome view. Great wine selection. Excellent seafood. Limited beef selection. Valet $14.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great service, interesting sea food, a bit pricey, but overall great for a notable occasion. We enjoyed it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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