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About 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."
San Francisco, CA 94111
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.
10 minutes walking distance from Bart.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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
Went for my wife’s birthday and a close couple whose wife was also having her birthday. We were seated soon after arrival in the covered patio area with the most beautiful view of the bay. Appetizers of shrimps were delicious. The salmon special of the day was delicious, which 3 of us ordered; the other person ordered swordfish which he enjoyed immensely. It is a wonderful place for that special occasion!
My husband and I have dined at the “Waterfront” for 16yrs, and have always had a lovely time. However, this reservation was on New Year’s Eve, and not only did the food seem rushed, but immediately upon opening our second bottle of champagne, the waiter informed us that the manager needed us to vacate our table. They needed to seat another group; and when I asked “Where should we move to? Our champagne has just been poured!” The waiter just looked blankly and walked away. I was appalled; our receipt was well over $500, and the gaul to tell us to vacate with no help in moving not only the champagne, but our 3 children’s hot chocolates, was terrible. Needless to say, after 16yrs, we will no longer dine at the “Waterfront”; instead we will go to the “Water Bar”, where the service is truly impeccable.
Food was delicious, but the portions were very small for the price. I spent close to $300 on lunch for 3 people. Only 1 person had 2 glasses of house Chardonnay ($16 for both glasses which is reasonable). The rest of the price was the cost of food. Also, they do not validate parking unlike several other great restaurants on the Wharf.
Had a wonderful Christmas dinner at the Waterfront with my mom and my daughter. The food, service and ambience were excellent. We had crab salad, lobster tails, mashed potatoes and mushrooms, with chocolate decadence for dessert. The portions were generous and everything was delicious. Lovely classy place overlooking the bay. Highly recommend it for Christmas dinner or amytime.
The Waterfront was a frequent favorite of mine when I worked in San Francisco. I took a number of guests there over the years. But I had not returned in over five years. A friend was in town from England and merited a special dinner.
The Waterfront was perfect. Beautiful inside and even more so with Christmas decorations. A beautiful nighttime view of the bay and bridges. Super service and the food was top notch. This visit has reminded me why The Waterfront has been a favorite. I’ll be sure to return soon. They have successfully kept the standards high for a San Francisco classic.
We had dinner on the Dec 16th, made a reservation a mon ago & requested a table by the window. When we arrived , I told the host we had reservation at 7pm. Then he pointed to a table where is not by the window, then I told him our request. He told me that everyone requested a table by the window, I was like Hello !! Just abt to open my month n say something. Then he said he will go check see is there any opening by the window, we waited like 10 mins, he Sat us by the window, so it was good, the reason we choose this restaurant , becuz of the beautiful view of the bay. it was our besties get together X'mas dinner . Thought we will have a good time, but our waitress was not very attentive, her name is Brighid, I order red wine, she gave me glass of white wine instead, then we ordered the small seafood platter, it was 85drs. There were 4 calms, 2 of them were like someone already ate , just left the edge of part of the calms . I told her abt it, she took them to kitchen & took them same one back , & said : the Chef said they were like that 😐 we were like Why another 2 are so full & juicy , after we asked for some more bread, our waitress put the bread on top of thr empty seafood shell. Hello !! No clean plates ? Really? Where is her common sense. We have to told her to gave us some clean plate. After all, food was tasteless , I don't like salty food, but i have to put salt in every single dishes. I dont think we will go there again , Also, she was so rushing to take our credit card after dropped off the check like less than 5 mins, after we signed , she rushed to took it back , even took our napkin on the table with her ,omg . When she rushed for our credit card , I asked her what time u guys close, she said 10:30. Ok, it was before 9pm. Not sure why she was so rush about ... it was not a good experience .
Service has dropped considerably.
This was my go-to restaurant whenever I brought friends to San Francisco.
Saturday was an off night in most ways.
The best person was the person clearing our table and refilling our water...he was an 10+.
Everyone else was a 5.
Very disappointed in the restaurant. The Sole was oily and terribly - my granddaughter the birthday girl couldn't eat it. I trader her for my scallops which were tasty but only 4 for $36.00 or so. Very overpriced. We ate upstairs, good view poor ambiance - big, empty and unattractive. I was unprepared for this to be so poor. I would never recommend it. Seems like a tourist trap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We dined for Thanksgiving and the food was simply average in flavour and quality. I had the seafood pasta which was so rich with cream it was just too much and I ended up sick all night. I ordered the fondant for dessert... and it just wasn't a fondant. It was super rich and inedible. Definitely disappointed by this experience.
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!
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