The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.4
3188 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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Melissa
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was just ok, nothing special.
Margarita was horrible.

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vipKAMC
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so grateful to have this wonderful restaurant back at last. I love the convenience of the valet parking right there, but I enjoyed the best mussels ever and I am a connoisseur of that particular shellfish. The view was perfect and so was the service. I am a loyal customer who will return many more times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and great view!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seating right by the window/view of water
Food was amazing (homemade seafood linguine, clam chowder, crab mashed potatoes, special salmon with lobster mashed potatoes)
10/10 would come again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch after cruise around the Bay

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vipmizzlizz
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed for our quarterly lunch gathering at The Waterfront! We all went out of the box and tried the pizzas and they were delicious. The crust is not thick and the sauce had the perfect blend of spices. Looking forward to coming back in December!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic ambiance. Seated upstairs right by the window with a view of the bay bridge. Cocktails and food were incredible, namely the seafood pasta which was to die for!

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Great
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, food was great service was great I would highly recommend the restaurant. If you go ask to sit in Wendy section she’s absolutely the best server ever, very kind and attentive. It’s a beautiful restaurant with a great view.
I was very happy they asked for are Covid vaccine cards and identification to ensure they matched and of course we had are mask on and so did all the employees. We will be going back. 😊

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vipOCdiner
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood restaurant on the water with views of the Bay Bridge.

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vipPammy
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a delicious shrimp and Dungeness crab Cobb salad and my husband had their salmon burger at our recent lunch here. We enjoyed both with a lovely Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc while looking out on the Bay and enjoying the Blue Angels fly over for Fleet Week.
The setting and the food would be hard to beat!

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Dolores
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just WONDERFUL as usual! We had the best time. The food was beyond delicious, the service excellent, and the views spectacular, especially yesterday viewing the Air Show while drinking your excellent champagne. Our waitress, Wendie, was so kind and attentive, the very best. Linda also was so welcoming both on the phone and in-person. Thank you for making our anniversary so special and unforgettable. We will think of it often and surely be back soon.
I've been going there all my life with my parents and now my own family. It is my favorite place anywhere.

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MikeC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service from greeter to waiter!!! ... And of course great view!

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vipPWdiner
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Magnificent view of the Bay with a delicious Dungeness Crab Sandwich! Gracious service and top quality food prepared beautifully=perfect!

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MatK
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view of the bay. Mostly seafood and fish on the menu. I had King Salmon and my wife had Alaskan Halibut. Both were very good.

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BunBun
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Nice hostess, beautiful view but the server was cold and indifference. He didn't make us feel welcome instead we felt like a burden to him.

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MiniM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The entree and drink was good. The main course was underwhelming.

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location with views from almost every spot in the dining room and at the bar plus a great outdoor dining patio. Have been a few times. Last night I had the Pier7 Margarita (delish and a favorite!) and the halibut which was fantastic. Good wine selection too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter spread too thin. Compromised his ability to provide good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff there were very kind and the food was great! It was the perfect t ambiance for a romantic evening out. Would definitely recommend if you want good service and great tasting food and desert!

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JoleneS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, The Waterfront restaurant was excellent in ambiance, personal service, delicious food and comfort. I have enjoyed this establishment since the late 1970's and it has only improved throughout the years. Wonderful experience for both locals and visitors from out of town.

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vipDonnaS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Perfectly fine food but nothing out of the ordinary or exciting

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AkshayK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Came with the recommendation, the Food was great! This review isn't about the food but about the service we had to wait for about 30-40 min at the table, it wasn't crowded afternoon for lunch and had to ask other servers coming to other tables to get our server to attend us. It was our anniversary and wasn't a great experience and wouldn't prefer to come back

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Veeeeh
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipTerry
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wendy was wonderful. really added to making our evening special

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JohnD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Found this gem of a restaurant down on the Waterfront few blocks from the Hyatt. Service was great, food was delicious and the view of Bay Bridge outstanding. Prices were moderate to expensive but nothing over the top. Highly recommend.

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vipSusan
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in SF. Our first time back in almost 2 years. Its good to be back.

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JillA
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I booked a table for one for an early dinner. Service was lovely and attentive, and my meal was excellent. I was taken by friends to two much fancier SF restaurants, and honestly I had a much better meal at Waterfront. I’ll be back next trip.

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WickedyWackedy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been around for a long time. There’s a reason for that. It’s very good. Seafood done well.

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MoriahS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I did a girls trip and wanted something fancy, with a beautiful view and this place was perfect. The view is absolutely breath taking. I love that it also is in the city. So you have the city on your right and the water and Bay bridge on your left. The service was professional and they were also kind. The food was very good as well. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone going to San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server - Joel - was amazing. He knew his craft, was fun and gave amazing service. As always - the food was excellent.

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oldtimer
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place, for any time or for special events. It never disappoints.
Lovely view of the bay.

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LacyT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was equal or possibly less to the taste of those on the pier. The staff was super nice and the setting is relaxing and even romantic for two. However, the piers clam chowder was better in my opinion.

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julie
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vey nice restaurant with beautiful view and the staffs is great service. We have great food.

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vipCAJOREGMO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the food this time. The wait staff was excellent, however.

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Moses
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Please update your COVID guidelines online and let people know about bringing their Vaccinations card for Dine in. Not everyone lives in SF county

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vipDanM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went for the day boat scallops They were not on the menu. Chicken dinner replacement was poor.

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vipalbertb
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Took a while to get noticed but once we ordered, it worked out, finished with nutella nut pie.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The waitress made my sons 17th bday super special,
Thank you!!!

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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 3188 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.