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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

4.4
4.4
3412 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

7:00 PM


Booked 30 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

What 3,412 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner experience. Staff was very courteous and food delicious.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    It was my birthday and food was great !
  3. AF

    AnnF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We chose this place because we want the night to be remembered but our expectations weren't met.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent portions at an amazing price point . The views of the water and bridge are just breathtaking. Overall a must-go restaurant.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you very much for your outstanding cooking and service. We really enjoyed the time with you.
  6. JP

    JimP

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The help was very attentive. It was a rough day with all of the rain but we still enjoyed the ambiance, service and food.
  7. NK

    NormK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good parking, good food, good service, we will be back ! Thank You
  8. TM

    TelissaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great just like the view ! First time here !
  10. NR

    NatalieR

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    Beautiful place with a great view but the food is not good for the price. Severly overpriced for average quality food.
  11. J

    Justin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Not worth the price. The scallops were raw and the lobster bisque was brown water with pebbles of lobster meat. You're only paying for the view.
  12. JR

    JRWC

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great view of bay and Bay Bridge. Good food. Friendly staff.
  13. AN

    ANDREWN

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing New Year's Eve Day lunch here. Gary our server and his assistants were fantastic. The food was delicious and came out hot from the kitchen. The crab cakes were amazing (a little small however). The cioppino and seafood pasta were incredible. We definitely will go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The staff at the restaurant were very good, however there wasn’t consistency in the level of quality of food. The lobster bisque was bland and the grilled mixed seafood wasn’t seasoned well, taste like a charred grill and the scallops didn’t seem cooked. The salmon with the crab mashed potatoes was very good though. And we both enjoyed each others dessert. The view was very nice - we sat on the top floor right by the window.
  15. c

    coreham

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Made a Christmas dinner reservation for my family. Not impressed for my first visit to this location and for a holiday dinner. Didn’t order from the prix fixe menu due to limited selection of entree choices. Menu wasn’t listed when reservation was made and I wouldn’t have gone had I known the selection availability. Had to work with the appetizer offerings. The appetizers were lacking in quantity and presentation. Ordered grilled pancetta prawns and Dungeness crab cakes. The pancetta was not completely cooked and shrimp lacked flavor. The crab cakes had good flavor but lacking in size. for$32 , I should get more than two bites per cake. On a good note, our server was courteous and attentive.
  16. JV

    JudV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    'Not as good as last year! Beautiful views of the Bay Bridge & SF Bay
  17. LV

    LauraV

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a nice place with an amazing view!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Apparently this is how chocolate foundant looks like. Would suggest them visiting a nice European restaurant to try a real one. Overpriced and overcooked meals - did not enjoy.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    not exciting food.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Some of the worst food I have ever been served in a restaurant. And at $130 per person for the Christmas eve menu. Every course was nearly inedible! And I never write reviews - but could not let this pass. Yuck!
  21. JH

    JenniferH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and meal at Waterfront for Christmas Eve!
  22. PG

    PaulG

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Memorable Christmas Eve dinner. This evening the restaurant had a special menu and it was very good. The service, as usual, was attentive and competent.
  23. BS

    BlaineS

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    No acknowledgement of Birthday. After spending $430.00 a complimentary dessert is justified. Cobb salad excellent oysters $$& Parking $23.00 for two hours. Paid for two cars. Used to cost $15.00
  24. KM

    KarenM

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nothing justified the price for this restaurant. The food was fine, but nothing special and they would not accommodate any special requests which was surprising given the reputation. The views are amazing, but the tables close together so relatively noisy. Recognizing that everyone is short-handed these days, we are generally understanding about having to wait for service, but our experience here fell below even current standards having to ask multiple times to get our water refilled and had difficulty finding anyone to order a second round of drinks. There was a mistake with one of our orders, which was quickly rectified once we got someone's attention, but were surprised that no one checked on us for quite some time after the food was delivered. Definitely better options in San Francisco for seafood at this price point.
  25. RM

    RichardM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We went here for our annual family and close friends holiday dinner. This year a six person party. The service was good, the appetizers, salads and drinks were good. The main course rib eye, short rib, seafood linguine, chicken good,. The mushroom risotto was good until I found the chef’s a tasting spoon in my dish. It completely ruined my meal. I tried to be discreet so that others weren’t aware of the situation, but it became obvious. The restaurant apologized, comped a glass of port, the bread and my one meal. Still $850 for the meal. I won’t go back.
  26. N

    Notwaco

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Christmas dinner with my grandchildren
  27. GB

    GeeB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great experience. Good food
  28. IB

    IanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to book online. First table was too chilly by the window, but staff very open to move us to a warmer section. Food was excellent, I particularly liked the faint smokiness cooked into the sea bass. Waiting staff were attentive but not intrusive. Overall an excellent experience, I will visit again.
  29. K

    Keto

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Horrible service. We had to ask for everything. Delivered soup, no spoons. They charged for the bread and didn’t bring it until we were done with our soups, even tough we asked, TWICE!. They charged for every soda refill my kids got, which thankfully wasn’t many since service was so slow. The short ribs, salmon and clam chowder were delicious. Probably won’t go back, so many other restaurants in the city that are amazing.
  30. P

    Possum

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Menu on OpenTable is OLD. Did not have Mac and cheese as originally advertised. Also does not have a kids menu
  31. SL

    SuzanneL

    Amarillo

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience, food and service. Perfect for date night, special occasions and family get together. Thank you.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with friends
  33. TH

    TomH

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great views. Just a nice overall experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really outstanding, food, service, the VIEWS, practically perfect in every way, Ms Poppins!
  35. ST

    SarahT

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Five stars! Fantastic service, friendly staff and our waiter was on top of his game. Delicious food and of course incredible views. Everyone was impressed- we were a large group of 10 and everyone just loved the Waterfront. Can’t wait to return! Thank you again for making our night so special. And sitting on the third floor was an absolute treat!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The birthday dinner party of my Hubby’s Mom and Uncle was Superb! Everyone including the Host who seated us was very kind in seating us in the middle facing the spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and the entire pier surrounding the beautiful Waterfront Restaurant! We appreciate very much the awesome customer service! Everyone at the restaurant including our wonderful servers were very accommodating and attentive to our needs! Thank you soo much Waterfront Restaurant for making us feel extra special on this special evening for our family! Keep up the Great Job! We love you and we will return soon!! :)
  37. JW

    JudyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a special night out. Quiet with beautiful views. Service was great. We ordered calamari and crab cakes for appetizers. Crab cakes were pricey for the 2 small crab cakes that arrived. For entrees we had the cioppino and sea bass. Both were delicious. Cocktails were exceptional… try the Embarcadero. We definitely will be back for a special occasion .
  38. l

    lanaeb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    the bathroom was disgusting! i used it twice, and really bad both times. yes, i told someone the first time, when i arrived.
  39. RO

    ROSEW

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been here since the late 80’s and happy that it was just as wonderful. Amazing service all the way around from maiter d to server to manager who checked on us throughout to make all was up to par. Enjoyed dinner with a view on upper level and Christmas decor really made the evening even more special. Food was excellent as were the cocktails. Such a wonderful holiday treat.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice food with a nice view

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    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 3412 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 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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