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For 2
Sat, 2/24
7:00 PM
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The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

2387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Seafood, Contemporary French / American
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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
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Phone number
(415) 391-2696
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Cross street
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Public transit
F- Line stops in front every 15 minutes, daily until midnight.
10 minutes walking distance from Bart.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm.
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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

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What 2387 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined a day ago

The service was excellent and they gave us the best table to see the view. Thank you! But it was a bit too tight for 4 of us to sit next to each other and people sitting on the other side can’t see any view. We did enjoy the experience though.

vippapasteve (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Relaxing lunch beautiful view

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We specifically asked for a table inside and were seated outside. It was COLD. They have a beautiful outdoor tented area that doesn't have any heaters. I had to keep my jacket on for the entire meal. The waitress had little to no personality and the food was acceptable. The only reason to go here is for the view, which is amazing!

Robert (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great view of the bridge. We were in the outside / tent dining area and it was pretty cold at night. I don't know why they don't have heaters near more tables.

I ordered the sea Bass and it didn't even taste like it had salt and pepper (ok maybe a little) but pretty bland.

The rest of the food was kind of average (at best) and for 3 of us it came to about $200.00 so it's about what you'd expect price wise for a 'high end' restaurant.

vipDinenwine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Really enjoyed the experience sitting with a view of the Bay bridge. The bread was nice and warm, clam chowder was tasty, sea bass was good! Service was great.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This place had a fixed menu with seafood options and 2 non seafood options. My wife told the server that she does not eat seafood and she would like the lamb. I wasn’t ready and he said he would come back and take our order. He then doesn’t return until 25 minutes later. Instead of apologizing for forgetting about us he takes our order and says that since WE took so long to order they ran out of the lamb. We were then forced to get the steak option that was an extra $25 on top of the $95 person rate. Worst service and biggest waste of my money. $240 down the drain. Don’t waste your time or money, it’s not worth the price.

MichaelS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was amazing, service was great and the view was stunning! Highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a great place to take your girl on a date

Christians (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Really bad all the way around. Went here on accident for Valentine’s Day (mistook it for far superior Waterbar). $95 per person Pre fix menu and the food was basic, boring and bland. Service was subpar to the point where no one either noticed or cared that neither I nor my date ate 75% of the meal. Total bill $380 with drinks and I swear I would have preferred McDonalds.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentines Dinner. The food was cold and very expensive. Not worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

So expensive for just 2 people

ChrisS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter was exceptional and food was delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.

vipDelicious (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had dinner on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant was quiet. Our server, Josef, was very nice and accommodating. Each of us had seafood: Sea Scallops that came with salad-like greens, Petrale Sole with mashed potatoes, along with mixed green salads, and a side of sweet potato fries. Each very good and satisfying. We love the view of the Bay Bridge with its lights glistening on the bay!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was great but we were seated in the tented area and it was cold in there...never took my down coat off ( very windy cool day ). Would recommend more standing heaters , next to tables.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were very disappointed that after having made a reservation some time in advance, and requesting a table by the waterfront, we were shown, after a short wait, to a table in the rear by the waiters station. When we asked for a change they took us upstairs where there were several large noisy parties.
After another short wait we were seated in the back of the main dining room. It was pretty chilly with just plastic sheeting over the windows.
The food was fine but we have no intention of returning any time soon.

ClairR (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We were in San Francisco from Santa Fe, NM to celebrate our Anniversary over a 6 night period and remembered how much we had enjoyed the Waterfront Restaurant on previous visits to the City, so we decide that it was one of our top places we wanted to go back to. Everything about our meal, from our stop at the bar and enjoying talking with the bartender to the meal of sea bass and scallops, the wine, the great waitress and the fabulous view, were all outstanding. We highly recommend the Waterfront Restaurant to anyone desiring a good meal and a "not to forget" atmosphere.