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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: 4:00PM to 9:30PM
Sunday: 1130AM to 9:00PM

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, 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

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (47)
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Good for a Date (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Casual (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 10 hours ago

Relaxing lunch beautiful view

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

So expensive for just 2 people

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (New Mexico)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food flavor should be a little more conservative meaning a more sensitivity on flavoring. The bread doesn’t need to have salt in it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was good and service was impeccable. Would come back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great evening with beautiful view of Bay Bridge. Food was amazing and the service was just right!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service, great meal, great view. You can't go wrong.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great wait staff. Cioppino excellent. Our waiter found pillows to put behind my bad back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was very good. The service was outstanding. The view was extraordinary, with a full moon rising over the Bay Bridge.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were visiting San Francisco as a tourist and find this restaurant to try. Paid around 270 USD including tips and taxes for 2 adult and 1 kid. Restaurant also take around 240 USD provision from credit card which is not released after 6days by now.

Valet parking is available with a cost around 12 USD.

Service is nice and they are very friendly. Making reservation from open table was excellent. Restaurant reserved a table just in front of the windows.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

👍 it was great

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was attentive and friendly. My partner ordered the tuna tartare and baked stuffed Bronzino and was very pleased. My mussels were on the undercooked side and the sauce needed quite a bit of salt but was otherwise tasty. My main, the daily special, was a disappointment. It was described as baked salmon on a butternut squash purée and fresh asparagus, with a frisée salad. It seemed like a child's portion when it arrived, with a tiny serving of salmon on 4 baby asparagus stalks, with a thin drying puddle of squash underneath and a few sprigs of frisée on top. The salmon was mushy and didn't have a lot of taste. We shared the Nutella pie, which was very good.

One particular annoyance was receiving a "no-show" email from open table the next morning, saying that I had failed to honor my reservation. I had carefully checked in with the hostess when I arrived to make sure she found the reservation.

So overall a mixed experience but I would definitlely give them another try.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pasta was not al dente-was overcooked and mushy. Other courses were good.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We chose this restaurant for a view of the bay. We arrived at 5:30. We were seated upstairs with a beautiful view of the Lighted Bay Bridge. Good idea to request upstairs when you make you reservation. I had cedar blank cooked Salmon. It had a nice glaze and thought it was delicious. My wife had the filet of sole and was not overly impressed. She thought it was dry and sauce was to bland.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious crab; great food overall. Great location!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food, service was excellent. View was great. Great if you love seafood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very satisfied with the meal and ambiance. Upstairs was a little dark but fine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing evening... food, ambiance, service & view! Perfect evening to see the Supermoon! Great way to wind down our trip in CA!! :-)

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Rang in the New Year here, food was amazing and the view was spot on.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Cesar the manager was very attentive and seating us at our reservation time on s very business evening oh New Years Eve!

The view was breath taking!

Debra

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner of the last night in San Francisco during our holidays.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Outstanding dinner with friends. Have been here several times and never disappoints.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The service, all appetizers, desserts and 3 of the 4 entrees were excellent. One entree overcooked and a little too salty, but still good. Great views. It's one of our downtown favorites.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there on Christmas night, so prices were high and they served a limited menu. Great view of Oakland Bay Bridge and service was outstanding. Wine choices were excellent and food was good, but not worth $200 for two people.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service by a lovely waiter but the food really let the venue down.

We never questions set menu on Christmas Eve but the quality and price of this menu was very dissapointing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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