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Waterbar San Diego, San Diego, CA

Waterbar San Diego

4.6
4.6
349 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Located alongside the vibrant ocean-front boardwalk in Pacific Beach, Waterbar offers only the best in tantalizing menus, innovative libations, panoramic views, and lively entertainment. Our “social seafood” menu is inspired by East coast, West coast and Baja cuisines, and transforms the freshest flavors through our chef’s unique renditions of coastal classics. Flavor-forward craft cocktails, local micro-brews, national brand favorites, and a diverse wine list are offered across comfortable bar seating, community-table dining, and intimate ocean-side tables. Waterbar’s thriving, energetic environment captures the passion of San Diego’s iconic coastline for an unforgettably satisfying experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–2:00 am Sat 9:00 am–2:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (858) 888-4343
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Carlos Rodriguez
  • Catering
    4325 Ocean Blvd<br />San Diego California, 92109-3923
  • Private party facilities
    Perched above the Pacific Beach Boardwalk is Waterbar, a 6,700-square-foot beachside eatery. The floor to ceiling windows showcase unparalleled ocean views and is the perfect backdrop to a seafood-forward menu inspired by East Coast, West Coast and Baja Coastal cuisine. mikes@waterbarsd.com
  • Private party contact
    Amy Mihok: (858) 888-4343
  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A Love Letter

    Multiple dates available
    Embark on a culinary love affair this Valentine's Day at Waterbar in Pacific Beach with "A Love Letter," a 4 course pairing menu crafted by Chef Carlos Rodriguez. Nestled along the boardwalk, the venue whispers romance with each ocean breeze. Chef's menu narrates an epic love story through each course, from the "First Date" a tantalizing Seared Steak & Caviar to the "Lust & Sin" final course of cake and berries. Price: $65 per person, with an option to add wine pairings - $25 per person. Celebrate your love with a sunset view over the water and A Love Letter here at Waterbar.
    A Love Letter Photo

What 349 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

  • San Diego

    Great for scenic views

349 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time there and definitely won’t be my last. Beautiful spot by the ocean. Food was amazing and the service was on point. Thank you!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although the place was packed due to springs first day of summer in San Diego, the wait for food was short, drinks came fast, the noise was very very manageable even with a packed hours. Wait staff was polite and very accommodating to request. The view was amazing. We got the exact view and table we requested on our reservation. My gf loved her first trip to Waterbar. You knocked it out of the park. Thank you! Would 100% recommend to others and this wasn’t my first time and won’t be my last!

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  3. Kimber3

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It felt a little more sports bar than sit down restaurant . I wish I would have known it would have been soo noisy

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  4. DamianN

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible service. Slow and server was grumpy. When I say slow I mean SLOW

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  5. AmyP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a reservation to sit closest to the windows where the view is spectacular (although they say the can’t guarantee that all the time). Our server was delightful and gave us really good recommendations. I loved the drink, “ocean mist” and the food was really good.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised with how good the food was! Everything was really delicious. Good service & great view.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience . We were greeted by Taylor who was super friendly and guided us to the perfect table on the glass. The view is spectacular and the food was delicious. We had the shrimp and grits and the parmesan truffle fries . The drinks are really tasty too. Our server made great recommendations. We will be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great spot to stop for a fun, casual and delicious beach lunch! Oh… and cocktails 🍸❤️

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  9. KatherineL

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere- nicely decorated and incredible view! Great service and good food!

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  10. Jody

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to enjoy cocktails and dinner while watching the sun set over the water.

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  11. MICHAELB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was fantastic— friendly, knowledgeable, attentive. Food was excellent. Location couldn’t be beat - we were staying less than 1000 feet away. View and ambience was incredible. Only downer was a 4% SD Surcharge on the bill. We will definitely return if we are ever in the area.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks and burger were amazing and the restaurant is beautiful. Would definitely go back

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food. One of the best restaurant meals I’ve ever had. Try the mussels.

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  14. Bman2

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was way better than expected. My wife has food allergies and Mike made sure that she could eat beautifully!

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  15. KathyK

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an awesome place to eat! The ambience is great it the view of the water is so much fun! There were 6 adults and one toddler. We ordered drinks and were able to order the toddlers food right away. We shared the calamari which was so tender and the coating was delicious. We also had the ceviche which we would order again. All of our meals were yummy, and the drinks were great! Would definitely come back when I am here again.

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  16. ThomasB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A very convenient location. Food is absolutely nothing special. Service not very attentive. OK for one visit, but we're not intending to return.

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  17. KarenH

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Sunday brunch, and the food was good. The service was excellent, and the view was amazing!

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  18. MollyS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a bar that serves food. Loud. Dingy. Not a place for a nice dinner on the water.

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  19. RobertB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was just marginal. Drinks and service were good.

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  20. GLCW

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seafood for Christmas Eve is a tradition in our family and Waterbar was a perfect place to keep it going! Ceviche is always amazing! And Mollie was an AMAZING server who went above and beyond for our family. We are so grateful!

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  21. DanielleA

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and View - we had the poke and mussels

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  22. GunnerG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service and scrumptious food! Visit Waterbar, you won’t be disappointed! I’ll be back!

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  23. GLCW

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wasn’t expecting it to be quite so delicious since a lot of the beach front restaurants are more about location than food! The ceviche and poke were phenomenal! And the service was superb! Actually changed a holiday reservation elsewhere to the Waterbar after this great experience!

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  24. MatthewH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and vibe! For us locals, it's hard to pay tourist pricing. But, once in a while won't break us.

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  25. JohnP

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and a great experience. The server was very polite and welcoming.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We reserved a table for 2023 Thanksgiving. The chef prepared a special dinner which we greatly enjoyed. The meal was topped off with a delicious pumpkin pie with a dusting of cinnamon. The service was exceptional as well.

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  27. Jess

    Boise

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Just ok food. Nothing super special. We enjoyed how close it was to the beach

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  28. suzydiner

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great with family and friends, right on the ocean!

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  29. DebbieB

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kelsey is a wonderful waitress and the food is delicious. Thank you!

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  30. LoriT

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The music was WAAAY to loud. The portion sizes were WAAAY too large. The food was sub-par in terms of taste. The staff was really kind, allowing us to use their elevator to go upstairs. Our server, Molly, was friendly & professional. We were seated at a window. The view of the beach was really nice.

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  31. CarolG

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ocean view, great service, good food and nice wine list

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sdsu family weekend!

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  33. FossilOne

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and view, interesting menu, good food and helpful staff.

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  34. ZafirS

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid location and great service! Food was pretty good, but portion sizes for entrees were a little small. Would highly recommend!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant, a must hit when in San Diego

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  36. JudyW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I made a reservation for Rooftop regular table seating for a special birthday celebration. We were willing to drive an hour to be able to sit with a view of the ocean. These were all options presented to us via Open Table. When we arrived, we were told the rooftop area had been closed for quite some time. All the tables by the windows were tall bar stools. I'm disabled and can't sit on a bar stool. The only low seating was a booth on the opposite side of the windows you had to step up to get in. No view no sounds. If I were in a wheelchair, there would be no accessible seating in the whole restaurant. Super disappointing.

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  37. EthanE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was excellent the food was delicious and the atmosphere was divine.

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  38. CindyZ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a wonderful experience great people great service

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  39. Janet

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, not enough vegan options, music was too loud for the small amount of ppl. But I’d go back because it was still a good time

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  40. BevT

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Bar was very loud. Our reservation for food was at 20:15. During the meal the staff started moving furniture around. We were told ( whilst eating our main course) by a man with security in his shirt that it would turn into a club in about 20 to 25 minutes and the security person would be back to check ID and we would need to pay a cover !!! We did not even want to be there by then and would never had booked it if we knew this. Food itself was fine but the experience and vibe was like being in a school disco I’d avoid it a second time

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Waterbar San Diego using the Order Online button. Waterbar San Diego also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 888-4343.

Waterbar San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 349 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 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waterbar San Diego

4325 Ocean Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-3923

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Pacific Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–2:00 am Sat 9:00 am–2:00 am Sun 9:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Carlos Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 888-4343
  • Catering
    4325 Ocean Blvd<br />San Diego California, 92109-3923
  • Private party facilities
    Perched above the Pacific Beach Boardwalk is Waterbar, a 6,700-square-foot beachside eatery. The floor to ceiling windows showcase unparalleled ocean views and is the perfect backdrop to a seafood-forward menu inspired by East Coast, West Coast and Baja Coastal cuisine. mikes@waterbarsd.com
  • Private party contact
    Amy Mihok: (858) 888-4343
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