Waterbar

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Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular panoramic views of the bay and city skyline, exceptional design, and a menu of the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Featuring stunning outdoor (dog-friendly) dining on the waterfront patio, a relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life from the Pacific Ocean. Waterbar is not to be missed.
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Sun - Mon 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, food, and service!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

They ran out of a lot of the things we wanted (including table service bread). The food we did get was good and the service was great.

JH
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was ok. Food good. Ambiance was nice.

NB
Amarillo
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to see people watch the Embarcadero, and experience wonderful food. We were extremely pleased with our service even on a busy Friday night and the food was far better than great. We were seated on time, got great table by the window and the oysters started us off with a bang. The crab and salads were also wonderful and the fish entrees were exceptional.

KG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! A bit on the pricey side but we enjoyed it.

g
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a lovely venue in which to enjoy a seafood lunch with a side of bay vista. The prix fixe is an incredible deal and the food was delicious. There were a few issues with dishes and drinks requiring extra time, but we were enjoying our visit and didn’t care.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Hi gourmetgal, Thanks for relaxing and enjoying! Best, Rich T.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday dinner

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food - this place never disappoints

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Singapore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. atmosphere is cozy and great night view of ockland bay bridge. just only hope serving to be more faster

CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful and our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful giving us insights into the menu :)

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thanks Candice!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I eat here once a quarter for business and this was the BEST meal I've ever had there. Food was really great; the steak perfectly cooked and the first bite of the tuna salad was so good, I lost my train of thought and that's saying something! Felix (our server) was also +++

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Great to hear barbaras! Many thanks, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Mucho ruido.
Camarero habla demasiado para tener una buena propina pero el resultado es que acaba siendo pesado.

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DL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a birthday dinner here and everything was perfect. The reviews definitely helped in my restaurant choice selection. But after I walked in the ambiance was amazing, the staff was amazing, the food was amazing and everything personalized that I requested was there and perfect for the occasion. The Bay Bridge views were obstructed slightly but nonetheless gorgeous and the fish details are perfect. I can’t thank you enough. I will definitely be back whenever I’m in San Francisco.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Hello DawannaL, We are happy when amazing is used multiple times in a review! Many thanks, Rich T.

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A
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary food, service and view. We did have to wait about 15 minutes even with a reservation (which we had had for several weeks.. We literally had the worst seats In the restaurant and still had a magnificent time. Advice??? Book early! It is amazing.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thank you Alicia, Just a great THANKS to you for enjoying! Rich T.

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b
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Underwhelmed, unimpressed and never going back. Came here for wife’s birthday but waiter and manager that served us didn’t acknowledge the occasion at all, even though I brought it up on the reservation and when ordering.

Waiter looked bored and miserable, didn’t smile at all.

Food was so so, definitely overpriced for what we got. Ordered the shrimp dumplings, which was tasty, but 3 small dumplings for $18 is ridiculous. Sea bass was good. The mahi was undercooked and cold, even though we asked for well done.

Didn’t stick around for dessert and went elsewhere.

Definitely do not recommend this restaurant, we’ve been to others along he Embarcadero that are much better for similar prices.

MC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my husband’s & his sister’s birthdays. I made a mistake in the time of the reservation and the host was most accommodating and still managed to get us a view table. He saved our evening and we made our show reservations on time. We ordered the Sea Bass, the Opah and the Halibut. Each dinner was delicious. It’s one thing to have a good meal but all three entrees were exquisite. This was our third experience at Waterbar and it was equally outstanding. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Michelle, Thanks so very much for celebrating with us at Waterbar! Best regards, Rich T.

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Impeccable. Paying for the views? Sure, but the service and menu/quality were absolutely fabulous! Thank you for getting it right.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thank you CaperD, Premium seafood carries a premium price; we are about providing a great overall experience and appreciate guests that appreciate what we do. Our best, Rich T.

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation was cancelled due to power outage and we weren’t even notified. We still came to the place and had to drive for an hour, but they didn’t even apologize.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

We lost power and could not do anything about a reservation system that was not accessible due to the power outage, we do apologize. Thank you, Rich T.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Extremely disappointed. We booked through open table for lunch outside on Saturday. We arrived at the restaurant looking forward to the experience only to find the restaurant closed due to a power outage. Opentable had confirmed the reservation a short time before but nobody had the courtesy to let us know! We had just spent $20 on a cab to get is there!

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

We understand and apologize. This day was completely out of our control due to a uninformed PGE outage that left us with no ability to access our reservation system. If we could have had this access, we must certainly would have called all of our valued guests. Thank you, Rich T.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing ... will be visiting again very soon

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Teamnosleep21! Best, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Not overly pricey given the high quality of the dishes.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is hard to beat and ambiance is one of my favorites in the whole city. Our waitress was amazing!

Waterbar
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you so much Martha! Rich T.

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w
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party loved the Lobster roll, was one of the best! The elegant presentation of the plum sorbet was as amazing as the great flavor! Absolutely will return!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Wandal! Rich T.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious mussels. Wonderful view.

AP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was terrible. Major ingredients left off, the entree meat served stone cold on a cold plate, canned products used in dishes. This restaurant has gone way downhill.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello Au, Respectfully, we are not going downhill. We proudly have a 4.6 score on Open Table for example. We have never used a canned anything on our menu, nor never would. We understand that you did not like things, but there is no reason to attack integrity of our business or any business. Rich T.

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KM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Our most disappointing San Francisco dining experience by far. We booked far in advance deliberately because we wanted a special table with the outstanding view this restaurant is renowned for. Being relegated to a marginal location in the rear dining room, while two tables remained empty in the aquarium room, was an insult. The host staff must have been hoping for someone more 'important' to drop by. The wait person was aloof, borderline snooty; she did not enhance the dining experience. The food was very good, but not remarkable. The ambiance of 'trying to hard to be trendy' detracted. Not the place for a friendly, comfortable meal. We wont be back.

Waterbar
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hello Kristy, Well, this is so humbling for us to hear. I have sent your review to the entire hospitality team, as we never want our guest to have the perceptions that you share. I apologize for the disappointment and thank you for sharing your feelings. We pride ourselves on providing special guest experiences for our guests and never do we want to under-deliver for them. Sincerely, Rich T.

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B
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the 16oz steak, seabass, and veal and few appetizers to share for 5. Food quality were excellent however I feel everything is salty especially the pasta that goes with the steak. We told the server and she brought us a new pasta which was still salty. Otherwise everything else were cooked to perfection. We had a very fun night. Thank you.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Many thanks Babie! We will share with chef, our best, Rich T.

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed.
I asked for a nice table and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant which was very busy. My wife had a nice view whilst I spent my time next to the fish tank.
The waiter was rude and arrogant and it was all he could do to give us the time of day. He was slow.
The management were very friendly. Portions are not generous. There was a prolonged delay between the starter and main course.
When the bill came they had added $43 for a gratuity which I cancelled. There were only two of us and the service left a lot to be desired. Never again

PA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding!!!
If you are in San Francisco this restaurant is a must.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you Prince! Visit again, best, Rich T.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, as always. The food was delicious, as always. The ambience was lovely, as always. Thanks for another great Birthday Bunch celebration.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks for celebrating with us! Best, Rich T.

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. I have a severe gluten allergy and the chef viewed allergies as a challenge and changed preparations to accommodate my needs when possible. The food was delicious and the presentation was fabulous. Wine list was extensive, I brought one bottle and corkage was waived when we bought additional bottles from the wine list.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

So happy to hear of the extra care we pride ourselves on delivering for our guests. Thank you kathleend! Best regards, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredibly attentive, gracious and accommodating, that’s what makes the difference between a meal and a great experience, thank you!

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

We so agree! THANKS! Rich T.

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B
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was one of the best

LP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waterbar is known for having a great outdoor space to enjoy a meal but is equally known for it's bad service. I took family I had in town here hoping that we could get some good luck when it came to the service and they could have a lovely meal on the water. Big mistake not going with what I already knew. :(
Right when we sat down we ordered our drinks and 2 dozen oysters. About 15 minutes later (still with no drinks delivered) our server took our entree order and we reminded them we were waiting on drinks. After a full hour passed with no drinks and no food we asked our server what was going on and she said there was a miscommunication. At the 1.5 hour mark a manager came to apologize to us and tell us the food would be on them. After two hours sitting and waiting we got our entrees, two of which were the completely wrong order. At that time we let them know two of the dishes were not what we ordered, we never got the drinks and and no longer needed them and that we also never got our oysters. They ended returning the entrees and bringing them back with the oysters (all free of charge which is obvious at this point). The manager was pretty rude to us for being visibly frustrated stating that servers are humans too and you can't get upset over little things. We never by any means were rude to our server or not understanding with her. However, two hours with no food or drinks, then wrong food, and barely half of an apology is pretty unacceptable.
Simple to say I won't be going back and I will be reminding people that the rumor of the terrible service is unfortunately a very real thing... even from management.

G
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter & busser were very friendly, welcoming and made my wife & I very comfortable !! The hostess took a bit of time to show at their station but it was a busy Friday night. They offered to kept my wife flower arrangement cool while we were dinning 😉 Muchas gracias 👏🏼

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Grazie Giovanni!

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MM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful! The location of the restaurant is of course wonderful. And there has never been a Pat Kuleto restaurant that wasn’t artistically appealing...The theme of fish related Design is particularly lovely here. The food including the halibut was cooked perfectly...Service was excellent And unobtrusive...A delightful evening!

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Many thanks Miz!

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D
Pinehurst
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal! The flavors of each dish were exceptional to go along with the awesome views of the bay! Everything from start to finish was a hit!

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Happy to hear you enjoyed the whole snapper, they are so great to share! Many thanks Dr54, best, Rich t.

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MD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great views

DK
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place with a nice setting

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