Waterbar

4.6
6548 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Menu: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm,
Dinner Menu: Sunday - Monday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch Menu: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm,
Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:00pm - 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm- 5:30pm.
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(415) 284-9922
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Parke Ulrich
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Cross street
Harrison
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Parking details
$20
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

The best view in San Francisco combined with sutainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for your next event!

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Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was good except for the fact that upon arrival we were abruptly told the kitchen was closing in 15 minutes (our reservation was for 215, and no one told me that was the last seating before the kitchen closed). we were celebrating my fathers birthday and it was just a little disappointing to be so rushed.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Third time is not a charm unfortunately

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

Great food with a awesome view to celebrate a birthday!!!!!!!

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Coming from an open eater who travels all over the world every year for months, the food at waterbar tasted horrible.
Overdid it with the dressing and sauce. Does it look fancy? Yes. Good view? Yes. Does it meet expectation? No. If I spend $350 on a few appetizer and starter, I expected better quality of taste.
Also, for a restaurant this standard you might want to consider lowering down the music. I could barely hear anyone at my table talking with the loud poor choice of songs.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and service!

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SK
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine!

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

It was very pleasant the food was good the portions a little bit smaller

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DR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, another 5 star rating! They hit it out of the park for us. When I made reservations I asked for a window seat overlooking the Bay Bridge. I then had to change our reservations for 1-1/2 hours earlier the day of and they kindly accommodated us. I couldn't help thinking, well there goes our window seat, but no we still received our table with a view, now that is impressive customer service! We started off in the bar with a couple of handcrafted cocktails, the Cucumber Collins and Whisky Old Fashion were superb. We also indulged in their $1.00 oysters with champagne mignonette sauce and prawns. Our food was outstanding, we started off with the Nantucket Bay Scallops in a red curry sauce, which was wonderful! Main course, I ordered the Opaka Red Snapper and my husband ordered the Grilled Swordfish, both were very good. But, I must say, mine was out of this world, Red Snapper with Creamy butter sauce, manila clams, delectable celery gratin with creamed kale. We shared a side of Tempura Broccolini with a wonderful dipping sauce. We finished off the evening with a Sticky Toffee Pudding, this is a must have! I am not a dessert person and can pass up sweets very easily, however, this is the first dessert that I have had that I could not stop eating, it was pure heaven. When in the Embarcadero area, stop here, you will not regret it, it will become your new favorite dining spot!

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

took a long time for food to come after ordered, didn't seem to be the fault of the server

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

Amazing location with really breathtaking views of the Bay Bridge all lit up at night! The interior is also pretty spectacular with aquarium and live crustacean tanks. Food and wine were really excellent with the main emphasis on local and some necessarily out-sourced seafood - all delicious. Some nice meaty options also available. The service impressed me most, though. Attentive, efficient and focused on the needs and preferences of the diners in the most amicable and accommodating fashion. Probably the best I've experienced in SF for a long time. All my companions were from out of town, and this was a memorable SF dining experience for them.

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C
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations but had to wait a bit. It was worth the wait. We had a table by the window with a view of the Bay Bridge. The bridge gave us an amazing light show throughout dinner. The food was excellent. Our server was friendly and professional. Everyone was so nice. It is expensive so, next time I’ll save it for a very special occasion.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday place. Our waiter was fantastic! So on top of it. Thanks waterbar!

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r
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bon restaurant et très belle vue. De bons plats a des prix raisonnables pour la qualité. Génial

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JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding cocktails crafted to perfection. An amazing view of the Bay Bridge . I requested a table with a view as we were hosting good friends who had travelled all the way from Stratford England to attend our sons wedding and they gave us the best table in the house. Bartenders, waitstaff, hosts, sommelier and service were very friendly. Then there is the food - amazing oysters! The fish dishes - black bass red snapper a shellfish broth all outstanding. We will be back - again and again!!

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g
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fascinating restaurant. Great looking and fantastic service. Really excellent food. Had a really nice anniversary dinner there. Pricey, but I hear the happy hour is more reasonable with less expensive choices for appetizers.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Phenomenal restaurant for all fish-lovers, especially the oysters are astonishing. Great view at the Bay Bridge.
We were there for lunch but I think the atmosphere is even better after dark.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first night in San Francisco was amazing!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every second

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M
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service very poor. Do not order seafood platter as it was less than desirable.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but they were out of the one item our group wanted the most. Sat outside on a mild night, was lovely.

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G
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The seafood was fresh and well prepared. The wine list was good and reasonably priced for a San Francisco restaurant in that area.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waterbar as a place, food and service exceeded my expections. We ate there twice. First time was on the weekend, for a sunday brunch on their patio overlooking the water and Bay Bridge. We ordered fish sandwiches but instead deep fried, we asked for grilled. Honestly, the server was really gracious and made sure that our modified order came out perfectly. The setting was great, food was delicious and we planned to go back. So, we did... for dinner. Same approach, same outcome. They are very accommodating and respect certain food sensitivities (i.e. lactose intolerant or dairy fre). The food was incredible !!! and the service outstanding!!! Their recipes are creative and delicious. We have made another reservation and are bringing friends this time.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 3 meals we have ever had. The butter poached lobster was wonderful. Chef Erica Land’s desserts are creative masterpieces with tastes that will blow your mind.

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Nick was awesome. He made excellent food choices when we couldn't decide. I would highly recommend.

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food is excellent but service needs work.
Waited 40 minutes for a dozen oysters to continually being told it was because they are schucked to order.
Once food arrived it was very good.

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AA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and atmosphere. Service was exceptional.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very slow service, unresponsive waiter taking care of us for a very special occasion. Menu items were sold out and when we substituted what was offered, dish did not come out as promised. Party of 6 should not hear each other across at a dinner table.

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PC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate my daughter’s engagement and it couldn’t have been a more perfect evening. The food and drinks were fantastic and the staff was so fun!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had another superb lunch at Waterbar. I've been going to this restaurant since it opened. It consistently continues to be excellent. The Embarcadero location, the beautiful interior and the view of the Bay Bridge are all spectacular. The food (and service) has never disappointed and in fact, unless memory fails me, there has never been a dish that was less than delicious. I have often recommended it to people I know visiting San Francisco and they have all reported back a similar reaction. Quite simply I consider it, along with Boulevard, the best and my two favorite restaurants in The City.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always come here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Never disappointed :-)

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AW
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A pricey wine list but the views of the Bay Bridge lights and San Francisco Bay are outstanding. We did the 2 lb sole for 4 people and it was plenty of food and very delicious. Highly recommended.

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JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you very much for providing my son with an excellent meal for his birthday . I would recommend this waterfront resturant very highly
Thank you again

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was great (as usual). Sunday Brunch for a family birthday celebration. We were 6; made the reservation a week in advance for 11:30.

When we checked in at 11:25 we were "greeted" with a curt "we do not seat until 11:30 - you can sit over there". Hmmmm, not a good first impression. We were seated at 11:45 in the downstairs "dungeon" in a corner; so no chance to admire the raved about fish aquarium, etc. Felt like we were seated in a cafeteria or banquet hall.

Service was spotty at best. We had to ask several times for bread; drinks; and coffee at the end of the meal. When ordering, we informed our server that one person was milk intolerant. We were informed by the server at the time our food was to be served that what our milk intolerant guest had ordered was drenched in cream before cooking.....so another choice had to be made (30 minutes after placing the original order).

All-in-all, the attitude was one of "you are lucky to dine with us". NOT something that promotes a good client experience. Not sure I'll be back with all the choices in the greater Bay / Napa area.

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TZ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, great views. Cannot wait to come back.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try. Best service. Great ambiance and food.
We had a great time.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A really beautiful restaurant with great food and top notch service. We will be back!

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LF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly delicious dining experience. Our waiter, Mike, was outstanding. His suggestions were spot on and he didn't lead us astray. I would definitely return next time we are in San Francisco.

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GW
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 5

Great setting, beautiful views.
EVERYONE who works there seems to an attitude. Customers are treated like impositions. Have been going for years and still never recognized and treated like a tourist.

Food, tasty, but not sure it’s worth the trouble.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and view. Definitely sit outside. Best seafood dinner for two.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Even the food was awesome. One of the crab legs that I had was smelling bad and the texture was weird. I didn’t taste it because i was worry that was bad. The chef send another stuff but nobady came to gave an explanation. So certainly if you’re eating seafood be cautious.

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