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Waterbar

4.6
4.6
9118 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 160 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 284-9922

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Parke Ulrich

  • Private party facilities

    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    David Hanna: (888) 651-9716

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Harrison

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 9,118 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Seafood

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

    Scenic View

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and even better service!

    WaterbarResponded todayGRAZIE!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Christophe added allot to our bringing in a new decade celebration 🍾 👏🥂❣️

    WaterbarResponded todayTHANKS!

  3. CD

    CasualDiner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space and excellent food. Completely enjoyable evening!

    WaterbarResponded todayThanks so very much CD!

  4. GK

    GKramer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started the evening with the Zonin Prosecco that’s available during happy hour. Then we at switched to The Queen Bee for dinner with The Oak Grilled Filet of Beef and the Milk Poached Halibut. We followed dinner with a glass of Vietti and a glass of M. Chapoutier with our dessert of Chocolate Mousse. Everything was exceptional!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANK YOU so very much GKramer! Best, Rich T.

  5. CS

    CarlyS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterbar is the full package: wonderful service, delicious food and amazing views! We had a date night here while on vacation and absolutely loved this place! Literally everything we ordered was amazing!

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoWe thank you so very much for the kind support Carly! Best, Rich T.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, good, and staff. Can't wait to go back again!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoCannot wait to welcome you back!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The whole steamed dourade fish with the flat rice noodles in xo sauce was delicious! The toffee pudding was to die for. The Queen bee cocktail was fire. And the view of the Bay Bridge - just spectacular! I highly recommend this place.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE!

  8. P

    Porcospino

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Returned to Waterbar for the first time in years. Food is very good with fresh seafood. Views are a highlight as always.

    WaterbarResponded todayPlease visit again soon and thanks to you Porcospino. best, Rich T.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The waiter was awful. He barley took the time to acknowledge us. He didn’t pour more wine when the glass was empty and didn’t check on us after our entree came and we had time to start eating. The agadashi tofu starter was ok, but for the price it should have been amazing. Our waiter’s assistant was amazing and he made it a nice for us. And final note: it was so loud in this restaurant.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe apologize for the disappointments and thank you for the details.! Sincerely, Rich T.

  10. HS

    HiroS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The one of the most beautifully dinning experience ever!! I booked them a month ago and they reserved us a “by bay bridge” table and that wa WOW!!! The service of waiters was also the top level. On the other hand, assist waiters need to be trained. Some of them forgot to turn on the heater after the setting forever, hit a customer’s head with a parasol as he closed never realized&apologized and forgot our additional order to input a system… ANYHOW, very wonderful place to dine in around San Francisco area.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWOW! Thank you! So wonderful to hear HiroS! Best, Rich T.

  11. A

    Aleksandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Birthday lunch for my friend. We had a great time!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks for celebrating with us Aleksandra!

  12. J

    Johnny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Beautiful view and atmosphere. We loved the artisan cheese tray, but the entrees we ordered were lacking. The white fish was okay, the pork wasn’t good at all and the portions were small. Ordered a glass of lemonade was charged $4.50. Place is pricey which would be fine if the food tasted better and there was more of it.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThank you for your feedback Johnny and we are very sorry to hear of the disappointment. Best regards, Rich T.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husbands birthday Our server Carlo was attentive. The food delicious. We also were lucky enough to visit with Pete Sittnick

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE!!!

  14. AA

    AnnaA

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a phenomenal lunch at Waterbar with a gorgeous view, fantastic service (Kirsten was amazing!) and delicious food. Waterbar continues to be one of my top favorite places in SF! Highly highly recommend.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThank you so very much Anna!

  15. SG

    SteveG

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great views!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS SteveG!

  16. SH

    ScottH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around place to have a well prepared meal and experience.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS ScottH!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place to spend date night. View was amazing and service was great. We loved the menu and everything came out with good timing.

    WaterbarResponded todayGRAZIE!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were great, but our severer wasn’t the best nor very attentive. We saw and heard the other server at the table next to us and wish we had her instead of ours. He didn’t explain the menu nor food well, and the manager saw us with empty cocktail glasses for a long and placed an order for us since the server was nowhere to be found. All in all the food, drinks and views of the bay were great, and I’ll go back for that again

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks for sharing with us!

  19. BR

    BonnieR

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterbar was packed today at 1:45 but our hostess seated us in a quieter side room with a stunning view. Everything was excellent. The mixed green salad with fried green tomatoes was superb—dressing on the salad was very spicy and piquant. My husband’s pork loin was perfectly grilled and incredibly flavorful. Desserts of homemade ice cream and sorbets made a fantastic finish to a great lunch. Lunch with drinks was about $50 per person for a perfect memory thanks to our server and great chefs.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks so much for enjoying Bonnie!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Best seafood ever
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enchanting location, quality food, and magic ambiance. Very professional and cordial service. Overall, a once in a lifetime experience, with very particular food and an amazing view of the bridge.
  22. GC

    GilC

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Service at the bar was terrible. Waited over 20 minutes for a server to take our drink order. We had a reservation for 7:45 and weren’t seated until after 8:15. I come here each time I am in SF. Once we were seated, our server was fabulous. Our food was delicious but a bit cold when we’re received it. Chris our server attentiveness regained my desire to come back someday.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWell thank you for the honesty GilC and we apologize for the disappointment, and really appreciate your ability to still enjoy your experience. Many thanks Rich T.

  23. e

    erikas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, worth the price will be coming back for the next special occasion

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThank you erikas!

  24. DC

    DeliaC

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterbar is one of my favorite places to go, when I have celebrations with family and friends. Food, service and ambiance wonderful!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe love hearing it DeliaC!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of the classiest places in the city. Sit by the water and down oysters by the dozen and day drink. Impeccable service by the staff, rare to see a crumber come out these days but appreciated when entertaining the in-laws.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! The views of the ocean and the water around the tables was beautiful. All the drinks were fun. We had the flaming coffee drink at the end, what entertainment. The food was delicious and prepared with a flare. I would recommend this restaurant for a fun date or an outing with your friends or a special birthday or anniversary..

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE!

  27. GM

    GeysaM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, service, food and hospitality. Our dog came along and we sat outside - he even got treats! We had a wonderful time

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks for enjoying the beautiful patio Geysa!

  28. DI

    DInfamousboogie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    My sister found a hair in her food and we were very surprised because the restaurant is very upscale. Her food was quickly replaced but we didn’t receive much of a response from the management and honestly, I felt like we should have at least received a discount or comped food. I think for the volume they did on Father’s Day and their prices, the guest experience would be prioritized but it didn’t feel that way. We walked in and my sister had to use the restroom and found it dirty, which was also surprising and disappointing but understandable because of the holiday. We talked about our experience after and the food was okay but forgettable but we aren’t seafood lovers so that might be why. We had the Halibut and it was very good but not good enough to warrant the price. My father’s beef was great, he enjoyed it very much but there was something underneath that we couldn’t identify, we think it was over coated risotto, whatever it was it wasn’t good. The ambiance is amazing and that clearly is obvious motivation for the escalated price. I do think they are working on the menu but I don’t think they have found that perfect balance and I hope they do, their location elicits high expectations.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWell DI, Some things that should never happen during your experience. We apologize and hope we can redeem in the future. Best, Rich T.

  29. AH

    AyshiaH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for Father’s Day. Jeremy was great our waiter and he was great

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoMany thanks AyshiaH!

  30. SF

    SFLocal

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. I had requested a window table with a bay view for my husband's birthday and fathers day lunch. We had a partial view due to a brick pillar next to the table. Next time it would be nice to have a full view for a celebration. The food was delicious and the service was on point and wonderful.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks so very much SFLocal! Best, Rich T.

  31. DB

    DollyB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view of Bay Bridge, especially at night where the bridge lit up. They even made it extra special for our wedding anniversary with a nice note.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS Dolly!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my birthday dinner here with an exquisite menu and fantastic views of the water.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE

  33. PD

    PaulaD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Amazing view and delicious seafood . You can’t beat a warm, sunny afternoon at Waterbar.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks Paula - hope we get to 5 stars on your next visit! Best, Rich T.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t beat the oysters! Worth the drive from Sacramento!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoGRAZIE!

  35. CD

    CatD

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot to meet for business lunch! Or any lunch really - a delight. Loved the Lobster Roll

    WaterbarResponded on June 19, 2022Thanks CatD! Here is to our Friday Lunch Lobster Roll! Come visit anytime Cat. Best, Rich T.

  36. MA

    MarkA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and scenery was amazing. We went there at night and got a great view of the Bay Bridge

    WaterbarResponded on June 17, 2022THANKS!

  37. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great, outside view of the bay bridge was fantastic.

    WaterbarResponded on June 17, 2022THANKS very much Michael!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterbar was a beautiful date night. From start to finish they were accommodating and wonderful.

    WaterbarResponded on June 17, 2022Great to hear and THANKS!

  39. JB

    JanB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yummy seafood, great drinks, scenic location...can't ask for more!❤

    WaterbarResponded on June 17, 2022Many thanks Jan!

  40. E

    Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Awesome view looking up at the Bay Bridge. The food was delicious and our server pleasant. While we did not receive quite enough attention from our waiter, the upside was that we had lots of time to chat. I only wish the prices weren’t quite so inflated. Delicious meal and wonderful experience overall.

    WaterbarResponded on June 17, 2022Hello Elizabeth, We thank you so much for enjoying. We understand and always try to provide a good price to value quotient for our guests. We have encountered all the increased expenses for everything we use and purchase; as we all have with the greatest inflation in 40 years. Best, Rich T.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Waterbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 284-9922.

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 9118 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 160 times today
Google Map for Waterbar

399 The Embarcadero South San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrison

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Parke Ulrich

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 284-9922

  • Private party facilities

    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    David Hanna: (888) 651-9716

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