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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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Seared Sea Scallops
fresh nori fettuccine, uni butter, crisp maitakes; dredge harvested off the southern coast of Maine
Crisp Brussels Sprouts
meyer lemon aoli
This was our first time at Waterbar which was an amazing experience all around! We were seated on the upper terrace with a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. We ordered cocktails to start which were delicious and had surf & turf for dinner with the steak and lobster (which was by far one of the best lobster dishes I’ve ever had!!!) our server was extremely nice, very attentive, and had great recommendations on wines to pair with our meal. We’ll definitely be coming back again soon.
Hi Jason, Thank you for your 5-star rating and kind words. Great to know you enjoyed our menu and service. Such a nice compliment on the lobster dish and we will share with the chefs. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Jason P.
great food/service/cocktails/view. everything was perfect!
Thank you, Jess!
Wonderful food, wonderful waiter, wonderful day. Can't wait to come back!
Thank you so much for coming to enjoy Waterbar! We hope to see you again soon. Jason P.
Great food, great staff. Amazing views of the Bay Bridge.
Thank you for your kind words and 5-star review, Richard! We hope to welcome you back again soon! Jason P.
Waterbar never disappoints, always delights! The food was spectacular and the chocolate cake left us speechless! Bravo Waterbar for so seamlessly pivoting with the covid precautions.
Laura, Thank you for your glowing review! We hope to welcome you back soon! Jason P.
Service was delightful and the food was good but my lobster roll was sparse on the lobster meat but delicious and the sticky pudding rocked!
Michelle, Thank you for your review and feedback. It will be passed along to our chefs. We hope to see you back at Waterbar soon! Jason P.
Excellent food in a great outdoor setting, almost under the Bay Bridge!
We send our thanks ArunS! Best, Rich T.
I would have given it 5 stars but I did not appreciate being told I had to wear my mask at our table once we were seated unless we were drinking or eating, even though we were outdoors and more than 6 feet from others. It just ruined the experience having to put the mask on and off. The waitstaff would not serve you unless you had your mask on. No other restaurant I have been to has done this. I am all for protection and safety but this was excessive and disruptive.
Greetings. Thank you for your review. Please note, Waterbar takes the health & safety of our guests and employees very seriously. The restaurant is complying with a San Francisco directive which asks guests to wear a face covering when seated in an outdoor dining area and when staff approach you. Please visit https://sf.gov/information/masks-and-face-coverings-coronavirus-pandemic for more information. Be Well. Jason P.
We ate outdoors on the terrace. The service was excellent and the staff were carefully following protocols to protect diners. The food was excellent and innovative. A real treat!
MANY THANKS! Rich T.
Excellent service and delicious food. They followed all of the health regulations and cleaned after every seating.
Thanks so much Tony! Really appreciate your appreciation of us doing trying to do all the right things during this pandemic. Mask Up! Be Safe! See us soon, many thanks, Rich T.
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Thanks TyreeW! Hope to welcome you back soon, our best, Rich T.
Great evening and great food! We will be back to enjoy later this year. We appreciate the outdoor dining atmosphere and staff.
Thanks so much Consy! Rich T.
Everything was exceptionally good. Service, ambiance, cleanness, etc. Oysters were amazing (as always at Waterbar). The only downside was food. et me explain. Comparing to last time we visited 2 things changed - food selection (totally understand that in current lockdown), and quality. I felt that they changed the chef. We were totally amazed by the food in January 2020. This wasn't the case this time in July. The dishes looked very nice but they were not that tasty. New York steak wasn't from the best cut of meat. We didn't particularly liked flavor combinations, also it had a bit more sour than it should to our taste in most of the dishes. The flavor combinations seemed random and quite not successful. I recommend referencing more The Flavor Bible. In general it was a good experience but we were a bit disappointed comparing to our last visit taking into consideration pretty high price tag. I would still recommend the place, but if you are picky in terms of food, you might not 100% enjoy the food.
Hello Andreik, First, let me say that we have not changed chefs! Please understand that we are doing all we can under these trying times to provide the safest and best guest experience we can. Chef can not produce the same large and labor intensive menu during these times. As always, if there is something that just does not resonate with you then let us know and have you find an alternative-we want you happy in the moment. We really appreciate you and your feedback, many thanks, Rich T.
The first time we visited the food was excellent that ‘s why we came back , the second visit was very disappointed with the food !
Hello NghiaL, If we do not hit the mark for you. Please let us know in the moment so we can make things right. Best, Rich T.
Lobster was rubbery and the ham was very salty. My lady on the other hand had the seared scallops and it was fantastic. Service was really good and friendly. First time here but I’m willing to give it a second chance.
Hello, Maine Lobster certainly has some texture, if you are not happy, let us know and we will take care of an alternative for you. Thanks! Rich T.
After a rare appointment in downtown San Francisco, I decided that an early al fresco dinner was in order. I’m so glad I selected Waterbar. The food, service, and outdoor ambience were all outstanding. The ahi tartare was exceptional!
Many thanks Herzeleide! Rich T.
So happy to see them open and having the outside seating option. So pleasant with yummy food and great staff.
Laura, thank you for coming to enjoy our outdoor patio and your 5-star review. We hope to welcome you back soon! Jason P.
Portions were tiny. Ordered Salmon and couldn’t believe it was $39 for the small piece I got. I was starving after I left and I ate dessert too! The pudding was delicious but maybe that was because it was freezing outside and our server didn’t offer to turn on the heating lamp. So said how service went downhill since Covid. I use to love this place. I will say the food runner was amazing and kind. He turned on the heating lamp because he saw a little boy cold.
Hello MellyBelly, Sorry you feel this way, we are happy to note that we have had the same level of great guest feedback during these extremely trying times as we have enjoyed over the years. As always, if you were not happy with something, let us know in the moment so we can insure you leave happy. Thank you, Rich T.
Thank you Waterbar for a beautiful birthday celebration for papa J. So glad you are surviving and serving the best Lobster 🦞 in the whole of San Francisco
Good Morning. Thank you for your review and celebrating part of your special occasion at Waterbar! Come back to enjoy our lobster again soon! Jason P.
I booked this reservation for 4:30 for the dollar oysters weeks before the reservation. They changed the happy hour up to end at 4:30 from 5:30 the week of the reservation with out notifying me of the changes. I would have changed the time up.. not cool.
Otherwise food was great. Waiter was super nice. Can’t be the view. Will definitely go back but still super annoyed about the situation!
Hello Amanda, We are in a fluid time and adjusting as we go - I think everyone understands the challenges of operating any business during these trying times. We have never in our history taken reservations during happy hour. If you booked at 4:30pm, that is when our dinner menu begins. We hope to welcome you soon, Rich T.
As always it was a treat to dine at The WaterBar. The atmosphere, service and menu selection were all excellent. They do an excellent job of safety first - so important these days. We enjoyed our fresh air, outdoor patio dining and they even had heaters turned on to take the chill out of the air. All four of us enjoyed our meals. I started with the lobster bisque which despite not being quite as warm as I prefer it was still excellent. The Padron Peppers, Baked Oysters, Tuna Tartare, Crab Cocktail, Calamari Squid and Heirloom Salad were all delicious. It is hard to go wrong at The WaterBar! One friend who had a steak raved at how perfectly it was cooked to his request. A wonderful time was had by all! We are lucky to have the WaterBar for a temporary reprieve from our SiP!
Mark, thank you for your kind words. Great to know you and your guests enjoyed your time with us as well as your menu selections. We hope to see you back on our scenic patio soon! Jason P.
Food in the Time of CoVID
... never tasted so good! As usual, the oysters were fresh, the delicate appetizers were amazing, and the scallops were seared to perfection.
Greetings! Thank you for your review. Great to know you enjoyed the menu selections at Waterbar. We hope to welcome you back soon! Jason P.
Overpriced lobster roll for the amount of lobster and small bun
&24 no value for mostly fries and small scoop of lobster
Excellent. You must get the scallops and the toffee pudding
Greetings. Thank you for the 5-star review! Great to know you enjoyed the scallops and sticky toffee pudding. We hope to see you again soon! Jason P.
Since only outdoor dining is allowed, we waited 3 weeks for a Saturday afternoon reservation, but it is totally worth it. We arrived on time the lobster bisque was as delicious as ever. For main entree, we all had the lobster roll since Waterbar never overcooks the lobster, uses a lot of chunky claw meat & the bread is always toasted to perfection. For dessert we shared a strawberry tart since they ran out of creme brûlée, but we were just as happy with it. After months of uncertainties & dire Covid news, our experience at Waterbar reminded us we’ll get through this pandemic together & there‘s a beautiful future waiting for all of us.
Everyone stick together and hang on, be well! Thanks! Rich T.
The Waterbar is out go to place when visiting the City. Lunch, brunch or dinner. Always the Best! Great food, great atmosphere, outstanding service.
Richard, thank you so much for the 5-star review and your continued support of Waterbar! Great to know we are your go to place. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Jason P.
Our server was very nice and they were very good about following the Covid guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Ben, thank you for the 5-star review and coming to enjoy Waterbar! Our priority is definitely the safety of our guests and staff in these uncertain times. Great to know you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back soon! Jason P.
We had a wonderful meal. Everything was delicious, particularly the baked oysters, the grilled scallops, the heirloom tomato salad, and the sticky toffee pudding. Great cocktails, too. And of course, you can't beat the $1.05 special on the raw oysters!
Hi William. Thank you for your review and coming to enjoy Waterbar! We hope to see you again soon. Jason P.
The WaterBar is a must for anyone who loves oysters! Great service and friendly staff! beautiful views of the bay and the bay bridge as well. Great cocktails and wine list.
Greetings, Thank you for the 5-star review and your kinds words. We hope to welcome you back to our scenic patio again soon! Jason P.
Waterbar never disappoints
Great view, very good seafood. Good outdoor venue. Bring a sweater.
Thank you for your review!
Met friends for lunch- shared daily oysters which were just ok but also had the fish and chips which was very good. Friends had heirloom tomato salad and lobster bisque which were both excellent. Service was excellent but it is a little pricey with a limited menu but in current times we were ok with that.
Hello Patti, Thank you for your visit to Waterbar. Great to know your enjoyed the service and your menu selections. We hope to welcome you back soon! Jason P.
The food was extremely well prepared and delicious. I did not notice it was salty while eating, but afterwards figured it must have been due to thirst, etc. Ate outdoors due to covid 19. Pleasant experience outdoors. Took a while for the main course to come, but do not know whether this was due to staffing during coronavirus or other factors.
Overall a quality experience making me miss eating out at good restaurants all the more.
Greetings. Thank you for your review and recent visit. We hope to see you at Waterbar again soon! Jason P.
I've lived in SF for 8 years and I cannot believe it took me this long to try this place! I can't wait to go back and it won't be long. I made reservations to celebrate my mother in law's 60th birthday. The food was impeccable! I ate the best salmon I've ever had in my life. Everything was amazing. We had a wonderful time and everyone loved their food.
Good Afternoon. Thank you for visiting Waterbar and celebrating part of your mother-in-law's birthday with us! Great to know you enjoyed your time here. That's quite a compliment on the salmon and we will share with our chefs! We hope to welcome you again soon. Jason P.
Met with a friend I haven’t seen since last year. Immediately ordered 24 oysters for $1.05 each and had a fabulous time! The service was top notch, the weather was beautiful, gorgeous view and on point cocktails. I’ve missed dining out and certainly missed fresh shucked oysters! Will be back again and again and again!
Hi Carolyn. Thank you for your visit and enjoying Waterbar's menu and scenic patio! We hope to welcome you again in the future. Jason P.
Very accommodating , conscientious about being clean .
Hello Melissa. Thank you for visiting Waterbar and your kind review. We hope to see you again soon! Jason P.
During Pandemic, its places like this that ease a bit of the craziness. Great food, drink, service and bay view!
Hi Ken. Thank you for your great review! Glad we were able to provide a bit of a relaxing environment during the times we find ourselves in. Stay safe and we hope to welcome you back soon. Jason P.
Outdoor seating next to the Bay Bridge. Watched sail boats go by, and pedestrians enjoying the wide sidewalk. Also, lovely view of the buildings of the city.
Greetings. Thank you for your visit and enjoying our outdoor dining! We hope to see you again soon. Jason P.
Very good experience! Excellent service with very polite and knowledgeable waiters. Love the tomato salad, lobster roll, oysters and decadent chocolate dessert. We would would like to come again sometime when we’re in the area.
Hello Dan. Thank you for your kind words. Great to know you enjoyed the menu and service. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future! Jason P.
People were very nice but the wine suggestion was terrible with the food, really bad music played in the speaker above us, the waiter rarely came by and it was very expensive. Dinner for two with two glasses of $15 champagne,a dozen oysters, a bowl of soup, two entrees and $60 bottle of wine and a 20% tip came to almost $350. We cannot do that in this new world and after having cooked at home for four months and purchased great wine for less than $40, it just doesn’t make sense. I want to support restaurants but I was very aware of who could afford and who cannot afford to eat here.
Hello Scarlett, Please note that we are not to be making excess visits to tables in this environment. We are doing our best with the restrictions. The pandemic has not made things less expensive for restaurants to operate and we always have reasonable items available, so we thank you for the support. Best regards, Rich T.
Waterbar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Waterbar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 284-9922.
Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 7786 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.