Waterbar

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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

For Mother's Day, Waterbar will offer a 3-course prix-fixe brunch menu for $55 per person. Multiple choices will be offered in each course. Our a la carte menu will only be available during dinner service.

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KK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! Precious knew exactly how to romance each dish and we were not disappointed. The ambiance was stunning from the spectacular fish tanks and dancing lights on the bay bridge.

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

Waterbar is our go-to place to dine in SF. Love it!!!

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

We enjoyed a beautiful brunch on Easter. We were seated early, the service was spot on, the food was delicious and lots of choices on their Easter menu. Cocktails were a little pricey but you can't beat the view!

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation on the PATIO for Easter brunch. We arrived 30 min early checked in and sat in the bar. I checked with the hostess multiple times after of reservation time had passed to check the availability of our table. Each time she tells me that people are lingering because it’s a nice day. Nevertheless I see others walk up and be seated in the patio area.

Eventually she comes for us and tries to give us an indoor table. I remind her we reserved a patio table. Back to waiting 50 min past our reservation time she tells us that there is seating on the upper deck which we accept. It is hot and stuffy up there and has a clear view of the patio. I see them seating more groups after ushering is upstairs.

What was it about us that we didn’t deserve the patio even though we reserved it? I won’t come here again. By the time we were seated they were out of many of the featured items.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

My guests felt the service was very cold as the server didn’t have any interest in serving them. The food took a long time.

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

Excellent service. Good food. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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

We always enjoy the ambiance, food and service...looking forward to bringing more friends and family to Waterbar

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K
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The view is the only thing good about Waterbar. The service was mediocre, the menu options didn't provide much selection and the tuna that I ordered was bland. If you are a tourist visiting SF and this was the only place you could visit, then fine. Otherwise, save your money and find somewhere else.

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

Arrived to find we were seated next to a huge party of 12 people, which was going to make conversation with our dinner companions extremely difficult. We asked to be moved if possible, and were immediately shown to a nice booth with a beautiful view in the main dining area. Our server, Cesar, was fantastic. He gave expert advice on what to order for our party of four and was helpful but not hovering. We ordered the branzino and the seafood platter to share, as well as salad and asparagus. All were excellent. We would certainly go again if we were looking for a high-end location for a special meal.

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ME
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was fabulous! Unfortunately, the waiter was horrible...couldn't even get a salad out within 30 minutes. Had to finally ask our busser for drinks, then another order of oysters. He brought out 2 glasses of sparkling wine and a glass of wine to a table next to us...and couldn't bring one we had ordered! Conflicted on going back...might find another restaurant that serves oysters, the service was that bad...

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

I was concerned about the reviews on the service but very pleasantly surprised by our Waitress attention. She was professional and courteous and the food was fresh and delicious.

I had requested a table with a view of the bridge and the request was accommodated even though the restaurant was busy. Thank you for paying attention to detail.

I will definitely be back .

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LS
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything exceeded our expectations. The Maitre'd on arrival was absolutely helpful and charming. My friend is handicapped and needed additional help. The table was fantastic and looked out onto the San Francisco Bay on a glorious day. We ordered the day's special to start with a couple of glasses of Sparkling French Rose - perfect. The waiter was knowledgeable, did not rush us, and thanked us for coming. We chose the tuna with a side order of Brussel sprouts with melon - both dishes we would order again. Thank you Waterbar for an exceptional experience. We will be back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

IT TOOK FORVER TO GET OUR FOOD. SERVICE IS A BIT SLOW.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took out of town guests for lunch. We all had a great meal with attentive service and a beautiful setting.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Me and a friend of mine were recommended to this restaurant we live Buy Santa Barbara but we thought we would go for a nice fish dinner. She got the sea bass I got the halibut. Her Seabass had a over half of it was a bloodline, served over ravioli that was absolutely hard as rocks. We did tell the waitress who in turn told the chef and they did replace it with another dish full. My halibut was the smallest piece I've ever had served with three pieces of asparagus over purple grits. The flavor was good but for the price it was totally not worth it. I'm 70 years old have worked hard for my money and I will not be returning.

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Italy
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst meal and service in sf

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It is obvious no one reads the comments you leave when making a reservation. The salad and starter where ok but the Steak was horrible horribly under cook

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special times with special friends deserve an evening ensconced in the culinary and visual splendor of the Waterbar...

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BW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful table with a perfect view of the Bay bridge. Our waiter was great and the food was delicious. it was so magical when the lights came on the bridge, an only in SF moment!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great experience but we did have to ask for bread 4 separate times.

Overall amazing place to eat and will definitely go back.

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AL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting on the patio on a perfect day. Food delicious too.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Every time is good but not yesterday. Maybe they are too busy

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MA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience in a spectacular setting overlooking the Bay Bridge and SF Bay. Extensive seafood menu with and extensive oyster menu. This restaurant is for a special night out - it is pricy, but the food, service, and ambiance are excellent.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, but our waitress barely made eye contact with us and just kept looking around when she was at our table.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters, perfect presentation, couldn’t ask for more

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a special place with awesome view, good service, and great seafood

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H
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I’ve had here is outstanding and they change their menu all the time which is fun. It’s quite pricy but I e never had anything I didn’t like at Waterbar. The customer service is also amazing!

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P
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my Mom for her Biethday and the staff was outstanding and treated my Mom like the Queen she is! Would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was AMAZING!!

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AL
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Ambiente und Essen ware grossartig. Die Lautstärke war jedoch so hoch, dass man sich nicht normal unterhalten konnte. Das war leider sehr schade

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TX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect! It was planned and paid for by my friends as a gift for my husband and I

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L
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A little more expensive but beautiful view of the bridge lit up at night.

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J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waterbar is my go-to especially when I have out of town visitors not only for the food and service, the orchestra seats beneath the Bay Bridge make for an unmatched evening. The only change I would welcome is a reduced noise level to better enjoy the conversation.

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KD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic views and food! They have a wonderful oyster selection and the cocktails were excellent. The food is pricey, but delicious and well worth it for a special evening with one of the best views in San Francisco.

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D
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great innovative food along with
Fantastic oyster selections.
Would like to see a little more emphasis in California wines especially Sauvignon Blanc. I like to stay in and support my zip code.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a weekend in San Francisco visiting with my college age daughter. Waterbar was the perfect combination of ambiance, and exquisite dining. Service was impeccable. I’ll definitely be back.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. They took such good care of us but also gave us privacy, which is what we required.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The view was amazing. As was the food . The wine was good. The only criticism I’d have is the pseudo stuffed fish on the walls which appeared very out of keeping with a contemporary interior design

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

We had the best experience! Food, wine and atmosphere were on point! The sommelie was one of our highlights of the experience. She is very knowledgeable, personable, and welcoming.

Cheers to our next visit!

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KR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a location with a great menu and wine list. Will return in a heartbeat.

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