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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Sun - Mon 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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

Went for Brunch. Food was fabulous and service top flight. Beautiful bay view

DP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I could not have asked for a better location to celebrate my birthday with my good friend. We had a table outside slightly hidden with the shrubbery great people watching however we did have a large party next to us when we arrived and they were a bit loud but they left shortly after we sat down. The in-house music I thought was a little too loud. The food was delicious and I thought the pricing was very affordable for San Francisco. Our server was efficient, the food was cooked to order.

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

You can be sure to consistently get a solid meal and/or drinks with great service, ambiance, and a view. If you haven't been, it is definitely worthwhile to go for a special occasion or 'just because'. I had the luck to watch the fleet week air parade with my inlaws on a last minute request while eating lunch making it extremely special.

MV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back on top! Slightly disappointed the prix fixe is gone, but our lunch was exceptional!

LL
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with amazing views. The outside patio cannot be beat. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The only negative was the hostess. We had a reservation and wanted to sit outside. The inside restaurant was empty. She was very discouraging for us to sit outside- telling us it was a 45 minute wait. It ended up being about 5 minutes.

EP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Views. Delicious Fresh Fish. We love this place so much that we had our wedding there last year in their room upstairs.

WG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Arrived early but they wouldn't seat us. Food and bar selection excelllent

f
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous place to enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner. Good for a romantic date or special time with family/friends.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for Sunday lunch. A lot more options than I was expecting. Would come back for dinner!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best customer service I've ever experienced. The waitress was very kind to my parents at the table. My parents get cold easily, and she kindly turned off the AC above our table and gave us blankets and hot tea. Amazing!

Food was very good too, but a little on the pricey side. No complaints about taste and texture. The seasonal whole fish was our favorite.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

For the past 2 years, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at waterbar. We have always had beyond excellent service. However our experience Sunday was mediocre.

Waitress seemed uninterested and didn’t even acknowledge our anniversary, which was on the reservation.

She brought the appetizers out at the same time as our entrees, which had us rushing to finish our appetizers so our entrees would get cold.

The food was good.


Overall it was a ok experience, but I will not be returning next year for our anniversary.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We have visited this place many times for the past decade. This one was a big surprise.
Service and quality of food got worse. Very poor menu.
We made reservation one week for advance and asked for a table by the window, but we
did not get it.
Our waiter was very inattentive. We had to remind him any time to bring what we ordered.
I ordered Sole. It was overcooked and salty.
Very disappointing. Will not be back

BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food, view!! We had the best dining experience.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The plates came too fast ! The waiter tossed my appetizer before i had finished it and placed the entrees on the table ! The entrees were cold and we returned them. At the end they simply heated them up ( a tuna steak and wagu beef the used to be medium rare ! ). Very disappointing for this type of restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very well presented and very good. Highly recommend for any occasion

AS
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous seafood restaurant with wonderful bay views and exquisitely prepared dishes. Be prepared to splurge, spend, and enjoy!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional! Oysters were amazing!

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, great food, excellent service.

GB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great bay view. A real hightlight of San Francisco!

n
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant with excellent fish dishes and exceptionally friendly service. It is always pleasure to have lunch here.

I
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely seat by the window. Staff were personable and helpful, food was delish!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It’s a family gathering that we thought for long during this trip in Sanfran. Tough booked quite some time ahead, and left a message about sitting with views. The restaurant placed ya at the worst location possible in the dining area. Even was changed upon request to a seating with view it’s still separated from the main area with aquariums.

Pasta in the fillies steak is salty as hell, steak is very mediocre but charged for $100. Hawaiian opah was quite salty as well, avocado purée was good.

Came back again after 6 years of my first dining experience and didn’t think it’ll be so bad like this.

CL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

It's beautiful location and service was good but the food was cold and over priced.

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The couple of the oysters we had was not fresh that my friend was in the restroom a long time.

JM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Once we got past the not-so-friendly hostess, the food and service were excellent.

p
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

View is fantastic. Get table by window if possible or outside if weather permits. Very upscale and classy and great for a special date.

Waterbar
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thanks Patrickg! Best regards, Rich T.

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TB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service - we love the oysters both raw and baked. The rockfish salad was delicious and the mussels with tomato broth was wonderful.
Kudos to the chef and entire team including our server Chelsea who was extremely attentive, polite and friendly.

Waterbar
Responded on October 1, 2019

Great to hear and many thanks Tammy! I will happily share with Chelsea. Best regards, Rich T.

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Y
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Bartenders were rude. Ambiance was gorgeous though. Food was expensive and it seemed like they were trying too hard to make it taste good.

LJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a Birthday weekend brunch food and service excellent. Great vibe highly recommend a visit plus $1 Oysters !

Waterbar
Responded on October 1, 2019

Many thanks LewisJ! Rich T.

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S
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Unique. Decor is outstanding as was service. Menus is unique.

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

we made our rez months in advance yet got the WORST table in the place...tucked in a corner next to the kitchen entrance in the ANNEX...the service was not only INATTENTIVE, it was RUDE, the food extremely disappointing...go elsewhere

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to the waterbar for both business casual and for a very romantic date night. I’d like to think I don’t hand out 5 stars in every category very easily. Waterbar always meets and exceeds expectations.

The menu constantly changes with new recipes based on the season and availability of fresh fish at market. The food is delicious and plated/presented in a visually stimulating, appetizing, artistic fashion. The kitchen clearly takes pride in their work. The dishes are seasoned and well balanced with the main dosh and the sauces are just enough to enhance flavor so as not to detract from the main feature on your plate.

Our waitress on Thursday, (Sophia if I recall), was professional, engaging and went above and beyond. We ordered these incredible chocolate clams (that’s their color, not their flavor - photo below) and the shell is so beautiful that she washed them for my date to take home to her daughter. She was attentive in her service but not so much that we felt interrupted, and she just added to an already great experience.

The hosts were also able to get us one of the best booth seats in the restaurant because really, the Waterbar’s location is the best in the city with giant windows to view the new span of the Bay Bridge. At night, with the bridge’s dynamic lighting, the view is in my opinion more magical and romantic than the city of Paris. Since my date was from out of state, she had never had this experience.

We finished with a rich chocolate Tiramisu for dessert. The presentation was again really well done, with chocolate cocoa on one edge of the plate, like a crescent moon.

The restaurant is very popular and reservations typically need to be made in advance for normal dinner hours, but around 9pm you may be able to score a reservation on the same day.

For the quality, location, ambience and professional service the value is really excellent at the Waterbar.

Waterbar
Responded on October 1, 2019

WOW! We are so pleased to hear the enjoyment in your words - it is what we work for indeed. Many thanks, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elementary school reunion

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with fresh seafood.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and amazing meal

HS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here on a Sunday night, absolutely best experience!!! Food was delicious, just the right portions, great service and the noise level moderate.... Will be back soon!!

Waterbar
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you HeleneS! Best regards, Rich T

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view is spectacular! But the music was a tad too high for outdoor brunch vibe.

MJ
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday celebration. Party of eight seated outside in beautiful weather and at the footsteps of the beautiful Bay bridge. Service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Can’t wait to go back the next time we visit San Fran

Waterbar
Responded on September 24, 2019

MJ, That sounds terrific! Thanks for celebrating with us at Waterbar! Rich T.

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FF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience, /Great food, exceptional staff and beautiful setting all make for a great evening.

Waterbar
Responded on September 24, 2019

Many thanks Fred! Rich T.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was cooked to perfection & so fresh. Wait staff were very kind, & knowledgeable. It just took way to long for drinks to arrive as well as food courses.

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