Waterbar

4.7
6979 reviews
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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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Sun - Mon 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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

Disappointing food. Great service and nice location and view. But food must definitely be improved.

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MS
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table on Open Table and requested a table with a good view of the Bay Bridge as an anniversary surprise for my wife. The restaurant very kindly accommodated us. The food was.... WOW! Everything we ordered from appetizers to dessert was delicious. You must try the kampachi sashimi and spring onion pancake. My wife and I shared the Steamed Alaskan Halibut - absolutely fantastic. The entire experience was fantastic, from service to ambience to quality of the food. We were on holiday in SF and were delighted we got to try Waterbar. NOT TO BE MISSED!

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S
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great is every way...food, service, ambiance, view. Will be back. Loved the fish tanks as well!

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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterbar was exactly what I was looking for in a nice evening out. The restaurant was classy without being pretentious and service was amazing. The food was all delicious and the lemon tart was the best dessert I have ever had anywhere!

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We went for a special dinner to this restaurant. When we arrived we were promptly seated at a table with great views of the bridge. The decor is somewhat garish but interestingly appropriate for the place. Our service was very good, accommodating and professional. The food is hit and miss. My squid dish was just poorly prepared, greasy the batter separating from the squid and an overall mess to look at. On the other hand the octopus carpaccio was week executed. The halibut was superbly cooked but was seated on an unidentifiable mash that added nothing to the overall dish. The cake of the hazelnut torta was very dry and could not be saved even with generous helping of Nutella and chocolate. The restaurant has a limited but good selection of mostly Californian wines. I thought it was quite pricey for the quality of the food but I think they are selling the scenery here. I would rather take a walk on the promenade and not return to Waterbar.

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were VERY pleased & thoroughly enjoyed our experience @ the water bar!!! Thank you for such a delicious & truly top notch dinning experience!!! We are definitely recommending the water bar to our family & friends~ <3

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TF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We did a delayed mother's day brunch with my wife, two children (ages 6 and 4), and another couple. The six of us were seated promptly, and the children received menus and coloring books that kept them very well occupied. Our serve was also great with the kiddos, engaging with them in a really friendly, eager way. The ambiance was also perfect for kiddos - with a noise level high enough that they didn't feel disruptive.

The food came in reasonable time, and was delicious. I'd never had pea leaves before, but they came on my benedict and might be one of my new favorite greens. My wife ordered the steak, and it was unbelievably well-seasoned. Smokey and flavorful, absolutely perfect. Only gripe was the side of bacon. I expected something special from a place like this, but what we got was a small plate of bacon that wasn't particularly thick or flavorful. It was fine, but it was disappointing.

The drinks were amazing. Bloody Maries were bright and full of flavor and trimmings, and I personally loved "The Buck."

Overall this place did the impossible: gave us a really nice meal out even with young children in tow. We got to enjoy a fantastic meal right on the bay, and the kids got to enjoy "going to a restaurant" - and we never once felt judge for their noise or rambunctiousness.

We will definitely recommend this place to others, and we'll be back.

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MN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a graduation dinner and they treated us beautifully - a night we’ll always remember!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Friends had recommended the Waterbar for the vibe & view of the Bay Bridge . Both were great , unless seated behind the giant fish tank , which we were . Sea bass & steak were average . They tried to make up for our disappointment with a complimentary chocolate tray for the graduation celebration , which was very nice .

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

Excellent. Location, menu and ambiance.

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L
Oklahoma City
77 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is incredible. The service is very good. The bar is great. Only thing disappointing is that there are limited options on the menu for local fish and seafood. It’s San Francisco. Why are the only options for fish, seafood or shellfish from the east coast or Mexico? When I travel, I prefer local catch.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This restaurants has a very nice main dining room and view. If you are as unlucky as we were and are seated in the nondescript side room, it is not worth the money. The food is good, but not great and not very inventive. Our fish was too dry. Options are very limited and non fish eaters and vegetarians should go somewhere else. The roasted seafood plate that we had as an appetizer was just completely overpriced at $120. We celebrated a special birthday and picked the restaurant for the main dining room as our out of town guests love good views and aquariums. If we had known they would seat us so poorly, we would have chosen a better restaurant that really focuses on the food. We tried to switch tables, but they were not accommodating. The service was good though. Since there is no guarantee that you will be seated in the main dining room, I would go elsewhere.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous view, food, drinks and service! You cannot go wrong with Waterbar!

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n
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

for the price, my steak was horrendously overcooked. since the staff asked, I told them, and they acted awkwardly like they didn't expect me to be honest, nothing about the steak or the meal was corrected. We got hurried away from our table despite being nowhere near the maximum allotted time for a meal, simply because they wanted to clear an already sparse dining room and presumably end their shift early. overall i was very disappointed with teh food and service, but I'm not the type to complain while I'm there.

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BN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was our waiter and he provided the most amazing guest experience, on top of a great atmosphere and fantastic food! I highly recommend Waterbar to everyone!

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OT
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was impeccable

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b
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous food, wonderful and friendly service. gorgeous views.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food plus a $ premium for waterfront location.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waterbar was excellent! View was amazing, they treated us like royalty for Mother's day. Seafood was hyper fresh and the desserts and coffee made the evening soar. Lovely, would totally go back!

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly the best food and service. Couldn’t have had better! Such a wonderful experience!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Felix was outstanding. The food was very good, and the three course Mother’s Day menu was a great value. Each course was delicious and satisfying. It is nice that a special occasion restaurant like this has a kids menu!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely three course prix fixed menu for Mother's Day. Very attentive and friendly staff. Great views. Would recommend for a special occasion.

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GS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant exceeded our expectations. We thought we’d be at a touristy place, but it was hopping with locals and we got seated promptly.

We were delighted to be seated at a table with a killer view of the Bay Bridge in all its glory with the lights. The octopus carpaccio is not to be missed, and some blanc de noir champagne was amazing.

The waitstaff was attentive but not overly so, the food SO good and the locale could it be more perfect. We are so happy that we had a chance to dine here.

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DM
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fresh, inventive and wonderful. Service was very slow - we didn’t get greeted by the waitstaff for 10 minutes after we sat down. Our dessert was almost finished before our coffee was served. Noise level made it very difficult to hear each other at all.

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

Delicious food with the best views of the bay!

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SJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were served lunch at a nice outside table with a view of the Bay Bridge on a crisp, clear afternoon. Food was delicious, served promptly by a courteous and friendly server, but we were never rushed. Highly recommended!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and gorgeous view.

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Steve was amazing! We were celebrating our engagement and he made our night very special and romantic. Food was seriously amazing! Atmosphere was incredible! Highly recommend!

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The maitre d and our server were beyond accommodating, professional and cordial. They transformed what would have been a very good experience into a truly excellent experience. It's a rare and wonderful thing to have levels of service that aren't necessary or mandated or rote. We will be back.

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RN
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. Amazing views, great location, and even better food. Service was prompt and polite. Great dinner place for any occasion.

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J
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great view, food and service well worth a visit

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France
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever for a marriage proposal ! The dinner was excellent and the view wonderful. Waiters were absolutely adorable. Thanks for your kind attention !!

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D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our experience at Waterbar. Our appetizer was amazing. The wine choices were incredible and our entree was delightful. It was my birthday so I ordered the hazelnut dessert and it was delicious. We had a great view of the bay bridge. Next time we’re in San Francisco, we will definitely return.

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CK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

In my opinion, It is very large and very loud. I was surprised by the few number of entrees. The service was good but food came slow. I had steamed halibut that was not all that good.

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Not only a fantastic view over Oakland Bay bridge but also very good fish selections and Professional service. A great place

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CB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Been here many times because Waterbar is one of my favorites! Disappointed for the first time. Two of us ordered Bravatte Steak. The ends were tender but the next bites all the way to the center were chewy and tough. Meat not prepared well; it was either under cooked or a poor piece of flat iron steak. Waiter also should have told us that you charge $10 for the second glass of coke!!! Disappointing visit this time :(

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t
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well we waited a few minutes extra after our reservation time for a better table and it was worth it. Hostess was very sweet and gave us each a glass of champagne while we waited.
Our server Ceasar was awesome very knowlegeable and attentive in a fun way😁
The sommeier came by and really helped with right wine choice it was excellant!!!
We ordered these cheese puffs while having drinks before main meal which were awesome as were the drinks.

Ordered the roasted sea food platter with the the Brazallian sauce on the recomnendation of Ceasar.
Was a 10+ on the scale and paired with the wine was most excellant
We also had a wilted spinach salad pine nuts as a side that was also great
Ceasar for dessert explained all the choices. Went with the chocolate bites to share was an excellant choice.
GM came around and checked on us.

The ambiance and the staff is what makes this place really shine. The food is only one factor but the best part😁😁😁

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Front the waiter, to food- everything was great. Wish we had gotten more raw oysters instead of baked ones. Raw ones were so much better. ( we tried both). Nice view- worth the buck

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all points. A classic worth to visit and a great location and sights

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