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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4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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DS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

I’ve been dining at the restaurant since it opened. Had the worst experience I’ve ever had at this restaurant. I was seated in an undesirable very noisy part of the restaurant with multiple large parties. The service was terrible. When I told the waitress my drink was watered down she told me “that’s the way the bar makes it” when I’m spending almost $500 for dinner I don’t expect that kind of service. I’m going to think twice about going back.

c
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal, service, dessert and view were all together wonderful. We really enjoyed our time and highly recommend this place.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks coburns! Rich T.

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OS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food good, but portions are too small for price.

TS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a nice place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The food was good (we had the pre-fixe meal of fresh tuna airy caviar, lobster stuffed with crab and a scrumptious dessert). The views of the illuminated Bay Bridge and giant aquariums added to the ambiance. We appreciated that the restaurants comped our cocktails because it too a very long time between appetizer and entree.

Our table consisted of a chair and on the banquette. Although we’re the same height, I sat much lower on the banquette. And the table was wide, so we felt far apart.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food4service5ambience3

The women’s bathroom was closed 👎🏽

V
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a fine Valentine Day lunch, but I wish there had been more choices to select from. Was hoping for something a bit more special for seafood selections. Also, the dessert selections were good, but not special for the occasion. Previous visits were more memorable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view,food and service

HM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. Super apprehensive because it was such a nice restaurant but everyone there made us feel very comfortable. We were about an hour late for our reservation and they still were able to accommodate us with a baby and we got a table with a very beautiful view of the bay bridge. Everyone was super friendly and our server even gave us two glasses of sparkling wine before we headed out. Can’t wait to go back!!

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

That is so great to Heather! We hope to welcome you and your family often! Thank you, Rich T.

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GF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Love it! thanks Gail! Rich T.

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked the reservation for a business meal. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Our server was great. We will definitely be back.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Many thanks Joanie, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal , awesome presentation and lovely views of the ocean

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar is such an iconic place and because of that you expect great food. I was pleasantly surprised by the great service though. Sometimes at a place like this the wait staff can make you feel like they are doing you a favor. Not here! They were fast, efficient and sensitive to the fact that I was having a conversation and they tried not to interrupt. The food was fantastic! Anyway whether you are having a one on one dinner or a group hang, this is the place. Simply awesome!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Howlerman, So nice of you to share the positive thoughts. Our best, Rich T.

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HV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in SF! Beautiful view of the bridge, huge variety of fresh oysters, nice drinks, great service!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Great to hear and thanks for the share Hannah! Rich T.

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CE
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the bridge and colossal fish tanks complement the white tablecloth service and first class menu. Oysters a bit on the meager side, but solid appetizers and spectacular shared dishes make this a destination. The grilled fish with uni fried rice was one of the best dishes of the year so far, complemented with deep fried baby kale which added a sophisticated crunch. The shared duck came with a deep teriyaki inspired dipping sauce, but it was the kimchi pancake covered in duck confit, crema and flying fish roe that stole the show. Appetizers were all good and not too big so as to interrupt the main event. Wine list has a few hidden gems and reliable standbys under $100, but you can reach for the moon as well. Had a great experience and will be back soon.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hello CE, A warm thank you for sharing, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Our server Samael was great helped us chose the best oyster for our night and gave great suggestions for our meal.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so nice to my boyfriend and I, and the view is unbeatable.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Sebastian! Rich T.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We LOVE their prawn cocktails and oysters!! They have a wonderful view! We love this place!!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Carolc, Come a try a beautiful brunch as well. Many thanks, Rich T.

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JH
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service a bit off
Food didn’t quite make up for service
Oysters were delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and our server was amazing !!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waiter Nik, was informative and ever so friendly . The host was efficient and made it possible for us to have a table with view per our request!

JO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date. Food is amazing. I would go again.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you JeffreyO!. Our best, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My niece celebrated her 30th birthday in the Bridge Tower, and prior to her birthday party, six of us enjoyed am early dinner. Our waiter Nick is amazing! He is truly a professional; but most of all, he was kind and considerate. Furthermore the wait staff for the birthday party never missed a beat---especially Sean and Sean!!! We are all impressed including my parents who are very difficult to please. We hope to have our next family event at the Waterbar. I recommend it highly.

YK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous ambience and service. We had a great time there.

Waterbar
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks so much YongsubK! Rich T.

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect evening. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and I mentioned that in my reservations. We were seated right next to the window so we had a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. A card was waiting at the table signed by the staff wishing my wife a a happy birthday. Food and service were incredible. We will be back again.

Waterbar
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks for choosing to celebrate with us James! Rich T.

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MF
San Francisco
334 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seafood cooked to perfection !! Grilled little gems— the best

EM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, everyone knew what they were talking about and had recommendations. The food was incredible and the view was perfect!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Love to hear that Erin! Thank you! Rich T.

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RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a phenomenal venue for business meeting. Food is awesome and the service is great. Good selections of wine. This is my A1 list for lunch and dinner. If you haven't tried this place yet, you're losing tons of opportunity. Get a reservation early as it gets busy during dinner most especially.

Waterbar
Responded on February 7, 2020

We love hearing feedback like this and appreciate you Rocky! Many thanks, Rich T.

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CF
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service was outstanding. One of my favorite things to do is taking friends and family here on their first visit to San Francisco and it never disappoints.

Waterbar
Responded on February 7, 2020

Many thanks for the kind words and support CityFoodie! Rich T.

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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service and fantastic view.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They greeted us with a card wishing us a happy anniversary, a nice touch. Tate was our server and she was great! She made wonderful suggestions and took it upon herself to split on of our dishes that I had mentioned we both wanted to try. The food was great, the view and interior fish tanks were very cool, we never waited long for anything to be served. The only poor part of the experience was when another gentleman came and recommended a glass of white wine to go with my dinner. I think there is some etiquette about not recommending the most expensive thing on the menu right out the gate. We were having a wonderful fearful time and had gotten such great suggestions from Tate that we didn’t ask much about it. It was a $25 glass of Chardonnay and there was nothing “wow” about it at all.

RW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. We enjoyed the waterfront scene, the Bay Bridge, and were mesmerized by the aquarium. Wonderful and will return!

Waterbar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you Rita! Rich T.

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VB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmoaphere, servise, food are good but restaurant is a little bit overprice.

Waterbar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thanks so much Vera! Rich T.

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b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went as part of restaurant week and specifically booked because of the menu which included yellowtail. I was disappointed that the menu had changed.

Waterbar
Responded on February 7, 2020

We procure the freshest fish possible and there are some days that we may not be able to procure every fish we offer, every day, as the market changes each day. We placed Mahi Mahi, as the offering, which we felt very good about. Thank you bpsf, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience2

Great service, mediocre food

p
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As big and busy as they are, you have to reserve, they seem in control and very personal. The food is outstanding and always changing.

Waterbar
Responded on February 7, 2020

Many thanks ptruce! Rich T.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a family lunch. We did complain that the AC was blowing down on us too cold, but it finally got corrected.

N
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lunch companion and I both had a marvelous sea bass dish—outstanding! A side of grilled baby carrots was a delectable accompaniment. Service was excellent. Coffee was perfect. Can’t wait to go back!

Waterbar
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you Nouniness! Rich T.

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch ... a great server, Chris. Food was delicious and view, even on a rainy day, was fantastic ... bridge overhead.

Waterbar
Responded on February 7, 2020

Many thanks LindaZ! We will share your kind words with Chris. Many thanks, Rich T.

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JG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service
Excellent Food.....ridiculously good !
Excellent Location

Waterbar
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks so much Jose! Rich T.

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