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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall was good, not exceptional. I was expecting something different talking about the food. Portions are extremely small for the cost, so be prepared to expend a lot of money if you want to get satisfied.

B
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to the Waterbar when we head to San Francisco for a play. The service is tops, the view and atmosphere are beautiful and relaxing, and the food is first-rate.

Waterbar
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you so very much Bill! Rich T.

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f
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waterbar is a high energy, beautifully designed fun young restaurant with views of the lights on the Bay Bridge. The service is impeccable and the seafood is fresh, delicious. However, the "new" SF rich are young, loud and Instagramming away so those looking for quiet, refined dining might look elsewhere. We go at least once a year for the view, the fresh seafood and for the energy that isn't our usual style.

Waterbar
Responded 4 hours ago

Hello Foodie, We so appreciate the loyal support. We always try to provide a great experience for our guests, as far as the social element, change is constant. Many thanks, Rich T.

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DB
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Waterbar since they first opened. That was eleven or twelve years ago. I have never been disappointed by a meal, a cocktail, or the service. Everyone there is exceptionally nice and very professional. The menu changes daily so I'm always assured of trying something new. This visit included an amazing mushroom soup that I hope is on the menu when I go back in three weeks. A visit includes the amazing view of the bay and the bay bridge. If you go for dinner you'll be able to see the light show up close and personal.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Hello DBA1, Our appreciation for your long-standing support! Say hi on your next visit! Our best, Rich T.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a great time. Our waiter Sam was extremely good. The food was delicious. Definitely a 5 stars restaurant.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much Roxced! Rich T.

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CC
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my 4yr old grandson for lunch after a Christmas children’s symphony. We were given a wonderful table by a fish tank and with a view of the bridge. He loved the shrimp cocktail minus the hot sauce. Service impeccable.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

That sounds great! Thanks Cha Cha, Best, Rich T.

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ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous interior, and yet no trip to Waterbar would be complete without a stroll just outside under the Bay Bridge. Simply stunning and incredibly romantic. The service was very good, but the star was the food. Creative preparations with an emphasis on surprising flavorfulness. Near the very top of my favorites.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for the support NDF, Our best, Rich T.

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BC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It left us filled with joy and totally satisfied that we spent our 7rh Anniversary at Waterbar.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble lugar!! Fuimos a cenar. Desde el restaurant se ve todo el puente iluminado. La comida 10 puntos. Servicio y ambiente espectacular. Muy recomendable

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HC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal meal with a breathtaking view. I am sorry that I don't remember our waitress' name. She was funny, delightful and made wonderful recommendations. While I'm sure most would go for seafood we both opted for the steak dish and it was out of this world! Our last night in San Francisco couldn't have been spent in a more lovely spot. Thank you to all of the staff for making it so memorable! If you are visiting San Francisco do not miss an opportunity to dine here!

Waterbar
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thanks so much HCameron! Rich T.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Slow service, okay food.

B
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fab. Great table by window.

p
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Limited very expensive menu
Oysters great
Sent swordfish back; much too salty

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Patti, We are happy to handle any menu needs in the moment. Thanks for the support and detail, Rich t.

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WY
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch w longtime friends on a rainy weekday so Not very busy. was fine for us because they did not hurry us. And could be why noise level was good. Service was excellent and food was very good. Oysters, tuna ceviche, and crab cake special sandwich with a Pilsner.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Willy, Thanks for enjoying and making a rainy day a nice day! Rich T.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything you could ask for in an exquisite dining experience was enjoyed by my family celebrating dual birthdays. The views both inside and out are stunning as the Bay Bridge light show and large aquariums were perfect backdrops to the romantic ambiance. The service was exceptional as was the food. Five stars in our rating scale!

M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what a surprise! We thought that because of the beautiful setting that this might be a tourist trap and not a serious restaurant. This is a great dining destination that serves beautifully prepared food by outstanding servers. From our starter of Dungeness crab cocktail to dessert we savored every bite. The 1.5 lb lobster was the best that we have had in years and the Wagyu version of flank steak was cooked to perfection. Gruyere cheese pastries were a pleasant twist as a bread option. Sofia, our server, was over the top and really sets the bar high for others. She was very professional and also made the evening fun. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thanks so very much Maddog! Our best, Rich T.

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p
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar never fails to deliver. Celebrating our sons engagement to our soon to be daughter-in-law. The view is great of the bridge with its now not so new light show. Just a great place to have a great dinner.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you Palovoi, for the support and for celebrating such a joyful time with family! Our best, Rich T.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Highly recommend this place for dinner. Brunch is not at the same level and lacks menu diversity and quality execution. Drinks and deserts highlight an average brunch experience.

Waterbar
Responded on December 5, 2019

OK, we will take a look at brunch per your challenge, thanks! Rich T.

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NP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every Nice experience, service and food was excellent. The view was amazing!!

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thanks Nadia! Rich T.

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CW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful inside and out with great night view of the bridge and the lights. Wonderful seafood.
Quite noisy if you are into that. Outstanding Kuleto decor!

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Many thanks Charlie! Rich T.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re a sea food lover, that’s an exquisite place to taste some really really awesome sea food. The starters, entrees, sides, desert, beverage offerings are just out of the world. All of this makes sense off course if you have a world class hospitality being offered by the restaurant and the staff. I’m super happy to experience their hospitality. The staff is so nice to welcome you, make you feel comfortable and accommodate to every thing that’ll make your dining experience, just wow! That’s what I luv about this place. Fantastic cuisine, service, ambiance and staff!!!

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Hello Shakil, Thank you so much for enjoying and detailing what made you happy at Waterbar! Rich T.

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N
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited on a rainy Tuesday and it was busy. Despite that, I had great service from Tate, who was attentive, friendly and gave great recommendations. The food was delicious! Well-seasoned bass that was cooked to perfection. Watching the Bay Bridge through the raindrops on the window was beautiful, as was watching the fish in the two tall aquariums.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

I will share with Tate, thank you Naturelover! Rich T.

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LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, and view of the Bay Bridge. Service was excellent and food delicious. A bit pricey but overall good!

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Many thanks Laura, Rich T.

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E
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waterbar never disappoints. The cuisine is outstanding. Two of us had the branzino fish special for two. Delicious. Served on a platter and boned.

The setting and view of the bay from ones table is special.

Our server was uncharacteristically slow. We had relatively long waits between ordering wine and receiving it and then before being able to order appetizers.

The wine list is moderate in the number of choices and has some relatively affordable items under $100.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you for the support and detail Eagleeye, We hope to welcome you soon, Rich T

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CS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wait staff amazing- can’t wait to go back!

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2019

That sounds great! Thanks ChrisS! Best, Rich T.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to the Waterbar for his birthday dinner. He had a half dozen oysters which he loved, and we had swordfish and Tombo Tuna. We also had chocolate bread pudding (not at ALL the typical "bread pudding") and home made chocolate ice cream - it was all very delicious, with all sorts of levels of flavors, but all working together well. We also had a couple of tasty cocktails, and some pinot wine. And the view of the lights on the bay bridge in the background made it superb.

Easy reservation through Open Table and they wrote "Happy Birthday" on his dessert with a candle to blow out and a handwritten card! All in all, a fantastic and memorable night for us both.

Waterbar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hello Carevic, Thanks so much for celebrating with us at Waterbar! See us soon for a fun time at brunch on he weekend. Best regards, Rich T.

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SC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location and establishment was beautiful. The staff was pleasant and very attentive. The food was amazing.

Waterbar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Many thanks Stephanie! Rich T.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was of mixed quality and considering the name, there was a disappointing lack of seafood options

Waterbar
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hello, We would like to understand your comments. We currently offer more than fifteen different oysters, scallops, lobster, crab, stone crab, smoked sturgeon, four caviars, uni, black bass, black cod, swordfish, tombo, amberjack, roasted shellfish plater, and whole roasted branzino. Seems like a pretty attractive line up to us. What else or more were you expecting? Thank you, Rich T.

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Great food for pesceterians and non-pesceterians. :)

Waterbar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thanks Cluadia! Rich T.

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BR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great service and still a laid back vibe.

Waterbar
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thanks Brett! Rich T.

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NP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 4 flies buzzing around our table. We ignored them and tried to make the best of our lunch date, our waiter got busy towards the end and took awhile to bring us our check.. as well as picking up the check. Food was great!

Waterbar
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hello Nelly, We are located on the bay and the doors are most often always open, so some uninvited guests may arrive. Please note that we are on SF Port land and it is illegal to use any pesticides of any kind on property. Thank you for joining us, Best Regards, Rich T.

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JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with a smile, food was presented extremely well with full of flavor.

Waterbar
Responded on November 21, 2019

We love to hear it John! Thanks! Rich T.

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LP
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Waterbar! All four in our group agree it was exceptional in every way. From ambiance to service, from flavor profiles to presentations... it was outstanding.

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Oh, we are a little puffy with pride! Thanks! Rich T.

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MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and was a great lunch to sit outside.
the food is incredible highly recommend the mushroom soup, crab cake, and the shrimp cocktail was perfection.

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Many thanks Mariesa! Rich T.

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food - Great, Waiter - Top notch, but I still would not give it a 5 star. I went with an infant who is very well behaved at restaurants. She spilled a few pieces of her wafers on the floor and the cleaner came to our table, moved her high chair (she was being held by her dad), while I was eating my dinner - told us it was really "MESSY" and he cleaned out the floor.
Every 20 minutes he would come back and ask if he can clear our plates- which was very uncomfortable and not so welcoming.!

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for the share Aswathy, Please note that is certainly some behavior we do not train. We will share with the team so they are far more aware. We love kids and dogs, and have been recognized for both. Hope to welcome you back and sorry for any awkward feelings. Our best, Rich

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H
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view and service. Just a bit too noisy for my taste

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks Huegel, We are not known for being quiet, ... thank you! Rich T.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

HD
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Let's start by saying I love this restaurant. It's a go-to spot when someone is visiting from out of town or for meeting a friend coming from the East Bay to celebrate a special occasion. This visit was one of those get-together events. It was a great time and great food. I do have two criticisms which aren't deal-breakers: The chicories with the pork belly were way under-dressed and the bloody-mary one person in the group ordered as we sat down didn't arrive until much later, which was time to switch to wine for dinner. A bit picky I know so still love this place and still recommend it.

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks Happy, We appreciate the details of experiences, and especially when conveyed in such positive terms! Our best, Rich T.

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FB
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

While I would recommend Waterbar, it is more because of the atmosphere and setting. Usually their food is excellent, but this last dinner was not outstanding. My Little Gem Salad was not to our liking at all. The Swordfish, while very tasty, was nothing special. Not like years ago, when it was blackened and exceptional. Those who ordered oysters at our table were very pleased with them. There was nothing on the dessert menu that was appealing, so we skipped dessert.

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks Food Bug, I will share with the kitchen. We would have been happy to replace these items, please do not hesitate to let us know, so we can do something in the moment for you to better enjoy. Best regards, Rich T.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waterbar was amazing! My favorite dish by far was the dessert. The ambiance was amazing with beautiful fish tanks and the bridge in the back view. Would highly recommend!

Waterbar
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks so much Claire! Rich T.

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