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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4.7
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4.7
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JH
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special crab cake sandwich is terrific!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for absolute top notch service? COME HERE. We came for an anniversary dinner and the Waterbar employees took the time to write a personalized card for us put on our table with the most incredible views. Multiple servers catered to our table and wished us well. Food was incredible with a complimentary glass of dessert champagne with dessert. Great food, great view and great employees - we’ll be coming back soon and with guests!

w
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, view all amazing!

ES
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our first time coming here for dinner. It was 8pm on a Sunday. But the place was lively. Everything was great, minus the very rude and ignorant of others, a family of 4 adults and 2 children. The baby boy was behaving perfectly. But the 4-5 year girl wa as loud and obnoxious and not one of her parents tried to calm her down. It was ridiculous. I would hate to be on a romantic first date and see this.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable evening-thank you so much!!

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor service, overcooked lobster.

TD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Waitstaff was helpful and did not rush us. The food selection was unique and the dishes were outstanding. The noise level made conversation somewhat difficult but I don't know how this could be mitigated. Maybe acoustical panels in the ceiling? The views were amazing!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

hanks so much 3rdDan, Best, Rich T.

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BM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner with my husband and adult daughter. Great views, excellent service, delicious and creative food.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for enjoying with family Barbara! Best, Rich T.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the ambiance was wonderful. Great view of the Ba Bridge all lit up at night

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks Mark! Rich T.

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TC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, excellent service.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks Chance! Rich T.

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TP
Orlando
80 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was impeccable. Caesar was our waiter and was incredibly patient with our questions and knowledgeable of the menu. And the service went beyond him to the entire staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Tpuckens! We take such pride in our entire staff, and Cesar is a star - so nice to hear your comments. Our best, Rich T.

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AL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

About what we expected albeit very pricey for what you get.

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was wonderful but the service was lacking. We expected a wait for oysters but not the 40 minutes it actually was. The waitress was very nice, but she kept saying things were coming when we asked, but they didn't until we reminded her again. Also, I asked for crayons and a coloring book for my granddaughter, but that never came and she became involved with something else so I didn't ask again. Nevertheless, it was an overall good experience--again, the food, ambience, and view were great.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Hello Carol, Thank you for the details. We will get very challenged when we have 30 or more tables at the same time enjoying oysters and shellfish - these items are slow food, and take time for shucking. We understand the wait and do our best to shuck with vigor. Best regards, Rich T.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was great.

ND
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant that looks right out to the SF bridge. The restaurant had a wonderful energetic atmosphere will very diverse people. They wonderfully accommodated one of our members in our party who was vegan, and the chef personally created an all vegan dish that was huge! Our waiter Mike was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire night! Will definitely be returning again!

Waterbar
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for sharing Nina! We so appreciate the kind support, Our best, Rich T.

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DS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

Waterbar
Responded on February 18, 2020

I understand your disappointment and apologize. This is one individual not executing standards we have held for years. That is unfair for our guest and her colleagues. Thank you, Rich T.

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EH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great! We missed that there were sides to the shared cod platter, so we ended up ordering too much food.

MJ
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My only deception is the table. I made my reservation one month in advance to have a perfect table with the view and we were seated at a spot were one of us could appreciated any view.

c
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thanks coburns! Rich T.

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JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This beautifully designed restaurant is excellent in a number of ways. The food was generous and expertly prepared. We shared the Muscovy duck done two ways--confit and roasted. It was by far the best duck we've ever had. The view of the Bay Bridge, with its spectacular light effects was a romantic touch that will bring us back again. The service was light-hearted and attentive and made for a memorable experience and we shall return!

Waterbar
Responded on February 18, 2020

With appreciation JuneM. Our best, Rich T.

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OS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food good, but portions are too small for price.

Waterbar
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thanks for your thoughts Susanna, Rich T.

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TS
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience3

The women’s bathroom was closed 👎🏽

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a lovely Valentines dinner with my girlfriend. We got lucky and got a table by the window that had an amazing view of the Bay Bridge that transitioned from sunset to dancing lights. The ONLY thing that wasn’t awesome was the food - just okay. For Presentation I give the food 10/10. Taste maybe 7/10, but the view made up for it. Avoid the scallops on the appetizer menu. WAY TOO salty.

V
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view,food and service

HM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020

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 on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2020

Love it! thanks Gail! Rich T.

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020

Many thanks Joanie, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal , awesome presentation and lovely views of the ocean

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020

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

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HV
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded on February 15, 2020

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

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CE
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020

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 on February 15, 2020

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 on February 15, 2020

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 !!!

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