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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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, excellent service.

TP
Orlando
80 reviews
Dined 3 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 a day 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 7 days ago
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 a day 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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 !!!

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 on February 15, 2020

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 on February 15, 2020

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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