Waterbar

4.7
8266 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
• San Francisco municipal law requires guests to wear a face covering when not actively eating, drinking, or when a staff member approaches the table.

• Please observe our house policy of a 2 HOUR MAXIMUM per party.

• DUE TO COVID-19 OR WEATHER ALL RESERVATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR DELAY.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

A 3-course prix-fixe menu will be served for Mother's Day brunch ($60 per person plus tax & 20% auto gratuity). Beverages are charged on consumption. A la carte menu ONLY available for dinner.

What 8266 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.2
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erikN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brunch spot in the city! Especially on a sunny beautiful day. The ultimate bloody Mary’s, oysters, and lobster rolls were super yummy. The steamed mussels and tacos were ok-ish. Service was top notch as alway.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, views and service!!!!!! Thanks for everything

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The Charred Sole with pasta was outstanding .. the remaining dishes were less than expected without a lot of flavor .. ordered the prawns and Halibut in tomato broth. However, The Specialty drink spicy Tequila with cucumber was amazing! The service was inattentive and forgot my husband’s drink order altogether. The atmosphere was beautiful with a great view of Bay Bridge

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vipPegF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating and had a fabulous table on the upstairs patio with a perfect view. Our waitress was great, offering advice on the menu that was spot on. The salmon gravlox was to die for and the caramel "pudding" (which was nothing like what you think pudding is ) was a great finish to a great meal. We differed in our wine taste, but when the suggested wine didn't match my husband's dinner, she provided a glass on the house that paired perfectly. A truly special evening

Waterbar
Responded 8 hours ago

Thanks PegF, great to hear it! Best, Rich T.

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Goldilocks
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The staff was amazing, courteous and friendly! Although it seemed it took a while to get the attention wanted at times, I took into account that it was only one (1) person handling the area I was seated in.
The main course one of my friends and myself ordered was extremely salty, but staff person took it away and served another serving that was not salty.
The ambience and view where me and my two guests were seated was great!

Waterbar
Responded 8 hours ago

Thanks for the feedback GL! Best, Rich T.

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vipKarenD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Server was very attentive, food was great though the ceviche portion was small - glad we had the salad, too, which was delicious. Nice ambience on the upstairs deck.

Waterbar
Responded 8 hours ago

many thanks for the kindness KarenD! Rich T.

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vipChereD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely day by the bay with outdoor seating, delicious food, halibut was amazing. Pasta in starters was fantastic.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much ChereD! Our best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside overlooking sf bay. Eating oysters and drinking fine wine. The BEST! My server, TATE, was charming and so attentive.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you!!! Will share the kind words with Tate! Best, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The views, food and service were incredible! Highly recommend.

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Jane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food choices were excellent. Our waiter was very good and friendly but the busser did not seem friendly or happy to be there. It was my daughter's birthday and would have been nice if we were placed in a much better table where we have the Bay Bridge view. Instead, we were placed where it was obscured from our sight.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was so kind and wonderful. My boyfriend and I were celebrating an occasion and the ambience plus service made our date a wonderful night.

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JohnD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful setting with a window overlooking bay and bridge. Salad was perfect. So divine. Main course was very special, pan roasted halibut.
Service was excellent as was the ambiance. So grateful to be back.
Well done, Waterbar.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Very grateful to have you back John! Thank you! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were not impressed. My Bloody Mary was horrible, the oysters were good. My fish tacos were not very good. I was really disappointed. Our server was like no personality at all. Didn’t seem like he cared too much. Beautiful view but that’s it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and since we were sheltering in place this time last year, it was really wonderful to “dine” again. We had a spectacular seat outside adjacent to the bay. Our table was private and quiet. Our server was very courteous and knowledgeable and made great recommendations for lunch. She also served us courtesy champagne to toast! The food was delicious and service on point. I would definitely recommend and will go again, likely for dinner!

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Poppy25
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible ambiance outdoors on a sunny day. Service was wonderful. Food very good. Will definitely return again. Parking in the area difficult, so plan ahead!

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vipLocalfoodie
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The amuse bouche was a very pleasant surprise. It was so good that my dining companion called the restaurant later to find out what was in it. She now knows she can eat raw fish, perhaps if it is accompanied by so many other delicious ingredients!

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vipGus1
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. You actually feel the different flavors in the preparations. Wow!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Meeting old friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Table was set in full sun, 72°, and our request for an umbrella to be moved in was dismissed even though there was plenty of room. An umbrella was moved in for another table that was only partially in the sun. Food sitting on a table in full sun is unappetizing. It was an incredibly uncomfortable dining experience!

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BOBH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the beautiful afternoon with great drinks, oysters and small plates

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Happy Spring by the Bay! Thanks BOBH, Best, Rich T.

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lalisasf
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant to tske friends to to celebrate a special occasion. Love the food, service snd most of all the view and delicious food. Of course I had an incredible time and it was nice to come back post pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the view outside and our service was perfect.

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DavidsonB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an al fresco lunch on a beautiful day with excellent food and service.

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SeanM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great lunch with my newborn and mother in law. Perfect sunny day and can’t beat the view and proximity to the bay!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Gary, was perfect, the food was delicious, the drinks wonderful. And the oysters? YUM!!!

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Lani
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

The host was rude, and went out of her way to not give me the table I requested even though it was opened. Besides that I loved it, food and service is always amazing.

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vipsuev
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back inside on a great day in SF. The fish tacos were so good, with a really light batter the waiter told us how they made them so they’re crunchy, light and big piece of fish. Yum. Ceviche excellent , French fries salty and good and the dessert was a great topper. Cant wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were amazing and our server was OUTSTANDING!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls weekend! The service was exactly what we wanted for our girls weekend dinner!

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ShelbyI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friends had an amazing time the food was wonderful and our server was fantastic!

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Mackfood1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and wonderful view. The service was great and the food delicious.

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TheRegular
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First indoor dining in a year, and Waterbar was the perfect choice. Service was outstanding - everyone was friendly and helpful. Food was fresh, creative and delicious. Can’t say enough good things about our experience. Thank you to everyone who works so hard at Waterbar!

Waterbar
Responded on April 26, 2021

Many thanks!!! Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff was impeccable, seafood was excellent. Rare steak was overcooked to a med-well. All else was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food to the service it was a 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome view, fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

This was our first visit to this establishment. The Waterbar came highly recommended from a close friend who said the food, decor and views were absolutely amazing. He also told us to make reservations before hand or we wouldn’t get in. Upon arriving we could see that the upstairs deck seating and the outside patio did indeed have beautiful views. Once our waitress brought us inside for our seating the decor inside was also amazing. However, that is not where we were seated. Instead, we were taken downstairs to a far back room that looked very generic. It had a few windows that, if you looked above the overgrown shrubs, you could see the Oakland bridge. To say we were very disappointed in where they had put us would be an understatement. In fact, it’s such a bland room, another couple refused to be seated there and left. It’s as if this room was created as an afterthought to place the overflow of guests the staff couldn’t seat in the actual restaurant. This restaurant is not cheap but you would never guess that by this room. Since it was late, we stayed and made the best of the situation. Sadly we left feeling cheated out of a dining experience we were really looking forward to. One that we had planned over a week in advance while still back home on the east coast.

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vipBillK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice spot. Excellent service.

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Andy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Two bites into my entree, I decided Waterbar had ascended into the top echelon of my favorite restaurants. Everything was outstanding.

Waterbar
Responded on April 26, 2021

Here is to two-bites and many thanks Andy! Our best, Rich T.

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FAQs

Waterbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 284-9922.

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 8266 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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