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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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was cooked to perfection & so fresh. Wait staff were very kind, & knowledgeable. It just took way to long for drinks to arrive as well as food courses.

MF
New England
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding first experience at Waterbar and most definitely wont be our last!! Thank you!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

We look forward to next! thank you Mary! Rich T.

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CW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our favorite meal in San Francisco. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Great to hear and thank you Catherine! Rich T.

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GD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and service. Had a wonderful evening.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Many thanks Gary! Rich T.

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LT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food but supercilious reception young man. Seemed to think we were beneath him.
Waiter excellent however. Very helpful.
Problems with bill. Tip added in full amount to both credit cards instead of halving it as with rest of bill. Also repeated reminders that we were expected during week prior to arriving and then the ignominy of being accused the next day that we did not turn up when we clearly did. Your computer reservation system needs attention.
Pity to spoil a wonderful dining experience because of these non-culinary matters.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Leslie, We apologize for the miscues and thank you very much for the details associated. Our best, Rich T.

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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

They got our bill wrong by a large amount luckily we noticed it but not v professional.
Disappointing.
Also on entrance the fellow at reception was not friendly or v helpful

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Mike, Sorry for the miscue and feelings associated with your visit. Thank you for the feed back. Best regards, Rich T.

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MT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful place to celebrate a birthday. The food is incredible - the menu changes daily so a varied palate is a plus. The main room is beautiful, windows highlighting the Bay Bridge and beyond. So lucky to have been seated here. The staff is very knowledgeable and wonderfully solicitous. It's pricey, with portions on the small side and everything extra (including bread service) but this was a most decidedly delicious experience. They even wrote "Happy Birthday"on a plate accompanied by some scrumptious jellies.

d
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went there for lunch with 2 colleagues who had never eaten there before. We were all surprised that for a seafood restaurant there wasn’t a fish entree on the menu (other than fish & chips). Never was provided bread (both tables around me were) and waitstaff lacking attentiveness.

While the food that came out was fine, we were all underwhelmed.

OT
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love to start our San Francisco experience with lunch at the Waterbar. Weather allowed us to enjoy outdoor seating (always a plus).

The oyster special wasn't as tasty as usual, but still very good, especially at $1.05 each.

Appetizers were fabulous as always!

And Felix, our server, was a delight!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Great to hear, Go Felix! Thanks, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

サンフランシスコでは最高ランクのシーフードレストランです。地元の方も記念日などや重要な人とのディナーに利用しています。アメリカですので基本的に予約しないとなかなか食事できません。味もサービスも良いレストランです。間違いありません。食後の散策も安全な地域です。

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, food, and service!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

They ran out of a lot of the things we wanted (including table service bread). The food we did get was good and the service was great.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

We apologize and understand the disappointment of menu items being sold out. Thank you! Rich T.

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JH
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was ok. Food good. Ambiance was nice.

NB
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to see people watch the Embarcadero, and experience wonderful food. We were extremely pleased with our service even on a busy Friday night and the food was far better than great. We were seated on time, got great table by the window and the oysters started us off with a bang. The crab and salads were also wonderful and the fish entrees were exceptional.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Sounds like a great night at Waterbar! Thank you NeilB! Best, Rich T.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special occasion with friends. We were given a great table by the window and the food, beverages and servers were top notch. I noticed a crack in my glassware and this was replaced immediately with a fresh drink.

KG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! A bit on the pricey side but we enjoyed it.

g
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

What a lovely venue in which to enjoy a seafood lunch with a side of bay vista. The prix fixe is an incredible deal and the food was delicious. There were a few issues with dishes and drinks requiring extra time, but we were enjoying our visit and didn’t care.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

Hi gourmetgal, Thanks for relaxing and enjoying! Best, Rich T.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday dinner

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food - this place never disappoints

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Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. atmosphere is cozy and great night view of ockland bay bridge. just only hope serving to be more faster

CB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful and our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful giving us insights into the menu :)

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thanks Candice!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I eat here once a quarter for business and this was the BEST meal I've ever had there. Food was really great; the steak perfectly cooked and the first bite of the tuna salad was so good, I lost my train of thought and that's saying something! Felix (our server) was also +++

Waterbar
Responded on September 11, 2019

Great to hear barbaras! Many thanks, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Mucho ruido.
Camarero habla demasiado para tener una buena propina pero el resultado es que acaba siendo pesado.

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DL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a birthday dinner here and everything was perfect. The reviews definitely helped in my restaurant choice selection. But after I walked in the ambiance was amazing, the staff was amazing, the food was amazing and everything personalized that I requested was there and perfect for the occasion. The Bay Bridge views were obstructed slightly but nonetheless gorgeous and the fish details are perfect. I can’t thank you enough. I will definitely be back whenever I’m in San Francisco.

Waterbar
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello DawannaL, We are happy when amazing is used multiple times in a review! Many thanks, Rich T.

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A
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary food, service and view. We did have to wait about 15 minutes even with a reservation (which we had had for several weeks.. We literally had the worst seats In the restaurant and still had a magnificent time. Advice??? Book early! It is amazing.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you Alicia, Just a great THANKS to you for enjoying! Rich T.

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b
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Underwhelmed, unimpressed and never going back. Came here for wife’s birthday but waiter and manager that served us didn’t acknowledge the occasion at all, even though I brought it up on the reservation and when ordering.

Waiter looked bored and miserable, didn’t smile at all.

Food was so so, definitely overpriced for what we got. Ordered the shrimp dumplings, which was tasty, but 3 small dumplings for $18 is ridiculous. Sea bass was good. The mahi was undercooked and cold, even though we asked for well done.

Didn’t stick around for dessert and went elsewhere.

Definitely do not recommend this restaurant, we’ve been to others along he Embarcadero that are much better for similar prices.

MC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my husband’s & his sister’s birthdays. I made a mistake in the time of the reservation and the host was most accommodating and still managed to get us a view table. He saved our evening and we made our show reservations on time. We ordered the Sea Bass, the Opah and the Halibut. Each dinner was delicious. It’s one thing to have a good meal but all three entrees were exquisite. This was our third experience at Waterbar and it was equally outstanding. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

Waterbar
Responded on September 11, 2019

Michelle, Thanks so very much for celebrating with us at Waterbar! Best regards, Rich T.

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Impeccable. Paying for the views? Sure, but the service and menu/quality were absolutely fabulous! Thank you for getting it right.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you CaperD, Premium seafood carries a premium price; we are about providing a great overall experience and appreciate guests that appreciate what we do. Our best, Rich T.

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EC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation was cancelled due to power outage and we weren’t even notified. We still came to the place and had to drive for an hour, but they didn’t even apologize.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

We lost power and could not do anything about a reservation system that was not accessible due to the power outage, we do apologize. Thank you, Rich T.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Extremely disappointed. We booked through open table for lunch outside on Saturday. We arrived at the restaurant looking forward to the experience only to find the restaurant closed due to a power outage. Opentable had confirmed the reservation a short time before but nobody had the courtesy to let us know! We had just spent $20 on a cab to get is there!

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2019

We understand and apologize. This day was completely out of our control due to a uninformed PGE outage that left us with no ability to access our reservation system. If we could have had this access, we must certainly would have called all of our valued guests. Thank you, Rich T.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing ... will be visiting again very soon

Waterbar
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thanks Teamnosleep21! Best, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Not overly pricey given the high quality of the dishes.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is hard to beat and ambiance is one of my favorites in the whole city. Our waitress was amazing!

Waterbar
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you so much Martha! Rich T.

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w
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party loved the Lobster roll, was one of the best! The elegant presentation of the plum sorbet was as amazing as the great flavor! Absolutely will return!

Waterbar
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you Wandal! Rich T.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious mussels. Wonderful view.

AP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was terrible. Major ingredients left off, the entree meat served stone cold on a cold plate, canned products used in dishes. This restaurant has gone way downhill.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello Au, Respectfully, we are not going downhill. We proudly have a 4.6 score on Open Table for example. We have never used a canned anything on our menu, nor never would. We understand that you did not like things, but there is no reason to attack integrity of our business or any business. Rich T.

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KM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Our most disappointing San Francisco dining experience by far. We booked far in advance deliberately because we wanted a special table with the outstanding view this restaurant is renowned for. Being relegated to a marginal location in the rear dining room, while two tables remained empty in the aquarium room, was an insult. The host staff must have been hoping for someone more 'important' to drop by. The wait person was aloof, borderline snooty; she did not enhance the dining experience. The food was very good, but not remarkable. The ambiance of 'trying to hard to be trendy' detracted. Not the place for a friendly, comfortable meal. We wont be back.

Waterbar
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hello Kristy, Well, this is so humbling for us to hear. I have sent your review to the entire hospitality team, as we never want our guest to have the perceptions that you share. I apologize for the disappointment and thank you for sharing your feelings. We pride ourselves on providing special guest experiences for our guests and never do we want to under-deliver for them. Sincerely, Rich T.

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B
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the 16oz steak, seabass, and veal and few appetizers to share for 5. Food quality were excellent however I feel everything is salty especially the pasta that goes with the steak. We told the server and she brought us a new pasta which was still salty. Otherwise everything else were cooked to perfection. We had a very fun night. Thank you.

Waterbar
Responded on September 5, 2019

Many thanks Babie! We will share with chef, our best, Rich T.

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed.
I asked for a nice table and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant which was very busy. My wife had a nice view whilst I spent my time next to the fish tank.
The waiter was rude and arrogant and it was all he could do to give us the time of day. He was slow.
The management were very friendly. Portions are not generous. There was a prolonged delay between the starter and main course.
When the bill came they had added $43 for a gratuity which I cancelled. There were only two of us and the service left a lot to be desired. Never again

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