Waterbar

4.6
8131 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

Featured specials

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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 ($55 per person plus tax & 20% auto gratuity). Beverages are charged on consumption. A la carte menu ONLY available for dinner.

What 8131 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCroozeefoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat outside- heat lamps available.
all COVID requirements followed.
Bottle of French Rosé - paired nicely with meal
Cheese plate: do not recommend as a sharing appetizer but sufficient for individual. pairs nicely with the sourdough bread
Halibut and scallops highly recommend!!

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CelesteA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Marcos was such a lovely person, the entire staff was very attentive and polite. Food was amazing compliments to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very fast, servers were very kind and attentive and the setting was beautiful .

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vipNonamw
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Wine and food are good, but overpriced for what you get, based on other upscale restaurants. No parking or valet is available on site, so plan for a walk from other street or parking ramp parking. Wait staff was, at best, inattentive. I expected better for the incredibly high prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view! Incredible ambiance/atmosphere! High quality food if you like seafood just limited choices!

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LaurieinOrinda
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very special anniversary lunch here, outside. The service was absolutely outstanding. The right mix of friendly and efficiency. The noise level was only high because this lovely restaurant is very close to the Bay Bridge. There is a wonderful view. The outside dining situation feels very safe and is quite nice. This restaurant is expensive- as you'd expect considering the location.

Waterbar
Responded 18 hours ago

Thanks so much for celebrating with us Laurien! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buen servicio y la comida deliciosa, el mejor ambiente de la ciudad con una vista única!!

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Matt
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received excellent customer service. The food was delicious. The view of the bay bridge was amazing and a great way to dine while in San Francisco.

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viphmbfoodie411
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant but the food is very average and very over priced. I would recommend enjoying a cocktail and appetizers there while soaking up the view and then heading somewhere else for lunch or dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night in San Francisco Bay! The services were exceptional. We enjoyed the date. Thank you!!!

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MartinN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great! Love the oysters but the crab cocktail is amazing too! Definitely recommend for sea food lovers! The view of the waterfront and all of the people there are just lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Lovely venue, good service, decent food. But omfg, this was in no way worth the price. There are far better options available

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CarolineG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful spot on the Embarcadero — you can almost touch the Bay Bridge. Attractive shade and non-shaded areas outside, which was very welcome. The lunch was wonderful, especially if you appreciate seafood!

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vipDeliaC
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

LOVELY WAY TO SPEND OUR EASTER HOLIDAY, THE MENU WAS VARIED, THE WHOLE MEAL OUTSTANDING.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! great views. Would come back again

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Wineprincess4
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great place to celebrate an anniversary! Great views, delicious food and incredible service. Go for the oysters and any of the fish options. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a reputable seafood meal while visiting San Fran. This place was phenomenal. The views made it extra special

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vipNYtransplant
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific as always! The featured oysters were plump and meaty. There were new twists on old favorites. And the service was fantastic!

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Johana
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The service and views were incredible, but that does not compensate for the terrible food we were served. My husband and I ended up sick from it. Never again.

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KorinaZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with great views! The food was amazing, and the service impeccable. On the pricey side, but still strongly recommend.

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vipRogerC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very experienced waiter who know the wine list very well

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Bear43
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge and shoreline from our table. Excellent service from the hostess to our servers. Delicious offerings (we had the oysters (two different kinds), squid and beet salad for starters followed by swordfish and halibut) perfect portions.
The COVID-19 conditions (two hour max at your table; 6 feet between diners; mask wearing; etc.) did not prevent us from enjoying a safe and wonderful dining experience.

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codenamekitty
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails. Food was all excellent. Good spacing between tables outside. Was a bit chilly (even with jacket, scarf & hat on). There was a standing heater hear us, but it wasn't giving off nearly enough heat to keep us comfy.

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WendyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Perfect for special occasions and nice dates. The food was amazing as always! A bit of a blip in service at first as the servers were all in a meeting when we arrived, took about 15 minutes for a server to see us but then it was seamless after that! Will definitely be back soon :)

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Roxy
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The daily oysters were such a good deal! They had amazing attentive service and someone was there to serve us as soon as we finished a dish or drink. 10/10!

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vipPeggy
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their Maine lobster roll & raw oysters, friendly & attentive service. Beautiful Bay view. My favorite SF seafood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service with an exquisite view of the Oakland bridge

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peterr
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love WaterBar, but we’re not happy to have to wait 15 minutes for an outdoor table that we had reserved a week in advance... Other than that, the food was excellent and the service good

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Steve71
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, friendly knowledgeable staff and good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio with million dollar view. Staff warm & professional — great service - BEST LOBSTER BISQUE - pass on the gem salad, sadly no flavor, super boring

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Junebug
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful views, and attentive service! Love having lunch there!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was such a treat to dine out and it was a lovely experience. Staff was friendly and practiced safe Covid protocols

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RonaldS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Discriminated in every way possible that I can think of! Outcast!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible service, made reservations at 6:45 but didn’t get seated until after 7, and 2 other parties who came in after us were seated before us! The waiter was nice! Overall, Negative experience!

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Rollingstone
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great to be by the water on a lovely evening. Our Waiter was outstanding and did all he could to ensure that we had a lovely time. Unfortunately I don't remember his name but he was very professional and was I think training someone too.

Waterbar
Responded on April 2, 2021

That is Cesar and he is great! Many thanks Rollingstone! Best, Rich T.

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vipSariS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, upstairs. We had a beautiful view of the Bay. The service was exceptional, as was our meal.

Waterbar
Responded on March 31, 2021

Thank you SariS! Our best, Rich T.

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vipEventsLady
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was excellent Pete and his team we’re extremely professional the food was delicious and they were kind enough to honor the nurse that was in our party thank you all so much and God bless you

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BryanD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our first dinner out in a year, Waterbar provided the perfect dining experience. Sitting almost on the water was so delightful especially with full moon rising. From the front door to our wonderful server and the support team, the staff really enhanced our experience. And the FOOD was excellent. Squid,octupus, scallops and fries! Couldn’t have been better!

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vipmarkr
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food wonderful atmosphere still still following Covid procedures to keep everyone safe the staff and customers.

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Mike
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only downside is the markup they can put on the food given the outstanding location of the restaurant. But to be clear, it's still worth it. Want to eat seafood with a view while dressing slightly fancier than tech industry casual? This is your spot.

FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 8131 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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