Waterbar

4.7
8398 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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

• San Francisco municipal law requires guests to wear a face covering when not actively eating, drinking, or when a staff member approaches the table.





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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
What 8398 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We frequent this location a lot and every time, the oysters, food, and drinks are delicious. Today, the featured oysters were different from the regular Fanny Bay ones. ( I think we preferred the smaller Fanny bay ones)

JH
JamalH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was dope! I.just wish thre was more seafood on the menu
But the food was good.
They treated my wife nice with a birthday card and dessert presentation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!….from the food to the ambiance to your staff to the recommendations! BRAVO!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

JM
JeanM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chris was great! Oysters were amazing!

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vipjchsf
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, service was superb and helpful; oysters were fantastic as was the calamari with squid ink noodles(appetizer). Our table had the lobster roll, soft shell crab in a New Orleans stew with South Carolina "gold" rice- exquisite. The crab cocktail was extraordinarily generous. Will definitely return.

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SusanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon. Table not the best so will know what to ask for next time.

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AnnieN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upstairs in the crows nest type of area. Very nice views even though we were toward the street, not the water. We did see the underside of the Bay Bridge and the bay but the drinks and food were great. I had the salad which was frankly a tad underwhelming but the lobster bisque was perfect and the presentation was nice. My friend's butter bean tartine was excellent as was her halibut ceviche. She had a wonderful gin cocktail and I had the red ale which was from SF somewhere. All was great and we found parking fairly close.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thanks so much AnnieN and we look forward to your return, best, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
173 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was unattached. Meal lacked character and presentation was average. Requested Medium on my steak which came medium Well. Quite disappointing.
Might explain why the service was slow and lacked interest.
Much much better experience at their affiliate EPIC across the walk last evening.
Would trade that experience last night for our 30th anniversary we had tonight.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

So sorry to hear of a disconnect with you and we apologize for the disappointment. Thanks, Rich

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Lees
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I will not return to Waterbar ever again. We were not impressed with the food, host help, and sitting arrangements. I thought the hostess was not friendly and the girl who sat us brought us blankets and THEN they were on our bill and we didn't know until we were in the car. $25 each!!! They seated us at a very windy spot and then told us the heaters were out. We asked about blankets and they brought us two but it was NEVER mentioned that we were being charged. Never has any restaurant charged us for blankets when it was freezing and their heaters were broken. Food was not impressive. My drink was good and the only thing my table of 4 liked was the bread for $6. Won't ever be going back.

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SarahB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service team was great and very knowledgeable, and each dish was beautifully presented. We sat outside and as the temperature dropped, the staff moved the heaters to be sure we were warm enough. A real pleasure all around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food. Portion size a bit small. Not of the piece of salmon (my order)but one needed to order sides to balance the meal.

SY
vipSimonY
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing thank you

KT
KeithisTall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was warm and accommodating. Food was exceptionally good and the view and overall ambience are spectacular. Pics with the bay bridge in the background seemed standard for many fellow diners. A great establishment for any occasion.

DM
DonnaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service with a killer view!

AB
AnneB
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the weather app predicted 46 degrees and 25 mph wind, none of that happened, outdoor dining was delightful. Everything was great but I especially recommend the crudo small plate and the “canary in a coal mine” cocktail. Dog friendly. Beautiful neighborhood, easy to reach from the ferry terminal.

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OCTraveler
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great! The view of the water and bridge was special. Our waitress was outstanding! Would definitely recommend!

RB
vipRenoBlue
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were in San Francisco to help our daughter whose son has a rare brain tumor. His brain must be scanned every six-months. The scan was excellent so were celebrated at Waterbar. Scott waited on us and was kind and courteous above the call of duty. When we ordered two Kir Royales, Scott asked if we were celebrating something. We explained why we were there, and he could not have been anu kinder and supportive. The wine and food were excellent. We had a wonderful celebration lunch and would to thank Scott for being there.

JH
vipJojH
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgeous location, gracious place for superb seafood.

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vipEagleeye
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Waterbar. We go there regularly for cocktails and oysters. They have a wonderful oyster selection. Specials are very reasonably priced. We also had lobster roll which we split which was excellent. Our server Sabrina was also great. The servers at Waterbar are generally top-notch. When you add a view of the bay this restaurant is hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The location and view are spectacular however my main course was less than mediocre and they didn’t have the wine I ordered. We had to wait quite a while to find this out. The music was inappropriate. Our server was pleasant but over stretched.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback, best, Rich T.

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Viking
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, fantastic setting and view, great food, amazing service, a definitive must go.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Viking!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was AMAZING, 10/10, would recommend it to anyone and everyone

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

THANK YOU!

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TouristsofLife
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the bay and food was delicious. I would definitely book again.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

THANKS and happy travels!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tuna is off the menu. So sad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed Waterbar! Great views and excellent food. We had the oysters and ceviche to start. Love that they donate $.05 for every oyster purchased. The ceviche was the perfect blend of different diverse flavors—highly recommend. For our main, we ordered the beer battered fish tacos and they were delicious!

Service was decent. I would give our server 3/5 but I did add an extra point because the busser/assistant was so so kind!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Appreciate the comments!

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AndreaA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar is amazing! We ate dinner outside under the twinkle lights. It was beautiful. The oysters were the best we have ever had! Simply amazing meal. Will absolutely go back!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much for the kind words Andrea! Best, Rich T.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing server! amazing food! amazing everything!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

WOW! Thanks James!

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ToyyankaH
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg pure elegance my server was awesome! I cant remember his name but he have the beard. He was sweet helpful, and served everyone in a timely manner. The view was wonderful of the san francisco bay bridge. This was the BEST birthday I have had, and Im from new orleans! I tipped him twice because he was so good. I had friends fro Alabama inquirying about the oysters they were THE BOOM! Thank yall so much from my heart for a great time! whatever that complemtary wine was chile I was lit LOL

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us ToyyankaH! Best, Rich T.

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Eats4me
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and a great outdoor space.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so very much Eats!

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vipKatieK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We love all of Pat's restaurants, and this was my first time back at Waterbar in years. The view and location will always be stunning, but this time I was surprised at just how bland most of our food was. The oysters were fabulous, but the mignonette lacked the usual punch. Tacos were good with fish cooked well and nice components, but zero flavor here either. Our favorite wound up being the fries that came with the so-so lobster roll and of course oysters. So of course we'll be back but probably just for apps next time

MC
ManuelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The location, the view, the infrastructure are awesome. The service is really good too. The food however doesn’t match the price and the overall beauty of the venue. A few improvements in the kitchen should fix it.

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vipnickname
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience on the patio. Will definitely come back here.

SM
vipShaunaM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always waterbar went above and beyond and everyone was amazing! From Eric the sommelier who found the perfect dry rosé sparkling for my friend to Alex the most amazing waitress we have encountered. The oysters were super fresh and the chef even made an exception and woodfired two lobsters for us. It was finished off with an amazing dessert and despite being the last ones to leave and some of the Covid restrictions in place they treated us like long-lost family. It was so awesome to be back and inside and around all the amazing people that have continued to work at Waterbar Thank you so much but especially to Alex for making our night very fun… The world needs more people like you as a waitress and a human

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LindaJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service, nice Bay views when outside dining, all seafood dishes perfectly cooked

MH
MaryH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful! The service was perfect and would recommend the restaurant without hesitation . The only
"ding" was the sole was overcooked...too heavy handed for such a delicate fish.

RI
vipRICHARDM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant where top quality food, professional and warm service, and a breathtaking setting all come together perfectly. Top notch!

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vipMarsgirl
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from front desk girl, waiter,servers food Management coming by table Beautiful View .

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gianni
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Eat outside in warm sunny weather with a view of the Bay and the Bay Bridge, magical.

MF
MaryF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christian was our server & was super attentive to our needs! Loved him! Food was great for some but moderate for others in our party!

Would return again!

FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 8398 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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