Waterbar

4.7
8545 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.






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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service Great Food

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vipEllieP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining
Our waiter was fantastic

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Steb
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep up the great work! Place was a whole vibe w the music and scenery.

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JoAnneZ
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. The service was phenomenal and the food was fresh and delicious as well as the wine!

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DeniseJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose Waterbar because it is noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in SF. We agreed. Excellent food with a sassy and twist that is very “now”.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you so very much for enjoying what we do Denise! Best, Rich T.

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vipDiegoL
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This location has nice views of the Bay Bridge and a nice atmosphere at nighttime. I did not find anything from the food menu that stands out but it wasn’t bad either. Maybe I will come next time for some drinks with friends.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Diego, Susprised that we could not connect with you on our beautiful seasonal menu and hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Rich T.

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LuluCooks
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oven roasted calamari was probably the best I've ever had and what's not to like about perfect oysters at $1.05 each? We sat outside on a lovely day and our server was professional and efficient, but friendly and patient with slow-to-make-up-his-mind friend.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Great to hear and thanks for sharing LuLu! Best, Rich T.

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vipDBA1
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a regular at Waterbar and am happy to say that I'm never disappointed. Even with less than stellar weather the restaurant was buzzing and very busy. With the crowd, the service and food never falter.
I tried a new cocktail this visit. It was a gin and tonic with orange infused gin and other botanical flavors. It was quite refreshing and a perfect way to start a meal. Along with the oysters of course.
I went back to the grilled calamari with squid ink pasta for my appetizer and then onto the soft shell crab for my entree. The crab preparation was similar to the bluefish at dinner and just as amazing. It's something I would definitely order again.
If you get a chance to try the chocolate malt at dessert, either on its own or with the Snickers pie, take it. It may be the best ice cream I've ever eaten. This is my second time and I can see more of it in my future. Especially since I'll be back in two weeks.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

We love ya DBA1! Best, Rich T.

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vipbluecheese
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a first time experience I was blown away. I came for lunch, which has a briefer menu possible due to COVID. But that was not an issue. Service was fast and super attentive but not overbearing. we asked for bread and butter and a generous o=portion of sourdough baguette sliced with butter arrived. I started with three of the $1 oysters which were Pt. Reyes. A bit on the small side but came with cocktail sauce with horseradish and the mignonette sauce. I preferred the former. They were super fresh. Definitely a must for lunch. Who can complain for $1 each?

I asked for a mixed green salad which came with a great vinaigrette and almond bits and a dinner sized portion. It was so fresh and perfectly dressed. I brought half home. Then I had the Blackened rockfish sandwich. OMG it was huge and came with house made potato chips. The rock fish was nice a spicy and a little sloppy to eat but who cares? I normally don't eat the whole sandwich for lunch. But it was sooo good I had to. My partner started with the crab salad which had to be near a 1/3 pound of dungeness crab meat. He then had the oven roasted ling cod. It looked delicious with the perfectly fried skin and on a bed of eggplant and shishito peppers. It looked really good.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Many thanks Bleucheese and see ya soon! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar is timeless. Great views for outdoor dining and non traditional seafood dishes. We had a great time with excellent service from Christian.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Wonderful to hear and thank you !

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odelliO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were seated on the deck area which was very quiet and has wind barriers- beautiful view, wonderful food, excellent helpful servers - wonderful!

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

I love the terrace as well! Thanks for enjoying odelliO! Best, Rich T.

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vipEagleeye
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar never disappoints. We had oysters, martinis and appetizers before heading out for a Giants game. The service was great. Interesting views of people and the bay.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Great to year and thanks Eagleeye! Rich T.

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AnaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view specially at night with the lights on the bridge.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you AnaA! Best, Rich T.

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vipamle29
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I’d like to clarify that the low rating I gave for service was NOT reflective of bad service. In fact, under pre-covid circumstances, I would have rated service a 4; however, I was appalled that NONE of the servers, including the hostess wore masks! We were so concerned over this that none of us were able to focus on our meals, let alone enjoy ourselves. This was a long-awaited reservation, and it was marred by the owner’s lack of concern and empathy over public safety that it wasn’t important enough to require staff to follow safety protocols. We will not be returning here until the owner(s) imposes use of masks by all members of staff (indoor and out). Maybe then, we’ll be able to focus on the meal versus shielding ourselves from maskless servers every time they approach our table.

Waterbar
Responded 7 hours ago

Hello Amle29. We sincerely appreciate your points and understand the emotions/personal rights associated with the various positions on optional masks or no masks. We are in accordance of current SFDPH guidelines and are looking at what SFDPH will be recommending in the near future. We will certainly give a fully masked team our attention. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipJudy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waterbar has become my go-to destination for special occasions and out-of-town visitors. (It probably is a little pricey for frequent dining.) Everything about this restaurant is first-rate starting with the service. From the time you walk in the door 'til the time you leave, you feel like part of the family. The wait-staff is always there, but unobtrusive. They laugh with you, offer suggestions when asked, and listen attentively.

The menu is first-class, with very unusual combinations, which can sound intimidating. Yet, this is one place I am not hesitant to try something new.

The venue is outstanding and is a great advertisement for what you expect in San Francisco. All-in-all a great experience.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Judy, You made our day! Wow, just great to hear your kind support describing the values of what we try to do each day. So rewarding to hear and we all send our thanks! Best, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Music was too loud was sitting beneath the speaker.

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barbaraf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WB is an extremely pleasant experience in all aspects

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

THANK you BarbaraF! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, and experience.

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JaimeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had some of the best fish I've ever eaten at Waterbar, along with great coffee/espresso, and a wonderful fennel root salad. Ocean views made it a real experience!

FYI, very few people wearing masks, even inside (7/2021). If that's a concern for you, I strongly recommend asking for an outdoor table.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks JaimeS, Thanks for enjoying. Mask wearing is a personal choice in San Francisco at this time. We respect any choice a staff member or guest is making. We still have our air purifiers going inside as well. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipHeatherS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Heather!

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Greg
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Loved the food and service was at its best!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Many thanks Greg!

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David
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

In the areas where we were seated the atmosphere was more or less tourist casual, with a lot of people just lounging around in their sweatshirts, but apart from the happy hour oysters, which are a great deal, prices are very high with the kind of markups that remind you that the overhead must be astronomical despite the semi-scuzzy surroundings. Wines and drinks in general are marked up beyond the usual norm, even. You can get a good deal on the oysters during happy hour, but if you have a Loire sauvignon blanc to go with it expect to pay for a glass of something acceptable but unremarkable close to what you'd pay for a bottle in a retail store. The self-described "finest sustainable seafood restaurant" in the Bay Areas had just a few seafood options as entrees, and what I ordered turned out to be $40 of something mediocre. We ended up paying over $300 for two, but later that night it occurred to me that my partner ate nothing but some bread, a salad, and a little of the entree that was shared between us. Also, I couldn't get a reservation except in the outdoor area at 5:15, but as we ate the entire patio pretty much emptied out, so I wondered why tables had been presented as so scarce. I do realize that there are other seating areas (which I couldn't see) that are probably much nicer than where we were (by the bar for happy hour and on the ground-floor patio for dinner), so some of my comments might not apply to the restaurant as a whole. My "recommend to a friend" vote applies to happy hour oysters, but nothing else.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

Hello David, Sorry you did not enjoy as we would hope. We thank you for your dose of humble pie- I will share it with the team. Thanks for your honesty, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing along with the view! One of the best meal I have had in the Pier.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

GRAZIE!

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vipGinnyF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved our table and server. I had a lobster roll and being a Maine girl I am picky. The lobster was way undercooked and the garlic completely overpowered the lobster flavor. The roll was cooked authentically and delish. Basically a lobster roll needs nothing but lobster and butter. The two flavors are very complementary.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks GinnyF, We can do the lobster roll warm with butter upon request, ask for it so next time. Best, Rich T.

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vipIndiefoodie
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party of 3 was lucky enough to snag a Monday night reservation and not surprisingly, the place was packed. The service was exemplary starting with the front of the house hostess who actually tried to find us a spot at the bar because we arrived early for drinks. Quite a departure from the typical “you are welcome to find a place somewhere and come back later”. The food was awesome as expected. The shrimp appetizer was superb, crispy and full of flavor. The halibut looked so good we all ordered the same thing and nobody was disappointed. I would rate it one of the best ever. Pretty fair value as well.

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Great thanks for the details IndieFoodie! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Some food options were not available in the menu, however we have noticed other table ordering shrimp and French fries.. And I love them as appetizers. For this reason we were limited to choose an option we didn’t like so much, mainly due to the fact the pasta and fish were a bit cold. The dessert was not also the best option.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a very nice and atmospheric restaurant overlooking the bridge. Courteous and helpful staff. Unfortunately, the menu lacked a lot of dishes, especially for children. We were upset, children and we were very hungry, because we came directly from the airport from the plane and after that we had to go back to Sacramento. Well, in general, a very good restaurant and probably more for adults.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Appreciate your thoughts - We respectfully and happily will report that we love having families here and welcome them every day. Best, Rich T.

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vipVilleFranche
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top Notch food and service. Great Bay Views! I will be back.

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Many thanks VilleFranche!

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Birthdaygirl29
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for celebrating with us and HB! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding! Very lovely decor, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and the food- totally wonderful. Great creativity with ingredients, every dish was Quite tasty. Absolutely a must with a great view.

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HedonisticPalate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waterbar does not rely on the location alone (although with a view of the bridge, you imagine it could) to ensure that people will want to dine at the restaurant again and again. In addition to the wonderful view, the food is really excellent. The fish for both dishes we ordered was perfectly cooked and the selection of accompanying flavors was well thought out with equally fresh produce to support the quality of the fish served. Portions were even a bit more generous than we expected, but not excessive; the portions are nearly perfect if you plan to have three courses (which you should). Service is also to be commended since the waitstaff is present and engaged, but also doesn't hover; you can simply enjoy dining knowing that if you need something, they will be happy to accommodate you. This was really a wonderful dining experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Many thanks for the kind words HP! Best, Rich T.

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vipBirdie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely to eat outside on the upstairs patio with views! But the lobster roll was mostly mayo with very little lobster- disappointing for WaterBar!. Server described the Tres Leches cake completely wrong, so a surprise when I ordered it. Lunch including tip was almost $200 and we were disappointed somewhat. But very good salad and views!

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Hello Birdie, Please let us know of any disappointment in the moment so we can make you happy. Thank you for the details, best, Rich t.

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RobertR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and hospitality. Amazing views to of the bay bridge. Also good happy hour special for oysters!

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thanks so much Robert! Best, Rich T.

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vipLaur15
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Very limited menu and extremely pricey. The soup was tasteless as was my ahi tuna appetizer .. bread was excellent and best part of our meal. That,and the view was excellent. Obviously a trendy place to see and be seen by those with unlimited budgets.

Waterbar
Responded on July 19, 2021

Hello Laur15, If things are not to your liking, let us know and we will do all we cam to redeem. We do not consider that we have a limited menu in any fashion, but appreciate your feedback. Please note that any fine premium food product is expensive in our current market and we do all we can to provide quality to pricing ratios for our guest. Kindly, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

Waterbar
Responded on July 19, 2021

Happy BD!

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Keith
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna entree was expensive at $28 for just 6 slices of fish.

Waterbar
Responded on July 21, 2021

Thank you Keith!

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vipADSD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was very good. Minus one star because two of the dishes were way too salty!!! Please lower the salt amount. The dishes would have been perfect if not for the abundance of salt!

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Wish we could have re-done the food for you ADSD. Thanks for the feedback and we hope to welcome you soon! Best, Rich T.

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vipDonaldS
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food —- bad sweating !

Waterbar
Responded on July 17, 2021

Not sure about your message, but thank you for enjoying DonaldS. Kindly, Rich T.

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DaisyM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!! We were celebrating our wedding day. It was amazing!

Waterbar
Responded on July 19, 2021

CONGRATS and Thank you for sharing your special day with us! Rich T.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the team at Waterbar. My execs were super impressed and everything was delicious.

Thank you, love you guys beyond words! ♥

Waterbar
Responded on July 20, 2021

THANKS MicheleN!

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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 8545 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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