Waterbar

4.7
8292 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 8292 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughters graduation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant with great outdoor heaters. BUT Grilled sole way overcooked. Charred and dry. Waiter was very personable but then completely disappeared. Never checked back after mains delivered. Kept on walking past us. Never offered desert menu or coffee. Disappointed considering the prices.

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vipRobertW
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and it was warm enough and quiet enough. We had the frito micro which was very tasty. I thought the lobster bisque was more like a consome. The main course, cod, was very nice. It was served with beans, artichoke and mashed potatoes. All in all, it was a very tasty meal.

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VintageCouture
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given the choice og inside or outside dining, when making reservation. We ate outside and it was lovely. Staff were wonderful. Food was great. Ordered a second platter of oysters. Asparagus starter is a must.

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HappyDiner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

it's my go to place. Service is fabulous and friendly, ambiance is perfect and food is always great.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Thanks Happy!

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vipThomasF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They do a great job on outdoor dining and navigating the COVID restrictions.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Many thanks ThomasF!

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SaulR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian was an amazing server his pops was great with checking in most definitely coming back

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RobertR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Nice to get back to great food, service and views.

Waterbar
Responded a day ago

Great to hear and thank you Robert! Rich T.

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vipDelicious
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Bread, appetizer salad, oysters, craft cocktails and dessert all delicious but our main entrees were not that good. The chicken was actually really disappointing and almost impossible to eat. Service was fantastic though and ambiance beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place my wife love it best part desert

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GracieH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice Mother’s Day Brunch. Menu was prix fixe, options were great. The view overlooking the bay was beautiful. Service was great, efficient and friendly. Kid’s menu available.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for celebrating us on a special day Gracie! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service! Love the Oysters! Great view of the Bay Bridge. My family and I were celebrating my daughter’s student of the month and Mother’s Day. We were placed in a quiet restaurant area to enjoy our meal. Our servers were very attentive to our needs. Would definitely recommend this place!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Come back soon and thanks! Rich T.

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StanG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First got seated in an area not requested. They fixed it quickly to seating we requested. Staff was attentive and service was great. Most important.., the food was outstanding.
We will hit it again next trip to the City. Wonderful!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Stan and we hope to welcome you back! Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fabulous food, snd stellar service. We always dine at Waterbar when we visit the city. We were looking forward to their reopening and were not disappointed. I have to say that they have really upped their game, and the new additions to the menu were fabulous. Thank you for a beautiful evening. We will be back soon.

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vipnicegettogether
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Waterbar's creatively delicious cuisine, wonderful staff people, beautiful Bridge view, to celebrate our friends' Special Birthdays. We enjoyed scrumptious spring salad, fritto misto, French fries, ling cod & petrale sole dinners, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate caramel peanut bar & guava sorbet.* Thank You * Susan & Joel *

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LizH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service the moment we arrived, attentive. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and the food was EXCELLENT!

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vipDWood
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had excellent service with a lovely view for our Saturday lunch.

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vipB2usa
Boise
19 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was creative and excellent ! Service very good as well .
Will come back.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Happy to hear it and THANKS B2usa! Best, Rich T.

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vipMeganS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood, incredible view. Friendly service

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much MeganS! Best, Rich T.

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erikN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
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.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

Many thanks ErikN!!! Our best, Rich T.

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vipjoeb
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Poor service
Food described was not was delivered. For example the macadamia nut tuna had no coating at all. It was supposed to come out medium rare and it came out medium- well.

Soda refill was charged for.

It was a birthday but they did nothing to celebrate.

Menu and execution not as it was prior to pandemic. No longer our celebration restaurant.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

hello joeb, We are sorry to hear we missed some key opportunities on your visit, our apologies. That is not like us and we would always be more than happy to make things right in the moment - just let us know. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipJenniferM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It’s very bridge & tunnel

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
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
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
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 on May 7, 2021

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

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Goldilocks
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
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 on May 7, 2021

Thanks for the feedback GL! Best, Rich T.

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vipKarenD
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
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 on May 7, 2021

many thanks for the kindness KarenD! Rich T.

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vipChereD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded on May 6, 2021

Thanks so much ChereD! Our best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded on May 6, 2021

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

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Mitko
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service but the food is not as amazing as it used to be a few years ago.
Fish used to be fresh fresh fresh. Now is just fresh.
Baked fingerling potatoes in the halibut dish weren't fresh - probably day old on a Sunday. Srinkflation.

Waterbar
Responded on May 6, 2021

Hello Mitko, Thank you for your thoughts and we will share with Chef. We have the same Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine since we have been here, now year 14, but we are always looking to see how we can be better at everything we do, Best regards, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
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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Lilygirl
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special event for my dear friend celebrating a birthday in her 80s. Tri-tip special was her choice and she felt it was perfect since it was definitely medium rare on the inside of it (I thought it was a little over done on the thinner slices but otherwise perfect). Vegetables were perfect and totally delicious. I ordered the cod tacos and perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted. Salute to the bloody Mary special for $25 which includes the bacon, the prawns and a perfect degree of spiciness. I don’t care for bloody Mary’s but this one could make my day. Overall: The atmosphere was terrific, the service was impeccable, the food and dessert did not disappoint. The place is definitely a little pricey but when you take into consideration the location, the view and all the amenities of being in a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere, worth it. (Did I forget to mention that the caramel toffee pudding with mascarpone was to die for?)

Waterbar
Responded on May 4, 2021

That sounds like a great lunch experience and we thank you so much Lilygirl! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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 on May 6, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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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MarcoR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

At first great host experience. Location and view is amazing. Service was not polite and recommendation menu was bad.
Menu selections are limited.
I ordered a rib eye steak and they mention it was from the steak house restaurant next to them who's also owned by the same group.
Steak was awful, hard and flavor...horrible.
Drinks aren't that great and tbh, overpriced.
Overall we had a bad experience.

Waterbar
Responded on May 4, 2021

Hello Marco, Tough one for us to hear and we thank you for the honest assessment. That said, we would have so loved to have the opportunity to make something to your liking while you were here. Very sorry to disappointment. Best regards, Rich T.

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MattnMal
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great services overall wonderful experience.

Waterbar
Responded on May 4, 2021

Many thanks MatnMal! Best, Rich T.

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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!

FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 8292 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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