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Waterbar

4.6
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7980 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

• There is a 2 hour maximum per reservation.

• DUE TO COVID-19 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 7980 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, romantic, beautiful restaurant, great food, great service. Absolutely loved it. Romantic at night time with the lights and lit up bridge. Highly recommend!!

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Taylor
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Much better experience. Caviar crepes were unmatched, queen bee cocktail was addictive, Elizabeth was really sweet and got curious about why my last visit was so poor. I felt truly taken care of. Great establishment in terms of venue / location & quality of food.

Waterbar
Responded 3 hours ago

Hello Taylor, We so appreciate the feedback and the support, plus, your kind return. Our best, Rich T.

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vipLeon
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

the view is to die for and the food is good. most importantly, the entire wait staff is just phenomenal. i'm very appreciative that everyone is putting their well being at risk to provide us diners with a great experience of eating out during a pandemic. thank you.

Waterbar
Responded 3 hours ago

We ALL thank you so very much for the support! Best, Rich T.

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vipJolly
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent, as usual. Very pleased that the restaurant is strict with the Covid protocol. Feel safe dining out at the restaurant during this challenging times.

Waterbar
Responded 3 hours ago

Many thanks Jolly! Thanks for the support and be well, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hits and misses. Ambiance is wonderful. Service was top notch. The food was good but I would expect it to be amazing if you are going to serve such small portions. The sashimi was served paper thin and scarce. The mussels on the other hand were amazing, full of flavor and just right. I enjoyed my red snapper dish but my husbands albacore was just ok in his opinion. We ordered the cheese plate which was bites of bree and blue cheese served with crackers baked with blue cheese. I love blue cheese, but this was overpowering and lacking in other flavors needed to compliment the pungent moldy flavors of the blue cheese.

Waterbar
Responded 3 hours ago

Thanks for the details, we hope to welcome you soon, be well, Rich T.

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Claroneman
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch here on 10/22/20. We made a reservation for outside at 2pm and we were treated to a spectaculor day on the Embarcadero. The $1.05 oysters from 11-4:30 are the deal of the century here. Watebar does a great job with wine list and we paired the oysters with a very nice Sancerre. During Covid Waterbar is ideally set up for outside dining, but be sure to book well in advance as this is a very popular spot! And cudos to the wait staff for asking people to put masks on while waiting for a table and when the servers are at the table.

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vipDuke
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The host was super nice but our waiter was just terrible, horrible attitude acted like it was a favor he was doing in serve us super arrogant for that reason I won’t come back

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

That makes us sad and we truly wish we could do something to welcome you back. Best regards, Rich T.

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Oldtimefoodie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went to celebrate our Daughter’s birthday. We had reserved an indoor table but when we got there they offered to sit us on one of the bar tables - casual.... when we asked for a nicer seating they stuck us in a corner table all the way in the back. The service was slow but the most disappointing was the food. I s
Had the cod with black rice and pomegranate. The most tasteless dish I have had in a long time. Left most of it in the plate. My husband had the filet and was ok. My daughter had one of the other fish dishes and somewhat ok but nothing to write home about. Overall very disappointing experience.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Very sorry to disappoint you and wishing we could redeem ourselves. Best regards, Rich T.

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noet
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Waterbar has always been a favorite of ours. We had not been there since the beginning of the pandemic. The beautiful day and an appetite for oysters warranted a visit, we brought along a friend and had excellent service , fabulous seafood and terrific views. The lobster roll on brioche bun was excellent. terrific pomme frites and excellent drink specials. We love Waterbar

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Many thanks Noet, see you soon, Best, Rich T.

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jojo
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great place and good service from the servers.
We reserved and was seated as soon as our party is complete.
Servers are very attentive.
Great oysters during happy hour.
Only 3 because
- we ordered fries without salt but it came out with salt, we have to send it back And they replaced it with new fries
- they asked for the temp of my steak and I said medium. Steak came out at rare to medium rare. Called server and pointed it out. They offer to re cook the meat and not replace it. I declined that offer because I did not want to send back my food and get it recooked then they bring the same thing. I just ate the sides and good thing my son likes medium rare. But I was not able to fill myself up and have to be content with oysters and fries .
- we also ordered lobster bun and it was just ok, on the small side

Would still recommend for happy hour $1 oyster. Maybe I’ll not plan to eat lunch next time and just do the oysters.

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DKlaSF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and felt safe since they were very strict with their COVID protocol.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Great to hear DK! Best, Rich T.

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AddisonS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

outside dining great, comfortable, server was great too

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much Addison, Best, Rich T.

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Kaye
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would give this 4 stars. The service was impeccable except for one incident. We loved our server who was very knowledgeable of the foods and cocktails in the menu and very attentive to our needs.
The host seated us at the far end of the room where there is no people. We didn’t mind because of the pandemic but people and staff observe social distancing and all wore masks. The one incident that gave this restaurant a 4-star is the incident where we saw two flies hovering in our table. We brought it up to our server and asked to be moved somewhere else; we were then graciously transferred to a different table with a better view of the Bay Bridge.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Kaye, We have to keep our doors open and we are on the bay, those uninvited guests can happen. Thanks for enjoying yourselves, Rich T.

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MarcusC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The Lunch entree I got was not good, it was the Sole dish. Would recommend just getting appetizers and oysters next time.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Sorry to hear Marcus and thank you, Rich T.

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dinner4me
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and wait staff were so accomodating and pleasant!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

That warms our hospitality heart dinner4me! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyle service is great. A lot of great wines to chose from.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always! One of my favorite restuarants in San Francisco.

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DanB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service and professional staff. We had a really nice table with great views of the bridge and overall we had a really nice night. The food was good but was missing something to take it to a really memorably experience. Solid but not exciting. Fish missed a little bit of delicacy and flavor. We did have a really nice mussels starter which I would highly recommend. We had Mud Pie for desert which was disappointing, lacked taste and missed something to add some flavor.
Overall we had a nice night and the service was really great. They have very professional way to manage Covid which was very good to see, where they would only approach the table after you saw the person and put on your mask.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the constructive notes Dan and we hope to welcome you back soon, be well, Rich T.

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HappyDiner
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Waterbar! The food is always interesting and delicious , service is always great and the restaurant is beautiful. On this particular visit (my first time dining out since March) every thing was up to the usual standards but for the chickpea panisse. I liked the idea of it with the saffron on the petrale dish, very Provençal. However, the chickpea mash was pretty bland and there was way to much salt sprinkled on. I realize most recipes for this dish use only salt and pepper but I would have liked maybe a little garlic, cayenne or something to give more flavor and less salt to finish. Or perhaps use Maldon salt. It didn’t ruin things and I am still a huge fan.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Happy! We appreciate you and the note on the panisse. We love fans like you! Our best, Rich T.

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KylieM
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of bay bridge. Went at 5 and it was the perfect time for sunset

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BrandonS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was bad, food was great. For spending over 200 dollars, I expect the servers to do more than grunt at me.

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KayT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot; fast, polite service; AMAZING seafood; this chef can turn red snapper into a gourmet wonder. A bit pricey, but worth every $.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Yes, that Onaga Hawaiian snapper is fantastic! Thank you very much Kay! Best, Rich T.

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vipMPFZ
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous day. and views. Lunch and service were superb.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

We like Marvelous! Thanks MPFZ! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Bertoscantina
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was excellent, had a great lunch will be back for dinner

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

We look forward to you enjoying the great fall flavors on the dinner menu Bertoscantina, thanks for your kind words, our best, Rich T.

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KennethF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite frankly amazing.

Waterbar
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thank you very much Kenneth, Rich T.

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Designerluv2dine
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was my birthday celebration.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for celebrating with us! Rich T.

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vipAlanC
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food overall- oysters were large and creamy, very fresh. The lobster rolls were great. Crab salad was good but weakest of the fare.
The service was tops- very attentive, friendly and responsive to our requests.
The outdoor seating was very pleasant, right by the Bay . In total, well worth the effort to go into the City for seafood, oysters and a drink if so inclined.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Hurry back and thanks Alan! Rich T.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hamachi appetizer was one of the best things I have eaten this year. There is outdoor dining that wasn't hastily thrown together in a parking space. So glad I made a reservation.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Oh... that sashimi with some Gruner Veltliner is terrific! Thanks for enjoying Jules! Rich T.

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Furayha
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Yetaime was nice and the food tasted amazing. We planned to sit inside but they did offer us the option to sit outside if we wanted. I can't wait to go back.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Hurry back Furayha! We thank you and send our best, Rich T.

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vipMaryCath
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location right on the water overlooking the Bay Bridge. Staff professional and helpful. Strict mask and hygiene policies graciously enforced. Food delicious. $1.05 oyster special every afternoon. Fabulous lobster rolls.

Waterbar
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thanks for all the support MaryCath, we so appreciate it. Rich T.

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lookingformenuwork
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server rocked my world! He introduced us to a new term "menu work."
Definitely my kind of work! Great food, great wine, great friends, great atmosphere, great weather and great service. A much needed break!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for $1 oysters and 4 of us got like 8 dozens! So it means 2 dozens each! Worth it! Other dishes were ok but drinks were great!

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BieL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great food and a million dollar view of the Bay Bridge. We enjoyed our family dinner!

Waterbar
Responded on October 13, 2020

Thanks for sharing Biel! Rich T.

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Ixnay
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Pete Sittnick and crew have it going on.

Waterbar
Responded on October 13, 2020

Yes! Let's hear for you , and for Pete and our team. Many thanks Ixnay, Rich T.

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vipKellyL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch by the bay! Great service. Outdoor socially distanced dining. The menu was fabulous! Fresh oysters, Dungeness crab cocktails a must! Ahi tartar was the perfect blend of spicy and salty. Cocktails were unique and delicious. Wines by the glass had a great selection. Wonderful afternoon!

Waterbar
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you so very much for enjoying a Sunday afternoon with us! Be well, Rich T.

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Denys
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always lives up to my expectation. Every visit is a pleasant and great experience. Their Covid protocols are outstanding.

Waterbar
Responded on October 12, 2020

We so appreciate that you recognize all that goes in to operating during Covid times! Thanks for all the support and please say hello on your next visit. Our best-Be well, Rich T.

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time2dine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Unpleasant experience. While I understand the restaurant needing to follow the Covid 19 restrictions, there is a way to do this unobtrusively. This restaurant seems to want to make it the main topic of your dining experience. I have eaten at three other restaurants this week and all of them except Waterbar followed the rules without making us feel like an intrusion upon urge establishment.

Waterbar
Responded on October 14, 2020

Sorry you feel this way as we are simply trying to properly execute the SF Mask up law and all Covid guidelines. Please understand that we love hospitality and do not love having the responsibility to police all these guidelines. Now is a time to support each other and have some understanding vs judgement. Stay safe and be well, Rich T.

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vippookiehead
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood, the $1.05 oysters were so good. The mussels with curry and potato strings was amazing! There wasn’t a bad view anywhere in the Resturant. Absolutely yummy!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Copy that pookiehead! Thanks to you! Rich T.

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Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 7980 OpenTable diners.

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