Waterbar

4.7
8534 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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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, and experience.

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JaimeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 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 12 hours 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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner.

Waterbar
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks Heather!

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Greg
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded 12 hours ago

Many thanks Greg!

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David
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 2 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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

GRAZIE!

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vipGinnyF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 2 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 4 days ago
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 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipVilleFranche
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Many thanks VilleFranche!

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Birthdaygirl29
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 4 days ago

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

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vipBirdie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much Robert! Best, Rich T.

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vipLaur15
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Happy BD!

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Keith
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Keith!

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vipADSD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 4 days ago

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
42 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food —- bad sweating !

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 4 days ago

THANKS MicheleN!

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vipJeanneRose
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar is always good for food, view, service, anything you want.

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

We love you JeanneRose! Best, Rich

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AprilC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We're pleasantly surprised that my request for a table with the bay view was granted!
We got a table at 2nd level outdoor patio and the Bay Bridge was literally in front of our eyes.
The service was top-notch and the food did not disappoint to say the least.
Good food, wonderful service plus the spectacular SF Bay view!
We will be back :)

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

See you soon April and THANKS! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

The front host was not welcoming and had an attitude not what you expect at a restaurant like this

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Absolutely loved the view and the trout main. Tuna appetizer was terrible. Our waitress was not nice and the glass of wine pours were very scant for $18 a glass, maybe 4 oz no more. Desserts are fair, pass on them.

Heat lamps do not function well. Many are broken. Wish they’d go to Costco and buy more.

Overall, would go back for the trout and skip everything else.

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

Hello Deborah, Well, humble pie it is, sorry we did not deliver as you would hope. We thank you for the feedback. Best regards, Rich T.

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Davewho
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and excellent food.

From arrival to departure, this is a special place with impeccable service and a fresh tasty menu.

I cannot recommend this place more highly. Expect the price to reflect the quality and you won't be surprised.

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

Hello Davewho, So nicely stated appreciated! Best, Rich T.

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vipWythe
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had reservations for 1:45 but we were able to be seated at 12:30. Many thanks!

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review Wythe! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents to eat oysters and have a few drinks. The absolute best price on oysters anywhere! The featured oysters were $1.05 each. We had ACME sourdough and a few cocktails with it. Amazing view of the bay bridge and beautiful bar area. Server was patient and friendly. Overall, great experience.

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

THANKS!!!

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Littlelulu22
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful view, awesome fresh oysters.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Happy to hear it Littlelulu22! Best, Rich T.

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ZoeA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. 3 Adults and a 5 year old. All enjoyed their meal. Just an FYI, there was too much mayo mixed with the lobster roll, The lobster was very fresh

Waterbar
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the detail and support Zoe! Best, Rich T.

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NatalieN
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very attentive and gave great recommendations. Loved our experience and will be visiting again soon!!

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thanks so much NatalieN and here is a shout out to our folks that take such good care of our guests! Thank you, Rich T.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made us special desserts for
My boyfriends birthday as well as our anniversary as it falls
On the same day. Food was delicious!

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

Many thanks AnnaS!

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MaryB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Have eaten at Waterbar many times before. This visit, my first since pandemic restrictions have eased, was kind of disappointing. Food was still delicious (we had ling cod, lobster roll, etc.) but the portions were very small for the cost.

Waterbar
Responded on July 16, 2021

Hello MaryB, Thank you for sharing your perception, interesting to hear as we have not changed any portions sizes from then to now - but we will note to Chef. Best regards, Rich T.

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AngelaD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and top notch service. Definitely expensive but worth it for a special dinner out. Our fish was spectacular. And a lovely view.

Waterbar
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you Angela!

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Mollusk
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and upstairs where it is very quiet and great views. The food was excellent--delish $1.05 oysters, AK halibut and Gulf shrimp ceviche, lobsta bisque, lobsta roll, soft-shelled crabs from MD, good wine and cocktails, with excellent service from Christofe.

Waterbar
Responded on July 15, 2021

Hi Mollusk, Great to hear and we will let Christophe know of your kind comments. Best, Rich T.

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carrieW
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Go for the view and a drink. The food was really just “ok”

Waterbar
Responded on July 14, 2021

Sorry to hear you feel that way and thank you for your thoughts, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, lovely service, delightful afternoon

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Davey
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster roll truly tasted like the kind you get in Maine. The $1.05 oysters were a great value. The ceviche was out of this world. Service was efficient and accommodating. This is a great place to take locals or visitors.

Waterbar
Responded on July 14, 2021

OH the mighty Maine-like lobster roll! Thanks Davey!

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

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 8534 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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