Waterbar

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$31 to $50
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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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Sun - Mon 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back. Loved everything about Waterbar. The location is beautiful with outstanding bay and bridge views. Service exceeded our expectations in every way. I had the Sole and it was perfectly cooked, my husband's Halibut was very good. A couple at a neighboring table raved about their selections from the raw bar. We were celebrating a birthday and the special attention was just enough. Menu is not overwhelming and it seems as if their focus is on quality. I will definitely return when I am in the Bay Area.

LC
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a mixed review, because the service was outstanding and so is the setting and view. Our guest wanted oysters and he was very pleased with the chefs choice in his dozen. His wife however had a worm crawling on the edge of her salad bowl. When brought to the waiters attention discreetly, he apologized. However he simply stated that this happens often with organic produce, but acknowledged he should’ve caught it. I was surprised that they did not take the salad off the bill, they only offered to make her another one. Obviously she had no interest in trying another after seeing the worm. I had the same salad and it just wasn’t very interesting or tasty. The ceviche was fairly good but not outstanding. The swordfish special was excellent and very flavorful.We had an extremely loud table next to us, which was annoying. Since we were entertaining guests we have not seen in a long time and were desiring conversation, the worm and the rude diner we’re just unfortunate.

Y
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still nice after a lot of years. Had good service and the food was very good. A bit overpriced and the 5.5% for health insurance is totally way too much. I think a lot must remain with the restaurant owner.

SR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The host was rude to us. We were not seated for our 7pm reservation until 20 min after 7. Our ceviche did not come with the artichoke chips on the menu. When we inquired about the artichoke chips (it took forever to get someones attention) a rude manager told us "it's not like chips and dip". Our kind waitress who was wonderful confirmed it came with artichoke chips and brought us some. The halibut we ordered took a very long time to come out. We were compensated with two glasses of prosecco and a free dessert for all our ordering and waiting troubles. That made the situation much better and it was all from our waitress. But, besides our waitress, we did not have a good time and I would not recommend this place to a friend. While the views were beautiful - the food is not great, its very expensive (expected but you'd hope you'd get good food for that price), and some of the staff are very rude. Won't be coming back.

MP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Waterbar... the marvelous location, attentive staff, first rate martini and the food. We will be back again and again!

ED
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Girls reunion lunch

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e
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing (friendly, smiley) service from start to finish. They did a nice “Happy Birthday” writing on the dessert to :)

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything yrhing was really good. My tuna entree while good and very fresh was just overall good. The dessert menu was to die for. Loved the pumpkin tart with poached cranberries. Definitely recommend.

t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in elegance on the water in a beautiful marine setting with fish in a mini-aquarium was a real treat. The food preparation was creative and very tasty; the service was impeccable.
A wonderful spot for tourists as well as private conversations. I hope to return when next in San Francisco.

SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was our waiter and was fantastic. I was there along with my son from Seattle, celebrating our birthdays, and Chris made it extra special. I love Waterbar and will be back soon!

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much Stephanie! Chris has been with us for years and we are so happy he is part of our hospitality team. Thanks for enjoying! Rich T.

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place, not honky-tonk or "touristy" in the least on the waterfront with wonderful views. The price is a bit of a jolt, but the food and wine and the service are top notch. Will definitely be back.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

This is so very nice to hear StevenD, we so appreciate guests like you. Our best, Rich T.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and presentation was great. My wife and I went for our anniversary and we enjoyed everything. Thank you.

g
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was wonderful. Excellent selection. Recommend sausage hash

MF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here to celebrate my birthday after multiple locals recommended it. I reserved a patio table to enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Ot was cold but there were space heaters outside.

We ordered the Brussels and shared sea bass. We also ordered bread service, oysters and a few glasses of wine. The service was great, the food was awesome, and the the views have me planning my next trip to the Bay!

Waterbar
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello Michele, Thanks to your local friends and for you coming to celebrate with us at Waterbar! Rich T.

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GW
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Big restaurant that makes it feel small! Started with oysters that were nothing shot than fabulous! We had the halibut and sole - both excellent. The service was perfect - timing well executed as well as wine recommendation ... which truly complemented our meal and was well priced. Make a reservation - you will not be sorry!

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

thanks so much GWild! Our best, Rich T.

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CS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Extremely overly priced. Bland portions very small
Not impressed

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I chose to have our parents meet for the first time at dinner at Waterbar. The only issue we had was that we were surprised by the noise level during an early (6pm) reservation on a Saturday evening. Our parents are older and it was hard for them to hear initially. However, I asked our lovely server if he could possibly arrange to turn down the background music and he promptly obliged; so helpful. Thanks for making the evening perfect.

KE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Terrible food and service. At Waterbar you pay just for the view. Not worth it at all.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Hello Kelen, Not words we deal with very well: we care, and we want to know what happened that affected your perception to this degree. If you would be kind enough to share, we certainly want to listen and learn. Thank you, Rich T.

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SF
Frankfurt Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Pushing Profit, loosing quality.

A few years ago we had a great dinner there. So we decided to visit Waterbar again at our last evening in SF.
We were disappointed. It was crowded and extreme noisy. The air conditioning was so cold, that my wife and other guests needed their winterjackets while eating.

The most disappointing was, that we had to eat, what they wanted. The food we wanted to order was out - on Friday evening at 7.30 pm.

Never again... There are so many Alternatives in SF for good dining.

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went to Warer bar for my 40th Birthday dinner with friends. Were seated by the wimdow with the beautiful view of the bridge
We had really a good enjoyable eveving. The food was excellent, we had the See food plater to share and loved it a lot. The service was good and enjoyed overall the experience. Its not a cheep place to eat, but was worth it.
We visited SanFrancisco and glad that prebooked the table as was very busy on Friday evening.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the ambiance, food, drinks, and service. It was a wonderful experience. We had 5:30 p.m. Friday evening reservations to watch the light fade. I recommend doing the same, but allow plenty of time getting to the restaurant in rush hour.

Waterbar
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello Mermaid, Seems you must of felt right at home at Waterbar! Many thanks, Rich T.

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BI
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my father’s birthday here. They were very welcoming and made the occasion feel extra special by leaving him a hand-written note signed by the staff, and by bringing him a special dessert plate with “Happy Birthday written in chocolate syrup, a couple of blintzes, and a candle. Food was delicious of course, and atmosphere was really great with the fish tanks. Service was outstandingly nice, and prompt. 10/10 would do again.

Waterbar
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hello Iceberg, WOW, sign us up for a 10/10 anytime! We appreciate all your kind comments and are happy to have you celebrate with us at Waterbar. Our best, Rich T.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING service with fabulous cocktail, wine and menu options! Without a doubt...a jewel in the Embarcadero district.

Waterbar
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you so much Spencer! Rich T.

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OT
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience! Highly recommend. Great respect for food allergic!

MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food and ambiance were very nice - the views both out and in are great!

R
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food with relaxing ambience

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food from start to finish - best seafood around. The service was strong and the restaurant recognized a special occasion (anniversary) of the couple from NYC we were hosting. We didn't expect them to do something extra, so it was a very welcomed surprise and indicative of how this restaurant shines. The views, service, and food of this location warrant a a return visit (over and over) and Waterbar remains a favorite for us - especially when hosting out of town guests or a special meal with friends. We look forward to the next visit.

Waterbar
Responded on November 1, 2019

That is so great t o hear, many thanks NapaSTyle! Rich T.

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KS
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food1service1ambience4

On a picture perfect day, we chose Waterbar to take advantage of their lovely patio. They accepted our reservation for the patio, then made us wait half an hour before telling us the kitchen would shut down before they could seat us. We were very presentable in dress and appearance. There was no excuse for them to turn us away other than rude incompetence. If you approve of this behavior, feel free to go there. Someone always will because of their location. We won't. They are abominable and deserve your condemnation rather than your patronage. BTW, we had a delightful lmeal elsewhere with an even nicer patio. You should too.

Waterbar
Responded on November 1, 2019

Hello KSLT, We are very sorry to hear of your experience, our apology. I have brought this situation to the awareness of all. We were filled on the patio and should have offered you a nice table near a window inside with a complimentary appetizer - that is our norm if this were to happen. No excuses, we are normally much better than the experience you had and understand how yu felt. Thank you, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Need to Change online menu to state lobster rolls only served on fridays!!!

Waterbar
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks, we post the menu daily, therefore the lobster roll is only posted on Friday AM, then changed for brunch on Saturday AM. Rich T.

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CH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the seafood curry and the mussels were delicious! Others had the crab cake sandwich, pork belly and poached eggs and the tuna. No leftovers! We then split the pumpkin tart and the sticky toffee pudding. So good.

Waterbar
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks so much Cathy! Best regards, Rich T.

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing place and the food was awesome! The wait staff was Johnny on the spot! They were able to accommodate our dietary needs and made sure it all turned out grand! It was a great way for us to celebrate our anniversary!!

Waterbar
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind words and for celebrating with us! Rich T.

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JB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great view

AP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Price for food and beverage too high
Comparable restaurants are ca 1/3 lower

P
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food tasted so unique and sophisticated. Service and ambiance is amazing. Spectacular view with the lit Bay Bridge at night, our guests were very impressed and pleased. What an unforgettable dining experience, thank you Waterbar!

HS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had a guest from India. Water Bar offered to prepare a special vegetarian meal for the both of us which turned out to be very tasty and flavorful

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place menu is nothing special. Good for lunch

c
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

SEAFOOD DELIGHT
the food was outstanding. Fantastic selection of oysters. Great lobster. Service a little slow but the food makes up for it. Great energy.

G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Fell very short of its reputation. $100/person and mediocre food and service.

DS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal outside by the bay. Brunch was wonderful and the service was great!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly, efficient service. Excellent quality oysters. Will return and recommend.

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