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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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved everything about Waterbar... the marvelous location, attentive staff, first rate martini and the food. We will be back again and again!
Girls reunion lunch
Amazing (friendly, smiley) service from start to finish. They did a nice “Happy Birthday” writing on the dessert to :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is so very nice to hear StevenD, we so appreciate guests like you. Our best, Rich T.
The service, food and presentation was great. My wife and I went for our anniversary and we enjoyed everything. Thank you.
Brunch was wonderful. Excellent selection. Recommend sausage hash
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!
Hello Michele, Thanks to your local friends and for you coming to celebrate with us at Waterbar! Rich T.
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!
thanks so much GWild! Our best, Rich T.
Extremely overly priced. Bland portions very small
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.
Terrible food and service. At Waterbar you pay just for the view. Not worth it at all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello Mermaid, Seems you must of felt right at home at Waterbar! Many thanks, Rich T.
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.
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.
AMAZING service with fabulous cocktail, wine and menu options! Without a doubt...a jewel in the Embarcadero district.
Thank you so much Spencer! Rich T.
Fabulous experience! Highly recommend. Great respect for food allergic!
food and ambiance were very nice - the views both out and in are great!
Excellent food with relaxing ambience
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.
That is so great t o hear, many thanks NapaSTyle! Rich T.
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.
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.
Need to Change online menu to state lobster rolls only served on fridays!!!
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.
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.
Thanks so much Cathy! Best regards, Rich T.
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!!
Thanks so much for the kind words and for celebrating with us! Rich T.
Great food and great view
Price for food and beverage too high
Comparable restaurants are ca 1/3 lower
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!
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
Nice place menu is nothing special. Good for lunch
the food was outstanding. Fantastic selection of oysters. Great lobster. Service a little slow but the food makes up for it. Great energy.
Fell very short of its reputation. $100/person and mediocre food and service.
We had an amazing meal outside by the bay. Brunch was wonderful and the service was great!
Excellent, friendly, efficient service. Excellent quality oysters. Will return and recommend.