Waterbar

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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NM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words only simplify the great experience my friend and I had at Waterbar from the scenery to the ambience food service our server Milo was outstanding he was very knowledgeable engaging we both were in agreement that Milo was indeed the best waiter we both had ever had it was both my friend and I first time dining at the Waterbar and we will definitely return Thank you Milo

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Hello Naima, Thank you so much for the kinds words, and we will be happy to share with Milo! Best regards, Rich T.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always like it there for sunset time!

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate a special occasion with a marvelous view and friendly service!

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Great to hear Lori! Thank you! Rich T.

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BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not up to usual par. The server was very nice and we had a nice table. I ordered the sole and it was by far the saltiest/fishiest piece of fish, I have ever had. The server asked how everything was and I said the carrots were amazing but I felt the fish was very salty. She asked if she should speak to the Chef and I said no thanks. I was disappointed that the Server did not offer something comped. My friend ordered the Red Snapper, which he liked. I tasted it and thought it also tasted very fishy.

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Hello BulldogMatt, We would be happy to prepare a new entree for you in that situation. Our server should have offered to do so. You should be disappointed and we should have done more for you. We hope to welcome you again and redeem ourselves. Many thanks Rich T.

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ME
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent view and service overall a good restaurant

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you Mehrani! Rich T.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service always makes for a great experience. Waterbar delivered.

LM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was just okay and service was good, but they kept forgetting to refill our ice tea glasses

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Lmiar, We are usually very timely with those refills, apology. Best regards, Rich T.

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J
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view , impeccable service , superb food

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thanks Jt! Rich T.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place ! Excellent staff ! Excellent food !

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !! Found this restaurant because we wanted a view, would return for the food!

T
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The host was very accommodating. The bartenders were great while sat and waited for our table. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable, offering great suggestions. The food was outstanding!! It is a bit expensive but worth it. We highly recommend!!

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words! Rich T.

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NY
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This has always been one of our favorite fish and seafood restaurants. However, the new menu has fewer fish and seafood selections, and more of the menu options (e.g., brunch options) have meat in them. This was disappointing. Service is still superb.

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thank you for the feedback NY. We wanted to expand our brunch offerings and it is now our largest menu. Also, there was more interest in the items we did add. We did not reduce any of the seafood offerings at brunch. Come try it again, Our best, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my partner. This place is amazing and went beyond my expectations.

JB
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant with fantastic view of the Bay Bridge

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Many thanks JannB! Rich T.

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Friday lunch. True Cod and Lobster Roll were excellent, And, as always, the Kumitomo oysters were outstanding.

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Let's hear it for Friday Lobster Rolls! Thanks for enjoying 2nd&H! Rich T.

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CT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar. Loved the chef’s selection of oysters, baked oysters weren’t memorable. Fries were good and the crab cocktail was excellent. My friend had the Diablo and I went with a French 75. Perfect night out.

Waterbar
Responded on March 19, 2020

Thanks very much CTLF! Rich T.

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

limited menu but each item awesome

VM
London
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So awesome. Impeccable service!

Waterbar
Responded on March 7, 2020

THANK you VeeMan! Best, Rich T.

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for a special occasion-or any occasion for that matter. Beautiful layout, a lovely view of the bay and bay bridge, especially when the light display comes on. The staff is stellar: From Sam the Maitri'd who was so gracious and welcoming, to the wait and service staffs who were all attentive and didn't rattle the dishware when clearing the table. It's the little things for me that sets a place apart. Fish-centric but hardly the only thing on the menu. Novel and tasty items from starters to desserts.

You will be back.

Waterbar
Responded on March 6, 2020

Many thanks JoeG! Rich T.

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WT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and food were fantastic. I was surprised that they congratulated my gf and I on our 1 year and made it special.

Waterbar
Responded on March 7, 2020

We so appreciate our guests coming to celebrate at Waterbar! Our best to Wendelthecat! RIch T.

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was cold!

AB
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. I had oysters that were amazing. The service was top notch. Our favorite place to eat in San Francisco

Waterbar
Responded on March 7, 2020

Many thanks AnthonyB! Rich T.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very expensive and really nothing special in any way. Staff was fine. But for sure would not repeat

NP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The most outanding service I've ever gotten. The view was beautiful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canadians visiting daughter and son-in-law in SF. Freddie and India (servers) were awesome! Totally attentive in anticipating the needs of their guests. Please be sure to say “hi” when you visit the Waterbar in SF. They will greet you with a smile and anticipate your every need.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have been to Waterbar many times over the years. I know that table we want is table 13. I requested it and when we arrived an hour before our 6:45 reservation, I was assured that we were fine. We had wonderful champagne at the bar and when they came to escort us to our table, the waitress took us to a table right in front of the kitchen. She "explained" that our request for our special table couldn't be fulfilled as they had already set someone there. The food is always wonderful and the service is greatish....but this was our anniversary, I had booked a week in advance and was assured when we arrived at 5:45 that our table would be ready on time. Our experience in whole turned sour. The waiter was trying his best to provide good service but there is no substitute being placed at the rear exit door in the back room versus the table I requested in the main room. No one apologized. I don't think we'll go back. We live in Marin and going into the city on a Friday night requires a destination experience. As much as we love the chef and his preparation of our vegetarian meal, a business loses focus at the detail level and thus loses their luster. Unless Waterbar changes their attention to detail and keeps their commitment to their promises made, they will end up being another restaurant name filed away in the dustbins of all the great restaurants that have come and gone in SF. I hope the management takes this input to heart.

K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We asked for quiet seating and the waitress explained that because we were sitting in a certain place we had to buy a certain number of meals. Other tables around us didn’t have the same criteria and it was a little bit embarrassing at a business meeting to try to figure all of that out.

RT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food is over priced and underwhelming

Waterbar
Responded on March 1, 2020

We are happy to have the opportunity to make things right for our guests. Just let us know in the moment. Thank you RichardT, Our best, Rich T.

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JH
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special crab cake sandwich is terrific!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for absolute top notch service? COME HERE. We came for an anniversary dinner and the Waterbar employees took the time to write a personalized card for us put on our table with the most incredible views. Multiple servers catered to our table and wished us well. Food was incredible with a complimentary glass of dessert champagne with dessert. Great food, great view and great employees - we’ll be coming back soon and with guests!

w
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, view all amazing!

ES
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our first time coming here for dinner. It was 8pm on a Sunday. But the place was lively. Everything was great, minus the very rude and ignorant of others, a family of 4 adults and 2 children. The baby boy was behaving perfectly. But the 4-5 year girl wa as loud and obnoxious and not one of her parents tried to calm her down. It was ridiculous. I would hate to be on a romantic first date and see this.

n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent, but more importantly, the service is exceptional. I always feel welcomed and that I'm one of the most important customers in the restaurant. And the view of the Bay Bridge lights can't be beat!!!!

Waterbar
Responded on March 7, 2020

We so love hearing that ng54! Our sincere thanks, Rich T.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food, attentive staff, and beautiful scenery. I highly recommend!

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable evening-thank you so much!!

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor service, overcooked lobster.

TD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Waitstaff was helpful and did not rush us. The food selection was unique and the dishes were outstanding. The noise level made conversation somewhat difficult but I don't know how this could be mitigated. Maybe acoustical panels in the ceiling? The views were amazing!

Waterbar
Responded on February 24, 2020

hanks so much 3rdDan, Best, Rich T.

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BM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner with my husband and adult daughter. Great views, excellent service, delicious and creative food.

Waterbar
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks so much for enjoying with family Barbara! Best, Rich T.

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