Waterbar

4.6
6602 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Menu: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm,
Dinner Menu: Sunday - Monday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch Menu: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm,
Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:00pm - 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm- 5:30pm.
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Phone number
(415) 284-9922
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Parke Ulrich
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Cross street
Harrison
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Parking details
$20
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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VP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DeFranz provides excellent service and recommendations for the best dining experience. The food and cocktails were exquisite. It was my first time there but definitely not my last.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meet a friend after 3 years.

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friend get-together

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GM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was outstanding and the bar tender know how to properly make drinks

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RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dishes are original, seafood was fresh and prepared well - great atmosphere - great view.
Apps and small plates were a little overpriced but fantastic.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterbar is a fabulous place with great ambiance and a fantastic view. Food is always good, selection of wine is great.

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PH
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fish was prepared to absolute perfection. We each ordered different entrees (swordfish, cod, and opah, and each was extraordinary).

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

First, I made reservations for a romantic birthday dinner for two well in advance for a Monday evening. When we arrived, the front desk (host/hostess area) did not ask if we needed anyone to take our coats or bags (we both had backpacks as we came directly from work). Then, we were seated in a half table/half booth section where there was no privacy. We asked the bus boy about our jackets and bags and were told that coat and bag service is not provided. We had a bunch of seafood and were never offered additional napkins (the cloth napkins were fine but one doesn't quite suffice). When I asked for an additional napkin from the server he laughed at me and said it looks like we have everything we need. The service was not worth the price and I believe it's so expensive because of the rent for the view of the bridge. The price of the food (other than the oysters) was not worth the overall experience. I didn't leave there feeling like it was one of the best dinners I've had which was funny because it was one of the most expensive meals I've ever paid for. Very disappointing, pick another place for seafood!

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TI
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very creative and tasty. Just Delicious! Excellent wine list. The service was fantastic. They make the whole thing happen at this restaurant. Nai S and her team was were just fantastic. She was so personable and interactive. My daughter and I had a 3 hour dinner. She made great recommendations and was very attentive. The views of the Bay Bridge in contrast with the beautiful fish tanks create a beautiful dining environment. Definitely going back to this restaurant! Thank you for a great experience!

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YY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and ambiance all excellent! Out of town visitors were very happy and impressed with the restaurant.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for special occasions when you want to go above and beyond. Shellfish platter was tender and tasty. A bit pricey but on the same level as Epic See next door.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Tell your friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server great food

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great miso cod and swordfish. Romantic spot. Cheesecake fantastic.

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p
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Decorated for the holidays and with bridge lit up it is magical. Food and delivery was great

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The oyster, cocktail, and wine selections are top of the line. The lobster was also very good.
We ordered parmesan fries and they were so salty they were almost inedible - even after shaking off the cheese. The Spanish Mackerel had a caramel sauce on it that was dessert-sweet which didn't work for us over the raw fish. The service was outstanding - courteous, helpful, knowledgable, prompt.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Wasn’t the best. Been here multiple times and this time we had extremely long waits to get drinks and food. The food was amazing as always, just the service was not all that great

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The dishes I ordered were suberb. The service was also excellent.
I was very disappointed that you do not offer coffee in a full size coffee cup.
I enjoy a full cup of coffee through out my meal. I suggest your policy regarding your coffee China.
I live in Marin and will not return to dine again.

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EA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was nice, food was amazing and staff was wonderful. Definitely a nice dining experience.

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Y
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We were seated in the lower level room among several tables with large parties who were extremely noisy.
Compared to the large room overlooking the Bay Bridge,
this room feels like being seated in the basement level.
Noise level was very high. Service was good but overtaxed by big parties. Food was excellent.

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KM
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely dining experience. Food is very delicious, beautiful view of the bridge and decorated for the holidays. Perfect place to dine with friends and celebrate the holidays.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic view and good food

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MS
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome location and view. Very pricey. You have to pay for what you get to see.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An awesome experience with “over the top” quality in service, view, selections, freshness / flavor and delivery. Franz, was outstanding! Can’t wait to come back soon. Thanks again for such a beautiful & memorable day!

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BM
San Francisco
327 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Briny oysters. I think I was overcharged. Great bridge view. The mains were not the flavors we expected. Maybe next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The waiter is way to intrusive. I used to work as a waiter part time when I was in college. The one thing that was always stressed to me was that a waiter should be invisible. Throughout our meal the waiter would come up and interrupt our conversation to say what she had to say no matter what. As an example, I was discussing my niece’s medical treatment with my colleague when the waiter barged into the middle of our conversation asking, “How is everything? Would you like to order some wine?” I asked her to please come back later as were in the middle of a conversation. The thing is, she became irritated, rolled her eyes and said, “no problem” and then left. I would expect the waiters at a restaurant of the caliber of Water Bar to have better training and social skills. Very disappointing.

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NY
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting (and delicious!) food choices that change frequently. Flavorful oysters. Outstanding service and ambiance.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great dinner. Could be a bit more filling though.

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s
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and the food was excellent. The meal was well paced, from appetizers to dessert. Quality is evident in every item; the raw bar is one of the best anywhere. The view of the Bay Bridge and the water traffic is beautiful. Every visit suggests a return trip. Enjoy it if you can.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, personalized our vegetarian food plate, super nice waiter who suggested best
Options. Celebrated 10th wedding anniversary with great view and friendly people

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet with puff pastry was the best meal I have ever had in my entire life!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, but pity not a lot of choice ...only one entree with meat !

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Milo our waiter was amazing. Took care of us and provided great service.

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SM
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Odd and a limited menu. We all had fish entrees which were good but not fantastic for the price. We shared starters of shrimp cocktail, sashimi and potstickers. Again good but not great for the price. The side of brussels sprouts with our entrées was very good. Our server was excellent. Very attentive with helpful suggestions. The toffee pudding she recommended for dessert was delicious. The view of the bay bridge lit up at night was spectacular. I guess that’s what you are paying for. Bottom line, I will not be returning to this restaurant. There are so many other restaurants where you could have just as good a meal for a much better value.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were here celebrating our anniversary. The service and food were both amazing. The baked oysters are absolutely delicious! Our waiter went above and beyond by bringing us a plate with the words “Happy Anniversary “ written in chocolate and 2 small cheesecake bites. This was totally unexpected. It made our nights to have such a thoughtful gesture. We highly recommend this restaurant. AND can’t go wrong with the beautiful view of the bridge!

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KA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was great. The food was interesting and good, the setting beautiful. The restaurant is loud; it was hard to listen to conversations. The clearing staff was brisk and kept asking to clear our plates while some of us were still eating off of them.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great night with the family for my birthday! Best view also

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Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a weekend of great food and our meal at Waterbar was easily one of the best! Bloody Mary was perfection complete with shrimp and tasty bacon. For entrees we split a Dungeness crab which was fresh and delicious along with pastrami hash w/ the beets, cabbage and poached eggs. That hash was out of this world good and something I will make a special trip to come back for again.

Although we didn't have them this trip the fried deviled eggs looked very tasty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place see the view!

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