About Waterbar

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.

399 The Embarcadero South
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

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.

Cross Street:
Harrison

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 284-9922

Website:
http://www.waterbarsf.com/

Parking Details:
$20

Executive Chef:
Parke Ulrich

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Waterbar will offer an a la carte menu as well as a special 4-course pre-fixed menu for $105 per person on Valentine's Day.

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Private Dining

The best view in San Francisco combined with sutainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for your next event!

Waterbar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (110)
Waterfront (108)
Special Occasion (86)
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Good for a Date (79)
Romantic (68)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Creative Cuisine (50)
Great for Outdoor Dining (49)
Great for Lunch (46)
Worth the Drive (44)
Notable Wine List (44)
Fun (38)
Bar Seating (37)
Hot Spot (37)
Business Meals (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (34)
Local Ingredients (30)
Happy Hour (27)
People Watching (27)
Good for Groups (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Casual (23)
Authentic (22)
Cozy (22)
Healthy (20)
Seasonal (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Everything was great but hard to hear the conversation over the din.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful menu with a variety from salads to entrees andDESSERTS. Great service too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The seafood especially the oysters were great. It’s very expensive and for us only for a very special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very happy with the ambiance of the venue and the quality of the food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was excellent. Love the oyster special at lunch.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Waterbar exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The environment was welcoming, pleasing, and had beautiful scenery. The food was affordable and exquisite. I had the prefix menu for lunch at $25, and all three courses were amazing. Excellent choice of wines as well. The servers were prompt, helpful, and extremely nice. I highly recommend this place for whatever the occasion.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Best fish in San Francisco - great architecture - beautiful light show from the Bay Bridge - request a window seat in the evening. A favorite.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful chocolate moose desert. Food was wildly overpriced for what it was. Would not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The waiter gave a recommendation of the shellfish platter and let me substitute prawns, which I can’t stand, for shrimp.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very romantic setting; definitely made our anniversary special. Oh and phenomenal food!

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Been regulars here for many years, but mainly brunch as of late, which is always good. Returned to try dinner after a little over a year and was pleasantly surprised. The food was innovative and surprising in its take. Different than most top SF seafood fare. Service was good and the views can’t be beat. Highly recommended.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great Bay view location. Very tasty fresh seafood with interesting side combinations. Very nice environment and good service. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Outstanding! The food was absolutely terrific and the service was superb. Everyone at our table raved about their food. You can always count on Waterbar. The waiters are always top-notch. They are extremely efficient and nice without being overbearing. Everything about this restaurant makes you want to come back again and again. What a treat it is to have a restaurant with one of the best views in town AND some of the best food in town—what a nice ( and rare) combination that is!
Given the number of great restaurants in SF it’s sometimes tempting to try other spots—but Waterbar makes it difficult to go anyplace else.

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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Nice sea front location, good and accurate service, great selection of local (North America) oysters. We got a nice comfortable table with view of the bridge. One main dish was a fantastic tuna and my one Cod from Alaska, only negative point is that it was cooked with smoked bacon. At the end too salty and not healthy (cured meat). Creativity is okay when match also with a good healthy policy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Amazing food, great service and a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. Highly recommended

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 (México)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Es una ligar con muy buen servicio, la atención y la vista increíbles. La comida es riquísima

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

we enjoyed our brunch but the waitress was really pushy. we had also made note it was a birthday and while the hostess and manager were gracious, the waitress seemed as if it was a hassle that we had come there for a birthday. she is lucky we forgot her name or we'd put it in this review. just the attitude we got from her was not worth the money although it would have been great otherwise.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time in SFO. Great view🥂

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great view, excellent food, Woody was a great waiter, kid friendly menu, aquarium tanks were entertaining, food was a big hit with everyone

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a great place! Milo, our server, was very helpful and directed us thru their fresh seafood orderings and wine pairings! One of the best lunchs San Francisco!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have dined at the Water bar twice before, both times the food and the service were amazing, Granted its been more than a year. This was supposed to be a Post Theater Dinner, Family get together. It started with the server asking for our Drink Selection, only to find out that we received only Water. When we asked for the Wine and Drinks he replied, I am sorry I forgot. My Wife ordered a Pisco Sauer and myself a Negroni ,both drinks did not taste good at all. In fact the pisco sauer was not made with Egg whites and had the bitters missing as well. The Oysters came and they were very good. The Daou Cabernet was incredible and so was the sommelier. But this is were the some what positive experience tanked. My Wife order a Ahi Tuna, she ask for a quick sear on each side, the Tuna after a long wait dry to the bone. I had the Rack of Lam, same here, it was over cooked. the other two dishes had the same issues. The side dishes were also slightly over cooked. Granted our reservation was for 9.45PM, but this should not happen. We dine out a lot, and we very rarely write a review, mostly to recommend a place. But I felt it was important to share our dinner experience. My recommendation would be get a great Bartender that can teach the rest of the staff how to make Signature Drinks, and please get a new Chef and maitre d
Sincerely

Norbert

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lleva a mis hijo a Cenar esperando tener una vista increíble con platillos muy especiales y así fue sobrepasó mis expectativas

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

If you're looking for an exceptional San Francisco experience and certainly culinary delight this is the place where you have to go! Not just because of the views which are breathtaking and because the staff just treats all of its guests like royalty, but because it's one of those things that when you're in San Francisco and whether you are a native San Franciscan born and raised here still living here as I am, or traveling here from other parts of the country this is a must-see and must-do! As someone that has eaten in every four and five star restaurant in San Francisco over the last 25 years almost daily I can't speak highly enough of the Waterbar staff and the Culinary experts in the kitchen, not to mention the outstanding menu! Don't cheat yourself out of this experience make a reservation now! My favorite, very favorite of all the places in San Francisco! Congratulations Waterbar

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Waterbar was amazing!! Our server was very professional and attentive to everything. He made the experience memorable. I really enjoyed my time there. The food was delicious, oysters were fresh and the food was very well presented and was very tasty. Thank you Waterbar I will recommend and I will come back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

An outstanding dining experience! The service, the food, and the atmosphere were unusually good, even for a city like SF that has a plethora of excellent restaurants. While not inexpensive, the overall experience was truly worth the cost. Highly recommended!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Called the restaurant 5 hr is advance to make sure I get a table by the window
They put us far away the window with open tables everywhere
Made us go to the bar and wait ,15 min later they sat us close to the window at one of those open table. Just weird

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and high quality food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great place, fresh seafood. oysters for $1 is the best! portions a little small and the pasta was overcooked but flavors were on point. Even gave us a small dessert with the bill and it was great way to leave a taste in our mouths.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food and great ambiance compensate for the fair service.

Will recommend the seared scallops, fried squid and deviled duck egg for starters. Cove Miyagi and Marshall Select Oysters are the shellfish pick.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Water bar never lets us down. Consistently great food.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed another great dining experience at Waterbar !

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Is there an occaision this restaurant isn't perfect for? Birthday, romantic, fit for foodies, terrific view? Yes, yes and more! Four of were just enjoying a holiday in the City after a ferry ride from Jack London Square. Our go-to restaurant was booked but Waterbar had an opening. We had to wait a few minutes for the table to be ready but we were rewarded with a view table, terrific friendly waiter and a wonderful memorable brunch! The entire staff couldn't be nicer--I think several manager types delivered food and drinks, making sure we were happy. We tried their fabulous French 75, pastrami salmon sandwich, soft poached eggs, hash dish among others,all to raves from our table. Now, we can't wait to try dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, People Watching, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Lunch with old friends visiting SF. The setting is ideal for special occasions but $100 per person is a bit steep for brunch. Excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fantastic service and ambiance. Outstanding, next level food. The oysters were magnificent. We will be back very soon!! Thank you!! <3

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Gorgeous view of the Bay bridge. Food and service were great

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Incredible food! Great service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

So beautiful at night. Surprisingly small menu. Moderate portions. Food is good although not spectacular. A special location and ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our meal was amazing. Each bite was an explosion on your palate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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