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Waterbar

4.6
8067 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
• San Francisco municipal law requires guests to wear a face covering when not actively eating, drinking, or when a staff member approaches the table.

• There is a 90 minute maximum per reservation.

• SF mandated 10pm curfew in effect. Last call for food & beverage is 9:30pm.

• DUE TO COVID-19 OR WEATHER ALL RESERVATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR DELAY.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 8067 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Service, Food, and ambience. Great view of the bay bridge especially during and after sunset. Just a special place to get away, and indulge.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Waterbar every other month, but this was the first time we brought our kids with us. The staff is always great and the food is always good. Sad that the sticky toffee pudding was not available this time since it’s the main reason why we come often, but we were notified that they will be bringing it back in a few months. I guess we shall make another trip then!

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ElaineJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and attentive staff. Good COVID safety protocol as in place. Reservations limited to 1.5 hours but we did not feel rushed.

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MortonP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's a very pleasant place, with a beautiful location at the Bay.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much Morton! Rich T.

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Absolutely stunning! The location has beautiful water-side views of the Bay Bridge and is great for outdoor seating. Food was excellent with mostly fresh seafood. It was my birthday and I was given a yummy plate of chocolates for dessert. If you are visiting/live in the Bay Area, I highly recommend.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

HBDAY Alyssa and thanks for celebrating at Waterbar! Regards, Rich

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great server and yummy food. They’re doing a good job with keeping everyone warm by the water .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very hospitable. We were running a few minutes late, they held our table. Most gracious. Food was delicious, and the service was second to none. Had a few drinks and enjoyed the ambiance. We will certainly be back, and highly recommend.

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vipDebi
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar did a fantastic job of creating a great environment outdoors. Lots of heaters, we were not even slightly cold. Wait staff phenomenal.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

many THANKS Debi! Rich T.

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RachelN
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service excellent and the view was super nice.

Waterbar
Responded 6 days ago

THANK YOU RachelIN! Best, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of every small plate dish, both food and presentation were exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my 30th and absolutely loved it! All i wanted was a good view and a delicious drink and i got it and more! they even put together a cute designed plate with chocolates to ring in my birthday! highly recommend ❤️

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RichardL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at the Waterbar. Everyone from the hostess to the bus boy were very friendly and welcoming. The view of the bay and bridge made this location outstanding! My husband casually mentioned to our food server that we were in SF for our anniversary, and he promptly arranged a surprise treat for us. That was the cherry on top of a wonderful experience!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much for celebrating with us Richard, Best, Rich T.

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vipJasonR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. A little chilly dining outdoors and the heater wasn't helping too much.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Jason, We have a heater at every table and doing all we can to make things as comfortable and attractive for our guests. Best regards, Rich T.

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ChrisR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar is our favorite place for oysters. The food, service and views are fantastic! Highly recommend it!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much Chris! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

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vipDBA1
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time for dinner at Waterbar since before the lockdown. It was wonderful to watch the light show on the bay bridge and to see the nearly full moon rising. The reflection of the lights and the moon on the water was magical. As always the tables on the patio were well spaced and all Covid protocols were followed. We had a server who was new to me named Chris who took very good care of us.
We started with a dozen assorted oysters. All were delicious. My dining companion had the lobster bisque while I had the pasta special with crab and asparagus. It was well balanced and also delicious. We also ordered the housemade bread. It's served warm and always a delight. We both ordered the same main course of pink porgy (sea bream) because neither of us had evern had it. It was one of the best seafood dishes I've ever eaten. The risotto was perfect and the flavors amazing. It also paired perfectly with a good bottle of Sancerre.
I'll be back for lunch on March 17th.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much DBA1! Great to hear and please say hi next time you are in! Yes, the Sea Bream/Porgy is pretty wonderful. Our best, Rich T.

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vipfoodie77
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect restaurant to dine during mandated outdoor dining. Beautiful backdrop of the Bay Bridge and amazing food. Perfect for a date night.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so much foodie77! Best, Rich T.

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NickyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. The Bay Bridge views are incomparable. Seafood is fresh (definitely get the oysters!!) and delicious, staff is lovely and overall the ambiance is great. Highly recommend.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks so very much NickyG! Best, Rich T.

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ScottH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to have a drink, grab some great seafood and watch the bay bridge light show.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Christopher was friendly and attentive to our needs. Food was Ridiculously Amazing! They made my birthday brunch a memorable one!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Waitress kept bouncing as soon as SHE thought we were done with our order ... everyone was kinda brushing us off since our table with further than everyone else ... food was good ... nothing special ... great view but that’s it ... would skip

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great drinks and service! We were seated on the 2nd-story balcony which was quite warm (protected from the wind), and had an amazing view of the bay bridge.

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vipRandyS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a fantastic value for the 1.05 oysters during Happy Hour. However, the menu dishes are quite small and not a great value considering the portion size. They are yummy though.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Many thanks Randy! Rich t.

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WeltonJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor experience, food was as good as the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food steak was super dry

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vipKathy
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Sunday lunch at Water Bar. The food is delicious and a nice selection of wines. The outdoor tables are pleasant, altho as the day was cool we would have been more comfortable within the "walls" of the garden rather than having the view of the Bridge. Just a word of caution. But the heat lamp helped a lot. Excellent service. We will be back!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Kathy! Rich T.

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IleanaG
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrate my birthday in Waterbar and was a very beautiful moment. Perfect date.

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Ricky
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good to be back at WaterBar after the lock down in SF.

Staff is always friendly and helpful. Outdoor dinning was good, lucky for us super sunny morning (or depends on the weather). Night/dinner may be a little bit cool (they do have heat lamp).

Looking forward to visit again.

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thanks Ricky, Let me know what we need to do to receive a 5 star rating in your mind. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipbill
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best location on the Bay combined with a creative chef with a focus on seafood

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

Well said Bill, and we do so agree! Best, Rich T.

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vipGr8bites
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was absolutely delicious, from the onset of oysters as our appetizer to the scrumptious butternut squash soup and calamari. Our guests had the dover sole and fish tacos, accompanied by a wonderful sauvignon blanc wine.

this was our 3rd attempt at a reservation, previous ones had to be cancelled due to the fires and then the covid uptick, we are glad we were tenacious in doing this again and will tell our friends how special this place is.

The wait staff was spot on and were all very welcoming to have their business coming back online. Thanks to all!

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

We appreciate you Gr8bites! Rich T.

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vipClinton
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very good view and service. Prices were quite reasonable and the menu was pretty good. Options are somewhat limited on entrees but, overall a great place. Service was prompt and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great seafood and atmosphere right under the Bay bridge. As a non-seafood eater the menu is definitely lacking but then again this is a seafood restaurant.

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JorgeD
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, best view and best food. I do recommend this place.

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BrianB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was fantastic. Managing Partner Pete Sittnick greeted is and set the stage foe a wonderful lunch. I highly recommend Waterbar. Great food, great location, great service.

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Richard
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Don't like the policy that you will not seat a table if not all guests have arrived. Sometimes people are late. Or parking issues. We would have had a drink while we waited so that harmed the restaurant for that matter. The 90 minute rule did not matter because the restaurant was not that crowded. I have been to 8-10 restaurants during the Pandemic and this was the only one requiring that.

But, food was great as was the service by the server and staff.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2020

Hello Richard, Note that the "Not seating incomplete parties" along with a mandatory "bona fide meal", along with 90 minutes, along with "Mask on the entire time", no cocktails while waiting for a table, are all SF Municipal laws that every SF should be adhering to. These are lawful positions that we simply tried our best to execute. Even with all this, we are now in a shut down. Be well, Rich T.

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were diligent in keeping up with my Reservation, and when I had realized I booked the wrong day, they were very accomodating and changed it even though it was last minute.

Service was excellent and Food and Cocktails were super yummy!!

This was during Covid, so we had to sit outside. It was very cold, so dress appropriately.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend! Will come back again!

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Waterbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 284-9922.

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 8067 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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