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

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Sun - Wed 9:15PM - 10:00PM

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (122)
Scenic View (120)
Special Occasion (93)
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Good for a Date (85)
Romantic (71)
Great for Outdoor Dining (65)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Great for Lunch (48)
Notable Wine List (46)
Worth the Drive (45)
Hot Spot (44)
Fun (43)
Bar Seating (42)
Vibrant Bar Scene (42)
Business Meals (39)
People Watching (39)
Casual (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Happy Hour (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Local Ingredients (26)
Great for Brunch (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Cozy (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Seasonal (19)
Healthy (19)
Authentic (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Organic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 10 hours ago

Very disappointing. My husband was on a lunch break while attending a conference. When we looked at the menu, the disappointment began. It was brunch only on Saturday. It was cold and windy outside, so I was hoping for some soup, but no luck. I was told that was only during the week days. I would have left had time not been an issue. I had what they described as a salmon pastrami sandwich on marbled rye. It was basically loxs. It was mediocre at best. It came with “old bay chips”, in other words, potato chips. One would expect more from such an establishment. My husband had some sort of fisherman’s hash. The waiter described it as having three types of fish. It did, but very little. It was mostly beets and eggs, not a great combination. It was over priced and the menu sucked. The view was great and the service was adequate. We won’t go back. There are too many fantastic places to eat in San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Veer noisy... many hard interior surfaces led to much ambient noise. Plus the continual clatter
from the kitchen, suggest to not allow to be seated near the kitchen. We have been to the waterbed several times in the past, so expect a certain level of value and food quality. The
lunch menu was minimal regarding the amount of seafood entrees. The salmon pastrami I had was
great, but no baked, sauteed or other salmon on the menu.

Very good location.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was wonderful.....my 4th time there. Everything was done perfectly and it has a great feel.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I was between the Tuna and NY strip, the waiter suggested NY strip as he said I would only get 3 small tuna medallions... I left hungry... I had to spit out almost every bite and put it on my plate, awful. I make a much better NY strip at home! The waiter didn’t even notice that I was not enjoying my meal, I spent over $400 for 3 people, which included a bottle of champagne ~$80... next time I will order the Tuna, that is, if there is a next time. I love the atmosphere... very sad experience for me when I think of Waterbar, very fun experience to share the night w my colleague and husband! They enjoyed their food, thankfully!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I love Waterbar and have been there many times, even just for a cocktail and appetizer or dessert and tea. It sits right under the Bay Bridge with the beautiful light installation viewable from many tables. I had wonderful fresh oysters, clams and a divinely inspired deviled egg with Dungeness crab. The bread is house made warm and wonderful. Unfortunately, there is nothing on the menu for the unadventurous and my spouse couldn't find anything to eat, so I was only able to enjoy appetizers and some champagne by the glass before we had to depart. The menu changes so don't count on what you had last time being there next time. Except for outstanding oysters, seafood, cocktails and wine which are always served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time at the Waterbar for dinner. Unfortunately it was disappointing not so much the food, but the service. My wife and I chose two and three items from the appetizer menu and expected to be served as we ordered it. My first item came together with my second choice. The wait in between for the next order was more then 30 minutes, and mine was over salted . I also asked the waitress for some more olives and onions for my martini which she completely forgot.
San Francisco has so many good restaurants that I have to think twice before I would come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We've eaten at Waterbar several times over the past few years usually for birthdays. We were disappointed with the food and service when my wife and I had a Sunday lunch a couple of years ago and consequently had not come back. We were looking for a fine place to celebrate our daughter's and her husband's birthdays and after reading recent positive reviews decided to try them again They made some accommodations to some of our orders which worked well. The food itself was very well prepared, very good quality, and very good portions to the point that we had no room for desserts which is unusual for us. They had a good wine list. We ordered primarily by the glass and pours were generous and prices were fair for an upscale restaurant. The service in some instances was a little off but still at a very high level. They have a beautiful interior and great views. You'll spend some money but it is worth it for those special occasions or a good expense account

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great ambiance with a view of the Bay Bridge. Wonderful service. Mixture of fantastic dishes and some disappointments. The lobster in the bisque was cold and the Seabass was very fishy but the sole was awesome and the desert, chocolate mousse, was great.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Fantastic meal and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The $1 oysters were extremely small, so if you like oysters, buy the more expensive ones. My friend was very happy with her fixed price lunch. The chocolate dessert included was delicious. My kale salad was also delicious and big enough to share. The mussels and clams in a cream sauce that I ordered had very few mussels and clams. The cream sauce did not taste good and was only lukewarm. Our waitress had no personality unlike our previous waiters. It was very difficult to have a conversation due to the noise level. We have had much better experiences in the past. The view of the water is always lovely. I am now not sure I want to return to the Waterbar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was a birthday celebration and everything was first class with superb service and perfectly prepared food. Previous visits have been for dinner and every one has been a superior dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything excellent: service , food , table , ambiance.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was amazing and you can't beat the view of the Bay bridge. Amazing seafood restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Exceptional service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Location is amazing and the seafood is fresh. Wait staff is great and responsive.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The single best dining experience we’ve ever had. This is the kind of restaurant where you want to kiss all the wait staff on the way out for giving you the most ambient, attentive, friendly and memorable night out. And what a memory to have as our last night visiting San Francisco!
My partner and I tossed up going to a Michelin Star restaurant (as we don’t have any where we are from) or Waterbar, and in hindsight I would choose Waterbar ten times over.
We booked a table the night before and got a late seating which was perfect as it opened up a table for us next to the cocktail bar, the ceiling height tropical fish tanks and a front row view of the spectacular light show on the Bay Bridge was enough to give us goosebumps. The service was impeccable and we enjoyed a full 3 course dinner with divine cocktails. We ordered the calamari and sushimi to start which were both amazing, then followed our mains of the braised lamb and halibut. Both were also thoroughly enjoyed, and my partner who is reasonably hard to please was speechless. For dessert we had the champagne pear and chocolate mousse. For two regular diners with strong sweet tooths, the chocolate mousse was agreed the best dessert we’ve ever had. I’d be happy to share this one dessert next time!
Thank you to all the lovely staff and talented chefs at Waterbar for sending us back to NZ with the fondest memories of your gorgeous restaurant and city. We will most certainly be back. Do not miss an opportunity to visit this restaurant if you are lucky enough to go to San Francisco.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Waterfront, Romantic, Cozy, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

A little pricey but everyone was very nice, the manager stopped by to make sure we were happy always a nice touch, our server was delightful.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The service was great but the food took very long. By the time I got the seared tuna, it was dry.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great location, wonderful cuisine and very attentive service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were treated to the Super Moon 🌝 over the Bay Bridge! Great food, service and very cool 😎 place!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great find and service. Phenomenal view. Great lunch spot. A little pricey.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very good food with a great view of the bay bridge at night. Had the sea bass and Halibut both were very fresh and delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A very nice place to view the Bay Bridge. The food was good and the service was excellent.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Birthday celebration

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Some of the best shellfish / rawbar around. Great clams and oysters and massive shrimp. Strong wine list including value priced whites that work really well. And we shared a few of the apps - which were good, though I thought the squid was too much breading and lost the squid. Similarly, the scallop pasta was OK, just a bit muddled. Will no doubt return. What a room, and great attentive servers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We met up with out of town relatives. Overall a great dining experience. We had a beautiful view of the bay bridge. The noise level was high which made it difficult to talk.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ate dinner with another couple. We dine here for special occasions as we like the environment, the menu choices and the location by the water. All four of us had the endive salad which was a perfect start to our meal. I had the halibut with the crispy potatoes on top—it had a great presentation and was very tasty. My husband had the sea bass which he said was perfectly cooked, too. The only dish we didn’t like was the side dish of carrots which seemed over cooked and small.
Table service was excellent and friendly and timing of the dishes was good, too. Overall a wonderful evening.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great View Great food and Excellent service ... I treated my brother for his birthday and they made it special by bringing out a dessert with a candle .

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing meal, wonderful staff, stunning view. Will never forget this wonderful night in San Fran.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Waterbar has been a popular draw for a long time now, so it has legs. The location is spectacular with bay views. The interior is nicely appointed. The bar is always full and buzzing. No restaurant can really have legs without good food and Waterbar is no exception. The oysters are always fresh and excellent. For our entree, we enjoyed fresh petrale sole which our waitressed boned for us. This, combined with a nice bottle of wine, made for a fine evening. Menu prices are moderate; the wine list is moderate to expensive. For a special occasion Waterbar is hard to beat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The chef’s choice oyster selection is always a great value. The food is usually excellent but I was disappointed in the whole Branzino. While the fish was perfectly cooked, it was buried under a heavy sauce and the bed of beets didn’t go well with it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Everything was delicious - fresh crab and tuna were wonderful. Food just took really long time - we were there an hour and half for lunch and while apologetic it seemed something should have been comp’d on bill. Not the end of world and would go back but just think they could have handled better.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

One of my new favorites! The entire dining experience was nearly perfect. The wait staff and manager were incredibly charming and professional. The booth seating was very comfortable, the menu was short but accommodating, and the food was absolutely stellar.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Organic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Everything was so good and nice, thanks. Food, service, enviroment, everything overall was really good

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The fish is great, the place is beautiful....Service very good

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME BUT WON'T BE THE LAST !!!
WE HAD A WONDERFUL MEAL, THE WINE WAS ALSO EXCELLENT AND THE SERVICE VERY EFFICIENT AND FRIENDLY!
WE ARE FROM SWITZERLAND, THE FRENCH PART, AND WE COULD EVEN HAVE A SMALL CHAT IN FRENCH WITH PIERRE!!!!
THANK YOU , WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR.....YOUR PLACE WILL BE THE FIRST ON OUR LIST...!!!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

WE had a wonderful evening. the view of the bridge was magnificent. oysters were fab.
it was a bit expensive but it was a special double birthday, so we went for it.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Waterbar has a great location for viewing the light show on the bay bridge. The food is very good but somewhat pricy. This is a great place for a special occasion. If we lived nearby we would probably go here twice a month!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had made the reservations weeks in advance and made a special request to sit at the window. Of course we got the farthest table from the window but there were strategically placed mirrors that allowed you to see parts of the bay bridge. It made us wonder if they viewed the special request section in open table !

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Lovely, lovely, lovely!! Such delicious food! Excellent service—great bartenders...the view is spectacular. Valet parking is so convenient. Really enjoyed the experience—an excellent taste of San Francisco for out of town guests as well. Always ready to return!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, People Watching, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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