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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Details
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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (131)
Scenic View (126)
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Good for a Date (85)
Great for Outdoor Dining (75)
Romantic (74)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Notable Wine List (55)
Great for Lunch (50)
Business Meals (46)
Worth the Drive (42)
Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Fun (40)
Hot Spot (40)
Bar Seating (38)
People Watching (37)
Casual (33)
Local Ingredients (33)
Happy Hour (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Great for Brunch (28)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Good for Groups (24)
Authentic (21)
Healthy (20)
Cozy (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Seasonal (14)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Organic (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was the perfect place to celebrate my son’s birthday !!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Love Waterbar great food, views, staff is superb. It’s a hot spot for me and my husband.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 3 days ago

Just right

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great time and great food! It was for my 1 year anniversary with my girlfriend and she loved it!

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a more upscale experience on the waterfront. Not inexpensive but pretty typical of the San Francisco scene. The waiters were attentive but not overbearing and the gentleman tending the bar was very knowledgeable.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was disappointing - We wanted to seat in a regular table for lunch but the waitress put us in a bar table so we could wait until one was available, but they started to bring the food while we were in bar table so we didn't have much option other than eat in the bar table.

The food was also not so good for the price.

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·Dined 6 days ago

First of all, can I just say amazing?! The view of the bay bridge, the ambiance and of course the food! My boyfriend and I came here last night to celebrate our anniversary and it was well worth it. We had a later reservation but that didn't stop the service from being nothing but the best. We felt like royalty with the attentiveness of our waiter and appreciated the kind gesture from management for a bottle and dessert on the house. To start,we had the fried squid glazed with some kind of sweet sauce and the crab. I ordered the lamb which was decadently juicy and flavorful and my boyfriend ordered the bass which was equally as scrumptious! We shared sides of brussel sprouts, spinach, and a fried baked potato. We will definitely return in the future. Thank you waterbar for making our night romantic and special!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated our anniversary by treating ourselves to a meal at Waterbar

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The crab legs special is astounding. Oysters, Duck deviled eggs with crab, Amazing!...and don’t miss the devil’s food cake chocolate mouse with cherries and cream is out of this world! Hint: Fish entree dishes are underwhelming compared to apps, desserts and chef special small plates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I think the food here is sensational---interesting combinations and all delicious. Service is always terrific and the view is great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sad to make a reservation for our anniversary and be seated next to the kitchen. The smallest oysters I've ever seen. The dinner gave my wife a splitting headache and I've had the hiccups for an hour.
So disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The place itself is beautiful. The view of the Bay Bridge lights & interior fish tanks combine to make it a simply gorgeous restaurant. The service, from the hostess, bus people and server, was superior to other similar restaurants. They combined to make my sister & I feel important & well-taken care of! The service is simply excellent! The food is delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection & seasoned beautifully. The oysters I had were fresh and delicious. This was my second visit to the place & I will definitely return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

fish and chips not very good . Almost no fish , lots of very,very deep fried batter

other dishes were good but not outstanding . A disappointment compared to 2 other visits , should be noted that the menu we chose from was just brunch with many far fetched and interesting menu ideas . On the bright side , service was excellent and ambiance is great

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was amazing, the staff was highly attentive. The one take away is for the wait staff to use less gendered language. “Ladies” “darlings” do not fit everyone’s identity. Removing gender from how they address Patrons would be ideal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Perfect service, fish dishes preparation perfect, nice wine list, superb views

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My third business dinner at this wonderful restaurant and it is still surprisingly amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant was WAY TOO LOUD.
And my dinner (lamb) was way tooo sweeet! It was like dessert. And the chops had not been seared.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food , fantastic and caring presentation! Always spot on service, and in spite of a packed Salesforce convention...they always make Room for their regulars! The staff makes you feel recognized and appreciated!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The 3-course Prix Fixe lunch ($25) was terrific. Great view and service. They brought the desert with lit candles for my wife's and her sister's birthday, along with some delicious chocolates.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The seafood was fantastic! Our service was excellent up till the end- when I think our server either forgot about us or got slammed- but he was terrific nonetheless.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Incredible view of the bay bridge. The food and service were great. I would recommend in the future. The bar was packed. The only bad thing was our table was not ready for about 30 minutes after our reservation but we sat outside and enjoyed the view for a while and had cocktails.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The view of the Bay Bridge is worth the visit. Compound that with great food and service--this is always a winner. Oysters are a must!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is an hour and a half away from where we live but well worth the drive! Menu is creative, food is top quality and no matter what you order it will be delicious! Its focus is on seafood but they also have some great steak options. The menu changes every day and that makes it all the better. You don't get the same boring dishes over and over. Choices are never limited. As a matter of fact I ordered two desserts for myself because I just HAD to try them both! And as expected they were both amazing! My husband and I went for a date night here a couple of times and now it's where I always want to go. And it's right on the ocean with the Bay Bridge in the background. Ambiance is both fun and intimate at the same time. We had a blast and enjoyed every bite! Service is outstanding as well. Definitely recommend!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful views, exceptional food and wine and beautiful ambience!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very pricy wine list. The fried squid was delicious. Sent my stripped bass back to be cooked more for my liking. Original dish had a delicious on a bed of spaghetti squash. When my new dish came out, the whole dish was super spicy. Guess I must have insulted the chief, as I don't know why else the spice of the dish would have changed so drastically . Watch out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was an awesome dining experience with the magnificent view of the bay bridge . Superb service as well!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Waterbar never disappoints, food and service was outstanding and our guests were blown away by our window table overlooking the bridge

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very good although the salmon was less cooked than I liked and sauce needed a bit more texture. But all else great

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Had a great experience. Beautiful restaurant. Wonderful food and friendly attentive staff.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food is not good seems they try to hard. I am sure the raw bar is very good. But my halibut was a confusion of flavors with clams , pork and fish just too much going on . Same with the ahi tuna.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Highly recommended for a business dinner, special occasion or an excellent meal!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, People Watching
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The waiter spilled red wine all over one of our guests. The timing of the food was terrible. The side to one of our entrees had an entire bottle of white pepper, which made it inedible. The restaurant was SO LOUD which made it almost importable to follow the conversation at our own table. I had high expectations of this restaurant but it failed on every level. Based on our experience, nothing was worth the price of our bill.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It is a very beautiful restaurant, and the service is absolutely wonderful. We celebrated our 31 Anniversary, and everyone was very gracious. We will be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We will not be returning to Waterbar and leave it for the tourists. My dining companion agreed that the food was not worth the price. We ordered fried breaded calamari which were so overcooked that they resembled fried insects and tasted worse. My dining companion had tuna, which was "passable." I had halibut with clams and lardoons on a bed of greens which were so overcooked and salted you couldn't tell what kinds of greens they were. The clams were overcooked and really none of this should have had lardoons which made the dish even saltier. The halibut was on the dry side. I ordered a glass of Muscadet which came straight out of the freezer. When I questioned the waiter, he proudly announced they kept there beverages in a sub-zero refrigerator - really; my dining companion had a glass of Sauterne with desert and that was similarly frozen. In addition, our waiter hovered and was rude that he would benefit from a year at charme school. Very unpleasant experience for overpriced slop.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fabulous in every way! Booked online and could not have been more impressed!! The food was as outstanding as the location. Can't wait to go back on my next trip to San Francisco!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I love to bring friends from out of town, especially friends from foreign countries, to WaterBar to have lunch; show off the waterfront scenery of San Francisco Bay at the Embarcaderos during daytime; introduce the special $1.05 oysters served only at the WaterBar in the Bay area.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

After a shaky start (wait staff table assignment) and apology, the experience could not have been better. Food, drinks, and service all over delivered. Churro icecream dessert sandwich was a great finish>

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We love this restaurant. The staff are always professional but warm and friendly.
The menu has a nice variety of choices, always seasonal and ever changing. Often we like a restaurant but don’t find a broad selection (poultry, red meat, fish and vegetarian) so can’t return as often as we would if they offered more variety.
We especially liked our server Bo, who could not have been more lovely.
Desserts deserve a special mention. They were both beautiful and delicious!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

My wife and I went to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Read the reviews and the location seemed great for a romantic stroll after our meals. We were running late for our reservation, F train ran behind, so we called to see if they would hold our table. A very polite hostess said it was no problem. After arriving we were seated after a short time in what I can only describe as one of the most romantic tables in all of San Francisco. A corner table near the window with a view of the Bay Bridge. The bridge's light show was spectacular. From that moment on it was one of the most pleasant experiences we both had ever had at a restaurant. From the waiter, sommelier, busboy and the floor manager, everyone was polite and attentive throughout the course of our meal. Not a huge fish lover, my wife ordered a cod dish that she describe simply as incredible. I on the other hand ordered the wood fired crab that proved to be equally delicious. Wine enthusiast, this is your restaurant. One of the best selection in San Francisco. After our meal the manager brought over a plate of chocolates with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. If you want a great experience at a restaurant in the bay area make sure you include this 5 star location on your very short list. Many thanks to all at Waterbar for the memorable evening. We finished the evening with that romantic stroll near the Bay Bridge.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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