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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.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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.
$31 to $50
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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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The best view in San Francisco combined with sutainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for your next event!
Waterbar Ratings and Reviews
Three of us had lunch on a weekday. Each ordered a different entree and they were all superb. We had the Yellowtail Sandwich, the Swordfish and the Ling Cod. Each dish was unique and delicious.
The noise level however was very distracting. It was difficult to hear each other. I would consider returning during a non peak dining time which might help address this issue.
I would recommend the Waterbar to any friend for the quality of food and the stunning view - but would warn them about the noise level.
We celebrated our 30th Valentine’s Wedding Anniversary.
We let the restaurant know ahead. They treated us wonderfully! From the ‘front desk’ to the final goodbye! Everyone was attentive and genuinely hospitable towards us! We had so much fun and enjoyed the delicious food!
Can’t wait to go back!!
The location of the restaurant is wonderful and the views spectacular. The bar was a great start with great drinks, oysters on the half shell, and crab cocktail. Then to the table for dinner with excellent view of the lighted bridge. Wine was incredible with affordable options and also really high end as well. Food was phenomenal and the service to match. The best meal and experience I have had in years. You cannot go wrong with this restaurant.
Overall impression was very good. I would recommend this restaurant for both business and personal occasions. This restaurant is very popular for the tourists as well and you should be aware of the accuracy of your arrival time. In my case, due to the traffic condition on the day I was late for 15 minutes after the reservation. The receptionist showed displeasure with my late arrival and told I should have called in advance.
Wonderful food. Very slow service. We had to ask the server to take our order. We were hungry. We had to ask for bread. We had a lovely time but would have enjoyed it more if the wait time was cut in half. 2.5 hours for dinner on a weeknight was unexpected.
The atmosphere is first class. You have the view of the Oakland Bay Bridge, and the giant aquariums inside the restaurant. The service was OK. The waiter got one of the main entrees wrong, so we had to wait longer for dinner. Hey, we are all Human. The corkage fee was a little pricey, $35, but maybe that is the going rate now in the city. Finally, the Food. I had high expectations for the food. Frankly, I was a little disappointed with the menu. Anyway, I had the Cod, but as I said earlier, they brought me the Tuna in error. My wife had the Skate. Neither dish impressed me. In fact, my Cod, once I got it, seemed a little too salty. I liked the Scallops Appetizer at first, but then it too seemed a bit too salty. My wife liked the butternut squash soup. In the final analysis, I wish the food was on par with the wonderful atmosphere. Perhaps next time, just drinks, and then another eatery for dinner.
Tombo Tuna Tartare was extremely disappointing - at least half of the pieces were larger than a 1/4 inch dice and a 1/3 had sinews - should have sent it back
Lobster in lobster roll lacked the sparkling fresh vibrancy one expects - small portion with large price
Excellent bloody mary
We dined outside in the patio area for lunch. This was my first time, and I was impressed with cuisine and the ample portions. One of us had the fixed price 3-course menu, and the other had the fish sandwich. Both were well received and devoured! The service was excellent - overall a very positive, enjoyable experience. We look forward to returning!
Getting together with old friends:
The music in the background was very loud. We had to talk loudly in order to hear each other. People at each table have to talk loudly also. If the restaurant places some plants or cloth like materials on the wall to absorb the sound, the place would
be more people friendly and inviting.
I set up a lunch with friends at the Waterbar because I have been there many times and have been generally satisfied. The overpriced wine list is offset by the $1.05 oysters before 5:30 p.m. we were a party of 3. I ordered two dozen oysters for an appetizer. They were, as usual, fabulous.We each ordered the seafood Louie salad. That was where the problem was. Salad came out with micro shrimp, you know the kind you buy at Safeway for $ 3.99 a pound to mix in with cocktail sauce. The total amount of crab meat on the salad that’s probably about what could be to be taken from one claw of a Dungeness crab. Again very slim portion. I should point out that the salad was 18 or $20. There was no other seafood on the salad.. Dressing was mediocre and the underlying line vegetation limp. My two dining companions were gracious and complimented the view. Also commenting but I guess they’ll do better with the fish next time. .So anyway, from a long time patron of the waterbar I have to say that I was particularly disappointed in this visit. I will most likely go back and I’m sure things will be better.
We have been meaning to go here for several years, but just never got around to it. Being my birthday (a big number!), we went for lunch on a Monday. The setting is superb with great views and proximity to the Bay Bridge being right on the Embarcadero.
We had 4 different seafood plates (changes daily) that were terrific. While we were disappointed there was no lobster available, each dish was distinctive and delish. Yes it's a higher end cost, but it shows in the food ingredients and their prep. Service is professional and friendly.
Only negative is the ridiculous Employee Healthcare Surcharge imposed by the city...why am I responsible for providing benefits to you employees guys? That's the owner's responsibility, not the customer's....
We'll be back - soon!
This was our second visit to Water Bar and we loved it. It's a beautiful restaurant, with wonderful food, and excellent service. Our server was excellent; we were not rushed at all, and he went out of his way to make our birthday celebration a special one. We love it there and will definitely return.
Oysters are worth the trip at 1.05$ during happy hour, however, beer is still $9-12/beer which eliminates the deal you were getting with the oyster happy hour. Oysters came out within 10min, 3 beers from the tap took 12-15min (very confused as to why). We were there for maybe 90min and watched the servers try to give the wrong dish to a table on 4 separate occasions. Food has always been good, but the combo of experiencing the serving disaster along with the general food/beer pricing would drive me towards any of the other fantastic SF restaurants within the same price range.
Setting is lovely with tables facing the SF Bay. The food was delicious. The smoked mussels on a bed of grits appetizer was outstanding. Two of our party had clam chowder which both enjoyed although there were not many clams in the soup. Crab cakes were excellent. All in all a very enjoyable lunch.
The yellowfin tuna sandwich featured as the SF Resto Week offering was horrible. The fish was brined or vinegary and flaccid, served on redundant briney saurkraut, with an equally unwelcome pickle. The only tasty part was the Dutch Crunch roll. The mussels over grits were conversely REALLY good. The shrimp Waldorf salad offered two tasty shrimps, but split between two people, were not enough. The dressing was also much to vinegary/sweet. I've had really great meals here in the past so I will definitely be back, but last Sunday was a disappointment.
Does not disappoint. We were seated on table in from the window and when that party next to the window left, we asked if we could move - and we were moved! There was a large party with an energetic toddler who was banging on the table - obnoxious when adults go out for an expensive meal - and nobody said anything until I got up. The parents took responsibility and we thanked them when we left.
Cocktails were spot on. I would return for the Bloody Mary anytime!
We shared 3 amazing plates - by far the best was the Tuna Tartare but a close second was the poached eggs with the dungeness crab.
We asked for a recommendation for a glass of dry white wine and were treated to a special glass of white Bordeaux.
The original plan was the prix fix menu for SF Food Week but we wanted more and we got so much more.
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