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Sat, 4/21
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8:30 PM
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Waterbar

4.6
6097 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(415) 284-9922
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Parke Ulrich
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Cross street
Harrison
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Parking details
$20
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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

Private Dining

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

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Waterbar will offer a $55 3-course pre-fixed menu for Mother's Day Brunch. NO A LA CARTE MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE. Our regular a la carte menu will be offered for dinner.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 6097 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food is good but seriously overpriced. I payed $100 for 6 grilled oysters, a main dish which was mediocre at best, and a mojito. I am sure there are other restaurants out there that serve better food at more reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food and service were excellent as usual, and you can't beat the $1.05 oysters.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food, sercice and view were amazing

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We are Waterbar regulars so we clearly like the restaurant. On this occasion we had Sunday brunch. Our previous dining experiences were primarily for dinner.

The menu is relatively limited but items are generally very good. The servers are first rate at Waterbar. They are helpful, not intrusive and knowledgeable.

The kitchen was insanely slow on the day that we were there. We had appetizers and drinks before lunch but the entire meal took nearly 2 1/2 hours. Much of that time was spent waiting for orders to come out. The restaurant was full but this was surprisingly slow.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner at Waterbar. The waiter was friendly and very professional and we appreciate his attentiveness even though it was a very busy evening.
We appreciate the time given to enjoy our meal.
The only negative review was the seating. We were sat in the corner which I hoped we would have been placed closer to the windows for a nice view or around the aquariums. The corner while quiet was a bit dark.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I was so disappointed. My husband and I wanted fish. There were only three choices, Grouper, Yellowtail and Sole. We both chose Grouper and we both found it unpleasant. We prefer a seafood restaurant with more choices. It was a lot of money to spend to leave almost the whole fish on our plate.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service was excellent . The Ultimate Bloody Mary did not live up to its expectation. Nothing extra special about it . Oysters were great . We ordered tuna tartar ceviche , calamari - all excellent . Their options for entree’s are limited and will be nice to have more options

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Superb venue right on the water in the shadow of the Oakland bridge which lights up at night. Upscale interior with two 1500 gallon aquariums and lots of fish. Classy but not pretentious. Reservations highly recommended. Wait staff was superb, very attentive and quick. We tried several off menu cocktails and they were right on. We were celebrating an anniversary and noted that in advance. Everyone seemed to know in advance and they did something special for us at dessert. It was a seafood night for us so we ordered one of the platters. Lots of food and almost too much for two of us. Sides were very tasty. It was a great experience for us and I would return in a heartbeat. Great dining experience - check it out!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We sat (and ate) at the Bar. Wonderful folks behind the bar, moved us over to the window when it opened up and not only did it give us an unobstructed view of the Bay, lights and the Bay Bridge - it was relatively quiet. Truly great evening celebrating my wife’s birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Friends from the East Coast came and a friend from San Francisco.
The food was outstanding. My N.Y. Friend said she has been to many high end restaurants in the east coast and Waterbar was one of the best with food being outstanding!! She is correct. Food is outstanding, but the service and staff are absolutely above high end. They were so terrific. Friendly and so attentive.
Everyone should try Waterbar.
Z

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The place in the city for oysters and conversation.. Bar service is excellent..

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I've been going to Waterbar since they first opened. The dollar oysters got me there, the great food keeps me going back. Since my last visit there have been some changes in dinnerware that make presentation even more desirable. The quality of the food still outstanding. From cocktails with $1.05 oysters, to main courses and desserts, I've never been disappointed.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Painfully slow service.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was tasty (albeit pricey but expected for the view). I'm a vegetarian and the chef did a great job of creating a dish that competed with the seafood options on the menu. Only negative comment was when our waiter forgot about our drinks and had to be reminded after we waited patiently for 30 minutes. His response was defensive and blamed the bar for being backed up but we saw several tables seated and served after we ordered our drinks. The $18 martini came out shortly after, though, and was tasty so it all worked out. We do have an expectation for quality and good service if we are paying high prices for such. Would have been a five star experience if it wasn't for the defensive and grumpy waiter and the delay in drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Enjoyed our visit at Waterbar. The drinks, oysters and the view were well worth it!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

They were so nice! My brother and his friends were driving up from Sam Jose to meet me and the weather and traffic were horrendous. They were able to save our table for us for over an hour and it was so appreciated. We had a great dinner and service!!! And the bartenders took good care of me while I waited in the bar! Thanks to everyone at WaterBar as we had a great night in spite of the weather and traffic.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our first time but won't be our last. We can't wait to go back. Try the miso soup, it was our favorite.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wonderful afternoon. Everyone made us feel welcome and made my guest’s 97 th birthday very special.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

You can't beat the Waterbar location but they also do an excellent job with their cuisine. Most of the seafood entrees are delectable. Their oysters are always fresh and good. The servers are also very good-attentive with pleasing personalities. The wine list is extensive and moderate to expensive. The restaurant is often quite crowded so reservations must usually be made well in advance.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Went here for my spouse birthday both our first time here and it was amazing food and energy
and great view at night with the bay bridge out the window

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The local fish was wonderful and we loved the extra birthday touch!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were there for the Easter brunch and we were surprised the Easter brunch menu was very good. Food was delicious especially the dessert. Will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food and oyster bar are excellent, balanced wine list very reasonably selected and moderately priced many easily accessible very good wines

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Waterbar was spot on! We came for my wife's birthday and we loved every bit of it. The cocktails at the bar were excellent and the view from our table was SPECTACULAR! Our server did a great job explaining the menu and did a really good job matching wines to our dinner selection. The meat in the shell fish was so flavorful. usually most of the flavor is on the shells but the flavor was in the meat.
We do not live in the city, so I am not sure when we will be able to come back, but we can't wait!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was seated at a window and it was beautiful. You have to ask for bread and it was very good. Was very unhappy with the corking fee; 35.00/bottle is excessive.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Beautiful views, fresh and fabulous seafood, and Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Amazing view and lovely food - great recommendations from the waiter. Delicious deviled eggs, crab eggs Florentine. Yummmm!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I love how it has a premium spot in front of thr bay bridge. It’s stunning! The food is very delicious too! We got Grilled Bass, Shrimp & Scallops, some oysters and Parmesan Fries. :)

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent food, service. Very noisy

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

My party of five had a memorable business lunch at Waterbar. The service, food and ambiance were great. We had a booth that overlooked the Bay Bridge, and also the incredible fish tank inside. Waterbar can be pricey, but worth it for special occasions. Also, a $25 lunch prix fixe menu if offered for those who are budget minded.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Fun place for lunch. Welcoming excellent service from arrival to departure. Waterbar has a limited menu but everything was cooked to perfection - including the hollandaise which can be tricky.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We've been looking forward to another great dining experience at this fine restaurant but were somewhat disappointed this time. An 8:45pm dining seems pretty normal/early for European standards, but here – in service terms – it felt like way past midnight: everyone in a rush to get rid of the guests, clean up and leave. This is rather awkward for an upscale SF resto. Don't become provincial - it's San Francisco after all!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was fabulous. Every dish we ordered was delicious, innovative and novel. . We had the whole sea bass which was on top of some salad and tahini sauce with delicious crispy falafel balls. We also had the trout appetizer--three different preparations of trout which melted in your mouth. We brought along a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1998 which we enjoyed- corkage fee is a bit high, but we had the right bottle of wine. The best was the dessert made with ice cream made from duck eggs-creamy and delicious.
The atmosphere was wonderful--a "happening place" (not a place for a quiet romantic dinner). Many millennials out for the evening at the bar with their friends--savoring appetizers and sipping drinks. Our server was delightful and gave us great recommendations-we ordered a bit too much, but enjoyed the leftovers the next night at home. I would definitely come back, perhaps for lunch or for dinner with more people so we could share more dishes together. (the dishes were prepared to share with people at the table.)

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The waiter and manager were too pushy on us ordering food. We were having a business meeting and were enjoying our $240 appetizer and drinks.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great service and better food. The place is a bit loud, but OK. Would return any time.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This restaurant has the best view of the Bay Bridge Lights. Absolutely amazing to be so close. Everything we ordered was delicious and our waiter was a gem. I will return next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great service and great views! My only suggestion...expand the menu.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Too crowd, too loud, nothing special with the food, I was disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Caleb, our server was outstanding! Excellent selection on the raw bar. Sat right by the window looking into the bay. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service with a great meal

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