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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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

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (112)
Scenic View (105)
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Good for a Date (76)
Romantic (63)
Creative Cuisine (63)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Great for Lunch (48)
Notable Wine List (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Local Ingredients (34)
Business Meals (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Hot Spot (32)
Fun (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Healthy (23)
People Watching (23)
Authentic (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Seasonal (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Organic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

Phenomenal brunch! I have celiac disease and the entire team went above and beyond for my safety. I highly recommend Waterbar and will most definitely be back next time we’re in SF.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 3 days ago

Food extremely salty. Two different dishes flavor lost. Salt necessary but way overdone.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent views; service; food!
The music was a bit loud and distracting and the room was cold.
However, our server was wonderful and went out of his way to turn the air conditioner down.
We would definitely go back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

It was a beautiful day and we had a nice table with a view of the bay bridge. The service was excellent and the food was delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was terrific. Spectacular views, great food and such warm staff! And the oysters were epic! I love this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

I always enjoy my lunch at Waterbar. The service is above what you would expect and the food is fantastic!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

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!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything was great!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 13, 2018

My husband and I went for our Valentine’s Day holiday. We really enjoyed the food and the service. Although there was an issue with the parking, it was rectified by the manager before we left the restaurant.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Live Sports, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food and service was amazing!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Nice atmosphere, nice service, but overpriced food. My tuna was rubbery, and my boyfriend's pork was chewy. Very overpriced for the quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Late anniversary/Valentine’s

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful waitress (lovely African American woman with short hair). The best oysters ever (recommended by our waitress)!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Enjoyable and very tasteful dinner, this was a gem.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food at a resonable price with the not to be missed prix fixed menu. My favorite restaurant in town. Enjoy a view to the Bay in their optional patio seating

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Beautiful sun-drenched afternoon to have lunch on the deck with views of the Bay and bridge.
$1 oysters were a wonderful deal, but so was the ahi sandwich.
Service was courteous and attentive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fabulous experience! Outstanding food, service, ambiance with soft lighting with views of the gorgeous Bay Bridge! Couldn’t have been better for a special birthday dinner. Price for all this excellence was quite reasonable too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was my mother birthday. It was perfect

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

As always the service is gracious, the food divine and Teoh can beat the backdrop of the bridge view!Pete and staff are awesome!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Oysters are delicious.
Tasting menu was OK. The short ribs were terribly tough and not tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent if limited menu; sensible sized helpings; service efficient; food quality very good.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Really delicious food with great service but was pretty pricey for the food portion. Still great tasting nonetheless.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food but unbelievably loud.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A solid place for a nice lunch with friends—view, food, and ambiance!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Went for lunch during restaurant week and had their RW special lunch. Amazing, perfectly prepared mussels and a yellow tail sandwich. Pricey wine, but great service. I will go back!

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Always a great place for lunch. I took a friend new to SF and he had not been there before. We both will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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