Waterbar

4.6
6436 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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(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

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

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TB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I typically reserve at EPIC as WaterBar has not been available. As luck would have it, family visit from the midwest was in town and I was able to get an early reservation at WaterBar for my first experience.

We were seated in a lower level which was a bit of a downgrade from the main seating at the entrance. The waitress we had was fantastic, accommodating and very polite.

The menu was extremely limited with only 4 main courses. No salad selection to choose from and a limited selection of appetizers. That said, without calamari on the menu, our waitress suggested the roasted octopus. Presentation was great, bu the cranberry bean puree had a crusted film and the octopus was only slightly warm; appeared the dish was plated an hour earlier before being served.

No bread was brought to the table. The mains (Halibut and Ahi Tuna) were fine; nothing extravagant for a $40 dish.

I was under impressed with the overall experience for a $110pp check. Next time, I will wait for Epic.

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DL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Waterbar has a lovely Bay view, the interior is nicely decorated, and our waiter was very cordial, though the service was slow. It also has oysters on halfshell for $.105 each, and a very good desserts menu. My wife had a good seafood bisque and risotto. BUT the jack fish that I and a friend ordered, though very fresh, was spoiled for us by over-salting and over-spicing, and the orders were mixed up. I asked for medium rare fish with moderate spice and my friend asked for medium with no spice at all. She got very spicy medium and I got medium rare with no spice. Both dishes were very salty. The chef needs to learn to let the flavor of the fish come through, hold back or eliminate the salt, and get the done-ness right.

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j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best outdoor lunch in the City! Valet parking a needed and much appreciated feature. Special kudos for Eric for excellent, pesonalized service, always.

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FL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

À truly fantastic location with a great view try to have a table close to he window
Excellent service as well but noise level very high

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PH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone on the staff performed meticulously in the provision of service. Food was prepared imaginatively and was of high quality. This all comes at a cost, but relax and enjoy it!

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HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waterbar is my favorite restaurant in the city. The view and food are unbeatable. I hesitate to leave this review only because I want to continue to be able to make a reservation easily!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The views are excellent and I was hopeful but our food was cold. The quality is actually quite good but it looked like our dishes sat around for awhile before being delivered. My $40 tuna had a sauce that was hardened and boring accompanying lettuce leaves. My husband's $70 lobster was good but also cold even though it was grilled.

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OT
France
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent et cher

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The customer staff at the entrance was really kind to us.

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LL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront with amazing views! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were wow-ed by our booth by the window, delicious food and strong service. Loved it!

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JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time and the food was great. the view was definitely worth the trip.

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MH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. Loved the breaded oysters. Great location on the water. Great atmosphere

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MN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

雰囲気が良くベイブリッジがレストランから綺麗に見えます。オイスターをはじめ料理は美味しいです!混んでるので、予約がオススメです。予約の時は是非窓際の席はリクエストして下さい!

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TS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Waterbar for seven years now as a special place. This was our anniversary and we chose Waterbar. We were seated at our favorite table with a view of the Bridge. The Server pointed out that the menu had changed. It was an interesting change to be sure. Shared items were prominent with the suggestion of adding more to make it a better share. We enjoyed our meal thoroughly and did not choose the shared. But, the menu left us thinking... Would we continue to bring our parents, friends and family? We decided not. The food is good but we miss the menu with more choices other than sharing. We think this trend (just experienced it at Lucky Strike as well) is poorly thought out and hopefully will be short lived. That said, it was fun to meet a couple next to us celebrating their 50th anniversary and coming from Colorado. (Listening to them talk as well about the shareables, they did not choose that.) We loved it when we anonymously bought their dinner as well... We told them 50 trumps 36 and wanted to honor that event.

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JG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous evening. The view to the Led light show on Oakland Bridge was spectacular. The food is great, so are the cocktails and wine. The staff were really friendly and efficient. Can't fault it

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GC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time for my friend’s 50th birthday. We all shared the fish and it was plenty to share for three. We also ordered side dishes fried green tomatoes and broccolini with an egg. All of it was really good. They brought water for the dogs and were very friendly from beginning to end. Great service, friendly staff and delicious food.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Appalled when the waiter took plates from our table and returned them to a stack that was later used for other customers...Yikes! The ceviche was horrible with stale chips...
Lovely view of the Bay Bridge outdoor with plenty of shade. Hoped for more...

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Waterbar to celebrate the last night of our honeymoon and they went out of their way to make it special. The view, service and food were all great :)

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was super sloooooooow. It took nearly 2.5 hours for brunch. The restaurant was not full, and they seemed to have plenty of staff. Training issues?

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OT
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you Waterbar for making our 20th Anniversary special. After getting slightly lost and arriving 20 mins late we were seated with a fab view and a complimentary glass of fizz! This was a lovely way to start a lovely meal. We were also treated to a special anniversary treat at the end as well. This made the meal very memorable and a great dining experience. The sharing platters looked amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was not really up to the price point. Nice location by the water.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy our evening at Waterbar, the service and the food was wonderful.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food overall good, not amazing. Figs great. Roast platter. Okay.

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e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The seafood here is very fresh but the shared seafood bake was absolutely covered in the poblano cream sauce. It was very messy & kind of ruined it for us. We saw the description but just didn’t think it would be like seafood soup almost. You had to dig in & break the crab covered in the cheese sauce. So messy! Just wish it was less cheese sauce. The wine guy was absolutely amazing! We enjoyed a nice bottle of champagne. The fruit flys kept landing in our glasses though which is kind of bs for this place. They should have control of that. We were inside no where near the door to the outside. So if there was that many by us I wonder how many are in the kitchen...

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience at Waterbar was great. From the moment we walked in the hostess' were very friendly in greeting us. The acknowledged our anniversary which made my girlfriend happy. Our waiter was outstanding and answered every question we had with great knowledge. We will definitely be back next time we visit SF.

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FR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Too exorbitant for whatever we had. Does not worth it. We pay too Much for the view

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VV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great experience. Beautiful convenient location( for us) it’s our go to place when entertaining or just celebrating a special occasion. Have always had a good experience!!!

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RR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous dinner as usual, we brought our out of town guests to dinner and we were all impressed with the food and service, even though we are regulars there at the oyster bar!

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WB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waterbar is a great restaurant super location great atmosphere out of this world fresh seafood I must try if you’re in San Francisco.

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O
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server initially was very nice and greeted us right away. We were seated outside and it was in the shade and i asked to be moved into the sunny section. We ordered a bottle of wine and our new server ignored us for 25 minutes in which I had to go inside and get a manager.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

So disappointed. Several reasons.
1. Waiting more than 45minutes for starters and another 20 minutes for next food
2. No consideration for customer request
3. Loose dress code despite their rules

I reserved one month ago, at the earliest time for reservation. They gave us a partial view seat while I strongly reqested a fine view seat since dinner is our family special celebration. I rarely understand their real hospitality.

Food is so delicious and unforgettable place, but I never come back and feel so sorry. I sincerely appreciate if they would recover customer-oriented mind with their precious location and food. Do they lose their original pride somewhere?

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LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!
Our waiter Milo was Amazing!

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VZ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience! You will not be disappointed! Great Fiod! Great Sevice!
Great View!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our to-go Spot. Nice place with a beautiful view. The only thing that disappointed us was a waiter. He wasn’t welcoming and seemed not to be willing to assist us. Also, oysters were served with a delay in the end of our main course (it was surprising since oysters are alsways served first there). We’ll be back. Hopefully, the service will be improved next time.

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JL
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Waterbar was a great recommendation from a friend while we were visiting from NC. We sat outside and although service started a little slow, it got better and the food was wonderful!

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KB
Jacksonville
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a tourist at this restaurant and loved every minute of it. The staff was attentive, champagne and wine selection perfect, and the food was great. We had three courses and found no fault. Wonderful time. Highly recommend.

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GW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing meal ever!! Must try the King Salmon Tartar!!

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EJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated in the side room, which was a totally different vibe. If you go, try to get placed in the main dining area or the terrace. Food was okay, seafood was very fresh but unremarkable.

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great night including our meals and the service

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