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Waterbar, San Francisco, CA

Waterbar

4.7
4.7
10470 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 284-9922
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Parke Ulrich
  • Private party facilities
    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!
  • Private party contact
    David Hanna: (415) 284-9607
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cross street
    Harrison
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Prix Fixe Lunch at Waterbar

    Nov 17, 2023 - Mar 1, 2024
    We're extending Restaurant Week into the New Year! Join us for this 2 course prix fixe lunch through March 1, 2024 Warm Potato Vichyssoise - crispy leek, pomegranate, chili garlic crunch Grilled Tombo Tuna - butter bean puree, broccolini, caper beurre blanc, pine nuts Available 11:30am - 2:30pm $40 (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages)

What 10,470 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

10,470 Reviews
  1. Gretchen

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a great business dinner, the service was excellent, and the food was also. The only challenge was having a conversation at times - the noise level was pretty high. We were asked about where we would like to sit, and we chose a remote corner, but as the evening progressed and the restaurant filled with larger parties, it got more difficult to converse. Great place to celebrate.

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  2. Bonne

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed a lovely meal at WaterBar. I didn't have the best experience with the hostess. This was an important lunch and I asked if we could be seated by the window for a nice view. With clear derision in her voice, the hostess answered that all of the seats had a view. She took me to the table without saying a word and clearly annoyed. While I enjoyed the meal, I don't know if I'll return after such an unpleasant experience of being "welcomed" to the restaurant.

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  3. ARTHURW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat inside, very chilly because the outside patio door was open.
    WaterbarResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you Arthur and congrats on 39 together!

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  4. JohnD

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good lunch with 2 dozen oysters a special! Fish & chips is very tasty. Our server was very helpful with choices & served at a relaxing pace...sitting outside on a sunny day with a view of the Bay was great! happy hour! good bar & appetizers! Been enjoying eating there both day & evening (dinners) for several years! see you next time!
    WaterbarResponded 1 day ago
    We appreciate the support John! Best, Rich T.

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  5. yelenaV

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food ! Bravo to chef ! Service was great
    WaterbarResponded 2 days ago
    Many thanks YelenaV!

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  6. MrOpihi

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I are from our of town and was recommended this place for a nice date night. All reservations inside were booked so we sat on the patio, which was the right choice. Ample lighting, space between tables, a beautiful view of the Oakland Bridge and heaters for comfort. On top of the fantastic ambiance, we had a stellar server, Caesar. Caesar was accommodating to an ask my wife had about a dinner and was around just enough without cramping our space. I highly recommend this place as a date night whether you're from the area or not.
    WaterbarResponded 3 days ago
    Wow! We are so lucky to have Cesar be one of our great hospitality stars for over 12 years! Thanks so much for the support, our best Mr.Opihi, Rich T.

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  7. JujuB

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had heard that this was an exceptionally good restaurant and so we wanted to try it out in honor of my husbands 70th birthday! My daughter and husband are sea food lovers and the appetizers of various oysters and prawns were delicious, hands down they said. They both ordered fish, but at the moment I can't remember which dish but both wherever the top. I'm strictly a land lover and unfortunately do not eat duck. So instead I had the Brussel Sprout salad and the chicken dumpling soup with a side order of kids chicken strips....wasn't expecting good chicken strips but these were amazing!! No grease what's so ever, batter light and I believe air fried. For dessert we split the rice pudding rounding it off, and very unusual tasting but delicious how it all came together. I would reserve well in advance, it's a very popular restaurant.
    WaterbarResponded 3 days ago
    Thanks for celebrating with us! Our best, Rich T.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal both of us said in our top 5 meals, the food was amazing and so was the view
    WaterbarResponded 3 days ago
    THANKS so very much!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing food was delicious highly recommended!

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  10. LauraB

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waterbar is always exceptional. From the creative and beautifully presented food, to the wonderful cocktails, superb service and many lovely touches, it is my favorite restaurant in SF. The setting is great too. All the ingredients are carefully sourced and allowed to shine. Can't wait to go back.
    WaterbarResponded 6 days ago
    We thank you so much for enjoying and sharing Laura! Best, Rich T.

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  11. WendyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waterbar has outstanding food and a wonderful ambience. The wait staff was very attentive, friendly and professional. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.
    WaterbarResponded 6 days ago
    Thanks so very much Wendy!!! Best, Rich T.

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  12. MikeH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent overall experience - Food and service exceeded expectations - will definitely return.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you so very much Mike! Best, Rich T.

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  13. GeorgeK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall very nice. Menu could have had more fish entrees. One large negative was the music -- throbbing base throughout the evening made conversation difficult . . . Views are outstanding (we had a prime window table).
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thanks for the support and comments George, Best, Rich T.

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  14. KevinP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt somewhat rushed by the wait staff, which diminished our experience. Beautiful setting, and a decent meal, however.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Hello Kevin, That is not a tactic we advocate, and very sorry you felt that way. Our humble thanks, Rich T.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, absolutely wonderful service, great food and experience from start to finish.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    THANKS

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. Yesterday was our first time there, great view surprisingly great food, great ambiance, great service, all for a fair price. Will be coming here again
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    THANKS and see ya soon!

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  17. steven

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly, one of the best places I've gone to. The service, the food, the ambiance. Everything was amazing. The server recommended the crab cocktail with break and drawn butter, and it was delicious. They definitely knew what they were talking about. We ordered the Ora King Salmon and the Roasted Duck and both dishes were amazing. 100/10 would recommend this place for a fancy dinner.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Just simply Great to hear and Thank you Steven! Go Jameson! See you soon, Rich T.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Good way over priced and waiter seemed annoyed all night
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Happy to understand why...

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  19. JohnR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Waterbar is always a pleasure. Classy, sophisticated, beautiful, buzzy. Great for special occasions!
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for the support John! Best, Rich T.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food and service. Great view and pleasant experience. Overall it was great!
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    THANKS

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  21. Sweetie

    San Francisco

    163 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Waterbar experience just isn’t the same on a dark cold rainy day eating inside For best experience choose a mild sunny day and dine or lunch on the charming patio with stellar views of bay and bridge
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Well, in all fairness, everything is nicer when the sun is out Sweetie. Hope to see you on the patio during a sunny day soon! Best, Rich T.

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  22. LeeM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Champagne and oysters at the bar. Very cool Matt the bartender took good care of us
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thanks so much Lee, and go Matt! Best, Rich T.

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  23. Lauren

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for a business lunch. Always reliable.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    THANKS

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  24. SamuelH

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service was impeccable! Highly recommend!
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    We so thank YOU SamuelH! Best, Rich T.

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  25. DonnaV

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views! The menu was limited but the food and service were great.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you Donna!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a great place to enjoy with friends. It is expensive. However, it is seafood, with a view of the bridge and its on the water. My husband really enjoyed the oyster (raw and baked) as well as the Dungeness crab. I enjoyed the snapper which was a filet.
    WaterbarResponded on February 12, 2024
    Our thanks!

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  27. Bofad

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service, great food, cool space, great view
    WaterbarResponded on February 12, 2024
    Our thanks Bofad! Best, Rich T.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unmatched views and location. Food was quite good; you can, however, do better in SF. Service was disappointing. Our waiter was stiff and not very friendly. Happy with the overall experience, though.
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    We thank you for sharing!

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  29. Robis

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The views from the bay after our dinner service were spectacular; one of us were able to watch the Queen Victoria depart from the port during dinner. We expressed to the staff it was our family vacation and first time visiting SF, it was clear that our questions regarding the menu were more of an annoyance and our presence not acknowledged. Everything about the dinning experience from seating, service, and food were only fair nothing memorable.
    WaterbarResponded on February 8, 2024
    That sounds so unlike our mode and sorry to hear of it. Thank you for sharing Robis. Regards, Rich T.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location on the SF Embarcardero. We had a terrific view of the Bay Bridge at night. Oh, and the meal was delicious and the atmosphere very lively.
    WaterbarResponded on February 8, 2024
    THANKS

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  31. PegF

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service throughout the evening. The cocktails were lovely, the seafood soup and salmon were excellent!! They had a good wine selection and we were able to find a Spanish wine that was tasty and reasonably priced. We had a lovely window seat with an incredible view. It was close to the bar and pretty noisy, we will ask to be further away next time. We usually sit upstairs, which is amazing.
    WaterbarResponded on February 10, 2024
    Thanks so much for enjoying Peg! Best, Rich T.

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  32. DonK

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service makes this a must return
    WaterbarResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you Don!

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  33. foodfun40

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been back after many years and surprised that they have maintained their standards! Great birthday celebrations.
    WaterbarResponded on February 6, 2024
    Thanks foodfun40!

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  34. EricaN

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food! Great location! Excellent ambiance
    WaterbarResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thanks so much Erica!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious Food Great Service Nice ambiance - but noisy as it got later into the evening. A gem of SF for sure.
    WaterbarResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you!

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  36. LizK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! Gorgeous settling and view! No complaints other than it was a bit expensive, but pretty much on par with other similar quality San Francisco restaurants.
    WaterbarResponded on February 5, 2024
    THANKS Liz!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversary and the food was absolutely amazing. Our server was a delight and made sure we had the best time.
    WaterbarResponded on February 5, 2024
    Terrific and THANKS!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was great and all the employees were very polite and had great hospitality.
    WaterbarResponded on February 4, 2024
    Grazie!

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  39. Steve

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice Location. We have gone for many special occasions!
    WaterbarResponded on February 2, 2024
    We so wish we could do more to get 5 stars, thanks Steve! Best, Rich T.

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  40. RichardS

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding innovative new menu. Fantastic views. Been coming here for years.
    WaterbarResponded on February 2, 2024
    Thanks so very much for teh support through all the years! My best, Rich

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Waterbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 284-9922.

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 10470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waterbar

399 The Embarcadero South, San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Harrison
  • Neighborhood
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Parke Ulrich
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 284-9922
  • Private party facilities
    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!
  • Private party contact
    David Hanna: (415) 284-9607
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