Waterbar

4.6
8131 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
• San Francisco municipal law requires guests to wear a face covering when not actively eating, drinking, or when a staff member approaches the table.

• Please observe our house policy of a 2 HOUR MAXIMUM per party.

• DUE TO COVID-19 OR WEATHER ALL RESERVATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR DELAY.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

A 3-course prix-fixe menu will be served for Mother's Day brunch ($60 per person plus tax & 20% auto gratuity). Beverages are charged on consumption. A la carte menu ONLY available for dinner.

What 8131 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.2
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vipLocalfoodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Sorry not to be specific but it was a very good experience to take friends to “our” special place and have them enjoy everything.

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a reservation here for my friends birthday dinner. The service was outstanding. Our entrees took longer than we anticipated but overall, worth the wait. Definitely look forward to dining here again and taking in the great view of the Bay Bridge.

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TracyA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Love this restaurant. Perfectly situated under the bridge. The service is impeccable and the food has really gone up a notch. Go!

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Nouniness
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service at Waterbar is second to none. It’s my favorite SF restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!!!!

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vipMbk333
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch in the sun. Meeting a friend visiting from New York. Great oysters, cocktails and service from Ben. A fond memory!

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JennykirstinaA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Waitress was fantastic, music was a too loud on downstairs deck.

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Blackmenwoke
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

They weren't really open to black people, being there... I feel like between me & my 2 girls we was wearing at least 70,000$ worth of jewelry so they was kinda nice??

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AverageJoe
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Slow service. Very nice waitress and staff. Seated in a walk through area outside very high traffic like being on a busy sidewalk. Food was not hot and highly over-salted. Sticky toffee pudding desert was very good.

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cathleenmo
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

very over priced, wouldn't sub a veggie. fish was tender. small portions.

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LisaH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious and very accommodating. Happily added extra veggies instead of rice. Beautiful presentation. Best meal we've had in years!

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vipFasterFurther
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ben our waiter is first class recommended a few items which where stellar ... I really like the newish menu its not just classic seafood but some amazing fusion items that set this restaurant apart

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SALVADORR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always like this place and never disappoint me everytime !!

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vipTimH
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is abbreviated – presumably due to covid shut down, e.g., a selection of only five different oysters. But what is on the menu was perfectly prepared and presented. Amberjack sushi appetizer delicious, wild sturgeon entrée fabulous, and a sticky toffee bread pudding dessert to make you cheer. Service impeccable as usual.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Tim, We are focusing on doing what we do at the best level we can with how things are today. We are happy to hear you enjoyed it! Our best, Rich T.

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Suzi
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week special was excellent. Patio dining on the waterfront is hard to beat, and Covid precautions taken by the restaurant made it worth celebrating a special event there.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so very much Suzi! Best, Rich T.

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barbarac
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great-appetizers, main entrees of fish, and dessert. Service was very good. Nice heaters on the patio since it’s chilly at night next to the water. We will be back!

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Migi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Once we got in, service was excellent. Food and drinks were what we expected. The wine and cocktail list was extensive.

We started off with a dozen Oysters which were sweet and delicious. We had the lobster bisque. My wife had the pan roasted halibut which she finished before me. I had the macadamia crusted ahi tuna which I took the time to savor the flavor.

We finished the meal with the sticky toffee pudding and a latte.

It was a romantic meal with the Bay Bridge as our back drop.

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vipKubeSF
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a sunny afternoon with a friend enjoying oysters, ceviche, and squid. The food was paired with a crisp Spanish White wine recommended by our outstanding waiter. Great service, excellent food, and a view of the Bay!

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Patricia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special occasion, my husband’s birthday. Our table was lovely, safety protocol was observed, the server was delightful, the service was wonderful, the mean was exquisite, and we received a complimentary glass of Prosecco to contribute to the celebration! Let me not neglect the view of the Bay Bridge- breathtaking!

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much Patricia! Our best, Rich T.

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vipRita
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor eating on the terrace. $25 restaurant week 2-course meal was wonderful. Lovely place

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing experience at Waterbar on 4/12/21 at 1:30pm. The staff were very knowledgeable of the menu list and wine pairing, they were extremely attentive, and had impeccable customer service. The food was delicious, I had the Ahi Tuna, oysters, and tiramisu. I have nothing to complain about. Added bonus that they had a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge.

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AlyssaVP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, amazing! Great location, beautiful outdoor dining, superb food, very attentive staff!!!

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Eats2much
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb. Quality and value, unique and delectable.
Easy to recommend enthusiastically.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so much Eats2much! Our best, Rich T.

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Lynnie
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We went to celebrate and had the best good and service!

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vipEclectic
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding.
Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

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OdayaB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeee this place!

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CarlO
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive and extremely polite. We Loved the location, the sun peaked in and the outdoor heaters kept us warm enough to each by the Bay. We will be returning often because of our enjoyment & pleasure. Compliments to the Chef & the proprietor. We only wished for Valet parking in the future!

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vipSFmama11
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Waterbar for our first dining out event post lockdown. We had lunch outside on a lovely sunny afternoon at a wonderful waterfront table. We ate oysters, shrimp, sturgeon, and yellowtail jack with asparagus-artichoke soup to start. The food was terrific and filling. The waitstaff was very Covid-aware and the restaurant asks patrons to mask up when staff approaches. I noticed the busser cleaning a nearby table, which involved replacing all of the linens and cleaning the table underneath. It was a true joy to eat such fine food again!

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SusanO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The SF restaurant week special was marvelous. The artichoke and asparagus soup with walnuts and creme fraiche was superb. We enjoyed the yellowtail jack with fennel and fingerling potatoes, as well.

The service was great. The view of the bay was magnificent. An enchanting meal all around!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The food price quality ratio wasn’t the one we expected. The steak was quite old, the sautéed veggies were soggy and greasy. We ordered a set of oysters, where a few of them had a pretty bad smell and we just refused to eat them. The waitress, though, was amazing and nice, no questions here.

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GaryG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a patron of Waterbar (and Epic) for many years, and I have never been disappointed. The seafood (and special mention for oysters) has always been fresh and prepared in such a way as to highlight the focal point of the entree. Never over-salted/cream/butter/etc. Service is a terrific and customer-focused without being fawning or bothersome. Cocktails are spot on, and the wine list is extensive and not prohibitively expensive. The ambiance speaks for itself, but again, the restaurant compliments the setting without being too obvious about it.

The following comments have nothing to do with the restaurant, but it bears mentioning that he landscape in which the restaurant is set has become concerning from a safety perspective. Living in the city, we used to either walk/ride public/Uber to the restaurant, but as we were running late this time, I decided to drive, drop-off family, then park nearby. I found a space on Spear really quickly and made the short walk to the restaurant. After dark was, however, another matter entirely. I left the family at the restaurant to go get the car, and on the trip I observed a entirely deranged man beating a park bench--next to the restaurant--with a golf club while screaming all manner of expletives, another man with his pants down standing underneath Cupid's Bow--he was also screaming, and once on Spear, a car with blacked-out windows followed me--keeping pace exactly with me as I walked. The car stopped when I reached my car, and I quickly got in and sped away. The car took off at a high rate of speed once I was in the car. Again, this has nothing to do with Waterbar, but everything to do with the safety of its customers. Not sure where to go from here, but if you're walking back to a car after a late dinner, be forewarned that it is not without its challenges.

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IraY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. Service was concerned and helpful, enabling our party of four to switch from outdoors to inside on an unexpectedly cold busy Saturday evening/

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vipFoodlover
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner with a view of the Bay Bridge. I had the halibut and it was delicious. We sat outside, but it was nice and warm under the heater. The service was also great.

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vipMelanieH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Appetizers were good. Steak entree was not good. Very expensive and over cooked. Should have sent back. Service was great. View was great. Dessert was good. First time at this restaurant I might go for drinks again but now for dinner. Very disappointing.

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Dina
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best prawns I’ve ever had! But didn’t expect only 4 for a $24 appetizer. Service was amazing and the ambience was pleasant.

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vipNeiltony
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, excellent cocktail, great bottle of wine. I thought it was a little overpriced for what you get, but the quality of ingredients was top notch. Highly recommend for date, or special occasion. We had a blast!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Unfortunately I was harassed by a mentally ill homeless person and had to move tables out of safety concern

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vipGoodFood8
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been so long since we’ve been able to go out and dine. Waterbar was the perfect way to get back into the dining groove. Great food and wine, an amazing view and excellent service and hospitality.

Waterbar
Responded on April 12, 2021

We love hearing this GF8! Thanks for getting your grove back with us at Waterbar. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, Cesar, David, Ruch, Freddy and hostess.

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vipDBA1
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a going away lunch for a very dear friend who is a regular visitor with me to Waterbar. Four of us needed to be together on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in San Francisco. After more than 13 years of patronage we finally sat on the upstairs outdoor patio. The new perspective on the bay was well worth it.
As always we started with the special oysters. They were perfection. They were large and plump and had a great taste of the sea. After that I had a wonderful halibut ceviche that I'll order again if I find it on the menu. Everything about it was fresh and delicious. For my entree I had the rock cod tacos. I don't thin anyone else fries as well as Waterbar. The coating was perfect and the fish tender and flakey. They were accompanied by refried white beans that are amazing.
To finish we shared the sticky toffee pudding. We shared because we were all so full from the previous courses. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I started the day with a new cocktail from the list called Day Spa. It's made with tequila, cucumber, and chili lime juice. With just a hint of heat it was a perfect beginning to a great meal.

Waterbar
Responded on April 12, 2021

Love to it DBA1! Our best, Rich T.

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FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 8131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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