Waterbar

4.7
8645 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.

SF Health Order requires guests dining indoors to wear a face covering when not actively eating or drinking. Effective as of August 3rd, 2021.






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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Featured specials

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Waterbar will offer its daily changing a la carte menu for lunch & dinner on New Year's Eve. There is a 90 minute dining maximum per party.

What 8645 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris our waiter was fantastic! Awesome service. Wonderful food. Amazing dinner and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere.

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vipsfwoman
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of. the menu items we ordered were the best I have ever had. They went out of their way to accommodate us. Love that they serve sustainably caught fish. Soooo good!

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MarkW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere and views. Better bring a jacket because it can be a little chilly and breezy!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

Many thanks Mark!

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AshleyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal, and everyone who helped us from start to finish were wonderful. Thank you!

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

GREAT to hear and thank you so much Ashley! Rich T.

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Squeek
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Waterbar is great. All the staff was so helpful. Oysters are fantastic and price is the best in town. Thanks so much for free appetizer.

Waterbar
Responded 2 days ago

WOW! Thanks so much Squeek! Our best, Rich T.

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vipHollisGolightly
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Currently there is a lot to complain about with restaurants so stretched but not at Waterbar. Service was impeccable and food delicious! Never disappoints!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Hollis - We are happy to demonstrate the service and hospitality that we pridefully strive to provide to our guests...and SO appreciate your kindness! Best, Rich T.

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timo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

THANKS timo!

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vipVivienP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special venue , that delights the senses. Stunning location, luxurious whilst still visually urban coastal. Delicious seafood and presentation.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Vivien, WOW! We love to hear it and thank you so very much! Rich T.

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harriseve
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

A lovely special occasion experience! On a warm, full moon evening we watched boats on the Bay in the changing light. Service was excellent - we were charmed and surprised to receive a comp, personalized dessert.

The food was okay. I had seen the menu in advance so I wasn’t surprised by its limitations or prices. As a pescatarian I am drawn to the restaurant’s focus, but would have liked more options. I prefer simple preparations that let the quality of the seafood shine. But
the menu likely reflects supply issues: based on our meal, the quality of the seafood is inconsistent.

I’ll continue to visit to sip wine, eat oysters and dessert and enjoy the exquisite environment!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much harriseve, Some of our new fall features are: octopus, hiramasa, ling cod, stripped bass, squid, swordfish, black cod, caviar, and of course, the glorious oyster! Hope to welcome you back soon, Best, Rich T.

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vipDexterM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Waterbar is a lovely restaurant with great views. It has an interesting and tempting menu. Our experience there was quite good, but with 2 problems, which turned it into a 3 star night instead of a 5 star night.
First, our starters and drinks came out quickly and were wonderful. Then our first course came out right on time, and was also delicious.

The problem started with the entree course. We had to wait more than THIRTY minutes for it after our first course. Very bad timing on the part of the kitchen. And no apology forthcoming for the overlong wait.

Then, one of our entrees was so overcooked it was inedible (halibut). Obviously it had been sitting under the heat lamp for a long time. It had developed a crust so thick that the filet had to be turned over just to try to eat it. But eating it was impossible as it was as dry as cardboard and nearly as stiff as cardboard too.

The service was terrific. The first two courses were terrific. It's a very pretty place, if very noisy. But with the entree delivery problem and the terrible quality of one entree, we will hesitate to return.

We must give the restaurant credit as when we brought the entree problem to their attention, they offered to replace it (what, wait another half hour?) which we declined. And they credited us for the cost of the entree. But we still had the poor experience which partly ruined what would have been a very nice evening.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Dexter, We just had a slow down in production times due to a heavy demand period during the evening and we apologize for that. There are no heat lamps at Waterbar, the food travels to your table immediately. Regardless, we understand the disappointment. We thank you and look forward to welcoming you soon! Best, Rich T.

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vipgigi
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Early dining due to meeting colleagues for a working happy hour meeting. We sat upstairs on the terrace and it was perfect, lovely view, not too many tables, we were the first, and quiet.
We only snacked and drank - oysters, crudo, crab salad and sourdough. Accidentally dumped my martini when helping rearrange the table for the oysters and they insisted on bringing me a new one even though I said there wasn’t that much left.
I’ve dined at Waterbar on and off since they opened and it’s an excellent experience.
Great seafood, great location, drinks and doing their best to source sustainably!

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

gigi - Thanks so much for enjoying (I love the terrace) and for your kind support! Best, Rich T.

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cherir
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service again! 4th visit since the pandemic and just as impressive as always

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you again cherir! Best, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This place had a great ambiance. Service was great!

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Eraot
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Kitchen was super off - food took forever and then it arrived cold and poorly cooked. And waaay over salted. Service wasn’t much better and the manager was terrible. I know it’s tough for restaurants right now but over $200 for a meal should mean really good food. This place is better for some drinks and the view. Not worth the dinner price. Stick to smaller places with owner chefs - skip Waterbar.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

You are entitled to take away whatever perception you like Eraot. No one that works at Waterbar is terrible. We have been making our guests happy for 14 years and love doing so. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipdla911
New England
149 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The black cod with mushroom ravioli and cippolini onions is excellent, especially paired with a Far Niente Chardonnay.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Yes! What a great pairing! Thank you for enjoying dia911. Best, Rich T.

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vipImariR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The space is beautiful most definitely will go again! Sword fish was delicious!

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so very much ImariR for the service shout out! Best, Rich T.

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AlexD
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and view were amazing! It was a great pick for our first anniversary.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

THANKS so very much for celebrating with us Alex! Best, Rich T.

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davidk
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch experience. Amazing food, views and service, an sf staple on the embarcadero!

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

THANK YOU davidk!

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Bern
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The appetizers were quite good, the entrees on the other hand were quite terrible. Both the bass and the cod were not up to expectations.

Waterbar
Responded 3 days ago

Well Bern, let us know and we will get you something you do like. These are new menu items and we have been getting very positive feedback. In the moment, we are happy to take care of you. Sorry to hear you did not enjoy them, Thank you, Rich T.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! It was our wedding dinner and the waterbar made us feel so special!

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

We LOVE hearing that Nicole and thank and congratulate you both! Best, Rich T.

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Andie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Their daily oyster special is a gem. I think it's offered between 12pm-5pm so go take advantage of it. The view was exceptional. The service was great. The coffee was surprisingly good, too. We loved the appetizers the most.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Andie, Oh boy, come get all the great things we offer our guests! Thanks and best regards, Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, the food delicious, and the view to die for.

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

WOW! Thanks!

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vipMarkAnthony
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food and attentive service

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

Great to hear, many thanks MarkAnthony! Best, Rich T.

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CarmenF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fan of The Waterbar!

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

THANKS SO MUCH CarmenF!

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vipRonaldE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the place is great and they treat you nice. What else can I say?

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

WOW! So nice of you Ronald! Many thanks, Rich T.

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vipchrisc
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ken, our server, was engaging and efficient. Im sorry we did not get anybody else's name, but everybody was super nice!
Thank you!

Waterbar
Responded 4 days ago

That is so great to hear chrisc! Many thanks Rich T.

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DebbiD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary weekend

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

THANKS DebbiD!

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vipmch110
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous views, service, food and wine. We’ll be back for this unique experience!

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

Many thanks mch110!

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SFFoodie
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful, sat outdoors on upstairs patio--was quiet, breezy, socially distanced. Food was magical and was the service.

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

Great to hear and thanks - we want to know how we get your 5th star!? Best, Rich T,

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vipMLCM
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and I love sitting outside with the view.

Waterbar
Responded 7 days ago

The view is FANTASTIC and I never get tried of it! Thanks very much MLCM! Best, Rich

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience2

We were given a table on the sidewalk between two restaurants. Not exactly Patio dining.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, terrific service from Tate - she’s wonderful. Make it a fantastic experience.

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vipKatrinaS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal, great service........lovely al fresco dining with spectacular views.

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

THANKS Katrina!

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vipMarionMcV
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar has it all: stellar location, extremely efficient, knowledgeable and friendly personnel, and wonderful food prepared in imaginative ways. It simply does not disappoint.

Waterbar
Responded on September 18, 2021

That sounds like a WOW Factor and we love to hear it! Thanks your way Marion! Best, Rich T,

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vipDelightful
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful recommendations and suggestions from our server. Also a lovely and scrumptious dish compliments of the chef was sent to our table.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2021

Delightful to hear and thanks!

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JoeH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go thanks to the management who hired such great staff, trained them so carefully and created an exceptional dining experience. Christoph was a delight, the hostess and bus staff were friendly and professional. The chefs delivered tasty and beautifully presented food. We're looking for to our next visit.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2021

What a great and appreciate perspective to hear Joe! many thanks and see you soon! Rich T.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great views! Really nice service and delicious dishes.

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2021

THANKS!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nos atendieron muy bien y la vista lo vale todo! Así sea solo para tomar unos drinks, vale mucho la pena visitar este lugar. Lo recomendaríamos sin duda!

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PatrickM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were three of us. A great house wine Textbook a premiere Nape Vally Cabernet Sauvignon 2019.
Hors d'oeuvres Alpine Bay, Salt Nuyget, Beousolie all are oysters on the half shell.
One had Steak with great potatoes another had Sea Bass and I had a northern marine fish-Halibut. All was great!

Waterbar
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you very much for the support Patrick!

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FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.7 stars by 8645 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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