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Waterbar

4.6
8044 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.

• There is a 90 minute maximum per reservation.

• SF mandated 10pm curfew in effect. Last call for food & beverage is 9:30pm.

• 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
What 8044 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Christopher was friendly and attentive to our needs. Food was Ridiculously Amazing! They made my birthday brunch a memorable one!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Waitress kept bouncing as soon as SHE thought we were done with our order ... everyone was kinda brushing us off since our table with further than everyone else ... food was good ... nothing special ... great view but that’s it ... would skip

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great drinks and service! We were seated on the 2nd-story balcony which was quite warm (protected from the wind), and had an amazing view of the bay bridge.

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vipRandyS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a fantastic value for the 1.05 oysters during Happy Hour. However, the menu dishes are quite small and not a great value considering the portion size. They are yummy though.

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WeltonJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor experience, food was as good as the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food steak was super dry

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vipKathy
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Sunday lunch at Water Bar. The food is delicious and a nice selection of wines. The outdoor tables are pleasant, altho as the day was cool we would have been more comfortable within the "walls" of the garden rather than having the view of the Bridge. Just a word of caution. But the heat lamp helped a lot. Excellent service. We will be back!

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Ricky
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good to be back at WaterBar after the lock down in SF.

Staff is always friendly and helpful. Outdoor dinning was good, lucky for us super sunny morning (or depends on the weather). Night/dinner may be a little bit cool (they do have heat lamp).

Looking forward to visit again.

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thanks Ricky, Let me know what we need to do to receive a 5 star rating in your mind. Best regards, Rich T.

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vipbill
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best location on the Bay combined with a creative chef with a focus on seafood

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

Well said Bill, and we do so agree! Best, Rich T.

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vipGr8bites
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was absolutely delicious, from the onset of oysters as our appetizer to the scrumptious butternut squash soup and calamari. Our guests had the dover sole and fish tacos, accompanied by a wonderful sauvignon blanc wine.

this was our 3rd attempt at a reservation, previous ones had to be cancelled due to the fires and then the covid uptick, we are glad we were tenacious in doing this again and will tell our friends how special this place is.

The wait staff was spot on and were all very welcoming to have their business coming back online. Thanks to all!

Waterbar
Responded on February 16, 2021

We appreciate you Gr8bites! Rich T.

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vipClinton
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very good view and service. Prices were quite reasonable and the menu was pretty good. Options are somewhat limited on entrees but, overall a great place. Service was prompt and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great seafood and atmosphere right under the Bay bridge. As a non-seafood eater the menu is definitely lacking but then again this is a seafood restaurant.

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JorgeD
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, best view and best food. I do recommend this place.

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BrianB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was fantastic. Managing Partner Pete Sittnick greeted is and set the stage foe a wonderful lunch. I highly recommend Waterbar. Great food, great location, great service.

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Richard
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Don't like the policy that you will not seat a table if not all guests have arrived. Sometimes people are late. Or parking issues. We would have had a drink while we waited so that harmed the restaurant for that matter. The 90 minute rule did not matter because the restaurant was not that crowded. I have been to 8-10 restaurants during the Pandemic and this was the only one requiring that.

But, food was great as was the service by the server and staff.

Waterbar
Responded on December 4, 2020

Hello Richard, Note that the "Not seating incomplete parties" along with a mandatory "bona fide meal", along with 90 minutes, along with "Mask on the entire time", no cocktails while waiting for a table, are all SF Municipal laws that every SF should be adhering to. These are lawful positions that we simply tried our best to execute. Even with all this, we are now in a shut down. Be well, Rich T.

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were diligent in keeping up with my Reservation, and when I had realized I booked the wrong day, they were very accomodating and changed it even though it was last minute.

Service was excellent and Food and Cocktails were super yummy!!

This was during Covid, so we had to sit outside. It was very cold, so dress appropriately.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend! Will come back again!

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Julie
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and view could not have been more perfect! Wasn’t even cold but heating lamps were also a nice option to have!

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MarshaH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant - one of my favorite outdoor dining places.

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RobinT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and enjoyable outdoor space. A bit pricey but so worth it.

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ChrisR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view and food. Service was amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipKimberlyK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Waterbar for our son’s birthday. Dined outside on the upstairs terrace with beautiful views of the Bay Bridge. Food and service was excellent!

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vipLuanaR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice ambience, astonishing views, good food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Aburrido con excelente vista espectacular comida equis Buenos ostiones. No volvería solo por la vista

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Tish
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is nice, the place was nicely heated, and service was good. The oysters were amazing. I ordered the lobster and scallops. It was good but I've had better. Other than that, we had great dining experience .

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vipLaura
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Best views in town! Great Covid procedures - we felt very safe.

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MaryI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect!! Great outdoor dining, far away from other diners, and pleasantly surprised with the $1.09 oysters. Thank you for making my bday so special.

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vipLori07
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The server was good but the kitchen was slow. 3 of us ordered the tuna rare and it came medium rare. It was a lesser quality than ahi and was disappointing. The 4th person had the trip tip which was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was phenomenal and oysters were fresh

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MarnieC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a positive experience however I wish wishing there was more choices on the menu for lunch and my fish was a bit salty.

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Marty
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always the food was exquisite; to me Waterbar remains one of the best seafood restaurants I've ever been to. Alas, we were sitting in the back room by a window whose Bay Bridge view is not as spectacular as the main dining room's.

Also, there was only just one other table at the other side of the room with six noisy diners, and our waiter disappeared for long periods not being particularly attentive and prompt. The overall social experience / interaction was a bit awkward due to the Covid-19 safety regulations.

By all means, always request the main dining room where the ambiance with the aquarium tanks and the view are amazing and also where probably you get better service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal & friendly service

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vipRichardL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. The reception, service, food and ambience were memorable. We will definitely dine here again!

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motherknowsbest
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant inside and out. I was pretty impressed with the comfort and elegance. The ambience is so nice for couples or a family dining experience. I reserved a table with a view and I was very happy to know that it was made available to me and my friends. Food was delicious, dessert (brownie something) was sooo decadent, & drink selections + wines were very good. The bay bridge view was perfect from where we sat. I can’t wait to come back.

Waterbar
Responded on November 11, 2020

So many thanks to you MKB! Our best and be well! Rich T.

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Andrik
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterbar gave us the most beautiful romantic birthday night, thank you all for being so amazing and making our trip all the way from LA with it!!!

Waterbar
Responded on November 11, 2020

Amore Angelinos! Thanks for enjoying! Best, Rich T.

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YevgenyO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

For the record this wasn’t my first time here.

But if I could go back in time I would absolutely avoid the experience.

It was a disappointment from the moment we checked in.

Service: practically non-existent. Waited for 30 minutes before a server approached us. No apology and no explanation for the delay. Throughout the meal there was minimal to no follow up about the service or food.

Food: I could barely finish my dish (black Cod)/it tasted bad, greasy. I mentioned it to one of employees but there was attempt to address my feedback.

Ambiance: we were sitting outside and it was freezing. Heating element was broken (employee said it was broken). No accommodations were provided/no apologies.

Value: Michelin star prices-$40/plate for average food quality and minimal service? Absolutely unacceptable. Speechless

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Made a reservation two weeks in advance and sat next to kitchen and lobster tank. Not happy

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vipBobby
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were outstanding. The mussels in a coconut curry were superb as was the green Apple mousse we had for dessert. Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service wasn’t bad but not at all up to the exceptional level I have experienced during past visits to this restaurant. We were there to have a lighter meal of small plates and the server’s demeanor shifted when he realized we decided not to order entrees. I ordered the Lobster Bisque which was really more of a shrimp bisque, it was very bitter, overly salty, and a thin (watery) consistency as if it was running low and they added water and salt to make it last to the end of the night. When I politely asked to send it back the server was condescending and explained how soups are made and why they can’t be the exact same every time. (I mentioned I’d ordered it before and was looking forward to enjoying it again) The busser or assist server refilled my water by reaching across me and spilled and splashed water on the table and me. Minor things but I was really looking forward to going out to one of my favorite SF restaurants for a date night which is rare in 2020. Hopefully it will be better next time.

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vipNancy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our ~5th time at Waterbar. The quality of the food was mediocre this time. Lobster bisque was barely warm and the $67 lobster with scallops was like an appetizer. Disappointed overall.

FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 8044 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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