Waterdog Tavern

4.3
785 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Waterdog Tavern is offering Modern Comfort Food, Cocktails, Beer and Wine for Outdoor Dining, limited Indoor Dining, Takeout, and Delivery. When making a reservation please specifiy outdoor dining if you wish to dine outdoors. If outdoor dining is not provided as an option, it means there is none available at the time you are requesting.
When dining at the restaurant ALL ORDERING & PAYING WILL BE DONE CONTACTLESS FROM YOUR PHONE AT YOUR TABLE. We do not accept cash at this time

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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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 785 people are saying
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vipSeanF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Considering so many options we have in the area, the food was just ok but pricey for the quality. If the price is reduced by 30-40%, it will make it worthwhile. The outside sitting is nice and dog friendly. The server (as friendly as she was) did not bring us water (we were told it was self service). This is in addition to having to order your food from your phone (many loading issues while ordering).

I'd recommended if you want to a pet friendly restaurant (they do have meat patties for dogs) but other than that, I'd suggest other places.

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JTSM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the in app ordering. The wait staff was super attentive. The food and craft cocktails were fabulous and up to ore-covid standards. I look forward to dining here again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good, still using digital ordering system which sucked, but everything was fine.

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DavidA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Water Dog Tavern is a lovely restaurant that unfortunately is being tainted by current restrictions. Mask requirements for the staff take away from the experience of dining out and the contactless ordering system is cumbersome and also makes one question why they even dine out if they have to order food over a phone. This virus is not going away so WDT needs to figure out what their new normal is. That decision will determine whether I return.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place !

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vipMike
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have been going to Waterdog for years but now they have a new phone app for all ordering and it is a terrible experience. It is very impersonal, there are different sections for drinks, appetizers, mains, etc - and then when you order it all gets delivered to your table in one fell swoop - and condiments and salt and pepper are all in packets. It is like a fast food experience but at high quality restaurant prices. If I want to order take out I will use door dash but when I booked a reservation at a high quality restaurant I guess I was expecting at least some level of personal service! I understand there are State and County COVID guidelines and I am very respectful of those, but this is the only restaurant I have dined at the last three months that has taken personal ordering out of the equation... I hope they are able to rethink their customer experience in the future.

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MikiH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friends, good food, good dogs, good atmosphere, good service. What's not to like. We keep coming back.

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vipdec66
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived in time. The “hostess” didn’t say hello or welcome or how are you. She told us to follow her and, upon arriving at the table, asked us to limit our stay to 90 minutes. My husband couldn’t open the app for the menu. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t see the menu without giving my name and phone number. Half the mains were unavailable. We listened to the table next to us complain to each our about the service. So we obliged the hostess. We limited our stay to under 90 minutes. We left after 10.

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LaurenB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food tasted like it was reheated from a fast food drive through and was very pricey.

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georgeW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This is a place we frequently went to before ordering on our phone. We went with another couple because we had so enjoyed it in the past. We will not be returning we like to peruse a menu and order. The drinks appetizers and entrees did not come at the right time. It was a debacle.

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vipAmyH
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took our dobergirl for an early dinner on their dog friendly, dog filled patio. Lovely space with a water feature and comfortable outdoor seating. Pups were all well behaved which was nice. Service is now done through their app but the service staff is extremely responsive and very friendly. They’re all constantly making eye contact and checking in. Service for food was fast - drinks was lightening fast! Food was delicious. We had Brussels sprouts - lots of crispy bits. A Thai inspired noodle salad with added on prawns and avocado was super yummy - spicy but not overpowering with a lot of fresh veggies. We had a queso fondo that was addictive. Dangerous stuff! And a chicken sandwich fried with bacon and egg. Super well made with lots of slaw and a good aioli. Overall good food, lovely atmosphere and excellent service. It’s Peninsula pricing so what is expensive anymore? We spent $125 with one drink and had leftovers for lunch.

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SoniaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Missed the waiter's experience since we have to open a tab an place our order through an App

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MSCh
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waterdog is a neighborhood favorite and the beer garden is so atmospheric in the evening with its string lights and heat lamps. Portions are extremely generous and I am generally a huge fan of Waterdog's American comfort food offerings (those brussels sprouts!). Cocktails are outstanding and I'm a tough customer in that department. Service is super-fast and the young people who bring food to your table are friendly and professional. But have to say this whole QR-code/order from your phone thing is getting a bit much. Yes, COVID and all, but it is really cumbersome and annoying to have to peruse the menu on a phone, type in credit card number, scroll up and down, looking for what you thought you saw before. Please please please consider disposable paper menus at least as a supplement to the phone ordering.

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vipAnnM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved our dinner. He had the ribs, mashed potatoes, cornbread and mac-n-cheese. I had the spinach salad and shrimp tacos. We shared a pretzel to start, so delish!! We will be back very soon! Yummy!!!

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vipLilyJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! Great service! We only had appetizers and drinks but we really enjoyed everything. Great for a first date. Really cute outdoor patio.

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BVee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

The food was great. The service was not so great: The appetizers and entrees arrived together (which should never happen) except for one entree that arrived ten minutes after the rest. Being required to open an online account to pay the bill is a negative, too.

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JennS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome- super cute, great food and super cute outdoor patio!

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Sleepiiu
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bear garden, nice ambiance and if you have dog(s), or
love to be around them, you will enjoy being there.
We had lemon pepper chicken wings, grilled Caesar salad, pretzel, and mussels. Our two dogs had the doggie burger patties and need not say more they LOVED them.

Portions size was good! Cocktails were a bit pricey but delicious!

Will definitely go back!

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vipTylerM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was good overall but out soon area was a little under staffed.

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belmontfoodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

What happened? Wow - we have eaten here many times and expected more! No instructions were provided for ordering through the app so our food and beverages arrived all at different times, making for some awkward moments where one person had hot food and two others hadn't even received their cocktails! One person got their food, a "pre-dinner" beer, and a glass of wine all at the same time and prior to appetizers being delivered to the table.
We asked about substitutions (that was a "no"), asked for condiments (had to wait until food was cold), holy cow - the service was lackluster at best.

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Bert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Outside scenery lovely. Food good. Needed help with ordering on phone. Service could have been better.

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FionaT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great place. The garden is fantastic - an oasis hidden in suburbia - but the best thing about this place is the staff - friendly, efficient, thoughtful - you can tell they all love working with each other and enjoy their work - it creates a great atmosphere.

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KristineZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a GREAT place for you and your friends and your dog!!!!!

The outdoor patio is great with a little river running through it. It is so peaceful and relaxing! Our server brought us a water dish for our little pug to feel very welcome.

Be sure to have a pretzel with the cheese dip and no mater what your previous experience you must try the brussel sprouts! They are amazing! Great place for food in general but Happy Hour especially!!!!!

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RonnieE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

They have some nice items on the menu but for the most part, things are over priced. Why should brussel sprouts cost $14.50? This is the main disappointment with Waterdog. They need to bring prices down on a number of items.

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vipSwankie
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

No explanation of on cell ordering system. Ordered grilled chicken on top of greens with berries. The chicken was dry and inedible. There were no berries in the berry salad.
We told the server and they brought cold burnt chicken equally tasteless .
A pretty garden environment but very uncomfortable chairs.

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vipSteveK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Great outdoor setting but that's all this place has going. Menu is quite limited and on top of that some items listed on the menu weren't available. Expensive for what is served. Seeing the menu and ordering is through accessing a QR code and paying is through an app. Proved to be overly complicated and frustrating. Will not return.

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KathyS
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not much selection on the menu. My Thai salad was too spicy for me to eat😟.

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Dana
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The food here is typically good but this time around was disappointed with the Thai noodle salad- it was $20 basically for rice noodles- very little of anything else was in the salad.
Also, do not like that you no longer have a server- everything is down through a QR code and app. So disappointed in the lack of service because of this. Would love to stay mad have more drinks there but having to order through an app every time is a huge inconvience

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SusanD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch outside was fantastic. Beautiful setting and dog friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service

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vipSooz
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience! Great COVID precautions and easy to order. Food was delicious, and I have food allergies/restrictions which they dealt with perfectly. Fun that my friends could bring their pup.

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GregJ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor dining! Wonderful ambiance. No parking issues, short distance from freeways.

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angelese
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

the ordering through the app is somehow painful. I hope this goes away some day...

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KathyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although we understand why, having to navigate the menu on our phones was frustrating. The staff was helpful, but we felt their time helping us figure the ordering on our phone could have been better spent if they ordered for us using a waiter/kitchen device like other restaurants.

If tables need to be turned over quicker when busy, we ended up spending at least an add’l 1/2 hour at ours.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo fun! Def coming back!!

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SFfoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It gets really chilly in the beer garden!

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FionaT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True oasis - great people - great service - love the garden

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BethL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great food and a lovely setting. We met my aunt and uncle at the restaurant and it was nice that they could park just outside the front door.

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Leni
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends. Outdoor setting is beautiful and great drinks

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LisaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food was good-ahi tostadas, Impossible Burger, Carlmont Burger. We had requested outdoor dining-which was great-except we were at a tiny table for 4 and the seats were unbelievably uncomfortable. I would have asked for cushions but we seldom saw staff. I like Waterdog a lot-not our first time there-but the backache from the chair was a downer.

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Waterdog Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

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