Waterdog Tavern

4.3
772 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 772 people are saying
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vipAnnM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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LilyJ
Chicago
3 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
48 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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TerriC
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We wanted to sit outside and didn’t realize there was live music. Our assigned table was directly in front of a speaker. We ended up going inside because we were there to visit, not listen to music, as good as that was. Otherwise our food was good and attentive service

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Silsong
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the queso! I have found I hard to find good queso in the Bay Area. And love that they offer "adult chicken fingers" lol. My inlaws had the Thai salad and mussels and said both were outstanding. Disappointed that they only offered one chardonnay by the bottle and and that it was bit expensive. Patio is just lovely, pet and kid friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I found the process of ordering via my phone took away from the time I had intended on spending visiting with my family.

The level of customer service was above and beyond what I had expected. The servers were so attentive and accommodating.

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HeatherM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The outdoor garden is beautiful and the staff is amazing. It is a nice place to come and dogs are welcomed. I have eaten at waterdog a lot and the food is okay. While some things are really good (the Brussel sprouts and ribs) others are bland (fried chicken, mac and cheese).

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KathrynG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining inside in many months. Everything clean and spaced out nicely. Contactless service which was nice. Food delicious as usual. All servers masked. Felt very safe.

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CoCo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

You have to order online which takes away time from visiting with the people at your table. The waiters are friendly and are helpful.

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JenniferG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Was told upon arrival that we had 90 minutes to be at the table. I get the need to keep people moving through but there was no line or waiting at the time we arrived so it felt a bit rude to rush us along before we even sat down. Hostess couldn’t even be bothered to show us to our table, she just pointed to the area & sent us on our way. We placed our order through the QR code menu-drinks, appetizers & main dishes. They brought everything at one time which was hugely annoying because they put us at the tiniest of tables & there wasn’t enough room for all the plates. Plus our mains got cold while we ate the appetizers. Beer was tasty & in these time where all are understaff I guess it’s to be expected.

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GeorgeM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Beautiful outdoor beer garden. Dog friendly

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! My friend and I meet here every week!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay. Not fantastic and they didn’t have any printed menus for the older ones who don’t have smart phones. Food was okay. First table in an empty restaurant was next to the kitchen so we asked to move to outside. Everything was just okay. Nothing special.

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Kimberly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place! Great food! Not wild about their application of the QR code ordering (strangely each diner needed to essentially sign in JUST to view the menu and then they were each essentially ordering independently and meals came at different times, otherwise you shared a phone and a menu to order at once). Beyond that and a dry coffee cake dessert the brunch and the service was FANTASTIC!

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KimC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining, great food and cocktails, and our dog enjoys bowl of cream! What more could one ask for?

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AmberZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood spot. Delicious food, lively outdoor bar/dining when they have their bands. Noise level is loud enough outside when band is playing to impede conversation. If talking that is what you're interested in, recommend indoors. Outdoor dining also has yellowjacket problem.

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