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Hard Water, San Francisco, CA

Hard Water

4.3
4.3
501 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Hard Water is a whiskey bar with the largest selection of craft and highly allocated whiskey on the west coast. We serve delicious small plates and fried chicken in a convivial and lively bar setting. We have two tables for large parties and communal counter seating for snacks and cocktails. Join us for lunch on our sunny patio that fronts the Embarcadero. We are located at Pier 3, The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    kitchen Hours Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm-9:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 392-3021

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Charles Phan

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway and Washington

  • Parking details

    Street parking Hornblower Parking lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 501 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday, just grabbed drinks. Great ambiance.
  2. D

    Dean

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The server incorrectly said the whiskey prices were for 2 oz pours but instead they were for 1 oz pours. She even argued with me after the fact about it. We miscommunicated a food order and she argued about that as well. Food and whiskey selection were fantastic. Service, not so much.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and great Nashville chicken and whiskey!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard a great time with a couple friends!
  5. AB

    AshleyB

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bourbon selection near the water. Paired well with the house made spicy fried chicken and jalapeno hush puppies.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum we had a nice time.
  7. z

    zendog

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food (fried chicken and biscuit were delicious) and cocktails were great. We had a reservation and were seated at the bar. Unfortunately the bartender barely paid attention to us. We had to ask to order our drinks and then our food, had to remind him we ordered drinks because he forgot, had to ask for utensils, etc. He never checked on us or even appeared to care. With so many wonderful places in SF, we won't be returning
  8. s

    suem

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The huge wall of whiskey is impressive! The horseshoe bar is fun. There are only 2 tables (each sit 6 max) in the whole place. Besides the bar seats around the main horseshoe there are seats lined up against the windows. The southern food was definitely bar food. Many deep fried dishes which was too heavy and greasy for my taste. I had hoped the fried chicken was going to be crunchy and flavorful but it was subpar and tasted like a box of fried chicken from the freezer section. The whiskey list is extensive so if you're a whiskey lover then perfect! There's also a small cocktail list. I might stop here for a quick drink after work but this is not the place to stop for food.
  9. KW

    KatieW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chase is always fabulous!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    To be honest everything was okay to good or a sum of it components at the least. We ordered more than half the menu and two rounds of cocktails. Yet sadly I don’t really have a reason to go back.
  11. JM

    JillMike

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A super fun place to sample bourbon and enjoy a variety of adult beverages. Food matches perfectly; we made an afternoon of it! Chris made our time informative and enjoyable. Just the right amount of attention. Can’t wait to go back.
  12. MB

    MalikaB

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Excellent staff, drinks, and location. The food was great as well as the drinks on point :). I would highly recommend t his place for good top shelf drinks.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely the best Nashville fried chicken West of the Mississippi
  14. SF

    SFBryan

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Bourbon selections are second to none! Most advanced list I've found for American Whiskeys. Nashville hot fried chicken is great too, but this isn't really a dinner spot. All bar high-top style seating. Great spot to try a new bourbon prior to purchasing a bottle elsewhere, also you get a chance to taste some very rare bourbon. Definitely should be on your radar if you enjoy your whiskey.
  15. RB

    RajaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic American whiskey selection. Great service. I was surprised at how good the food was too.
  16. M

    Mattymus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue on the embarcadero's scenic waterfront. Great selection of whiskey and the oysters and fried chicken were fantastic. Will definitely be part of my rotation of bars in SF.
  17. BS

    BobS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar, and really enjoyed the ambiance. We'd been there 2 nights in a row, and had a great time both times.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice drinks.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Why haven’t we come here sooner? A new after work favorite! Been here twice and the service was exceptional both times. Fun food menu and mind boggling selection of the hard stuff. I’ve many a visits to try something new here.
  20. n

    nomnombear

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always awesome. Great ambiance; amazing drinks. Helps to make reservations when you have a party during a hh window.
  21. JJ

    JJ1159

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food1service3ambience5
    This IS NOT a restaurant. This is a bourbon bar with a very limited bar menu. The bourbon selection is amazing.
  22. LS

    LindaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved everything about Hard Water, with the exception of the seating. We were a group of 8 and had to crowd into a table and stools barely big enough. The space could have been set up with several small tables instead of primarily a long bar. The food is so good, why not feature a comfortable way to sit and enjoy it?
  23. LM

    LydieM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very noisy. But The degustation of whyski was interesting ...
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and whiskey flights
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartenders got drinks out quickly maintaining quality!! The cracklings were our favorite!
  26. F

    Freshisbetter

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice location at Pier 3. The service was great. The servers were very attentive. Great variety of upbeat music played at a volume that did not disrupt conversations. The Restaurant and bar design with whiskey display reminds me of 1800s pharmacy. The menu on Open Table is outdated. The actual menu is limited. A majority of the entrees have been eliminated. There are no brussels sprouts or poboy sandwich options. There is a full service bar, but the specialty is whisky. Only one type of vodka available. They make their own tonic water that results in a ginger ale like coloring for a simple vodka tonic. While the server assured me that their tonic was superior to commercial tonic, it tasted like flat tonic with no flavor to me. The spinach dip was by far the best thing we ordered. The hush puppies were also good. 3 bbq oysters for $18. The oysters were tasty but small. It was a generous portion of fries, but the fries on the bottom were stale. We could barely chew those. This was true for two separate orders.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Waitress could not describe the types of oysters available and yet kept refusing to go find out.
  28. TG

    TamaraG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard Water is my favorite place to eat on the Embarcadero. Best service, amazing cocktails and the food is outstanding. For me, it is a must have whenever I visit San Francisco.
  29. ID

    InaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You cannot beat the location for ambiance. Outstanding selection of whiskey . I drink my bourbon neat so it has to be really good and I have never been disappointed at Hard water . I my friends said that the fried chicken was out of this world . I think their French fries are some of the best in the city and the shrimp and grits is to die for .
  30. JM

    JohnM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place especially on a sunny afternoon in the city. Great staff who can accommodate a custom tasting. My group had a fantastic time.
  31. LE

    LauraE

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Late lunch and whiskey tasting with girlfriends. Our server was excellent and new the menu both drink and food and steered us towards treats that topped off a great day. Seating is on a stool and isn't comfortable for everyone. Seats with backs would be a nice addition.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It’s good for drinking and socializing. For people who are looking for relaxing dining experience, this is not the place to go. The restaurant looks more appealing in pics.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great selection of whiskeys at decent prices! And the good was amazing! We went middle of day so not busy, so able to enjoy much better :-)
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great setting for an incredible selection of bourbons and whiskeys. The small bites are great though the pomme frittes were disappointing. Highly recommend for drinks after dinner or before a night out.
  35. HH

    HanaH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lunch on a Saturday. Delicious food. Excellent whisky collection.
  36. e

    erins

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday, they did something special!!
  37. SG

    StevenG

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Not much to look at, but if you want to enjoy pours of very rare very high quality whiskeys, this is a must go place
  38. N

    Nick

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Beautiful space, with a chef who knows food. We were ready to dive in deep, order more than enough food because everything sound delicious, but our server made us second guess that thought. We decided to only order a few things due to the lack of hospitality or care. When you have to say hello to your server, there is a problem. You are only as strong as your weakest link...
  39. BM

    BriMars

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fried chicken and biscuits. This is my favorite spot for bourbon and the good food is a plus.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing place to eat! The food is amazing especially the hot chicken, great compliment with the whiskey/bourbons that they have

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Hard Water is rated 4.3 stars by 501 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway and Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    kitchen Hours Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm-9:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking Hornblower Parking lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Phan

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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