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Waterbar

4.6
4.6
9255 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 218 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 284-9922

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Parke Ulrich

  • Private party facilities

    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    David Hanna: (888) 651-9716

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Harrison

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 9,255 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Seafood

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

    Scenic View

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, even cocktails and dessert! The view and ambiance were perfect for a date!

    WaterbarResponded todayGreat to hear and THANKS!

  2. CC

    CraigC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Perfect spot to meet a first date for drinks. Great View, not loud, mature crowd.

    WaterbarResponded todayThank you Craig!

  3. DM

    DanaM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was respectful of our time and extremely polite. We enjoyed the recommendations (oysters) and the soft inconspicuous upsell. Well done. The food was delicious. As I looked around at our table, everyone had clean plates. Thanks for making out evening memorable. Shoutout to the person running the front desk.

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoThanks so much for the details and support Dana!

  4. Y

    Yellowtail

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Several dishes were exceedingly salty. The halibut ceviche is the only one I mentioned to the server. It was nearly inedible. He said he's let the chef know, and I hope he did. My companion and I found the salmon and tuna entrees too salty as well.

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoSorry to hear and we would be happy to replace to your liking in the moment. Thanks YT, Rich T.

  5. LT

    LudovicaT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I’m worry but I don’t like this restaurant and his food.

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoTell us why you feel a two? Thanks Ludovica

  6. CG

    CarlyG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, very nice but still kid friendly. Appreciated the wonderful service.

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoThank YOU Carly!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always the best!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANK YOU!

  8. t

    timo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    very disappointing the oysters were mediocre at best the tuna was just ok $8.00 for a glass of budweiser what a joke and the wait person was annoying "would you like to take a gander at the bill hon?" leave this place for the tourists

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoSorry to hear timo, be well, Rich T.

  9. u

    uidolph

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great ambiance! The food was quite good although the duck was dry and the steak undercooked.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks for teh feedback uidollph!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, wonderful patio dining, delicious food. Very attentive to nut allergy.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks so much!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some places with views get by using that... Waterbar was delicious with excellent service

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe LOVE to hear that! THANKS!

  12. C

    Coachjdk

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful view of the bay. The food and service was excellent.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS so!

  13. d

    dcuenca89

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chris and staff were excellent, we will continue to come for our Annivery usual!
  14. TJ

    TomJoh

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, beautifully presented seafood. We loved the swordfish with and eggplant roulade, and the creme brulee was a showstopper, best I’ve ever had. Great location.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS so very much TomJoh! Rich T.

  15. KB

    KathyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It couldn't have been a better way to celebrate a birthday! We took a ferry from Alameda, and after a short, scenic walk to Waterbar, we enjoyed excellent wines, oysters, entrées and service at an outside table with a great view. We'll be back!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoHi Kathy - So great to hear and we THANK you so very much! Rich T.

  16. AE

    AEKY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and they made a point to make us feel special. We had an AMAZING view and the food was excellent!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe THANK you for celebrating with us AEKY!

  17. c

    cheryl

    San Francisco

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great whitefish and burger with runny duck egg Loved the Kumamoto oysters too

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANK you Cheryl!

  18. SS

    SteveS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. Very pricey but I’ve never felt I was overpaying for anything. The staff are all great—attentive without hovering.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe THANK you very much Steve! Rich T.

  19. EL

    ELMERB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    overall great dining experience 👍🏼🙏😎
  20. TG

    ToddG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great Venue - but very noisy. Excellent service and only OK food for the money.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoSorry your were not dazzled Todd, hope we can welcome you back, best, Rich T.

  21. e

    eileenmo

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It has been years since I have been to Water Bar. It’s still very good, but not as good as my last dining experience. The The menu was much smaller. We sat near the bar in a booth and the noise level was a bit too much at times. The service was great and the meal good, just not great. For the price I expected something better. My last dining experience there was spectacular. The appetizer King salmon crudo was a standout. The flavors and sauce came together nicely.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe thank you for your feedback Eileenmo and certainly want to reach your expectations. Our best, Rich T.

  22. JH

    JeriH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterbar was absolutely perfect for a special night out. I treated my husband for his birthday, and everything was fantastic. The staff was helpful and accommodating. The menu was amazing. Even better, they had non-alcoholic concoctions that were absolutely delightful with our meal. Highly recommended!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoWe thank you for celebrating and enjoying Jeri! Best, Rich T.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Great view!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoGRAZIE!!!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Really disappointed in the limited lunch menu. You used to have more options a diner could chose for lunch.
  25. HH

    HungryHoosier

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent business dinner. Wonderful service...wonderful food. Very accomodating to our group and the views were phenomenal.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022Many thanks Indie friend!

  26. H

    Haymaker17

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service with a beautiful view of the Oakland Bridge and Bay as we sat outside. Certainly will return next time I’m in town.

    WaterbarResponded 7 days agoMany thanks Haymaker! Best, Rich T.

  27. TL

    TracyL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal with fantastic service and a view that was nothing short of spectacular. We cannot wait to get back there!

    WaterbarResponded 7 days agoSee you soon and thanks Tracy! Best, Rich T.

  28. A

    Apaya

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding occasion at the Waterbar. Everything was top notch from the second we were greeted to attentive service and the exceptional meal.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022We THANK You Apaya! Best, Zrich T.

  29. HK

    HasanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, with great food, superb service and amazing views.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022We THANK you Hasan! Best, Rich T.

  30. M

    Marc

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Shared the oysters which were minuscule and thus could barely taste them. The halibut ceviche with the aji amarillo & coconut sauce was very good. The salmon portion was appetizer size and the salmon came completely apart - it may be petty but for such establishment they should not serve a plate like that. Server seemed to have minimum attention span, and it felt like everyone else was taking care of our table other than her. Entrees arrived and we still had not been provided silverware. She did have a big friendly smile at the end to offer dessert and to deliver the check. Not an overall good experience, nor value for what we spent.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022Thanks for your honesty Marc and we will process. Best regards, Rich T.

  31. JB

    JenniferB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was just ok to me the menu is very limited.

    WaterbarResponded on August 1, 2022Thanks for your perspective Jennifer, Our menu size is as it was prior too 2020. Best regards, Rich T.

  32. GD

    GoodDinner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to the staff. I presented an engagement ring after dinner. The food was great, and hostess and waiter and superb.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022CONGRATS and THANKS GD! Best, Rich T.

  33. A

    Angie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service! Loved the halibut. Perfectly cooked, so very moist. Creative flavors!

    WaterbarResponded on July 31, 2022Thanks so much Angie, I had the halibut myself, on a recent visit and it was terrific! Our best, Rich T.

  34. JL

    JenniferL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dual birthday celebration for our daughter (9yo) and husband. The food was amazing. Our daughter loved her chicken kids dish and my husband and I had the most tender delicious steak. As a nice gesture they gave my husband and I small glasses of champagne and free desserts for both my husband and daughter. Our server was so genuinely friendly and attentive. I definitely recommend this restaurant!

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoMany THANKS Jennifer! Best, Rich T.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good service!

    WaterbarResponded on July 31, 2022Our THANKS!

  36. DS

    DaninSanRafael

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The outdoor seating was awkwardly placed too close to some bamboo, and was difficult to move. Service was quite slow. Food was barely lukewarm. The menu item deep fried soft shell crab hamburger was misleadingly described, and was not a hamburger style crab sandwich. It was a crab on top of a beef patty, definitely not what l expected.

    WaterbarResponded on August 1, 2022Thanks for the details; we will access. Best, Rich T

  37. JP

    JeanPierreC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very cosy restaurant, excellent service, food was very good

    WaterbarResponded on July 31, 2022THANKS!

  38. EJ

    EdJE

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The best things about this restaurant were the view and the design of the building and general space. Service was spotty. Our principal server was great, answering our questions, providing useful advice, and generally being a joy to work with. All around her, however, the scene was frenetic with the rest of the staff rushing around looking over-stressed. It did not lead to relaxed evening. The food was good but unimaginative, nothing off, nothing exciting. I should add that the fish was generally not locally sourced, coming from as far away as Hawaii and Turkey. Finally, the cost was higher than other San Francisco restaurants of the same caliber that we've at recently, such as Aziza and Cotagna. My overall assessment is that this a fine restaurant if you want to impress out-of-town relatives or business associates but if you live locally, there are much better choices.

    WaterbarResponded on August 2, 2022We thank you for your focused feedback EdJE, Best, Rich T.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautiful views

    WaterbarResponded on July 31, 2022GRAZIE

  40. R

    Raych

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I’ve been to Waterbar quite a few times for business lunches and was really disappointed with the service this time. Service was slow, drinks came almost close to lunch even though we ordered several appetizers, had to ask for bread several times and received a dozen oysters that were not the Kumamoto’s we ordered - and I will only eat Kumamoto’s specifically due to the small size and clean taste. I ate a few that were delivered since I was not paying for the business lunch and did not want to appear wasteful. The server was much too casual with our group but was friendly. Ambiance was lovely (a little crowded inside though), food was good. Rating mostly due to service this time. I would definitely return though because this is not the typical experience here.

    WaterbarResponded on July 31, 2022Hello Raych, We really thank you for the details and sharing how you felt. We will share and improve. Best, Rich T.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Waterbar is rated 4.6 stars by 9255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 218 times today
Google Map for Waterbar

399 The Embarcadero South, San Francisco, CA 94105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrison

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking can be found on the surrounding streets of our neighborhood. There is also the Hills Plaza Garage (entrance at Folsom near Embarcadero). Go to: spothero.com for additional help.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Parke Ulrich

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 284-9922

  • Private party facilities

    The best view in San Francisco combined with sustainable seafood makes Waterbar the perfect destination for you to celebrate!

  • Private party contact

    David Hanna: (888) 651-9716

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