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Waterbar

4.6
4.6
9390 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

9:00 PM


Booked 172 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 9,390 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Most Booked

  • San Francisco

    Scenic View

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

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  1. AO

    AndersonO

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best view in San Francisco. it was my wife's birthday and they treated us very nice.

    WaterbarResponded todayThanks for celebrating at Waterbar AndersonO!

  2. MF

    MF22

    San Francisco

    352 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    352 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters and mushroom soup were all delicious. Tuba was cooked to our perfection. Service by the waiter and sommelier was attentive and also they had a sense of humor. Out of town guest were most impressed

    WaterbarResponded todayGreat to hear and thank you MF22!

  3. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for dinner before a show at Chase Center. We had a thoroughly lovely dinner including cocktails, oysters, salmon crudo and we all had the seared ahi !! Everything was delicious and the ahi - we all said - we would definitely order again. Great presentation and the sauces and plantain and quinoa salad were delicious. The server was amazing and certainly went over the top.

    WaterbarResponded todayMany THANKS JillC!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    You would think when you tell a restaurant in advance that you are celebrating the 100th birthday of a friend, the restaurant would go out of their way to give you a great table. Not true for WaterBar. I guess any birthday is just a birthday. I specifically made a reservation here so my friend could see the water and enjoy the view. We could do neither of these things from our table. I arrived early and asked about a couple of other options, but there was no flexibility at all. The wait staff were great. But reservation and front desk not helpful at all.

    WaterbarResponded todaySorry you feel as you do - There are certain tables that can hold a party of 5 outside; we gave you the best possible table we could. We appreciate all our guests celebrating special occasions and always try to select prime spots for those celebrations. Thank you, Rich T.

  5. AD

    AmandaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience! Amazing dishes. Staff was highly attentive, we wanted for nothing. Cannot wait to return!

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoSO happy to hear it and many thanks Amanda! Best, Rich T.

  6. NC

    NorCalDutch

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were a hit and my salmon was fantastic. Waterbar has nice ambiance as well as a great view.

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoThanks for enjoying NCD!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Luca, was extraordinaire! Would have liked if there was more selection on the menu. they run out of confit and hazelnut cookie. It was already a small menu to begin with with no specials.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoSorry we did not impress. Luca is terrific! Thanks, Rich T.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food selection was limited though

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks

  9. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Post theater meal in the city. The ambiance, view, service and food was all top notch. Our party of 3 ordered swordfish, Daurade and Seared Ahi. While the Ahi was a bit too salty, everything was delicious.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe thank you so much Elizabeth! Best, Rich T.

  10. R

    Rosemary

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our table by the window. Server was exceptional! Food was delicious. Want to come back again soon to try another dish on the menu.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks so very much Rosemary, best, Rich T.

  11. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, quality ingredients, Miyagi Oysters for days. Their Skirt Steak Sopas was delicious, every bite.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoTHANKS Michael!

  12. JO

    JasonO

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience- chilled seafood platter was phenomenal and the fish was spectacular!

    WaterbarResponded 3 days agoThanks so much Jason! Best, Rich T.

  13. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The night was perfect. Everyone was so nice and accommodating from the woman at the hostess station to our server, Luca who brought a beautiful birthday plate. We were there to celebrate my brothers 60th birthday and it all was amazing. Thank you so much!!

    WaterbarResponded 3 days agoGREAT to hear and thanks for the kind support Linda! Go Luca! Appreciate it, Rich T.

  14. KJ

    KathyJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For me, this restaurant was excellent in every way. We were given the seats I reserved , the service was extraordinary and the food was off the charts! The food was beautiful, fresh, tasted wonderful, I kept wanting more and more. The service was excellent, including the maître d’, our waiter, and the bus staff. Honestly, I cannot mention one tiny example of anything I did not like.

    WaterbarResponded 4 days agoWOW! We thank you so much for enjoying Kathy! We hope to welcome you back soon! Our best, Rich T.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing birthday dinner! Staff was so welcoming and gave me a table with THE BEST view and a free personalized dessert. Food was also AMAZING! Would highly recommend to all!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoThanks so very much!

  16. M

    Maryann

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Really bad service and they didn’t have anything on the menu and took 1 hour to get us our drinks
  17. AR

    AlejandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent in every way, from the attention, atmosphere and delicious food.

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoWe thank you Alejandra! Best, Rich T.

  18. FB

    FrankB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was spectacular. Same with the service. Very attentive. Great advice on the wine from the sommelier. The room in back was very loud. Lots of loud conversations. At times it was impossible to hear each other.

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoThank you Frank!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite part were the drinks (w tequila) and the oysters

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoGrazie

  20. AC

    AkaCarioca

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoWOW! Thank you AkaCarioca! Best, Rich T.

  21. Z

    Zara

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    From the moment the waiter guy approached our table without proper introduction the service experience was extremely poor. The attitude of the service people made us feel like THEY where doing us a favor to serve us. Drinks were slow, water order was wrong, asked twice for a drink we ordered, végétales were cold, cracked black pepper was never offered then when requested, a junky pepper grinder was produced. My friend from England had to leave the table to enter her pin number when paying the check which we have never seen. The actual food was good but the snotty poorly coordinated service makes it a do not return especially for the high end price point.

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoHello Zara, We are very sorry to have not connected with you and had you feel as you do. Our apology. We have addressed with your server and appreciate the feedback. Thank you, Rich T.

  22. RF

    RoseF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Waiter was knowledgeable and made our celebration fun!, staff were very welcoming. Food was delicious including desserts!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days agoThank you so very much Rose! Best, Rich T.

  23. C

    Craig

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. We were there for our anniversary and the staff made it super special for us. Thank you!

    WaterbarResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you Craig!

  24. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was simply outstanding. That's all you really need to know.

    WaterbarResponded on September 19, 2022We love the simplicity and thank you Thomas. Best, Rich T.

  25. s

    seaurchin

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Gone to the dogs, literally. I was not the only person (including the two servers at the bar) who was surprised that a dog was allowed in the dining area of the bar (where I as having dinner). This pooch was not under the table as one might see a service animal. Rather, it was sitting in the lap of its owner licking discarded oyster shells from the platter. All well within view of the host’s stand. “I guess we allow dogs to have dinner now”, said one of the bartenders. I guess that’s now true. I have enjoyed many great evenings at Waterbar and I’m sure the pandemic has had a severe impact on many restaurants. But the quality of the food — a soggy swordfish —was a real disappointment. My oysters were very good but how hard is it to screw up shucked oysters? Don’t think I’ll be back.

    WaterbarResponded on September 19, 2022Some understanding - We are forced to allow service dogs indoors via SF Municipal law. The conduct of a guest and their dog is their deed. We do try and address, as the dog should be kept below the level of a table. The lack of awareness by a guest is not appreciated by you or by us. Thank you, Rich T.

  26. DG

    DGMGVG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really nice views of the Bay Bridge, really good service. Pretty much seafood options only. No valet nor parking validation if you’re driving in from somewhere.

    WaterbarResponded on September 19, 2022Thanks DGMGVG!

  27. AJ

    AmyJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my faves, never disappoints. Been here dozens of times, always superb food and service.

    WaterbarResponded on September 18, 2022Thank you Amy!

  28. c

    chrisc

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us had lunch on a weekday. We give an A to the service and the food: Stone fruit salad, Skirt Steak Sope, Salmon Polpettes, Pork tenderloin, Chocolate Brownie). Our server was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable....coming to the table at all the right times. Since we shared all dishes, we used extra plates and utensils, but we never had to ask for anything! We had a perfect lunch! (The place was a bit noisy.....but everything else was so good that we didn't even care.)

    WaterbarResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you so much Chrisc! Best, Rich T.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Decoración bonita, vistas espectaculares al puente de la bahía Camareros súper amables La comida buena Un poco caro pero supongo que se paga también las vistas

    WaterbarResponded on September 16, 2022Gracias!

  30. P

    Pete

    Washington DC

    109 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Worst swordfish I have ever had in a restaurant. The other two meals (tuna and a filet were fine.) Service was fine, but the noise level was so high that normal conversation was very difficult.

    WaterbarResponded on September 16, 2022Sorry to hear that Pete and would have been happy to find something you enjoyed. Best, Rich T.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    They put mushrooms in my colleagues food and she’s allergic. Thankfully she caught it before she ate her food. It also took the waiter a bit of time to get our initial drink order.

    WaterbarResponded on September 17, 2022We thank you apologize for the miscue. Best, Rich T.

  32. PM

    PatriciaM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood and wonderful service, great view of Bay Bridge

    WaterbarResponded on September 18, 2022Thank you Patricia!

  33. MM

    MarionMcV

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You should run, don‘t walk to Waterbar. It just never disappoints. We had quite the lovely lunch at an outside table under a giant umbrella. Started with the Sourdough bread and giant prawn cocktail to share, then continued to the seared salmon with cold soba noodles. My friend had the tuna. Both of us were delighted with the presentation and the flavor. Unfortunately we had not enough room for dessert but concluded the meal with an espresso. We were fortunate to have a delightful server who was attentive and knowledgeable. This experience deserves six stars.

    WaterbarResponded on September 17, 2022Hello MarionMcV, WOW and THANKS for enjoying! Our appreciation, Rich T.

  34. RZ

    RayZ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made our reservation because of the email I received showing your peach dessert. We started with oysters and adult beverages. Our server was Juan. Often I come back to a restaurant based on the service. Our dinner was perfect. We both had the seared Ahi dish with plantain and black quinoa with avocado. One bite was more delicious than the last. Please let Juan and the entire staff how great they made our experience. They were so kind and attentive and even laughed at my bad jokes. Of course we ended with coffee and the peach dessert that brought us in. Juan is the best. I’m Danish and I’m I noticed that you listed ableskivers served with sturgeon caviar. It was as a little too much for us but once again Juan came through and surprised us with two ableskivers. Wow reminded me of my roots. Your space is gorgeous and we will definitely be back.

    WaterbarResponded on September 16, 2022THNAK you RayZ! Best, Rich T.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour with clients

    WaterbarResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you!

  36. AO

    AOEATS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    I enjoyed the food and service, but was very disappointed to not have an outside seat. Who do I need to be/pay/see to secure an outside view next time?

    WaterbarResponded on September 18, 2022When you make a reservation there are two options, standard(indoors) and outdoor - just pick your preference. We do our best to honor the request! Best to you AOEATS!

  37. D

    Decatur

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding. The view of the Bay Bridge was wonderful from our table on the patio.

    WaterbarResponded on September 15, 2022Thanks very much Decatur! Rich T.

  38. g

    gourmand

    Edmonton

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent. Great view of the bridge from the patio. The Cerviche and the Vegeteble and shrimp salad were amazing. The wine selection is also noteworthy.

    WaterbarResponded on September 15, 2022Great to hear and thanks for sharing gourmand! Best, Rich T.

  39. M

    Mohds

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view of the Bay Bridge and the fish was fresh!

    WaterbarResponded on September 15, 2022Thank you Mohlds!

  40. D

    Doug

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious (milk poached Halibut - yum) and the hostesses and wait staff were wonderful - all of them.

    WaterbarResponded on September 15, 2022I love the halibut as well Doug! Thanks for all the support! 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 9390 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 172 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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