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Waterbar

4.6
4.6
9680 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

11:00 PM


Booked 155 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 9,680 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

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  1. M

    Montana

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance is nice but the noise level is high. It is a bit hard to have a business conversation. We don’t need to yell to be heard but we certainly need to dial up our volume. The food is wonderful and the fish is nice and fresh. Overall I would recommend it

    WaterbarResponded 1 day agoWe thank you for the feedback Montana. We are not a quiet restauarant, but, we try to keep things to a moderate level. We understand it can be frustracting. We hope to welcome ypu back soon. Best regards, Rich T.

  2. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Waterbar for an outstanding dinner and experience last night! My client from Philly loved the table, service, view, food and ambiance. FANTASTIC! I will be back soon!
  3. RP

    RutaP

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Superb view… excellent service… definitely recommend for special occasions

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks so very much Ruta! Best, Rich T.

  4. S

    Sarah

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We booked for a special birthday. This was not acknowledged ! The person at the front who seated us was not friendly or welcoming at all. Our waitress was very nice the food was good Our lunch for 5 was 350$ - it did not feel very special !
  5. B

    Boarding

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter (Alexis? Alexy?) so sweet and kind. But so was all the staff who stopped to take our plates and refill our drinks. The food was excellent. Such a good vibe here.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThank you so much Boarding! We will share with Alexis and hoe we see you soon. Best, Rich T.

  6. IP

    IreneP

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoOur thanks Irene! Best, Rich T.

  7. SD

    SuzanneD

    Naples

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our experience was wonderful. The views of the bay bridge outside and the huge aquarium inside were stunning. The service from everyone was excellent, especially our waiter Jeremy. He explained each dish and ensured that what I ordered was entirely gluten free (I am celiac). He recommended a delicious wine. The food itself was beautifully presented and every item was absolutely delicious. I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoWe thank you so much for enjoying and for sharing your appreciation for one of our many hospitality satrs - Jeremy! Our best to you Suzanne, Rich T.

  8. N

    Nine

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. It was not brilliant to sit outside; it was cold.

    WaterbarResponded 2 days agoThanks Nine! Not much we can do aboutthe weather, although it has been pretty great of late. Our best, Rich T.

  9. B

    Baldy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The ambience of this restaurant is hard to beat with a beautiful view of the bay and the Baybridge. Our server, Luca, was fantastic. We will ask for him again.

    WaterbarResponded 5 days agoOur thanks Baldy!

  10. L

    Localfoodie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant with view of the Bay. Consistently good food.

    WaterbarResponded 5 days agoThat is wonderful to hear, our thanksLF, Best, Rich T.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a bday celebration. The views of the interior and exterior of this restaurant are unmatched. I suggest making a reservation as they easily fill up. Best dining experience in San Francisco. The dinner rolls and Wagyu course were absolutely divine! The service is 10/10. Food 10/10. Drinks 10/10. Highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

    WaterbarResponded on January 24, 2023WOW & Many Thanks! Best, Rich T.

  12. E

    Enjoyeatingout

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Waterbar is big, busy, boisterous and delicious, with a stunning view. Guests with their backs to the windows can still enjoy the view due to mirrors on the wall reflecting the scenery. Next time we go there, I’ll request the Aquarium Room.

    WaterbarResponded on January 23, 2023We thank you so much Enjoy!

  13. AB

    AndyB

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great experience. Fabulous food and extensive wine list. Service a little slow compared to previous visits but overall still good.

    WaterbarResponded on January 23, 2023Thanks so much Andy! Best, Rich T.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Gorgeous view

    WaterbarResponded on January 23, 2023Thanks!

  15. S

    Sean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience from the moment we walked in the door. The ambiance, the view, the service, and the variety of foods- all was top notch. It is not a dining experience I usually seek out, but I will have to treat myself more often

    WaterbarResponded 7 days agoGo ahead and treat yourself Sean! Our thanks for enjoying! Best, Rich T.

  16. o

    outoftowner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We loved our waiter and the setting is lovely. It feels quite special to be there. I was a bit disappointed in the food, however. I had the tuna, which was overcooked and, well, a bit boring in its plating -- no happy bursts of flavor. My friends ordered other things, and they all seemed happier with their meals.

    WaterbarResponded on January 23, 2023Hello OOT, Our thanks and we hope we you love a return visit, best, Rich T.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    On a girls trip in San Francisco celebrating a birthday! Wanted good food, good service, good ambiance, and a great view (San Francisco Bay Bridge). We got exactly what we were looking for.
  18. LM

    LevM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    44th wedding anniversary celebration was a big hit! Enjoyed the ambiance and food. Great view of the illuminated Bay bridge. A bit noisy though.

    WaterbarResponded on January 20, 2023Hello Lev, WOW! Congrats! Thank you for celebrating at Waterbar! Rich

  19. CR

    CynthiaR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Everything was great with the exception of the level of salt in our meal. The three of us each had the sole. Two main dishes and one on top of the a salad. I specifically asked the waiter to ask the chef to eliminate salt, that is no added salt. Each of our dishes came and we all had the same experience that the fish was extremely salty. Even the guests who didn’t ask to hold the salt felt the salt on the dish was overpowering and unfortunately effected the taste and enjoyment of our otherwise delightful lunch. We asked the waiter to share our experience with the chef. Waterbar is fantastic…what’s with the over-salting? Thanks for listening!

    WaterbarResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you for the details Cynthia, Sorry that the food was over salted and we will share with Chef...You are correct... What's with the over-salting? We are going for flavorful, not overwhelming the ingredients with salt. We hope to welcome you soon, Best, Rich T.

  20. V

    Visitor

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor patio with view. Food great.......when it came. One entree arrived cool, nearly cold. No one came to check on our group seated on outdoor patio. People with hot food finally had to eat while their food was still hot while diner with cold food waited and waited and waited. He finally went inside to find server to take away his plate which by now was very cold. A replacement meal arrived for him much later, after others had already finished. So he ate alone. Comped his dinner? Nope. Comped his dessert (and it was his birthday)? Nope. Will we be coming back? Also nope.
  21. L

    Larry

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious but the servings were small. No doggie bags needed.

    WaterbarResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you Larry, Best, Rich T.

  22. N

    Natalie

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience! Great ambiance, friendly service, great food - my new favorite spot!

    WaterbarResponded on January 17, 2023We love hearing it Natalie! Our THANKS! Rich T.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, views are great but my only complaint is it was a bit loud. Very hard to hear the people at your dinner table as the dining room sounds are very loud so you can’t hear the music in the background. Instead you hear the crowd chatter in the building. So it would have been a better calming dinner experience if the dining areas had some more sound proofing.

    WaterbarResponded on January 19, 2023Thank you. Yes, we understand and we are on the loud side with the brick and high ceiling. Best, Rich T.

  24. P

    Penny

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Met my niece there for a lovely dinner. The view is beautiful. The restaurant was lovely. Our service was great and the food was delicious. We will return.

    WaterbarResponded on January 24, 2023Thank you Penny!

  25. E

    Elena

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We enjoy the fresh oyster, the fabulous drinks, the spectacular views, and the amazing service. Every visit is delicious.

    WaterbarResponded on January 16, 2023Our best regards Elena! Rich T.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views and amazing food!

    WaterbarResponded on January 16, 2023Our Thanks!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place for my birthday celebration. The food, service and ambiance is over the top.

    WaterbarResponded on January 16, 2023THANKS!

  28. PM

    PaulM

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food great service outstanding location

    WaterbarResponded on January 13, 2023We thank YOU Paul!

  29. AU

    AslaugU

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and views of the bay and bay bridge. Great spot.

    WaterbarResponded on January 13, 2023Many thanks Aslaug!

  30. J

    Jme19

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant Delicious food Very loud Beautiful fish tanks Gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge

    WaterbarResponded on January 11, 2023Thanks so much Jme19!

  31. FX

    FoodyX

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Excellent service but horrible food. Oyster was fine but the sandwich I ordered was greasy and bad.

    WaterbarResponded on January 10, 2023So sorry to hear of this and we would be happy to have you enjoy something else. Rich T.

  32. H

    Happyfoodie

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our evening at Waterbar last night was wonderful from start to finish. We were entertaining a friend from out of town. The service was attentive and helpful. We were not rushed at the end of the meal even though the restaurant was very busy. The food was excellent -- the petrale sole and the black cod preparations were delicious. We started with oysters and ended with the cheese tray. The cheese tray could have been more generous and the meal was expensive, but worth the experience. Of course the view of the Bay bridge at night was stunning.

    WaterbarResponded on January 10, 2023Thanks so much for enjoying Happyfoodie! Best regards, Rich T.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough about this place. Food was outstanding..our waiter made our night with impeccable service. I would highly recommend this place. Was our first visit. If your into oysters and seafood and looking for an awesome ambience this is the place.

    WaterbarResponded on January 9, 2023Thanks so for enjoying and supporting! Our best, Rich T.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are visiting from the east coast and this was the best restaurant we have been to in quite some time. The food was amazing, the ambiance was beautiful and the service was impeccable and kind. My adult children and I had a wonderful time. Thank you for such a lovely evening. When we return to California, we will be back for sure.

    WaterbarResponded on January 8, 2023OW and thank you for teh support! Our best, Rich T.

  35. T

    Tracy

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding! I had the tuna, incredible. Others had the cod and skate fish. Everyone loved their dish. We started with the lobster ravioli app, delicious!! Well worth it!

    WaterbarResponded on January 8, 2023Thanks so very much Tracy! See us soon, best, Rich T.

  36. TB

    TaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! I’ve been there twice and great experience and lunch both times.

    WaterbarResponded on January 9, 2023Thanks so much for return vists Tara! Best, Rich T.

  37. DB

    DBA1

    San Francisco

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What more can I say about my happy place? I was determined to go for dinner so I could have the crispy veal sweetbreads. They were worth the trip. They had a wonderful coating and were very tender inside. This was only my second non-seafood dish at Waterbar and am very glad I strayed from the norm. I followed that with the sea bass. As always they cook fish to perfection. Our party of four was served by Taylor who was also perfection. Valentina came over to say hello, as did Tate. The entire staff really knows how to make me feel welcome along with my friends. I think I need to do more dinners in addition to my regular lunches.

    WaterbarResponded on January 7, 2023We wish you a beautiful 2023 DBA and thank you for all the amazing support! Enjoy! Our Best, Rich T.

  38. AJ

    AshleyJ

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I found the food to be fantastic.

    WaterbarResponded on January 11, 2023Thanks so much Ashley!

  39. k

    ksusanb

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and unique selection of fish and salads and starters

    WaterbarResponded on January 6, 2023Thank you ksuanb!

  40. r

    robertplentz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful sea bass + crab salad. Our waiter Chris was terrific !!!

    WaterbarResponded on January 4, 2023Grazie Robert!

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 9680 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 155 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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