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Waterbar

4.7
4.7
9017 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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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 9,017 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 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

    Most Booked

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  1. RF

    RobertaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was amazing experience... the waitress was so nice we went to celebrate a birthday it was amazing

  2. F

    French

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Limited menu but very good food. Nice wine selection. Great service. Meal with a view

  3. MC

    MarkC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice experience, great view of the lighted bay bridge, knowledgeable staff.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We requested a widow table with a view a month in advance. When we arrived we were escorted to a table in a noisy spot away from the window. I requested a change and was accommodated when the manger checked our reservation request. Thank you for moving us but next time I would hope for the request to be honored without an intervention.

  5. e

    ernielee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The service at the Water Bar was very professional and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The food, for which I gave 4 stars, was very good but overall too salty. We ordered the Yellow tail, the Sole, the fish stew and the potato soup. The fish stew was not very balanced (the calamari dominated the stew). Water Bar has a great wine list. The daily oysters, selected by the chef, were excellent. I would definitely go back and have the oysters, a salad and wine. I may try an entree again, as I feel you should always give the food another chance. My only reservation is that there was more than one dish that was much too salty (and i do liked my food salted).

  6. DR

    DidierR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Absolutely delicious food and an outstanding experience. Strong recommandation

  7. S

    Sushilover

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Food is so so

  8. j

    jrnw

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Overall, the experience was unremarkable. Wouldn't strongly recommend it.

  9. FB

    FrancoisB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best seafood restaurants in town. Waterbar is a go-to place for celebrating with friends and family.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Great Service. The view is amazing!

  11. P

    Ps1510

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very smooth, efficient and professional waiter (very nice to look at too, which aids digestion).

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My birthday

  13. MG

    MarkG

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were lucky enough to be seated by the window during a busy lunch. Delicious oysters and chilled wine. Excellent food and service we were not rushed even though we had a late reservation.

  14. MJ

    MarieJosee

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vue incroyable et décor à couper le souffle! Nourriture excellente et service impeccable!

    WaterbarResponded 6 days ago

    Merci!

  15. S

    Sharon

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waterbar is always my favorite. Oysters are the freshest in the city. Every dish was delicious and service was outstanding. I hope they add some new choices for the lunch menu soon. We will definitely go back.

    WaterbarResponded 6 days ago

    We cannot wait to welcome you back! Thanks Sharon! Best, Rich T.

  16. B

    Bernard

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    My main issue was on arrival. The host informed us that our table wasn’t ready and to wait in the bar. We waited in the bar for 20 mins before I approached the other host only to be informed that we hadn’t been checked in. Had I not approached them we would have been left in the bar. Food and table service was good.

    WaterbarResponded 7 days ago

    We are very sorry for the miscue Bernard and thank you for the comments. Best, Rich T.

  17. DR

    DonaldR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    Food way overpriced for the portions on my way complete disappointment

    WaterbarResponded on May 10, 2022

    Sorry to hear of your feedback, thank you Donald.

  18. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Postcard-like setting on the Embarcadero near the Bay Bridge. I had the Jerk Spice Lamb Riblets and my colleague had the Mixed Seafood Agua Chile. Both were delicious. And, of course, we had 24 of the chef's choice oysters. Service, as usual, was terrific. Recommended.

    WaterbarResponded on May 10, 2022

    Thanks so much BillB! Best, Rich T.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice place with friendly staff.

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Grazie!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service. Beautiful view

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Grazie!

  21. RV

    RobbieV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    This place is all about the atmosphere. They have a solid wine and cocktail list with nice by the glass options. The food was a little uneven. Two of our party got the leg of lamb. It was perfectly mid rare, but it was tough as an old boot. The serving was large enough for three people. The seafood dishes, however we’re well executed. The staff were amiable and attentive. Again, it’s all about that view. Get an outside table and hope you get a wiring heater. It was a chilly night when we were there and we were unlucky enough to get a rickety heater that didn’t quite do the job. We’d go back for sure, but we’d order differently. Probably stick to oysters and wine and soak in the view.

    WaterbarResponded on May 10, 2022

    Hello RobbieV, Thank you and sorry to have any points of disappointment. We certainly design to deliver on all account for our guest - our goal is to ever improve. Best regards, Rich T.

  22. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant, but the food was very salty. 5 out of 8 dishes that we ordered was very salty. We just tried to eat as much as we could to get our moneys worth.

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Very sorry to hear Jenn, we appreciate it and would like to redeem things for you. Please reach out, thank you, Rich T.

  23. DR

    DanaeR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The tri-tip dish was VERY hard to cut! VERY PRICY!!

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    OK Danae, Whenever you may not be happy, please let us know in the moment - we will do all we can do redeem things. Thank you, Rich T.

  24. CD

    ChrisDW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    I wouldn’t have booked the reservation had I realized it was a prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day. We have been to Water Bar before, which we know to be upmarket, but the options on their regular menu are superior in my opinion. It was $60/person plus 20% gratuity and other charges and tax. Our family of four got out the door for about $440 which sort of felt like a bad value given some of the food quality, unfortunately. The crab cake was fantastic and the oysters were fresh, but the duck confit stuffed crepe was swamped in a bland sauce making it soggy and unappealing. None of the food was particularly hot. Our tri tip steak was mediocre, looked grey, and was overcooked. The fish was just fine - slightly oily and under-seasoned. Drinks were pretty expensive as usual. Desserts were fantastic. The children’s menu was extremely limited. Service, as usual, was on point, and the restaurant and views are beautiful. We’ll be back on a day when they’re not serving a fixed menu to have a great experience, as we did on our prior visit, and will perhaps leave the kids at home.

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Respectfully Chris, All Mother's Day reservations were instructed at time of reservation and on confirmation. The information was on our website and on Open Table - we are keeping it a secret. We do pre-fixe menus on Easter, Mother's Day and New Year's Eve every year. We thank you for the feedback and the food details. Best regards, Rich T.

  25. TG

    TG122979

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Firts the fronts desk was mean the. Then rest was spectacular

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Respectfully, let's stay away from such labelling, Thank you, Rich T.

  26. KG

    KarinaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant! And service was great! Perfect for a romantic date or birthday Celebration

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Many THANKS Karina!

  27. JD

    JodiD

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance, the server got us out quickly for the Giants game. It was much appreciated, the server was very considerate.

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by on the way to the game Jodi! Go Giants! Best, Rich T.

  28. EK

    EricaK

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Seating, service and entrees, appetizers were spot on! Desserts we are big miss. the cannoli in particular was not good and the pineapple upside down cake was good but not anything close to an upside-down cake. a disappointing finish after a terrific meal.

    WaterbarResponded on May 9, 2022

    We thank you for the feedback Erica, we have been getting very positive feedback on both items and will look into things. Best, Rich T.

  29. RC

    RohitC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    My guests had to wait for sometime but the host and the whole team were super nice to them and the whole experience is something we all cherished. Kudos to team Waterbar #serviceonpoint #views&foodthatamaze

    WaterbarResponded on May 7, 2022

    Many thanks RohitC, we will shoot for a 5 star next time! Best, Rich T.

  30. IB

    IanB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were so attentive & accommodating! The overall experience was fantastic & we will be coming back if ever in town again!

    WaterbarResponded on May 6, 2022

    That just makes my day! THANK you Ian! Best, Rich T.

  31. C

    Casaba

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Wonderful meal. The oysters were exceptionally fresh and the service was top notch. Cocktail were different and delicious and did I say how fresh the happy hour oysters were? Great birthday celebration I do believe we have found a new go to spot with a great view.

    WaterbarResponded on May 6, 2022

    Thank you Casaba, we look forward to your return visit. Best, Rich T.

  32. D

    Dinner

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Small menu, food was good not great. Service was also good not great. Views of water and Bay Bridge are outstanding.

    WaterbarResponded on May 5, 2022

    We certainly wish we impressed and thank you for the comments, Best, Rich T.

  33. JF

    JudyF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was AMAZING!! We had Andre, he was spot on with everything! The Swordfish was WOW and the Striped Bass was WOW. Dessert was fantastic and wine PERFECT!!

    WaterbarResponded on May 6, 2022

    Hats off to Andre and you Judy for enjoying what we do at Waterbar! Best, Rich T.

  34. e

    elizabeths

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Recently moved to the Bay Area and this was the BEST seafood I’ve had since moving. The drinks were also very good, and the location on the water can’t be beat!

    WaterbarResponded on May 4, 2022

    Welcome to Waterbar and thank you Elizabeth!

  35. VC

    VickieC

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful lunch! The birthday dessert was terrific. We will go back.

    WaterbarResponded on May 4, 2022

    Thanks for sharing VickieC!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing view of the bay bridge

    WaterbarResponded on May 3, 2022

    THANKS!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best sole I’ve eaten in a long time. Great place for lunch

    WaterbarResponded on May 3, 2022

    GRAZIE!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Birthday celebration

    WaterbarResponded on May 3, 2022

    We hate hearing a celebration went south. Happy to try and redeem. You can reach me at Waterbar, Best, Rich T.

  39. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Need to expand menu. I had the sea bass. It was fine. Side was pretty awful. Restaurant is beautiful and it’s worth going but they need to improve cuisine. Expand scallops to a main.

    WaterbarResponded on May 3, 2022

    Hello Nancy, Our menu is the same size it was before the pandemic and we thank you for the assessment. Best regards, Rich T.

  40. MM

    MoeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food. An amazing restaurant to take a date!!

    WaterbarResponded on May 3, 2022

    LOVE hearing that Moe! Many thanks, 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 4.7 stars by 9017 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 201 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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