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Waterbar

4.6
4.6
9544 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 117 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 9,544 people are saying

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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

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Scenic View

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Menu was bland, the fries were dry - didn’t appear to be fresh and the mussels lacked flavour
  2. EC

    ElizabethC

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    During Covid, we ate at Waterbar once a weekend, usually for Saturday or Sunday lunch. Having a glorious meal outside was one of the few treats during the pandemic; we also wanted to help restaurants stay afloat, and Waterbar never disappointed. HOWEVER, our meal last night was nothing like previous times — it could’ve been an entirely different restaurant. From the oysters (though most were like we favor, small, two were minute) to the entrees, everything was subpar. The filets were tasty enough but the accompaniments were like a pile of sludge — indiscriminate and heavy. The portions were more copious than before — yes, most people like bigger portions, I realize, but everything lacked the elegance and precision of the former incarnation. Cocktails were still decent but not surprising. At the end, I asked the maitre d if the chef were knew. Alas, the answer was yes. I hope she disappears as fast as she appeared so we can enjoy Waterbar once again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We wanted outdoor seating, and this setting is spectacular—beautiful view of the Bay Bridge and bay at night, great heat lamps. The fish selections were varied and the ones we tried were excellent, as was dessert. The only flaw: the recorded music was too loud, even after we asked that it be lowered. That was, however, a minor issue.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the oyster happy hour is amazing!
  5. RL

    RudyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great location. Took my friend for his birthday.
  6. TO

    TraceyO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food featuring wonderful ingredients, attentive staff, lovely location and view. Thanks again for making our daughter’s belated birthday celebration as memorable as it was delicious!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Oysters were amazing.
  8. K

    Kristin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fun cocktails, and excellent wine recommendations from our server. Seafood was very fresh. Super dog friendly.
  9. HE

    HappyEater

    New Orleans

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience was great with the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background. Christopher and Chris :) were great waiters...
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious, great service, fine dining but relaxed atmosphere
  11. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have been here a few times and the menu changes often. I wasn’t thrilled about the menu options this time. No beef or vegetarian options were on the entree menu. All fish except one chicken schnitzel dish. The outdoor space was comfortable and they had plenty of heaters, it was beautiful. The service was outstanding.
  12. AH

    AlexH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It’s a tourist trap. The view is fabulous, but when you turn up for your reservation the host/hostess staff are dismissive, the table is never ready. The food is not very good (my sole was over cooked, the potato galette was undercooked) and generally overpriced, and the ambience is scruffy. There are better places to eat.
  13. JH

    JenniferH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    We made reservations based on the advertised menu. However, they change the menu daily which we were unaware of. They were out of the steak (which was the only item I would have ordered) had oysters…almost inedible due to so many shells in the bite. Server was friendly but inattentive as we sat for 5 min to even ask for napkins and silverware…would not return
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing view sitting outside
  15. MP

    MichaelP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our table was not ready on time, and service was quite slow at the start. Just to get the first glass of water took time. Drink order was the same, but service picked up after that. The restaurant was not overly full. I had been there before quite some time ago and loved it. It is still very good, and I think we may just have hit an off day. I would give it an overall good rating.
  16. k

    kenc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming here for 5 years, never had a bad dish. Love coming here for weekend brunch or weekday lunch.
  17. SF

    SFCA

    San Francisco

    174 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    174 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    I had the Cajun fish sandwich which was disappointing. I had to hold the sandwich over the plate for several minutes to drain a lot of liquid pouring from it. One would expect some good flavor for a sandwich called Cajun on the menu, but alas it had very little of the expected flavor. The only thing that was outstanding in the three-course meal was the little "gift" that came to me, a small avocado & tuna course. The tuna melted in my mouth like butter.
  18. MT

    MichalT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks, amazing location and view and good service
  19. PO

    PrinceOrloff

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lunch at an outdoor table at Waterbar on a lovely day is indeed a treat: great view, outstanding service, and an interesting menu. The food is excellent and indeed fit for "foodies"...especially the seafood-loving kind. And don't miss the list of specialty cocktails on the back of the menu.
  20. GD

    GoingDownhill

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Very disappointing. Service was poor and food almost cold due to very disorganized kitchen. Would definitely not return
  21. VD

    VannessaD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! Beautiful, service, and food! Can’t wait to return.
  22. LP

    LisaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sea food options and non sea food options. Wonderful wine list and cocktails. Service and food were excellent.
  23. C

    Cathy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely place, good drinks, wonderful staff - very attentive, great location. Food is super expensive.. not very impressed with food. King Crab salad leaves much to be desired... might as well be called an bite, hardly any crab... not worth the $27 price tag - not a real salad. Smoked mussels with whipped goat cheese was tasty... a little salty. Oven Roasted Black Cod was too drenched in sauce.. have had much better cod for a 1/4 of the price at a sushi bar, Fried Brussel Sprouts were delicious, but beware the hot peppers. Acme bread is always delicious... good for mopping up all the sauces.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    All excellent as usual. But music has been cranked up to an annoyingly loud level. They are trying TOO hard to be hip.

    WaterbarResponded on November 19, 2022Thanks for the feedback

  25. MT

    MattT

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, food and view! Great way to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! Luca and Freddie did a phenomenal job of making the experience truly world class! Can't wait to go back!
  26. CV

    ChuckV

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect place to celebrate our 32nd anniversary. This is not the place to go grab dinner. It’s special and worth every penny.

    WaterbarResponded on November 18, 2022We so appreciate the sentiment check! Thanks for celebrating with us! Best, Rich T.

  27. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our groups entire experience was amazing. We were greeted at the door and made to feel right at home. Our table was ready for us. The servers were very attentive. Our first drinks were delivered in a few minutes. Our water glasses were never empty. The appetizers were brought out within a few minutes. The Oyster selection was perfect as were the oysters. The King Crab salad was the perfect amount for an appetizer. The entire experience was amazing.
  28. Z

    Z182

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & wine recommendations by server. Great service. Will definitely be a spot in happy hour rotation in the future.

    WaterbarResponded on November 18, 2022Our thanks Z182!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service from the very first second of reservation. They managed to respond to all our requests and desired details. Hostess and waitress was extremely helpful, nice and highly professional. They made our birthday dinner very special. Overall amazing place ,acceptable prices,exceptional food and service. Highly recommended!!!

    WaterbarResponded on November 17, 2022WOW & THANKS! Best, Rich T.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A special experience. Everything was perfect!

    WaterbarResponded on November 16, 2022Wonderful to hear and thanks!

  31. j

    josev

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing, the food, the service and the view of the bridge was beautiful. Highly reccomend.

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022Wow and Thanks Josev! Best, Rich T.

  32. S

    Stakeout

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Waiter was curt. Forgot to bring lime for my drink. When asked about nightly special he said everything was special. Not appropriate. Fish was served in a bowl,should have been plated. Too many fries like a mountain and they were mediocre Place was cold inside. Doors were left open to the patio. Assessment-amateurish all the way

    WaterbarResponded on November 15, 2022Very sorry to hear Stakeout. Having a server not pridefully guide you through our menu as we have always executed is inappropriate at best - not ok. Our apology, Rich T.

  33. L

    Lablover123

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a kid with us which we realised afterwards wasn’t the best place to bring him! But overall it was An amazing meal and the service was so gracious

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022We love kids! Thanks for enjoying Lablover123! Best, Rich T.

  34. SJ

    SJB2

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service! Perfect for brunch or dinner.

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022THANK YOU SJB2!

  35. K

    Kinka

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was so engaging. We will be back!
  36. J

    Jess

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my boyfriend's 30th birthday at Waterbar and had a fabulous visit. Knowing we were celebrating, they made sure we had a table with a gorgeous view. Our server was so sweet and accommodating. Most of all, the food was fantastic. Every dish was delicious. Not being a seafood eater, I was glad to find out their steaks are just as high quality and well prepared as their seafood dishes. I would 100% recommend.
  37. CR

    CosminaR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was our first time in San Francisco and we wanted to have dinner at a nice place so I found Waterbar on google and made a reservation.I had the black cod and my fiance had the sea bass with cauliflower wings and our daughter sticked with appetizer Smoky mussels that was absolutely delicious. We loved the setting and the atmosphere . Waiter was a little forgetful but overall it was an unforgetable experience!!

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022Grazie Cosimna! Rich T.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We live very close and have been customers since Waterbar opened but it is clear it has degraded significantly both in service and food and we decided after yesterday night that we were done. We had two friends from out of town and all four of us were disappointed. It took 35 min to get wine (after repeated hiccups with our choice of bottles not being available), service at times was non-existent, the waiter had no interest in being remotely nice or positive, and to top of it of, all of us unanimously were bothered with how salty our main course was (all different fish), we ate them fully reluctantly. We were genuinely embarrassed and we’re done now.

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022I have shared with the entire team and we wish we had an opportunity to redeem in your eyes. Please contact me if you would be so kind. Our apology and regard, Rich T.

  39. AH

    AnneH

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner and service! Perfect place to host people from out of town.

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022Great to hear and thank you Anne! Rich T,

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service, Great Food. You Guys made my partner’s Birthday special. Thanks.

    WaterbarResponded on November 14, 2022Wonderful, thanks for enjoying and celebrating at Waterbar! 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 9544 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 117 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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