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Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

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The Embarcadero
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Pier 7, at Broadway & the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Broadway)
+1 415-391-2696
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: An experience in excellent Seafood cuisine with a gorgeous view of the...
An experience in excellent Seafood cuisine with a gorgeous view of the Bay. Presidents, princes, celebrities & travelers join us to make their SF dining experience a memorable one. Fine seafood and a priceless view of Fisherman's Wharf!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average with very good location by the water

There wasn't anything wrong with this restaurant but it just didn't wow me. Food was good, waiter was nice; but water view location and not crowded was the best part. Would try it again if I were in the area.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Lynn A
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
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Colorado
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98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We had dinner at Waterfront for the third time. In the past, the food has been very good. This time, the preparation was definitely better. Both the fish and risotto were excellent. Service was very good. The seaside view is exceptional. We'll go back to Waterfront the next time we're in San Francisco.

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justinschuck
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

So part of me wanted to give this place a 1-Star review, but that would be unfair. About two weeks ago I took a friend who had just arrived in town to Waterfront Restaurant so that she and I could enjoy a nice meal, and a bottle of wine on the bay. From the moment we arrived, until the moment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were walking along Fisherman's Wharf & spotted this restaurant. It sits by itself & looked good. After checking on Trip Advisor- we tried it! It was wonderful! Service was superb & so was the food. It is right on the bay with a great view. What more could you ask for!

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Cary, North Carolina
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113 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had a delicious lunch sitting outside on the patio overlooking the bay. Lobster mac was wonderful, lobster roll had lots of pieces of lobster. Attentive but unobtrusive service.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We wanted to enjoy the stunning harbor view, so decided to try Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, and saw so many things we wanted to try on the menu, we went back again! Got a front row table both times, and enjoyed everything about it - the view, the service, the food. We tried so many of the appetizers - the... More 

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

We're so happy you enjoyed everything you had with us, Gale! It sounds like you got a great tour of our menu, and a great view of the bay -- that's wonderful! Next time you're in the area, we hope you'll come see us again. We'll be here! Safe travels, Waterfront Management More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

There wasn't anything wrong with this restaurant but it just didn't wow me. Food was good, waiter was nice; but water view location and not crowded was the best part. Would try it again if I were in the area.

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

We're very glad you'd come back, Lynn, because we'd love to have you here again. That being said, we want to wow you, and we're completely certain we can help you find something that really makes your visit when we see you again. 'Til next time! Safe travels, Waterfront Management More 

Decatur, Texas
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Stopped in for happy hour oysters - 99 cents each. It was my wife's birthday so they started out with a birthday candle on her glass and wished her happy birthday. Great touch. The oysters were big and tasty. Cocktail sauce and some type of vinegar based dipping sauce came with them and both were good. Definitely a great place... More 

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming by to celebrate your wife's birthday -- we appreciate that you made us a part of such an important day! Please give her another belated wish from us, and we're already looking forward to seeing you when you're in the area again! Regards, Waterfront Management More 

Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Past I had was great, good wine selection, and ask to sit by the water. Stunning afternoon views of the Bay Bridge. Also a huge Seafood selection, not my cup of tea, but my partner said it was good.

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad that you really enjoyed coming here, Mitchell! It's wonderful that you loved the views, and we're excited for when you return to eat with us again. We hope it'll be soon! Safe travels, Waterfront Management More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food and atmosphere is very nice. The bayscape is beautiful; Treasure Island, the Bay Bridge, marina. The handmade linguine with rock shrimp, lobster, mussels, clams, dungeness crab was excellent. The prices are on the high end, but we thought it was well worth it for the location, atmosphere, and quality.

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

We're so glad to know you found your visit to be worth it, Pamela -- that's what we're going for! Be sure to stop by for more linguine soon. We'll be happy to have you again! Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The view is fabulous. Even by San Francisco standards, it is a great place to sit. The food was OK. For such an expensive restaurant, I was surprised that my crab pasta dish had a congealed mass of pasta in it. The service was sub par. Everyone was perfectly friendly, but we were often abandoned for long periods of time.... More 

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Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

We're glad that your view was wonderful, Cisco, but we're sorry that the rest of your visit wasn't what it should've been. We guarantee you that our dishes aren't usually just a large lump of pasta, and our service is usually attentive and friendly. You shouldn't have had to deal with anything less. Without a doubt, we can do better,... More 

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Additional Information about Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

Address: Pier 7, at Broadway & the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: +1 415-391-2696
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Embarcadero
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 80
Cuisine: American, Cafe, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pier 7, at Broadway & the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (Broadway)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Embarcadero
  • Neighborhood: The Embarcadero
  • Phone Number: +1 415-391-2696

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 80
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Doing business

Description

An experience in excellent Seafood cuisine with a gorgeous view of the Bay. Presidents, princes, celebrities & travelers join us to make their SF dining experience a memorable one. Fine seafood and a priceless view of Fisherman's Wharf!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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