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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 45
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very Nice & Good Seafood With a View!

This was our last dinner at SF before flying back home the day after. Our daughter and her husband took us there. It had a very cozy, club like feel. The waiters make you feel at home and no need to hurry in order to appreciate the beautiful view and dinner. The vodka martinis were right, well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
John A N
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This was our last dinner at SF before flying back home the day after. Our daughter and her husband took us there. It had a very cozy, club like feel. The waiters make you feel at home and no need to hurry in order to appreciate the beautiful view and dinner. The vodka martinis were right, well balanced. The appetizers... More 

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

Thanks so much for making us a stop on your trip, John! We're glad that we were able to make your family feel welcome, and that your swordfish hit the spot. Please thank your daughter for bringing you to us, and we truly hope you'll come visit us when and if you're in the area again. Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

San Francisco, CA.
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I have generally avoided this restaurant for several years since my last tasteless meal there. This time someone else made the reservations and I did not pay careful attention thinking it was the Waterbar. Oh well there I was. The prices are really high Entrees 27.00 and up. Which would not be bad if it was good. I had the... More 

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

We're so sorry that you didn't find your meal to be worth the money. It's a major focus of ours to make sure that our food is both filling and fresh, so the fact that your lobster was dry is concerning. We wish we'd known while you were here -- we'd have loved to try to correct it! While it's... More 

Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We were looking for a place to have a glass of wine and kill some time on a Sat. afternoon, and wanted to enjoy the view if the bay. This place was perfect. Ordered straight from the bar then took our wine out the back door to a small patio area with cozy seating just like you would have on... More 

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

We really appreciate you coming to enjoy some wine with us, Jene! It's really thrilling that you loved us enough to tell the world -- thanks so much for taking the time to do it. We hope that you'll visit us when you're in the area again! Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

Webster, New York
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I came here for dinner with some colleagues after visiting the Exploratorium. It was a short walk and very convenient. The views of the Bay and Bridge were beautiful. Our server was attentive and pleasant. I had the MIxed Grill, the portions were small, either that or because it was so delicious I would've liked to eaten more.

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

We really hope it was the latter, Marlene! It's great that your food, your service, and the view helped to make your visit all it should've been. We hope you'll visit us when you're in the area again. When you're here, please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to make it a perfect visit!... More 

Campbell, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We returned to the Waterfront recently having had a wonderful experience there about 6 months ago. We were so pleased with the previous visit that we invited an out of town friend and even recommended that she try the kobe beef burger - which I had mentioned as 'one of the best burgers I had ever had.' Unfortunately, we were... More 

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

While there's never a good time to drop the ball, it sounds like our timing couldn't have been worse. It was definitely not our intention to make you feel ignored, and it especially wasn't our focus to embarrass you. We're so sorry that the food and the service during your lunch were less than what you and your friends deserved.... More 

London
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We stopped off here twice on our recent visit. Once for a beer and a snack - lobster sandwich - lovely! the second time we decided to visit for a very late lunch after the obligatory harbour trip and bus tour. Duly exhausted we sat in the terrrace overlooking the water and sipped an excellent wine whilst enjoying very well... More 

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

We really appreciate you making us a stop during your trip, Gerry! It's wonderful that our food helped you to enjoy your time here, and we hope that you'll stop in again if you're ever back in the country. Sincerely, Waterfront Management More 

Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Sat on the covered patio for a lovely lunch. I had the lobster sandwich and my husband had the ciopinno. We each had a glass of wine with lunch, mine was a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon blanc (can't remember the label). Our servers were attentive and well informed about the menu. We will definitely return.

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

We can't wait to see you again, Patti. It's wonderful that you and your husband were able to enjoy your lunch, and we hope we'll have another with you soon. When you're here next, please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to make your experience the perfect one! Sincerely, Waterfront Management More 

Beijing
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Made a reservation and was seated with a view of the Bay Bridge without delay. I very much enjoyed the Waterfront Cioppino. At $35 - not cheap ... but the crab, mussels and prawns were served in a delicious light tomato broth. Everything was steaming hot and well presented. They did run out of clams from valentines the night before,... More 

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

Rick, excellent seafood only goes so far. Don't get us wrong, we're extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed the Cioppino, but it's pretty disappointing if you were met with anything but friendly and attentive service. We certainly don't want to be exuding a pretentious vibe. Thanks for mentioning something, though -- we'll follow up with the team. We look... More 

Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Recently had a business dinner here and if you're visiting from out of town, the view is worth the price and the noise. Waitstaff tried hard but they were either understaffedwe're just not prepared for the crowd. Food was good but given the number of outstanding local restaurants, this establishment survives on location.

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

Thank you for taking the time to share this glowing recommendation! Your support sure does mean a lot and we cannot wait to welcome you back. If you need anything else, please don't hesitate to reach out! Our door's always open. Take care, Waterfront Management More 

Munich, Germany
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Having tried a few locations in SF this was among the best. Excellent service, friendly waiters and excellent food made this a memorable dinner. Pricey, but unlike other locations well worth the money. We tried Clam Chowder, Oysters, Seafood Linguine and the Dungeoness Crab filled with Chili Linguine - all outstanding quality and preparation. When you can remember each course... More 

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

Your opening line says it all! Thank you for your kind words, Fredrik. Your support sure does mean a lot and we cannot wait to welcome you back. Don't be a stranger! Take care, Waterfront Management More 

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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 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Café, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?