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Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Scenic view
Description: An experience in excellent Seafood cuisine with a gorgeous view of the Bay....
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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  • 125
    Excellent
  • 171
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 52
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice ambience & food, disappointing service

This was a nice find for dinner after wandering around upon returning from Alcatraz. The food was quite tasty, especially the lobster risotto. The presentation on the Caesar salad was unique and fun, as well. Though the food was good, the service was quite slow though the restaurant was nearly... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
alykaye
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Ohio
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A group of 9 friends had a delighful dinner at sunset looking out over the bay, which is right out the window of this restaurant. The food was first class as was the service by the friendly staff.

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Thank Kerry C
St. Ives, Australia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and beautiful view of the harbour. Catching public transport/cabs after a dinner was hard, but didn't detract from the occasion

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

We're so glad to hear you had such an excellent time dining with us, Chris! Thanks for sharing the love for our service and beautiful view of the harbor. We hopt we'll get to see you again on your next visit. Until then, Waterfront Management More 

London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Playing the tourist on a stroll from The Ferry Terminal to the recently relocated Exploratorium we dropped into this restaurant for a simple and light lunch - we were due to be dining out in the evening. The views across the Bay are of course impressive. We got ourselves seated upstairs where the views are best. I had a Caesar... More 

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

Hey there, Duncan! We're so glad that you and your partner decided to join us for a lovely, light lunch while playing the tourist in SF. It really means a lot to hear that you enjoyed your Caesar salad, especially coming from a particular Caesar salad fan, and that the fried calamari was enjoyed too. We hope this means we'll... More 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice linens, beautiful views and relaxed atmosphere is what you will find in this restaurant. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The drinks are pricey but different. I tried the Sicilian and it was very good.

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

Hey there, Margrau! Thank you so much for sharing the love for our relaxing atmosphere and beautiful views. It means a lot to hear that you felt taken care of with us, and we hope you'll be back again for another Sicilian meal sometime. Until then, Waterfront Management More 

Ohio
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124 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice find for dinner after wandering around upon returning from Alcatraz. The food was quite tasty, especially the lobster risotto. The presentation on the Caesar salad was unique and fun, as well. Though the food was good, the service was quite slow though the restaurant was nearly empty. Our waiter was quite inattentive which put a damper... More 

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

Before all else, we'd like to apologize for the lack of attentive service you got from us. We take a lot of pride in our customer service, and we're sorry it put a damper on the rest of your experience. Thank you for sharing the love, though for our delicious lobster risotto and beautiful view. We hope you'll consider giving... More 

Sacramento, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looking for a seafood restaurant near our hotel and this place fit the bill. I had the grilled sea food platter with the crab mash potatoes and the wife had the sea food linguine. Bothe dishes where excellent. The service was great and the atmosphere was fantastic. We definitely will look them up again when we are back in the... More 

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

You don't know how great it feels to hear that you and your wife had such a wonderful meal with us, Abraham! Thank you so much for sharing the love for our grilled seafood platter and seafood linguine, along with our excellent service. We hope to see you both again soon for another great meal. Until then, Waterfront Management More 

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306 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most restaurants offering stunning views, directly on the water, let their other hospitality/dining services lag. Not the Waterfront; their food is absolutely top-shelf ... akin to a seafood version of the Capital Grill. Service is impeccable; ambiance/setting/"feel" is so nice, yet not stuffy. Been here 40-45 times over last 25 years, and they consistently over-deliver. A favorite place to take... More 

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

Thank you so much for sharing the love for our continued quality service over the past 25 years! It really means a lot to hear that we're your go-to spot to take out-of-town guests and keep coming back again and again. We take a lot of pride in providing a terrific dining experience, and we're glad that's what you always... More 

London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had lunch here in January... most of the tables are located outside on the canopy covered terrace with direct stunning water views. Unfortunately the sun does not hit the terrace at lunch time and everyone was sitting with huge winter coats on whilst eating lunch... (Patio / Terrace portable heaters would be a good investment by the Management) ...... More 

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Thank John013
Al F, Owner at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, John -- although I'm so happy to hear that our service was very fast, friendly, and attentive, I'm sorry to hear that your meal did not make a better impression. We take a lot of pride in preparing the most delicious, fresh, dishes, but it sounds like we maybe missed the mark this time. I hope you'll consider... More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is a very nice and cozy place to have a relaxed meal either during dinner or lunch. The food is good (but nothing out of this world). I had a clam chowder and it tasted a little bit too much of white sauce (flour and milk). Still bonus points for the presentation. I don't know about the american standards... More 

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

Pedro_ASC, We're always looking to improve our customer's experience so we appreciate your candid feedback. We want to assure you that we always use the highest quality ingredients in our dishes, and we feel that our menu's pricing reflects that dedication to quality. That being said, we apologize if we missed the mark with your white sauce, and we look... More 

Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this restaurant on our first day in San Fran. We decided to stop and have lunch here as it was on a nice spot along the water. We had two wines, two beers, oysters, pizza and prawns from memory and it came to abour $83 (plus tip). We thoguht that was pretty reasonable. Staff... More 

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

Jacinda, we're happy that you and your boyfriend enjoyed your meal with us during your first day in the area! It's great that you felt you got a fair deal on your oysters, prawns, pizza, and drinks and that everything was tasty. Also, it's wonderful to know that our crew made you feel welcome -- we'll be sure to pass... 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 80
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, 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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