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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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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Luncheon in a beautful setting.

Impressive atmosphere for lunch The server was very attentive to our requests and serving, but not appear again until dessert. The reason we noticed, because our salads needed more dressing, and she didn't come to check. We enjoyed the large prawns in the Cobb salad, cappuccinos and desserts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Impressive atmosphere for lunch The server was very attentive to our requests and serving, but not appear again until dessert. The reason we noticed, because our salads needed more dressing, and she didn't come to check. We enjoyed the large prawns in the Cobb salad, cappuccinos and desserts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We dropped by early for dinner and we were seated straight away. Seems to have a nice bar scene, although we could not partake because of work later that evening. We were seated out on the porch, which was enclosed, but still offered a good view of the bay towards the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. I had the sea... More 

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

We're thrilled you had a great visit, Brad! It's wonderful that you enjoyed your sea bass, your chowder, and your bread, and we hope you'll visit us again if you're ever back in the area. Until then, please take care of yourself! Safe travels, Waterfront Management More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The most expensive (4.7$) and slowest (20 mn although I was the only customer for two waiters) expresso of the West. In spite of its price, it was almost cold when I finally got my change back... I prefer avoiding to comment further the quality of the service. Run away...

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

Disappointed to be reading this, François. After all, it's so important to us to deliver an exceptional experience for our guests, and it's always frustrating when we miss the mark. We'll be sure to check in with our staff about this to make sure we're all on the same page, though we do appreciate you taking a moment to leave... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We all very much enjoyed our meal there. We wanted a fish restaurant with something special on the water front and we got it and only a few minutes walk from our hotel in Montgomery street. The service was attentive. Our concierge had booked the table so we were offered a small amuse-bouche. Nice touch!

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

We're really happy you enjoyed your visit, Patricia -- Thank you for making us a part of your trip! It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and we're thrilled. Please stop in when you're in the area again, and don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to kick your next visit up a notch!... More 

Albertville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We visited recently on business and ate here on a walk from Fisherman's Wharf. The view is great, the restaurant is open and airy, and the staff dresses very professionally. The food was good to very good. My wife had clam chowder which was unexceptional. It could have been from a can as it had minced cams. Really?? In San... More 

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

Well, we're glad you enjoyed the majority of your meal! It's a surprise that our clam chowder didn't hit the spot, and we're sorry that took from your meal. We hope you'll get the chance to try us again when you're back in town -- we're certain we can show you an even better visit next time! Until then, please... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was the most amazing meal I've ever had. The food is so good, and the service was excellent. It is right under the Bay Bridge so the views are fantastic. It is extremely expensive but great for a special occasion. I had the octopus and it was delicious. My friend had the crab and it was also great.

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

We're so honored, Megan! It's wonderful that your meal was so on point, and we're thrilled that you enjoyed yourselves. We hope we'll see you when you're in town again. All the best, Waterfront Management More 

Basel, Switzerland
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Nomen est omen. The Waterfront is situated right on the water front close to the Port building. The setting is inspired by sail boats and looks great. We had a table facing the water and could watch the ships passing by. Very nice. This is clearly a very touristic place (what else can you expect with views like this...) but... More 

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

We're thrilled you and your party had a great time! It sounds like your view and your food all helped to make a fun experience for you, and we thank you for letting us know! We hope you'll be by to visit us if you're in the area again. Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I have never had a manager talk down to a customer the way he did to my friend who had called to change the number of people to 15 on Thursday, apparently he misheard her say yesterday because that's what he insisted she said. He enunciated his words like he didn't think she spoke English or thought she was deaf/dumb... More 

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

In trying to ensure that we had all information correct, it sounds like there was a miscommunication that led you to feel as if we were being condescending, and we apologize for giving you that impression. We value every customer regardless of race or gender, and we'd never discriminate against anyone who walks through our doors. It's completely understandable that... More 

New York City, New York
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

A lot of restaurants with a view don't have much else to recommend them. This one has an exemplary cioppino, the San Francisco fish and seafood stew. The lobster risotto is good too, as are the Dungeness crab cakes. The desserts are rather generic so you can save your caloric intake for another place. Excellent California wines by the glass... More 

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

We're so happy that you found so much to enjoy! Sorry that none of our desserts made an impression on you, but we appreciate that you took the time to recommend us anyway. We hope you'll stop by to see us when you're in the area again! Safe travels, Waterfront Management More 

Milan, Italy
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Decent service, nice location, terrible food. I had the linguini with sea-food. The sea food looked (and tasted) like a frozen mix you can buy at safeway and everything was so full of Garlic you could not taste anything else anyway. At that price point if the menu says shrimp I'd expect real shrimps not the MacDonald ones.

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

It's concerning that our seafood didn't taste fresh, as we definitely try to serve the freshest we possibly can. Please accept our apologies that your food also had too much garlic in it -- we can assure the experience you describe isn't at all how we usually run things. We hope we'll get the chance some time in the near... 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, 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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