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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 46
    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
Incredible crab

We stumbled upon this restaurant for lunch during a previous trip and decided to try it for dinner this trip. We split a cold cracked Dungeness crab and then the entree sized lobster risotto. The crab was incredible - so sweet you almost didn't need the melted butter that accompanied the crab. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Deb B
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Chandler, Arizona
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  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
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Chandler, Arizona
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this restaurant for lunch during a previous trip and decided to try it for dinner this trip. We split a cold cracked Dungeness crab and then the entree sized lobster risotto. The crab was incredible - so sweet you almost didn't need the melted butter that accompanied the crab. The salad that also came with the dish... More 

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Miami, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Waterfront Restaurant and Café – Pier # 7 This has one of the nicest view on the Piers’ area overlooking both San Francisco bridges. The menu and pricing here were average, nothing that impress us much to be mentioned . The range of cost of food was also regular, BUT on the service side; ….. well I can said we... More 

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

We're glad you were able to enjoy your view and your food, but please accept our apologies if you were made to feel rushed out -- of course we want you to stay as long as you feel comfortable! We're certain we can do better for you than the experience you described. Thank you for visiting us as part of... More 

Marietta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My grandson and I went to this restaurant for lunch. Our waiter Frank was good. Our food came quick. However, another waiter was asking each table if they want some breads and butter but completely ignored us. I wasn't going to say anything about it. But my almost 5 year old grandson asked my why this waiter completely ignored us.... More 

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

Thank you so much for letting us know about this both here and on Yelp, Nannette. Please know that it was never anyone's intention to make you or your family feel ignored or disrespected -- we love each and every one of our customers and would never want you to feel otherwise. It does sound like it may have just... More 

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great view from the 1st floor. Food was good (swordfish was well cooked) but not to shout about. Staff were attentive and pleasant.

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

We're thrilled that our view and our staff helped to make your visit, but we do wish we'd been able to give you a much better experience concerning your food. We're always wanting to improve and do anything we can to make your experience the perfect one, so if we see you again, please don't hesitate to let us know... More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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117 reviews 117 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I was not blown away by the food.. The calamari was too salty. The clam chowder was decent but I've had better.. Had lobster risotto that was not well cooked and the lobster was rubbery.. Positive, the view is very nice and the service is good...

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

We're honored that you made us part of your visit, James. The most important thing is that you walk out of here happy, and if we let you walk out any other way, we want to apologize. Had we known you were unhappy with your Calamari and your risotto, we'd have been happy to do whatever we could to make... More 

Northern Virginia
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361 reviews 361 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Lunch for two of us on a Chamber-of-Commerce day in SF - sunny, light breeze, mid sixties. So we wanted to stay by the water and enjoy the day. Some of the food was excellent, notably, the pancetta-wrapped prawns and the tuna tartare. Mussels, unfortunately, were not. They were a bit too fishy, and had to go back. To their... More 

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

We apologize that your mussels weren't exactly what you'd hoped for, but we're very glad that you enjoyed your prawns. They're a popular choice, and it's wonderful to hear that they've gained another fan! We thank you for making us a stop on your trip and hope you'll visit us again the next time you're in the area. Safe travels,... More 

Santa Rosa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I tend to lower my expectation when I dine in touristy areas. I was pleasantly surprised with my meal at Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe. Yes, the food was pricey but that's to be expected with fresh seafood and a great view. I had oysters on the half shell that were fresh but peppered with oyster shell. That was the only... More 

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

We're so honored that you made us part of your visit! It's wonderful that you enjoyed everything about your time here (besides the oysters, but that you for loving us despite it). We also look forward to your return, and we hope it'll be soon! Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

San Bruno, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We received a coupon from our daughter and went up to the city to check out this newish addition to the Embarcadero on an early Sunday evening. We had scalops and another order of sole muniere, and a $40 bottle of house wine -of which there were many varieties. I thought another scalop on my plate would have looked more... More 

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

You enjoying your night is the ultimate goal, Thomas, and we're thrilled that it sounds like that goal was met! Sorry that you weren't totally happy with your number of scallops, but we appreciate that you loved us despite it. We sincerely hope that you and your family will be in to eat with us again the next time you're... More 

Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

I recently had a time to revisit this restaurant on a visit to San Francisco. I have always enjoyed my meals here. There is an excellent view of the bay, especially if you can get seated on the deck. We had several very good appetizers, but for the entree I selected the fresh scallops. They were cooked to perfection and... More 

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

We're thrilled that you were able to completely enjoy your business dinner! It's wonderful that your scallops hit the spot for you, and we hope we'll get the chance to wow you with another great meal soon. Thanks for your continued visits! Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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 

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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, Coffee Shop

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?