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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, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good food and great views in a nice setting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Basel, Switzerland
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  • Scenic view
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Basel, Switzerland
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

Greenville, South Carolina
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Good food with great views of the bay and Bay Bridge...we sat in the back covered patio and our server was attentive and knowledgable about the menu. The food was good, we both had the Crab Louise Salad. A few glasses of a California Sauvignon Blanc, their house baked sourdough bread, a good salad with great views made for a... More 

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

It's wonderful that our views and your food helped to make your visit an overall enjoyable one, Joe. We're so glad you enjoyed your salad, and we hope you'll be in to see us again some time in the future -- We think you'll love us even more next time! Travel safe, Waterfront Management More 

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

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

It's such an honor that you've come to see us so many times! Thank you for making sure to stop by when you're in town, and we can't wait to have you back for more fish and risotto. 'Til then, safe travels! Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

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

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

As we said in reply to your reviews on both Yelp and Google Plus, Justin, we want to apologize profusely for your swordfish coming out under cooked twice. It's not at all how we usually work, and it shouldn't have been your problem this time either. We wish this had never been an issue, but we appreciate you letting us... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

It's so wonderful that you had a great time here, Kathy -- Thank you for trying us out! We hope you'll come by to see us again for another perfect visit soon. Warmest regards, Waterfront Management More 

Cary, North Carolina
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116 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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 

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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: 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?