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Pier 3, San Francisco, CA
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Whiskey delight

Great place at great location. Wow... lots to look. Very charming, witty service. We tried some special whiskeys. Great fun, good for groups who don't know each other too well. Easy to talk about drinks, stand around and be fascinated by the place. Only downside... the toilets are outside quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Hegenheim, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

You know that frst night in a new place? And you walk along and you are nervous about getting it right? And you have to agree, but you have different tastes? This was he third restaurant we looked at, and third time lucky. Informal, all seating on stools. Interesting wines, from small vineyards. Interesting food. Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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81 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great place at great location. Wow... lots to look. Very charming, witty service. We tried some special whiskeys. Great fun, good for groups who don't know each other too well. Easy to talk about drinks, stand around and be fascinated by the place. Only downside... the toilets are outside quite a walk away.

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San Francisco, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I had passed Hard Water several times, but had never been in. When the opportunity for a group business lunch came up, I suggested Hard Water. Well, imagine my surprise when we showed up and the only seating are stools at the oval bar and along the perimeter of the space. Surprised again that they mostly serve beer and bourbon.... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

My daughters-in-law took me to the Marketplace, my first time there. We wanted just a little something to eat. Most places were really crowded on Saturday. We walked into this place, the inside was a bit weird, mostly bar seating with a couple small tables. But we lucked out, there was a table outside just perfect for us. We could... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

If you want whiskey or oysters, this is your place. I am not a whiskey drinker, but my husband loves it. Thankfully I was able to order a glass of wine. Unfortunately for us, a party of 40 came in at 5:30 and totally ran us out of the restaurant. Not the restaurant's fault. Totally worth stopping in for a... More 

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Superior, Colorado
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35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Great collection of whiskeys and fun specialty house drinks. We went for dinner and made reservation and sat at table for 6 by front door. OK, so this is a bar and not dinner place. But we shared small plates and it was great. Oysters were pricey but good--fresh. We had just about everything on the menu. Its a twist... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I am a huge bourbon fan so this place was right up my alley. They have an absolutely massive collection of whiskey and you can take "flights" of multiple selections to try some out that you've never had. We were sitting at a bar top looking out the window at the water and the Bay Bridge so it was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Great Cocktails and nice location. You still get something to drink, after it's closed.. Go there and have a drink...

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San Francisco, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This was my first absolutely tragic experience in San Francisco. We made a reservation for 8 pm and of course we understand when you have a wait a few minutes for your table. I have waited plenty at other restaurants (20-30 minutes) and the restaurant has apologized profusely and always comped a drink. However, at Hard Water, reservations are "not... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The good: This place is in an excellent location down on the waterfront. The restaurant has an amazing collection of bourbon on hand to include the very rare entire line of Pappy Van Winkle Whiskeys (considered by many as the best Bourbon). The fried chicken and dropped biscuit were very good and tasted great. The bad: We had the pork... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pier 3, San Francisco, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?