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Butterfly - Embarcadero

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Asian, Eclectic
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Pier 33 @ Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Bay Street at The Embarcadero)
Take the bart or muni to Market Street. Catch the F-line street train towards Fisherman’s Wharf. It stops in front of our restaurant at Pier 33.
(415) 864-8999
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 131
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  • 84
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice Place to Recharge

Seems this is a convenient and often frequented restaurant for the returning Alcatraz tourists and we can see why. A nice bar with a decent beer and finger food list was just what we needed after a visit to the Rock. Great views of the wharf and bay and a pleasant friendly bartending staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
DougupinCanada
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Guelph, Canada
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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277 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Guelph, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Seems this is a convenient and often frequented restaurant for the returning Alcatraz tourists and we can see why. A nice bar with a decent beer and finger food list was just what we needed after a visit to the Rock. Great views of the wharf and bay and a pleasant friendly bartending staff. Recommended.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I've enjoyed dinner at Butterfly twice in the past year, both times with friends, and would happily go again. The duck confit spring rolls are delicious, as is the Kalua pork and whole fried fish. We particularly love the rice cakes. No, these are not the styrofoam things you're thinking of! These rice cakes are medallions of rice flour, slightly... More 

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Richmond, British Columbia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

What a surprise this restaurant is! We passed by on our way to pick up our cruise to Alcatraz and came back to it for lunch. Not only does this elegant place have a lovely view onto the water and cruise ships but it also has first-class and reasonably priced meals. Our party had the poutine with duck (I hate... More 

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San Mateo, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a late lunch on a Saturday from the Brunch menu. I was a bit worried that the place would be average since its in the tourist area. I was totally wrong - great food and service. I had the cobb salad which was a really nice fresh variant of the traditional cobb. The steak and eggs were fantastic... More 

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Terrigal, Australia
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338 reviews 338 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

recommended by friend in Australia - made booking for a Tuesday evening as anticipated it would be busy turned out to be not busy at all only a another two couples in restaurant service especially friendly and professional, atmosphere very modern and interior dimly lit - unable to take advantage of dockside seating due to reflection in windows. the restaurant... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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151 reviews 151 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We dropped by at Butterfly to have a glass of wine but ended up eating also since the food looked amazing! We were truly surprised about how great it was. Everything from wines to food and desserts were awesome! Highly recommended. They also have a fantastic view over the bay.

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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Ate at Butterfly for the second time with my partner on New Year's Eve. Fantastic menu with each dish prepared with flavors that complemented perfectly. Loved the Lobster Pie! The chef came out to greet us, which was. Really nice.

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Santa Barbara
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95 reviews 95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

After wandering the City for hours we stumbled across Butterfly and were glad we did. We intended to stay just a few minutes but ended up being there almost two hours. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. We loved the Vietnamese meatballs. We had a honey bourbon sour cocktail that was delicious. The staff were friendly and helpful. The... More 

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Netherlands
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Good food, but acoustics are NON excitant ! And Americans can be LOUD !!! Why do some people have to laugh hard, so hard that they can be heard in Oakland ??? Why do people have to shout at their tables ? Why can the waiters not ask guests to speak at lower tone ? Very rude the way some... More 

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Belmont
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very good service and nice water view. After the Alcatraz tour from Pier 33, this restaurant is perfect since it is just down the block from the ferry landing area. It was quiet and comfortable. I had a tasty shrimp, green mango, pear salad. My husband loved the noodles with chicken added. We will return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pier 33 @ Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94114
    (Bay Street at The Embarcadero)
  • Public Transportation: Take the bart or muni to Market Street. Catch the F-line street train towards Fisherman’s Wharf. It stops in front of our restaurant at Pier 33.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: (415) 864-8999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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