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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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11:30 am - 10:00 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
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 135
    Excellent
  • 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
Wow!

This interesting non touristy place with a creative atmosphere had unbelievably great food. The menu was creative and everyone in our group of 6 was pleased with their food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
harrodsfan
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Newport Beach CA
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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Newport Beach CA
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163 reviews 163 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This interesting non touristy place with a creative atmosphere had unbelievably great food. The menu was creative and everyone in our group of 6 was pleased with their food.

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Bristow, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Found this jewel by accident. Asian/American fusion with a hint of "street". From the outside, it looks a little intimidating, don't be; go in and enjoy! The prices are acceptable and more than value for the dining experience. The Service, Food and ambiance, make Butterfly a great place to eat for lunch or dinner with a great view of the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I have been to Butterfly twice for drinks and appetizers and always pleased with the atmosphere and service. When I took friends, visiting from New Mexico, to Butterfly for dinner, I was even more impressed. I recommended the calamari. I could have eaten two of those on my own. The Teriyaki Hanger Steak was perfectly cooked and almost melted in... More 

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Martinez, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My evening at Butterfly was a wonderful surprise. First, the kiwi and cucumber gimlet was very tasty; I highly recommend two. OMG, the duck comfit spring rolls were mouthwatering. If you like mushrooms, the mushroom "cappuccino" soup was a great start to the main meal. Craving meat? The Teriyaki Hanger Steak was comforting and delicious. Add a plate of Wok... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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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 via mobile

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
249 helpful votes 249 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
124 helpful votes 124 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?