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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
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 41
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  • 19
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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
Good lunch

We stopped here for lunch before taking the Alcatraz tour. The restaurant is much more upscale than we were, attired in our jeans and t-shirts, but the staff treated us as honored guests. We were seated at a table by a window, though the view included some areas of the dock that weren't terribly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
Lisa G
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Traverse City, Michigan
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Eat here if you have no other choice (timing, Alcatraz tour, etc). Service fair at best, food the same. I think the chicken salad sandwich had maybe 2 ounces of chicken in it if that, and the bread was hard and stale. We would not return, would have been better off going hungry.

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Gatineau, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Very well located in the busy area of Pier 33, right beside the boarding area for Alcatraz. We ordered the salmon salad with wasabi vinaigrette. It was beautifuly presented, but did not meet our expectations. The wasabi was overpowering everything. Service was terrible.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

After the visit of Alcatraz in the morning we were famished and headed for the Butterfly. Very nice vietnamese fusion restaurant, with a selection of sandwiches and burgers for lunch with a vietnamese twist We had a table near the window with a nice view to the water Good service and clean bathroom

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We decided to eat here after visiting Alcatraz. They provided a 10% discount if you show your ticket from Alcatraz. We had lunch there. My husband and I shared the burger which was very good and the Garlic noodles with chicken. The noodles were delicious and it was a nice change in food. It overlooks the water but is by... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a great place to have a relax dinner and enjoy the view of the bay. However, I wasn't too impressed with the food. That said, the wait staff was very nice and very accomodating, especially for a group of 8 of us.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch before taking the Alcatraz tour. The restaurant is much more upscale than we were, attired in our jeans and t-shirts, but the staff treated us as honored guests. We were seated at a table by a window, though the view included some areas of the dock that weren't terribly appealing. What was appealing were our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We sat down an waited longer than I expected when we finally got our water the food was right behind. Food was presented well delicious and filling. Clean up crew was on it but we waited for waiter way too long :(

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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I have been going to Butterfly almost every time I visit San Francisco. The menu is innovative Asian fusion and the plates are very well presented. This last time the only disappointment I had was that I was looking forward to a beautiful shrimp salad with micro cilantro and edible flowers, but is was no longer on the menu. Even... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Great location on the water. If the food was as good as the service this would be an outstanding place. Unfortunately our food left a lot to be desired. We had three in our party two of us got the Mary's Clay pot which was chicken wrapped in bacon over broken rice. Rice was crunchy and stuck to bottom of... More 

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Hurst, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My group of six had a delicious and relaxing Sunday Brunch at Butterfly. The service was excellent and the owner/chef (not sure which) also came by the table to check on us. The prices, in light of the location and for the good quality of food, was not unreasonable.

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Additional Information about Butterfly - Embarcadero

Address: Pier 33 @ Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: (415) 864-8999
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
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
Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, 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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