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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 - 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: Drinks, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 143
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  • 90
    Very good
  • 38
    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
Pre-Alcatraz

Busy and bustling and a bit pricey but Good! Service was decent. The duck spring rolls were fantastic so much duck flavor and perfectly crisp. The Vietnamese French dip we great, awesome bread meat and flavor. Food was 5 star the 4 star is more the atmosphere. On a warm summer day sitting outside I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Alex I
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plymouth ma
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We'd gotten off the sightseeing bus very hungry (looking for a late lunch) and cold (we sat on top going over the Golden Gate) so chose to grab food at the first place we saw - Butterfly. It turned out to be a little fancier than we thought we wanted, but SO worth it. The staff were superb - professional,... More 

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plymouth ma
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Busy and bustling and a bit pricey but Good! Service was decent. The duck spring rolls were fantastic so much duck flavor and perfectly crisp. The Vietnamese French dip we great, awesome bread meat and flavor. Food was 5 star the 4 star is more the atmosphere. On a warm summer day sitting outside I might have felt different

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Syracuse, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Butterfly is a wonderful restaurant, located right on the Embarcadero about 100 yards from Pier 39. I tend to dine more toward the southern end of the Embarcadero (toward the Bay Bridge), because it is quite a bit less touristy, and the quality of the food is better. Butterfly is the last of the really good restaurants before you reach... More 

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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Its amazing .. The service is the hightlight of the place .. The food is delicious :) .. The atmospherea ... In this time is it a little bit chilli

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High Ridge, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Met our friends who lived locally at this restaurant for the Happy Hour. There were several choices of appetizers. We tried a few and all were good. The view of the Bay from the restaurant was really nice and when the sun went down we watched a couple of cruise ships sail away. Bartender was very nice and accommodating. We... More 

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La Jolla, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The menu is very interesting, service good, and cocktails fantastic. Had the duck confit rolls, the garlic noodles, lettuce cups with kalua pig, Snake River Pork Hanoi, Mary's Chicken clay pot. Several warm desserts offered--try the warm banana bread pudding. Happy hour with good pricing 4-6 pm. Dine at sunset to get the best view.

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South Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I asked the wait staff what was good, and not too much. I had the Royal Trumpet Mushroom Dip Sandwich. Very good, not quite sure what was on the sandwich aside from mushrooms and cheese, but server recommended when I asked. It was very good, with great bread and light dipping juice. Server great. If you are a southerner and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Staff were quick to take my order as I explained I had a tour, staff did seem a little arrogant, but it seems to be a West Coast thing? That part of it was a little unfortunate as the food was great!

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We decided to stop in on our way home, because we had never been here. We sat at the bar and had drinks and small plates. It was so good! Service = A++ Food = A Ambiance was very nice. I am so surprised there aren't more people here. Pretty, yet so relaxed. Good bar, nice waterside setting. We had... More 

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Newton, MA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We almost didn't try this place since it didn't seem kid-friendly (despite the large "kid menu" posting on the outside). We are so glad we did. Though it definitely has a couples, business, and adult clientele, our server couldn't have been any kinder to my teens so we all enjoyed ourselves. The sesame ahi tuna was excellent and the chef... More 

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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: Doing business, Bar scene, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?