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Butterfly - Embarcadero

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Pier 33 @ Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Bay Street at The Embarcadero)
(415) 864-8999
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
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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited Butterfly for light lunch, decided to try the shrimp chowder. Turned out to be a most excellent choice! Served in a large bowl, with a small sourdough roll with a open top in the center, filled with whole shrimp and soup overflowing into the bowl. Accompanied with more shrimp and clams in the shell as well as cubed potatoes.... More 

Thank ctcslc
Copenhagen, Denmark
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here after having accidently gone to Fisherman's Wharf (don't!). We were hungry and tired, so we just picked this place basically because it had tables available. What a pleasant surprise! We had the grilled catfish, and it was really delicious. Highly recommended.

Thank Jens A
Oakland, California
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157 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

With all the waterfront in SF, it is surprising that the Piers are not crawling with view restaurants. We sat right overlooking the bay between I think Pier 33 and 35 (or thereabouts). Interesting cocktails, wine selection was a manageable number with affordable to expensive. We shared 2 appetizers and one main and could not finish it all. The Ahi... More 

Thank Mark M
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped yesterday for lunch after trip to Alcatraz. Nice spot, should have been great. But uninterested server, food mediocre at best (chowder had mussels truly full of grit) and both gents and ladies toilets were filthy and smelt terribly of drains - not what you would expect. Wouldnt go back ever.

Thank sgt s
Anchorage, Alaska
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192 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a widow seat on the Warf to watch the seabirds cavort, this is a great place. I had a seared Ahi plate that was excellent...delicately seasoned and cooked to perfection - seared black on the outside and "sushi" on the inside. My companion had a "skirt steak" and she was less thrilled...she thought the seasoning... More 

Thank DudefrmAK
Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spend a lot of time in the Bay Area and were on a Pier walk early afternoon and popped in for a glass of wine and some appetizers. Glad we did. No wait, waterside, the bartender was very engaging and accommodating. The mgr was very friendly, it's just a comfortable place to take a break and relax.

Thank SunnyDenver01
San Diego, California
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. Try the Happy Hour Specials. We at there after touring Alcatraz. I liked the healthy kids options. Drinks are over priced. A Soda was $4. But there was a view of the water.

Thank Christine92057
Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food, service and drinks were great. the view was great too. we had there Hawaiian burger and several appetizers and drinks.

Thank Marlene L
Uppsala, Sweden
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here, and tried the Vietnamese Fried Fish Sandwich. The food was ok, but not very interesting. I would have liked the Vietnamese seasoning to be a bit more dominant. The restaurant had a nice view of the bay.

Thank flamingo_j13
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I were in the area with several high school youth that wanted to eat close the the Wharf. Wanting to escape that scene, we found ourselves here. Knocking off half a star because the hostess didn't seem to want to serve / seat us even though there were several open tables. We ended up at the bar which... More 

Thank Charb01

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $50
American, Asian, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?