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399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1265
+1 415-284-9922
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cocktail” (19 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1265
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Waterbar
1. Excellent
"An Ultimate Bloody Mary (Bloody Mary on steroids with jumbo shrimp"
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2. Superstar Team
"The staff is nice and efficient"
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3. Covers all the bases
"meal was tasty from beginning to end. Great waiter, wonderful vibe"
Lynne N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

great food lobster roll was awesome just like boston, great view right on the water, civiche was excelled with a great citrus and avacado flavor

Thank zipzipzip
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant deserves to be regarded as one of the best in San Francisco. Impossible to fault. My personal view of perfection. The decor IS very tasteful and the aquariums ARE breathtaking. Nestled next to the lights of the Oakland bay bridge the view was...More

2  Thank janeclough1
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Wow! What a headline! We are very happy you enjoyed everything! Best regards, Rich T. GM,

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A fantastic night at the Waterbar! Views were amazing, dinner was incredible and our server, Chris, was outstanding! He truly made the evening perfect! Great suggestions from him start to finish. All staff members were extremely helpful and friendly! We will most definitely be returning...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended to the waterbar by one of the Bellman from the Ritz Carlton. Great recommendation indeed. We went for happy hour drinks. The happy hour is really excellent and goes from 2 to 530. They had specially oysters for around $1.05 eachas well as an...More

Thank Docsmartie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first time being in San Francisco, I had plans to eat at a different restaurant, but a local suggested this place, what a good suggestion it was! Excellent dinner, View and service. The filet was absolutely incredible!

Thank Shari G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for a drink before having dinner next door at Epic Steak - this was our first visit to the bar area - we both have eaten here before but not in a while....the cocktails looked great, there was a great selection of wines...More

Thank lisalisa24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every table has a gorgeous view of the water and Bay Bridge which was beautifully lit up at night. Restaurant is decorated in a sophisticated yet comfortable style, and the staff is first rate. The wine list is very expensive, but a nice selection. Lovely...More

Thank wlowthorp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of the restaurant is great and the food was very good. If you can go at night so you can see the bay bridge light up.

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended a Corporate event, atmosphere and views of The Bat Bridge spectacular. Appetizers served were , crab cakes,staek on a stick, prawns grilled in a peanut sauce, ALL DELICIOUS. Main course , I had sole.Im a fish lover but found the dish disappointing.Actually couldn't eat...More

Thank helenemeyer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, and a decent selection of Oysters. It’s better if you know which ones are good, because even when I try all of them, only 2-3 are note-worthy. The main dishes could be improved upon.

Thank HK_Traveller05
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated
vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs
and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to
find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter
for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able
to do more than just business - museums, top quality
restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call
this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized
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Questions & Answers
January 20, 2018|
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Response from AnitaNewportBch | Reviewed this property |
The entire range of dress code - some business attire, some very casual, and some people dressed in cocktail wear. Anything goes!
December 31, 2017|
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Response from AnitaNewportBch | Reviewed this property |
Have to agree this is not the ideal place for a vegan, sorry.
Barbara F
December 2, 2017|
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Response from Rich T | Property representative |
Yes indeed! Hope to see you soon, Best, Rich
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1265
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-284-9922
  • E-mail
Waterbar is located on the South end of Rincon Park on San Francisco's scenic Embarcadero. If you're looking for a San Francisco restaurant with a view, Waterbar features panoramic views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline serving the freshest seafood.
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