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“Great Ambiance, Food and Service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe

Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
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Ranked #283 of 5,626 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: The Embarcadero
Cross street: Broadway
Description: An experience in excellent Seafood cuisine with a gorgeous view of the Bay. Presidents, princes, celebrities & travelers join us to make their SF dining experience a memorable one. Fine seafood and a priceless view of Fisherman's Wharf!
Austin, Texas
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103 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Ambiance, Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

This Pier 7 restaurant has a great ambiance and magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay which was perfect for a great lunch. I chose the the Skuna Bay King Salmon that was wood even roasted with a mild serrano aioli sauce and Tuscan kale which paired excellently with a Napa Valley Franciscan Estate Chardonnay - although a bit pricey venue, it was worth the experience. Without a doubt, I will return

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 1st_WorldCitizen
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“I'd go back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

Travelling on business on my own so prefer to annoymous when eating out. This was a great resturant for a quiet, pleasant meal. The staff were nice, the wine selection very good albeit, a little on the pricey side and the food was flavoursome and quick to serve.

Don't have the oysters, they were the smallest i've ever had but the rest of this gets two thumbs up.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank James A
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edinburgh
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141 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Fantastic Views, Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

We ate here with friends who live just outside San Francisco on a Thursday evening. We arrived early and decided to sit at the (very busy) bar to wait for our friends. When our friends arrived, we were shown to a very nice table with amazing views of the Bay Bridge all lit up. I found the service to be very attentive without being over bearing and the food was actually very good. The prices are quite high, but I felt this was a pretty classy and romantic restaurant and wasn't surprised at all. All in all a very pleasant experience!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank karenpEdinburgh
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Solvang, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“waitstaff ignored us, terrible mixed drink”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

3 of us went to The Waterfront at about 4 pm for drinks. It was not particularly crowded then. We were completely ignored by everyone except the one woman who appeared to be a hostess. She sat us down near bar. We continued to be ignored, but she noticed that we continued to be ignored, so she set menus down for us.

We moved outside to take advantage of views, and she brought us our drinks, and told us she was turning us over to one of the waiters. Long story short, we were there for about an hour, and were completely ignored the entire time. We were 3 women in our 50's, not sure if this was part of the reason or what. We ordered a wine and two mixed drinks . One mixed drink was a Manhattan. It was undrinkable as it was so strong. And that is saying a lot, because we are not that picky. No one came to our table, so our friend who ordered the Manhattan took it back to the bar herself. The bartender made her a new Manhattan. Only slightly better, but still undrinkable. We finished our other two drinks (hard to screw up a glass of wine) and waited for someone to bring us a check. Of course, no one came by. After 1/2 hour, we decided to estimate the cost of our drinks and leave money.

We were walking out, and were accosted by one of the wait staff who had previously ignored us. He said we didn't leave enough money. Well, if you exclude tip, we actually had left enough money. So we settled our bill, then stood there with the money and bill, in the middle of the restaurant near the bar and the hostess station, and continued to be ignored while several wait staff, someone who looked like the manager, and the bartender all walked by or made eye contact then ignored us. Finally a bus boy asked us if he could help us. We said we just wanted to pay our bill. No one would help him either, so we finally tracked down the manager looking fellow and gave him the money.

With the exception of the hostess and the bus boy, the entire wait staff was rude, dismissive, and arrogant. The Manhattan was sub par unless you want straight whiskey. I live in El Cerrito and was showing two friends San Francisco. I will never come here again. There are too many other restaurants with bars where the staff are friendly and inviting.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mtnbikr100
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London, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Ideal lazy lunch in the sun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

One of the few restaurants along the Embarcadero that has outside seating that catches the sun. The patio has a glass screen to keep off any breeze and the views of Coit Tower, the streetcars on the F-line and the view of the bay bridge are uninterrupted. Excellent oysters and seafood and a comprehensive wine list. I find it difficult not to go there every day when I'm in SFO.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dave S
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