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399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105-1265
+1 415-284-9922
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (380 reviews)
“crab cocktail” (19 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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"
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Reviewed today

If you are into Seafood! a Must, if you are into drinks cocktails , a Must, if you are into views of the awesome Oakland bridge with the LED's painting different pictures over the course of the night, then, a Must! stupid good and fresh...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GabrielL685
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hands down.. Excellent.. I would write home about this place... I had oysters and chowder and friend had the Cod. Eat here...Delicious

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SarahSallade
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Sarah, ""I would write home about it" - we love it! Thanks so much for enjoying Waterbar. Best Regards, Rich T.

Reviewed yesterday

I am not a professional reviewer, and this is just my opinion. When my wife and I lived in the City, Waterbar was one of two of our favorite take-friends-or-have-a-romantic-tête-à-tête restaurants (the other is the oldest eatery in the same location in SF since 1861)....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank apiquet
Reviewed 5 days ago

Last night was my first visit to Waterbar. I knew it had a fabulous view and great reviews, but I didn't realize how excellent it really is. The appetizers were fabulous...the lobster was stellar. All our entrees were terrific with the roasted dungeness crab lingering...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Jcp650
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello JCP, We appreciate the kind words and are so happy you enjoyed yourself at Waterbar. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional experiences for our guests. Thanks so much! Rich T.

Reviewed 5 days ago

The waiter was very helpful with the selection of oysters and they were excellent. We ordered some wine, salad and fish. All of them were very good. The waiter recommended the bread pudding and it was too dry for my liking.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 331saibals
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks very much 331saibals! Best regards, Rich T.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this restaurant and will definitely return. The staff was more than accommodating, the view was spectacular, the food and drink presentation was terrific, and it all tasted wonderful. We arrived a few minutes early and two different staff members ensured that we were comfortable...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Katgoose for the kind words! Come visit soon. Best, Rich T.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and another couple had a great dinner. We shared Oysters and Dungeness Crab, which were both very tasty. I had the swordfish and it was excellent. The service was very good and prices were acceptable for San Francisco. I would highly recommend this...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SparkeyCD
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for returning to Waterbar Sparkey! Thanks for the kind words, Best, Rich T

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very high quality seafood. Order the tuna tartare and Dungeness crab appetizers. The rockfish salad and trout mains were recommended at my table. Extensive wine list though they were out of our first choice. Prices are not that expensive relative to the quality of the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank spencerusa
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so very much Spencer! Happy Holidays! Rich T.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tim, the curator responsible for my exhibition at SFO Museum had taken me to a rather nice Italian restaurant in Mission. He would not let me pay, but he said I could treat him for dinks at this place which he had always wanted to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JPA38210
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello JPA, Congrats on your exhibit and we thank you for the kind words. Hope to welcome you back for a great dining experience. Many thanks, Rich T.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is on the water, with views of the Oakland Bay bridge from your table. The fod is amazing. I had the best swordfish I have ever eaten anywhere. The oysters are so fresh and so delicious. The service was impeccable. Thanks to Sofia...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank assessmenttraini2016
Rich T, General Manager at Waterbar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello assessmenttraini2016, What a great review and we thank you for enjoying all we offer; I will be happy to share with Sophia and we hope to welcome you back to Waterbar. Thanks again, Rich T.

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 neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized
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Questions & Answers
25 July 2018|
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Response from Erin B | Property representative |
Hello! Of course you can drink at the bar. Happy hour on the patio starts at 2pm and ends at 5:30. See you soon!
16 July 2018|
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Response from Erin B | Property representative |
We recommend them for sure, but we always do our best to accommodate walk-ins.
21 January 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!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, 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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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