Waterbar reviews


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Overall Rating

93% would recommend it to a friend
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by OpenTable Diner on July 18, 2018
Caesar was very knowledgeable about the food and wine(pairings) and very friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant to food and wine lovers! The view was spectacular as well!!
by EricH on July 18, 2018
Nice place, service was awesome and food was fantastic.
by fam1 on July 17, 2018
Dinner was just perfect. Great presentation and wonderful taste. Snapper was amazing
by Beth on July 17, 2018
I've been coming here for years and it's always my first choice when I want to meet friends in the City. Love this place, it never disappoints. Thank you for another lovely experience. Beth.
by NataliyaD on July 15, 2018
Outstanding!!! Great food, wonderful service and views.
by RobM on July 15, 2018
Great experience and attention to detail with our request. Fabtastic
by Carol on July 15, 2018
The steamed cream and oysters we're great, as was the impeccable service. A little loud in the dining room though.
by OpenTable Diner on July 15, 2018
Great oysters, perfect day in the City(SF) as long as not downtown, waiter was great and help make the day
by OpenTable Diner on July 15, 2018
Great outdoor patio lunch for our family vacation!
by Andy on July 15, 2018
We loved our recent brunch at Waterbar. Great food, great view, and great service. Don't remember our wait person's name but she was terrific. Our only issue was that the music they played (recorded; not live) was too loud. This seems to be a typical issue at many restaurants. Also, the choice of music didn't really seem like a typical "Sunday brunch" playlist. It was fine really (and I'm a big music lover) but maybe some light jazz is better....whatever the genre, it was simply too loud.
by AnaZahraE on July 14, 2018
Great inside decoration and atmosphere, very good wines and a large selection. We went for brunch with our 2 boys (11 and 9yo). Pretty familty friendly (kids menu available, comfy seats) I liked the food but didn´t fall in love with it either.
by OpenTable Diner on July 14, 2018
Great food , amazing views, exceptional staff!!!
by OpenTable Diner on July 13, 2018
by Napanite on July 13, 2018
Food lacked imagination and focus. Mostly just standard roasted/boiled seafood. Served a sticky sauce over a tray of seafood still in the shell, making it difficult to eat. Only four actual entrees. Nice location, but try Fog City Diner instead.
by Tedw on July 13, 2018
Great lobster rolls, water view, great place for lunch before a Giants game!
by Sonjia on July 13, 2018
Some of the most delicious food you can get anyplace.
by GinnyK on July 11, 2018
Food, service, friendliness were all terrific. I love the atmosphere, day or night.
by OpenTable Diner on July 10, 2018
We were vacationing in San Francisco and wanted to show my parents a good dinner. We Wish the service could have been better. He forgot our drinks on three separate occasions. After giving a drink “on the house” we later noticed it on the check. Very poor experience all due to our waiter.
by RonJ on July 10, 2018
Visited from Vancouver, Canada and returned because previous experience was so good. Do not dissappoint!! Will be back again!!
by OpenTable Diner on July 10, 2018
Terrific. Views of water and bridge. Lovely decor. Very upbeat Glad to have gone there. Good place to sit and chat
by KenA on July 10, 2018
Always reliable and favorite place for seafood.
by OpenTable Diner on July 9, 2018
Excellent wait staff, excellent view, atmosphere - just very expensive
by JosephK on July 9, 2018
I'm from out of state (Michigan) This was my second time at Waterbar and I totally enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
by OpenTable Diner on July 8, 2018
Waterbar offers an incredible view of the Bay Bridge, but the food easily tops the view. We had an amazing night celebrating a birthday. All the food and wine was amazing. I especially enjoyed the Spinach Cannelloni with clams... amazing... not one to miss! The dessert menu is incredibly innovative. The Sweet Carrot Panna Cotta is a great choice, particularly if you enjoy a more savory dessert with natural sweetness (great alternative to cheese). I am not big on chocolate, but truly enjoyed every bite of the German Chocolate Cheesecake. This was topped with dehydrated goat cheese, which I thought was a gimmick but realized that it offered a nice subtle taste that created balance. And the Sticky Toffee Pudding was amazing, especially if you are looking for a rich dessert. The maple caramel is infused throughout the cake and the vanilla bean mascarpone is a great topper.
by OpenTable Diner on July 8, 2018
Great restaurant to go to after watching a Giants game.
by PaulM on July 8, 2018
Food excellent Bloody Mary not
by OpenTable Diner on July 7, 2018
Great overall experience for everyone
by OpenTable Diner on July 7, 2018
Very happy. I had requested a view and they did not disappoint. Our server, Emily was outstanding. The entire experience could not have been better!
by Dinols1z99 on July 7, 2018
Great food , great drinks , great setting. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The oyster selection was amazing. This definitely was a one of a kind experience and I can't wait to come back.
by MelaniaO on July 6, 2018
The view of the bay bridge is amazing and the food and cocktails were perfect! Could not have asked for a better dining experience in San Francisco.
by IreneD on July 6, 2018
We originally made reservations at the Waterbar for the view, which was breathtaking. The reviews of the restaurant were 5 star so we knew our meal would be 5 star. We were pleasantly surprised at our dinners unique flavors not stereotypical at all. Our food was delicious I had Tuna, my husband had a whole fish. When we visit San Francisco again we definitely would go back.
by OpenTable Diner on July 5, 2018
Next time put more sauce with the mussels
by SRIVATSAVAU on July 4, 2018
I requested for seat near to window on my birthday occasion and as requested we have a spot ready for us reserved. Thank you very much.
by Espressoh on July 4, 2018
Pretentious. A very limited menu. Had reservations for 4 for over a month and they tried to seat us in the very back downstairs. We asked to move and they acted like we were bothering them. They finally moved us to a better table upstairs where we could actually see the bridge. Waiter was not at all attentive. Would not go back.
by DanielleD on July 4, 2018
For the amount of money we are paying. I would have thought the the service would have been better. Having to ask for water 4 time before receiving it. Asked to be seated a different table across from where we seating and were told my hostess no because it was already reserved and then seeing no one seated there(we were there until closing). Felt as the hostess might have been judging us. It might not have been the case but felt that way.
by Newyorkupscale on July 4, 2018
As advertised. Great service. Excellent seafood and upscale/expensive. Good location. Some of our food came a little cold and the non-seafood dish we had was weak. Grilled seafood was fantastic, especially the oysters. Desserts were world class great.
by JonG on July 3, 2018
The food was excellent. Everything was very well prepared. Our server, Nick, did a great job attending to us. Will definitely dine here again!
by Watsonjnp on July 3, 2018
We had a wonderful meal and excellent service. The restaurant is on the waterfront of the Embarcadero and the views are spectacular
by OpenTable Diner on July 3, 2018
We were traveling with a toddler, which often results in a hesitant greeting from staff in more upscale restaurants, but we were welcomed to Waterbar with open arms. Our son was treated so kindly and the crayons and packet they provided was the perfect thing to keep him occupied. At our table, we ordered the roasted octopus appetizer as well as the Halibut and soft shell crab dinners. The food was absolutely delicious. We had no complaints whatsoever! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable and the whole experience was just really the highlight of our time in San Francisco!!
by Janet on July 2, 2018
I had asked for a table by a window when I made the reservation 2 weeks ago. I realize they can not accommodate every request, but no apology was issued for being unable to fulfill my request. This is a very limited seafood restaurant as far as mains are concerned. The best thing ordered from our party was the steak. It was perfection. My Halibut was very mediocre as was the Yellowtail . The oysters were amazing . The wine was good too. I think thus place is a bit over priced for what you get. Beautiful view and patio area ( not open). I would do happy hour here and choose something else for dinner
by Rexie021 on July 2, 2018
For the price I was expecting something great, and what I got was a lot more than I expected. Ordered a dozen oysters, can’t remember which ones, but it was the server who helped us pick, it was amazing how diverse the tastes of each oyster from different farms. Our main dish was the Roasted Shellfish Platter. It was an assortment of shellfish in a creamy sauce. For dessert we had a Sticky tofee pudding and German chocolate cheesecake. The desert looked really beautiful but was just ok. As great as the food was the service was even better. The server was really helpful and knowledgeable of what they serve and really made our experience great.
by PHXTraveler on July 2, 2018
Overall, Waterbar exceeded my expectations. The food was great and the service was excellent. The view of the bay bridge added to the ambiance in a way that’s hard to come by. If you’re looking for a romantic date night or celebrating a special occasion, this is a great place. However, it is a little bit pricey. In particular, I thought the prices for the appetizers outweighed the portion sizes just a tad. As well, the appetizer we ordered was a tad on the cold side (albeit delicious even still). Nevertheless, dining here was a pleasurable experience and I would certainly go back and recommend it to others.
by Ginamaria on July 2, 2018
Love this place!! Service is always spot on! View cannot be beaten! Food is outstanding! Not to be missed!
by Bonita on July 1, 2018
One of my favorite restaurants. My only disappointment this time was no birthday congratulations to our son as I had requested in my reservation note. They used to be more thoughtful.
by OpenTable Diner on June 30, 2018
Incredible service in a beautiful venue with a stunning view. Food was fantastic, perfectly prepared and as delicious as it was beautifully presented. The staff was incredibly attentive, knowledgeable, personable and engaging But the grand finale ....were The Best deserts you can imagine - beautifully crafted, edible works of art made by a truly talented and remarkably creative pastry chef and her team. Executive Pastry Chef Erica Land is creating amazing delights and you owe it to yourself to try them. Dinner at Waterbar was easily the best meal I’ve had on the West Coast - I highly recommend it
by divegurl7 on June 30, 2018
Extremely high end trendy casual. Noisy; busy! I ordered an 'odd' drink but the bar eventually figured it out and it was wonderful. The Flight of Rose's was very informative - the French was 'sour', the American was 'thin', the Italian was perfect with food (duh :) Very much enjoyed the fish tank!
by OpenTable Diner on June 30, 2018
Great seafood and superb service. We had an excellent view of the Bay and the impressive aquariums. The oyster selection was very good. Cocktail were stellar.
by DawnL on June 30, 2018
Always a pleasure! I can be critical, but not with Waterbar.
by DeeC on June 30, 2018
I requested an outside table & instead they seated me inside where it was very noisy!
by BillD on June 29, 2018
Great location and spectacular view. Excellent food but pricy. Always crowded make reservations.
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