Waterbar reviews


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Overall Rating

92% would recommend it to a friend
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by OpenTable Diner on January 19, 2018
Food good, too, bad the wait staff was always trying to take our plates away before we finished. Just a brief pause between bites and both waiter and bus person trying to take plates away. Totally annoying with all the disruption in our conversation....just want to rush you in and out. This isn’t a fast food place...it is a dining experience. I’ve had 3 dinners here in a month, business, date night and friends...similar experience but last night was horrible.
by OpenTable Diner on January 18, 2018
Awesome service the grand platter is amazing!
by OpenTable Diner on January 17, 2018
We had a 6:30 reservation. I had asked for a window seat when I made my reservation on Open Table 2 weeks ahead. When we were seated it was not a window seat, it a few minutes later they did get us a table closer to the window. Our Server was very nice, and I’m sure it wasn’t his fault, but the entries 2 of us ordered were not longer available after placing our order, so we then had to reorder, surprising as we had an early reservation. And they were out of one of the desserts that we wanted as well. As I said, our reservation was at 6:30pm, and we left the restaurant at 9:45pm......the service was extremely slow!!!!! But we enjoyed the evening with our friends, we were celebrating Christmas and a Birthday that evening.
by OpenTable Diner on January 17, 2018
Everything was great but hard to hear the conversation over the din.
by Ruby on January 17, 2018
I took my sister here for her birthday. The whole staff was excellent, very welcoming and gracious. The food was great and there was no rush. I will definitely come again. Wonderful place to celebrate with a friend or family member!
by OpenTable Diner on January 17, 2018
Wonderful menu with a variety from salads to entrees andDESSERTS. Great service too.
by Robin on January 15, 2018
The seafood especially the oysters were great. It’s very expensive and for us only for a very special occasion.
by OpenTable Diner on January 12, 2018
Very happy with the ambiance of the venue and the quality of the food
by Easy2plez on January 12, 2018
Everything was excellent. Love the oyster special at lunch.
by OpenTable Diner on January 11, 2018
Waterbar exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The environment was welcoming, pleasing, and had beautiful scenery. The food was affordable and exquisite. I had the prefix menu for lunch at $25, and all three courses were amazing. Excellent choice of wines as well. The servers were prompt, helpful, and extremely nice. I highly recommend this place for whatever the occasion.
by OpenTable Diner on January 10, 2018
Excellent food and service
by LewL on January 08, 2018
Best fish in San Francisco - great architecture - beautiful light show from the Bay Bridge - request a window seat in the evening. A favorite.
by jessls on January 07, 2018
Beautiful restaurant, wonderful chocolate moose desert. Food was wildly overpriced for what it was. Would not return.
by OpenTable Diner on January 06, 2018
The waiter gave a recommendation of the shellfish platter and let me substitute prawns, which I can’t stand, for shrimp.
by OpenTable Diner on January 05, 2018
Very romantic setting; definitely made our anniversary special. Oh and phenomenal food!
by JoeK on January 05, 2018
Been regulars here for many years, but mainly brunch as of late, which is always good. Returned to try dinner after a little over a year and was pleasantly surprised. The food was innovative and surprising in its take. Different than most top SF seafood fare. Service was good and the views can’t be beat. Highly recommended.
by OpenTable Diner on January 05, 2018
Great Bay view location. Very tasty fresh seafood with interesting side combinations. Very nice environment and good service. You won't be disappointed.
by OpenTable Diner on January 04, 2018
Food was amazing!
by BRH1 on January 04, 2018
Outstanding! The food was absolutely terrific and the service was superb. Everyone at our table raved about their food. You can always count on Waterbar. The waiters are always top-notch. They are extremely efficient and nice without being overbearing. Everything about this restaurant makes you want to come back again and again. What a treat it is to have a restaurant with one of the best views in town AND some of the best food in town—what a nice ( and rare) combination that is! Given the number of great restaurants in SF it’s sometimes tempting to try other spots—but Waterbar makes it difficult to go anyplace else.
by Simon on January 03, 2018
Nice sea front location, good and accurate service, great selection of local (North America) oysters. We got a nice comfortable table with view of the bridge. One main dish was a fantastic tuna and my one Cod from Alaska, only negative point is that it was cooked with smoked bacon. At the end too salty and not healthy (cured meat). Creativity is okay when match also with a good healthy policy.
by OpenTable Diner on January 03, 2018
Amazing food, great service and a spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. Highly recommended
by Eilsel on December 31, 2017
Es una ligar con muy buen servicio, la atención y la vista increíbles. La comida es riquísima
by OpenTable Diner on December 31, 2017
we enjoyed our brunch but the waitress was really pushy. we had also made note it was a birthday and while the hostess and manager were gracious, the waitress seemed as if it was a hassle that we had come there for a birthday. she is lucky we forgot her name or we'd put it in this review. just the attitude we got from her was not worth the money although it would have been great otherwise.
by OpenTable Diner on December 30, 2017
First time in SFO. Great view🥂
by Phili123 on December 30, 2017
Great view, excellent food, Woody was a great waiter, kid friendly menu, aquarium tanks were entertaining, food was a big hit with everyone
by OpenTable Diner on December 30, 2017
What a great place! Milo, our server, was very helpful and directed us thru their fresh seafood orderings and wine pairings! One of the best lunchs San Francisco!!
by Phenomenal on December 29, 2017
We have dined at the Water bar twice before, both times the food and the service were amazing, Granted its been more than a year. This was supposed to be a Post Theater Dinner, Family get together. It started with the server asking for our Drink Selection, only to find out that we received only Water. When we asked for the Wine and Drinks he replied, I am sorry I forgot. My Wife ordered a Pisco Sauer and myself a Negroni ,both drinks did not taste good at all. In fact the pisco sauer was not made with Egg whites and had the bitters missing as well. The Oysters came and they were very good. The Daou Cabernet was incredible and so was the sommelier. But this is were the some what positive experience tanked. My Wife order a Ahi Tuna, she ask for a quick sear on each side, the Tuna after a long wait dry to the bone. I had the Rack of Lam, same here, it was over cooked. the other two dishes had the same issues. The side dishes were also slightly over cooked. Granted our reservation was for 9.45PM, but this should not happen. We dine out a lot, and we very rarely write a review, mostly to recommend a place. But I felt it was important to share our dinner experience. My recommendation would be get a great Bartender that can teach the rest of the staff how to make Signature Drinks, and please get a new Chef and maitre d Sincerely Norbert
by OpenTable Diner on December 29, 2017
Lleva a mis hijo a Cenar esperando tener una vista increíble con platillos muy especiales y así fue sobrepasó mis expectativas
by JimSF on December 28, 2017
If you're looking for an exceptional San Francisco experience and certainly culinary delight this is the place where you have to go! Not just because of the views which are breathtaking and because the staff just treats all of its guests like royalty, but because it's one of those things that when you're in San Francisco and whether you are a native San Franciscan born and raised here still living here as I am, or traveling here from other parts of the country this is a must-see and must-do! As someone that has eaten in every four and five star restaurant in San Francisco over the last 25 years almost daily I can't speak highly enough of the Waterbar staff and the Culinary experts in the kitchen, not to mention the outstanding menu! Don't cheat yourself out of this experience make a reservation now! My favorite, very favorite of all the places in San Francisco! Congratulations Waterbar
by OpenTable Diner on December 27, 2017
Waterbar was amazing!! Our server was very professional and attentive to everything. He made the experience memorable. I really enjoyed my time there. The food was delicious, oysters were fresh and the food was very well presented and was very tasty. Thank you Waterbar I will recommend and I will come back again.
by SWilliams on December 27, 2017
An outstanding dining experience! The service, the food, and the atmosphere were unusually good, even for a city like SF that has a plethora of excellent restaurants. While not inexpensive, the overall experience was truly worth the cost. Highly recommended!
by OpenTable Diner on December 27, 2017
Called the restaurant 5 hr is advance to make sure I get a table by the window They put us far away the window with open tables everywhere Made us go to the bar and wait ,15 min later they sat us close to the window at one of those open table. Just weird
by maruko on December 27, 2017
Great service and high quality food!
by OpenTable Diner on December 27, 2017
Great place, fresh seafood. oysters for $1 is the best! portions a little small and the pasta was overcooked but flavors were on point. Even gave us a small dessert with the bill and it was great way to leave a taste in our mouths.
by Ullas on December 26, 2017
Good food and great ambiance compensate for the fair service. Will recommend the seared scallops, fried squid and deviled duck egg for starters. Cove Miyagi and Marshall Select Oysters are the shellfish pick.
by OpenTable Diner on December 26, 2017
Water bar never lets us down. Consistently great food.
by OpenTable Diner on December 23, 2017
We enjoyed another great dining experience at Waterbar !
by OpenTable Diner on December 23, 2017
Is there an occaision this restaurant isn't perfect for? Birthday, romantic, fit for foodies, terrific view? Yes, yes and more! Four of were just enjoying a holiday in the City after a ferry ride from Jack London Square. Our go-to restaurant was booked but Waterbar had an opening. We had to wait a few minutes for the table to be ready but we were rewarded with a view table, terrific friendly waiter and a wonderful memorable brunch! The entire staff couldn't be nicer--I think several manager types delivered food and drinks, making sure we were happy. We tried their fabulous French 75, pastrami salmon sandwich, soft poached eggs, hash dish among others,all to raves from our table. Now, we can't wait to try dinner.
by OpenTable Diner on December 23, 2017
Lunch with old friends visiting SF. The setting is ideal for special occasions but $100 per person is a bit steep for brunch. Excellent service.
by OpenTable Diner on December 22, 2017
Fantastic service and ambiance. Outstanding, next level food. The oysters were magnificent. We will be back very soon!! Thank you!! <3
by OpenTable Diner on December 20, 2017
Gorgeous view of the Bay bridge. Food and service were great
by OpenTable Diner on December 20, 2017
Incredible food! Great service!
by califdiners on December 20, 2017
So beautiful at night. Surprisingly small menu. Moderate portions. Food is good although not spectacular. A special location and ambience.
by OpenTable Diner on December 20, 2017
Our meal was amazing. Each bite was an explosion on your palate.
by OpenTable Diner on December 19, 2017
Atmosphere was great, big wine selection, great service. Food was not that great given the price.
by OpenTable Diner on December 19, 2017
Great place, a sea aquarium decoration with impressing bay view. The food was even better, fish specialties were delicious and very good wine selection.
by SamWeller on December 19, 2017
Waterbar is generally good. Oysters are fresh, views are stunning. This time, however, the bass dish was quite mediocre. I expected more from the restaurant of this caliber.
by Hawaii60 on December 18, 2017
Fabulous food and service. The view never gets old.
by Oaklander on December 17, 2017
Four of us had dinner at Waterbar on a Sunday evening, and we were pleased to be seated in the main dining room in front of the windows with their spectacular Bay Bridge views. To start we ordered a bottle of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc- Semillion. Our first courses were all excellent: Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Dungeness Crab Deviled Duck Egg, Kampachi Sashimi, and Broiled Monterey Sardines on Flatbread. With this we drank a lovely Bouchard Pouilly Fuisse. We had a bit of trouble getting our waiter's attention to ask the Sommelier to drop by, but eventually, he did. Our main courses were theOven Roasted Lingcod, Grilled Whole Dourade, Pan-Roasted Sablefish, and Mussels. Everyone seemed very happy with their choices. No desserts for us, but we didn't leave unsatisfied. It was a relaxing evening with family in a comfortable and stunning restaurant. Some might find the dinner menu prices a bit spendy, but this is SanFrancisco and along with the great view you are eating impeccably fresh, sustainably raised seafood.
by meowpurr on December 17, 2017
Great restaurant, fabulous food and the service is off the chart. That is if you can get our favorite waiter Chris, he is awesome. Makes our dinner special. He knows the menu every ingredients & wine paring. Our compliments to the chef and entire staff. A fine run machine!