Butterfly Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, and Lounge · Northern Waterfront
1500 the Embarcadero (at Pier 33), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 3:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 147 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Priya S.
    "Also, order the Kalua pig - it's totally the best dish there."(3 Tips)
    Jenn W.
    "Get the Kalua Pig lettuce wraps, they're awesome!"(2 Tips)
    Neil B.
    "Amazing view!!! Super friendly chef came to tell us about our meal."(8 Tips)
    Emerald R.
    "Fantastic happy hour!"(8 Tips)
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  • scenic views
  • happy hour
  • kalua pig
  • cocktails
  • pig lettuce wraps
  • steak fries
  • oyster shooters
  • fish
  • Kobe burgers
  • garlic noodles
  • snapper
  • casual
  • calamari
  • sorbet
  • martinis
  • club sandwiches
  • discounts
  • spring rolls
  • good for a quick meal
  • meats
  • Chris O.

    The French toast was really good

    Chris Odom · 2 days ago
  • Rogier d.

    Nice place with a view - try the sesame tuna!

    Rogier de Boer · 1 week ago
  • Khawla A.

    Soo good ... must try if ur in San Francisco

    Khawla Abdulla · July 28
  • C B.

    Happy hour! Steak fries are yummy and come with a good dipping sauce. Stop here before your Alcatraz tour

    C Bailey · June 30
  • Philip G.

    The clay pot chicken was very satisfying. Break the egg yolk and dip your bacon-wrapped chicken in it!

    Philip Garcia · June 21
  • Sıla

    Very cozy place, delicious noodle, good view.

    Sıla · June 8
  • Aashna S.

    Happy hour foods!

    Aashna S · May 3
  • Darin A.

    Scenic view with great food.

    Darin Ayler · April 16
  • Matt C.

    We had Thanksgiving dinner here. Service was ok, food was impeccable.

    Matt Cline · November 29, 2014
  • Melissa D.

    When making a reservation, try and request a seat near the window. Lovely bay views. :)

    Melissa Dagdagan · October 28, 2014
  • Neil B.

    Amazing view!!! Super friendly chef came to tell us about our meal.

    Neil Buckman · October 16, 2014
  • Stephanie V.

    Sooooo yummy! Everything our group got tasted fantastic! Plus it was fast service!

    Stephanie Vincent · November 8, 2013
  • Joshua M.

    The oyster shooters are wonderful, according to the friend that accompanied me. Their bourbon/whiskey cocktails are quite smooth albeit potent. The interior design adds to the overall experience.

    Joshua Margolin · October 24, 2013
  • Wojtek B.

    Great snapper, great views, great lychee sorbet. Highly recommended.

    Wojtek Bartosik · September 19, 2013
  • Yulichka D.

    Butterfly - nice view but noisy inside. We had smocked salmon w/ strawberries (yak!), kalua pig and peking duck were delicious though. The cocktails were so strong... Omg! Be careful!

    Yulichka D · August 17, 2013
  • Thi Duong N.

    The peking duck is awesome! You won't be disappointed!

    Thi Duong Nguyen · July 4, 2013
  • Peter

    Called by here for a drink to check it out for dinner that evening. Never been made to feel so unwelcome anywhere. Wouldn't recommend to anyone

    Peter · June 10, 2013
  • Laura G.

    Some of the best fries I've had in SF - get them!

    Laura G · June 9, 2013
  • Matthew P.

    Overlooked burger twice- but pig lettuce wraps are killer!

    Matthew Percival · June 1, 2013
  • Carlos J.

    The service is absolutely horrible

    Carlos Jimenez · May 17, 2013
  • Tom R.

    Happy hour from 3pm to 7pm. Get the duck confit spring roll.

    Tom Ransom · May 10, 2013
  • Sean P.

    Cute space for small gatherings or larger parties. Food was delicious! Great space for events big or small.

    Sean Palmer · April 30, 2013
  • Rick G.

    Oyster shooter , sashimi, snapper with butter lettuce! Cherry blossom the best

    Rick Gabbert · March 10, 2013
  • Mike B.

    Try the Deep Fried Whole Fish

    Mike Bobadilla · March 8, 2013
  • Sophie B.

    You must try the salmon chips !

    Sophie Bruand · February 15, 2013
  • Victoria K.

    Get the server Porter Anthony. He made the experience amazing for two young and tired professionals. Trust me. Ask to be state with him and you won't be sorry.

    Victoria Ku · February 2, 2013
  • Lac L.

    Do not order short ribs...not good. Chili chicken wings and the duck were really good though.

    Lac Le · February 2, 2013
  • k p.

    Ginger side car

    k p · December 28, 2012
  • Adam C.

    Cowboy steak

    Adam Cope · September 21, 2012
  • Morgan N.

    Great happy hour. $5 snacks and $5 drinks until 7. F- line stops in front.

    Morgan N · September 17, 2012
  • Priya S.

    Request a seat by the window when making a reservation. Also, order the Kalua pig - it's totally the best dish there.

    Priya Saiprasad · September 1, 2012
  • John C.

    Looks more expensive than it actually is. Decent atmosphere right on the pier, and some filling, delicious food.

    John Cassillo · August 14, 2012
  • Lorne R.

    Great food, service; living social discount was a tease and total bullshit!

    Lorne Rall · August 1, 2012
  • Felicia F.

    Good food but they took way too long to get our orders and it was near impossible to catch the waiter to get refills.

    Felicia Felice · July 18, 2012
  • Jenn W.

    I love this restaurant! Get the Kalua Pig lettuce wraps, they're awesome! Chef comes around to talk to you too and he's nice and laid back makes you feel special ;-)

    Jenn Watanabe · July 3, 2012
  • Emerald R.

    Fantastic happy hour!

    Emerald Reilly · June 21, 2012
  • Jaime R.

    Buddhas hand is a top notch drink

    Jaime Rodriguez · February 12, 2012
  • Kevin W.

    The specialty cocktail of the day will never let you down.

    Kevin White · October 28, 2011
  • Sara B.

    Happy hour from 4-7pm!

    Sara Blake · September 28, 2011
  • Dr. T.


    Dr. T · September 23, 2011
  • Irene C.

    Grilled Chicken Salad Club Sandwich (includes Avocado, Onions, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Swiss Cheese, Bacon, + side of Steak Fries) Delicious!

    Irene Chan · September 9, 2011
  • Matthew L.

    The Whole Crunchy Fish may look daunting, but it is incredible and artfully prepared

    Matthew L · August 27, 2011
  • bryan f.

    Dinner with my wife. Date night. Finally.

    bryan farley · August 1, 2011
  • Nils W.

    The kiwi cucumber gimlet is fantastic. Sit outdoors and see if you can spot Charlie the sea lion!

    Nils Walravens · July 21, 2011
  • Mary G.

    Most awesome gin rosemary martini...sounds strange but it was amazing! That was apart from the typically yummy food - shrimp shumai, garlic noodles, edamame, spring rolls, what else? All so good! Plus

    Mary Gilpatrick · February 12, 2011
  • Ryan

    Good for groups. Live music on some nights.

    Ryan · January 23, 2011
  • Justin W.

    Great happy hour! Regular menu items $5-7 T-F 5-7pm really good stuff, eater view...good cocktails as well.

    Justin Williams · November 20, 2010
  • Mikael B.

    Try the banana bread pudding

    Mikael Bouvier · October 31, 2010
  • Amy M.

    Make reservations for one of their bay side booths.

    Amy Mar · October 26, 2010
  • Kay S.

    they frown upon ordering water. better order two glasses because it takes a while to get a refill. Kobe burger is amazing!

    Kay Schlinkert · October 10, 2010

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