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Waterbar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
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  • Paula F.
    Paula FarmerAugust 5, 2013
    While you will pay dearly to eat here, it is so worth it for the $1 oysters before 5pm & beautiful views. You can also see the dancing lights of the Bay Bridge from most tables. Excellent food & bar!
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 6, 2015
    Sometimes at brunch you like a cocktail, but how about brunch IN a cocktail?! The ultimate Bloody Mary here is two thick-cut bacon slices, and two jumbo prawns with a cocktail chaser. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25
    This well touristed Embarcadero seafood spot does a brawny (and prawn-y) version of a Bloody Mary with Ketel One, a house-made spice mix, bacon, and a large Gulf prawn as garnish. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 20, 2014
    Looking to shake up your Marin Miyagi routine? Waterbar is now serving Tio Point oysters, sourced from New Zealand. They're one of only four restaurants in the entire U.S. that offer them. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    Waterbar has built a deliciously decadent experience atop a traditional bloody mary foundation, garnishing the drink with a seasoning of Old Bay on the rim, two whole slices of bacon, & jumbo shrimp. Read more
  • Anna D.
    Anna DakhundaridzeJanuary 12, 2014
    Great view. Tasty menu. Good choice if wine. Attentive personnel. What else do you need for dinner with friends if you lover?! 😉 very romantic if you sit near the window and look at the Bay Bridge...
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    We love the classic Dungeness crab cocktail ($20), and are always looking for an excuse to splurge on their grand iced shellfish platter ($110) with crab, lobster, ceviche, prawns and oysters. Read more
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouDecember 23, 2012
    this place offers just some of the best views from town, its outdoorsy which is a plus, when the weather permits, also the Happy Hour: Every Day 1130a-6p (Oysters); Mon- Fri 3p-6p (Drinks)
  • Wilson F.
    Beautiful location, with a view on the Bay Bridge outside and massive aquariums on the inside. Fresh seafood, attentive service, overall elegant vibe. Perfect for client lunches or parent visits.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱August 8, 2016
    Came here on a Saturday for brunch. Nice ambiance and food is unexpectedly good. Wood Oven Baked Goat Cheese, Mascarpone Stuffed Griddlecakes, Grilled Flat Iron Steak are all very delicious!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Snag a seat on Waterbar's patio, a perfect spot to dig into an enviable oyster list ($3.55 to $4.30) and raw bar selection whilst taking in waterfront and Bay Bridge views. Read more
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Get there early (ideally around 3:30pm) to snag seats in the lively circular Oyster Bar with its large windows, or on the outside terrace with its more open bridge and bay views.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 31, 2014
    Beverage director Steve Izzo uses 
Heering cherry liqueur instead of the Maraschino cherries and 
club soda as a throwback. The benedictine is there to add a bit of an herbal
 aromatic, he adds.
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I go there fot eh great $1 oysters everyday from 11 am to 6 pm! The Sunday brunch has a $20 Proseco bottle with orange juice carafe. The rest of the menu is not super creative, overall good food
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the $1 Oysters - #kvpinmybelly : Tasty #oyster special at @Waterbar. Fresh, creamy shellfish. Also loved trifecta of flavor with horseradish, hot sauce and cocktail sauce. NOM!
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SSeptember 17, 2014
    $1.05 oysters before 5:30pm! Get there early to grab a table outside and enjoy the view, but there is open seating at the bar inside. The Tiger Lily cocktail wasn't memorable, it tasted like perfume.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Oysters; whole lobster or crab (in live tanks); true cod preparations; any sashimi or ceviche; any dessert. Read more
  • Arthur
    ArthurMay 20, 2013
    Waterfront seafood restaurant. If you don't want to have your crab at fisherman wharf with all the tourist here you will enjoy tranquility where sf habitants come to brunch. Upper class
  • Areej A.
    Areej AshourAugust 16, 2015
    One of the places u should definitely eat in when in San Fran .. yummy food great view of the bay bridge great service. Don't even think about skipping dessert.
  • Nahid A.
    Nahid AshriJune 25, 2014
    A must try resturant ... perfect view ...perfect food ... must try definitely the oyster ... not like any where else ... the steak ... the soft shell crab ....
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel Stansell2 days ago
    Sit outside, order oysters and bubbles, and enjoy the view. This place gets bonus points at night for the stunning view of the bridge's art installation.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    You might have come for the waterfront view, but you'll never want to leave after you take a peek at this mouth-watering menu by Executive Chef Parke Ulrich. He's a CIA alumnus.
  • Annie T.
    Annie TangJuly 7, 2016
    Amazing happy hour! Super buttery oysters for $1 and delicious goat cheese dip
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PhamOctober 30, 2012
    My friends and I always come here for the fresh oysters. So good! And I love that I get 10% cashback since I'm on MOGL. http://mo.gl/sffour
  • Donna S.
    Donna SAugust 16, 2014
    Has a nice, no reservation patio, the som is extremely welcoming, be adventuresome w your wine pairing with your oysters
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanSeptember 5, 2016
    The oysters are great. Just ask for whatever is fresh. The steak is surprisingly tasty but the kimchi that comes with it is not.
  • Donna N.
    Donna NoviJune 9, 2013
    Even better now that you can see the Bay Bridge light show while sitting at the bar and at many of the dining tables!
  • Adrienne O.
    Adrienne OldsMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make your own mimosas are only $20 on Sundays. Bottle of prosecco and a little orange juice at brunch is perfect.
  • Mira
    MiraJune 18, 2011
    Oysters are $1 until 6pm during happy hour daily. Great place to go and enjoy the views of the bay. I dare you to can the runners!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Note to self: next time we’re back in town, we need to find a loved one to enjoy the ridiculous setting and oyster selection with so we can get our romance on.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BergerolOctober 23, 2013
    Sit at the bar and enjoy the view of the bay bridge at night with the amazing light show.
  • Dane H.
    Dane HarriganJune 29, 2013
    Great food! The waiter suggested 2 drinks that were perfect. And the outdoor seating is really nice
  • megan
    meganMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    truffle grilled cheese & tomato soup lunch combo at the bar is delicious and inexpensive (as compared to a full sit down meal)
  • Sez
    SezMarch 28, 2016
    excellent seafood and wine. dark romantic atmosphere.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, very friendly service. Good oysters. Great view
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best for the $1 oysters everyday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sunday brunch the $20 Proseco bottle!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 4, 2012
    Filled with fresh lobster meat, their roll is simple, clean and classic. A delicious contender in our 2012 Lobster Roll Rumble: Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Cap the evening with Emily Luchetti's desserts such as a peanut butter and chocolate mousse. Read more
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresMay 2, 2013
    Everyone talks a about the oysters. I loved the scallops. by lime and avocado.
  • Dina S.
    Dina SJune 2, 2013
    Service is surprisingly slow. Good oyster happy hour. Happy Hour White wine is tasteless, but does the job. Despite the confusing sign, outside area is "self-seating", so grab a table if there is one!
  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesJuly 16, 2012
    Do you feel like seafood or grilled meat? Anyways, the view on the Bay Bridge is breathtaking!
  • Cate C.
    Cate CauguiranApril 22, 2013
    Happy hour starts at 11:30AM for all your early AM shifters like me. Plus $1 Oysters? Yes, please.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren StrehlowJanuary 19
    Oysters and Raw Bar cannot be beat. Avoid the spare ribs at this seafood restaurant; it isn't their specialty.
  • Alexa S.
    Alexa SJune 16, 2010
    Amazing food and amazing service all with the backdrop of the Bay Bridge and the Embarcadero. Do get the clam chowder and bay chips together!
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiOctober 13, 2015
    $1 oysters until 6pm every day + rose = Heaven BONUS POINTS: paired with some rose
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid oysters. But get there for the $1 ones, otherwise things get expensive quick.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 23, 2014
    Terrific scenic views and really cool fish tanks in the restaurant
  • Russell D.
    Russell DurantJune 5, 2015
    Great service by Myron and the barbecue blue fish sandwich was very good.
  • Reem A.
    Reem ASeptember 14, 2014
    Try the watermelon salad w/ feta and shrimp. Good basil lemonade.
  • Katja E.
    Katja E.September 23, 2016
    Their happy hour is a complete ripoff: the oysters are tiny 😏
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SanchezMarch 17
    Perfect atmosphere for a work lunch, brunch, or a special occasion.
  • SFGate
    SFGateApril 26, 2011
    Oysters with fennel mignonette are $1 each until 6 p.m. daily. Order a dozen and enjoy the view. Read more
  • Leigh R.
    Leigh ReinertDecember 3, 2013
    If you like Bloody Mary's get the Ultimate! Ketel One, smoked bacon and JUMBO prawns!
  • Danielle
    DanielleJune 20, 2015
    $1.05 oysters (.05 cents goes to an oyster non-profit), great view, decent drinks.
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuMay 15, 2016
    Sustainably caught fish. Love the little goldfish takeout token.
  • Colt F.
    Colt FortyFiveJuly 27, 2013
    Good wine list and views of the Bay Bridge. Try the sturgeon.
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeJune 3, 2013
    Portion size varies quite a bit with their entrees. Don't be shy to ask your server!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SinfieldFebruary 15, 2012
    The cape horn is fantastic!!!! It's a must id you stop by!
  • Jaime R.
    Jaime RodriguezFebruary 28, 2012
    Try the Cape Horn cocktail, it's new, and has a pleasant kick to it
  • Alex C.
    Alex CavoulacosMarch 5, 2014
    Different $1 oysters before 6pm each day, 7 days a week
  • Hom C.
    Hom CMarch 21, 2016
    Oysters were great. The view is great.
  • Nags
    NagsOctober 2, 2014
    Fabulous views. The starters were all pretty fantastic
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoJuly 8, 2015
    Right near the bay and bay bridge. Their salmon is delist!
  • Gelo B.
    Gelo BarrettoMarch 23, 2013
    Dollar oysters everyday from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MeyerJanuary 27, 2013
    Love the aquarium columns, stunning view, and $1 featured oyster before $6pm!!
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohSeptember 30, 2014
    seared tuna with soba noodle salad was light but full of flavor
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KidwellJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 oysters during happy hour! great bar to hang out in with views of the bay!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavidsonApril 14, 2015
    Two dollar oyster Tuesday with a view and a sexy staff. Need I say more?
  • Frances 미라
    Frances 미라November 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 oysters for HH 11:30AM-5:30PM everyday! Enjoy with a view!
  • Wilfredo V.
    Wilfredo ValleMarch 10, 2013
    Book a reservation and enjoy the Bay Bridge View.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerDecember 20, 2014
    The everything Bloody Mary is a thing of beauty.
  • Tamara A.
    Tamara AlesiJune 27, 2011
    Great lounge for apps and drinks with friends. Recommend. Read more
  • Dave F.
    Dave FasslerAugust 8, 2014
    Great drinks and seafood. Fantastic view of bay bridge?
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KooFebruary 11, 2010
    The high top table seats to the left of the bar when you walk in require no waiting or waitlist. If it's open it's yours!
  • herm p.
    herm pugayJune 17, 2015
    A nice place for oysters and a view.
  • Haley B.
    Haley BaskinMarch 7, 2011
    Amazing black truffle stuffed scallops and whitefish! Beautiful views
  • Pam S.
    Pam S.August 8, 2011
    Be sure to ask for hot sauce for those raw oysters ...recipe is from head chef's wife.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 10, 2016
    Sister restaurant to Epic Steak. Seafood focused. Very good! $$$
  • ✰ David M.
    Shellfish, oysters, lobster, crab. Can't go wrong here.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChapaApril 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 oysters at waterbar! Try dipping the old bay chips in the mignonette
  • Michael O.
    Michael OzawaJune 25, 2013
    The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. Oysters are $1 each until 5:30 p.m. now.
  • Fernando R.
    Fernando RamalhoOctober 3, 2014
    Good option
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Halibut - #kvpinmybelly : #Easter dinner with my family. Amazing, fresh #fish in #SF.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MissenMay 21, 2011
    Skip work early on a sunny day and have $1 oysters and Prosecco outside looking out at the water.
  • ˜ ˜.
    ˜ ˜December 9, 2012
    The little sweet ones taste like those found in coastal North Carolina (Crassostrea virginica)
  • Elena T.
    Elena TitovaMay 4, 2016
    delicious oysters ❤️
  • Rez
    RezMarch 25, 2011
    All about the dollar oysters. Either for lunch or just sneak out of work (9-to-5er's) early
  • Dan
    DanSeptember 8, 2012
    Beat oyster selection in SF.
  • Talisa L.
    Talisa LavarryAugust 21, 2014
    Everything is delicious here.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongApril 24, 2015
    Great place for hh oysters by the water!
  • JC
    JCFebruary 8, 2011
    Nothing like fresh seafood. One of the best seafood restaurants I have been to lately.
  • Sailing Spoken Here
    Sailing Spoken HereDecember 6, 2010
    Best restaurant for great views, cocktails, and oysters!
  • Nadia I.
    Nadia IssaBellaNovember 21, 2015
    Amazing views of the Bay Bridge
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    Great spot for a post work bite and drink.
  • Akshay S.
    Akshay ShahAugust 7, 2014
    Happy hour oysters and the session beer
  • Betty L.
    Betty LemDecember 27, 2013
    Their new Happy Hour schedule 2-5:30pm
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 19, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST HAPPY HOUR
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 19, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 - Reader's Poll - BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
  • Michiel J.
    Michiel JanssenDecember 16, 2016
    Go here for oysters and wine!
  • Callie S.
    Callie StephensMarch 25, 2014
    Wait for a table on the patio - worth it!
  • Luce
    LuceOctober 2, 2014
    Les huîtres à 1$ sont à 1.10 maintenant, mais elles existent ! (je n'en croyais pas les commentaires mais si !!) Avec un blanc de Napa c'est top.
  • Il Team Neapolisbook
    Il Team NeapolisbookFebruary 22, 2015
    L'aperitivo qui è un must! Consigliatissimo il Cape Horn, lo fanno davvero bene. Per la cena c'è l'imbarazzo della scelta fra pesce crudo e cotto. Buonissimo il carpaccio di polipo!
  • Olga💋 M.
    Отличная кухня, black cod и seabass - очень вкусные! Обязательно заглянем еще!
  • Cari F.
    Cari FossatiOctober 30, 2015
    Un lugar super cool para comer o tomar drinks si estás en San Francisco.
  • Paolo P.
    Paolo PiccioliAugust 4, 2014
    Ottimo per pesce, super per chi ama le ostriche!
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