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Waterbar

Waterbar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
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  • Annie T.
    Annie Tang2 weeks ago
    Amazing happy hour! Super buttery oysters for $1 and delicious goat cheese dip
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Danielle
    DanielleJune 20, 2015
    $1.05 oysters (.05 cents goes to an oyster non-profit), great view, decent drinks.
  • Russell D.
    Russell DurantJune 5, 2015
    Great service by Myron and the barbecue blue fish sandwich was very good.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerFebruary 26, 2015
    Great food, very friendly service. Good oysters. Great view
  • 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
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 23, 2014
    Terrific scenic views and really cool fish tanks in the restaurant
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reem A.
    Reem ASeptember 14, 2014
    Try the watermelon salad w/ feta and shrimp. Good basil lemonade.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Oysters; whole lobster or crab (in live tanks); true cod preparations; any sashimi or ceviche; any dessert. Read more
  • 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.
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerJuly 28, 2014
    Solid oysters. But get there for the $1 ones, otherwise things get expensive quick.
  • 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 ....
  • Deb P.
    Deb PageMay 5, 2014
    Natalia the hostess is the rudest person in the food industry. For a place rated with 3 stars, she gets a minus .0005. We decided not to spend our money here.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsOctober 5, 2013
    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!
  • 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!
  • Colt F.
    Colt FortyFiveJuly 27, 2013
    Good wine list and views of the Bay Bridge. Try the sturgeon.
  • Dane H.
    Dane HarriganJune 29, 2013
    Great food! The waiter suggested 2 drinks that were perfect. And the outdoor seating is really nice
  • 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!
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeJune 3, 2013
    Portion size varies quite a bit with their entrees. Don't be shy to ask your server!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Adrienne O.
    Adrienne OldsMay 5, 2013
    Make your own mimosas are only $20 on Sundays. Bottle of prosecco and a little orange juice at brunch is perfect.
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresMay 2, 2013
    Everyone talks a about the oysters. I loved the scallops. by lime and avocado.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesJuly 16, 2012
    Do you feel like seafood or grilled meat? Anyways, the view on the Bay Bridge is breathtaking!
  • 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
  • Jaime R.
    Jaime RodriguezFebruary 28, 2012
    Try the Cape Horn cocktail, it's new, and has a pleasant kick to it
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SinfieldFebruary 15, 2012
    The cape horn is fantastic!!!! It's a must id you stop by!
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 25, 2011
    Best for the $1 oysters everyday from 11 am to 6 pm and on Sunday brunch the $20 Proseco bottle!
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 18, 2011
    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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • megan
    meganMarch 15, 2011
    truffle grilled cheese & tomato soup lunch combo at the bar is delicious and inexpensive (as compared to a full sit down meal)
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KidwellJanuary 24, 2011
    $1 oysters during happy hour! great bar to hang out in with views of the bay!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MullinMarch 14, 2009
    Be sure to get a seat at the window for stellar bay views...order the octopus and roasted potato salad.
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