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Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
156 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • scenic views
  • happy hour
  • good for dates
  • cocktails
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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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraAugust 15
    Besides having a spot on view of the Bay Bridge the food will surprise you! If you can get past the high prices you're in for one hell of a meal! Make reservations and valet your car save the hassle
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jessica G.
    Food is great. Dinner menu is much better than Brunch menu. Also the view at the end of the day is unbeatable. Oysters are delicious and fresh. Staff is so-so.
  • 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.
  • Daniel S.
    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.
  • 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 ....
  • 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.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BrookeSeptember 12
    cocktails are amazing, oysters are a must. cannot emphasize the horchata ice cream sandwich enough!!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 23
    This is where you’ll sit on the waterfront, gazing up at the twinkling Bay Bridge while you slurp bespoke oysters. Read more
  • Dane H.
    Dane HarriganJune 29, 2013
    Great food! The waiter suggested 2 drinks that were perfect. And the outdoor seating is really nice
  • Sez
    SezMarch 28, 2016
    excellent seafood and wine. dark romantic atmosphere.
  • 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)
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, very friendly service. Good oysters. Great view
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Cap the evening with Emily Luchetti's desserts such as a peanut butter and chocolate mousse. Read more
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiOctober 13, 2015
    $1 oysters until 6pm every day + rose = Heaven BONUS POINTS: paired with some rose
  • 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!
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