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Waterbar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
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    Tina Hui T.
    "$1 oysters until 6pm every day"(24 Tips)
    Akshay S.
    "Happy hour oysters and the session beer"(9 Tips)
    jeff f.
    "Outside dinning, great view of the bay! order the tuna salad - yum!"(50 Tips)
    Natalie B.
    "Loved the oysters, whole crab, and prawns."(9 Tips)
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  • 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
    Upvoted Mar 22
  • 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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueJanuary 13, 2017
    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.
  • 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!
  • Kat .heart icon on user image
    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!
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25, 2017
    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
  • Dheart icon on user image
    DJune 21, 2019
    The prawn cocktail was good and my main meal. My husband enjoyed the salmon. I usually order shrimp (without the head) or scallops at a seafood restaurant and they did not have any options for me.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Brian I.heart icon on user image
    Brian IbarraAugust 15, 2017
    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
  • Jessica G.heart icon on user image
    Jessica GalianaJuly 9, 2017
    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.
  • Natalie B.heart icon on user image
    Natalie BauerMarch 30, 2018
    The Bay views are incredible! Fried Brussels sprouts are amazing. Loved the oysters, whole crab, and prawns.
  • Boshika T.
    Boshika TaraMarch 7, 2021
    The views are amazing, great place to watch the sun go down on the Bay. The food and drinks are good, like $$$$. Highlights would be Mole Spicy, and the calamari.
  • Areej A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Oysters; whole lobster or crab (in live tanks); true cod preparations; any sashimi or ceviche; any dessert. Read more
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel StansellApril 24, 2017
    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.heart icon on user image
    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 ....
  • 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.
  • amanda b.heart icon on user image
    amanda brookeSeptember 12, 2017
    cocktails are amazing, oysters are a must. cannot emphasize the horchata ice cream sandwich enough!!!!
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 23, 2017
    This is where you’ll sit on the waterfront, gazing up at the twinkling Bay Bridge while you slurp bespoke oysters. Read more
  • 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
  • Barbara S.heart icon on user image
    Barbara StephensonNovember 11, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    VERY safe and clean outdoor seating either on the patio with heaters or on the second floor with a view. Food is amazing as always.
  • Laura B.heart icon on user image
    Laura BergerolOctober 23, 2013
    Sit at the bar and enjoy the view of the bay bridge at night with the amazing light show.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 13, 2020
    $1.05 oysters on weekend brunch. Skip $16 ceviche for 3 bites of fish and shrimp. Crab cake sandwich and beer $20.
  • Eric D.
    Eric DillieOctober 16, 2023
    A great place to have a meal or drink in San Francisco with amazing views!
  • 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)
  • Tina Hui T.heart icon on user image
    Tina Hui Tina HuiOctober 13, 2015
    $1 oysters until 6pm every day + rose = Heaven BONUS POINTS: paired with some rose
  • Annie T.heart icon on user image
    Annie TangJuly 7, 2016
    Amazing happy hour! Super buttery oysters for $1 and delicious goat cheese dip
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason SchulweisMay 8, 2019
    Happy hour = $1 oysters (ish), meat skewers and a great martini...by the water. Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex StillFebruary 26, 2018
    Oyster happy hours are very happy. Amazing selection, cool design and a great view.
  • Garry T.heart icon on user image
    Garry TanSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The oysters are great. Just ask for whatever is fresh. The steak is surprisingly tasty but the kimchi that comes with it is not.
  • Sez
    SezMarch 28, 2016
    excellent seafood and wine. dark romantic atmosphere.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kristine M.heart icon on user image
    Kristine McLayMarch 23, 2019
    Everything’s good and if you sit at the bar ask for Chris. He’s awesome.
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SeanSeptember 5, 2021
    Bass crudo m, soft shell crab, and Pike were incredible. Unlike many places of its kind, the view isn’t the only thing it offers.
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WellerFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, very friendly service. Good oysters. Great view
  • Donna N.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Go Find Aliceheart icon on user image
    Go Find AliceJune 16, 2018
    Superb weekday lunch deals! $1 oysters!!
  • Patty M.heart icon on user image
    Patty MitchellOctober 2, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Oysters for 1.05 each every afternoon. Love this place
  • 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.
  • Adrienne O.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Lisa S.heart icon on user image
    Lisa SanchezMarch 17, 2017
    Perfect atmosphere for a work lunch, brunch, or a special occasion.
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