Modern Seafood

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The freshest seafood and an impressive raw bar draw crowds to this bustling, aquarium-filled dining experience on the scenic Embarcadero.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Waterbar is a fantasy brought to life.” -SF Chronicle

“Chef Parke Ulrich, who spent a decade at the city's celebrated seafood palace Farallon, dishes up the catch raw, cured, and cooked in dozens of ways, while nationally acclaimed pastry chef Emily Luchetti handles the sweet end of the menu.” -Fodor’s


Two dramatic, floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life anchor the main dining area, while walls of vividly illuminated fish tanks display fresh catches available on that day's menu. The open kitchen fills the main dining room with a lively brasserie ambiance, juxtaposed with stunning views of the bay.


  • SF's Best for Dining with a View 2017 — Zagat
  • Best of Award of Excellence 2015 — Wine Spectator
  • Top 100 Restaurants 2015 — San Francisco Chronicle
  • Best of San Francisco 2015 — 7x7 Magazine
  • 10 Romantic Waterside Restaurants — CNN
  • Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in the US — Fox News
  • Three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle 2013
  • Top 5 Restaurants in San Francisco 2012 — Haute Living
  • Zagat rating of 4.4 out of 5

399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Brasserie, Lively, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Outdoor Dining, People Watching, View
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (415) 284-9922
  • Private Dining Room: Yes