The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe
We had a great experienceWe had a great experience at the Waterfront Restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was very good, as we had a short time window and our waiter made sure all our food arrived in enough time.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this place.We had excellent food and excellent service. Great location with views of the bay. I highly recommend the Lobster Mac & Cheese. This was my 4th time there and I am consistenly pleased. We had reservations, and our table was ready to go. Requested a nice view as this was a celebratory dinner, and that's exactly what we got. NO complaints.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial EveningWe were celebrating a special birthday. The staff did everything they could to make it truly memorable: delicious food, stunning view, outstanding table, excellent service and a special birthday dessert.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA Perfect LunchMy wife and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the outdoor patio. The weather was perfect and the views spectacular. What made it even better was a delicious Caesar salad, "Lobster Roll" Sandwich on a brioche bun and a wonderful Chardonnay! What more could you ask for; spectacular view, quite patio and delicious food!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWaterfront RestaurantWaterfront was a great dining experience with a beautiful view of the San Francisco bay with the Bay Bridge providing a nice background. When I set my reservation I requested that we get the best seat in the house because we were celebrating two birthdays for the night. The restaurant set us up with the premier table as we had the best view in the house.
The food was very good. Great seafood (which you expect at a place on the water) as it was fresh and tasty. But the best part of the evening was definitely the whole ambiance. A great place for a birthday or an anniversary.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWaterfront ReviewHad a great evening...did the Dine About Town menu which was very good...four in our group..we all loved it...excellent staff...amazing manager...highly recommend it6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful, great food, serviceHad a beautiful lunch here with my Mother for her birthday. The food was fantastic (crab salad and lobster roll!) and the service was winderful- attentive but not hovering. Would go again soon and definitely recommend to friends. This is a great spot!6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWow, what a view!The best restaurant view in the City! Plus good food and service.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch in the CityWe arrived 30 minutes early as traffic was non-existent and they sat us immediately. We ordered off the main menu and the Dine about town menu. My meal was outstanding and while my wife's meal was ultimately good, it had to be sent back as the meat was very undercooked. Overall we won't let the minor snafu with her meal prevent us from coming back.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this placeMy girlfriend and I just found this gem of a restaurant, and it is just perfect!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWaterfront is Wonderful!!Our dinner at the Waterfront was terrific. We sat on the covered patio so that we could watch the Bay Bridge Lights. Our server, Maura, was friendly and most helpful. Good selection of wines. My husband enjoyed the steamed clams as an appetizer, followed by the Seafood Platter. My selection was the grilled Swordfish, which was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a good place for dinnerAlways a good place for dinner or lunch. We've been to The Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe many times and have always found it to be a terrific place to eat.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a lovely evening!We were in town for a conference, and wanted to get away from the hotel. Our evening at the Waterfront was perfect! It's a really nice "San Francisco view", but unpretentious. It's kinda cool being down amongst the piers and warehouses. Our server, Kelly, was helpful and accommodating at every turn, and everything we ate was very, very good. Even if you are getting sides with your meal, try the Lobster Mac and Cheese for the table. It was the best we've ever eaten! We had Escolar from the "special fish" menu, and it was terrific and beautifully prepared. And don't miss the oysters either! Finally, if you like homemade pasta, their linguini would be tough to top! All in all, we would return here again and again.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMMy children and I went toMy children and I went to the Waterfront restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. The menu was wonderful and we sampled several appetizers and main dishes. The Maine lobster risotto was our favorite. My only unfavorable comment is that the staff could have been a little more accommodating about my special request to have a window table. We were there to celebrate my daughter's college graduation. Also there was no acknowledgement by the staff of the special event.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGood CelebrationIt was our friend's retirement celebration dinner and also to see the Bay Bridge and the restaurant was very accommodating as far as table placement ,service etc.....just what we wanted!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dinner and BB Light ArtGreat dining room upstairs with 180 degree views. More modern that we thought. Waiter was a bit off at slow pace that couldn't be hurried and we learned to go along with the pace.... Fresh Fish dishes were best, nice wine and great view. Art installation project was minimal in any entertainment, but nice to see the bridge more visible at night.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe view was the reason weThe view was the reason we went to the Waterfront, but I was impressed with the menu. There seems to have been an upgrade since my last visit, and the food was quite good. My European friends were duly impressed since we had a great view of the Bay Bridge light show.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat datwent for a special occasion. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food and service outstanding. Will be coming back soon5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA fine restaurant for seaA fine restaurant for sea food; busy waiters. Reasonable wine prices. Great views of the bridge, especially when lighted at night.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMRecommendedHad a perfect SF day eating lunch outside and looking out over the water. This is a great City. Service was very good and food was well done.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBest view in townWe watched as the sun set and the Bay Bridge lit up in the background, adding a special factor to our dining experience. We ate on the patio, with the plastic windows shielding us from a very windy evening in San Francisco. The food was good - maybe not the best in SF - but presented well. And at a very good price. The lobster mac and cheese side dish was delicious! The Vancouver salmon was cooked perfectly and the whole fish didn't disappoint. Only thing not fabulous was sticky pudding for dessert. Not sticky enough!! And by the way, valet parking at $12 was well worth the pain of trying to find street parking in SF!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSF City LunchEasy parking and terrific SF Bay view. Pleasant atmosphere and perfect venue for entertaining clients, with enough space for small groups and during the weekday lunch, noise level affords comfortable conversation. The fresh Seafood Cobb salad was delicious; and slightly over-shadows the Waterfront Louis crab salad. Our server was welcoming and attentive. I've dined here many times, and have always found The Waterfront to be a reliable venue for entertaining friends, family and clients.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful location with greatWonderful location with great view of the Bay. Nice variety of foods that are well-prepared and delicious5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFine dining with a view!Had a wonderful time during our late-afternoon dinner on Mother's Day. The food was great, the service was excellent and the view could not have been better. By the way, the Mac and Lobster is to die for. Highly recommended.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous!Took my mother there for Mother's Day and it was just delightful. Not only was the food delicious but the view is spectacular. If you like seafood this is the place to go. There is outdoor dining but it is enclosed with glass windows and is heated so that you are not uncomfortably cold as San Francisco can be chilly.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Great view.It's been a few years since I visited this restaurant. Was not disappointed either time. Great food. I had a seafood linguini, with freshly made pasta. The others had various dishes and were all pleased. Great sourdough. The desserts are fabulous. It was hard to choose the ones we wanted, so we ordered a couple of sampler platters with all of them represented. I always have coffee at the end of a meal and the quality of the coffee is a measurement of my satisfaction with the restaurant. Excellent coffee, here. Service was outstanding. We had three efficient staff members waiting on our small party of 4. Good wine. Good food. Good coffee. Good view of the SF Bay. What more could you want?5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome..We had a great time at the Waterfront. The staff was exceptional. Our lead waiter Massimo was awesome and so intuitive to our needs. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautifulLovely restaurant right under the Bay Bridge. Stay for the lighting of the bridge.
Service was nice.
Food was very good.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMBright lights and bright foodThis is the perfect location to have a wonderful meal and view the art light show on the Bay Bridge. Food, service and view all exceeded expectations. Our out of town guest was thrilled.
Staff was friendly, attentive and engaged with us. Food was spot on, exactly what you would want while "sitting on the dock of the bay"....
Interesting observation...hey people, just because you are a business traveller on the company $ does not mean you have the right to treat your server and staff like your personal hired hand. Show some respect to these professionals...5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWaterfront - Fine food with a greatMy wife's birthday dinner at The Waterfront restaurant was all that we hoped it would be. Having eaten there a number of times over the years, we especially wanted to return there to enjoy their wonderful cuisine and excellent service while viewing the new LED light installation on the west span of the Bay Bridge. The animated interplay of the lights throughout the evening was entertaining, and it enhanced the already exceptional view of the bridge, Yerba Buena and Treasure islands and the passing watercraft. I strongly recommend The Waterfront for a romantic evening of fine food, great views and outstanding service.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat view of the Bay BridgeIt was my first time at this restaurant. The food was ok, not special. But it does provide a great view of the Bay. It is an ideal restaurant if you want a place where you can dine while enjoying the night light show of the Bay Bridge.
Service and all other criteria would be rated average to good. Valet parking is convenient as it is difficult to park at this neighborhood.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Seafood and View...Finally tried the Waterfront after walking by so many times on the Embarcadero. Food is great west coast seafood and the view and Bay Bridge light show make for a memorable meal...5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect evening and view restarauntWe had a delightful evening. Started with the lobster mac and cheese, which is truly outstanding.
Then, one entre was pancetta wrapped prawns, and other entree was the salmon. Both were so delicious, and perfectly prepared.
I like their sourdough bread also, one of the best in SF. Service was perfect. This was five stars in every regard!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMsee the lightsWe had not been there for many years and made the selection to show the bridge lights to an out of town visitor. I was very pleased with the menu and the full experience. I was prepared for it being just a tourist view restaurant but it was much better than that. It is far enough from the Ferry building that parking was available in the pay lot across the street. Good evening.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fabulous andThe food was fabulous and we had the best table in the house with a view of the SF Bay. could not have asked for a better evening....willl return.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!We have been to the Waterfront before but this time we brought out of town guests who claim it was the highlight of their trip! Now we did experience one of those few SF evenings when the weather is warm and walking the Embarcadero is pleasant. But our meal at The Waterfront was so tasty and our view was incredible. I would always recommend whatever the special is since they do such a good job but their regular menu is delicious as well. Don't miss the oysters.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place to eat on the waterPros: food was delicious, price was right, views of the bridge and the bay are awesome
Cons: service was very slow, seated us 20 minutes after our reservation time, staff seemed like they were in a bad mood (as others have mentioned) although they did seem to warm up as the night went along
Overall, I'll be going back. The restaurant is not without its faults, but good food and amazing scenery definitely tip the scale in its favor4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there for lunch andWe were there for lunch and our food was very good. We will return for dinner the next time we're in the city. The wine prices are very reasonable! An example is that there are several Napa Cabs in the $40-$50 range.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMView Bay Bridge LightsA terrific place to experience the lights on the Bay Bridge. The food was fantastic. The hit for all of us was the side dish, lobster macaroni and cheese. The staff was stupendous. They made you feel very welcome and were very attentive.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great window tableWe had a great window table right with a perfect view of the bay. Just a group of friends getting together on a friday for dinner. The service was wonderful, and the lobster mac and cheese was full of lobster. I had enough to share with my husband.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great meal at TheWe had a great meal at The Waterfront and would definitely go back again. We had an excellent table with a great view of the Bay bridge4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMHard to beat for bayside sea foodBest seafood I've had in a while. A bit of old SF in terms of decode. Outside patio has great views and can be warmer than inside even given the lamps. Service just a bit off, but I'm sure it was a fluke.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOnly for a leisurely; special mealWe had reservations for 6:30pm and got seated right away. They did have a good selection of wine, a limited beer option however. We started with the calamari, nicely mixed with artichokes and other veggies. We also enjoyed the sweet chili sauce rather than the standard aioli. There was quite a lull between appetizer and entree. We weren't in a hurry though, so it did not bother us. My husband had the tuna with roasted artichokes. The tuna was cooked well and was a large portion, however, the artichokes had the hearts removed, so there really wasn't much to them (especially considering the cost). I had the seafood linguini and it was enjoyable. We did have dessert, the chocolate cake with cream. Was not impressed by dessert, cake was dry.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and the atmosphereThe food and the atmosphere were outstanding. The service was excellent.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMVibrant but soooooooooo loudeverything was perfect except we (four of us) could not talk or hear each other on the mezzanine level; the noise from other tables was soooooooooo loud4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a lovely time. TheWe had a lovely time. The service was perfect, with the timing exactly as we requested.
Food was really quite good. We had 3 seafood dishes. Plus, the view of the bridge as the lights came on at sunset was fabulous. Congratulations.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAll was great...until the end!One of the prettiest restaurants we have enjoyed on the wharf....also among the highest priced. Food was excellent. We tried Cioppino, ceasar salad, green salad with nuts, and mussels. One of our guests had the mixed grill. The view of the Bay Bridge with its new light show provided a great backdrop. We had a little "mix up" and the waiter "chased" after us as we were leaving saying we had not left his copy of the credit card receipt. (This was a bit embarrassing as we were with business colleagues.) We showed him we only had our copies. We suggested a duplicate copy for us to sign but he told us it was OK that he just needed to see the "gratuity" amount. Not cool! Too bad he did not pick up the receipt before we left the table.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were left alone for longWe were left alone for long periods of time between courses and had three different head waiters wait on us. Who were we
supposed to tip? We felt very awkward.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular lights & foodWe met our out-of-town guests, making (6) for dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant on a Monday night. We made our reservation through Open Table with a special request for a view of the New Bay Bridge lights. We were given the corner table on the balcony. The view is spectacular. Our waiter Aaron was very attentive, knowledgeable, and caring. Everyone had a different fish entrée, all of which, were delicious and well presented. We had a great evening and clearly recommend the Waterfront Restaurant to everyone.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGood meal, wonderful viewGood meal, wonderful view of the bay bridge with light show.
Crab cakes were excellent, with a lot of crab and little filler. Halibut was delicious - cooked perfectly, moist and great flavors.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AM