Water, Water, Everywhere: Best Restaurants on the Waterfront in San Francisco

What does it mean to say a city is world-class?

It usually means that the city has something that no other city can offer. In the case of San Francisco, her mild climate and unbeatable water views make the City by the Bay one of the choicest pieces of geography for any city in the world to land on. Very few cities have such a slim line between the natural world and a vibrant, urban life, and the most memorable dining experiences in San Francisco offer you a front row seat for such a fascinating meeting.

When you're looking for ambience as much as food, satisfying restaurants can be hard to come by. Fortunately, San Francisco delivers in spades. The city promises a superb selection of restaurants to sate your desire for Waterfront Dining.

These places take care of the details, making you feel welcomed, plying you with wonderful dishes, and sending you on your way with an experience you won't soon forget. For a hint of local quality, consider Slanted Door, which, along with Waterfront Restaurant , epitomizes great waterfront dining in San Francisco.

Don't let your San Francisco vacation slip away without a meal next to the Pacific or the Bay. Either one is a signature San francisco moment worth savoring for the rest of your life.

Epic Roasthouse


With so many water viewing restaurant options in the Bay, placing anywhere in the top ten makes you special - and Epic is certainly that. And if you happen to have someone in your group who wants to look at the water but not eat from it, Epic is...  Read More



Waterbar knows its a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful city - and makes the most of it. Designer Pat Kuleto spared no expense to insure diners will walk away with a complete ocean experience, including floor to ceiling aquariums full of...  Read More

Le Garage


Waterfront dining opportunities are many in the Bay Area, but Le Garage's stunning French cuisine and unique wharf-side location make it a certain standout. This bistro-style establishment serves authentic favorites with a fresh, modern twist,...  Read More

Pier 23 Cafe


A lot of waterfront restaurants are formal affairs, but not Pier 23. If you want the view of the water without all the fuss, head to Pier 23. Although the atmosphere is casual, the approach to food is not - try their steamed mussels and clams,...  Read More

Hog Island Oyster Bar


Sometimes, the simplest things in life are best, a premise wholeheartedly embraced by the people who run this fantastic oyster bar. In fact, they raise the oysters about an hour north of the city, and their sweet, succulent mollusks are some of...  Read More

Marina District
Greens Restaurant
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Head to San Francisco's gorgeous waterfront and check out Greens Restaurant's creative vegetarian menu and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Chef Annie Somerville creates a daily menu with organic, fresh ingredients from primarily two...  Read More



Situated along the San Francisco waterfront, Slanted Door is always packed with posh patrons looking to enjoy beautiful bay views and modern Vietnamese cuisine. Local ingredients add a twist to Vietnamese street food, creating distinctive dishes...  Read More

Waterfront Restaurant


An unbeatable view and delicious food have made Waterfront Restaurant a hit. The open-air patio is especially popular during warmer months, but whether seated inside or out, you'll enjoy a breathtaking Bayscape complete with a stunning view of...  Read More

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It's not hard to see why Scoma's is a classic San Francisco favorite. Located on Fisherman's Wharf, the family-run eatery boasts broad windows with sweeping views of the wharf and the bay. The extensive menu tempts with fresh, sustainable...  Read More

Sutro's at the Cliff House


If you're looking for an ocean rather than a bay view, Sutro's at the Cliff House is your spot. After fires and earthquakes destroyed the previous Cliff houses, this newly restored and beautifully modern space offers dramatic views of the...  Read More


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