With a stunning view of the Bay Bridge, an outdoor patio, $1 oysters from 11:30am to 5:30pm daily, and a fab weekend brunch (the exotic Bloody Mary comes complete with smoked bacon and jumbo prawns), Waterbar delivers just about everything a San Francisco visitor could want—except, perhaps, for reasonable prices. Still, there’s much to enjoy at this prime location, including a fun cocktail-bar scene and two floor-to-ceiling fish tank columns in the middle of the restaurant, filled with eels, fish, and other Pacific Ocean critters. Consistent with San Francisco’s current zeitgeist, the menu offers a wide variety of fresh, ethically sourced, seasonal seafood such as squid and Alaskan halibut—and it even tells you the squid was caught aboard the “Seawave” near Monterey, and the halibut was hooked aboard the “St. John” in Homer, Alaska. Now that’s ocean-to-table sustainability!
- Erika Lennert