The Waterfront Restaurant on San Francisco’s Embarcadero for Fresh Fish & Oysters


I’ve been to the Waterfront Restaurant in San Francisco many times and the food is fresh enough and the wine good enough that its worth writing about more than once. There’s a view of the bridge to die for and they have an extensive oyster menu, one which warrants an entire menu alone. It is located at Pier 7 – The Embarcadero in San Francisco. One of my favorite things to do there is to sit at the bar, order a glass of over the top chardonnay, a half dozen oysters, one of their scrumptious salads and a fish appetizer.

The menu changes daily. The night we were there earlier this week, starters included Kampachi Sashimi, served with grapefruit, tarragon and horseradish, sustainably raised off the coast of Oahu Hawaii, Abalone Ceviche (yum), served with a fuyu persimmon, crisp sunchoke and herbs, a butter lettuce salad with apples, champagne and hazelnuts, a beet and fennel salad with dates, spiced yoghurt and toasted pistachios, a warm Maine lobster (my second favorite), served with lemongrass, fingerlime, toasted cashews, and silken soybean and my top favorite, the seared Nantucket Bay Scallops, served with tangerine, watermelon radish and sesame. (hand raked from Nantucket Bay, Massachusetts – ahhh, my old home).  Above is the lobster appetizer.































The Pan Roasted Striped Bass.































Dessert choices included Caramel Nut tart with citrus supreme and creme fraiche, Quince Tarte Tatin, with bay leaf anglaise, honey nougat glace and cranberries, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse, with a chocolate glaze, banana sorbet and caramel corn and the Manjari Chocolate Pot de Creme, served with cocoa nib cream and praline. They also had a pear sorbet as well as a trio of Artisan cheeses, which included Goat Gouda, Ewe’s Blue (sheep’s milk from Old Chatham NY), Weybridge from Weybridge Vermont and Barbieto Old Reserve (10 year old Boal) from Madeira.

One thing to note: the portions are extremely small, smaller than most restaurants in its category, so for $20-23 appetizers, the portions are about 3 bites only. Delicious, fresh and great care is taken to the sauces and preparation, but they are very slight. If you’re hungry, be prepared for a pricey night. Glasses of wine if you don’t go by the bottle will run you $12-20 a glass.

For more coverage on the food/wine and restaurant reviews in the San Francisco/Bay Area, visit our SF/foodie section. Photo credits: Renee Blodgett, except for the last outside shot which is taken from their site.

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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

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