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Martinidrinker Aug 8, 2011 10:14 AM

Four of us are flying to SF for the day from our Vegas vacations (3 from the US and I'm from the UK). We want a really lovely dinner before we fly back - great food and drink, atmosphere, view of the Bay, if possible (okay, so I want a waterside restaurant!).

I really love seafood and it would be good to have choices for everyone else so good meat options as well. As we're staying in Vegas, we don't need to repeat any of the top chefs' restaurants unless they're exceptional.

So far, we've seen Waterbar, Farallon and Bistro Boudin (although the seafood menu looked a bit limited). Would you recommend any of them or suggest somewhere else, please?

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Farallon
450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Bistro Boudin
160 Jefferson St, Upper Level, San Francisco, CA 94133

  1. Robert Lauriston Aug 8, 2011 11:13 AM

    If you insist on a bay view, La Mar might have the best food.

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    La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
    Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. CarrieWas218 Aug 8, 2011 11:03 AM

      Unfortunately, most of the waterside restaurants are REALLY mediocre and cater to tourists.

      You have to decide if you want great food and atmosphere over a view.

      Farallon has great seafood and no view. I also recommend Anchor & Hope, Ame, and Bar Crudo for seafood (none of whom have views either).

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      Farallon
      450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      Bar Crudo
      655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

      Anchor & Hope
      83 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      1. re: CarrieWas218
        pamf Aug 8, 2011 11:12 AM

        Waterbar does have a fantastic location with a view. They have happy hour from 11:30a-6p, so you could stop by for their happy hour specials and a small bite or two to enjoy the view and then move on to another restaurant for dinner.

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          Martinidrinker Aug 8, 2011 11:20 AM

          Thank you! I wondered about that as the oysters look amazing. Over here, we have a choice of rock or native, if that. I didn't know there could be such a variety - and one that tastes of watermelon!

        2. re: CarrieWas218
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          Martinidrinker Aug 8, 2011 11:13 AM

          Thanks! It's hard being a view-loving, tourist foodie! I'll check out the two your recommended. What about Waterbar? Is it all style, no substance? Their seafood display is very tempting.

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            budnball Aug 8, 2011 11:20 AM

            For those of us who live here, Waterbar is indeed, all style. However, visiters seem to enjoy it, so it may fill your needs. The food is not bad, just overpriced.

            1. re: budnball
              Paul H Aug 8, 2011 01:44 PM

              Waterbar has very good food, but it is, as noted, a bit pricey for the quality of the food. So, you are partially paying for the view. Which is very good. If I were passing through SF for one night and wanted seafood, I'd have no problem with Waterbar. It beats anything on Fisherman's Wharf, it beats the puzzingly popular Swan Oyster Depot, and it is better than nearby Sinbad's and Waterfront Restaurant.

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