Last month’s Dine About Town offered up fixed lunch and dinner options at select restaurants in San Francisco. It’s a good time to visit restaurants that normally might seem out of reach, such as Waterbar.
Waterbar is a grand restaurant along the Embarcadero with a sweeping view of the Bay Bridge. It opened a few years ago as a two-restaurant concept. Waterbar focused on seafood while Epic next door focused on steak. While it was an interesting concept in a fantastic location, the prices seemed on the high-end to me.
But with Dine About Town, Waterbar offered a two-course lunch for $17.95, so I went to check it out on a beautiful, sunny winter day with fellow food blogger Foodhoe and her husband. We all got the Dine About Town special, and added a couple of appetizers to round out our tasting.
Because it was such a beautiful day, we and many others ate at the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Since it was still one of the city’s cold winter day, we huddled under the heat lamps.
We started out with a ceviche off the menu that everyone enjoyed, although I felt the dish had a slight too much sheen of olive oil that muddled the fresh taste of the fish. We also ordered the daily special of oysters, which was nice and plump but took an unusually long time to come to our table. (Maybe it’s because the raw bar was busy putting together these humongous seafood platters that a lot of tables around us were ordering.)
Our Dine About Town menu started with a broccoli soup, an unusual offering for a restaurant that emphasizes seafood but still a delightful soup that captured the essence of broccoli. Our main dish was a tray of grilled sea scallops sitting on Israeli couscous and drizzled with a light blood orange sauce. I thought the scallops were cooked fine, but it didn’t really have any surprising flavors to challenge my palate.
Overall, the service was professional and food was good, but it wasn’t extraordinary. I don’t know if I would have been happy if I had paid the regular price. Waterbar seems to attract people more for the view than the food.
Rating: 2.5 out of 4 camera snaps
Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero South, San Francisco. PH: 415.284.0161. Major reservations and credit cards accepted. 4% added for HealthySF. www.waterbarsf.com
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