Waterbar is a favorite among San Francisco locals and tourists alike. Nearly every table in the restaurant provides a $5 million view of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, all for the low price of a $13 rum punch and some oysters on the half shell. Enjoy the heated patio or hunker-down next to the fish tanks indoors for an equally spectacular view. Take advantage of the Waterbar’s leisurely oyster happy hour every Monday-Friday from 11:30-5:30. At $1 per oyster, you can afford to laugh mockingly at everyone stuck at work in the Embarcadero Center towers behind you.
$$ – Signature cocktails start at $9, and if you miss the happy hour, expect to spend $35 on an oyster platter.
Waterbar, 399 S Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, USA, +1 (415) 284-9922
Shout-out to vegetarians: this one is for you. Don’t worry, your meat-loving friends are going to love this place too. The lack of full bar at this culinary gem is more than made up for by its flourless chocolate cake and front-row seats overlooking the yacht harbor and Golden Gate Bridge. Book a table at sunset and order up a bottle of La Rue Pinot Noir, because you’re going to want to be here for a while. Then enjoy the zen of the locally sourced, organic masterpiece on your plate.
$$ – A glass of prosecco starts at $9, and the butternut squash and sweet potato gratin is $26. A Saturday prix-fixe, four-course menu is an affordable haute-cuisine way to celebrate a special occasion at $58/person.