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  • Review Count
    5
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    April 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 14, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.2
 
 
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Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular panoramic views of the bay and city skyline, exceptional design, and a menu of the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Featuring stunning outdoor (dog-friendly) dining on the waterfront patio, a relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life from the Pacific Ocean Waterbar is not to be missed.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Lunch Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The setting is spectacular and the outdoor site on a perfect day is probably preferable except for the crowded seating. The indoor ambience as with so many restaurants depends on the noise level the surrounding patrons are producing, and these days ordinary conversation has been replaced by shouting. Restaurants should study the noise factors in their restaurants if they consider the food an important draw. The food can be extraordinary and my soft shell crab sandwich was one of the more tasty I've experienced, but it was not exceptional. The service was cursory; the wait staff were not engaged."
Dined on 7/12/2014
 2010
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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The symbol of the neighborhood Cantina is an integral part of Latin American culture. Cantinas have been cherished by local communities for generations, providing a neutral space where all people can enjoy outstanding food and signature cocktails with their families and friends.<br /> <br />At La Urbana, we hope to respectfully reinterpret this time-honored tradition by using sustainable ingredients in a contemporary way that represents our Latin roots and global culture while continuing to push the boundaries of modern Mexican food.<br /> <br />¡Salud!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Review of Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The experience was beyond expectations. The eating implements provided were detailed, the presentations were thoughtful and well executed (the mole was poured from a pitcher by the server), the posole, farro and green peas were tasteful and emphasized the textures well, the eggplant entree was new and the churros were memorable. To be expected the dining room was full of 30-somethings shouting as their ordinary table conversation."
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Stones Throw, a California/American restaurant and bar situated in the heart of San Francisco in the renowned Russian Hill neighborhood, goes back to the basics, highlighting the simple things in life: great food, undying hospitality and a fun, carefree environment where everyone feels welcome. <br /><br />Food inspired from past experiences at a slew of four star restaurants is turned into fun and approachable every day dining with a seasonally changing menu. Stones Throw features an extensive beer list with a balance between large format, hard to find beers, and familiar namesakes as well as a wine menu focusing on value, along with a careful balance of eclectic and adventurous wines.<br /><br />A carefully formed team of some of the most talented restaurant staff in San Francisco is here to help create a fun and unforgettable experience each and every time you visit Stones Throw. We hope to see you soon…and often. Cheers!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Critique
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The decor was formulaic, and the ambience was pleasant enough with the noise level almost tolerable. The menu sounded exciting, but the experience was less so. The memorable items were the tomato crisps and fava dip, the potato-egg combination. I had the okonomiyaki as a main course that was large enough and was satisfying, especially the log of oyster. The service was somewhat cursory."
Dined on 4/30/2014
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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A neighborhood restaurant and gathering place.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Weekday Lunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/15/2014
 2010
Dined on 4/15/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Ambience was comfortable except for the loud music (Is raucous music conducive or culturally appropriate to eating and conversing? NO.) Food was creative and appealingly presented, neither over or underdone. The beef tendon puffs are a welcomed surprise; the bialys with smoked tuna - another uncommonly offered lunch item - and Hen of Wood mushroom with whole wheat was unique and wonderfully textured."
Dined on 4/15/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Betony, named after an herb in the mint family known for its healing qualities, is a Modern American restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Bryce Shuman (the former Executive Sous Chef of Eleven Madison Park) and General Manager Eamon Rockey (formerly of Eleven Madison Park, Atera, and Aska ). The restaurant, which is located a block off of Fifth Avenue, features soaring ceilings, contemporary photos of New York City street scenes, a 35-seat bar and lounge and 85-seat dining room.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
NYC Experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2013
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I chose this restaurant thinking that the New Yorker magazine was reliable. My experience was so-so compared to the frequent and excellent restaurants I visit in San Francisco and New York (Maialino, Jean Georges, Cafe Sabarsky, the old 11 Madison). The decor upstairs seemed conflicted and the service help seemed hesitant and unsure. I had 2 appetizers which limit the experience and they were the faro and sprouts and boiled monkfish in beet sauce. Both were different but unexciting. The glass of rose I had to turn back - the first time in all of my lifetime experience."
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2013
Special Features: special occasion
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