Friday, March 28, 2008

Restaurants with a View

There is an old axiom in the restaurant business -- the better the view the worse the food. I alluded to this in my May 2007 "Rick's Tips," when I listed the ten best places to eat outdoors.

Restaurateur Pat Kuleto is bucking this rule with his two new eateries along The Embarcadero: Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar. The restaurants sit aside each other on the bay side of The Embarcadero about a quarter of a mile south of the Ferry Building. Both are beautifully designed and offer fantastic views of San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.

Epic Roasthouse features steaks and other hearty meat dishes. Not being my favorite food, I probably won't dine here.

Waterbar, as you can probably tell from the name, is a seafood restaurant. Yesterday my wife and I lunched at Waterbar and both enjoyed our meals immensely. From the lobster salad, which we split to start the meal, to the cheeses with which we finished our meal, everything was good. Waterbar has an extensive oyster bar and my wife tasted one of each of the eight varieties being offered. I dined on superbly prepared scallops served over delicious kale and artisan bacon.

Waterbar has a good wine list with a nice selection of wines by the glass.

Prices are not cheap at either restaurant but, if you want a good meal with a nice water view, Waterbar (and probably Epic Roasthouse) will be as good as it gets in San Francisco.