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Waterbar To Open At The Prime Former Joe's Crab Shack Beachside Space In Pacific Beach In 2017

December 26, 2016

After a complete overhaul of the beachside former Joe's Crab Shack space at 4325 Ocean Boulevard in Pacific Beach, Waterbar has taken over and is ready to raise the bar and restaurant scene with its oceanfront ambience and a menu complete with cocktails and craft beer. Located along the bustling ocean boardwalk where Grand Avenue meets the beach just south of the iconic Crystal Pier, Waterbar will offer floor-to-ceiling views of sea and sky and a seafood-centric menu.

Waterbar is a collaborative effort from Todd Brown (Bub’s at the Beach and Ballpark, Blind Burro), Eric Leitstein of OMG Hospitality Group (Union Kitchen + Tap, Backyard Kitchen + Tap and P.B Alehouse) and Joe Vaught of The Verant Group (Barleymash, Tavern, Sandbar, Westroot, True North Tavern, Uptown Tavern). This well-seasoned team of restauranteurs could not pass up on the prime location and seized the opportunity to create something dynamic and unique with the new Waterbar.

"We can hardly wait to share this space with all of San Diego," says co-owner Todd Brown. 

Inspired by East coast, West coast and Baja cuisines, "social seafood" is on the food menu at Waterbar, including fresh shellfish and locally caught favorites, which will be transformed into the chef’s unique renditions of coastal classics. Expect chowder, cioppino, lobster rolls, tapas, meat and veggies to be featured on the menu.

Waterbar’s 6,700 square foot venue will feature a spacious lounge and two expansive bars. Craft cocktails will be created behind the bar, while locally crafted beers and a diverse wine list can be offered. Expect comfortable bar seating, community-table dining, and intimate ocean-side tables. Brunch, lunch, a sunset-inspired happy hour, dinner and late night bites are sure to bring locals and visitors alike to this new San Diego dining and drinking destination.

Waterbar is anticipated to open by March 2017. For more information, visit waterbarsd.com.