MarketBar—a restaurant and bar that anchors the Embarcadero side of the Ferry Building—offers a seasonal Mediterranean menu mostly sourced from fresh ingredients sold at the Marketplace and the weekly Farmer's Market. MarketBar is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and also serves breakfast/brunch on Saturdays & Sundays. The wide sidewalk in front of the restaurant is lined with cafe tables where patrons can drink, graze, dine—and be spectators—from one of the most charming and lively vantage points in the city.
Owners Doug Biederbeck and Joseph Graham are local restaurateurs, well-known in San Francisco. Doug is known through BIX in historic Jackson Square, his supper club with an international clientele. Together, Doug and Joseph have Florio, a French/Italian bistro on Upper Fillmore. MarketBar's menu ranges widely. From hearty main courses—such as seafood stew, roasted organic chicken, and dry-aged steak on the dinner menu to organic soups, salads and sandwiches at lunch. The cocktail hour at MarketBar buzzes with a special menu for that period with up to 30 different small plates and appetizers. Many patrons make a meal out of that menu. The wine and beverage lists combine local brewers and vintners with European classic wine, most at modest prices. With a warm ambiance that complements the historic Ferry Building, the full-service bar offers an inviting spot to relax downtown. In warm weather, MarketBar's patio seats 100.