Wine Dine and Play: Wipe out Bar & Grill, Pier 39

Wipe out Bar & Grill, Pier 39

The Wipeout Bar and Grill on Pier 39 of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Bummer Dude, Complete Wipe-Out
San Francisco, California
Cuisine Style: American, Californian
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 0.5/5
Dined in: July 2013
Article Updated: February 2020
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Wipeout Zomato rating:

Wipeout Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Proprietor / Manager:
Simmons Family

When you think of the word wipe out, it takes you to the beach and watching surfers ride the waves and then come across a big spiral tube, then wipe out. The Wipeout Bar and Grill on Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf may be a classic venue for casual dining and a tourist grabber. Hell, I will be honest, the funny signposts, fire pit, and outdoor bar drew me in for lunch the day I visited the wharf. Aesthetics aside, when it came to service and food, the only story I can tell, is that it was not only a wipeout but that a great white shark ate the surfer type of wipeout.

Wipeout Bar and Grill opened on Pier 39 in 2005 shortly after the Simmons family (Scooter, Nancy, and their children) explored the California coast in search of the best surf food and beach shacks. The family drew on this experience to create yet another one of their concepts, which is reminiscent of the classic beach restaurants they visited.

Wipeout Menu:
    • Screamin’ Starters
    • Shredding Salads
    • Paddlin’ Pizzas
    • Fried Seafood
    • Big Wave Bowls
    • Wipeout Burgers
    • Surfin Sandwiches
    • Baja Tacos
    • Burritos
    • Kids Menu
    • Desserts

It was a busy morning, waiting in line for tickets to Alcatraz only to discover that they were sold out for two weeks, then walking up and down Fisherman’s Wharf, only to discover, that it was a typical tourist trap, and who knows where all the fisherman were, because I saw a few boats. Pier 39 was no different from the tourist mecca, filled with shops and restaurants. The best part was watching the Sea Lions. I was visiting San Francisco and now on day two of the tour, it was about time for lunch, and the Wipeout Bar and Grill drew me because of the patio, fire pit, open bar, and funny signposts such as “man-eating shark at table 7” and “no lifeguard on duty drink at your own risk”. The menu was typical bar food and sounded perfect for a basic day around San Francisco.

Some signs from the patio dining room at the Wipeout Bar and Grill in San Francisco
Wipeout Grill / Signs

Service greeting to the table took over five minutes, and I was close to getting up and leaving if someone did not at least come over to say hello, and that they would be right back to help. Once the server did come over, I had already looked over the menu and knew what to eat. I ordered the California burger medium-rare, which had melted jack cheese, guacamole, and bacon served on a toasted bun with French fries and ice-cold beer. Now the patio was busy with people all over the place, and inside was even more packed. About five minutes after I ordered, while I was sipping on my beer, a couple sat down right next to me, and the lady ordered the same burger as me, at the same temperature. Now I mention this for a specific reason. Because once my food arrived, it was cooked well done. I waited and looked for my server, and could not find him. I got up and asked for him, with even less help. I was hungry and did not feel like waiting. What I should have done was just walk back to the kitchen and request a new one.

The California burger with bacon and guacamole at the Wipeout Grill in San Francisco
Wipeout Grill / California Burger

Now, the couple next to me got their food delivered. She cut into her burger and it was a perfect medium-rare. Finally, once our server arrived to see how I was doing, my burger was half-eaten. I explained that the lady next to me had her order correct and mine was not. If the service staff was more attentive and did not disappear, then maybe I could have talked with the guy after one bite and gotten a new burger. Now, with the number of people they serve per day, this one little negative review probably means nothing, but if I’m going to pay $14.00 for a burger, then I want it cooked the way I order it, and when I go to any restaurant or Bar and Grill, I want attentive service, not an order taker. If I wanted an order taker with a burnt burger, I would go to Burger King or McDonald’s. However, they do not serve beer, so at least Wipeout is still one-step ahead of them.

Please see these guidelines for Tipping in Restaurants and on following proper etiquette, customs, cultures, and avoiding assumptions when you dine out.

The Sea Lions resting on Pier 39 of Fisherman's Wharf next to Wipeout Grill in San Francisco
Wipeout Grill / Sea Lions

I did not have dessert during this visit.

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Final notes, review basics, observations, and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Wipeout Grill a 0.5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were a very basic restaurant experience with bad customer service.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:
Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Wipeout
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
0.5 of 5 Stars: 
65% Rating with a 0 point “wow” bonus
A Very Basic Restaurant Dining Experience
Casual dining
Not Required, but Recommended
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Wipeout Grill Experiences:
Trendy, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Rustic, Scenic views, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Wipeout Grill has a public lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Wipeout Grill is a non-smoking restaurant with a non-smoking patio   
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

United States Dollar (USD)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
European Union (EUR)

 Alcohol prices:

$7.00 USD

Wipeout Bar and Grill:

39 Pier 39 Concourse A02 
San Francisco, CA 94133

Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
 +1 (415) 986-5966 
Email Us:
Serving hours:

Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)

Sun - Thur
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Social Media 
Accolades for 
Wipeout Grill:
Wipeout Facebook link                

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