Salt House
Salt House

Salt House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.salthousesf.com/
  • Phone: 4155438900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 - 10:00pm,
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday : 5:30 - 9:30

    Happy Hour : Monday - Friday 2 - 6
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Vernon Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd
  • Public Transit: Montgomery Station for both Muni and Bart riders.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is an independent valet in front of the restaurant every night except Sunday. Metered street parking is available. There are also several parking garages available in the area including one right next door at 555 Mission.
A word from Salt House
Salt House Tavern - A 75-seat, contemporary tavern housed in an old printing press warehouse built in the 1930’s. Exposed brick, original hardwood floors, 12 foot windows and oversized rusted iron girders. Contemporary American fare ranging from raw bar plateaus to local cheeses, appetizers and heartier main dishes. Wines from all over the world, local beers and an extensive cocktail list. Full menu anywhere you'll sit down - at the bar, the communal table, the front window counter or in the dining room!
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Salt House reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)great for lunch (52)special occasion (48)hot spot (48)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (36)vibrant bar scene (36)romantic (29)notable wine list (27)late-night find (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent for a business lunch!
    Shannon
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    But make a reservation or you will have to sit at the bar. Try the Poutine! SUPER GOOD!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nothing Like Town Hall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I was wearing a hat. The waiter took it from me and placed it on top of a stack of plates! Then, constantly being addressed as "you guys" (a man and woman, both 50+), our order was taken. Me: "I'll start with the gazpacho, please." Him: "Gazpacho soup?" Just weird. Although the gazpacho and the other appetizer were quite tasty (although spicier than expected), the entrées were not: The $25 steak salad contained a few strips of very rare beef even though it had been ordered medium-well; the $25 sea bass would have been good if it had not been almost cold. The check arrived without a cover, so there was no way of being discreet about the cost or tip. Also, at this price point, I want CLEAN. Distressed wood can be beautiful, but grime is not!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business lunch
    Frenchy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Good food, service and ambiance. Amenable to talking. Watermelon Shrimp salad was very good. Looking forward to another visit to try the desserts, which sounded creative and delectable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience ok food bad service.
    Dineout99
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant really looks and feels special. But the food was average and the service was terrible. Maybe the food would have tasted better to us if the service were better.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went with a group from work, and everyone enjoyed the food. Almost all of us ordered the 3 fish dishes, halibut, sea bass, and salmon, which were great. Service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food! Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything about this place was amazing! Our server was sharp and made us feel confident in our orders. Which we all LOVED! The only negative thing I would have to say was that we were sat late. But, that's because the restaurant was busy with after drink coworkers and it was also Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend or coworker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crammed in corner under the stairs
    perfectpatty1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was quite good but it was not worth it for us to sit in the laps of our fellow diners at a tiny table under the stairs with a noise level that it would be most kind to call energetic. We have been there before but this visit cured us, perhaps it was the Friday night crowd but there are far too many other restaurants in the City to try this one again. Maybe we are just too old to appreciate this ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience overall
    dwheeler11
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had a reservation for 2 at 7pm on a Wednesday night. I got to the restaurant an hour early, figuring I might be able to grab a drink at the bar while I waited. The bar was packed, but the hostess said she'd be able to seat me at my reserved table even though my friend wouldn't be there til our reservation time. Service was great, even while I was on my own. I ordered the poutine and pork loin, and my friend got the tomato gazpacho and stuffed chicken. The food was delicious, the entree portion sizes were perfect, and the plating/presentation was lovely. The rhubarb & rye cocktail was fantastic. Our nicely packed up leftovers, put into carry bags, were presented to us when we were ready to go vs. taking up space, nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heirloom sandwich was fantastic
    MasVino
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Enjoyed a business lunch. The food was good. Decent beer / wine selection. I've always thought the name "Salt House" was a bit odd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place for business lunch
    SFJRM
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th trip to Salt House for a business lunch. I have only been there for lunch but I would expect it is a good choice for dinner as well. The steak and frites was excellent. Service was very good. On this visit, I did find the menu to be somewhat limited as to viable options for someone who does not eat seafood. But there is always something there for me. (I always hope the pork chop I had the first time I went will be back on the menu but no luck so far - It was tremendous. Maybe next time!) Although the tables are quite close together, I found we could pretty easily have a conversation. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a delight!
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love Salt House. I have been here quite a few times in the last few months. The service is impeccable, the food excellent, and the drinks...superb. If you feel like indulging, order the poutine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The beef duo was perfect, the best steak I've had in sf
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavors
    Mikespeaks1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were early for our reservation got a seat right away. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Not our first time there. Always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak and salmon
    MorefoodpleaseVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My dinner consisted of delicious gamay, and a steak cooked with Douglas fir. It was one of the best cuts of meat I have ever had. My dinner dates had the salmon, but this cut of meat that I was lucky enough to try was all we talked about. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It just got better
    FlaneurVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were a party of five, hoping to have good conversation. When we arrived the place was packed, the noise was fearsome and our hopes for a quiet evening evaporated. BUT! We were shown to a mezzanine table (quieter) and once the menus arrived we were enthralled. One diner was happy with his wild salmon, two were ecstatic about their halibut with squash blossoms, another was euphoric about an entree of farro, and I had the best chicken dish... I've ever eaten: it surpassed vaunted chicken dishes from San Francisco icons. I have never been (and my guests would agree) so charmed by food. Our evening evolved from not so great expectations to promises to visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great!
    millenniumgirl
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband's favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always orders the farro dish, different veggies everytime. Always seasonal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food in SOMA
    Restolover
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The concierge at the W around the corner from Salt House recommended it, he was right on the money. The food was very good, the service excellent and the place was a beautiful space with a great atmosphere. We were there on a monday night and it was packed. I would recommend this restaurant without any hesitation...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    jujuphoto
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Diverse menu, amazing wait staff and the bartender is one of the best in the city! Everything we ate was perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lunch salad portions are small but pricey. Sweet corn soup was great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch!
    Danni7876
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I haven't been to Salt House for quite a long time due to my bad experience the first time I dined there. The food was amazing and the I'll go back for sure. Anxious to try dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but slow service
    LJinNC
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was really tasty (we had the halibut and beef duo), but the service was very slow. The place wasn't packed, but maybe they were short on staff the night we ate there. When it takes 20 mins for your drink order to be taken, and 30 mins to be given your check after your plates have been removed, something is amiss. Again, the food was good and the ambiance was really nice. But service suffered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    JanButlerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have been to Salt House many times and it always lives up to our expectations. The food is excellent. I want to complement the wait staff. Shannon was an excellent server who gave us many recommendations on both food and drink. Her recommendations were perfect. She was friendly and very attentive to our needs. Salt House is on our list of great restaurants so we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Annoying Service
    SeekingServiceinSF
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food, perhaps best described as gourmet versions of comfort food, is quite good. There are some lighter seafood / fish options too. The service isn't great, and the restaurant seems to operate with the all-too-common in SF Staff is King ethos. We told the waitress we were going to order appetizers and order our entrees after a little while. She replied "The chef prefers you order appetizers and entrees at the same time". How foolish of us. Drinks (beers and vodka sodas) took up to 15 mins to arrive. That might have been partly due to our sitting in the loft section, which perhaps isn't designed to maximize customer service. The vibe is good & upbeat, although people without good hearing will have a hard time conversing due to noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome
    AuggiesmanVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Stopped here for lunch before a nearby meeting, and glad I remembered it from a previous visit. Service was excellent, and the food terrific. The corn soup was probably best I've ever had. Presentation awesome. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Staff Equally Outstanding
    JetPilotNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had an early Father's Day dinner. Food was fresh and inventive. Staff was beyond lovely. From the smiling, friendly hostess to the amazing mixologists (truly) Gabe and Kylie to our server Shannon...everyone made this New Yorker and his Dad feel like family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Salt House!
    RobF
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Salt House is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in SF. The space is awesome! The service is stellar. The food is delicious! Keep up the great work!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience, a bit noisy
    dinning101VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The acoustics in the restaurant are not so great. We had 4 people, and it was a bit hard to hear everyone. I would say that 6 people would be too much if you wanted a group conversation. But it was a great ambience, and good food. Good for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for out of town guests
    Omnivorius
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    An old friend was visiting SF from Texas and I needed to find a restaurant that was 1) easy to find, 2) served good food, and 3) had enough variety on the menu for the various dietary restrictions among members of our party. Salt House won the competition among the surprisingly few restaurants in the SF Financial District that satisfied all three requirements. The staff were very friendly and responsive. The three of us each enjoyed the menu selection and the dishes we ordered. The only improvement in the menu would be the addition of a dessert not made with dairy. The noise level at Salt House has always been energetic, but seeing as my out of town guest was full of energy that night it was in reality the perfect environment for our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every bite!
    Katy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    So nice to get well presented, flavorful and inventive food. Hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One word; Great
    Ninett
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I loved it all. The food was great, the service was kind and great. If I ever come back to SF, I Will also come back to Salt House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Itsallgood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything was great! From the greeting, to the service, to the food, to the wine ... cannot wait to go back ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Odd Corkage Policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were a party of 8 and celebrating a few birthdays. We brought several bottles of aged and rare wine to enjoy on these special occasions and to satisfy the tastes of our party. When we requested our 4th bottle to be opened we were told that we had to select something from the wine list, and in doing so, our corkage would be waived for the other bottles we already opened. We were happy to pay the corkage as the wine list was not all that compelling compared to what we brought (Peter Michael, Insignia, Kosta Brown) and honestly, to "waive" $100 of corkage to sell us a bottle that perhaps was marked up by $40 made little sense - business wise. We complied, but the policy and ensuing discussions put a bit of a damper on the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met 2 clients for lunch there.
    Thankyou
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We all enjoyed our meals, the atmosphere, not being rushed, and the ability to hold a conversation without raising our voices. The brick and timber interior design was very comfortable. We had a good time, and plan to go back for subsequent lunch meetings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food- what happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was not good- fries were overlooked and burger tasted of fish. Embarassing that I took a party of 5 there - Everyone's meal was poor. Do you have new cooks or something- has gone way downhill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food in SoMa
    MusicCEO
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Really exceptional menu. Exceptional service as well. VERY noisy and packed between 12 and 1 but quieted down quite a bit after that. Unreservedly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was great for business dinner
    tryingfoodsinSF
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had a business dinner there for 5 people and were easily accommodated. They had space for luggage, no problem. Not many vegetarian options, but food we had was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No go
    RoddyVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Loud and expensive. Other places provide better value and better atmosphere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner
    DanE
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I took colleagues here for dinner while we were in town. The food and specialty drinks were both excellent. The waitress was so knowledgable about the wine pairings with the meal. Would definitely recommend and would also definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Celebrated the wife and I's 5th anniversary and were really pleased with the experience. We gorged, had oysters, appetizers, main, cheese, dessert. Highlights included the corn soup with crispy chicken and huetlacoche, the duo of beef, and the salmon with crispy skin and chanterelles. There were some minor flaws (salmon was lightly overcooked--more medium than medium-rare, watercress puree was bland), but those were really minor compared to the highlights, which were numerous and the service was impeccable. Would recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Lunch Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    ...on Mission between 1st & 2nd. If you want to take someone to a nice place where you can still talk and be at ease, this is a good choice. The rhythm, the pacing of food and drink service - the quality of the food - all make this a winner. Is it loud? It's a giant loft-like space, so the acoustics are what they are. If you want quiet, whispered intimacy - this prolly isn't the place for you. The staff - every single person that we encountered - were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate