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Salt House
Salt House

Salt House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.salthousesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 543-8900
  • 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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Lunch salad portions are small but pricey. Sweet corn soup was great."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything was great! From the greeting, to the service, to the food, to the wine ... cannot wait to go back ..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "So nice to get well presented, flavorful and inventive food. Hit the spot."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I cannot say enough good things about our dinner at the Salt House. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and were promptly seated. Had a great view of the kitchen. A thing of beauty - a well run kitchen. Lovely wine, excellent service & extraordinary food!! Loved it!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Loud and expensive. Other places provide better value and better atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "...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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Place is great,enjoyed our time, Wine was fantastic rare gem! Only thing that didn't cut it was the Salmon. Soft no pan sear and served Luke warm. Too bad other wise 4.5 Star!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had a great lunch today at Salt House with a sublime chilled corn soup (the soups are always great) and a kale and trout salad. Both were fresh, unexpected and delicious. Great, prompt unobtrusive service as always."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I've been here a few times for a team dinner. The food is always good."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service, but a little too loud for a productive business meeting."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "great food and service but i would go later to avoid the deafening noise!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Had the stuffed chicken wings and one of the best apps ever ! The char was excellent dinner."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This place is perfect if you are in the area and looking for a place to take your clients. Make sure you make a reservation, they can get pretty busy between 12-1pm on weekdays, but the food is amazing and it is a slick looking place."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My first visit was remarkable for the genial service I received. The menu is not large but the generous portion of mussels were good. The space is quite attractive."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My fiancee and I met here for our first date over 4 years ago. We celebrated our first year anniversary here and just a few days ago celebrated our engagement with some out of town guests. The Salt House staff greeted us as if we were old friends, and once we were seated stopped by our table with complimentary champagne and a warm congratulations on our engagement (I mentioned our first date and engagement when booking the dinner online). I love this place! The food is AMAZING! They treat you like family, and provide an exceptional level of service regardless of the occasion. I will forever and always hold this restaurant in the highest regard in all areas of service, and recommend it to anyone looking for a classic San Francisco hot spot!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Food was Great And The Service Was Excellent. we went early and left before 8 . Tthe experience was good but marred by the fact that it was just so loud that I could not hear the conversation of my guestS. It was such a relief to leave the restaurant. The Joy Of leaving ThE Restaurant Far Surpassed The Memory Of The meal."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Our whole dinner experience went very well until we paid the bill. Still do not understand why the customer pays extra for the health care of employees. It could be added to price of food no? Servers benefit from healthcare so maybe they need less tip. I believe we left around 15% instead of 20% we usually would but sever should her dissatisfaction! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent service, amazing cocktails, great food, cool interior. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "As always cannot go wrong here. Food service decor all great. Menu constantly changing according to season. Strawberry shortcake was delicious."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nothing really to complain about, maybe the chairs, with were not comfortable at all. Otherwise, great spot for lunch and the food was unique and delicious."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Smiles on all severs face, nice people and good food. The selection of wine is more than expected was well chosen. We enjoyed the second time in the restaurant and we are sure we will come back. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "For being so close to the hustle and bustle of the financial district I was disappointed that the service was so slow. The food took a long time to arrive. It was good and hot so that was nice but then after we finished the empty plates sat at our table for a long time. In fact, so long that we didn't have time to try one of their delicious (I'm assuming) desserts. This has happened every time I've been to Salt House. They are good for lunch if you have nothing but time but for those of us on a lunch break, even if extended, it's not good."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I have been to Salt House for lunch dozens of times - it's always a treat. There are some standards on the menu but it changes and new items are added enough to keep it interesting. This week I had the ahi tuna salad and it was fabulous as well as healthy. I love the ambience at Salt House and would love to live in a place with this architecture and decor. It's noisy but if you go to lunch after 1pm, the crowds start to thin and you can talk over dessert or coffee. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014