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PLAJ

4.6
1662 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Scandinavian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
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Introducing PLÄJ, a new innovative concept from Swedish born Owner/Chef Roberth Sundell where California fare and Scandinavian flavors become one. PLÄJ is a celebration of local and seasonal ingredients inspired by the rustic flavors and simple elegance of Scandinavian cusine. PLÄJ embodies the soul of Scandinavia,the place to share the experience of new flavors, great wine, Scandinavian beer, and cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Scandinavian, European, Californian
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sun-Monday 5:00PM - 8:45PM
Tuesday-Thurs 5:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri-Sat 5:00PM - 10:30PM
Times are final seating time. Kitchen closes shortly after.
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Phone number
(415) 294-8925
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roberth Sundell
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Cross street
Franklin Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is provided for a fee through the Inn At The Opera, subject to available space.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1662 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Very good place , excellent food and creative menu good service a bit dark inside, definitely a place for a special occasion...

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Pleasant and warm ambiance, and an adventurous and unusual menu that we found delightful. My lamb shoulder was moist, tender and flavorful and my boyfriend's Swedish meatballs were wonderfully seasoned and rich. Very caring and attentive service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fantastic

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food is always delicious and service is top notch.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Sensitive to special food requests, allergies, etc.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Lovely food and great service

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I booked this place because it’s one of the few Scandinavian restaurants in the city. The cuisine was modern and the desert course was great! I recommend getting the Northern Lights for desert!

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Extremely disapointig food and service. I used to love this restaurant. Hiking that it was just an off night since I always had good experiences there before.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food here is a work of art. The flavors and amazing! I highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

As a native swede, I must say the food is very good. Loved the rösti, presented in a very creative way. Fairly pricey but good service.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Lovely cozy little place with great food and drinks. They asked us right away if we had to get to a performance and needed to leave at a certain time, which we did, because we were going to the ballet. I thought it was nice of them to ask, so they didn't drag out the meal and make us late for our show. They timed it perfectly. Our server was wonderful. The food was amazing. Being of Scandinavian heritage, I had high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The artichoke soup was divine. The gravlax had an unexpected combination of ingredients that worked flawlessly together. The lamb was delicious. The halibut special was phenomenal. And the rhubarb pie! OMG. My eyes bulged when I tasted it. We paired each course with delicious drinks. Our total came out to about $200 (before tip) for 2 people, a splurge but not outrageous compared to other fancy places in the area.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We went to Plaj before a performance at the Jazz Center. We got last minute reservations for a group of 4 for 5pm. We were seated quickly and greeted by our server. She asked if we had a performance to attend so she could make sure we got out on time. We had wine and cocktails before dinner. The server was helpful with suggestions for cocktails and appetizers. We had 3 appetizers to share. The octopus was fantastic as well as the beets. We ordered lamb for dinner and the special which was halibut. Everything was delicious and hot. We shared a dessert strawberry rhubarb which was great. The ambiance was nice with low lighting and spaced out tables. As it filled up we noticed that it was a bit noisy but not to the point of detracting from conversation. We will go back.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We ordered the halibut, elk and Swedish pancake, all excellent dishes. The ambiance was less than spectacular, but definitely cute in an IKEA way. I wouldn't take a partner for a romantic date. Service was very slow, and the host was sort of abrasive as if he had a bad day; however, he ensured our drink order was in immediately.
Overall the food makes this place 3.5 to 4 stars. The rest was lacking for the price.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

What makes Plaj unique is the inventive and delicious food. It’s truly extraordinary. It’s also quiet and festive. The service is great. Terrific for pre-symphony or ballet due to its location. Perfect for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I have been here several times it is a great dinner spot before a Ballet or Opera. I had the gnocchi it was very creative and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

So amazing that I had to come back the two days later. And they remembered me and my "usual" drink. The food is beyond good. We clapped...for food...? Everything on that menu is delicious and beautiful but the Strawberry-Ruhbarb pie with Bay leaf ice cream is so good that I might come to the bar tonight just to eat it again. My brother who thinks everything in NY is better grudgingly admitted the Muscovy Duck was the best they ever had and he hopes they come to the James Beard House, but would get on a plane for this food.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

I love everything here .Fantastic Scandinavian food in the city. Food was delicious. Service really nice too.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We were here for a birthday celebration between the ballet and tango at the theatres next door. The guest happened to be Swedish and the restaurant Scandinavian, so I expected criticism. But the style of cuisine appeared to be authentic and perfectly prepared. The rye bread and herb butter spread were classic and a great surprise.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

You can see the hotel lobby and business center from the restaurant

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very nice and elegant but comfortable decor. We really enjoyed our dinner. Three of us had the roast lamb and the spring salad. Both were delicious. Recommend Northern Lights dessert...yum!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food – each course--was really creative, delicious, and lovely presentation. This restaurant really should be considered for a Michelin star!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As a frequent patron we are never disappointed food and service excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Not cheap, but the food was wonderful. Worth every penny. Interesting menu.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent food

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is my only review on this platform. Honestly, this was the best restaurant, I've ever been to in my entire life. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The menu at Plaj is unique. Every dish we had was full of wonderful flavors. It was a delicious dinner! An excellent pre-ballet (or opera or symphony) choice.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was delicious especially the Elk Loin. Noise level is a bomb. It seems louder than before they remodeled. Not a good place to talk at all. Service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very nice quiet spot for dinner. So nice to have a differentiated menu with Scandanavian options. Herring was a treat as was saddle of Elk. Swedish meatballs with lignonberries was a nice to experience a well prepared dish.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

An extraordinary and dynamic and delectable meal as always!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

great restaurant, with a sister restaurant opening in the north bay. always get the aquavit. service has improved versus last visit. Service still has a ways to go for improving.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

While the food, staff, and ambiance was excellent it wasn't worth $150+ for two people. In my ratings this "value" judgment pulled everything down by a star or two. So unless money is no consideration at all, I would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was unbelievable - so nice to have this type of cuisine. Food was plated beautifully. Gravlax was outstanding - even had a Beet Juice cocktail. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Plaj & Roberth Sundell creates simple 'out of this world' tasty food, the Swedish background
makes sense, I'm Danish-Norwegian so I'm at home...I wish more people would be at home when is comes to simple Scandinavian food. Please if you wanna get a flair for it...GO, you will return & never regret it!

Thank you Andrea, Roberth, Gary & Simon!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Th gnochis were unusual and outstanding. Herring portions could have besn more generous.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The menu is so amazing that we were challenged to make a decision -- and that almost never happens! And then, well, the follow through was incredible. We had a perfect pre-theater evening. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Initially we loved this elegant, traditional restaurant b/c it was quiet and conducive to conversation; however, our last two visits we’ve had to endure a large and very loud group next to us. Also, the lighting was so dim that we could not read the menu w/o using the flashlight from our iPhones. So, we didn’t feel the whole experience a good value this time and were a bit disappointed. I’m sure we will return to give it another try b/c it’s so convenient for the Opera House.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything was amazing. The food was incredible and the service outstanding. We’ll definite be back.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The "spring menu" totally captured the season. Very creative food, delicious cocktails, terrific service. One of the best pre-ballet/symphony options.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Delicious, & creative dishes. Could be loud if the restaurant is full.
This is one for my top neighborhood restaurants.
If your idea of Swedish food is Ikea, then you don't need to come to Plaj.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Loved everything

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