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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Scandinavian, European, Californian
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is provided for a fee through the Inn At The Opera, subject to available space.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
PLAJ Ratings and Reviews
Very mixed bag foodwise- the Elk Tartare was excellent. However, the scallops were overcooked and tough. My daughter chicken was well cooked but it was a tiny portion for $28 dollars. The service was brusque and our friend was asked to leave the bar while waiting for us supposedly to use this spot for a diner. I heard that the owner had recently opened another restaurant in Marin and he mentioned that he was happy to be spending more time closer to home but clearly his flagship restaurant could use more attention....
As long time San Franciscans we always look for something unique on the restaurant scene. Plaj has consistently been a breath of creative fresh air. The flavors and service have always impressed. They offer something unique in SF which is a breath of fresh air. A real treasure for the city.
We enjoyed the food and service. Although we were a party of 12 we fphad to split the reservation into 3 tables of four.
All enjoyed the elk, chicken, cabbage, and crab.
We liked the venue and would easily come back for more.
Having eaten at Plaj a number of times I have always found it to be an enjoyable although pricey experience. However, this last visit was a deal breaker. The service was excellent and the food tasted good, but the portion size was not acceptable. My husband ordered the scallop entrée for $35. The plate contained exactly 2 scallops with a lot of vegetables and sauce. Doing the math we were charged $17.50 per scallop. This seems rather outrageous! I don't think that we will be dining at Plaj in the future! I would also caution other diners that if value matters to them they may want to make another choice for dining.
The food was very interesting and unusual. The atmosphere was spacious and quiet. A great place to talk with old friends. Our wait person was very friendly, helpful and fun. The rest of the staff was in short-cold-which is strange for a restaurant in the Hayes Valley area. Get there early if you need to park. The area fills up and then one has to park in front of the Civic Center.
Plaj is a lovely place for pre theatre/symphony dining. The food is very good with some interesting Scandinavian touches. The room is attractive and service is attentive. Plaj is right out the back door of the opera house so you won't be late for performances there or at the symphony.
Seriously one of the best meals I've had in SF in a long time. If you want to get away from the standard asian/italian/spanish/"California fresh" regime that pervades throughout SF, come to Pläj. Everything we had was fresh, flavorful, and most of all, DELICIOUS. I'm not even a big salad guy, but even their salad was memorable.
Pläj's food is delicious, healthy & inventive.
The service was top notch.
The setting was cozy and attractive.
I wish I could go back right away.
This was our second year coming for the Christmas dinner, and we had the best time! Cocktails at the bar with Simon were sublime, our waiters for dinner were fantastic, and the food was incredible!!! We had a great time enjoying the family style meal with friends, and are already looking forward to next year.
Went for the Yuleboard dinner for the second year in a row. This year was excellent, even better than last year (I think they edited the selection down nicely, e.g. removing the soufflé from the final serving; that was a bit too much to take last year). Went with the wife and the two of us were almost able to finish the entire meal (did fast the day before in preparation ;) The pickled herring, salmon and Swedish meatballs where the best ever... The homemade sweets were all perfect.
Interesting to go to once but I thought I'd try their special Winter/Holiday prix fix 'feast'.
The ham and the sparerib were awful. The potato dish was wonderful but I try not to eat potatoes. The elk turine was blah; I prefer the bottled Glogg from World Market to their house made concoction; I would have loved a lot more herring and maybe some beef tongue; the rice pudding was watery and bland.
Great restaurant! You can't go wrong. Everything we tried was delicious and distinctive. You won't find their dishes replicated at other restaurants. Very pleasantly-appointed dining room, service was a little slow but we arrived for a later dinner and were a relatively big group (6 people at 8:15pm). Definitely try this place once; you will return!
Excellent food. The staff very friendly and enquirer if there's was a certain show or function we were attending and re-assured us we would be out in time...we were!! Great staff as well! Cannot say enough about the food. Food servers explained every plate in detail and not one plate was a disappointment !!! The cocktail choice was magnificent, wine recommendations were right on!
I really love this place. The food is delicious; and gorgeous; and really interesting and different. The service is impeccable without being the least bit stuffy. The ambiance is excellent - grown- up, spacious, buzzy with conversation but not impossible to hear.
We had one of the best meals I can remember. From the imaginative delicious cocktail to the last bite of dessert, Pläj surprises and satisfies. The experience here calls into question the whole concept of ratings and Michelin stars. Another restaurant meal would be different, but better? Not a chance.
The cuisine is definitely modern Scandinavian (though some dishes are certainly updated traditional ones). The kohlrabi-beet salad with ricotta and truffles was very different and very good (more beets than kohlrabi, which was to my taste). And the saddle of elk (which was what I had come for) was outstanding. The choice of wine by the glass was limited, but very good--both went with the two courses. Service was friendly and attentive. The location is very convenient for the opera or symphony, and some patrons definitely knew this, but Pläj (the umlaut makes it "play", an intentional pun) is not easy to find in online restaurant searches. So I found it a happy discovery. You should still certainly make reservations.
The food was quite interesting and tasty - two of us had the fresh baked bread, Dungeness crab appetizer (very nice combination of tastes and textures), diver scallops, Swedish meatballs and banana bread/gelato for dessert. Also a good cocktail (equinox) and Swedish dark bottled beer. The one real negative was being in the back room, with a large table for 12-14 - it was so noisy we could hardly talk; a lady nearby said she got a headache, it was so loud.
Restaurant was noisy, even though we requested a quiet table. Service was sub-par. We requested water and ordered wine. Server forgot to bring both. After waiting for 10 minutes, we asked for our wine. Server said it was not ready yet. How hard is it to pour a glass of wine?
Plaj is located on the street level at the back of an Inn. The menu is more of a modern eclectic Swedish menu. At our meal we enjoyed scallops that were sliced half thickness and very yummy with cauliflower, greens, sunchoke artichoke pieces covered with a lemony sauce that was good and the consistency of a hollandaise. Also enjoyed slices of Elk cooked as medium rare, which they recommend that was very delicious. They get packed when they have Orchestra or Opera performances so keep that in mind when you book reservations. The decor is dark wood with whites and wall paper with flower patterns typical to Scandinavian design. The servers are prompt and friendly.
I am a big fan of this restaurant. With Nordic and local cuisine, they do a very nice job of combining foods that are new to me with foods that are familiar. Also, they've got a very very interesting cocktail menu. The other night, I had the herring appetizer--and don't be afraid, the herring is a big surprise, followed by the pig's cheek with quince puree. Both dishes were very good. Also, I tried the Swedish Gold cocktail. I've never had anything quite like it, but will order it again!
Having lived in Stockholm, I was eager to try Plaj. I was not disappointed. Many of the chef's dishes are keenly evocative of the unique Scandinavian palate. The distinct flavors and artful presentations of smoked fish, sill, meatballs, pickled anchovies, fresh seafoods, caviar -- all were delectable. We enjoyed our dinner with a fine Italian vermentino. Service was efficient, helpful, accommodating, and unobtrusive. The room is small and intimate, but we had the misfortune of dining early on an evening when there was a quite large party present, so it was very noisy. I can't fault Plaj for that; noise is a curse endemic among Bay Area restaurants. To avoid that, I look forward to returning to Plaj to dine late -- a 9:00 or 9:30 pm reservation might be optimal -- and when there will be no large parties present.
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