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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
The food was delicious. It was Prix Fixe since it was Valentine's Day but I had some how missed the notice. So that was a surprise but the price was reasonable and there was a vegan option if the set menu item was a problem. One of our party has dairy allergies. All of the 5 courses were fresh and beautifully presented. We were going to the 7:30 ballet performance. We arrived at 5:15 pm and had no time to spare getting to the Opera House. Fortunately, it is a short walk.
We have eaten here before and loved it. Food is always very good, inventive, unique, and beautifully presented. This time the crowd was younger, louder than I recall. A bit too much drinking,squealing(one drunk lady in particular) and wasn’t the quiet,peaceful, romantic setting I was looking forward to. I think maybe these young folks were business travelers or tech workers(?). I found their noise distracting. We purposely went on Feb 13 to avoid amateur night and crowds on the 14th. So a bit disappointed. Food was still good but perhaps a smidge less memorable this time. Elk was great but Swedish meatballs were just OK.
Swedish Gold cocktail is one of the best cocktails I've ever had. Amazing food, well presented and executed. Good vibe and atmosphere. Good service as well, though our server was cold and unfriendly. She did not smile once. But other staff was very nice. I totally recommend it.
As long as we didn’t sit in one of the ‘dark- unlit’ tables for two - our dining experience was wonderful.
We ordered the Stockholm drink to start - not too sweet and well balanced. Our starters were very good -( soup and salad) and the meatballs delicious.
The staff are very conscious about pacing the meal well for concert goers.
Lovely way to begin the evening.
You will thank yourself for choosing PLAJ! We were a party of 6 and we're there for a birthday. First I found out, since I am allergic to the preservative they dip crustaceans into before they "fresh freeze", that the lobsters were live in back so I could eat them. You would be surprised how many restaurants sell prefrozen crustaceans they did not have anything I couldn't eat. Second every single bite was exquisite. We got multiple appetizers and we each shared bites of our dinners with each other. There was not an imperfect bite on the table. Amazing! My husband's parents are coming to town and we can't wait to take them here. It is a little pricey but soooo worth it. PLAJ is going to be my go to restaurant recommendation now. I can't imagine anyone not loving every bite here. Simply amazing!
Cocktails good, mushroom soup good, fish croquettes good, Swedish meatballs good, elk a disaster. The last was a messy hodgepodge of textures and clashing flavors all over powdered by a too sharp/vinegar-y liquid. Not very pleasing to the eye, either. And crazy price.
Meringue on Passion fruit sorbet thing was inedibly over sweetened
I generally find some minor issue with most restaurant visits, but Plaj defied any objections. The ambience is extraordinary, particularly in this day of modern, sheik stripped down places. The food was a decided departure from the ordinary. I had the duck breast, which I often order in restaurants, but this was much different---the Scandanavian twist made it different than any other preparation I have had----different, but delightful. Service was extraordinary---attentive without cloying. Yes it is very expensive, but it was a memorable night.
Wow! Every dish was amazing! We ordered 4 apps and an entree, and every one of them was super memorable. Highly recommend the Raraka and there was a caramelized goat(?) cheese on the cheese board hat melted in your mouth! He service was wonderfully attentive. I have weird and annoying food allergies and they were SO lovely about making sure I wasn’t served anything I should eat! Will be back for sure!!!
I've eaten here several times and chose the restaurant because it's usually quiet and has interesting food. However, this time they had a very large party in the second room that made the whole experience unbearable. The food was bad, the wait staff was preoccupied, and the noise level was unacceptable. Sad, but I won't return anytime soon.
My friends & I enjoyed Plaj before attending a show at Herbst Theater. The location was great in that we were able to walk to the theater from the restaurant. As for the food, it was in a word, excellent! To begin, we ordered bread with carmelized butter & smoked fish croquettes as appetizers. The bread was dense & flavorful & the croquettes were delicious! For our entrees, three of the four of us ordered the traditional Swedish meatballs with potato puree, lingonberry jam, & pickled cucumbers. The meatballs were very savory & smothered with a tasty gravy. The potatoes were a little stiff to me, but good nonetheless. The fourth person in our group ordered the saddle of elk entree & said she was dreaming about how delicious it was the next morning! We didn't have time for dessert, but I look forward to visiting again & trying them! The atmosphere was nice, although it was a bit loud & hard to have a conversation. We were seated away from the main dining room, near the front door & by the bar, so that could've been why we sometimes had trouble carrying on a conversation. Overall, we all really enjoyed Plaj & would love to go back again in the future.
Everyone really enjoyed their food and we had a great time. This is a good spot for dinner or a drink before a show.
The misses: I called the restaurant in advance to let them know there was a vegan in my group, they said it was no problem and they had lots of vegan items. The server was attentive to this when we sat down, however nothing on the menu was actually vegan except for one salad. The vegan plate was tasty but we expected more given the conversation in advance. They did have a few vegetarian items though, so this would be great for veggies. When we got there they didn't have the reservation for the correct number of people, but my confirmation did. The service was slow, especially for cocktails but everyone was very nice and we had a very nice dinner overall.
The food was delicious, well presented, and quite creative given a limited selection. The room is beautiful. However, the restaurant was understaffed for the predictable pre-theater crowd and noisy to the point that conversation was impossible unless you wanted to scream over the din. Some sound absorption on the ceiling would go a long way to help. While it is perfectly placed for a lovely dinner before the opera or symphony, I would avoid those times unless you want weak service and no interaction with your guests
We were a group of 7 people who enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Plaj. We were seated at the big table in the back of the restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was also very good. It was one of the first times that I have wanted to try everything on the dinner menu, everything just sounded so good and many items listed are rarely on other restaurant menus, such as Swedish meatballs, pork cheeks and saddle of elk. We will definitely return to Plaj.
A very nice restaurant and a wonderful experience. Terrific food in a cozy and intimate space. As my friend said, the food is a fusion of Scandinavian and Californian cuisine. Service was impeccable. I think this is the perfect place for a date to an evening for friends to just relax and enjoy a delicious meal. Although I did not have the wine, the menu had a nice selection of wines, something to try on another occasion. A real hidden gem near City Hall and Hayes Valley.
This has become our favorite before and/or after ballet app/dinner/dessert location. Not only is it highly convenient to the SF Opera House, but the food and service are certainly noteworthy. Although I am generally not a dessert person, I cannot resist their lovely selection or sweets including their quintessential Princess Cake.
Lovely service everytime - they really go above and beyond!
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