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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
We ate at Plaj after a show. Delicious starters - the cheese plate included a potato hard bread - lefse, and the beet treated gravlax was delicious. My husband and daughter both had the Swedish meatballs and loved them - I think they tasted like Christmas with nutmeg and allspice. Yummy! I had the salmon - to die for! We had both the princess cake and the Northern lights desserts which were unbelievably delicious. I have no complaints whatsoever about the quality of the food. The bill was over $200 for the 3 of us - not cheap, but definitely a memorably fantastic meal.
Our second or third visit to PLAJ. We've enjoyed it each time, and have tried a few different dishes, though the herring and gravlax are beyond measure - as in really, really good. Ordered: summer salad, crawfish bisque, oysters, herring three ways and salmon. All were fresh, light and delicious!
Our server was friendly and professional; he kept the meal moving as we had theater tickets and were on a schedule. Definitely would recommend, and we plan to go again when we can linger a bit!
Our friend from Sweden came to visit, so we went to Plaj. We all loved it. Our friend told us that the food was authentic but better than most food in Sweden. We shared tastes and order the crayfish bisque, salad, matjes herring, saddle of elk, salmon, and Swedish meatballs. They were all excellent. So was our server, who was a woman from Budapest. The atmosphere was just right. This will be our go-to place when we go to SFJazz.
Pläj was a nice experience mixing Scandinavian food with a gourmet touch. Pleasant atmosphere overall and the staff was very kind and helpful. We were there for our anniversary and wish we had asked for a table in the front room, as the back room has a long table and the group was a bit loud. For Food: The flavor mixes were quite inventive and enjoyable. Enough of homeland memories with a bit of a twist. We had a starter of Råraka & Caviar: potato røsti, skagen cream, whitefish caviar and then the Saddle of Elk: forest mushroom, summer truffle, barley, Brussels sprouts, huckleberry and Swedish Meatballs: potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry, pickled cucumber. We would order the first two again, but be more adventurous in our third choice in the future.
We would recommend this restaurant for a Nordic Food Experience.
food was good, not as good as past visits. service has changed and they no longer give a bill inside a guidebook. Service was a trainwreck , the waitperson disappeared for long periods of time. I had to cut short the meal. I don't plan to return anytime soon.
I love everything about this restaurant. It's tucked into a hotel in Hayes Valley, and the dining room feels like you could be in an old NYC boutique hotel on the upper East side, anytime from the 1960s to now. It's quiet and dignified and the opposite of hip--with the exception of the super amazing wallpaper which I covet. It's all Scandinavian food and every single thing I've had there has been fantastic. Nothing on the menu seems like something I'd normally order--but it's all so fresh and interesting, and the flavors are so bright and intelligently combined. I feel like it's a little visit to Sweden (I brought a Swedish-born friend and he agreed). All the desserts are delicious and the wait staff is super professional but kind and happy to explain the esoteric items.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that Plaj was located inside a hotel. Our server was very pleasant. The food was and service was good. But, the main entree had too much butter. Absence of runny butter would have made it more delicious. The wine list is limited. I liked the bread and butter and salad.
This was our second visit to Plaj and we were just as thrilled with our second visit as our last, almost 2 years ago. The service is attentive and thorough, the dishes all well composed and delicious. It is a truly a diamond that I believe is often overlooked because it is tucked away at the back of a small hotel in a quiet part of Hayes Valley / Civic Center. All of pickled/cured traditional Scandinavian fare was well elevated and stars of our sampler of different appetizers and small plates for dinner for my partner and me. Stand-outs were the $3 oysters - which were well shucked with a beautiful and delicate lingonberry mignonette, as was the herring dish presented a few different ways. Will definitely keep this place on our return to list.
Plaj has great ambience, a club atmosphere. The bread ($5), fresh out of the oven, was super delicious, with an aroma reminiscent of gingerbread. For an appetizer I had the cheese plate ($20) that could have been offered as a dessert. I had 2 of the cheeses prior to my entree and the balance as dessert. One of the new cheeses was a rolled smoked cheese that was the best of the assortment. The elk ($38) was good and very rich in taste. Although the prices are elevated, Plaj is excellent for a special occasion or a date. The chef husband and wife hostess team have a winning Scandinavian restaurant hidden in a beautiful inn.
The menu is fairly limited but the quality of the food is very good. Unfortunately the service was downright bad, particularity for the price point. We were seated exactly on time but over the course of just under two hours we had 5 different people come to the table for beverage selection, taking our order, presenting the food and delivering the check. This was for just appetizers, wine and a main course. Slow, confusing and inexcusable for one of the "top 50" places in San Francisco. Check this on off the list.
I can't adequately express how much I enjoyed my experience at Plaj. The service was flawless, perfectly friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. In fact the only thing better than the service was the food. The oysters and crawfish soup were some of the most memorable things I've ever eaten and I only wish I hadn't bothered sharing the soup with my husband and that I had ordered more of the oysters. Normally when the opening courses are so strong, I'm often left disappointed with the entrees. Not at Plaj. My husband and in-laws ordered the Swedish meatballs, the elk, and the boar sausage while I had the halibut. This fish was simply beautiful on the plate and in my mouth. I'm not one to take pictures of my food, but I wish I had this time. I tasted all the other plates and they were just as magnificent as my own. I never knew Elk could be so tender and you could tell the sausage and meatballs stem from a family recipe, full of comfort and love. We ended the night with dessert of princess cake and a lemon tart with plum ice cream and soft meringue. The flavor combination of the lemon tart dish was outstanding. Not a marzipan myself so I passed on the princess cake, but it's my mother-in-laws favorite dessert and she couldn't get enough of it. We left the restaurant completely satisfied and we agreed their was not a low point at all during our meal. We will remember our first time there for a long while and will definitely be returning soon.
I loved the ambiance at Inn at the Opera. It was warm, cozy, inviting, beautiful, European, old world, artistic, and a fire burning in the fireplace and beautiful live music. I miss all that. Now it is cold, no charm, no special ambiance, stark. The servers are mediocre, not communicative with all the customers at the table, not checking if the food should come quickly or slowly, not checking if another drink will be desired soon. I find it quite impersonal compared to how it used to be! and just plain too plain/uninteresting - no real charm.
We started off with excellent cocktails, once we got our server's attention! I highly recommend the Copenhagen drink. The herring and gravlax, with sorrel sorbet, were fantastic. The entrees were very good, though surprised that halibut was a bit overdone. The one dessert we tried was a bit odd but very good and interesting. Overall, a nice quiet evening and enjoyable meal.
We have had a great experience 3 times. Excellent food, creatively prepared and delicious.
We tried the elk, Swedish meatballs, sausage for the main course. All winners.
And before we had divine gravlax, herring and a great salad.
The food is unique and the environment sophisticated and quiet. Our server, richard helped us select the perfect wines.
I really love this restaurant...relaxing and wonderful to share with friends.
Hidden gem in a quiet hotel of Inn by the Opera. Cozy & romantic spot for a date if you already have the chemistry. Ambience with low dim lights & white cloth tables & manicured service. The quality Scandanavian food and presentation was the main hit of this restaurant, simple yet elegant, and balanced flavors.
I was a little disappointed. The summer salad was quite nice, a good size, with a vinaigrette that was heavy on the vinegar and refreshing. But the potato dumpling, which was the only vegetarian entree item on a limited menu, was very oily. Too oily to finish and the oil also interfered with the lingonberry sauce. Good service and good, very unusual specialty cocktails.
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