Every dish was better than the last! I highly recommend and I will definitely be back.
This intimate and cozy restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Inn at the Opera. Our family was visiting San Francisco, and we met a local friend for dinner at PLAJ. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals - it was all tasty, inventive, and fresh. The service was attentive and unobtrusive, and the quiet atmosphere allowed for conversation.
Took my date there on a wednesday night to celebrate a new job landing. It was nicer than I expected. The bartender recommended the swedish gold while I waited. It was a very delicious and different cocktail. I had 2. We had the elk and artic cod, both of which were really tasty. It wasn't a very big place so it had an intimate feel to it. Older crowd, low lighting and elegant decor. I was impressed by both the ambience, the food, and the service. Very nice. Will go again as well as recommend the place to family and friends.
Delicious food in a quiet atmosphere where you can actually enjoy the conversation with your friends or loved ones.
Plaj exemplifies that which lifts: the chef's imagination & skill lifts the cuisine from "good" (3 stars) to "special" (4 stars); the cuisine and ambience lift the diner from "satisfied" to "pleased"; the subtlety that lifts flavors from pleasantly identifiable to savory wonder.
Examples: the salad ingredients and vinaigrette were unique, very fresh, unusually tasty; the cauliflower soup offered perfect texture and a minimal amount of truffle oil just sufficient to brighten the flower; the 3-way herring appetizer was delicious, fun, and distinctly 3 ways; the duck and saddle of elk perfectly grilled and featuring subtle sauces, herbs, starches, fruit & vegetables mixed to bring smile to the game AND the diner. We look forward to repeat enjoyments at Plaj.
This was our third or fourth time at Plaj and always in conjuction with the Opera or Ballet. This continues to put out authentic Scandinavian cuisine presented creatively. We absolutely love the foie gras, gravlaxa and the other dishes. Ask for the bread. It comes in it's own bag, is warm and sits on a cutting board. Our server was excellent: attentive, informative and professional. Always a go to spot for us, especially if we're staying there at the Inn at the Opera.
Great restaurant close to Davies Symphony Hall. The caviar appetizer is a winner, as are the lamb shoulder and elk entrees.
We've always respected the food at Plaj but not the service. Our cocktails came after we'd been there almost half an hour. We often had to remind the staff that we had a concert to make by 8. They kept telling us that there was a crowd of people who had a 7:30 deadline and that these people had priority over us. And we had to beg for our check so that we could rush out to make our concert. This has happened at all but one of our visits to Plaj. Yes, the food is unique to San
Francisco, and we certainly enjoyed what we ate, but after leaving we decided this would be our last time. Throughout our almost two hours there we were made to feel that the staff was doing us a favor to allow us to eat there. If the owner could train his staff properly, we'd be delighted to return.
Noise level especially at the big, wide table is awful! Cannot hear across the country table.
We've always enjoyed Plaj -- for its authenic food and interesting menu. We did have to insist that we (2) be given separate menus. We are two ladies who only get together once in awhile.
Our waitress finally agreed.
Incredible place, really great and tasty food, original cocktails, the place is beautifully designed
We have been to PLAJ several times over the years before an Opera or Symphony. We have always enjoyed it, but the present prices have elevated eating in the CIvic Center area to a new (much higher) level. We will not return anytime soon.
We loved the feeling and atmosphere. The cocktails were very creative and delicious as was the food.
Full disclosure: I am an employee at the hotel, Inn at the Opera, where this restaurant is located in.
This is a phenomenal restaurant! Totally delicious and unique menu options that you really can't get anywhere else in the Bay Area. The flavor combinations are certainly different, but everything on the plate compliments and contrasts so well with one another. I highly recommend the Taste of Herring and the Beef Cheek. If you're looking for something a little more familiar then definitely go with their Swedish Meatballs. Also, they have a number fantastic desserts so make sure to save some room; my personnel favorite is the Princess Cake.
The staff is friendly and attentive, and the restaurant itself has charm out the wazoo! I recommend getting a reservation in advance, because the restaurant can fill up quite quickly. But, they do have a bar seating area that is first come first serve, so definitely give it a shot even if you can't get a reservation.
Besides the excellent food, the Management was very accommodating to our request that we wanted to eat a little earlier than our res
Attentive service, delicious food delivered in a timely manner.
We arrived very late as we were at the ballet prior. They sat us right next to a cozy fireplace which was lovely! The overall dining experience was excellent from the cocktails to the wine and of course the food. The service was attentive, and even though it was late, we never felt rushed. We will definitely be back.
This was a surprise and a delight! And every dish was well-balanced and full of flavor, and service remained attentive even during what was obviously a major rush. A new favorite in the city…
Another INCREDIBLE dinner from my favorite SF restaurant!!!!
This place was surprisingly good! I liked the menu and reserved it on a whim, but am so happy I did! The chef likes to play with texture and flavor in a way that is creative and surprising and enjoyable. The Gravalax with rye crumbs was one of my favorites. Also loved the lobster with potato chips (yes, potato chips). I did not try one of the Acquavit drinks, but will have to do so on another visit.
Good service and delicious food. The home made Swedish Rye bread is fabulous! Just like my Grandmother used to make and so hard to find anywhere but at Plaj.
Exceptional. Food and service superb. My new favorite in SF.
If you want to have a quiet conversation, recommend going early before it gets full. Even then, noise level is better than a lot of other places unless you are beside a big party (we weren't, but have been in the past). Food and service excellent.
The service and ambiance is great. Plating and presentation are beautiful, but some of the plates like the gnocchi could use some more depth either seasoning or ingredient. The northern lights dessert and coffee are insanely good! Value is okay in comparison to similar fine dining in the area.
The food is a Astoshingl The lobster in lobster foam was remarkable. Robert Sundell is a very talented chef. I had the semla cake which is only on the menu in February.
It was a spectacular experience. One of the best, most delicious, and creative meals I've ever had. Also, their bread is to-die-for. An absolute must. It's a great place to visit pre-or post-performance at the ballet or symphony.
Great Scandinavian specialities. Especially the herring and all the fish. And the soup was divine.
Our only criticism is that the dining room was so dark we had difficulty reading the menu and seeing the food.
Over time, the menu at this Scandinavian restaurant has gotten more narrow, and the prices have gone up.
Perfect dinner spot prior to a show and the service team is well trained for that. Delicious food! Cute place.
Plaj is tucked away down a charming corridor so it already feels like a special secret upon arrival. The wallpaper and decor continue the fantasy. The food is fantastic - updated Swedish classics.
This was such a bizarre experience. The service was so hostile we almost walked out. But then we honestly couldn't decide if the waiter had some sort of empathy-related disorder, and actually began to feel sorry for her. Basically, we asked for some help choosing a vodka-based cocktail, and after an age, one appeared that wasn't at all what we were after. We were polite, and understanding, explaining that we'd actually hoped to discuss some options with the barman... but what we got was outright hostility! So very weird. Meanwhile, other attributes of the meal:
- Very hard to get attention from any of the wait staff (we were partially sat behind a pillar that didn't help)
- Amazing food (esp. Saddle of Elk)
- The room was quite cold, but we were loathe to say anything about it given the reactions we'd had thus far.
Don't know what else to say, it was honestly the weirdest restaurant experience I can remember, and overall, really very unpleasant. And if you're wondering if we were the only ones to feel this, the table next to us felt the same.
It's a big shame, my wife is Swedish, and I was excited to find a Scandinavian restaurant for us to check out.
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.
Overpriced beers!! Great food and great location though.
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.
Another excellent evening at Plaj...on of the best pre-ballet dining options in Hayes Valley, where great restaurants are everywhere! Definitely try one of their home-made aquavits!!
Wonderful Scandanavian food and excellent service. Fantastic dinner, one of my favorites in SF!
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.
Pricey but tasty, very good at meeting special dietary needs, very convenient to symphony, ballet, etc.