The Vault Restaurant

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22 Reviews
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Inside The Vault of the iconic 555 California building, discover a modern and playful take on California Cuisine and American Classics presented by the Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group, the team behind Trestle, Corridor and Fat Angel.

Highlighting some of the best local farmers and artisan producers, The Vault bridges comfort with finesse, showcasing a wide range of both simple and elegant dishes for all occasions. With a vibrant bar and lounge offering a large selection of both classics and creative cocktails, come for lunch, dinner, or drinks and enjoy an opulent experience any time of day.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was impressed with the service & presentation! We had two desserts that were delicious & because I had mentioned it was a birthday celebration, there was a handwritten note on the table for the birthday girl! Nice touch!!

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HE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Convenient location, nice décor, don't think it will be my "go to", too expensive.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service bad, food ok(short ribs both over cooked), very loud would not return or recommend

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V
Los Angeles
284 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

A cool looking place with good service but that’s where it went downhill. I had the salmon and 6 hours later up until now, I’m experiencing severe gastrointestinal issues, nausea, chills...the whole thing that you’d get with undercooked salmon or contaminated food. Looking back on the night, the salmon did seem undercooked but I was already 6 cocktails in so didn’t sense the issue. It’s a terrible feeling almost 24hrs later what I’m now experiencing!

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SV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect business lunch spot. Great for a meeting or lunch with a friend. Food was outstanding. Quite a pleasant surprise and will be back.

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LD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kaitlin the bartender knows her stuff! We had a nice date night.

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LK
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful,except the bar and coffee service was slow. Other than that the evening was great.
Friendly staff and beautiful surroundings.

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CC
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is very beautiful. Food was good for the most part. I have a combination of first course items very good. Scallops for my main course. Excellent.

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V
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar is a great after work happy hour spot to meet up with friends or to catch an event on the TVs. Tyler is the best bartender! The happy hour food and drinks menu is great! Will need to come back to try the lunch and dinner menu.

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

As I work in 555 California, I am very happy to have the Vault in the building. The atmosphere is beautiful and the building was in need of a good option for business lunches. While I think the food is pretty good, the portion sizes and prices are ridiculous....and not in a good way! The portions are very small while the pricing is very high. I was there recently with one other person. We had a shared crudite appetizer and each of us had an entree and iced tea. With tip, the tab was $96. OUTRAGEOUS.

I want the Vault to survive which is why I am taking the time to write this review. PLEASE re-visit your portions if you are going to charge that much. If you don't, I worry you will not last. Thanks.

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NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is overpriced for what it is. The ribeye was not good, Not a good steak place. The cheese tortellini (that our waitress hyped) was hard and underwhelming, the mushrooms were good though. Liked the beef tartare. Perhaps this place is better for lunch.

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AJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good, I thought the deserts were fresh and creative. I thought they'd retain more of a "Vault" like experience in the restaurant atmosphere, but outside of the name, you'd never know it was a previous bank vault.

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HS
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Beautifully prepared, unique dishes. Wonderful space.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and seafood platter. Its a seasoned team and this place will only get better over time (just opened a few weeks back).

Enter from Pine St. (more convenient).

Corkage is $35. Very reasonable compared to what is considered standard these days in SF!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dishes, well presented, courteous and attentive staff. We had a large group and they catered to our needs for some guests to leave early. Dining room is elegant and comfortable.

Great lunch, would recommend. Also looked like a good bar for happy hour, so will be returning to watch a game there for sure :)

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance is nice but extremely loud with sound bouncing off mostly hard surfaces. Food was incredibly salty. Service in the bar area was inconsistent but excellent in the dining room. I would recommend for after work cocktails but not the food.

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CB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

(1) Turning old bank vault into a restaurant seems like a cool idea, but the interior design was underwhelming. Aside from the vault door, which you can only see from certain spots, the restaurant has the same ambiance as a nice airport lounge. The decor is generic and sterile, nothing feels warm or luxurious. The ceilings are also fairly low. One easy fix would be to paint the bare white walls any color besides white; maybe, a light turquoise to give the place an undersea feel.

(2) The food is pricey and forgettable. Nothing is bad, but also nothing is delicious. For what you pay, the food should be very good and make you want to go back. The menu was also too limited.

(3) The noise level is off the charts. You will have to shout at your dining companion to be heard. It is definitely not a romantic dining spot.

(4) The service was very friendly, though at times the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed and it was hard to flag someone to order a second drink.

(5) The bar seems like it may be a decent spot to meet coworkers for after work drinks, and perhaps this place functions better as more of an upscale bar. That said, the two cocktails I had were expensive and mediocre.

(6) The place is still new, so it is not too late to turn things around. Paint the walls anything besides white. Call your interior designer and ask for some other changes to make the place feel warmer and more luxurious. Rethink the menu. If you want to do nice “hotel food,” then at least do it really well and make it interesting. For example, Villon in the Proper Hotel in Mid-Market serves good food. Serve better desserts, even if you have to charge more, most people would rather pay more and get better quality. San Francisco has so many great cocktail bars—-pay them all a visit and take lessons.

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o
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to try the new kid on the block the first week it opened. Lovely decor though enclosed space and relatively low ceilings amplified voice levels. Had chicken liver mousse with Parker House rolls - delicious. Loved that veggie dishes are appetizers. Peas and artichoke both delicious. Pasta and duck breast very nicely prepared and presented. Delicious passion fruit tart. All in all, a great new spot.

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BR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and amazing service.

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p
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

cod was under cooked. rooky mistakes.
wildly expensive for what was offered.
not an honourable successor to stones throw.
gobsmacked.

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M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot for a lunch (particularly only three days into service!).

Restaurant was a bit hard to find (it's on the south end of the 2nd floor of 555; they told me signage was coming soon). The space is huge, but nicely broken up into a bunch of rooms so it doesn't feel too cavernous. Very attentive service.

Food was excellent; we had the tartare (mixed at the table - nice touch), bread with chicken pate (delicious!), and burgers. The burger was the highlight: Really fantastic fries, great seasoning on the burger (though it is a bit messy).

I'll be back; looking forward to trying out the dinner menu.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service!

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