Salt House

4.5
2459 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Salt House Tavern - A 75-seat, contemporary tavern housed in an old printing press warehouse built in the 1930’s. Exposed brick, original hardwood floors, 12 foot windows and oversized rusted iron girders. Contemporary American fare ranging from raw bar plateaus to local cheeses, appetizers and heartier main dishes. Wines from all over the world, local beers and an extensive cocktail list. Full menu anywhere you'll sit down - at the bar, the communal table, the front window counter or in the dining room!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 - 10:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday : Closed

Happy Hour : Monday - Friday 2 - 6
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Phone number
(415) 543-8900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Evan Gotanda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available. There are also several parking garages available in the area including one right next door at 555 Mission.
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Public transit
Montgomery Station for Muni and Bart.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2459 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The drinks are hit or miss. One was great, one was horrible. Wine selection is great (for bottles). The pork chop was good but was 30% fat and slightly overcooked but tasted great even if a little dry. The guy bussing tables tried to take our plates at 10, 20 and 25 minutes after we got out food. Seemed rushed even though more than half of the place was empty. My experience may not be the norm, but I'd have a hard time recommending this place.

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AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

So so LOUD

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JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food. A bit disappointed that the ribeye was maybe 6oz. For $48, it should be larger IMO.

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MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm so glad that Salt House has stood the test of time because the food is DELICIOUS! The staff is very friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere is vibrant but cozy. Great place!

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AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salt House is an excellent spot with surprisingly good food. Although it gets pretty busy, service also remains attentive. Recommended.

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FG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was not inspiring or well prepared. For the price we were expecting a culinary experience!

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JM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal at Salt House! We always look forward to returning and seeing what new items are on the menu.

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JK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are very good. If you’re looking forward a quite place, this is not it. Overall, very pleased.

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BD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The burger has always been the very best. This time the quality slipped a bit.

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P
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Service and MGMT up were disappointing!
The food was terrific but we waited at a business lunch for over 45 minutes to get our food while all of the other tables around us had been served and were eating. It was so long that one of our party had to take their food to go. When we brought it to the server and then Managers attention they seems non plused and said they would rush our food out. Of course it didn't arrive in time so they packed it to go. Then they were doing nothing as an accomodation so when we stated that at a minimum the "to go" meal should be comped the manager looked at us and actually said " I guess I have no choice" with an attitude! The food was good but not good enough to put up with slow/bad service and an attitude from a manager when we complained.

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was salty and mediocre, every time I got pulled to eat there. Don't understand why it is popular.
The noise level at peak of lunch hour was unbearable - everyone had to scream on top of their lung to make their dining mates hear them!

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BA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The quality/price ratio is fair compared to other restaurants of similar standing.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I had a business lunch here. Somewhat cramped space, but design was modern and restaurant was clean and well kept. Fairly pricey. No vegetarian/pescatarian options except for the house salad without protein and cheese plate—my lunch companion, whom I had never met before, was vegetarian. Cheese plate only had a single cheese on it (though it was tasty). Roast beef sandwich was much too salty and bread was slightly stale. We had to ask three times for the server before she came to take our credit card after she dropped off the check.

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MM
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is lively and fun. The food is good; I had the cheese board as a starter and it was excellent with the salmon as the entree. The salmon was cooked perfectly with a pretty good sized portion. However, the sides were very minimal. Consequently, the price was a bit high for the value. The one hiccup during the evening was the very long delay between my appetizer and the entree. Long enough that I finally had to make a point with the server. However, it arrived shortly thereafter. And, the hostess provided an apology and a complimentary glass of wine. A very nice touch (which was appreciated) and a quick recovery. Impressed with the genuine insincerity of the gesture.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My meal at Salt House was disappointing. My friend and I ordered the poutine to start, which was fine. Nothing spectacular, but definitely not bad. We both ordered the house burger for our meal and thats where we were really disappointed. Our burgers were not cooked to order (I ordered medium well but mine came medium rare), and my allergy to tomatoes was not properly noted as tomato came with my plate. The burger was bland, the bacon wasn't cooked well, and the avocado didn't look overly fresh. The worst part of it all was the bun, which kept falling apart. My friend tried cutting her burger and half and the top bun disintegrated, the waiter had to bring her a new burger. My burger lasted a few bites before falling apart. The food was incredibly underwhelming, especially for such a fancy-seeming restaurant. The best part of the entire experience was the service. For the service alone I would potentially try this again. Our waiter had offered to comp the burgers which sort of salvaged the experience.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere were great, although a little loud for me. Food was mediocre. Everything on our plate tasted the same, and not a great value.

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BH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super friendly staff. The food is always great. The truffle pasta was delicious.

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is a rare combination of simple & sophisticated. Beautifully presented. Very kind staff

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SB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was very accommodating considering we ordered a cocktail that we hated, and had a fish dish that we thought was a bit off. They made sure we were totally taken care of, thanks!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated right away. During Oracle Open World do lots of larger groups. Staff was attentive, quick and caring. Gave us great suggestions. Portions were adequate to large. Our meals were awesome! Great variety on the plate and served perfectly. I’d totally go there again.

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DD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food with fresh ingredients and made with attention to detail. We enjoyed our dinner here with our friends!!!

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RY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and good ambiance!

We made a reservation on OpenTable so there was no waiting! Otherwise, at lunchtime, getting a table is not easy. Quality of service and food are very consistent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It isn’t too fancy but just right for an evening out.

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KM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I tried 2 cocktails and each was great! The food was interesting and not something you would find everywhere. Very shareable!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s loud but it’s a good spot for biz lunch

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SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Salt House for the past 3 years and always had an incredible experience. The food is excellent, the service is friendly, professional and welcoming - couldn't recommend this place more! Both for dinner and lunch (menu changes!)

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great last minute find for delicious food, served in style and plated creatively. Three of us had fish dishes and one person in our party had the pork chop and all were happy!
Hip ambiance and all in all a fun place with excellent service the night we were there with great food! Check it out!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration. Everything about the experience was fantastic. Would highly recommend and will definitely be going back.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

So much duck and not enough vegetarian options. Foie gras should NOT be on the menu. Horrible.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and not too crowded. A nice relaxing Saturday meal.

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J
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience tonight, very happy trying the new place.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect for work dinner except for noise.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The Salt House food is definitely enjoyable. My party of four loved every dish; presentation and taste were above average. The only two things guests should be aware of is: don't go to socialize because it is super loud that you can't have a normal conversation and expect 30 minute delays between each course.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the pasta - although I asked them to make it vegetarian for me.

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TE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to this place very often, and it' s always a great visit. The food is amazing, the service personal is very friendly and literate about their menu.

During our last visit this week I forgot my receipt on the table. I already reached out to the restaurant twice, unfortunately haven' t received any response, which is quite disappointing.

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, drinks, and atmosphere. A little pricier but worth the money. I would happily come back to the Salt House next time I am in SF.

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TI
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot in a fun SOMA location. Very diverse menu. Great custom cocktails. Large wine list. Try the fish wings on the appetizers.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this place. The food is fantastic and the ambiance is very chic/cool

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LZ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow. It’s a fairly moderate sized space that was not understaffed. Staff is very friendly

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a solid performer and great atmosphere. Definitely a go to around SOMA.

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