Salt House

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
~We will be closed from Saturday, August 31st, through Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. We will return with our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3rd. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!~

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!
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MM
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been going to Salt House for several years and have never had a bad experience. The staff is very efficient and friendly and the food is scrumptious!

JA
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salt House never fails. The food is delicious. Squash salad is a must as is the spicy popcorn; snack We were treated to a new starter tonight: lamb with gnocchi and burrata foam - fabulous. The servers completely make up for an often slow kitchen. Custom cocktails are so worth it.

DM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal! Always a great time here. The food is always delicious, and the service is good, but overall a great place, and would recommend as a location to try.

FH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very accommodating, kind, and overall did an excellent job catering to our group!

DP
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice ambiance. Service was quick. Good lunch spot.

C
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. However, it was extremely loud and difficult to have a conversation.

JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, great service and really trendy ambiance. Set a good impression for clients.

A
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Will be my go-to restaurant for my trips to San Francisco.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It had more of a fancy bar ambiance, and the servers were accommodating with my crutches.
We only got small plates to share; they were really yummy and a decent size. We got four plates to share and were a bit hungry afterward still.
The poutine was amazing though and didn't leave you feeling like you'd just eaten a ball of grease afterward. The Shishito peppers were also really good. I'd skip the squash soup, and the squash salad was 'ok'.

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked every dish we ordered but one, and they replaced that dish with another one we loved. Much appreciate that action.

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Bad Valentine's Day experience. We waited at least twenty minutes for appetizers, and when they did come out, the wrong dish was presented. We had to send it back, and waited another 15-20 minutes for the correct one. Then tables around us who were seated long after we arrived got their entrees, and I asked when we could expect ours. They came out about five minutes later, my entree was not cooked to the temperature I had specified. Won't be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Salt House is always a sure bet for a great lunch experience .. Great food, super friendly staff , in a comfortable , albeit noisy environment .. I’ll be back ...

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I don't think I can recommend Salt House for now after eating a raw cooked chicken in my fettucine pasta. I did not say anything to the server because I did not have enough time to spare and did not want my colleague to be disappointed because she brought me to you.

s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service are good, but at times the noise levels are so high that you have trouble having a conversation because you can barely hear what the person sitting opposite of you is saying. Pity because everything else is pretty good.

AF
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic place and the bartenders and hostess are the absolute best! They made us feel like locals even though it was our first visit. I will definitely be back.

G
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service. Very attentive. Food was flavorful, inventive and well seasoned.

RS
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is fantastic and they have creative takes on classic dishes that always keep the menu exciting!

LF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Cocktails were great. All around lovely evening and dinner

MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I booked this place (first time) for my executive and she loved it. I have added as a regular since she liked it. Thank you

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for business. Incredible service and food

MS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the ambiance, really nice food and glad that I booked my reservation early - it got busy fast over the lunch hour. Definitely worth a repeat visit!!

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Limited menu for lunch service. Our party struggled to find anything that was not either fried nor was a carb.

MR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reception and first greet at table was thoughtful and refreshing in a big city...they knew my name as a nobody...impressive!

OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Celebreated NYE there and had a great meal.

L
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early NYE dinner anticipating a long night. We selected 2 small plates and one large which was perfect. Fall salad was amazingly savory. Spicy salmon collar was a nice treat following up with a delicious short rib with sweet potato purée and Brussels sprouts- a very nicely composed dish

JA
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poutine is the ultimate comfort food. Popcorn appetizer is a fabulous snack to start. Squash salad and duck pasta - delicious!!

SS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch at Salt House! Burgers, grilled cheese, and tonkatsu were all good. Fries were outstanding! Will definitely be back!

M
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, we’ll definitely be back!

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Things are different each time we visit the restaurant. Nothing ever horrible, but this go-around was excellent!

LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our waiter was very courteous and responsive. But the front of house experience was lacking. Checking in was inefficient and much of the time there wasn’t someone at the front so guests just stood around waiting, and asking other guests for information. Our table wasn’t ready at our reservation time, which I understand happens, but the host didn’t apologize for the wait or inconvenience - this was a working lunch. Anyway, hope it was just a one off experience.

RE
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine and especially the Striped Bass, which was beautifully prepared with crispy skin and moist fish. One of the better meals I have had recently.

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Great food. Great service. A favorite!

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with mom and family.
Poutine was excellent:)

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Second time here. The server was great, cocktails were good and the food was just ok. Most of it was oddly under seasoned. I would go back. I think it may have been an off night.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing! My only criticism is the service from our waitress, she seemed a bit snobby as if my bf and I were not up to par with this restaurant. Everyone else was very friendly and accommodating, especially the hostess!

l
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very crowded tho was seated promptly at my reservation time. Server made very good recommendations. The fettuccine with shrimp was excellent. Oysters were average. The short ribs were good but not great. Dessert was fair.

MH
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok not great. I had the daily special Duck breast, and it came in a big chunk that was very tough and hard to carve.
Service was functional, but the wait times in all facets was unacceptable. From seating us 20 minutes after our reservation time, to the time it took to get our drinks, and especially the time between our first and main courses, the meal took about 2 hours! For 2 courses!. Not going back anytime soon.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible, from the bar to the food. They were short-staffed but never admitted it until we prodded. It took 90 minutes to get our apps and more than two hours for our dinner to be served. And the place wasn't even full. Food was ok at best. Can't go back

V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointed. Service was so slow. Fish didn't seem fresh. Took business associates in front out of town and was embarrassed.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed a festive dinner with out of town family.

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