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About Salt House

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!

545 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Between 1st and 2nd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 543-8900

Website:
http://www.salthousesf.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Montgomery Station for Muni and Bart.

Executive Chef:
Evan Gotanda

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Salt House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Fun (6)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I made reservations for this restaurant on a whim since I had been in the area the day before and noticed it. The restaurant was beautifully designed and cozy which I always like, it had an industrial/rustic feel.

The food was creative and delicious so we had fun picking new menu items and trying them out. I would highly recommend the sourdough batard, the octopus and the salmon belly. They were all winners!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved the hazelnut, buratta salad. Wish I had ordered two of them. Yum!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was excellent, from the welcoming hostess to the waitstaff and bussers. Service was efficient, waitstaff were quick with answers to our questions and very friendly!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Kitchen was loud ushering the runners to fetch the plates. Good was just ok (too much hype, not much flavor). Ambience, drinks, location great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Too loud found it hard to have a conversation. Good food though

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I like the spot and the crowd, also like the service generally. Food is also in the best standards for FiDi.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We work in the building next door so we come for business lunches or just meeting friends.
The food was good, everybody enjoyed the burger, salads and tacos.

The service was great.

A little bit noisy for me.

Thank you!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Salt House is always great. The staff are excellent, they’re lucky to have their GM, makes everyone welcome.
Great menu, if you like sharing dishes, perfect place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Salt House never disappoints. The daily oysters were delightfully seasoned. The salmon was perfection. The portions were perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Pleasantly surprised! Interesting menu, good food, hostess/waiter both great. The pub-like atmosphere was charming. Will definitely keep this on the list for fun lunches. A little small and loud for a serious business lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It wqs great! Amazing and special food with gorgeous and cozy decor.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve- food was just fair- disappointed

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic restaurant with creative and flavorful Japanese fusion food. Went there for a holiday dinner with my family, party of six, and the menu had something for everyone, including a vegetarian. The space is beautiful, with the perfect amount of lighting and a great view into the kitchen. Service was impeccable. In addition to the wonderful, flavorful, thoughtful food, the cocktails were also unique, tasty, and well-balanced. It was a bit on the pricey side but well worth it for the creativity and quality of the cuisine. Would recommend for a date or a special occasion. I am recommending to everyone I can think of!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Still amazingly solid! It had been a while since I was at Salt House, which was a regular for me in its early days. So glad to see they haven't lost a step. I'm surprised it wasn't more crowded, but grateful to be able to get a table on relatively short notice. It's a great space with a very open kitchen, so not super quite; more like lively. Service was knowledgeable and attentive and the food was creative, beautiful, well executed, and tasty! Both salads were exceptional. Salmon was delicious and perfectly cooked. My only gripe might be that the short rib was a little tough and dry, but the dish as a whole was still very successful. Highly recommended!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Two families (7 of us) had a very nice dinner in a cool space. The combinations of flavors and foods (which I'd never make at home) were quite delicious and not too 'out there.' Even the picky ones were satisfied. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The French and sweet potato fries were too oily to enjoy. I ordered the crispy chicken sandwich which was also loaded with grease. Not the experience I am accustomed to at salt house maybe it's the new chef?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Epic fail on the service. Table of eight and it took 33 minutes to deliver our drink order!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Typically I love Salt House & their food is consistently good with a great ambiance/interior, but this lunch I was pretty disappointed with the shrimp salad. The lettuce was wilted. :( It would’ve been so much better with a shredded, crispy kale instead of boring iceberg. :-/

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was our third visit to Salt House. Previously we were really impressed with both the quality of the food and service. Unfortunately our third visit didn't reach the high standards of the previous visits. Unfortunately both the ribs and duck were unavailable (we were only told this five minutes after ordering) and the main course arrived whilst we were still eating our starters. Overall the service was below par for a restaurant at this price point. Although our server was friendly, we felt rushed despite arriving at 8.30pm. The soup starter was delicious and the two main courses (hailbut and pork) tasty without being spectacular. The best part of the meal was the home baked bread we ordered with the soup. The sorbet dessert was served in what can only be described as a gravy pot and tasted distinctly average. We may give the Salt House one more go but I don't think we'll be rushing back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One of my favorite places to take out of town guests. It’s too bad this restaurant is so popular as I’ve often waited awhile for my entrees. Always pleased by the inventive and tasty menu.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always reliable lunch spot for a working lunch. Great chicken sandwich!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our server was admirably attentive and the kitchen performed well during a lunch rush hour when the restaurant was full. The noise level at rush periods is high and will be too high for many older adults or those with hearing problems. The restaurant is close to the Salesforce Tower and Transbay Terminal construction zones, as of December 2017, so traffic and parking can be difficult if you are arriving by car.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always met with a smile, great staff and food....and cocktails. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Overly fishy fish and uninspired dessert. Restaurant came recommended, maybe we came on an off night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food! The small bites were scrumptious, especially the chips with citrus aioli foam. The peppers had the perfect amount of salt. The pork chop was truly the juiciest I have ever had. I don’t usually like duck, but this was cooked to perfection and was so tender.
I cannot wait to go back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was excellent I also found the service to be good as well

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful food and service - a lovely dining experience and very consistent, with excellent service. The dining room was never fully seated on a Saturday nite - hopefully this just reflects the timing (weekend before thanksgiving) and notable amount of construction in the area that may discourage walk-ins. I have enjoyed this restaurant immensely over the years and hope it sticks around.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Quince salad was delicious! The ambiance is great, and the service was very fast (and super friendly). Definitely will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overall we had a great time. It's not too noisy to have a conversation easily. The food was very good. My only complaints are that they took a little long to come take our order for even just drinks. I also thought the portion size for the ravioli was rather small.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The butternut squash soup was heavenly and comforting. The XO King Salmon was cooked perfectly and paired on just the right mix of cooked greens. I will surely return on my next trip to SF

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I have never had a bad experience at the Salt House!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We waited 40 minutes for our food at lunch time. People who arrived after us had their lunch 15 min before we did. The food was cold and very generic.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Oysters were amazing. Innovative cuisine. Portions can be small.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ambiance was great. A party of 5 sat next to us, a this man kept talking so loud, that both the table next to us and I told him to take it down a deciple!! Guy next to us did it twice, but he kept talking like he was deaf!!! Shouting and laughing so loud that you could hear him from the bathroom!!! I was hoping the manager would come and talk to him , but he was not to be found or cared! “ this is our last night” blah blah blah.... we could not even talk and was on the edge of telling him to STFU! Will never go back! I guess only a few squeaky people count!
Also NEVER order the rib eye! So dry! Had to ask for sauce but was still dry mushy from the Souve.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We came for lunch on a Friday. The setting is great with exposed beams and a very high ceiling and great lighting. But unfortunately, looks alone don't qualify for a good restaruant. Although the hostess was very nice and accommodating, our server disappeared after our order and so we were not able to order wine with our meal. He was busy because the restaurant was swamped with patrons who obviously prioritize a wonderful setting over quality of food. Everything we had was flavorless, ironic right? I am not one who uses much salt either. Menu choices also lacking. However, I must say the cocktails were creative and delicious. Salmon tartare no taste, persimmon salad tasted only like lemon juice, mussels lacked luster. Pass the Salt please!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service was very slow and it wasn't busy. Lunch took over an hour for just two people ordering an entree.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The best salads in the financial district. The right portions and fresh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a party of seven and everyone loved their meals. For me the vegan choices were a highlight. The preparations had a hint of Japanese influences, but the end results were very interesting and delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great for Saturday’s when the crowd is lighter. The food is always terrific.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I had a 1 pm reservation on a Friday and they seemed understaffed. We waited to be seated, waited more time for staff who finally took our order and said they were out of the 2 of the 4 salads. The food took a long time to arrive too. Not sure if this is an anomaly, but wasn't a great dining experience!

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