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!
San Francisco, CA 94105
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30 - 10:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday : Closed
Happy Hour : Monday - Friday 2 - 6
Between 1st and 2nd
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking is available. There are also several parking garages available in the area including one right next door at 555 Mission.
Montgomery Station for Muni and Bart.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Salt House Ratings and Reviews
Reservations are a necessity. The good thing is that they will hold a res for 15 minutes past your time, through your entire party has to be present to sit.
Had the chicken sandwich... while it was tasty, it seemed pretty bare with the chicken and a neutral-color slaw stuck between the bun. When compared to everything else on the menu, it was severely lacking color (leafy greens?). With the house fried potato chips (also tasty) on the plate next to it, it looked entirely too bland. Disappointing presentation... But tasty.
My previous experience was great (about 4 months ago) but this time not so much. Service was horribly slow, waiter didn't give much attention to our drink fills, the cooking time took quite a while (2 burgers and 2 salads took 50 minutes at lunch time!) and their version of a "medium" cooked burger is closer to well done--tasted horribly burnt. I don't mind dropping $120 for lunch for 4 people including tip if it's going to be good food and good service, but it was neither of these. I will not be back.
On a Saturday night this is a quiet and intimate setting. Our service was very good (thank you, Nick and staff). I thought the food was good but no great. I thought our dishes were somewhat bland. The cavatelli was more compelling and unique with the uni but our other dishes were not that memorable. I do think they have a nice wine list and Nick seemed very knowledgeable. I see this as an SF staple and wish I could given a better review.
We were early for our reservation and appreciated that we were sat early. However, it took our server quite a while to engage us and take our drink orders. Then we were half done with our drinks before he returned to take our appetizer order. We enjoyed the chips, the peppers, and the brioche. The flavors were unique and delicious. We were however disappointed that house chips or bread or something wasn't part of the "table" experience. During our appetizers our food order was taken. Our mains arrived quite quickly but our server never checked in with us to ask us if we had everything, and my husband had to flag him down to order more drinks. We were mostly finished with our meal before the drinks arrived. We merely ordered glasses of wine so it wasn't as if we were waiting for cocktails to be mixed.
I'm not sure how quickly I would return here, especially considering the amount of other interesting restaurants in the neighborhood.
We were disappointed with Salt House. I hadn't seen my friend in quite some time so we had a lot of catching up to do. The waiters gave us no time to look at the menu and were very clearly aggravated that we had a lot of catching up to do. They tried to take plates away that still had food on them and we were clearly eating. There were many empty tables at the restaurant and we were not sure why they were rushing us to get out when they weren't closing anytime soon. We won't be back. The food was just your typical California cuisine, nothing different than the bevy of overpriced California cuisine restaurants all over the Bay Area.
Salt House offered us a creative menu and excellent preparation - everyone in our group of four found the food to be delicious. Our server was attentive and took care of us on an upper floor 'loft' level that was quieter and more intimate than the ground level. It was a really enjoyable, special evening. I recommend the restaurant highly.
Great place for a laid back casual dinner. Oysters were the very best that I have had. Service was perfect as was the decor. We were seated up stairs which is a great spot. My wife had the corn ravioli which was as good as she has ever had. Do yourself a favor and go here.
We had a fantastic time at the Salt House tonight. We were celebrating two new jobs between the two of us, and the service and food matched the occasion!
I had requested a quiet table (I'd been here before, and remember it being quite energetic), and the hostess happily found the best table in the restaurant for us. We had a really nice time, my husband loved the design, and that same hostess even came to check up on us and wish us well.
Thanks so much, Salt House! You far exceeded our expectations and we felt so well-treated. We'll certainly be back again.
It's not that the food wasn't good: but good really isn't enough in San Francisco. It all seemed rather pedestrian and sort of skimpy. Two of us had the ribeye, which came sliced and had no fat anywhere on it, not very ribeye like at all. The papardelle was over salted as another reviewer previously noted. And english pea ravioli was just sort of pasty tasting. The sticky toffee chocolate cake looked like a burnt, rock hard cupcake, but really tasted like a brownie(meh), the strawberry sorbet that accompanied it was lovely though. The service was friendly and competent. Overall, not awful but nothing to write home about.
For my visit there were a few issues. One there was hair on my napkin which is not good. I would think you would notice that when you fold it. Second there was a bug on my lettuce on my burger. For a salad you may not notice that but on a burger it shows you don't wash the lettuce or check it before putting it on the plate. It was my co-workers last day so I didn't want to call it out but you have to do better than that.
Salt House was recommended by a co-worker and he was spot on. 5 of us-all of which traveled into the City for a client meeting-enjoyed great food in a fun and festive atmosphere served by friendly staff who not only took good care of us at the bar and table, but even put our luggage away so we didn't have to worry about that as we departed for late night flights and BART rides. In terms of the food, we split 2 servings of Poutine. While not quite up to Canadian standards, it was authentic and tasty. 3 of us had the pork chop dish-which had 2 generously sized chops and an excellent sauce to compliment the meat and the onion-infused brown rice. One had the Rib-Eye which he said was excellent-and the last one had the Quail-which he also said was outstanding. In short, the wine, the food, the atmosphere, the décor (reminded me of a latter-day 60's décor/architecture) and the staff made for a memorable evening-I'll be back!
We have always loved Salt House but this was our first time there since they got a new chef and we were very pleasantly surprised that the menu was fresh and there was new influence but still working with wonderful Ingredients as always. As it was a special birthday meal we ordered quite a lot off the menu... rib eye was amazing and perfectly cooked. The salmon was also perfectly cooked and the sushi rice and sauce was unique and delightful. The octopus was a table favorite. We'll be back soon hopefully!!
First, Salt House was super accommodating to our large party, which I greatly appreciated in a town where friends' get-togethers for big dinners are a pain to book. Second, the food was delicious (although a couple of the meals were off balance in terms of, ironically, salt--the mushroom pate was very salty, but the California halibut needed more salt) and the dishes creative. Great selection of wine, moderate of beer, good cocktails. The space itself is intimate and I would recommend for dates and small business lunches. The bad part of the experience was by far the service. When I say this, I mean our server in particular (we also interacted with the host and bartender who were both great). Out server was inattentive, forgetful/ distracted, and in general, not good communicator. He took more than 30 min to acknowledge our presence, forgot dishes (and did not apologize for doing so), brought the wrong drinks, and finally, although we had reserved the table "for a birthday party" and told the server a few times that we were celebrating a birthday, we did not get even a "happy birthday," not to mention a free desert. I am not saying that restaurants must give free desert for every table celebrating a birthday/ special occasion, but when they do (and they often do), it leaves customers with great impression. Overall, we left kind of disappointed, which really is too bad, since I think that Salt House has great potential in terms of menu.
I'd been there for lunch a few times and enjoyed it, so I was surprised that the dinner menu was so odd. The waiter told us that some items were "small plates" and others were full dinners, even in the entree section, but it didn't really turn out the way he said. Oysters: three served. Pasta: large, rich portion. Bread: $5, served a small, soft, very hot uncut loaf, with a steak knife that crushed the bread to cut it up ourselves. (Kind of like the bread at Outback or something...except charged for it.) Water carafe filled with lukewarm tap water. The same dull steak knife appeared with steak.
The food itself was delicious, but everything just seemed "off kilter."
Great, creative cuisine. Went with out of town guests and we shared a number of small plates. Food, wine and cocktails were delicious. The restaurant is very loud, that's the only reason for not getting 5 stars. Would not want to go with more than 4 people as you would never hear the conversation.
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