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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

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (7)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Good food and a lively atmosphere. The food was very good and there were numerous reasonably priced, well chosen wine selections by the glass.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Really enjoyed our lunch here - food was tasty and even the salads were creative - outside the usual norm. Knowledgeable attentive waiter, nice atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Our waitress provided top-notch service; attentive without interrupting, knowledgable, professional. Makes such a difference! We look forward to returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food ranged from excellent to good depending on selection. Price was higher than expected and noise level just below intolerable.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I am from the south and the fried chicken was the real deal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great time in all respects

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Excellent fresh beef burger. Lots of choices for appetizers and other lunch dishes. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The quality of the food was good as usual. But the squab was a bit hard to maneuver. Still very good.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 23, 2017

It was a good experience. Food was fun and tasty. Service was low key and pleasant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Took forever to get a table in spite of a reservation. Food was good service was decent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I'd eaten there before but the food was average this time. It was quite a bit louder (we sat upstairs) than I would have liked.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

A very good meal, not stellar...we enjoyed several of the plates to share and several of the entrées.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 5, 2017

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Date night. Enjoyed the experience from the cocktails to dessert. Would definitely dine again!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food is excellent. Our service was a bit slow but we had a great time. Old historic building downtown.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Great food and drinks. Consistently excellent restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Under the radar for sure ! Excellent white wine list

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I have been to Salt House 3 times before. Unfortunately, the server was rude, impatient, and made us all feel like we were an inconvenience. Sorry to say I will not return and never recommend. We have too many other options to choose from.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Papparadelle with short rib is too salty, but IT is the Salt House.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Service was rude and Ruined our dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing. I cannot wait to go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great recommendations from the server and the food was as always awesome

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. A bit on the pricey side, but within range for San Francisco's business district. I would definitely recommend it and return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Excellent resturant, highly recommend it for creative food and excellent service

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Super nice place with delicious unique and creative dishes

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Lovely meal, lovely wait staff. Very expensive for what you get compared to the local scene.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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."

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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