Salt House

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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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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent experience. The food is amazing with great options, but not overwhelming amount of choices. The staff is always attentive and very professional. I love this place.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! I had a beet salad that was awesome. Best salad I've had in a very long time at any restaurant of any caliber. It's a must have when going here. I'm an old dude and I'm starting to like places that are slightly quieter. Love the energy in this place, but we sat up stairs, and it was a bit noisier than I would have liked. But, that had no impact on what a fantastic evening and meal we had! I'll be back and will sing your praises!!!

l
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

A little pricey for small portion size.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Delicious pork chop and incredible duck. Substantial portions as well. Will be back soon!

d
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch during a convenient. Specifically booked a reservation since time was short! Our server was efficient and engaging. Food was great, especially the poutine. Only disappointment was that arriving slightly early for my reservation I was asked to wait outside despite plenty of available tables. Seemed unnecessary and rude.

v
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Slow service, poor quality cod, bad wine, super long wait times

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Ramen was objectively bad. Loud place. Great service!

OT
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Way too expensive compared to the quality and taste of the food. Both of the dishes didn't taste of anything.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I went there for a lunch with my client. It was a lot noisy.

C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch and got there when they opened at 11. We had the poutine, the beet salad and the duck confit. All were good. The lunch menu was kind of limited; hence the four stars

e
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I normally come here for lunch given proximity to work. I have to give them credit for getting their lunch service in order and streamlined. I used to avoid coming here if I only had an hour for lunch (usually took 1:15-30) but now the wait time and service is much more efficient which is great. That said, they need to work to change up their menu every once in awhile. Everything I’ve had here (which is most menu items) are all solid.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noisy at lunch, but excellent food & service. Can be very busy at lunch. I would suggest a reservation.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We have visited a few times now for dinner and the staff have always been a so pleasant and helpful. We really enjoy the food and atmosphere.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pretty disappointed at the quality of the food. Our salad was very bland and my fish smothered in sauce.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Date night with the wife. Great as always.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is very poor.

MM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know that I’ll always have a good experience at Salt House. The staff, the quality of the food and overall appeal of the place will keep me coming back...as I have since Salt House opened.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were wonderful- always love having a date night here!

JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Went there for lunch. Food was ok. There was a chicken with pasta dish. Pasta was a little gummy. Ordered some red wine. A full-bodies cab. It was fermented. Yuck. Notified the waitress who brought me another red. Better but a little dry. The noise. THE NOISE!!! It’s so damn loud in this restaurant! Decibels bouncing off of the brick walls. I don’t think I’m going back. The noise gave me anxiety.

SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

I've dined here three times.

The FOOD is unrelentingly incredible. Every element of every course has been remarkable, fresh, and novel. The fish is always beyond excellent, The Aged Ribeye was truly perfect, Duck Liver Mouse was amazing—a discovery unto itself, and the Short Ribs for Two with sweet potato pureé and mushrooms was falling off the bone and drew sighs of gratitude with each bite.

The SERVICE has been solidly friendly, responsive, and prompt from door to check on every occasion.

The NOISE level in this narrow, attractive room of 100% hard, flat surfaces and ceaseless, desperate customer yelling is even more unrelentingly painful. You and your server will be shouting to be heard by the person sitting next to you and your ears may well continue ringing into the next day. If you plan on audible conversation book the earliest time possible, bring ear plugs just to be safe, and don't stay long.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great space, open kitchen, great location on Mission. Good menu choices, something for everyone.

TB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Difficult parking; service was par; prices above par, food quality par. Wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here again. Had higher expectations. Pork chop was tough.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional! Will definitely be back.

s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday. Could not talk at table too loud, could not hear my guest.

RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

the halibut was disappointing, it was extremely bland and lacked flavour, and it was a little on the dry side.

the octopus & lamb pappardelle were excellent, and dessert was absolutely sensational.

we have been coming to salt house for the last 10 years and had never before had a negative food experience.

RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not sure. The space and staff are beautiful, but many of the entrees were good, just not great. My Halibut need a bit more sauce and the fish was just slightly overdone. Similar issues for the cod and duck courses. Seems pricey for the final product. Honestly, loved the noise level (very comfortable) and the space is beautiful, chairs get a bit uncomfortable maybe a pad or ares etc.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it.

t
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was perfect! Great waitstaff [she made excellent suggestions;; awesome cocktails; delicious meals! Thank you!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent. It was great to dined at the Salt House again

SD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with dinner here. Short rib was excellent, but other things left a lot to be desired; wine selections were way overpriced. But the biggest disappointment was the grilled little gems salad. Really the only flavor was gas grill. Somebody not paying attention on a recent weeknight.

j
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice, clean local. Easy public transportation. Tasty food!

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My friend ordered the aged beef to be served medium rare but part of the beef was raw. The service was slow, the main courses were served over half an hour later after our first courses. The restaurant was way too loud..

PM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding menu selections. Great tastes. Very attentive service and good ambience. Only negative was that the spiced popcorn was stale.

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu but great food. A bit pricey for lunch but good occasionally.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

二度目でしたが、西海岸のフュージョンテイストのレストランでとても良いです。サーブされるまでに時間がかかるので、ゆっくりとお酒を飲みながらじゃないとダメなのが、唯一の難点

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was top notch and service equally so. A relatively quite night so noise level was minimal. Comfortable vibe and very attentive service. Had short ribs for 2, excellent!

KM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Cheap service and treatment for such an expensive restaurant. Lunch was good (but not great) and very pricey. Service level was what you’d expect at a diner, not a fine dining establishment. Made a reservation for 1:45. First server pressured us to order immediately threatening if we did not order immediately we could not get lunch before the kitchen closed at 2. Second server kept trying to take our plates away (it was an important business lunch with a VIP and the overall result was the staff kept interrupting us and embarrassing me in front of my guests). If I am going to a high priced restaurant for an important business lunch I expect a much higher level of professionalism. That’s why I picked Salt House. Never again.

EC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

very romantic, perfect restaurant for a first date

WS
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salmon was perfectly cooked. I had it twice in one week. The bread is fantastic. The ice tea was even memorable. Very good quality meal.

SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

I visited Salt House for friend birthday celebration. Our server SYLVIE was very attentive and nice. All cuisines are delicious especially Spanish octopus was amazing. I highly recommend Salt House not only for lunch but also for dinner.

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