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Salt House

4.4
2332 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(415) 543-8900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Evan Gotanda
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and 2nd
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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.
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Public transit
Montgomery Station for Muni and Bart.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2332 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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louchosen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

enjoyed our dinner very much. food was very good with interesting choices.

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vipdivegurl7 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

It's really hard to rate their food - it was wonderful but incredibly over salted.
The soup had such wonder flavors that I doubted my first impression of too salty but then the entrée was definitely too salty and ....so was the dessert! I figured out that it was the "maple walnuts" that were the problem, pushed them to the side and loved the panne cotta.

I highly recommend this restaurant but warn you to insist that little or no salt be added to your order.

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TomZ (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I've eaten here several times, but the menu selection, which used to be somewhat imaginative, and food quality have gone downhill. I struggled to find something that appealed to me at lunch (the only meal I have had here). Not much healthy; I ended up with the fried chicken sandwich. It was unoffensive but hardly pleasing. Expensive for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great service, food variety and ambiance!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I have eaten at Salt House countless times, often with clients. It has been one of

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was all very tasty, but took forever to get to us - multiple tables who were seated after us were served before we were, and while the staff apologized several times for the delay, it was such an incredibly long wait for our dishes I'm inclined to not go back.

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davec (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We chose the Salt House after an Internet search - we were both in San Francisco on business and wanted a good restaurant to meet up. Our waiter was superb, especially on recommendations for wine. And that's how we got introduced to "Orange Wine" - wine made as the ancient Romans made it. So we enjoyed a terrific meal, a great wine and got a live education in wine history. All good value!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for a later dinner and were absolutely floored by the food. We had the bass and the salmon (I think, might have to confirm) and they were cooked to perfection. We did start with the shishito peppers, and they were just fantastic. The wine list was also good, and we split a bottle that was delicious. I would definitely come back.

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Laura (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I've eaten here twice before - once for business and once for pleasure- and both were quite good. This time there were a lot of missteps. We added a person the night before and had to move our res up by 15 mins, but when we arrived, our table wasn't ready and we had to wait until our original res time. Annoying but not a big deal as the people at the table wouldn't leave. The hostess was nice and kept us informed, even offering us a cocktail while we waited. Finally we were seated at a table upstairs. It was really hot up there. Someone (not our server) came and took our drink and app order, I guess to get us going while our server was occupied. A different person took our entree order, and then different people ran the food to us. Not my preference, but ok. The apps came out fairly soon and were fine, but then we waited almost 45 mins for our entrees! They came twice to tell us there were almost ready and that the kitchen was backed up, and they did send out another round of apps after the second apology for the wait. However, they didn't bring us additional plates, so when I put a spoonful of nuts into my hand not realizing they'd been deep fried, I scorched my palm, so badly I had to ask for a glass of ice to wrap my hand around! Gluttonous of me? Sure, but by now it was past 7:45 and I'd been waiting for my dinner for an hour. When the food finally did come, it was fine. We ordered a few desserts and they, too, were good. All told, we were there for 3 hours because of the entree delay. It was a bit embarrassing as I'd chosen the restaurant and my boss and coworkers were there. I didn't think it reflected well on my choice!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

My husband and I go regularly. One of our favorite places. Very friendly staff, great service and the food is always excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my third visit. The first time I just had appetizers. I went back a second time and was blown away by how great the food was. I went back for dinner on a Saturday night. I ordered the Halibut and my husband ordered the Short Ribs. Both meals were terribly disappointing. They were over cooked, dry and devoid of any flavor. Our server was very nice, but got very busy and we were left waiting at the end. For the price, I don’t think it is worth another meal.

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vipfoodlu (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had. Food so salty could not eat -short ribs dry and salted way too much. Salmon belly inedible. Fortunately they didn’t charge for 1 entree. Cocktails good but they had only one bartender for a crowded room long wait

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Tslq (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Came in for the first seating at 5:30. The waiter answered a number of questions for us but didn't seem completely happy to do so. Or maybe in general he just wasn't super friendly. We ordered some bites, appetizers and a main meal. Within 20 minute the appetizers and all the main meals were on the table. No staging of the meal whatsoever. So the leisurely dinner we wanted to have together was over in 45 minutes. Since we were there to catch up, we felt we had to order tea to sit there the amount of time we wanted to talk. Eventually they put the bill on the table as a hint for us to get up. Seems like 1 hr and 45 minutes for a meal of that cost isn't an unreasonable expectation.

The food was good but small portions on the appetizers IMHO. They had a scallop appetizer for $15 that came with ONE scallop. And it wasn't even very good. Fortunately the rest of the meal was tasty. Overall I like Salt House, just not the best experience this particular time.

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Nina (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Love the place, have been dining there for years. Unfortunately the menu changed a bit and we got grilled shrimp salad. It wasn’t the best choice. But shishito peppers were the best!

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vipjmac (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

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Chefelsi (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Not worth the money! Food was cold, sea bass undercooked...

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Short rib was quite dry this time.

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vipncalliz (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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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vipJoao (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 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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Goodfood (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Great on all accounts

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

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vipmissjessicale (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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vipPF415 (Hawaii)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve- food was just fair- disappointed

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