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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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great service, food variety and ambiance!

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vip
 (Dallas)·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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 (Seattle)·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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great restaurant

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vip
 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (London)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Short rib was quite dry this time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great on all accounts

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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 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.

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 December 31, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve- food was just fair- disappointed

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·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. :-/

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 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 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·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
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was good. Service not so good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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