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White Shallot

312 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bowl & Plate at White Shallot is a Vietnamese restaurant located in the Winchester Shopping Center. Formerly known as just The White Shallot, Bowl & Plate is dedicated to serving the very best Pho and Vietnamese grilled dishes possible to its many guests. The restaurant is simply decorated, but aesthetically pleasing with white tablecloths and bright red flowers adorning each table.

Ordering at Bowl & Plate is simple, on the left side of the menu is the Pho selections where guests can work their way down the menu checking boxes for which ingredients they would like included. The right side of the menu follows the same concept, but this time with ingredients for the large and hearty grill plates. Each ingredient for both sides is accompanied by a price, so guests are welcome to spend as much or as little as they would like.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Vietnamese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 246-5251
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Lan Le
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Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Cross street
Winchester Blvd
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Parking details
Large and safe parking area.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipPaul (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Very sorry to see that the restaurant is going to change, but I am certain that the new concept will be fabulous. Chef Li is changing the direction of the restaurant away from French/Vietnamese and going strictly Vietnamese. Her grilled shrimp and beef with vermicelli noodle dish is truly fantastic! A must try! Looking forward to when Chef Li reopens and trying the new food! Plan on being back as soon as she reopens!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. We had escargot and fresh rolls for appetizers. Escargot was very good. Entrees were Filet de Beouf and Duck L'Orange. Both were amazing. Duck was cooked just right. Completing the meal we had for dessert Banana Fosters and Profiteroles.

vipSJRegular (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The soup and the mussels were spectacular. The beef dish and fries were tasty, but average-fries tasted like they'd sat a couple of minutes before serving. Service all evening seemed slower than usual. Maybe a new waiter still getting the hang of things. Overall a pleasant evening, but not quit as good as this restaurant usually does it. We will be back, since this seemed like a slightly off night vs a real miss.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

We just discovered a French/Vietnamese restaurant right around the corner and we are glad we did! The food was delicious and the service was great. I had the salmon from the French side and my husband had a beef bowl from the Vietnamese side. We were both pleased. The pear pudding for dessert was wonderful.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

This was a truly delightful experience. Outside, just another restaurant in a row building. Inside is nicely appointed. Small but cozy and the waiters (2) were really hustling to serve. Overall great food experience and reasonably priced. Try it, you'll like it!

Branday (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

My husband and I and two friends had dinner there on a Sat night. The place was crowded, with patrons leaving yet soon to be filled by new comers. The staff was great, always polite and wearing a smile. Good was delicious. Perhaps the only thing that bothered us a bit was the noise level. No one was shouting but for some reason, the overall noise level made it hard to listen to people talking at the same table. In any event, we all enjoyed the evening.

Elenad (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

White Shallot is a tiny place in an otherwise unpromising-looking shopping center, but once you enter the service is serenely adroit, the food is divine,-- imaginative, well prepared, and quickly served. Despite the tiny space the staff accommodated our party of ten people with ease, and the menu was perfection: Asian delights for the adventurous, French classics with lots of meat for the guys, but enticing vegetarian and vegan options for those who don't eat meat. We asked to see the chef, small lady whose name I missed, who creates miracles in a miniscule kitchen. I cannot think of a better dinner I've had in this area. Every bit as good as Arcadia or Papillon, but less expensive, and with a bit more panache...

AMS1 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

The menu is split in half with a French half and a Vietnamese half. We had samples from both. French food you kind of expect to be good if done at all well, and the dishes we tried were very well executed. But the Vietnamese dishes we tried were what was special about White Shallot, as these were remarkable (when compared to usual Vietnamese fare). The ambiance was OK but not high end. I was impressed that there were multiple children present (OK for us). Our waiter was on the inexperienced side, very attentive in the early stages when the restaurant was less crowded, less so as the place filled up. There was a mix up in the desert course which was irritating but was rectified.

vipGail (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

We are never disappointed in their food. Chef Lan is very creative with the menu and her specials are also spectacular!

vipCharles (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

This place is no-nonsense delicious; it hasn't been renovated like some super-trendy fusion place in the Mission but seriously everything I've tried here has been simply fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. One of the better (if not _the_ stealthiest) restaurants in the South Bay. It doesn't try too hard either: it's just straightforward and tasty food.

JoeDoe (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Terrible place. The food is below average, service is terribly slow. The place is also small, if you are tall you may not have enough space to sit comfortably at the table either.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2015

Food was just OK...would not go back. Only 1 server, the server was very nice. Service was very slow and only 6 tables were occupied.

Antbis (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

This is a true gem of a restaurant. The food is fabulous! The service impeccable !!!

Don't miss this place!

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

waiter was not knowledgeable about the wine or the beer (he was really young). food was amazing. i had the salmon (best salmon I've had). I would say overall, it was just okay.

vipPaul (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

White Shallot is always wonderful. The food here is fresh and flavorful. This restaurant is a hidden gem and one that we always recommend to our friends. Chef Li is very talented and we try to patronize this restaurant as often as possible. Try the incredible ice creams!

sjreviewer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

From the reviews we knew not to expect a fancy place. The restaurant is in a very uninspiring strip mall. But it's perfectly fine as long as you're not expecting romantic ambience. We sat in a booth and it felt quite private. The food was excellent. I had the vegan spring rolls and the vegan lemongrass tofu. They had multiple vegetarian and vegan options, although more in the Vietnamese section than the French. (OpenTable menu mentioned gratin but they don't have it anymore. Ratatouille instead) The lemongrass had a lovely and spicy flavor. My husband had Vietnamese soup and bouillabase. The soup was fine but he absolutely loved the bouillabase. We got the profitoroles for dessert. They were tasty. Will definitely be going back and am looking forward to trying more dishes. Probably better than half the restaurants in Santana Row and quite reasonable prices.

vipCharles (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

This place is in a strip mall of Stevens Creek so don't go in expecting some hyper-trendy decor; it's pretty straightforward and frankly it doesn't look like much. But the servers are great and the food is simply fantastic. It's not necessarily a place to take to impress people, but the cuisine makes this an immediate favorite of mine and I look forward to coming back time and time again.

The price is fair considering both the quality and the quantity of the food: I would actually say it approaches inexpensive for what you get. I left very full and very satisfied!

RMFL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2015

The restaurant is much smaller than expected. The service and food are first rate. My meal with one glass of wine, soup, entree, and dessert was about $57, including tax and gratuity.
The menu is divided into half French and half Vietnamese. There's a couple of vegetarian options, seafood, lamb, chicken, and beef choices. I look forward to going again soon.

vipLinny (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

We have been here often ,but this visit was under staffed and noisy. I hope it is not their new normal.

vipYosemiteMike (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2015

Dinner and service were very good. Had both French and Vietnamese dishes, all were done very well, including desserts of yummy chocolate ice cream, bananas foster, passion fruit cream brûlée. Shaking beef, beef and shrimp vermicelli , calamari , vegetable terrine very tasty.
Lunch on another occasion, food was still very good, service was not. Inexperienced server (?), argued with us on which order of food we had given, had to get own menus, service was just not up to par. This was unusual, as service has always been much better. Will go back again and look for another server.