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About Slanted Door
The Slanted Door offers diners a gourmet experience where the food on the plate looks as beautiful as the views of the Golden Gate Bridge from every table. Charles Phan, the executive chef, goes to the root of the dishes to represent the food authentically with a modern twist. The Slanted Door offers lunch and dinner menus with a variety of appetizers, palate cleansers and main dishes.
The meals consist of organic elements including grass-fed beef and pasture-raised, cage-free chickens. Local seafood options include wild Gulf shrimp, spicy Monterey squid and seared Ahi tuna, or visitors can take advantage of the raw seafood bar. Those looking for a vegetarian or vegan menu will find plenty of options available. The Slanted Door offers a family-style menu and a wide selection of desserts with an extensive bar menu to wash it all down.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-2:30pm, Sunday 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
On Embarcadero between Mission and Clay St.
$31 to $50
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The Ferry Building offers the following validated parking.
Embarcadero@ Washington lot (across from Pier 1)
Validated rate of $2.00/hr for the first 2 hours; $6/hr thereafter.
The Ferry building is served by public transportation: Muni, Golden Gate Transit, Bart, F Train. Ferry service is available with Golden Gate Ferry, Blue and Gold Fleet and Bay Link Ferries. For more information, visit www.transitinfo.org and www.sfport.com
Private Party Facilities:
The Slanted Door has several options for groups wishing to hold special events. Our PRIVATE DINING ROOM accommodates 12-20 guests for a quiet sit-down dinner. Our LOUNGE is available for semi-private cocktail parties for 20-50 people or seated dinners for up to 40. Our PATIO is available seasonally for parties of 40-70.
Private Party Contact:
Beth Alvey: (415) 321-3003
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The food at The Slanted Door was excellent. I particularly recommend the Green Papaya Salad, the Shaking Beef, and the Cellophane Noodles. Unfortunately, the service we received was downright hostile. The waitress was incredibly nasty toward our children and deeply hurt my daughter's feelings (and mine). We will not be returning and I don't recommend visiting this restaurant with children. Such a disappointment.
After trying for several months we finally got a Sunday 2:15 lunch reservation. We were seated immediately and drink orders arrived pronto. Window seats give one person the bay view, but the other person views the bar. Crispy spring rolls in lettuce leaves, cellophane noodles with crab and a perfectly cooked flat iron steak with veggies were all delicious. Cheesecake was excellent, not too sweet and very creamy.
We enjoyed 3 great appetizers--very clean fresh dishes with excellent spices for taste--especially enjoyed the the mango salad. The chicken with cashews dish was also a great one to try. We ordered the cotton candy for dessert--great for a show and cool to see but really was too sweet. The beignet dessert was fantastic!
The food at Slanted Door is innovative and interesting. Having been there many times however, I was disappointed that it was less than stellar this time. We had to ask for water multiple times and our waiter would occasionally disappear. The food items were good, however the gulf shrimp meat tasted a bit fishy.
Additionally, at our 7:30pm seating the restaurant seemed to lack a bit of its usual polish; the menus they gave us were wrinkled/stained, the restaurant seemed a little messier than usual, kids were in there playing on their gameboys (not something the restaurant can control, but definitely contributed to a different vibe.)
A friend suggested we try Slanted Door a few years ago. Being from Canada, I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get to San Fran and try out this famed eatery. So, four years later on a one day trip o the Bay area, I made a reso for two (a month in advance and could only get a 9:30 reso on a Wednesday!!!)...
- a stunning view by the waterfront
- great ambience and subtle, but fitting interior decor
- a waiter who was helpful, attentive but not intrusive. He guided our meal selection with honesty and promptly sent the sommelier to our table to discuss wine options based on what we had selected from the menu.
-the sommelier was unassuming, friendly and approachable. He provided a few options based on our preferences and budget.
- the food was sensational; the scallops were like WHOAH good, but everything was drool-worthy.
-the bill was a little more than we usually would have paid, but it was worth every penny.
- dessert was equally delicious and, even though we left with full tummies, we wanted more!
Will DEFINITELY be back.
After much hype, The Slanted Door was a disappointment. The food is poor, like a fairly normal Chinese restaurant. Tamarind in Palo Alto which is a similar Vietnamese fusion restaurant is much better. Very lively place, with crowds of people waiting to get in... and this was on a Tuesday. So they must be doing something the young professional crowd like.
This is the second time I have been there recently and the wait staff has been incredibly rude- once for dinner and once for lunch. The food is good however perhaps they just got too big for their britches. And with scenery and location maybe they just feel they don't have to be polite???
Unacceptable and I won't be running back. Enough other great restaurants nearby that treat their patrons politely. Sad as I have been going to Slanted Door since their original location many years ago.
We arrived at 7:30 for our 9:00 reservations. They were able to seat us, in the side section w no water view. Waitress recommended a great German Pinot. We told her we were ordering everything family style and she was great at suggestions of when to bring food out so the progression would be nice. We ordered:
Slanted door rolls- fresh and nice peanut sauce
Frog legs - delicate and tender
pork belly- sweet and well prepared
Papaya salad- well seasoned and balanced
Soup shrimp crab coconut milk- delicate and nice
Shaking beef- beef was tough, nothing special, since she said this was a signature dish
Chicken clay pot- well flavored and delicious
Confection plate- cotton candy and nice caramel
Bitter sweet chocolate tart- good
Overall the food was fresh and understated. I needed more spice half way through and she accommodated w bringing a nice chili paste. We were still hungry, so we ordered some rice.
We would good back, but I would tell them immediately that we like bolder favors and don't be afraid of spice. I think they are trying to accommodate the palate of my tourists, since it is such a popular restaurant. The view of the bridge is spectacular.
I had high expectations for this restaurant and was disappointed. The restaurant itself is modern with solid windows for walls, showing off the view of the Bay. We had reservations at 7:30pm. When we arrived at 7:20, we were told that the table would be ready in a few minutes, which is appropriate since we were early. However, it was 8pm before we were able to sit down at our table. The hostess was not friendly or helpful when we would inquire about the table availability during the wait. The service once at the table was adequate, but nothing special or what I expect for a restaurant like this. I was most disappointed with the food. We had a group of 5 people. We ordered 3 appetizers and 5 entrees to share. The majority of the food was boring. Nothing unique or different or special about any of it. For the price point of this restaurant, I expected much better. This is not somewhere I would return or recommend to a friend.
Deservedly popular! Memorable tastes, every plate camera-ready. Knowledgeable and helpful staff throughout, from front desk and bar through waiters and washroom attendants. This is sheer restaurant artistry, like a symphony orchestra at its height. Reserve as far in advance as possible and arrive early, if you care about choosing your table. Should your plans change, make it a point to cancel, even ulast-minute, and allow somebody else the treat you are forced to forgo. You will find a menu so tempting and proportions so generous, you will want to bring an appetite and seek advice, if you wish to avoid over-ordering.
We've been to Slanted Door several times since it first opened at the Ferry Building, but probably not for a few years. The place was packed by noon on a Tuesday this week, as usual, so I know the staff is really working hard. But everything lacked the finesse and quality I had expected. New serving utensils and replacement plates were practically thrown onto the table. All plates had tiny chips around the edges, we had to ask for more water, both hot for tea and cold for drinking. There was an extremely long wait between our first course buns (delicious) and our main courses. We ordered the whole fish which was plunked down and the waiter disappeared before we could ask if he would help de-bone it. We made a bit of a mess, and the pork shoulder with noodles contained a tiny handful of meat, sprinkled over a mass of noodles, sprouts and lettuce. The 3 imperial rolls which the waiter said came with that dish was actually one roll, cut into 3 small pieces. We saw that the table next to us had ordered the six imperial roll starter, which again was actually 2, cut up. For the prices we paid: $27 for the fish, which was just enough for 2, I would have liked better service. For example my fork was not replaced, but put onto the table sticky with sauce, between courses. Our total for the meal of one starter and two mains, without alcohol was almost $100. My memory of Slanted Door was that the service was impeccable and gracious, this time I really got the feeling of resentment from our servers. Maybe because we didn't order wine? And I was really shocked by the tiny portions for the prices. The food was all good, especially the fried buns, but the pork was ordinary and the fish sauce bland. It wasn't delicious enough for me to pay those prices and get this service again.
Truly a beautiful spot where everyone in the family can find something delicious to eat. Satisfying everyone's moral and/or food allergy desires at one restaurant has become almost impossible lately. We found everything we wanted at the Slanted Door and the food, service and decor were outstanding!
Our server was excellent, very professional, capable. The food was OK, nothing special -- I've had better Vietnamese food at numerous small restaurants around the city at less than 1/3 of the price. And our leftovers, two different dishes, were put into a single to-go box: We had mush by the time we got home. A big disappointment. I won't be returning.
We came from Toronto .The food was Great and so was the service. It was one of the best meals of our vacation and we have already told other people about it .Great food ,Great service, Great view.Thanks for a great evening.
Ellen and Hershey Silver of Toronto
We had great service and food at The Slanted Door. Each plate was shared family style. We did how ever have a hour period between our entree and mains as the kitchen was so over whelmed. That being said our host made it up to us with some extra deserts, and his caring hospitality. Slanted Door was extremely busy and the noise level was up there. Worth a visit!!
reservations and non- reservations in the same line.....really now?
wouldn't want to go for a drink only....as the snake line for reservations interrupts conversation and on top of the seats, though the wait staff that that section closes at 5:30...and then one can only sit at the bar???
food tasty enough.....
If you are in the area of the ferry building this is a nice place to go, if you can get a reservation. The food is great fusion style and leaning towards Asian inspired but not too wild, something for everyone. The restaurant is nothing fancy but welcoming and bright. Service was good, not great, it's always busy.
We will be back. Make a reservation so you don't have to wait. We got lucky on Open Table and were seated in a booth. Be aware that corkage is $35 - way too high. The meal was very expensive probably because of the oysters we ordered (total of 12 oysters was $42). They were delicious but too expensive and I won't do that again.
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