Still got it after all these years. I
actively crave the crab cellophane noodles.
Chef Charles Phan competed against Iron Chef Cat Cora in season 7 of Iron Chef America.
If you can't get a reservation at this wildly popular Vietnamese hotspot in the Ferry Building, don't despair--the bar and lounge are first come, first serve. Perennial favorites include the signature Slanted Door spring rolls, grapefruit jicama salad & the spare ribs. Great cocktails!
awesome views, good food.
I had high expectations for this place. Everyone I know who ate here just raved about it. So, here are my thoughts:
First off, make reservations at least a month in advance. I made mine 2 weeks in advance and the best i could get was a 5:30 pm reservation (granted it was a Friday night). Although the time was not ideal, I just had to make the best of it.
Second, the location is ideal. It is in the Ferry Building and it would be good to get a seat by the window to get the nice view of the bay. Also, you can walk around the new stores, shops, etc. in the Ferry Building prior to dining in.
Third, the food is pretty good. The cuisine is French Vietnamese. The food is served family style. We had the vegetarian spring rolls, which everyone at the table enjoyed. The dipping sauce was pretty good too. A friend had the papaya salad and she finished it all -- good sign. Another friend had the chicken stir fry and he liked that one too -- again, finished it all. And we also had the double cut pork chops. Yum! Finally, we had the spicy eggplant. I am partial to eggplants and this was delicious.
Fourth, the dessert we had were terrific. We had the creme brulee and the dark chocolate marquise. By the way, the chocolate is topped with cream, not ice cream. We paired the dessert with a port, madeira and les clos. Loved them all. The pairings made the dessert even more decadent.
Yes, I definitely recommend this place.
Beautiful food and atmosphere. I love this place. The food is great: grilled whole fish is outstanding, oysters the best in town-don't know how they do that, and a refreshing nonalcoholic drink menu. The scene is classy, you can look good and not feel over dressed like in the rest of SF restaurants. Only down side is it takes way tooo long to get a resie. Great lounge/bar with great apps.
Fast Vietnamese with a twist at a good price from the folks behind Slanted Door.. Gotta love being able to eat from the Slanted Door kitchen at a fraction of the price of the full-service restaurant. Its certainly busy during lunch time, but you just order at the counter and within 4-5 minutes you?ve got your meal?expect direct, fast service with out a smile (or a frown for that matter). Its not a sit-down place?but its at the ferry building, so you can find benches outside or stand-up tables inside. Tasty vermicelli noodles are cold noodles with various toppings (five spice chicken, pork, etc?standard vietnamese fare), the pork/ckn buns are AWESOME, and the five spice pork sandwhich is pretty darn tasty?but what do you expect from the folks behind Slanted Door?
innovative vietnamese. I'm sure Slanted Door does not need another great review. It's still the best and most innovative vietnamese in the city.
DONT GO if you are looking for good vietnamese food. The only thing great about this place is the location. But besides that the food is overpriced. I had the shaken beef and it was ok but not worth the money. You could get a better shaken beef at Little Saigon in Concord for half the price. They also serve garlic noodles there that is just as good as the one in crustaceans. I realized that the slanted door is very americanized food that is highly overrpriced. The cellophane noodles were whack. Not impressive at all. You can get those ingredients at an asian marketplace and make it for about 5 bucks. There really is nothing that great about this restaurant. The one good thing about it was the service. But for food u can go to a hole in the wall place and eat better and cheaper. If anyone is in concord go to Little Saigon ( I am in no way affiliated with this restaurant just a fan of good cheap food and hate to see people get conned of paying way more then they really should.)
Lives up to a Great Reputation.
This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. We were a party of four and had reservations... Literally everything including our drinks were right on. That is the difference between a retaurant of this caliber and a regular "good most of the time" restaurant. Absolute attention to detail. Samuel was the name of our server, friendly and unobtrusive, made excellent suggestions and did not miss a beat. Oh and try the rose tequila drink. YUM.
The place is sleek and speaking for all four of us, we look forward to going back .
Great Vietnamese fusion. As a Vietnamese person, I feel that I have some credibility speaking on this particular topic. Slanted Door has excellent food and has put Vietnamese cuisine on the map. (Thank you Charles Pham!) Although the dishes are not always authentic as there is extensive fusion going on, the food does stay true to traditional flavors. My veggie friend loves the Daikon rice cakes. I think all the dishes are pretty solid. For a less fused but also very good Vietnamese restaurant, try Unicorn on Telegraph in Berkeley. It's a little gem.
You can do better.
I am surprised by the high rating of this restaurant. Yes, the service is great, the views are fantastic, and the cocktails are quite good. However, the food is rather average and overpriced. Most dishes on the menu can easily be made at home. The pho is very bland and has too much noodles. The grapefruit and jicama salad has mostly chopped purple cabbage mixed with julienned jicama and 3 pieces of grapfruit. I thought they could use a bit more lime juice in the sauce. The claypot dishes were good, but not any better than several other vietnamese restaurants in SF.
Save your money and spend it on your vacation in Europe, if you're so raved about the views..
The restaurant I crave most. I love all cuisines (ranging from Russian to Singaporean) but I especially love Vietnamese. I used to eat Vietnamese at holes in the wall in the Richmond (Clement St), then in the Mission, then in the China Town area. Finally, I tried Slanted Door and was extremely happy with the food. I've eaten there 5-6 times and in Out the Door 15-20 times. The cubed filet mignon is succulent and perfectly spiced, and the peanut sauce used for their shrimp spring rolls is phenomenal. (I never liked peanut sauce before I tried it here, because it's frequently too sugary.) The waiters are good and make genuine recommendations. Even the Ty Nant bottled water is excellent (ask for the blue glass bottle). Of course, getting a table is a pain so be sure to make reservations and still expect to wait approx 15 min. It's worth it and anyway, what is so terrible about looking at the bay and bridge for a little while? Enjoy!
Good food and service but long wait. My experiences at Slanted Door have always been positive. Their food is the best I've ever tasted. The wait staff is extremely friendly and polite. My only complaint is the difficulty in getting a reservation or even bar seating. I would dine there more often if I could get a table!
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