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!
Good food, but overrated. I've been to the Slanted Door a few times now, and their food is good. However, I would hardly say it's the best Vietnamese place in the city. They are very creative, bordering on trendy, in their menu selection. The service is hit or miss, sometimes they're great - sometimes they are flat out rude. I've been lucky in getting seated with last minute reservations, maybe they get a lot of cancellations? Overall, it's a good place to eat.
Meets the Hype. I've heard all the hype and heard the good and the bad. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and the food was really good. Try the prawns -- they rocked. Very creative menu, service was good and I left wanting to come back again!
Solid meal. Waited about 30 minutes on a Sunday for lunch. Waitress inexperienced or simply slow. Food was solid. Initially impressed but opinion lagged as meal continued. Chicken soup was quite good. Not inexpensive in any respect.
Still delicious, but way too trendy. There's no question that the food here is some of the best in The City. It's innovative and delicious. I can't get enough of the grapefruit and jicama salad, the shaking beef, the imperial rolls... everything is flavorful and unique. But the place has become too trendy for its own good. There's a DJ playing during dinner, for god sakes. What is this, L.A.? Yes, I love the waterfront view and the food. But the insane crowds, the difficulty getting reservations and the overly trendy scene makes one question the effort.
food news. For excellent Vietnamese food, we would'nt recommend the Slanted Door. The food was a lot better when they were on Valencia. Now, they're more like a PF Chang with the ambience but superior food of course. The price is fair. We have travelled to many parts of Asia and the United States and opine that Asian cuisine are far better in Canada; chiefly because of the influx of Asian moving there and opening restaurants there. However, the bay area still have a few hidden Asian jewels we go to.
overrated. Slanted Door is highly overrated. It is so busy that the quality of customer service is shot. From the hostess to the server, they were too busy and stressed out to make me and my party feel welcomed and important. My iced tea was never refilled. A second glass of lemonade was never brought to our table even when we asked twice, but was charged for it. And when this was addressed to our server, she made a rude and sarcastic comment, "I can see that you are very accurate." She snatched the bill right out of my friend's hand. The food is okay, but not worth the hassle. There are many other authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the city for a better value. It was okay to try once, but I don't have the desire to come back.
Too Much Hype!. I had dinner at the bar and for the most part, was completely ignored by the bartendars. A bartendar and a food server chatted a few seats away from. I really wanted to order more food or dessert but grew impacient. Unfortunately, I over-tipped and left unhappy. I'll probably never return because there are too many great new restaurants in that area. All in all- tourist trap.
Why so busy?. I've heard so many great things about this place, but I finally got a reservation last night. The food is okay, the view is good, the people watching scene is nice, but the service is aweful. The bar staff was actually good, but table service was less than desired. There are so many other nice spots in SF, I wonder why this place is always so busy. Def. will not go again -- the food was just okay at best.
Bring a Coat!. I dine out quite often, but you won't be finding me at this place again. After waiting for an hour to be seated at the crowded bar, they put us at the table closest to the door. Imagine wind coming off of the bay and through the door. COLD! Service was super slow and the waiter screwed up our order twice. Finally we got the food, which was good, but nothing to write home about. I recommend if you still dare to try it, bring a coat.
Completely Overrated!. I first dined here years ago at its original location in the Mission, and went back recently to its new location in the Ferry Bldg. I thought it was overrated then, and still think it's overrated today. When we arrived for our 6:30 reservation, the two hostesses were both busy chatting away on the phone and didn't even acknowlege our presence while we stood there for at least 10 minutes waiting to be seated. When finally seated, it took another 10-15 min. just to get water. I won't go on and on about how absolutely HORRID the rest of the service was throughout the meal, so I'll get right down to the food: It was good, but not fantastic. My expectations may have been high, but for a restaurant of this calibre and celebrated success, the food should have been outstanding.
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