Swanky place to have lunch or dinner at the ferry building. Make reservations or you will have to wait. Take out available outside.
The Slanted Door
- General Info:
- Nonetheless, Phan's passion for food was ever present. Once in the United States each of Phan's parents held two jobs so it became Charles' role to cook for the family - ten in all including his aunt and uncle. His personal interest in flavor stemmed from his mother's cooking. Speaking fluent French, Mrs. Phan's cooking knew no boundaries. Her French/Vietnamese cooking style consistently elevated simple Vietnamese peasant food to new levels. When time allowed, it wasn't unusual for her to make a simple spring roll numerous times, changing the sauce ever so slightly, perfecting the recipe for dinner. Charles followed her lead. Along with Vietnamese favorites, Charles was charmed by the American traditions, creating elaborate Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Throughout high school Phan bussed tables at The Coachman ( an English pub owned by the Scott's Seafood proprietors ), Mumm's and Cafe Royale. As he became intrigued with cooking, Phan took notice of some of the more avante guarde Bay Area restaurants of the time and credits Chez Panisse and Zuni Caf for heavily influencing his food philosophy. After college, Phan took over the family garment business. While designing clothing for his store in Berkeley he stumbled over an opportunity to work in the software business and soon got drawn into the early 1990's Silicon Valley whirlwind. With an opportunity to continue selling software in Hong Kong, Charles opted to stay with his family in the Bay Area and attempted to open a small creperie in a Tenderloin hotel. When the owner found out the crepes were to be Vietnamese the deal was off so Charles and his family set out to open The Slanted Door. Tapping his design background, Phan's vision for the original restaurant was to create a stylish ambiance for traditional Vietnamese cooking, keep an ingredient-driven menu that changed often and rely heavily on California eating savvy. Phan knew there was nothing in town that combined all of these elements within the Vietnamese category. Phan comments, Many of my staff thought I was crazy. I refused to cut any corners, use any bottled sauces or the typical Vietnamese crutch, MSG. Phan proved through the phenomenal success with the original Slanted Door that combining the Bay Area's sensibility for fresh ingredients with Vietnamese time-honored cooking techniques is a perfect marriage. Eight years later, showcasing farm fresh, local products, preparing everything from scratch and keeping a limited menu has put The Slanted Door on the cutting edge of Vietnamese cuisine in San Francisco.
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards, discover
- Ferry Building Marketplace
- Northeast San Francisco, Financial District
- Vietnamese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian, Family Style, Take Out, Fast Food, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
The Slanted Door is extremely overpriced and a BIG disappointment!!! Wow - we brought out of town guests there and I will never go back. The only thing that was really good was the cellaphane crab noodles. The clay pot chicken had one ingredient in it - chicken. The spring rolls were just okay. It was noisy and the atmosphere sounded and looked like a cafeteria. AND, there was not ONE single white wine that was from Napa or Sonoma - which is basically right up the street. They had mediocre Austrian wine - not Australian or New Zealand, which I could understand but Austrian? Really?
I really really don't understand why it was so crowded. I will never go back.
Went here for a company lunch and was very disappointed. The place was highly recommended; and the atmosphere was really great. Then came the menu. As someone who eats Vietnamese all the time I was shocked by the prices; but hey if it's really good I don't mind paying a little extra. Problem was it wasn't very good. Average at best; and probably the worst I've had in SF which prides itself on great food. Look around you can definitely find much better.
06/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Did not hold our reservation even thoough we were present 12 minutes before our time. Seated others and seated others before us...we waited 35 minutes after our reservation for our table. Yikes...loud, crowded tables, small portions, good eating, but think other restaurants offer meals just as good for less and bigger protions. Sorry! But if being seen were other are being seen...this is the place for you.
I love this place and I'm never disappointed. The food and the service is great. The glass noodles with dungeness crab and the Imperial Rolls are some of my favorites. Their take-out in the back "Out the Door" is a great place to go when you want to grab a quick lunch and sit outdoors and enjoy the beautiful view. We often drive down on the weekends just to take a stroll along the Ferry Building and pick up some Fresh Spring Rolls or the 5 Spice Chicken sandwich. The Vietnamese sandwiches here are great! The prices might be a little high but the quality makes up for it.
This place is really great to eat with friends or on a cool date. The service was amazing here and the food taste pretty good. They take great care of people with food allergies, like I have a few too, and they substitute for something else while my friends doesn't comprise their dinner entree. The only downside is the price... It cost a bunch to eat well.
We ate here as a group celebrating a service anniversary and everyone raved about it! Everything we ordered we enjoyed. Since we loved Vietnamese food (we were a mixed group of people) this was a perfect place to go near the SF waters by the Embarcadero. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for good food.
08/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Loved it. Not only the food, but the service was wonderful. Staff were at your table to clear plates after clean after every serving. The hot Vietnamese Coffee was wonderful. I've never had it brew at the table.
The place is beautifully decorated and I felt very relaxed and comfortable. Every seat, except those facing the bar, have a view of the bay. The walls in the seating area are walls of windows.
I can't wait for my next trip to SF. I love the city.
11/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Being Vietnamese I will say this, the food is a little over rated for the price. You can get the same or better elsewhere. What makes up for it is the fresh seafood and the nice ambiance! It makes it so much worth it. Don't forget to make reservations! It is always booked and is the number one overbooked restaurant on opentable dot c o m. It's also nice it's on the pier.