The Slanted Door
Modern Vietnamese fare on the waterfront
Vietnamese · Embarcadero · $$$
The Zagat Review
"All that it’s cracked up to be" , Charles Phan’s "vibrant" Embarcadero "icon" still draws "throngs" with its "outstanding" array of "contemporary" Vietnamese dishes fashioned from local, sustainable ingredients and an "interesting wine list" focused on German and Austrian whites; be sure to "make reservations" (or snag a seat at the bar), and don’t mind the "pricey" tabs and "deafening" din since it’s "hard to beat" the "stunning" Ferry Building berth overlooking the bay.
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hours Open Today · 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
location One Ferry Building, #3, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA phone +1 415-861-8032 website directions Get Directions
What To Order
Crab cellophane noodles
Catfish claypot
Shaking beef
Insider Tip
With quality cocktails, the long bar is an easier stop-in for a few bites sans reservation, and an ideal Ferry Building break.
Known For
Great cocktails
Outdoor seating
Zagat Mentions of The Slanted Door
Google Reviews
My wife and I love this place and we have been there a few times over the last few years, most recently on NY eve last week. The food is absolutely outstanding, though not cheap. The chef melds Asian and American flavors into something pretty unique, and the execution is flawless. The ambience and service have also been consistently excellent. I would normally give them a 5-star review but the wine list holds me back, as it is pretty weak both in terms of the selection available and the quality of the wine served. This is less true when you buy a bottle but the selection is still incredibly biased toward German/Austrian wines...I don’t remember seeing so many Rieslings on a wine list at any other restaurant, outside of Germany perhaps. This really needs to be addressed if they want my fifth star.
Simon Prutton · January 2, 2018
The best "modern" Vietnamese I've had. It's expensive, but utterly delicious, with good cocktails as well. This sprawling restaurant is located at the northern corner of the Ferry Building, and for San Fran is extremely spacious. There's also outdoor seating and a takeout window on the inside hallway. Between us, we had four shrimp, chicken, and vegetarian dishes (they are served "family style") and all were superlative-- intense flavors, crisp textures, balanced seasoning. The dishes are the appropriate size to share among 1-3 people, depending on appetite. Two rounds of cocktails were equally tasty including my orange Caipirinha. Service was brisk, polite, and efficient. It's pricey, especially if you are expecting Vietnamese to be a "cheap" cuisine (Asian cuisines as a whole get that bad rap), but then again this is waterfront in San Fran-- pricing is as expected considering that location.
Omar S · November 18, 2017
High end interpretation of Vietnamese dishes. Extremely popular, so best to get reservations. Couples can usually squeeze in at the bar. Avoid the extended dining area near the back end of the bar. It was an afterthought to increase seating, but has no ambience and you're basically left staring at walls. The main dining area has gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge. Food is delicious, but has been so over hyped, better to tamp down expectations and you'll walk away very pleased. Service is great.
Conrad Paz · November 9, 2017