1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410537.795521 -122.393366
Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:30-3 p.m. lunch; Daily 2:30-4:30 p.m. afternoon tea; Daily 5:30-10 p.m. dinner.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Financial District
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!
Nothing Special – everything was fine as far as the food and service goes. the drinks were good. the patrons were rude, as we left the bar a women was practically sitting on my lap to get my seat not to mention the 2 people behind us breathing down our necks. very noisy. if you have had vietnamese that is authentic, this place lacks the flavor but if you haven't you won't know the difference and will probably be impressed.
Over It – Their day is over, once a great product and service now is an assembly line of attitude, get um in and out food and waits for a reservation longer that calling the airline. Your not a guest, your a number with a pager waiting for your table at 9pm that you had a reservation for at 8..so over it...great food and service is Bong Su!
Favorite restaurant in the city! – Since the first time I went to this restaurant, it has been my favorite restaurant in the city. Some dishes are a a little too strong flavor for me, like the chicken claypot, but my personal top pick is "Cellophane noodles with fresh dungeness crab meat." It probably isn't the most well known, but to me it is the gem in this menu. THe delicate flavor of the dungeness crab works very well with the cellophane noodles, and the broth they use is amazing. It is a MUST dish for me. We like starting with the "grapefruit and jicama salad."
The food is great, but what makes it better is the staff. Every staff is friendly and approaches you like they knew you for a long time. If you want to people watch, I would recommend sitting at the bar. You get to chat with the bartender but also see the people in their casual but dress-to-impress outfits.
Eeeh – Went here while on vacation in San Francisco. We heard that it was supposed to be really authentic Vietnamese, so we wanted to try it out. Authentic? Not so much. It tasted like a corner pan-asian restaurant. Spring rolls and cod dumplings for apps - they were alright, but surprisingly bland. We stuck with the beef for the main courses, which were ok, but nothing to write home about. Speaking of beef, we had a couple of them. Our server was horrible. Horrible. We asked for recommendations, to which he responded, "It depends on what you feel like eating." We gave him some guidelines (no seafood for the gentleman, no mushrooms for the lady), and sure enough he recommended a dish with mushrooms for the lady. So we asked for a bit more time, and picked the beef entrees with glass noodles to share. They were bringing plates out as they were ready so my husband got his food about 5 minutes before I got mine (one of my biggest pet peeves next to taking plates off the table before everyone is finished), and we got rice which we didn't ask for but assumed it came with the entrees. Lo and behold, we got the bill and were charged for rice we didn't order. It was only $2, and we didn't complain because it was more effort than it was worth, but it ticked us both off. And the entire time I was eating, I was sitting there watching our waiter stretched out in a booth across from us, yakking away, which in most circumstances wouldn't have bothered me. If it wasn't for the nice guys that were running food back and forth, this guy would definitely not have gotten a tip. I may be a spolied New Yorker when it comes to restaurants, but this was neither trendy nor authentic.
Not a WOW experience – First off you cant get through on the phone lines in the morning hours. I hardly see how the place can be so swamped with reservations but apparently they are. Took our chances and walked in for lunch. Just like I'd seen on tv there were plenty of seats at the bar area but to our surprise we were able to be seated at a table.
Food was lacking the WOW factor that I'd anticipated! Ordered the green papaya salad (no flavor) Slanted Door spring rolls (ehh) (You can have tastier peanut sauce out of a jar) and the Vietnamese Crepe which was my favorite (I think because of the oil the crepe was fried in) The dipping sauce for the creep was ok but still not packing that Zing I was looking for. Dessert time came and of course we each had to have one. Reasonably priced I thought (at 7.00 each) the Dark chocolate Marquise was darn good! I was a little scared about the fennel cream that accompanied it (cause I'm not a fan of fennel) but heck, you couldn't taste anything but cream. The Warm Fig-goat cheese tart was Yummy. The tart part especially. Whats not to like about butter and flour?
Over all it was fine. Less than fifty bucks (we drank water) and a nice experience that we can say we've done. As far as returning as a tastey hot spot? I dont think so. As far as being a been there done that bought the T-shirt experience Yes!
Suckage by the Embarkadero – My god, where do I start.
This was probably the most pretentious restaurant I have visited in 10 years. A friend and i were seated by an unexpressive waiter wearing black eyeliner under his eyes who slapped a menu in front of us as if he were doing us a favor. He zoomed through the specials, mispronouncing "bechamel" and "vinaigrette" as "bekamel" and "vinegar-ette." Snooty is a mild word as he made no eye contact through the whole pisselegant endeavor.
Then came the clincher, microportions of mediocre food. Crab cakes that were burnt on the outside and raw in the middle, and a creme brulee that tasted like yogurt or sour milk. All this in the food capital of the USA.
Four thumbs down, don't do it, don't do it.
Great food Overall with a Clean & Fresh Atmosphere – We were very excited to try out this hot spot. I liked the decor & our server was wonderful but believe the reviews when it says it is not romantic. The atmosphere is nice don't get me wrong but it is a hectic, bustling place with the ferry & awesome market being there. The spring rolls as well as the squash rice cakes we had were fabulous. The crab corn soup was light & fresh but nothing special but it is only $5 so I would say worth it to try. We ordered the chicken stir fry & the lamb stir fry. Both were nice but we liked the lamb better. The side of green beans I thought would just be grean beans but they were so crisp & flavorful & given to us for free for our chicken entree taking extra time which neither one of us noticed b/c we were having a nice time & had plenty of other food to savor. We ended with the creme brulee. Delicious but noting special except that it was served with mini pistachio muffins which I would have ordered 2 dozen to take home if they would have let me.
OVERPRICED, AVERAGE FOOD - NOISY - not recommended. Very boring. – I've been to the one in the Mission years ago and thought it was so so. I am Vietnamese and brought my family there and we all thought it was not authentic and just average. My friends asked me to go again recently and I thought I would give it another shot since they moved to the Ferry Building. Mistake! I will never go to this restaurant again. The food was OVERPRICED, HYPED UP and just BORING and very AVERAGE at best. I know it's a place to be see and be seen but it's certainly not a place for foodies who really know what Vietnamese food is all about. The Vietnamese part of this restaurant is just a big GIMMICK! Believe me, you can get a fantastic Vietnamese meal for a fraction of what it would cost you at this restaurant so save your $ and just go to a genuine Vietnamese restaurant - unless of course you don't care about how good the food is and just want to be part of the trendy scene! This restaurant pretends to be gourmet but they must be competing in the projects of Vietnam wanna-be gourmet food olympics.
Expensive and Poor Management – This one is from the Bloomingdale's mall. Anyway, my friend and I decided to go to the restaurant after our workout session. I didn't feel like a big meal. So, I wanted to get a salad but when I was looking at their salad selections, there wasn't anything that I wanted. This is my first time being there by the way. So instead I wanted to get a salad from Amoura because they have better selections for me to choose from. So we went back to the place, we were seated and my friend told the waiter that I didn't like the salad selections here and that I brought my own. My friend ordered a bunch of items from their menu. The waiter brought the bowl for my salad. I thought, they are so nice here. Spoke to soon I guess, as we were eating, here came the manager, Jen in the middle of dinner and told us that we shouldn't be bringing outside food in. I was dumbstruck! Man what the hell. I didn't realized until later how hurtful and rude she was and on top of that, four of her staff members were eyeballing me, looking at my food. My friend saw how hurtful I was, and talked to the manager for me. Why can't they wait until we finished our F-ing food before letting us know, or why won't F-ing talk to their waiter before coming straight to me and spoke in that mannner!? They apologized but you know what, it didn't make my food tasted any better and it didn't help the feelings of the embarrassment to get any better. It was a little too late, we couldn't eat our food at all, and were just sitting there mad as hell.
For an Asian fushion restaurant, it was okay but the prices are sky rocket and the portions are super small, especially when I know I can get better food elsewhere in SF for better prices too! My first and my last. I'm a loyal customer when I like a place, I think all of us are, but I hate that place and nothing can change my mind again!
Cindy - San Francisco
Delicious food, beautiful restaurant – This restaurant was fantastic! The food was delicious, the view is beautiful and the service is exceptional. Our waiter was a very cheerful and entertaining fellow and made us feel welcome. It is a little hard to get a reservation because it is so popular but go for lunch at about 11:00 and you will most likely get a table. However, don't wait too long because it does fill up rather quickly. Plus, it is located in the ferry building which contains a wonderful gourmet food market. This is a must visit!
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