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Visiting SF ~ Slanted Door?

I'm visiting SF next weekend and will have 2 dinners and 3 lunches available. I'm contemplating Slated Door for Saturday night - is it worth one of my two dinners in SF?

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  1. I, and many others, like this place a lot. The fish is impeccably fresh. Do you already have a reservation? It's always hard to get one. If you don't already have one, perhaps you could get there right before dinner or lunch service.

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    1. re: walker

      As much as I wanted to hate it (missing their first local in the Mission) I have gone there with my vendors from out of town and they still talk about it, I was suprised that I liked some of the dishes as well. Its more of a California/Vietnamese fusion than anything else, but who knows maybe somewhere in Vietnam they are doing a similar style. What bothers me the most is the interior, here they have the most amazing real estate and that is what they came up with, it just looks cheap and cold.

      Yes you can get authentic Vietnamese elsewhere but nothing exceptional in the city, need to go to the South Bay.

    2. I'll second the Slanted Door. Was there in August (Live in Boston, so I can't get there on a regular basis) found the fish very fresh. Some great flavors and good service. But definitely get a reservation.

      1. If you can't get in at dinner, go for lunch and try to get a seat at the bar. You'll be able to hear each other at the bar (the acoustics in the dining room are terrible) and won't get rushed out.

        1. Overrated, IMO. Beautiful space, though. The food was good, not rave-worthy.

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          1. re: uptown jimmy

            my local SF friend also says that its way overpriced and there are other trendy viet places that she likes more.

          2. I've never found Slanted Door to live up to the hype. It's fun to go once for the experience, but don't expect too much. Oh, and the wine always seems way overpriced.

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            1. re: rahir

              I'd second that. After experiencing really wonderful food in Vietnam, Slanted Door's offerings seemed like a pale, plasticky imitation of the real thing. But a visit to the Ferry Building is unmissable, especially on a Saturday.