Where do you go to unwind after work? If you haven’t tried the Salt House in San Francisco, you’re missing out on one of the trendiest eateries in the area. Laid back, yet up to date with the best gourmet offerings, the Salt House is the place to be.
The Salt House is situated inside of a building that once held a printing press. A unique environment surrounds diners: chandeliers made from old postcard racks, rusted steel beams, and brick walls. All of the hardwood floors are from the original installation (1930s), as are the 12 foot windows. Tables are supplied water from antique milk bottles which adds to the ‘old’ décor.
On the official website the fact sheet calls the founders, “Jackasses”. This self-depreciation lends to the laid back atmosphere of the restaurant, building a fun and funky air which excites customers. Patrons that enjoy the Salt House tend to return again and again. Owned by the Stock&Bones culinary group, it is one of many popular ventures by the company.
No matter which of the 75 seats you choose to sit in – bar, communal table, front window seat, private table – you will have access to a full menu. The menu is comprised of contemporary American fare and includes everything from a raw bar to grilled items. Wines are imported from all over the world and there are custom house blends available. You can name a cocktail and it’s on the menu. The Salt House has everything your taste buds could desire.
You’ll find the Salt House on the corner of Shaw Alley, between First and Second streets right on Mission Street in San Francisco. Their hours are: Lunch – Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2PM, In-Between- 2 PM to 5 PM, and Dinner – 5 PM to 10 PM. There is no lunch served on the weekends and dinner is served until 11 PM.
In the kitchen you will find top of the line staff: Head Chef Robert Leva, Sous chef Daniel Mussulman, Sous chef Nick Adams, and Executive pastry chef Christine Law. Each have extensive experience in their fields and provide the patrons of the Salt House with amazing fare.
The restaurant’s website has directions, phone numbers, emails, and other interesting information regarding the eatery. It is very basic after the initial flash intro. You can download a PDF that lists all of the wines and cocktails available. You can view ‘good press’ and ‘bad press’ on the site which is a collection of good and bad things said by the media and customers. Some of the bad press items are very funny, especially one which is a complaint from a customer that had actually entered the wrong restaurant and expected Hawaiian themes!
In almost every review posted online the comments regarding the Salt House are positive. Some are extremely positive where customers say they’ll be back again and again, plus many people tell others to visit the restaurant if they’re ever in San Francisco. Reviewers rave about the food, drinks, and staff. A few are negative, but as with all businesses you will find that not every single customer will be pleased.
Joseph Sabeh, Jr.
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