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If you're looking for homey Vietnamese food served in a down-to-earth dining room at a decent price, don't stop here. Celebrated chef-owner Charles Phan has mastered the upmarket, Western-accented Vietnamese menu. To showcase his cuisine, he built a big space with sleek wooden tables and chairs, white marble floors, a cocktail lounge, a bar, and an enviable bay view. Among his popular cult dishes are green-papaya salad, daikon rice cakes, cellophane crab noodles, chicken clay pot, and shaking beef (tender beef cubes with garlic and onion)—and they don't come cheap, although the dishes are made with quality ingredients. The restaurant has also become a regular stop for those who appreciate finely made cocktails, many of them created by star bartender Erik Adkins. To avoid the midday and evening crowds (and to save some bucks), stop in for the afternoon-tea menu, dine at the bar, or visit Out the Door, Phan's take-out counter around the corner. Phan also has another more-reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant in the city: Heaven's Dog in the Civic Center neighborhood.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Ferry Bldg., Embarcadero at Market St., Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/861–8032
  • Website:
  • Location: Embarcadero

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
Updated: 05-02-2013

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    Slanted Door Review

    Though it is true that the setting is great and the people watching is better this restaurant lacks the many of the basics that make a dining experience enjoyable.
    From the moment of entering the service gave an air of distain for the clientele. I noticed this not just with us but with others entering the restaurant. The host, who made no greeting or acknowledgement of our presence, barely eked out the word “two”.
    Our server again indifferent to our being there, when asked what she recommended she pointed to the most expensive thing on the menu. We then asked what the difference was between two appetizers that had the same ingredience said “they’re different” which came out more like “what are you idiots?”
    My wife requested a substitution of chicken for pork on one of the meals, which by the way was an entre further down on the menu, no that could not be done.
    That was the last we saw of our server until the desert menus were plopped in front of us.
    Then the bill and a whisper of the word thank you.
    We enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and have had it in a variety of cities but found the appetizer greasy and the entrées bland.
    The total experience was very disappointing.

    by bosco50, 6/25/11
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    Nouveau Vietnamese in a Ultra Modern Setting

    I was surprised with the other reviews of this restaurant. I thought the atmosphere, modern and sleek on the water, was very nice and I didn't find it overly loud. I only had the noodles and crab and eggplant as a side, but thought both dishes were good and reasonably priced.

    by artlover, 11/18/07

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