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Lunch At The Slanted Door In San Francisco

See what it’s like to eat Vietnamese food at the Slanted Door in San Francisco.

Traveling presents many learning opportunities. One thing that we learned in France with our epic dinner at Maison Lameloise is not to eat too much for lunch when you’re having dinner at a three-star Michelin restaurant.

We also know that it doesn’t make sense to starve all day and arrive for dinner too hungry. That’s how we ended up having a light, flavorful lunch of modern Vietnamese food at The Slanted Door.

After a relaxing morning in our comfortable room at the Hotel Triton, we were ready to leave the hotel. After a quick detour to Nordstrom, we walked a mile or so to the Ferry Building.

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Ferry Building

Ferry Building San Francisco
Ferry Building

We ambled through the marketplace to see what was new from our last visit, but we didn’t graze despite tempting food at favorites like Acme Bread and Cowgirl Creamery.

Our goal was a light lunch with no grazing. Of course, we had to get some coffee from Blue Bottle, but that doesn’t count as grazing.

Lunch At The Slanted Door

Bar at The Slanted Door San Francisco
Bar at The Slanted Door

The Slanted Door is a perfect place to enjoy a light lunch. (To be clear, the lunch was light in quantity but not light in flavor.) Upon arriving at the popular restaurant without a reservation, we were quickly seated at the comfortable bar.

As we perused the menu, the server thoughtfully poured our coffee into proper mugs from the Blue Bottle to-go cups.

Food At The Slanted Door

Green Papaya Salad with Pickled Carrots, Rau Ram, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts Slanted Door San Francisco
Green Papaya Salad with Pickled Carrots, Rau Ram, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Peanuts

We kicked off the light meal by sharing a stomach-conditioning green papaya salad, which was served with pickled carrots, rau ram (a Vietnamese herb), crispy shallots and roasted peanuts.

We finished the light meal by sharing a noodle dish. We chose the noodle dish that features grilled pork meatballs and pork loin with rice vermicelli noodles, an imperial roll, cucumber, mint and peanuts.

This noodle dish is not to be missed. The ingredients were all spot on. For us, the dish’s highlight was the pork meatballs which were perfectly charred on the outside and had a rich, savory pork flavor on the inside. Before long, the dish was gone.

We thoroughly enjoyed the light meal and will definitely return for a full meal the next time that we’re in San Francisco. There are so many restaurants in San Francisco, and The Slanted Door is one of the best.

The Slanted Door is located at 1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA.

Next Stop – Napa Valley

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge

We left the Ferry Building and headed to Napa Valley. We took a slightly longer route so that we could go over the Golden Gate Bridge. The view of this bridge is always breathtaking, even in the fog.

Before we knew it, we reached our destination, a lovely B&B in Yountville. We had just enough time to relax and refresh before heading over to The French Laundry for dinner. A memorable dining experience was waiting and our stomachs were ready.

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About The Authors

About The Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on their website 2foodtrippers. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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We self-funded our lunch at Slanted Door.

Original Publication Date: July 14, 2013


Saturday 24th of April 2021

The slanted door in the ferry building is and has been closed for the past year. Their other location is open - SanRamon. Your article always gets my hopes up when it pops up on my feed. :(


Monday 15th of July 2013

Welcome to San Francisco! Hope you enjoyed it! Nice you guys scored a reservation at French Laundry. I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life and haven't had the pleasure yet. I've tried to get reservations (not very diligently) but haven't been successful. One day :)