Considered by many to be the best Vietnamese restaurant in America, the modern and slick Slanted Door has managed to become one of the top must-trys when visiting the city by the bay. The draw? Gorgeously fresh and refined interpretations of Southeast Asian classics made from local, organic ingredients and served in a bustling, contemporary, vast and bright space in the Ferry Building overlooking the bay and twinkling Bay Bridge. Don’t miss the grass-fed estancia shaking beef, crab with glass noodles, crispy imperial rolls, or pho—all conceived of by self-taught chef/owner, Charles Phan, the long-beloved darling of San Francisco’s fickle restaurant scene. Celebrity fans, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Quentin Tarantino, Luke Wilson, and Gwenyth Paltrow, have been known to sneak in for a bite.
- Erika Lennert