Out The Door

Perfect For: Brunch First/Early in the Game Dates Girls' Night Out See And Be Seen

Too many restaurants in San Francisco have all the energy of intermission at a Josh Groban concert.

OTD is a different story. It feels kind of like walking into the opening “Out to Dinner” montage of The Hills meets The City, by which we mean there are attractive people in the room who look like they’re having a great time. But we’re in San Francisco, so everyone’s still wearing flats and wrapping up dinner by 9:45 at the latest.

The upscale Vietnamese food is consistent, and all the dishes are made for sharing – great for a Marina Girl birthday or a date (snag the bar seats overlooking the kitchen if you can).

Out The Door is an offshoot of The Slanted Door, and like its older sibling, the menu could use a little freshening up. But it's still a fun time. More fun than Josh Groban, if you can believe it.

Food Rundown


They have wine on tap. This is an excellent selling point, and more than enough to entice us back. We’re not entirely sure about any actual benefits of wine being on tap versus coming from a bottle, except that it comes out of the spigot extremely quickly. No complaints here.

Spring Rolls & Veggie Shrimp Rolls

I would drink from a fountain of the spicy peanut sauce that comes with these. I’d even consider picking up a half-eaten carton of Chinese food off Market St. if there were some at the bottom. The rolls are solid too, but it’s really about the sauce.

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