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Scandinavian Restaurant and Modern European Restaurant$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    A Scandinavian meal means saving room for desserts, like a rich creme brulee mildly flavored with cardamom ($8) and a plate-size Swedish pancake ($10) topped with a mound of whipped cream and berries Read more
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Perfectly executed Scandinavian dishes, from herring to smørrebrød via braised ox cheek and meatballs. Particularly delicious fritters and also loved the Scandi inspired cocktails.
  • Denise F.heart icon on user image
    Denise FOctober 28, 2016
    Nice place and staff, the meatballs with mash potatoes and jam were so delicious, unfortunately they sold out the ox cheek, the elk tartare is for strong people, skip it if you don't like bold flavors
  • K-Þórır D.heart icon on user image
    K-Þórır D.July 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Unique (but nevertheless delicious) scandinavian-inspired restaurant in town.. Very decent cocktails & wine list by the glass. The scandinavian halibut with lemon verbena sabayon is succulent !
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurMay 31, 2016
    At Pläj, order up Scandinavian beers and creative cocktails in a cozy, rustic space with a beautiful wooden bar and industrial-style lighting. Read more
  • Mary Ann S.heart icon on user image
    Mary Ann SullivanAugust 12, 2018
    Excellent service and menu suggestions. The elk was tender and delicious. The Swedish meatballs were excellent. Unique and well worth checking out. We will go again.
  • Reserve
    ReserveJuly 6, 2016
    The delectable, grilled Spanish octopus at Sandinavian-inspired Pläj is prepared with scallion, butter lettuce and chili garlic oil. Read more
  • Abhinav G.heart icon on user image
    Abhinav GargJuly 16, 2016
    Everything was delicious. The ox cheeks in particular were the star. We ended up eating three mains among the two of us because the food was so good.
  • Norwegian Salmon USA
    Norwegian Salmon USAAugust 16, 2013
    Craving authentic Nordic cusine? Check out Plaj's Norwegian Salmon Event. August 26-29 ONLY. Visit #EatNorwegianSeafood Photo c/o Storey Photography Read more
  • Kathleen S.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen SullivanSeptember 7, 2015
    Great wines and Swedish appetizers - skip the salads and go for more traditional Swedish fare for the good stuff. Great cocktails!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 9, 2012
    Try this Swedish chef's colorful, wide-ranging dishes like herring cured three ways (saffron-tomato, cilantro-lime, and smoked soy) and caraway-smoked salmon with lemon aioli: Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13, 2017
    This Scandinavian restaurant in the back of the Inn at the Opera has a fireplace to stay warm by. Read more
  • Peggyheart icon on user image
    PeggyMarch 24, 2016
    Nice cozy setting at the back of the Inn at the Opera. Try one of their homemade aquavits!
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 3, 2016
    Pläj — a phonetic spelling of the word “play” — showcases Scandinavian cuisine with a kick of California flair. Read more
  • Kevin M.heart icon on user image
    Kevin MurrayNovember 9, 2014
    Cheese plate, wild boar belly, meatballs and apple pie were all winners.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadJanuary 7, 2013
    The cocktails here are fabulous! I may come back simply for the drinks. Also order the Swedish meatballs and potato dumpling appetizer.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaDecember 3, 2014
    Get the herring sampler, potato dumplings, poached lobster and meatballs. All amazing.
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharApril 16, 2013
    Chocolate kladkakka...must order dessert (chocolate molten cake with hazelnut ice cream). Treadmill the next day.
  • John S.
    John SeitzJune 16, 2013
    Get the cheese platter, Poached Lobster, and the venison. You will feel like you had a special meal.
  • Ase1707
    Ase1707October 28, 2016
    Cozy spot with excellent service and an interesting as well as diverse menu.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The tender Swedish meatballs in pan gravy are a must. Hello, Swedish restaurant! Read more
  • Aditi M.heart icon on user image
    Aditi MishraOctober 14, 2016
    Herring dishes are surprisingly delicious!
  • Emil
    EmilAugust 21, 2012
    The Taste of Herring is great with bright fresh flavors that, although not traditional, work surprisingly well.
  • Lena K.heart icon on user image
    Lena KiddFebruary 17, 2014
    Small portions and on an expensive side but worth it since the food is amazing.
  • Irene M.heart icon on user image
    Irene MApril 30, 2015
    Extremely interesting food, gracious attentive service, and great cocktails that will teach you a thing or two.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HSeptember 2, 2012
    White asparagus, potato dumplings, halibut, ox cheeks...and don't forget the Viking blod!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 30, 2012
    Get the tender smoked salmon, accompanied by shaved fennel, blue potatoes and lemon aïoli: Read more
  • Jonny T.heart icon on user image
    Jonny TJanuary 7, 2017
    The foie gras was especially good!
  • EBheart icon on user image
    EBNovember 25, 2018
    Seasonal Swedish food. So good.
  • Jess L.heart icon on user image
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    Swedish meatballs are delicious as is the homemade bread.
  • Albert T.
    Albert TreatSeptember 23, 2012
    Lobster dish & Rhubarb Crumble are delicious! Skip the Voss, not worth it at $9 a bottle.
  • Egor H.heart icon on user image
    Egor HomakovMarch 19, 2015
    Very delicious. Meatballs are heavenly good
  • Carlo 🍙 S.heart icon on user image
    Carlo 🍙 SAugust 17, 2014
    Get akvavit with herring. Potato dumplings are great too.
  • Arlo J.heart icon on user image
    Arlo JamrogJanuary 6, 2016
    Atmosphere is super dated but the food is amazing.
  • Niels H.
    Niels HovenJune 5, 2013
    Bring a date on a slow night and share one of the big leather couches
  • Steven G.heart icon on user image
    Steven GrimmDecember 12, 2014
    The head cheese is very tasty.
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SansanoApril 9, 2014
    I crave their Beet Up cocktail and Gioia burrata salad.
  • Maddie Maeheart icon on user image
    Maddie MaeMay 8, 2015
    Day boat scallops pair well with a glass of Krogstad aquavit.
  • Juney H.heart icon on user image
    Juney HamMay 30, 2016
    Herring sampler was unexpectedly delicious!
  • Sanketh S.heart icon on user image
    Sanketh ShettyMay 16, 2018
    Can't recommend the roasted chicken enough.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuDecember 8, 2012
    Definitely try one of their cocktails!
  • Erin O.heart icon on user image
    Erin O'QuinnMarch 22, 2016
    Get the bread. Completely worth it.
  • Sanketh S.heart icon on user image
    Sanketh ShettySeptember 22, 2017
    The wild boar sausage is good.
  • Robbie D.heart icon on user image
    Robbie DiongzonDecember 21, 2016
    Good for a romantic date night.
  • Paulina O.heart icon on user image
    Paulina OchoaJanuary 22, 2014
    Great food and service! Sf hidden gem!!
  • Natalia G.
    Natalia GJuly 27, 2015
    Potato dumplings and herring!
  • Ting S.heart icon on user image
    Ting SDecember 4, 2015
    I can't forget the cheese plate.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    Pro tip: the restaurant’s name is pronounced “play.” Don’t want you lookin’ like a fool. Read more
  • Gerard R.heart icon on user image
    Gerard ReyesDecember 1, 2014
    Get lingonberry soda
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorOctober 18, 2014
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