Charles Phan

Charles Phan

San Francisco

About Charles Phan

Charles Phan is a chef, author, and owner/founder of The Slanted Door Group. A group that is serving vibrant home-style Vietnamese food in a modern setting. He received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2004 and The Slanted Door was awarded Outstanding Restaurant in 2014.


  • Who's Who of Food & Beverage
    James Beard Foundation
  • Best Chef: Pacific
    James Beard Foundation
  • Nominee for Outstanding Restaurant (The Slanted Door)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Silver Spoon Award
    Food Arts magazine
  • Author
    Vietnamese Home Cooking, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Cellophane & crab noodles
$$$, Vietnamese, Lower Pacific Heights
"This dish is one of my favorite homey-feeling dishes. I used to eat it all of the time when I was the chef at OTD. It's also super similar to a noodle dish my Grandmother cooked. The noodles have a great texture and the fresh crab is so delicious. I add a little spoon of sambal and mix it all up to bring some heat, which makes it even more craveable."
Fried chicken
$$, Full Bar, Whisky Bar, Southern / Soul, Cocktail, Embarcadero
"I love this place for late night fried chicken that goes perfectly with their superb dirty rice, collard greens, and craft cocktails. Make sure you grab one of the bottles of hot sauce they provide and douse your chicken."
Fried chicken
$$, Full Bar, Whisky Bar, Southern / Soul, Cocktail, Embarcadero
"It has thin, crispy skin and the house-made hot sauce is great. And it's right on the water—such a gorgeous space and full of whiskey to boot."