The Red Door has graced San Francisco with its unique presence for a decade, but this gem has closed its doors after selling to a new owner, who will operate as a different restaurant going forward. There never was and never will be another restaurant like Red Door. We may not notice just yet how this little cafe has changed the dining-out experience, but I bet its influence has, and will spread. The amazing food was almost overshadowed by the experience of the visit itself. How Ahmed, the owner, managed to execute those flavorful dishes and provide such a personal, vibrant experience simultaneously, is a gift and mystery. From the time spent waiting in line, and to the very end, it was always a one-of-a-kind-experience. Only the effortlessly hilarious, quick-witted Ahmed could pull this off, and as mostly a one-man-show! He made magic happen here for myself and others, and memories that will not soon be forgotten.
I feel a little changed after having known The Red Door Cafe, and will miss it like crazy.
Looks like it's official (sad face). The owner has put a sweet good-bye message on the window for Red Door customers, his landlords and the new owners.
GooglePlace - January 2018
My party of two were seated after a few pleasant minutes wait, the owner/ host (combo waiter/ chef/ maitre de) was DELIGHTFUL, our food was amazingly presented and incredibly delicious, the decór was a riot. A perfect San Francisco experience.
GooglePlace - January 2018
We saw the guy before they were open and told him we would come back later because we weren't quiet ready and he wasn't open on time at 10am. I am visiting from SoCal and my two friends from East coast and after waiting in line for a full hour- we were turned away because we were all together. We were happy to split into two groups of two and he would not let us in. Thanks for wasting our time and not telling us when we said hi earlier. Way to run a business.
GooglePlace - December 2017
The host is a cosmic explosion of unicorn confetti and joy, and sarcastic wit. Absolutely adored him, makes you feel right at home immediately. The food is absolutely delicious, and coffee and tea are served in quirky containers :) As he's a one man show, he takes solos and folks in pairs, not groups, just be aware of that before you rock up to this spot! Will definitely return the next time I'm in town! A real gem!
GooglePlace - November 2017
Ahmed is great. He makes the place bright, fun, and he talks to all the patrons. It's been three months since the first time I was there, and he remembered my name, and asked me where my girlfriend was. He's really good at what he does.
The food is amazing. I can't get enough of it. I want to keep coming back. I'm not a vegan at all, but the vegan food at the Red Door Cafe really can be better than non vegan. Give it a whirl.
GooglePlace - July 2017