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Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the abundant resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each morning a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from our network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only Tuesday through Saturday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Please note that reservations at 7:30pm are located at the bar, NOT in the dining room
Between 2nd and 3rd
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We offer complimentary valet parking.
Chef / Owner: Joshua Skenes
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for Private Dining/Party Information.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic food and great 80s music playing throughout the meal. We really enjoyed the audio experience with the food. If you are sensitive to music or don't like that genre of music I would be careful as it was louder than at most high end restaurants, but still low enough to have a conversation.
the tasting menu is really phenomenal. It's half great food, half artistry. the people (staff) were all fabulous, attentive but not obtrusive. I never thought I would say that my favorite course was radish based! Very expensive but absolutely worth the money for a special occasion.
Had the closest seat to the kitchen, watched everything unfold all night. The staff is very attentive, and you get to interact with almost everyone as the front of house and chefs from the individual stations serve different parts of your meal. This is a meal that you have never seen the likes of before, so participate, ask questions, and treat this as a team experience. And it IS an experience, so open up and enjoy!
We have dined at Saison several times over the years. They have always been our most favorite restaurant.
Our latest meal there was a huge disappointment.
The length of the menu has been cut in half. It used to be about 16 courses, spread over about 3-4 hours. Now the menu is 8 courses and takes less than 2 hours. The price has not changed. You just get half the food. I never minded the high price of the meal before, but this time I felt severely ripped off.
It's just not a fun experience anymore, and it's not enough food by a longshot. Portion sizes are not any larger. We left very hungry.
We made our disappointment clear and our waiter was quite sympathetic and tried to appease us with little gifts and such. It was not his fault - service at Saison is as superb as ever. The new chef is trying to put his personal stamp on the restaurant but he is failing miserably.
It was the most amazing dinner in my life. The food and service here is awesome.
There was a private happening about reservation for me. Tiffany at Saison solved the problem. I was a single diner before the open kitchen. Everything was perfect. Their food was so creative. Also, plating and presentation was amasing. Sous chef looked like a perfectionist. Especiallly a server named Luis huerta was very kind and professional. Thanks to him including Saison's all staffs, my dinner was so fantastic.
In every way, it was perfect.
I think Saison is NO.1 worldwide.
It's an awesome meal that I think you should experience. Impeccable and engaging service -- almost unheard of in fine dining -- and really good food. But the price mandates a level of value that cannot be met by fewer than 20 courses, regardless the haute ingredients, let alone fewer than 10. That dissonance tinges the food, unfortunately. I greatly enjoyed it; this isn't hostility. But there is a value gap that prevents being able to give up a five star, and that's unfortunate.
Let's start with the positives. The service is top notch and the ambiance is very good. However, I found the food to be inconsistent. The caviar was very good but not the best, the naple long pumpkin was excellent but the sea urchin tasted fishy and I could not eat it. Also I could not drink the broth of the grilled bones. For some reason we were not served the turbo (I discovered this after I looked at the written menu I received when leaving the restaurant). Therefore I was not able to enjoy 3 dishes and no substitutions were offered. For dessert we were served ice cream and sorbet and blueberries and brandy, which were good but nothing exceptional. Given that we were served 3 desserts, I was looking forward to see what the pastry chef had to offer but there was no pastries. For variety I would have preferred a pastry and not the repetition of ice cream and sorbet.
Food was inconsistent. Price was beyond extortion. Antelope main was tough and not interesting. Biscuits were doughy, and undercooked. Uni toast was a extraordinary, and almost made up for the rest. The bill should have been 2/3 what was presented. Disappointing...
You can't help but compare Saison to other Michelin 3 star restaurants, and as other reviewers have noted, it simply doesn't measure up given the very high price. Great food, yes. Very good service, yes. Great atmosphere, also yes.
But, what doesn't add up is $400 for a meal that wasn't any more memorable (nor as good or creative in my opinion) as Acquerello where I enjoyed an amazing tasting menu for half that price the night before, or even Rich Table, where I enjoyed an almost as delicious tasting menu for a quarter the price the night before that.
I've enjoyed meals at many 3 star restaurants all over the world, and for the price, this one fails to meet the standard. Compare it to Eleven Madison in New York, Guy Savoy in Paris or even The Restaurant At Meadowood just up the road in Napa, and the flavors and creativity cannot compare.
The staff was nice, but couldn't touch the level of service at other 3 star restaurants I've enjoyed. The food and presentation merit one or two stars, but then you can't help but factor in the price and that's where it falls apart.
So, if you have the budget and just want to try Saison to see what you think for yourself, you will have a great meal. But, for my money, there are a lot of better choices in San Francisco.
Very creative and delicious food. Warm atmosphere, fun music. As much as I love these experiences with just one other person, the best seating is for groups near the open kitchen. Our group of two were seated in the lounge in booths. Uncomfortable for a 3 hour meal and we were seated facing the bar and near the bathroom so got a lot of foot traffic and side-chatter near us. Definitely impacts the experience.
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