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.
Contemporary American, Contemporary French, French / Japanese
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Tuesday-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.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for Private Dining/Party Information.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Food was just fantastic, well thought ou ...
Food was just fantastic, well thought out and amazing presentation. I expected nothing less for the price charged.
Wine list is well thought out, there is a healthy selection of blowout products to match the level of the menu, but there's also really good product that is accessibly priced, $48 a bottle and up from memory.
Service is attentive and unobtrusive. I purposely asked product related questions of many staff and every single one of them was well informed and able to answer.
This is a serious special occasion joint and yes it's expensive but I felt it was well worth it. Well done!
I was pleasantly surprised with the atmo ...
I was pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere at Saison. Typically, 3 star Michelin restaurants have a "certain type of air" but, Saison had the most enjoyable, vibrant atmosphere you hardly ever find. Service was stellar, you really got the opportunity to connect and be friendly with the staff and chefs. Food was obviously spectacular; one dish was mediocre but, we let them know and they offered another dish of our liking. I would absolutely recommend to sea food lovers and anyone who wants to enjoy a 3 star Michelin in a more upbeat, trendy atmosphere. Music was on point - 80's jams totally set the tone!
From start to finish our meals and cockt ...
From start to finish our meals and cocktails were stellar! The Saison staff are at the top of our list for their professionalism and innovative, delicious food. Saison is all that in a beautiful setting where you don't have to dress up, suffer from over-crowded tables or stuffy staff! If visiting San Francisco, I recommend that you save Saison for last or, like us, will find yourselves disappointed by all dining experiences to follow.
Excellent overall experience. Brought o ...
Excellent overall experience. Brought our own wine (corkage $50 is a little steep) but would consider the extensive wine list next time. Food was eclectic and interactive with high quality ingredients. Great choice for a special occasion.
Honestly, after having dinners at 10+ th ...
Honestly, after having dinners at 10+ three star restaurants around the world. Saison have the least memorable food so far. I can appreciate the deconstructive approach, but serving food as discrete flavoured as the tasting menu at Saison was is not 3 star quality. Sorry, but the only thing really remerable was the extra ordinary drinks served from the all over charming bartender. I cannot recommend Saison, judged from my experince. Hopefully this was a bad day.
Unless you are really open to eating any ...
Unless you are really open to eating anything without knowing what the menu will be, this is not the restaurant for you. I personally made reservations without paying attention to the fact that the menu is secret so when we got there we found ourselves stuck...the service is really outstanding and the staff do ask you if there are things that you don't eat, but we did not really say much and did not think of making a list. Turns out the meal was mostly raw seafood and I don't really eat raw seafood... I tried everything anyway and some of the dishes were outstanding, but I felt like I was eating something with my stomac rejecting it as it would not have been my first choice. The wine list is huge and the waiters kept on pushing us to purchase white wine, which we do not really fancy that much; we ended getting red wine because the sommelier saved us and helped us with a red wine instead. The bill was very high as well, and to be honest not worth it... I have eaten at so many expensive and fancy restaurants all over the world and San Francisco and did not really like the idea of paying for a secret menu. We gave it a try: seen it, done that, never again!
The food and service were both very good ...
The food and service were both very good. However, neither the food nor the service can justify the exorbitant price. For $400 before drinks, service charge, or tax, I should be using dramatic hyperbolic adjectives, but instead, it's just very good.
noma only has two Michelin stars. Saison has three. I’ve lost faith in the Michelin guide as a result. Both the food and service at noma are superior - so if you're looking for a destination restaurant, head to Copenhagen. No wonder the reservations at noma were significantly more difficult to secure.
It's not that I didn't enjoy the meal at Saison, it's that I've had markedly better meals elsewhere, and Saison was markedly more expensive.
Let's assume money's no object. In that case, it's a restaurant to visit once.
A prime example of a good, not great, dish was the rice and pickled vegetables smorgasbord. Individually, the components were tasty, but we were instructed to 'mix-and-match' and found the result to be muddled, over-salted, and most importantly, disjointed.
Disjointed is a good word for the whole experience. The dress code is 'come as you are' but the waiters are dressed to the nines and thirty year old pop music plays in the background. There were many interesting elements, but this is one case where the sum is not greater than the parts.
Absolutely terrible. Not worth the mone ...
Absolutely terrible. Not worth the money or the visit. I can not believe how awful the food was. The restaurant should be embarrassed by the food, the taste and the price. I mean a piece of lettuce with some raw intestine in it is hardly something that should be served or if it is, let's at least add some seasoning. The cup of beef water with a floating sage leaf shouldn't be considered a "course". Disgusting!
Outstanding food and excellent wine pair ...
Outstanding food and excellent wine pairing marred by less than satisfying service. Wait staff explain food being served while mumbling away during placement of the dishes for each guest. Guests across from the table could not hear or make out what is being said without requesting that the server repeats him/herself. The servers also did not speak with conviction and behaved as if they were there because it was just a job- no enthusiasm/interest for the food being served. This drawback significantly impacted on enjoyment of the entire experience.
Definitely worth exploring. Would be in ...
Definitely worth exploring. Would be in my Top 10. The breads and pastries used in some dishes are the best I have ever experienced at a restaurant. The seafood soup, abalone and lobster dishes were all 11 out of 10. Other dishes ranged from 7-9 but nothing was off the mark. Great ambiance if you can get a spot near the kitchen watching the action. Wine pairing didn't do it for me but my wife liked it.
The inside of the restaurant was totally ...
The inside of the restaurant was totally different from what you expect from outside. It felt like we were invited to a cooking show. Seafood lover must like their creative preparation. The service was very comfortable and a serving staff accommodated to our need.
Went in with high expectations and two experienced palates. While several of the courses were lovely, a few were very disappointing. There wasn't a discernible flow to the courses either, at least none that we could find. The biggest let down was the portions. By the 6th and 7th course, it felt more like a Tasting Menu we needed to "survive", not savor. By the last course, we were so full it was no longer enjoyable. The space and service were outstanding, but I've had better meals at restaurants with fewer Michelin stars. Just reinforced my tendency to roll my eyes at the 3-star universe.
Very special place to experience. The fo ...
Very special place to experience. The food is highly creative, the service exceptional, and the atmosphere is awesome. Expensive yes, but you certainly get a top notch dining experience that is tough to say you could get elsewhere!
birthday at Saison
This was an incredible evening with outstanding food, a great wine selected by the sommelier, and incredible service provided by the many servers. They were wonderful to my wife and I for her birthday dinner. It is a meal of many courses and all were delicious and unique. The reason I gave it 3 stars for value is because the dinner with a $100 bottle of wine came to $1300. This is a very experience restaurant that provides wonderful food and service, but at a pretty steep premium.
Wow. Experience + food = impressive
Make no mistake, this is the most expensive meal you may ever have. But we travel the world and try to go to the best of the best when we can. Saison is at the top of that list, which includes three Michelin 3-star restaurants we have been to.
The food was about 14 courses and our experience is that restaurants with that many courses will fill you up near the end so much that it may actually detract from the experience. Not so with Saison. A brilliantly crafted menu and portion size made it the perfect amount of food. And the food was amazing. The first course, caviar on a bed of sautéed leeks , was perhaps the best individual dish we have seen and started the evening with a bang.
The food is wonderful and I can't do it justice with writing. But what made it a true 'experience' was the kitchen. Our table had a full view of the active precision of the saison kitchen which was a marvel. This made the dinner a truly engaging experience from start to finish. Seeing your dishes prepared and finished and then served. Awesome.
If you have a special occasion, saison will not disappoint.
Pricey But Somehow Still Worth It
So no one ever said 3-star Michelin dining was cheap. The cost alone makes this a once-in-a-while destination only. But if $398/person could ever be considered well worth it, this certainly was. The service was absolute perfection. The wine service (though again not inexpensive) was actually quite generous, with the waiter topping off each pour. And the food, course after course after course, was amazing. Usually multiple course meals have a few unimpressive entries. But at Saison, EVERYTHING was wonderful.
A feat of the senses
Taste of course but also vision (great presentation and really interesting to see the kitchen), sound (surprising music but fit nicely with with the great energy coming from the kitchen) even touch for one course (eating with your fingers is sometimes amazingly enjoyable and possibly helped to make this course the best one of the night (sea urchin, liquid toast)), all the senses were satisfied.
Really a great, fun and interesting experience, will come back for sure
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experienc ...
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience & the staff did an excellent job in making necessary amendments to the menu to suit my friend who had various dietary requirements. All staff were super friendly & made us feel very welcome. The only issue we had was being cold, however, again the staff provided us with furry blankets & turned the heating up. I was 100% recommended this restaurant to degustation foodies & hope to see it climb higher on The San Pelligrino Worlds Top Restaurant list as it will be well deserved.
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