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
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.
The food is innovative and creative, the ...
The food is innovative and creative, the service is superb. The wine pairing was excellent. An absolutely wonderful experience.
Awesome food and experience. Amazing ser ...
Awesome food and experience. Amazing service with a perfect view of the kitchen!
The best meal we have ever, eaten in 40 ...
The best meal we have ever, eaten in 40 years, and we have eaten at all the 4 stars in SF except one. "Fired ice cream" was equal to being in heaven, twice!
Great service, especially from the bar. ...
Great service, especially from the bar. Effort to tailor the meal to you preferences. Some very memorable dishes.
Imaginative presentations of top-quality ...
Imaginative presentations of top-quality ingredients - each course is a like an exhibit of tasty, edible gems. The staff are omnipresent, yet unobtrusive, and genuinely friendly.
Amazing!!!!! Special occasion for sure.
Amazing!!!!! Special occasion for sure.
Fabulous from start to finish...
... food delicious and innovative..great services, fabulous ambiance !
Exceptional dining experience - food, se ...
Exceptional dining experience - food, service ambience.
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!
This restaurant is pretentious / arrogant. The cooking has no soul as the atmosphere of the restaurant that is clinical.
The waiters actually make you feel as a guest (which is the word Saison uses to refer to its clients) The food was delicious and the wine menu outstanding
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.
Every dish was excellent -- creative, fr ...
Every dish was excellent -- creative, fresh, unique. The sea urchin, lobster, and liver mousse are especially noteworthy. Menu is very well put together.
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.
Hands down the best culinary experience ...
Hands down the best culinary experience of my life.
Best meal I've ever had.
I took my wife for her birthday. We've been to French Laundry, Per Se, Manresa. This was by far our favorite dinner! The food was amazing. The service was impeccable. It was an entire experience.
Amazing at every level
Amazing at every level
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
Awesome!! Phenomenal meal!
Awesome!! Phenomenal meal!
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.
The best dining experience ever.
Quality form the moment we arrived, we were wowed with great food, great ingredients and it just keep coming. Thoroughly fantastic...
One of the best meals I've had. Having ...
One of the best meals I've had. Having eaten at a dozen or so 3* restaurants, the Saison experience is definitely one of the best. Just enough artistry and drama, incredibly flavorful food, and an impressive array of ingredients, textures and flavors, across the 14 or so courses we enjoyed. Loved the caviar course, the salmon and roe, the uni on dense brown bread, the raw turbot, and the duck were among my favorite courses. Staff are fun and uniformly knowledgable and engaged. Deep wine list with lots of special wines and vintages with sufficient age. Altogether, a perfect evening.
The service was impeccable and the Chef ...
The service was impeccable and the Chef could not have been more attentive and personable.
Saison is a Foodie's dream come true - at a price
My evening at Saison this week was one I will remember for a long time. As a long time foodie with a lot of Michelin stars under my belt, Saison ranks at the very top - perhaps as the top - restaurant I have ever eaten at. While some top fine dining restaurants focus on highly exotic presentation (e.g., Atelier Crenn), and others on truly white glove service, Saison was really about fantasic food - each something that presents an incredibly unique flavor. Presentation is beautiful of course, and service is outstanding, but the food is what is memorable here. Food wise, its a 15 course tasting menu, with a strong focus on smoked dishes, particularly fishes and vegetables grown in their own farm. One dish was a beet that had been smoked and ultimately dehydrated, only to later be rehydrated with concentrated beet juice. The resulting beet had an incredible texture - different entirely from what you'd think of from a beet - yet an intense taste. A different course consisted of duck liver combined with caramelized white chocolate and coffee, covered in a beer foam, and served in a glass cup. This seemingly odd combination came together perfectly to create this amazing elegant dessert-like taste that was just amazing. Other courses included an amazing smoked duck with duck innards wrapped in leaf; an amazing salad consisting of different types of leaf and preparations - smoked, dried, pickled - all in one salad; a simple duck consumme which was so intense I was craving it for days afterwards. The wines were fantastic. Though - confusingly - when we first arrived, they said they no longer do wine pairings and instead its sort of customized. In the end we named a price and they paired based on that target. All of this however is not cheap, even for 3 star dining experiences. With pairings, it was $750/person. However, for that price, you will have a meal you will remember.
Outstanding cooking using excellent ingredients
Love the layout of the restaurants where you can see the kitchen section which has a calm and zen-like feel to it. The set menu was not revealed at the start of dinner, so there's an anticipation of each dish as the dining drama unfolded during the evening. Some of the dishes were literally assembled at the table, and it's interesting to see how different ingredients combined together to make a great dish. Some brilliant cooking techniques to take the flavour of some of the ingredients to the next level.
Superb food and wine
The provenance of the food, the skillfull and innovative cooking and the encyclopedic wine list with exceptional service can only be found in a handful of restaurants in the world. The pricing makes thus a special event restayrant but the value is good even though food on the night cost $398 per head and it took me 15 min to find two bottles of wine that were below $500 and still an exciting drink!
This was my first time coming to a Miche ...
This was my first time coming to a Michelin 3 Star restaurant so wasn't quite sure what to expect. Unlike some restaurants, I was seated right away even though I showed up about 10 minutes early. Once I was seated I was told by my server about the menu and asked if I had any allergies. I can't eat too much gluten and they did their best to cater it for me like giving me subs for the breads for example. The menu was predominantly seafood based, but there's some vegetables and meat thrown in. My favorites have to be : the lobster with the lobster shell sauce and salt, smoked trout, the black cod with Asian spices, the duck breast and the orange sorbet dessert. It is a 15 course meal so be prepared to be there awhile! Took me about 2.5 hours. If you're with company it'll be longer so keep it in mind.
Worth every penny
When you know you will spend $400+ per person for dinner, you have to hope reality lives up to the hype. I am happy to say it did with Saison. I was most impressed with virtually every element, including the tableware, glassware, and dinnerware. Each dish was lovingly described and presented by the wait staff. Each course was delicious and distinctive, from the first (golden oestra caviar with leeks) to the last (orange ice cream (served in an orange) and roasted persimmon in a 4 Roses bourbon sauce). Pacing of the courses and service were impeccable. We dined in the winter, and look forward to returning during the other three saisons!
Amazing！love the idea behind everything ...
Amazing！love the idea behind everything and the service is def five star.
Spectacular experience but prepare to br ...
Spectacular experience but prepare to break the bank. Superb food, wine and service.
The best restaurant in San Francisco
Wow..epic meal..with innovative cooking and quality local ingredients. Three Michelin stars well earned. The chef is a diva / introvert but who cares? The food does the talking. $398 per person without drinks...
Not impressed. Wouldn't go back.
Not impressed. Wouldn't go back.
So many amazing dishes.
So many amazing dishes.
Fantastic culinary experience!
Despite the background music that came straight out of my 80's-90's playlist and that I found a little odd a choice for this type of restaurant, the food was beautiful, flavorful, original and exquisitely presented. The quality of the service was also outstanding from the pace at which the 15 courses arrived to our table to the explanations provided for each dish and overall interactions with the staff. The price tag makes it a bit of a special occasion restaurant (this was my wife birthday dinner) but this was a memorable experience.
I took my wife to Saison and it was our first time there. Every aspect was worthy of a 3-star Michelin restaurant. We had 18 courses from the tasting menu (only option) and wine & cocktails. There was an open fire theme to the food as a portion of the dishes went through the wood-fire. The service was exquisite and the general manager took us on a private tour of the facilities which was a perfect way to end our visit. This is a 10/10 for anybody who appreciates good food. Save up for this one as we spent $1200 total.
Nice Dinner Experience
The ambience and attention to detail was excellent. The food courses came out at regular intervals. The food itself was good, but I've had better food at some of the other Michelin star restaurants I've eaten. However, the food was true to its roots and made for great eating experience.
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