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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only Nightly: 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
Saison did not disappoint. Chef Skenes e ...
Saison did not disappoint. Chef Skenes elevated simple ingredients like radishes and pumpkin to the sublime. The orange sorbet alone was worth the flight from Toronto. Service was impeccable and the wine pairings perfectly chosen. Thank you for a memorable dining experience.
Seems like a great place... with potenti ...
Seems like a great place... with potential. There's not much value in the menu we we had. We probably just went on a bad day or saison just isn't our palate. The price we paid wasn't what was advertised on OpenTable (which is why I think our menu wasn't that great). I'm assuming that because their menu changes daily, the price does also and they don't always provide the $398 experience (we paid less and they didn't tell us the price before we started).
One big disappointment I had was that my pork dish was really tough. Hard to cut and chew. Their quality of meat might have been good but if it's not easy to eat, it probably shouldn't be on the menu. The caviar was really good and also a cod dish.
Service was phenomenal. Their kitchen is open so you can see everyone at work which is really cool. Most of their ingredients are fresh and local.
Overall, we didn't receive the "3 Michelin Star" experience we were expecting. I didn't have wow moments like I've had with other tasting menus. Based on our first impression, we would like to try it again but will probably go elsewhere.
Excellent food, services. The best din ...
Excellent food, services. The best dinning experience in San Francisco ever.
Every dish is a surprise and very attentive services, a great wine list, entertaining open kitchen.
Pricy but well deserved for it.
Pace betwen dishes was a bit fast but I could have asked them to slow down if it bothered. This was my second time and lucky I got the reservation that night. I will definitely go back and try other Seanal cuisine.
Traveling from the east coast we were ex ...
Traveling from the east coast we were excited to try a recommend, highly rated restaurant. Ok, so we knew it was special, and that it would be expensive, however my complaint, yes complaint, was that there was not a mention of food, or wine pairing pricing until we received our $1,820 bill. (Yeah, we were rather surprised also). We have traveled all over Europe and the US and have dined at many two and three star Michelin restaurants and have always seen a menu or received a creative card giving some type of pricing for the food and a number for optional wine pairing. We have dined at $300 pp, $450 pp, but never $900 pp. Is this our fault for just assuming a price range less outrageous? Maybe! Regardless of the wonderful food, ambiance, and service at San Francisco's Saison, what we will always remember will be flipping open that bill...truly a poor ending to a wonderful evening. Do I dare say sucker punch? It felt like it!
I walked into Saison unprepared for the ...
I walked into Saison unprepared for the experience that was upon me. The moment you walk in you're greeted by the service staff and they're all attentive, receptive to questions and friendly. We were seated right in front of the kitchen and having that view as a young chef made me feel really connected to the food and the staff. Watching the kitchen staff cooperate so effortlessly with each other and front of house is truly remarkable and it shows through in their dishes.
The food was beautifully executed. The simplicity and appreciation for ingredients is definitely there. However, I felt disappointed by the dessert. Definitely well made but I was expecting something that I would inspire me to create some desserts of my own. Unfortunately, dessert is undervalued in most restaurants but I'm hopeful that one day they'll find the inspiration they need to create desserts that match the entire experience.
From the moment we walked in the door we ...
From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted with kind enthusiasm. Our multi-course dinner was excellent and delicious from appetizer to dessert. Their cocktails are delicious . Saison is a must try and wonderful experience if you've never been.
Nice interior with good service. Way ove ...
Nice interior with good service. Way overpriced for food that was unexceptional. Many small dishes as part of the fixed dinner - perhaps 15. There appears to be a theme to each evening, for the night I was there it was "smoked" even down to smoked ice cream. Interesting concept but too many fruit and vegetable dishes for a meat eater. Be prepare for a long dinner - 3 to 4 hours.
Certainly the most expensive of the top ...
Certainly the most expensive of the top 50 restaurants I have been too. Took a special friend for dinner. Wine choices offered were all over $1000. I found one for $250. Cost us $1600 for 2. The food was excellent, with a few misses. I wish I had, had a outline of what we were going to eat. Found it difficult to understand some of the waiters American English versus British english???. Also I really want to know how to pace myself and what to leave room for. Of the top 50 I would agree with the drop off. Service was 90% with a few misses. My wine glass was left empty a few times. There were more staff than patrons. The kitchen ran like a swiss clock. Atmosphere was also "nervous". Pork belly was tough and we couldn't eat. I let them know - didnt seem interested. Best dish was the cucumber thing, caviar & purified butter? Found tuna? was a little tasteless but very fresh...not sure.if tuna.. The staff really needed to sell the effort that went into the food and where it was from more. Unlike Fratzen, test kitchen, la Apege - they sold the food on explanation. It did seem almost painful for the chef to talk to us - clearly doesn't like the social side or exhausted. I would hate to do it ever night. They do need to have more fun. Great experience, would highly recommend, but would not go back.
Absolutely incredible experience. The l ...
Absolutely incredible experience. The level of detail in each and every phase of the dining experience is expertly thought out and clearly shows all three Michelin Stars off. Every course has such unique flavor, texture, and presentation aspects it's mind blowing. We came for a truly unique culinary experience and had our expectations exceeded with the food, the service, and the ambiance. Certainly worth the price in my opinion.
The ambiance was very cool with the kitc ...
The ambiance was very cool with the kitchen on open display. Very attentive staff, in particular Mike one of the Som's was excellent! The food was outstanding, creative and memorable. The cocktails were top notch. I love this place!!
As everyone who is interested knows by n ...
As everyone who is interested knows by now, there is a set tasting menu for something short of $400 per person.
I'll start with the food: The opening course of caviar, heated in a seaweed wrap, served with champagne, was lovely. There were 2 other standouts on this 11 course menu, an exceptional uni/sea urchin on grilled sourdough and delicious nuggets of "hairy pig" in an adobo-like reduction. However, the 2 courses beginning and ending the meal are tisanes, first an infusion of collected herbs from their garden and then a roasted buckwheat tea, both showcases of essences so faint as to be esoteric, or insipid. A lobster dish, in which the flesh is served 3 ways, as sashimi, in XO sauce and 1 more escaping recollection was adequate, no more. A "whole radish" sliced, with parts raw and parts grilled, etc. was served unto itself. It was fine and flavorful but in sum must be dismissed as much ado about what might be a simple accompaniment in any establishment boasting of 3 Michelin stars. Black cod "grilled over the embers" was good, though did not benefit spectacularly, or even subtly, from a preparation so assiduously tweaked. The eggplant was well-roasted and the best part of a ratatouille otherwise unnecessarily "deconstructed" for what seemed presentation's sake. Dessert was of small, alpine-like strawberries arranged in a wheel on a plate along side a hollowed citrus shell filled with a sort of mandarin sorbet. The strawberries looked marvelous and promising but were flavorless under their sweet glaze. The sorbet was flat and, aside from the presentation, indistinguishable in texture and taste from an orange creamsicle by Popsicle.
The ID of the establishment: One part like a gentlemen's lounge with bar (where we were seated) or of tables with a view into the kitchen. Neither was particularly transporting of place or ambience. The wait staff were excellent custodians of service.
All in all, at its price point and star rating, this place needs to do better.
We've eaten at about 40 of the Top 50/10 ...
We've eaten at about 40 of the Top 50/100 restaurants in the world and were excited to try Saison. Everything that was served to us was delicious, but there were quite a few things we were disappointed by. I am allergic to shellfish, and the restaurant knew this well in advance. Most restaurants of this caliber make fantastic substitutions for me so I never feel like I am missing out - either with fish in the same preparation, or some exotic proteins (horse!, foie gras!, rabbit!) or with some exotic vegetables (mushrooms, interesting greens, etc). At Saison, for the Uni course my substitution was avocado. Gee thanks. And then for the abalone course they just didn't served our table at all - so my husband missed out. So we were served one less course and one less wine than everyone else but charged the same amount.
Second, I looked up every bottle of wine in our tasting flight and full price per BOTTLE would have been about $450. So to be charged nearly $600 for tasting size pours is simply ridiculous. It's actually a 1000% mark up on what would be a $29 per person cost.
Normally I don't sweat the an $1800 dinner bill. I've flown to Noma, Fat Duck, etc... but this left me feeling seriously ripped off. I felt like the pace was rushing me out for their next seating. I didn't like all the desserts being served at once. It felt over-rehearsed. And the teas (lemon water to start, hairy pig water, and buckwheat tea to end) were gimmicky.
Absolutely amazing meal with delightful ...
Absolutely amazing meal with delightful surprising takes on classic dishes mixed in. Ask to be seated at Table 6 if possible as it has a great view of the open kitchen. Highlight of my Meadowoods/Saison/Benu/Quince/Manresa tour of California.
this restaurant is amazing, food is real ...
this restaurant is amazing, food is really good. Also there is an open kitchen what gives an plezant feeling. The music is from the 80this, you love it or hate it. We loved it !
A 3 star dining !
The food quality, execution, and service ...
The food quality, execution, and service at Saison are all simply top notch. I was a little disappointed as I'd hoped there would be a bit more creativity and fun in the menu. The caviar 'breakfast' course got my hopes up -- it was multi-layered, thematic and set high expectations. The courses that followed were delicious and perfectly executed, but not particularly creative or fun. Notable exceptions to that were the pork with homemade BBQ sauce (vinegar! yes!) and the "creamsicle" which was tasty, nostalgic, and very well done.
The service was excellent. This was a wonderful, enjoyable night out with my wife. I was just left wanting a bit more.
We recently celebrated our 25th annivers ...
We recently celebrated our 25th anniversary at Saison, and everything was perfect - the service, the food, the wine, the ambiance. In honor of our anniversary, Saison treated us to glasses of champagne to celebrate I was apprehensive that "being in the kitchen" with 80s music playing would not be very romantic and too loud, but it was perfect. We have never seen such a quiet kitchen, and it was wonderful to watch the food preparation - the cooks looked like they were performing delicate surgery. The music level was perfect - loud enough to hear, quiet enough to talk quietly at the table (and I'm hard of hearing and didn't need to wear my hearing aids as I do in most modern restaurants, so it was indeed perfect). The service was friendly and attentive, but not overwhelming
Most importantly, the food was sublime and the wine suggestions excellent.
It's hard to find the words to adequatel ...
It's hard to find the words to adequately express my feelings towards Saison. In the simplest terms it was the best meal of my life...by a wide margin. I have been to michelin star restaurants around the world and Saison belongs amongst the very best. Every single food item they served elicited the sensation of a new taste I had never experienced before. I just hope I get a chance to experience each one of them again!
A truly enjoyable evening due to the att ...
A truly enjoyable evening due to the attentive service. They have created a very high end experience without being the least bit pretentious or stuffy. Each course was creative and an assortment of flavors carefully put together.
Excellent quality of food, good service, ...
Excellent quality of food, good service, somewhat innovative dishes but at times it gets a bit noisy in there as they blast classic rock from the open kitchen (which btw is beautiful). I know they are having fun and that's all good, but just a bit too loud here and there throughout our 3 hr dinner at the restaurant. It reminded me of a bit upscaled version of 42 grams Chicago.
Now, I do think they're over priced for the ingredients that they served us that night. Yes, dollop of caviars was good, but no truffles, no foie gras, no Japanese wagyu nor their uni's from Hokkaido and it came out to almost 1500 with one wine pairing for 2. We had a fish that was line caught by the sou chef (which's cool but def not pricey) and pork (which was cooked to perfection and deliciously done but again, not a priced main dish). Not to mention their wine pairing was just subpar compared to other 3 Michelin places in the states, not to mention any where in the world. We'd have gladly ordered a bottle of nice wine instead.
With all that considered, it was good to try once just to experience Saison, but we won't go back again.
Our meal was a spectacular event. The fo ...
Our meal was a spectacular event. The food was outstanding and the service was beyond great. Watching the staff prepare the meal was an important part of my dining experience. The attention to detail was phenominal. I was astounded when our server Max noticed that my husband was left handed and put the utensils within his reach. A meal I will never forget.
Saison was AMAZING! Everything about it ...
Saison was AMAZING! Everything about it was perfect. We were treated so special that we felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant. The food/presentation and service was excellent, loved the music. My wife has food allergies and they catered to her every need. The place is phenomenal!
Well all the food was great apart from t ...
Well all the food was great apart from the Japanese style rice and side dish course. As I am raised in Asian culture I find that particular dish to be questionable (It lacks beauty and flavor). Also I hated pork rib stew. That type of dish doesn't fit with fine dining. It felt like I was eating in street food in Korea with motorcycles running around.
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