Saison was borne from co-owners Jay Bayer & Adam Hall's travels & heritage where we found harmony in the honest & delicious food of the American South, Central America, and the Caribbean. With amazing cocktail, beer, & wine lists, our Historic Jackson Ward space melds modern & global elements in a cozy & casual space . We source locally whenever feasible & are proud of the connections we have made with our producers/suppliers. We hope to see y'all soon!
Richmond, VA 23220
Contemporary American, Latin American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bar service open until 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Adam Hall
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Has a neighborhood feel but the quality of the experience is much more. Nice selection of beers (not too many to choose).
Delicious appetizers. The tomato salad is great right now. Great corn bread
The Steelhead trout was excellent. Attractive presentation with greens matched by the rich flavor.
My husband and I drive over an hour to try Saison after reading about their burger in Food Network, and seeing Katie Dupree's segment on WRIC. We had reservations for 6pm on a Saturday evening. The waitstaff was very attentive without being overbearing. I had the Hangar Steak (OMG - SO GOOD!) and my husband had the Burger (Also SO GOOD!). We also shared an order of the Corn bread - YUM! Everything was prepared perfectly, and cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back!
We left after 1 hour and a bottle of wine with no food or waitress coming to the table to say anything. When we got up to complain she was nasty. We informed the manager about the concern and left. We have had a great experience there in the past. We will give it 6mths and consider returning when It is quieter.
Unfortunately I did not have a good experience at Saison and will not be returning. Our dinner when we finally received it was good but we waited over an hour after our appetizers were cleared before the entrees arrived. Our server informed us (after we asked) that there was a back up in the kitchen but everyone around us had been served. Her lack of apology or concern was aggravating. By the time the evening was over, I had a splitting headache from the noise and I was extremely uncomfortable from sitting so long on chairs that had little cushion. We did not linger over the usual coffee and dessert because all we wanted to do was get out of there. If you go, I do not recommend the fried green tomatoes - they were bland and dry. I would recommend the cornbread and trout.
Service was spot on and food was phenomenal. My date and I enjoyed 1) oxtail 2) food gras and 3) lamb chop special to start and for our mains 1) killer scallop dish with spicy carrot purée and 2) an amazing steak, sirloin maybe? All around awesome. Small but sufficient dining room feels lively and cozy at the same time.
Enjoyed a glass of the Vranec red wine (excellent) with my Lamb rack, prepared rare, perfect with vegetables also not over cooked, a treat since rack of lamb rarely on the menu in RVA. I was intimidated by the cocktail menu, did not recognize most of the listed ingredients, but it read as a creative piece. My young companion was more adventurous and enjoyed a Truth Serum. Her entree the Rundown pleased her too We shared the asparagus appetizer and loves it. Also enjoyed the chocolate torte for dessert, not as great as the rest of the meal but I don't do dessert. I will definitely be back for the excellent food, wish I'd remembered to photograph it, the place itself is not a lovely special occasion place but with food this good it beats a few that have better ambience and similar or higher prices. Went on a Thursday, no need to dress up then anyway.
Had heard glowing reports but our first visit to this restaurant was disappointing. Parking is on-street only and was complicated by VCU graduation. Immediately got impression it was more bar than restaurant--four pages of drinks and only one-half page of entrees. Seating was cramped. Diners who came in after us were advised of daily specials that we had not been offered. Crispy rice was good only if one can tolerate very spicy foods.
A good restaurant picks itself up after a setback. I used to live in RVA and used to celebrate a lot of especial occasions here. After putting a lot of thought in where to take my boyfriend, the one weekend we were going to be back in town, I made up my mind on this gem. Drinks are awesome and the seasonal menu is always worth it. At the time of our arrival we were informed it was restaurant week, which honestly can be a good deal for locals, but when coming in for the MENU, being limited is a very upsetting thing. The end product, we decided to share a menu, and taste a bit of some plates, and boy were we impressed, the hanger steak was comparable to any 5 star steakhouse, and the sides were just perfect. On top of that, a mysterious "friend", decided to cover our dinner, and made the entire experience so much more memorable. Thanks Saison for being full of surprises, and helping me make new memories every time!
Saison is consistently great! Both meats and seafood are flavorably seasoned. The wine selection recently changed, so we got to try some new varietals which came from various countries and vineyards. The server allowed us to taste them and when they didn't know about a particular wine, they got another server who did so that all our questions were answered. The only sad part about the meal was that it was restaurant week, so the ox tails weren't on the menu! They're well worth another visit!
Thanks to our waiter, Jack, we were well taken care of for the evening of friends chatter! We were there for Restaurant Week and the menu was innovative and delicious. Beautiful fresh bib lettuce salad with pickled egg, just-right-spicy crispy rice with kimchi and homemade spicy sauce, and marvelous dulce deleche ice cream over chocolate ginger cake crumble. Husbands both had a large portion of skate (not as flavorful as they like.) Jack was very knowledgeable about the beer list, too! Great evening.
After hearing so much about Saison, we hosted a group of 5 friends there for dinner on a Saturday night. Was not disappointing and very impressive! Outstanding cocktails as evidenced by our party's repeat orders of them. Our server was fun, informative, and attentive, without being overly. I'm the Paleo diet, and the kitchen was very accommodating in a starch substitution for my entree.
Another example of a Richmond dining gem. Small and cozy, but seemingly not crushed. Tables close together but arranged so that you don't feel that you are sharing the next table's meal. Very delicious and creative preparation. Only downside is that the large plate menu is relatively limited. As a result, we don't feel compelled to return soon, but will undoubtedly do so at some point in the future.
Went there for anniversary dinner and was very pleased. The menu is not huge, but creative and varied. Every dish was an work of art with a perfect combination of textures and flavors. The waitress was attentive and right on with her recommendations. I would highly recommend visiting this little gem of a restaurant.
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