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!
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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Very impressed from start to finish. Our ...
Very impressed from start to finish. Our waitress was very helpful and gave us insightful suggestions and highlighted elements of her favorite dishes, which definitely helped in our choosing. The food was harmoniously earthy and decadent. For my main dish I ordered the House Sausage, which seemed to be a modern take on sausage and cheese grits with greens, and it was amazing. I wish I could have tasted everything on the menu.
Excellent drink menu. Unique and refined ...
Excellent drink menu. Unique and refined. Cozy restaurant with great servers and mouth watering dishes. I had the lamb. It was cooked to perfection.
Excellent food and cocktails. The Ox Ta ...
Excellent food and cocktails. The Ox Tail appetizer is amazing! Also the Carolina Gold Rice entree is something everyone MUST have (along with an egg and ox tail)! Take the time to get to know the wait staff and bartenders, they are trending and very interesting people.
We ate at the bar and Justin was amazing ...
We ate at the bar and Justin was amazing...his drinks were spot on an the food was amazing as akways
The good: Excellent food and great servi ...
The good: Excellent food and great service. Very tasty! To be improved: Draft beer was not nearly cold enough, we're not in europe, so nix the room temperature drafts, or at least chill 50deg f or so. Very loud inside, mostly due to patrons, but small space could use some noise damping.
Great food, great service and fair price ...
Great food, great service and fair prices
My girlfriend and I arrived 30 minutes e ...
My girlfriend and I arrived 30 minutes early. We addressed the host and he immediately acknowledged our reservation. We were able to take a seat at the bar and enjoyed drinks and an appetizer while waiting for our table. Greeted by great service throughout and had a fun environment with delicious daily specials. We both highly recommend Saison.
Saison is always great! The cocktails ar ...
Saison is always great! The cocktails are always the best. I have only been there a handful of times to eat and I have usually gotten the small plates. I got the fried chicken this time and it was amazing! I should go back every Sunday just to get the fried chicken special! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and everyone seemed to be pretty knowledgeable. One of my favorite spots for sure.
Very creative food, excellently prepared
The food is fit for foodies, very creative and delicious.
Jackson Ward gem
This restaurant is a sure fire way to have a great meal. The food is always fresh and nicely presented. We have been here several times and look forward to going back again soon. A top 20 restaurant in Richmond.
The market fish dish was out-of-this-wor ...
The market fish dish was out-of-this-world delicious, as was the oxtail sopes starter. They made it easy for a group of old friends to sit and catch up when another place might have hurried us along. What a nice evening.
Amazing ...a real favorite
The food was spectacular. The home made sausage was the treat of the night. Our drinks were so great and the bar staff made outstanding suggestions...and the server was top shelf.....I would tell everyone to come eat and drink ....one of my favorites anywhere
We've been to Saison a couple of times and have always enjoyed our meal. Last weekend, our NYC foodie friends in town and so we got a chance to show off a little of RVA! They loved the meal. Everything was delicious and we really enjoyed.
Saison is one of our favorites but th ...
Saison is one of our favorites but this time they went above and beyond. My wife is the family foodie but for health reasons is has a severely limited diet. The wait staff, bar tender and the chef were so gracious and accommodating. They took charge and made a special cocktail and innovated a fabulous entree. Rather than being put out they actually seemed to embrace challenge. Oh, and the rest of us also enjoyed a fabulous meal.
Great overall experience at Saison & Saison market
Started our Saturday evening with a fantastic wine tasting event at Saison Market. Very knowledgeable staff and love the individual attention while pouring the wines. Followed up the wine tasting with a great dinner at Saison. Both the appetizers and the entrees were creative, delicious and very well prepared. Highly recommend.
Cocktails were good, but overpriced and ...
Cocktails were good, but overpriced and very small. Wouldn't order again--or if so, would ask for it "up", so as not to have most of my glass filled by a gigantic ice cube. Apps were awesome--oxtail sopes and salad. Entrees were also good--my husbands sausage with Manchego grits was the best. I ordered lamb chops, which were cooked perfectly, but the sauces left a bit to be desired. Too much of the less tasty pea purée and not nearly enough of the very tasty pistachio dukkah. Overall we were happy, and would definitely eat there again.
Food/Drinks was excellent
It was a little noisy and crowded seating, but they accommodated putting us in the most secluded part of the restaurant they could due to it being a special birthday date. The Apps/Drinks/Entrees were excellent and I would go back. The food portions aren't that big, but was delicious.
Saison... my favorite spot
What an amazing restaurant...AMAZING Cocktails - Superior service and Mouthwatering food
Great food, ok service and a little loud
We recently dined during the Friday of Restaurant Week. The food was excellent. All 6 dishes (2 apps, 2 mains and 2 dessert) were very tasty. The portions were from small-medium, but we did not leave hungry. The restaurant is very quaint, but very loud. I would return but not on a weekend night. The service was ok, just ok. Our waitress was not too attentive and not very friendly, but not rude, she was just fine. At the beginning, we asked to try the broth of one of the entrees because my friend can´t do too spicy. Well, the waitress did not oblige, saying that she couldn´t do it, the kitchen was too busy, it would be cold, etc. An excellent server would have made it possible. It is preferable to sending a dish back or not liking it (a reason no to return). I would give this restaurant a try.
Carolina gold rice bowl was AMAZING!
Carolina gold rice bowl was AMAZING!
Really enjoyed our introduction to Saiso ...
Really enjoyed our introduction to Saison - and will look forward to returning often especially before our season ticket nights at Virginia Rep:-)
Really great for an after work cocktail ...
Really great for an after work cocktail or a mildly dressy date night! Restaurant week spring 2016 was phenomenal!
Restaurant Week is never a great deal!
I went with my daughter to Saison for the first time during Restaurant week. The waiter was not engaging, or helpful. The food was just ok. I feel when you have limited options, every choice should be perfectly wonderful. I ordered the hanger steak, and it was seriously under cooked and chewy (and I like my beef medium rare and hanger steak), and there were maybe 4 very skinny asparagus, and maybe 5 very small little patatas bravas. My daughter ordered the carnita's, which was a much better choice, and more food. I can't say all that much about my choice on the 1st course, the brisket. All in all, just not that good, and the waiters lack of personality didn't help. The bottom line is, I still had a $98 check with wine and the set rate for the 3 course meal, so not cheap, and not all that happy.
Spectacularly Good Grub
Four of us went for Restaurant Week, 2016. Food, as usual was wonderful. I had the chicken liver pate and almost licked the jar.
We were visiting Richmond for the first time last weekend and went to Saison on Saturday night. We had a great server. Really excellent cocktails. Succinct but super cool wine list. The chicken wings are life altering. The oxtail sopes were terrific. I had the "rundown" which was kind of a throw-it-in-the-pot seafood stew. I'm waaay over simplifying but that was the idea. Totally awesome. My partner had the burger. Which he loved. The server said the burger was top notch. Sometimes we feel bad ordering a burger at a foodie place!
The food is amazing.
This is my third trip to Saison and the food just gets better and better. I had the burger, which was just incredible. Each one of us said our meals were among the best we had ever had, high praise among these foodies. The downside is that the restaurant is tiny, packed and very loud. We want to go back, but on a weekday when the noise level might be down. Also, it can be very cold in the winter by the door.
Presentation and service were great, food just ok
They had a nice craft drink menu, but the drinks were small for $12-15 a drink. The cheese platter was presented well, but only one kind of cheese. The salad was very nice, light with dressing, not drowning it. The sea bass was cooked perfectly, but the sides with it didn't really go well. Smokey sweet beans and Giardiniera were the sides.
Is Jesus in the kitchen?
I'm fairly certain I had a religious experience at Saison. The fact that I can order a couple tall cans of Natty Boh along with a gourmet plate of delicious food speaks to my soul. This was my second time here and I ordered the steak which was perfectly cooked. My first time I ordered the Nashville hot chicken and had I not been in public I would have made love to that plate of food. Keep doing what you're doing Saison.
always a great meal
I brought 2 friends from out of town. The meal was so good, one of them came back on their own the next night and had the other meal she was thinking about having the night before! The presentation and the mixture of flavors is excellent. The server also recommended a wine that went well with our dishes.
This has been my go to spot in Richmond ...
This has been my go to spot in Richmond ever since I moved here, coincidentally a month or so after they opened. Excellent food, beer list and cocktail menu. Plus a cool staff, good music and a vinyl night on Tuesday nights. What else do you want?
Good, not great
We arrived about 30 minutes prior to our reservation so we sat down at the bar and ordered a drink. Not 15 minutes later, the server manning the front came up to us and said he'd reorganized a few things to get us a table sooner than our RSVP. Score! We ordered the foie gras appetizer and while it was buttery smooth and tasty, it was served cold, which we weren't expecting. Maybe that's how foie gras is normally served, but we had wanted something warm. However, it was very tasty and just the right amount. My wife ordered the Pork Chop and I got the flank steak special. Her pork chop was almost inedible due to the intense saltiness. It was way over the top and could have benefited from some honey or molasses being added to the brine. My flank steak was well cooked, mostly very tender and quite flavorful. I'd give my meal 4.5/5 stars, but hers was 2/5 stars. The service was good and just attentive enough. A bit pricey, with our total bill coming to $95 after 2 drinks apiece.
I have eaten here three times for dinner. Each time has been excellent, as assessed by me and my companions. This time, my wife and I split the oxtail appetizer, she had the mixed seafood dish and I had the pork chop. All were terrific. My bourbon cocktail (cant remember the name) was exceptional. It is crowded on the weekends so you need a reservation unless you are going late. The service was almost too quick. Our entrees arrived as we put down our forks from the appetizer.
Food, cocktails, and service were amazing!! Very small restaurant so it fills up really fast but it's definitely worth it!
Great night out!
Saison never fails to impress us. We went for a Friday night out and had a wonderful meal and fantastic drinks. They are always so friendly and enjoy serving you. The cocktails are the best in the city and have something for everyone. The pork chop was the best we've ever had. This is a great spot!
All in all a great meal. There are plenty of drink options. Small plates and entree options were adequate. Entrees were pleasantly presented and flavorful. The dessert was just OK but the rest of the meal carried the overall rating. In my opinion, one of the top 12 dining experiences in Richmond. Definitely will go back.
Nice little place
It was a monday snowy night, place was 3/4 full. It was wine night. Service was Superb ..Our sirloin and our grouper were perfectly cooked..our bourbon craft cocktail was very tasty the red wine was an excellent wine and a great value. Got the coffee cake dessert..a little dry that's the worst I'd have to say of the place. If you are reading this maybe grill it in a dark rum butter..we will be back either way.
Fabulous food and craft cocktails is a l ...
Fabulous food and craft cocktails is a low key atmosphere. Pastrami Ribs are to die for !
Great food but needs work
The food was delicious. There were lots of cocktails and beer which was great...but the cocktails all had the same tastes and flavors and the beers were warm! That was a let down.
Great food, very expensive for portion size.
The food taste and quality was outstanding - I have zero complaints. My only complaint is with the very small portion size for the money. My wife and I had the same dish, and both left hungry even though we loved the food. I would not come here on a regular basis for this alone.
Great ambiance in a cute setting
The etouffe was delicous. The patte was blended really smooth and so we lost the texture and then it was covered in a sweet topping so I think you might be better off with the mussels. The dessert choices were a bit dissappointing and non of them looked inviting. The ambiance was nice and the main courses all looked very good.
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