Richmond, VA 23220
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, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Saison has an energized, youthful vibe without being raucous in any way. Very good food (nice mix of small and large plates), much of it with a spicy edge, and the best service we've experienced since our Michelin one-, two-, and three-sate experiences in Spain last summer (ask for Jack!). All at very reasonable prices. We'll be back, often.
Intimate space, great neighborhood dining. Saison is a great spot for before theater dinning or just a nice casual dinner out. The space is small making for an intimate experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about the menu and bar drinks. The drinks are outstanding and some change seasonally. The menu is fresh with something for everyone. Everything we ordered was prepared perfectly and served hot. While we did not have dessert, the offerings looked great. I will definitely return!
Everything here is crafted, from the artisanal drinks to the original menu items. The service and personnel match the vibe of the menu and vibe of the establishment. Add it all up and I feel as though there is intentioned and authentic identity at Saison. The small cozy locale creates a snug and lively environment. If you want quiet and serene there are other better fits. If you want cool, this is the jewel.
Our meal was amazing and innovative! One must order the pastrami ribs! I was able to have a civil conversation (well, it wasn't civil exactly b/c we were talking about the state of our democracy) because it was so quiet (which is so rare). The prices were amazing (I live in DC, so I was pleasantly surprised). Everything was delicious.
One of the best dinners I've had in Richmond. I kept reading about it so decided to try for myself. We had the cornbread, so soft and perfect with the spicy butter. Also had the Rundown (they had great names for everything) which was seasonal seafood in a coconut habenero broth. I died. My dinner partner had the burger and declared that it was the best he's ever had. To drink we had the Matador, Starman Stormy Sky, and The Upside Down. I will say I was not a fan, I know they are supposed to have some of the best cocktails, and if you like bitters and bourbon/whisky flavors you will probably love them. My only other minor complaint was that we had a reservation but they were a little late getting us seated. I understand though, it is a small space and it was packed. Packed as it was though it felt intimate and our conversation felt private. The servers were on point the whole evening. Fantastic, highly recommend.
We live outside of Richmond and don't go out to eat a lot. But when we do, we want great food. Saison did not disappoint. We had a short wait for our table when we arrived for our 8:15 reservation. All tables were occupied, as was the bar area, so we took advantage of the time to peruse the menu. The cocktails we perfectly prepared. I selected a Brussels sprout appetizer/small plate which included creamy goat cheese. It was so delicious, I tried to copy it at home the next night. The pork chop was perfectly prepared - tender and succulent. My date had the wahoo special - again perfectly prepared. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful with a wine recommendation. Overall, we loved it, and will definitely return
What a surprise nestled on a City corner-Saison's dinner menu at first glance looked sparse with 6 or so small plates and 8 dinner entries listed. BUT when each of these plates were explained, we realized this was a power packed menu. We tried three of the large plates- rice bowl with pickled veggies and mushrooms, rockfish over rice, and a fish stew. All of the Food, without exception, was exemplary, impeccably seasoned and cooked to perfection! We also tried the fried Brussel sprouts- not what you would expect as southern fried. They were pan fried with pistachios, shallots and other ingredients. Unbelievably good!! Service was outstanding!
Although we chose wine and beer for dinner, a variety of novel cocktails are offered. Can't wait to try Saison again!!
The food was outstanding. The service was less so. Our server was borderline rude and we waited about an hour for our main course. No apology, no checking in to let us know it would almost be ready, no checking in after we got our food. My husband meat was delicious but sat on top of cold mashed potatoes. The food makes it worth the trip but just expect snooty servers.
I was disappointed. Been there before and delighted. But this time service was slow. Multiple wave downs to get attention. My hanger steak was poor cut, tough. Spent over $100 and did not get delighted. This experience will make it a long time before I return.
The restaurant is typical of a trendy restaurant for Richmond. The service was poor; or perhaps it was just our waitress because it was Monday. The appetizers are outstanding (especially the pastrami ribs and the ox tail dish), the entrees are pretty good. Avoid any dish with the bravas potatoes because they're obnoxiously greasy. The cocktails are very good, but I've had better at other Richmond restaurants. I would tell you that if you have a choice between choosing The Roosevelt or another similar restaurant, and Saison... go to the other restaurant.
Never got the chance to come here when I lived in Richmond, but glad I finally got to visit. The food was amazing (I had the hanger steak and it was perfectly cooked), the cocktail, beer, and wine lists were great, and the service was perfect. We had reservations for 8pm and were promptly seated, even though we were 15 minutes early.
Can't recommend this place enough, whether it's dinner with friends or a special night out, you won't regret it.
Saison always delivers! Interesting food excellently prepared. The seasonally-changing menu offers things that are different and sometimes unfamiliar but - whatever you order - know that it will be awesome. Even if you are not feeling adventuresome, the hamburger is amazing. This is the BEST place for craft cocktails in the city.
Very good-- both service and food-- a first ever visit during restaurant week in Richmond. Quaint and cozy without the "packed-in" feeling normally experienced in relatively small rooms... food was outstanding although portioned on the smaller side and service friendly, amusing and recommendations spot on .
Every time I eat here I'm blown away by their consistent ability to one-up the previous meal (which was already fantastic!) These guys kill it, from the front of the house to the back. Beverage selections are always well curated and expertly made, service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the kitchen is putting out some of the best food in Richmond.
After asking a foodie friend for his top pics to celebrate our 21st anniversary he highly recommend your restaurant saying that the food was delicious. It most certainly was! Had the PEI mussels, cornbread, catch of the day (halibut), and the pork chop. To top it off we shared the apple crisp a la mode, which was divine! Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Will definitely be back!
Second time much much more memorable than the first. Cocktails were inventive and fresh. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Small plates easily served two. And so glad we split the hangar steak main dish. Large portion of perfectly seasoned and cooked hangar steak served with sides that complemented it well. Not crazy about the dessert, probably worth noting in their menu that the lemon meringue pie is "deconstructed". The crust was very gritty and unpleasant. But, maybe it was the world telling me I shouldn't be eating dessert!
I really don't know what to recommend it for - food was pretty good, they have a good cook - but it's very small and crowded and the noise! - makes a refugee camp sound like Sunday church/ you have to yell LOUD to exchange a few words/ waitress was flighty and I could not hear what she said - got OUT of there, will most likely not go back.
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