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/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch
Saison Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful meal start to finish. Server ( ...
Wonderful meal start to finish. Server (I think it was Jeff) was very knowledgable about the menu, dishes, preparation. Very creative, fresh cocktails. Had to try the oxtail which did not disappoint. The Nashville-style spicy fried chicken over watermelon/cuke was out of this world. We shared the lemon merengue pie; clever "deconstructed" creation. Saison was a great find; so glad we went. Noise level did rise to unpleasant levels at time....we'll never understand how/why some diners think it's ok to be at "full-shout" in a small restaurant. When the loudest nearby table left, it was much better. Not much the restaurant can do about this; maybe an acoustical engineering consultant ;-)
The food is amazing! Sunday's they have ...
The food is amazing! Sunday's they have a special fried chicken deal, and not only was the chicken great, but so were the sides. Not only was the food great, but Saison has a lengthy cocktail list. Super attentive staff- Definetly will be going back!
This was my third time at Saison. Each t ...
This was my third time at Saison. Each time had great food, great service, great atmosphere. Happened in by chance first time in Richmond. Now make sure to get to Saison when here. Love the vegan chocolate coconut ball dessert!! Don't eat dairy and can't usually have dessert when out, so a real treat.
I will give them that they had unexpecte ...
I will give them that they had unexpected large tables, but everything from the food to the wine list were VERY AVERAGE. Our table had two descriptors- salty and over cooked.
Instead of the wait staff being excited they may make money on a Monday, they acted like we ruined their night. If they can't handle large tables, they should not accept reservations for them on open table.
Because Saison provides fresh local offe ...
Because Saison provides fresh local offerings, there's always something slightly new to try. The tomato salad had a variety of freshly sliced tomatoes with cheese which was delicious. The hangar steak is a consistent winner as was the fresh fish. Seasonal wine pours allow you to try new wines. Make a reservation, because it's always busy, even during the week.
The Branzino with Coconut grits was SPEC ...
The Branzino with Coconut grits was SPECTACULAR. The only failure was their wine selection - at least for my tastes. They served me a Pinot Gris that had turned peach color from oxidation - YUCK! But the food was great and it was an easy walk to our venue at the Virginia Rep Theater on Broad.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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