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
Our meal was outstanding. We shared two large plates and two small plates. My favorite was the rice bowl. Really interesting menu. My only negative was that our service was not that great. I understand that wait staff can get super busy/in the weeds but no diner should have to flag down their server to request something. They should be casually scanning their tables any time they are in the vicinity. Basic waiting tables 101. She also had attitude going that was not enjoyed by these customers. I can go to Mamma Zu's for that! Nevertheless, we will absolutely go back because the food is the star!
Cheap pours. Skimped on every glass ordered. Wine, beer and old granddad? WT? OGD- they should give that away for free! Server could NOT take a joke and hated the world. It was awkward every time he came to the table. Food was average at best. Way over priced. We will never go back.
Best chicken wings ever. Although I'm not a connosseiur, I liked them quite a lot. The other food was very good but not spectacular. Would go back but not my favorite. Also was bothered that this was in Jackson Ward and only white faces to be seen for customers and staff. Some diversity please.
We were really impressed with Saison's food selection, and thought the meal was excellent. However, the service left a bit to be desired. Additionally, it's a rather small spot, that is packed in, which made the lack of service that much more disappointing.
Our drink order was prepared well, and tasted delicious, I had a Manhattan that was great. We then placed our entire order, starting our course with a skillet cornbread, and I ordered the pork chop. The cornbread came out after 20-30 minutes of waiting (was it forgotten? not sure). Nonetheless, the cornbread was delicious. Pieces of corn made whomever took a bite know it was authentic, and a side of honeybutter topped off the dish, and gave the bread some character. The only change to this dish would be the added "fun" of serving it in it's skillet, topping of it's authenticity.
Immediately after the cornbread was delivered, our waitress brought our main course, which had to sit while we enjoyed the cornbread, of course this is not how we had planned it. The pork chop, which I will review, was perfectly cooked, and tasted heavenly. Quite moist as well, making me pick at each piece of meat off of the bone. It was served with a watermelon salad, which is not what I expected, but delicious. Melonballs of watermelon surrounded the porkchop, giving the plate some well deserved color that didn't disapoint the eye. The watermelon did have a heavy balsalmic taste, which could get old on it's own after the sixth or seventh bite, but paired quite nicely with the pork. The meal was excellent, and I think we all left satisfied.
Saison is a cool little spot, and has solid RVA character. It's a bit loud, so if you're looking for something quiet, I can't recommend Saison. We did not try the small plates, but I'm sure they are amazing. There's no reason Saison wouldn't be a 5 in my book, aside from the service. They get that down, it's gold, and a gem of the city. We'll be back, as I truly enjoyed the food and drink.
A great surprise! Last minute decision after checking out the menu and very happy with the choice. We shared a seasonal tomato salad and skillet corn bread and I had the steelhead trout which was wonderful! My dining companions had the pork chop with citrus watermelon and scallops with roasted corn. We'll be back!
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.
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