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
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.
As always, the service, food and drinks were excellent. The cocktails all are intriguing and we never can taste more than one, but well worth a try. All three appetizers and entrees we had were great. The oxtail soaps are amazing. The rice bowl is surprisingly delicious. Desserts also are worth it if you can fit them in.
I was very disappointed after Saison had been recommended by a friend of a friend. I wanted to order the rockfish but have the pureed cauliflower as the side. When I asked the waitress, she said no without even checking with the chef. I decided to insist that she asked the chef and then they did let me get what I wanted to order. The rockfish was delicious. The side of pureed cauliflower was not nearly as good as Acacia Midtown. But the entire experience was very negative. Not customer friendly. I wouldn't go back with so many other great restaurants out there in Richmond.
I came here with 6 of my coworkers as we were traveling to Richmond and were in search of a great place for dinner. The food was amazing. The waiter was wonderful and attentive. We had the most amazing take on an old fashioned... order the Violent Delight. You will not be disappointed.
I recommend allowing some additional time to park. This is a small, small resturante that is well known for its bar. I parked a few blocks away in a parking garage and walked. The drink choices all look awesome. I will need a few more trips to cover the drink, and dining menue. Enjoy. Met my expectations.
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