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
Every time I eat here I'm blown away by ...
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 ...
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 tha ...
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!
Food was a bit overpriced for what you g ...
Food was a bit overpriced for what you get and some of the combinations were unusual(and not in a particularly good way i.e dessert & salad). Had 1 good entree and one so-so entre. Not sure I'd go back unless someone really said they wanted to try it.
I really don't know what to recommend it ...
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.
Had a wonderful dinner celebrating our d ...
Had a wonderful dinner celebrating our daughter's recent move to Richmond and her new job. From the great cocktails to the outstanding desserts, everything was spot on. Great wait staff, too. Highly recommended, also Saison Market store next door!
Nice little place with interesting menu ...
Nice little place with interesting menu and well prepared food. All our dishes were very good including sausage, poussin and corn bread . Good beer and cocktail list. Friendly staff. On a Saturday night it was really loud to the point of being uncomfortable
My wife and I popped in for some drinks ...
My wife and I popped in for some drinks and appetizers as a quick date on our anniversary. We went early, and it was quiet. We just wanted a chance to talk and enjoy the afternoon. The staff was friendly, and the drinks were excellent. We didn't order anything exotic. They have a whole unique drinks menu, however. We had the corn nuts to start, and then the cornbread with foie gras butter and the grilled octopus. We enjoyed everything we ordered. We will be back.
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.
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