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
The appetizers (escabeche, lamb tartare, corn bread) and main dishes (duck breast + rock fish) were all done pretty well overall. However, the chef seems to have taken too much of a big liking to SOURness and pickled vegetables. the escabeche was way too sour, could taste the fish at all except the burnt or charred flavor on the skin. The mains ought to be served with simpler seasons greens rather than a mass of various veggies that were either overcooked or inappropriate (charred pickled vegetables??). Keeping things simple and true to their original flavors is best when highlighting what is fresh, seasonal and local. The one thing that truly turns us off is the noise. It's not "ENERGETIC" as Yelp puts it, it's too loud for any conversation. Smooth wood floors, smooth wood table tops, smooth wood ceiling. Intolerable. With plates and glasses knocking on tables, people talking over each other to be heard, no meal can be truly enjoyed in such a dining atmosphere.
This place was LOUD. Even before the room filled up, the music was cranking and made it awkward to talk -- even when sitting at a small table. Once the tables filled with chatty folks, we shouted at each other for an hour. Needs to work on damping the volume with some acoustic tiles or something. The FOOD was quite good, but nothing I'll remember a month from now. Kudos for all the GF and Vegetarian options being clearly listed on menu. Everything was fresh and presented well. The room is intimate without being claustrophobic. I might go back. Maybe.
I'd been saving our first trip to Saison for my wife's birthday. Positive reviews ( online and from friends) preceeded and we were not disappointed. Service, craft drinks, menu and food were absolutely (having trouble thinking of a superlative)...well, superlative. We are looking forward to our next visit. It was a truly exceptional restaurant experience.
We were a party of 7. Reservations were at 6 and we arrived promtly. They had 1 other table when we arrived. It took forever for our appetisers to arrive and even longer for our food! 2 of us had to send it back to heat up. 2 others wanted to but were feerful they would overcook the duck so they ate it room temp. It was 9pm when we left. Others came and went and were served before us! Unfortunately would not reccomend to others.
This was the choice restaurant for an annual Christmas Dinner, and we were all very pleased with the Open Table find. Reservation was easy (and recommended, the place is small), and we were seated at arrival. Menus are small, with a good amount of choices. The cocktails were really good, appetizers great (get the oxtail & mussels!), and our dinners were all generous portions. Service missed a few details, and we all felt we were looked down on when asking questions about items on the cocktail menu that we didn't know. Overall, it is a restaurant that creates delicious food, and has a good wine list and cocktail menu. Should be on your 2018 To Do list for RIC restaurants!
I recently went here for a birthday dinner. This is a great spot for cocktails! All of our drinks were fantastic. The food was really delicious with options for everyone in the group.
They were not able to accommodate one additional chair to our table for an unexpected arrival, which was totally understandable because it's a small space. But I will say that the waitress was not so polite about it, so that was quite off-putting. I wouldn't say service is the best here, but everything else was great.
Dinner was really delicious except for dessert. Dessert was terrible. We tried 2 different items. No one at the table liked the dessert. The sweet potato pie was especially awful...it was deconstructed and not good at all. The pieces of sweet potato were hard as if they hadn't been cooked. If they would work on their dessert choices, this place could become one of my go to places.
Drinks were good. Make sure they give you happy hour prices if you order before 7:00 on a week night. Our waitress seemed a little perturbed that we asked her to correct the prices.
I can’t even begin to describe our wonderful meal. Upon arriving I had shared with our waitress that I had just had gall bladder surgery and was on a restricted diet. Not only did she research it on her iPad, our waitress and the chef made me the most delicious meal ever. The chef made sure everything we used to create my delicious meal was safe for me to digest. Who goes above and beyond like they did? I can’t tell you how much it meant to be able to dine with our party and know what I was eating would not affect my health issue. I will be returning to this fine establishment and forever will be grateful for making sure our son’s 30 birthday was a smashing success. Touché to the outstanding staff you all have employed. Thank you from the bottom on my heart.
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