I have been to a lot of Michelin starred places and this ranks amongst the very best. The concept is really well considered and the integrated dining room/kitchen kitchen is an great compromise between chef's table and normal dining room. It is a great experience and it IS worth the steep price
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is impeccable & adds substantially to the enjoyment
Of the creativity of the genius chef & his flawless
team! It's dinner & a show!
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a special and outstanding
It was a special and outstanding meal with wonderful and innovative food.
Nice to see the open kitchen and watch the work, very entertaining as well.
Outstanding wine program !
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a restaurant for someone who is looking for an experience through both ambiance and food. If you are budget conscious this place is not for you. This is for the sophisticated foodie and nouveau riche taking over San Francisco. The atmosphere is perfect; spacious, music is set at the right decibel, not too pretentious but enough flare and arrogance that a restaurant of this nature should have. The food itself was spectacular, an 18 course story brought to life over the course of three hours. Great for two people but I believe the perfect number of guests for Saison is a seating of four.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous cuisine and service. Outstanding in every respect.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saison is a REAL GEM OF A FIND in San Fran! Absolutely superb food and wine and service! And the open kitchen - the Chefs looked like they were performing an Opera albeit without the sound! Would recommend Saison to all our friends looking for an "adventure" - good value for money!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed this very much. The wine pairings were very good. It was nice to be able to watch the chefs at work from our table. The service was impeccable. The food was on par with what we have had at the french laundry, etc.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
An 18-course meal, each one delicious & inventive. This is food-lovers paradise.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent throughout
Food was excellent throughout the course except it was too heavy on sweets at the end.
Would like to see a course of beef or pork in addition to the squab ( not big on the bird).
Loved the ambiance!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Current best of show in SF
This restaurant is simply amazing! Yes it is pricey but it delivers. Stunning food, impeccable service, and very cool space. Saison is the real deal. My date and i have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world and this is in the big leagues! Can't wait to go back!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a wonderful evening.. not much more can be said about this venue that has not been said. Was everything we expected and more. Meal was amazing, service sharp but friendly, room is a sublime view into the mind of Chef. If you are even considering a visit do yourself a favour and just go, you will not regret it.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband took me here for our 10 year anniversary and it was life changing. The food was impeccable... amazing flavor profile that hit every senses. We will definitely be back!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
It would have been more appropriate for the server to let us know the cost of the price fix meal prior to receiving the check. I knew it was going to be expensive; however, it was about double what I expected, and about triple what I am used to at excellent San Francisco restaurants. In my opinion, the cost was not worth the experience.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular High-End Dining
We always look for a special place to take out of town friends to. The experience at Saison has surpassed our expectations and I found the place to be even more impressive than Atelier Crenn (which is also outstanding).
What struck me the most was the casual atmosphere at Saison combined with impeccable service and fantastic food/presentation.
A must for all foodies.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a most enjoyable meal at Saison. Everything was spectacular.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best. Restaurant. In. SF.
Hands down Saison is the best restaurant in the Bay Area. The food is creative and innovative, yet delicious. Everything cooked over fire -- love it.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Benicia Babe goes to Saison
The very best restaurant in the Bay Area. There is nothing else like it from the open kitchen to the truly amazing food.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal Ever
Saison exceeded our expectations in every respect. The service was exceptional, Food original and unique. There was not single familiar flavor or dish. If you want a memorablent and exciting dining event in a lovely, low key space, at at Saison. Pricey but worth every cent.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Notch All the Way!
I have been to Saison a few times and every time that I go, there is always something that amazes and exceeds my expectations. Every seat has a great view of the kitchen and you can tell that you are in a special place once you sit down. The food is extraordinary and the staff is pleasant without being stuffy. This isn't just my favorite restaurant, but my favorite dining experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A culinary experience to treasure
We'd be hardpressed to choose a favorite dish in the evening's menu...everything was perfect. The attention to detail, the presentation and the fabulous service made this an evening to remember for a very long time.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our family of five (three teenage children) to Saison. While it is expensive, we were able to dine from the a-la-carte menu rather than have everyone take the tasting menu.
The staff were amazingly friendly and relaxed, making us all feel special, and giving the children a positive experience. It isn't an intimidating environment like some top end restaurants can be.
The food was excellent - innovative and delicious.
We have eaten at a number of Michelin starred restaurants and this was one of the best. Highly recommended.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Evening
I agree with all the reviewers who have raved about the food and service at Saison. You are getting more than a great meal, you are getting a great show. It is a pleasure to watch the chef and everyone in the kitchen. You have probably never seen people use eye droppers and tweezers to prepare the food.
I will say that this is the first Tasting menu I have had in a long time where I didn't get bored, and didn't feel stuffed. The pacing was perfect. I loved every morsel. Some memorable tastes included the caviar in the tomato gelee and corn pudding with okra (fantastic), and the home cured ikura with slightly seared salmon. And, we were delightred with the parker house buns. We also loved the desserts. They were not too intense.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
San Francisco's Finest
Having dined at the likes of El Bulli, Joel Robuchon, French Laundry, I can say that It's not often that I'm really impressed with a meal at a restaurant. Saison is clearly the best in town (and yes, I've been to Atelier Crenn).
Due to sloppy research, I didn't realize that the 18 course tasting menu was the only option, but we rolled with the punches. After all, a place that gives you Krug champagne while you wait can't be that bad ...
In fact, it was uniformly excellent.
Macaroons that are as good (arguably better) than in St. Emillion or Paris. Caneles likewise. Best bread ever. Lots of Kaiseki style seafood.
Australian (!) truffles (it's winter down there) were not as fragrant as the real thing, but large quantity makes up for it.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most spiritual experience that you can have on a plate. If you can't run there then walk, if you can't walk then then crawl, if you can't crawl then drag yourself. However you do it just get there.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Save your money and just go! The service is fantastic and with personality. The food is really quite stunning. The space is well thought out. Every single aspect of the dining experience has been pondered over and contemplated. What a treat. It will not be long until getting a table here will be next to impossible.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply worth every penny
One of the most amazing dining experiences of my life. That is what it is....an experience. You must go if you want some of the best food in the country.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
World Class Dining
Saison is utterly phenomenal. My meal on Saturday easily surpassed my previous night's dinner at another bay area 2-star Michelin restaurant, which itself was fantastic. In the past few years I've been dining throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles's top Michelin-starred restaurants, but Saison tops them all. The flavors are pure but very complex. All of this takes place in a nice but comfortable setting, with service that is warm and personal, without any pretension. This is destination dining for sure, and probably the very best one can have in California, and is certainly one of the very top in the US. All of its accolades are well-deserved. Highly, highly recommended.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't know that the descriptive power of the English language can do Saison justice. All of the formal reviews of this place have mentioned the cost, the open kitchen, the extensive wine list, but ultimately a restaurant is all about the food. Nothing prepared my wife or me for just how good this was. Yes, you can read the breathless descriptions online or in foodie magazines, but even that doesn't (and can't) capture the beautiful dance of flavors and textures throughout the course of our dinner @ Saison. Like a great jazz number or ballet, the elegant simplicity of the dishes hid a wealth of technique and talent that is special even for the Bay Area. Wish the wine descriptions were a bit more informative, but beyond that: flawless.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Would highly recommend Saison for a truly special occasion.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you are looking for an over-the-top dining experience Saison cannot be topped (except by Benu, maybe). Very exclusive and very expensive but if you have the means- it's worth every penny.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth the price
Amazing!!! Everything from the wine, food, Ambiance and service!!! We did the wine pairing and was def worth it!! Very expensive but I will def be eating here again at some point! Worth the price
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meal of a Lifetime
I had to convince my fiance to agree to eat at Saison, and we were both so very happy we did. This restaurant is unlike any other. It takes the love and tender care of food to a new level; dinner was comprised of 23 small courses, each one more decadent and gorgeous than the last. The service was attentive nearly to a fault. We became friendly with each of the dozen staff members who visited our table. The soundtrack was 1980s roller rink. Go, spend, enjoy every second!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best dinner I've had in my life
Everything was absolutely amazing. The food was beautiful, tasted amazing, and was done with extreme creative flair. The service was impeccable. The wine pairings were nothing short of perfection. You feel like you are sitting in the kitchen, and it's amazing to watch the chefs nerd out over your food, and then bring it right to your table. The entire experience was a night to remember. Out of this world.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bar scene appetizer?
Undoubtedly pricey but so worth it to experience the level of service and luxury food that we had that night. The staff was exquisitely attentive and the sommelier was courteously knowledgeable. My only quibble was that upon our arrival we were seated near the bar for what I thought would be a short wait for our table. It finally dawned on me after the procession of a few dishes that we were already at our table. The scene at the bar was quite interesting --and the people attractive--but I would have preferred a view of the kitchen and the wonders emanating from it.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very impressed with my dining experience at Saison. Saison beautifully executed it's dishes with fresh ingredients. The bites were tantalizing on the palate and really had me looking forward to the next dish!! The beverage pairings were well-thought out and really highlighted both the dish and the beverage itself. For example, one wine pairing tasted deliciously different with 3 different courses (I'll call this wine-3 ways)...and the subtle change in flavor of the wine was beautifully expressed when paired with the food. The service and decor were terrific. It was the quiet underdog in a sea of behemoths vying for my attention and palate.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting San Francisco
Saison has a uniquely comfortable dining region. There are not many tables. The atmosphere is intimate. The tasting menu is excellent. Some of the items were unusual, but overall, the food was excellent and the service was attentive.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
I had a great dining experience from beginning to end. Anyone who is looking for a perfect place to send their executives, I would certainly recommend it. However, as it requires at least 2 hours to fully enjoy the dining experience, this is not a good fit for a quick meeting or a place to dine before going to see a show/concert, etc.
Just love it.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a romantic moment in a great place, high class service and fantactic food. Unforgettable......
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Is it worth it?
We read every review before we booked. None was bad, though the implication was that the place would evolve with time. Lovelier and more elegant than the reviews led us to believe, and the expensive furnishings are noticeable and appreciated. Also more indulgent and centered around seafood. VERY inventive dishes -- 16 of them! Because of the seafood theme, wine pairings are mostly white, and some may find it difficult to appreciate their astounding price. Only concern -- considering the financial investment and culinary achievement, the meal should have been paced to last a minimum of 3 hrs, as stated by restaurants of a similar stature. We were out the door in 2.5 hrs, though completely satiated.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gastronomic delight. Not to
Gastronomic delight. Not to be missed. The best of everything. Way beyond expectation. Expensive but worth every penny.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'll let the exquisite food speak for itself, particularly because it leaves you speechless. The staff was above and beyond attentive and made us feel like celebrities without smothering us. My husband and I came here on our honeymoon and were congratulated instantly which reaffirmed the newlywed bliss. Absolutely recommending this restaurant for special occasions and foodies.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible in every single way
First let's get price out of the way: Saison is expensive, very expensive, and with the wine pairings even more so. But the two of us have dined all around the world, at some of the finest restaurants in terms of stars and reviews, and this is world class. The space is largely wide open, and we wee lucky to have banquette seating (my preference) directly facing the frenetic but fun kitchen. It's like art being made and you get to watch. The wine pairings were perfect, although a one-course beer pairing was jarring and I wouldn't recommend it. Service was impeccable and invisible unless we wanted to ask a question or make a request or comment. My partner didn't love the 80s music, selected by the chef, but I loved it!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious but Spendy
Everything was fabulous - could not have been better. But I had no idea how expensive it was going to be. CRAZY! Not that it is not a wonderful meal - but I just can't wrap my head around this, especially when there is wonderful food to be had at very special restaurants for a quarter of the price.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eating at the Saison was a true adventure in eating. Yes, the food was excellent (heavy on the 'raw fish' side), but it was the entire experience that will be treasured. Usually we don't like to sit any where near the kitchen, but watching the staff "construct" each course was fun! Overall it was a unique and excellent dining experience. You do need to know the cost before you go.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the meal and experience.
Enjoyed the meal and experience. Service was excellent. Food was very creative and artistic but a little bit too heavy with the seafood. Not really sure the premium wine pairing was "premium" and warranting the double fee from the standard wine pairing. Expensive evening, but that was expected from reviewing the website before making reservations.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best dining experience
Saison was definitely one of the best meals of my life. Their Black Cod dish definitely blew my mind! It's definitely on the pricey side but it was all worth it!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Flavors of each course were
Flavors of each course were perfect to the palate. Fragrance and taste were well balanced! The open kitchen experience and interactions with chefs were both exciting and fun. Service was meticulous! They paid attention to every details!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful, thoughtfully prepared cuisine.
Very attentive and personable service staff.
Highly recommended for regular evenings in SF.
Thank you for a wonderful time, looking forward to seeing you again!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top of their game -- World class
While undoubtedly expensive, our recent meal was worth every penny. Freshest of fresh, with mind-blowing intensity and delicacy of flavors….add Japanese-like attention to presentation and Saison is perhaps as close as it gets to perfect.
Our best meal in the US this year, bar none.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and wine pairings truly remarkable. Service an A+. View of kitchen gave an opportunity to observe real professionalism.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM