Saha
Saha
  • Address:
    1075 Sutter Street
    Hotel Carlton
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cuisine:
    Middle Eastern
    Price: $30 and under

Saha

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sahasf.com/
  • Phone: 4153459547x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Weekend Brunch:
    Saturday 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Mohamed Aboghanem
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We provide customized menus for parties up to 40 people. The Hotel Carlton has a meeting room down the hall from Saha which can accommodate 40 for a sit-down function and 60 for reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Marmee Aboghanem 4153459547x
  • Special Events: Saha is a beautiful setting for group celebrations or get togethers. For group reservations of eight people or more, we do have a $30.00 per person minimum for food & beverage spending.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hyde & Larkin
  • Public Transit: #2,3,4
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The garage located at 1101 Sutter validates 3 hours of parking for $7.00. Pull onto the second level of garage for attendant and make sure Saha puts sticker on parking ticket. Keep an eye out for street parking but can be hard to come by after 6PM.
A word from Saha
Saha offers Arabic Fusion cuisine which is a blend of traditional Middle Eastern dishes and California cuisine with an Arabic influence. The menu is extensive with a large selection of small plates, entrees and a three course prix fixe option. Chef Mohamed Aboghanem is the only one in San Francisco who gives equal rights to vegans and omnivores by creating a menu with many options for any diet. An ever-changing and select list of wine and beer compliment the savory, sweet, and spicy flavors in our food. Please come join us for a culinary adventure!
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Saha reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (19)romantic (18)notable wine list (8)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Food and service could be better
    VSSS
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We have been to Saha a few times and have never been disappointed. But this time, somehow some of the items on the menu were not quite up to our expectation. The service was also not that great. Our order of ravioli which we placed early on, for our kid came almost towards the end This is not a cheap restaurant and we definitely expected better.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, original food
    MitchellZ
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Yemeni-based food, which they describe as "Arabic fusion." Everything has a familiar base in Middle Eastern cooking, but with wonderful, original combinations of new flavors that work brilliantly. Just a terrific restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greay food with outstanding service
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food was great as was the service, I highly recommend you check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Surprise
    camdiner
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This restaurant was attached to a hotel we stayed in. We were pleasantly surprised at the menu selection and the imaginative dishes, and the flavorful ingredients. I would definitely recommend this restaurant! We were there on a slow Tuesday evening. The atmosphere was casual and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Knaffe was Stupendous
    biztravellady
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    All of the food was very, very good, unusual and interesting. Some of it was absolutely stupendous, most notably the knaffe. Cannot recommend this enough--the cinnamon orange chicken and extremely gluten-free/vegetarian/vegan friendly options combined with the fantastic food, beautiful environment and charming service make it a wonder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • If you like something different....
    Leopold
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    She said: "Hollyballs this place is good." Saha is simply an assault on your taste-buds of flavour and texture. Clever north African dishes created with superb ingredients and style. Nothing on the menu is normal but everything is memorable... Including the bread. Tip: Try the beats or ravioli, followed by duck or their lamb loin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great evening and food
    ellis
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went to Saha for a birthday dinner with a small group including seversl vegetarians. The menu was perfect and the food was great for everyone. The ambiance was just right and we all said we would come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    positivegal
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This restaurant is tucked into the hallway of a hotel. By the looks of it, you'd never know what a vibrant little gem is hidden inside. The best way to eat here is to order multiple small plates and split among the table. Every single dish is a delight and so different from the last one. You can't go wrong ordering. We also LOVE the ambience. Lights are dim, and there's tons of people, so you feel like you're in a really alive place. Love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Inspired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This is not traditional Middle Eastern fare. It is inspired by Middle Eastern classics with its own twist. Lots of options for vegetarians and vegans alike, which is not usual for Middle Eastern food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Nico
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food is so fabulous here. The wide options for vegetarians of old favorites from home like kibbeh really is such a treat. This is the kind of place I keep in my arsinal of tricks when I have guests come in from out of town that I want to impress or when someone is interested in what real Lebanese food like my grandfathers tastes like. Long after I move from SF this will be one of the places I will continue to prase and recommend. The ambiance, service and wine is all lovely as well but for this food I'm not sure for me if it would make any difference if it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great electric mix of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food was a nice electic mix of food from different regions of the middle and far east. The food was good, but the cost per portion side was a little high, making it difficult to come back except for special occassions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    This is our favorite spot for dining with friends so that we can share a variety of small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intro to Yemeni cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Overall a good dinning experience, though it was bit warm the night we were there so not as comfortable as we would have liked it. Food and wine were great a bit more pricey than I would have imagined for small plates.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensual Restaraunt
    ninerdinerman
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This restaraunt is inside a hotel, other than that very delicious food. Recommend the 3 course meal deal: salad, small plate, and entree for $45
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    JimiB
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We found this place from a Living Social deal and really glad we did! The food was excellent and the service was great! We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • will go back
    WesMelone
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This is my first Arabic food experience and I am pleasantly surprised! We had a small plate of stuffed avocado two entrees of sage duck and mansaf to share. The waiter brought over flat bread with favored dipping oil. Everything was great - duck was tender and aromatic and the lamb was soft and richly flavored. The waiter was very courteous and prompt. The place was crowded with tables closely arranged, but it was quite noisy so you cannot really hear the conversion at the next table. We will definitely go back to explore the long list of interesting dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creatively prepared food,
    RingLeader1VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Creatively prepared food, loved the scallops in pastry, yum. Wish they had a cocktail list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deliciously different
    diner13VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Never having had Yemeni food, I was happily surprised at how different it is from much middle eastern food I have had. Very good, well prepared and good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arabian Fusion works
    Loves2eat
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner with my wifeat this unique and excellent restaurant. The small plates were delicious, especially the scallops in phylo. My wife loved the lobster knaffe. We both had the duck breast which came in a wonderful sauce with sweet potato puree and pears. Complimentary chocolate dessert topped the meal off. met the owner who stopped by the table. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some good hits, other misses...
    depiccfx
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience at Saha. The specials (such as a stuffed artichoke) were excellent. The bread offered to everyone, however, reminded me of my first attempts at focaccia - OK, but nothing special (the crumb was friable and the bread did not remind me of any Middle Eastern bread I've had in the past). Service was excellent.
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  • Pretty good food, no service
    AliPaca
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Well, I'd love to give Saha top marks. And our food varied from 'fine' to 'excellent'... the appetizer, the name of which I forget but which featured spiced chicken in phyllo dough, was lovely. The place itself was fine, nothing special. And for the first half of the time the service was fine. And then we finished our dinner. 35 minutes later I caught one of the waiters and asked her if she could get our waiter so we could order dessert. Ten minutes later, I got up and stood in front of the kitchen until our waiter came by. Dessert came quickly enough, but it took another 20 minutes to get the check. And again I had to get up and plant myself directly in front of our waiter. The place WASN'T BUSY. If you come, be prepared to stay a while.
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  • Hidden Gem
    WineGuy
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Saha is a great hidden gem for foodies in San Francisco. The restaurant is not in a great area of the City and is located in the back of the Carlton Hotel. The food is Arabic fusion and the chef/owner creates each dish. Many times he personally delivers each dish from the kitchen. The combination of flavors are great. The ambience is the restaurant is casual but good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    Paulie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was a birthday dinner for our daughter. I researched and found this restaurant on Open Table. What a surprise. The food was amazing, the spices, flavors and textures of the foods were so special and so perfectly prepared. Our server Gantt was so nice, attentive and knowledgeable that it just added to an already wonderful experience. The owner/chef Mohammad came to our table a couple of times to check on us. What else can I say except how soon can I return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little bit of the Middle East
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    great place for sharing small plates of wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent food
    Mary
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I love Saha. I've eaten there 6 times, each time has been delicious. It has a great menu, with many items to choose from. There are also many vegetarian and vegan items offered. In a city with so many great restaurants, Saha is such good quality that it merits many repeat visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable and good food
    OKNorway
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was interesting and the blend of Yemenese and traditional Californian kitchen gave dishes that had that interesting and unexpected touch, while still being familiar enough to easily pair with wine. The staff were efficient and service minded, if I am back in SF again soon I would probably visit Saha again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing! I especially
    Lily
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was amazing! I especially appreciated the fact that there were many vegan options, and they were prepared with the same care as the other dishes. Great attention to detail. Each dish was a unique spin on the cuisine, but went well together. I loved it. The lighting and decor were nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discovered Saha - what a find!
    CaroleW
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Very interesting menu, hugely tasty, and educational (from the perspective of our first introduction to Arabic cuisine)! We are fans now! The owner and our waitress were terrific guides in both wine selection (Unti dry rose) and vegan and seafood small plates. The Lobster Knaffe was rich and luscious. Our favorite was the Salmon Baklava -- outstanding. Not to be outdone, the Vegan Kibbeh and pan-seared Scallops. Dessert included Saha's excellent rendition of baklava and Arabic tea. We left knowing that we'd be returning soon! Huge kudos to Saha, their owners, and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the food
    Nachi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great tasting authentic food. Everything was in place as well, but the food was the hit. Each dish, no misses. How can you make chicken still taste so good next to lamb and homemade sausage in the couscous royal? Mohamed you are a master. Looking forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't usually give reviews, but..
    Caralho
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Ok people, 4.5 stars? I must admit I don't usually bother to give reviews, but I depend on them to find new places. Usually the reviews are more or less reliable. Not this time. I went there with my girlfriend for Valentine's Day. They were serving a Prix Fixe menu that night (maybe that was the problem). First course was a soup. I'll admit I'm not a foodie, but isn't soup supposed to be served hot? The flavor was delicious, but the temperature was tepid. Same thing with the second course. It was snapper...great flavors but not hot. Warm. And once again, third course. Lamb shank,served warm. It seemed like the food was sitting for a while before being served. Service was slow, waiter was weird (reminded me of the Napoleon Dynamite guys).
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  • Vaentine's Day
    Sree
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They had a four course fixed menu with options for all, but I felt their regular menu items were far more tastier than those served up today. Thats not to say the food wasn't tasty. They also handled reservations well, for we never felt rushed into eating dinner as has normally been the case with other restaurants on Valentine's day.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Always a good experience
    Martyntx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have dined at Saha on 4 different occasions and it is always good. The food is well prepared and excellent, the service is good, and the prices are moderate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • LOVE it!
    MF2013
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Feb. 13 We've been to Saha four or five times now. We LOVE it there. It's so nice to eat at a restaurant that does such creative things with food. The flavor combinations are fantastic! You can't really go wrong. The wait staff is great about answering questions and guiding you through your experience, most of the time. There were 2 servers. The younger guy was really helpful. The older server could use some work on his friendliness. When he brought the check, he basically tossed it on the table and walked away. He didn't make any eye contact, smile, thank us for dining, nothing. He just walked away. The younger server was really helpful and friendly. He went out of his way to be helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Food was excellent.. My Friend
    Nash
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Food was excellent.. My Friend vegetarian dishes and they were really good. The place has a good ambience. Dim lightly makes for a romantic evening! The waiter was very helpful. After listening to what we were in mood for, he tailored the suggestions to meed our needs. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had great service from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We had great service from the waitstaff as well as our chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise
    AdventurousFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Not the first time we have eaten there but always surprises by how special the food is! Everything was truly delicious. If we lived closer would definitely go more often.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As seen on Check Please
    Sandy02
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We visited Saha on recommendation of Check Please (PBS) and it was as described. The cuisine is Afgan fusion--like nothing I've had before. Of note: salmon baklava, chard soup, veg raviolis. We had a vegetarian with us and had no trouble sharing small plates. Server recommended a well priced wine to accompany our dishes.we were there early at 7:00, which was good for conversation. The place really filled up! Slap yo mama for dessert
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saha
    TastyVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The restaurant is located behind the lobby of a hotel. It's kind of a hole-in-the-wall sort of place, dark and a bit smoky from the kitchen. It is decorated with all manner of mirrors on the walls and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Tables are very close together and the place is quite loud, so you get to hear a fair amount of other tables' conversations in addition to your own. The wine list is good and for the most part priced reasonably. The food is authentic and tasty, though it is not haute cuisine - think more along the lines of home cooking, hearty and filling.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saha is an outstanding restaurant.
    AA18VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Saha is an outstanding restaurant. Food is excellent. Service is excellent. I would strongly recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky fun mediocre food
    NancyleeVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    An odd little spot. The menu looks very interesting, but nothing quite lived up to the yummy descriptions of the middle eastern fusion food. My mushroom Benedict was atop a huge soggy piece of bread. It was slimy and bland. Yuck.
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