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
62 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (32)good for groups (20)romantic (18)notable wine list (10)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • We'll be back!
    misscavegrrlVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great restaurant find in our hotel. Excellent food! It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite in San Francisco
    Whtdaisy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Perfect for everyone! They have an extensive menu for anyone vegetarian, vegan or gluten free (even many with a combination of these restrictions). Plus many highly reviewed meat options. I try to eat here every time I am in town, and it has served me well taking friends out as well as business dinners. They also have a great wine selection (not extensive - but good), and even impressed a business associate who unbeknownst to me is a bit of a wine snob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPECTACULAR
    eatingout
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have dined at this restaurant numerous times. We are always surprised at the quality of the food every single time. Some of the menu items change frequently based on what is fresh. One of the few restaurants that actually does what they say. Try it! You will not regret the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous mix of Yemeni/ French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my second visit, however, this time there were four of us, allowing us to try more dishes. Every dish was great - the chicken liver salad is a unique combination with but works to be so tasty you want to order a second one. The okra dish is perfectly seasoned and smoky and rich. My duck was perfect, medium rare, nuanced seasoning. The lamb loin was succulent, the stuffed chicken so delicious- moist, richly flavored and the vegetarian (of which there are many) sublime. The desserts which you have to order, even if you are full, are unique - the "slap ya mama" despite the name is a wonderful pastry concoction with dates and the traditional dessert with the rose water syrup (i forget the name) is superb. The wine list is good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food! Wanted alcohol!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were group of seven and everyone enjoyed our meals and appetizers. Beer and wine only though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saha deserves a visit
    BeFreeNow
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food is outstanding. We tried about 5 different vegetarian dishes and they were all amazing. The traditional tea paired incredibly well with dinner. Yum. It's an open room with a great design, and a touch on the gabby side noise wise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious Middle Eastern find
    AngelaS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So I had a hankering for middle Eastern food, and found this restaurant on open table. The menu was enough to get me excited. My group of five started off with the grilled Mezza of deliciousness and the Saha sampler. Both were amazingly tasty. Entrees were great! Our server, whose name I forgot (sorry!) was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items, of which there were many! The desserts were great. We shared the knafeh and baklava. They were nothing like the typical ones most places have. They are a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Options
    kauairose
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a foodie with gluten and dairy intolerances, it was so refreshing to have options. Oftentimes, when I dine at a Mediterranean restaurant, I have to forego appetizers like hummus or baba ganoush because there are no alternatives for the pita bread. At Saha, they actually have a GF bread, so I could enjoy my dining partner's order of dip samplers. The food was outstanding; however, service can be quite slow, so I'd be wary about eating there if you need to be somewhere at a certain time. Wines by the glass were limited and not great. The only red wines by the glass on the list were a Syrah or a red blend I believe. Really? Didn't do much for this Cab loving woman. All in all, I'd definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    GregB
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is a favorite for my wife and me. The food is always great. Small dining room, so make reservations. Price is reasonable considering the very high quality of the cooking. Lots of vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yemeni Fusion
    PacificaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I can't wait to go back and continue working through the menu. The three of us shared five small plates and we're stuffed. Wild arugula soup was spectacular. I never write reviews but this restaurant has been around for 10 years and folks need to know about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AtirVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our favorite San Francisco restaurant! Interesting combinations of flavors that work and the food always comes out hot and tastes as if it were just prepared especially for us. The only problem is that we can never decide what to order as the menu containes so many unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Saha turned out to be such a find. Truly the best middle eastern food I've had in SF. Clean, fresh and many organic ingredients. The grill and dip mezas were outstanding. The mergez perfect. Both couscous royale and seafood tagine nicely slices, tender and perfect portion size. We are definitely going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully inventive
    alphonse
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Three of us had dinner here on Wednesday during the week leading up to Burning Man, which could be why the place was nice and quiet. The food is very creative and has many vegetarian options so this is an especially good option if some of the party are vegetarian or vegan, but others are not. We had the duck breast, the lamb roast, and a pilaf (I don't remember the name) of rice, pine nuts, carmelized onions, and other goodies. All were excellent. The only disappointment was a sausage made of fava beans, which had the look of a sausage but was bland and undistinguished. The pear tart for desert was outstanding. Ryan, our waiter was excellent and made good reservations. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and fun
    TrsnVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Second time we've eaten dinner at Saha and again enjoyed everything. The waitress was very helpful in guiding us through the menu and the four of us were able to share many dishes all with different favors. Scallops are amazing as are their lamb dishes. A fun find that is different from the norm. Nothing is too spicy or out there. Quite enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco Gem
    WineandDine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This Mediterranean restaurant is a gem, tucked away in the Carlton Hotel. The menu is varied and we enjoyed salmon, scallops and the Mezza Plate of chicken and lamb. All were beautifully cooked and tasty. The menu also offers many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. The service was very good and the staff were happy to accommodate some changes to our choices due to a food allergy. The atmosphere is friendly and lively.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Middle East
    Howardr48VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu at Saha features dishes from various part of the Arab world. Nothing wrong with that. The variety of dishes was extensive and from what I ate and tasted a dinner the quality of the food and its authentic taste did not suffer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They need more waiters
    terichin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After I sat down it took them for 15 minutes to get my drink order (beer) and brought my order. We had to wait for 15 minutes or so to order meals. And we had to wait for 30 minutes or so to get our first plate. The waitress made an excuse that this happened because many groups came at the same time. But she was nice to make our first order on house. Foods were excellent. Atmosphere is good except I don't like the mirrors on one wall where I had to see myself during the course of the meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I bought my boyfriend here for his birthday. We love Arabic Fusion cuisine and Saha s definitely the place to get it! We did Prix Fixe and got to select a soup or salad, small plate, and entree. Everything was delicious and unique. The service was also very kind. The ambiance is eclectic in a good way and the crowd is a pleasant mixture of all types of people since the restaurant is located inside of a hotel. I highly recommend Saha!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this kitchen
    Kristian
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Get several of their smaller dishes to maximise discovery potential! The flavours and textures were elegantly combined, the dishes were beautiful. Everything from the marzipan stuffed beet starter to the finishing Arabic tea was well balanced and delicious. Make sure to come hungry and leave room for dessert! The location inside a hotel makes it a bit crowded and loud. But it's very affordable and I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Saha!
    SuzanneAgasiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Saha was yet again, SUPERB!! The green gazpacho was divine. Fresh and delicious, I enjoyed this last time, and was thrilled to order it again. We enjoyed 2 of the evening tapas specials, the lamb and the roasted duck. The servers are sweet and knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. The Chef is uber talented and coursed the meal perfectly. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of French wine, and it was truly a romantic and special evening. Can't wait to return for my birthday in 2 weeks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair
    Fair
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Mushy fafafel. Under cooked pastry on spectacular huge Divers' scallop on a brilliant parsnip puree. A shame the scallops didn't benefit from Middle Easternseasonings , although they were luscious except for underdone pastry.
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  • Quality food
    JackieWVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love Saha. This time my boyfriend and I shared 4 plates -- stuffed artichoke hearts (fantastic & vibrant flavor, filling), za'atar cauliflower (good flavor and fun to get the whole head of cauliflower, but a bit hard to break apart, and needed more of the sauce - which we fortunately had at the table - to really give a stronger flavor), yemeni okra (standard okra, but felt a bit less seedy than okra usually does, which was a plus - had a nice sauce that still let the flavor stand out), and yemeni fouel (delicious and very filling, like a hummus with more earthy flavors, quite hardy). We were both very satisfied! Our companions got the tasting menu, which they loved. And everyone (besides me) split two bottles of red wine. Great atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • fantastic meal
    Piranha426
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been to Saha a few times and have never had a dish I didn't like. The flavors and execution are simply amazing, and it's always a treat to come here for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing else like it
    smilemakr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Saha stands out as having unusual cuisine (Arabic/Yemeni fusion?) prepared brilliantly. Really outstanding flavors. My wife and I eat plant-based food and so have a hard time finding restaurants that will serve more than one or two vegan items. No problem in that regard at Saha, with at least a dozen vegan items, as I recall. Our friends, who are not vegan, loved the vegan items and said they did not miss meat at all! I should mention that carnivores will be pleased with the selection of animal-based items, as well, I suspect, but with plant-based cuisine this delicious, why do in animals?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience.
    foodieinthemaking
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing food and the staff were very knowledgeable and professional. The lights kept going up and down which was very distracting and it was a bit loud, but it was a fantastic dining experience and I will most definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow - Great Food.
    Local1955VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great. My daughter is a vegetarian and the rest of the family is not. There were more great options for both and we really filled up on great food. Prepare to share dishes they are all great. We got there early when the noise level was low and nice. By the time we left the noise level was very loud and we could not talk -- we had to almost yell to be heard. This can be a problem, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Incredibly interesting options. All delicious and beautifully presented. Definitely going again. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors
    PDXFoodies
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    After reading other reviews we decided to try this place out. The waitress was spot on with her recommendations. The squid salad special was terrific, the falafel (gluten free!) was very good. We also had the stuffed artichoke hearts and the sage duck. Their menu is very well noted as to what is gluten free and vegan. We'll definitely come back next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best diner of the trip!
    TomandShannon
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We spent 3 nights in Monterey and 3 in Napa Valley prior to coming to San Francisco. Though the dining was spectacular in each, Saha was the one we will remember. The room was intimate, the staff were informed and attentive, and the food was simply amazing! Though satiated after three "small" plates, we couldn't leave without trying a fourth. We were glad we did. We were also glad to have a nice, long, mostly downhill, safe walk back to the hotel in the Fisherman's Wharf area.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • out on a limb
    TrsnVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We tried Saha on a whim after staying at the Hotel Carlton previously.. The food was amazing! Since we had never experienced Arabic cuisine before we relied on our server Ryan to give us suggestions. He was spot on. We thoroughly enjoyed the scallops wrapped in phyllo , and the sage duck was mouth watering. Would highly recommend this spot. It got very busy and my only complaint would be that the air circulation is lacking and it did get a bit stuffy. Could have just been the table we were at though. All in all it was a fantastic eating experience and we will be back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food and service. I recommend the avocado salad.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1013 reviews are from the Saha reviews archive.
  • ...uncommonly satisfying...
    oldbones
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Like a great wine, Saha offers a rare blend of new and memorable flavors, excellent service, and an uncommonly satisfying finish. Among San Francisco's many fine restaurants, this is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love this place and it's always wicked amazing!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back...
    Luv2winedine
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This menu is phenomenal! The spices and flavors will absolutely blow you away. I would suggest sampling many of the small plates for a full experience...server was very helpful with advice and wine pairing...there were items on the menu I would have never ordered without suggestion and would order again now next time...and there will be many next times! Good food make you happy? You'll be elated at Saha
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Great Little Hidden Gem
    HazCeliacDineTips
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I planned a birthday brunch for my boyfriend. Got on Open Table and searched GF friendly restaurants that could take a reservation for 15 people on Sunday and found this gem. I had never been here and was nervous to book it since it was for a special occasion and all but after reading all the reviews I decided it was a safe bet. It was perfect for a big group. The service to the food to the ambiance very pleased. The food was so good off the brunch menu we decided to go back and try it for dinner the food was great! The menu has tons of GF (gluten free) & V (vegan) options. The owner very nice and welcoming as well. Definitely give this little gem a try! My bf and I have added this to our rotation of favorite local spots to eat in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 in San Francisco - fantastic
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Hands down the best middle eastern restaurant in San Francisco! Chef (and owner) serves creative, fresh dishes with sustainable ingredients. The food is perfectly well balanced and every dish of unique flavors. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. They work hard to make you feel at home. The menu is extensive, the portions big and price very reasonable. You must try the Sage Duck, marinated with honey, sage and mustard served with mashed sweet potatoes and the Saffron Lamb Tangine paired with a Pinot. And don't miss dessert...the Bibusa Yemin cake and organic Pear tart were fantastic. We're already planning two more visits...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great gem!
    belledent
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It's a very cute restaurant tugged in a hotel on Sutter near Van Ness, serving Arabic food. The ingredients are fresh and the food is delicious. It was my second time coming back to this restaurant, and I really enjoyed how many options there are to sample different types of dishes. The service was great, not too much, not too little. We had a great time. I would highly recommend this restaurant anyone who wants to try something exotic and have a taste of good Arabic food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Place
    veggiematt
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Amazing food with a menu that is very welcoming to vegetarians and vegans alike. One of our favorite date spots in the city. Definitely try the "Slap Yo Mama" for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Transcendant!
    NotTheRealMickJagger
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Over the years I've wondered: how can Saha keep getting better when it's already virtually perfect? And then it gets better.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • not to be missed
    EdwardianBall
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Soups are very special, care and love are evident in every dish. Owner/chef is charming and Saha has a feel good buzz.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.