Saison
Saison

Saison

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saisonrva.com/
  • Phone: (804) 269-3689
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Bar service open until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Adam Hall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is located at 2 East Marshall St, half a block up Marshall across the street from the restaurant. You may park anywhere in the lot to the adjacent left of the small black and white automotive garage.
A word from Saison
Saison is a casual gastro-pub focusing on Southern, Central American, and Caribbean flavors and is located in the heart of the Downtown Arts District in Historic Jackson Ward. We source locally to create amazing seasonal farm-to-table fare, have an extensive modern cocktail list, and lots of tasty wine, beer, and ciders. We always leave space available for call-ins and walk-ins.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Saison reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (34)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (11)romantic (10)special occasion (9)late-night find (7)good for groups (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • what dining in Richmond should be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Forget the over hyped Max's a block away and head here instead. The menu is smaller but better. The staff is friendlier and the food more adventurous without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Restaurant with "Now" Vibe!
    RVAFineFoodsVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Four of us dined at Saison on a cold Tuesday evening! The space is warm, lively, tables packed into the small space. We loved the special cocktails we tried, each with a large rectangular block of ice, very smart look and really keeps the drink cold! Our entrees were nicely presented and well prepared, Overall this was a most enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top chef style
    NickVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Interesting ingredients both in the food and cocktails. Some of them worked better than others. We really enjoyed ourselves but one of the drinks (mint julep) and one of the deserts (chocolate/peanut butter with chili) had overwhelming flavors that turned me off. But that's the price you pay for trying new things. The burger, scallops and pimento biscuits were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get there early and scout parking lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My wife and I showed up at 7:15 on a random Wednesday night after struggling to find their shared parking lot with Max's due to the Lilliputian sandwich board sign they have to direct you. We had been looking forward to this for a while, especially the pimento biscuits. The server was cordial at times and curt most of the time. She explained that they were out of the biscuits and three other items on the menu. 7:15 random Wednesday night...with available seating... Drinks were fantastic and the dessert was mind-blowing. My entrée was great (hanger steak), the wife's was just okay
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    7daydinerVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food this time was okay but the music was so loud we couldn't hear each other when talking. l brought a friend from Kentucky and one from Raleigh they seemed to like it despite the loud music. Come on guys, you are better than that! I'd like to relax when I eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First Time Diner
    WineLover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Upon entering the very small, very lively restaurant I was luckily able to grab a bar seat, given the limited number, and was greeted warmly by one of two staff behind the bar and promptly given the vintage encyclopedia- turned menu book. From my first cocktail to the perfectly portioned small plates to my main entree I was continuously pleased with each cocktail and plate placed in front of me. The staff is lively and welcoming and all-around amiable. I will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too small for comfort
    restaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My group of three had an early reservation. Our table was smack up against the outside door. Between the traffic and the cold, we asked to move. Despite there being two other tables open, they said no. We moved to the bar (uncomfortable and impossible to talk) and watched as one of the tables sat open until just after we paid our bill and were getting up to leave. The staff said it was too small a space to move parties between tables because it wouldn't then be able to be ready for reservations. I believe them and admire that. That being said, if the space is too small for comfortable dining, then it is not worth the risk of not getting a good seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food with Flair
    MacL
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The chef creates some unusual and interesting dishes...and VERY TASTY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates, big prices
    Sailordoc
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I wanted a nice quiet, kid-free evening (we have 2 teenagers) which we don't often get. We had an oyster appetizer which was pretty bland and then salads which were tiny and the butter lettuce salad actually had no lettuce in it. My seafood bowl which the waitress bragged had a very generous portion of seafood, was about the size of a kid's cereal bowl. All this for $100. We paid up and then went elsewhere for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Creative food & delicious, but difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for RVA
    Alro
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The Mrs. and I are trying to hit all of the hot restaurants in Richmond. Saison is a must for this list. The food was fantastic and the drinks were spot on. The service was a bit slow and unbalanced but the atmosphere was so perfect RVA chill that it didn't really matter. You are in for a treat when you visit Saison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waste of time
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Saison is very small and VERY noisy with only a bartender and 1 waiter. we had reservations but they did not seam to know about waited over 45min for the waiter to come to our table the menu was small and when we asked for some clarifications got "everything is good" we found most of the food very over spiced ( as in a numbing sensation) we had to ask for ice the mixed drinks were undrinkable so we ordered a bottle of wine which was equally bad. On a positive note the scallops were cooked perfectly. Taking this restaurant off out list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and delightful
    Rebak
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a delicious meal. The food was wonderfully prepared and the service was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ckck
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Quiet atmosphere on a Friday evening. Staff was very attentive and professional. Fall menu had some great selections for the season as well. Made it for happy hour so we got great prices on our cocktails that were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biscuits
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The biscuits are so good, just give me those for dinner and I'll be oh so happy. I liked the rest of the food too, but the biscuits, oh my !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    AndreaZ63VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I were attending an event at Gallery 5, and I found this place in my search of nearby restaurants. It had gotten good reviews so we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed! The service was wonderful and the food was very good. We will definitely be giving this place another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Will definitely go back! Service was great, fantastic beer list. Good value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Drlipid
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Small - tightly seated area. Menu not large - but individual meals very well prepared and delicious. Disappointing there no iced tea available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    MaineBigDaddyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Amazing neighborhood spot. Fab cocktail list (in fact it is 3 times as many pages as the food menu). I could eat the pork belly with Manchego Grits every day!! GO here, just go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food, Lacking Service
    PeteyJ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have dined at this restaurant two times. The first was right after it opened and they were still working out the kinks; exactly what you would expect on the first week. I dined there again this past weekend. We all had a pre-dinner cocktail and mine was fantastic; I can't remember what it was called but it was served over a large cube of ice (I love these) and was kind of a cross between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned, yummy! We had a variety of entrees between the 4 of us and my steak dish (I think it was a special) was right on point. We also had bottle of wine and shared the smore dessert (this was just ok). Service was lacking, he seemed a bit disorganized and inefficient, but a nice guy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New find in Richmond
    Bibimbapwho
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We searched for different and was very pleased with our findings The menu was entirely interesting but with thorough explanation and recommendations all in all it was great. Sure to return!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Definitely Be Back
    mrspoho
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our date night at Saison! The service was excellent. Though the restaurant itself is rather small, there's still plenty of space to get around. The menus are neat, placed inside a book, and there were lots of choices. The drink list was excellent, there's something for everyone on it, whether you like mixed drinks, beer or wine. My husband ordered some IPAs, and I ordered the mixed drink called Made in the Shade, which was amazing and HUGE. We started off with the fried corn kernels, and I had the kimchi while my husband had the burger, both were delicious. Dessert was incredible and was big enough for the 2 of us to split. Be sure to try to Smoked Sugar S'more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We're out of that
    Outinrva
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After two failed beer ordering attempts bc they were out of both at 7 on a Friday. My meal started off less than great. Food was great but a little pricey for the portion size. Tables are very close together so I had to move my chair a couple of times to let someone to get to their table bc my chair and their table practically touched. Everyone liked their meals. Probably would go back and just sit at the bar for more room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Saison provides a unique experience with the ambience, recycled books as the menu and diverse food options. This is a great place for those looking for a different experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed . . .
    mamaben
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Dinner celebration for 23 yr old son -- he and Dad LOVED it; Mom(me) . . . Not so much. Too many flavors in each dish -- sometimes, simpler is better. VERY loud (yes, it is a bar -- we are "old"). Service was OK --
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect but scatter-shot service
    patthecook
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Friendly, wonderful, informed service from our smart server and engaging bartender. The kitchen was very slow and as a result we missed our concert. The food-- complex --pollo a la brasa with a powerwful, yet subtle smokey broth and potataoes, Pork tenderloin. We were not bereft because this was wonderful food, complex, with great flavor. Informed wait staff (can we find another term for these smart, decicated food/drink experts?). The staff shone here. Food fabulous too but with too much time to get a meal. We would stil go back and just have a leisurely time. Not everyone would agree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Saison reviews archive.
  • on the way to theater
    Chris
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great restaurant. Food stellar. Initial impression at door not great but food and service really brings it around. Parking not obvious but convenient to November Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    lut121
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had the Rundown which was bursting with an unique combination of flavors. Wish the portions were larger and that they use a bread besides the flatbread that accompanied the meal. Decided to try the Sunday night special: 2 quarters of fried chicken (dark or white meat), collard greens and cornbread. Reminded me of grandmothers down south cooking. Oh and it was only $8.00. Beer selection was notable. Will definitely try a cocktail and dessert next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday evening at Saison
    foodforthesoul
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time at Saison. The music , menus, decor and the food provided a unique experience. Our server was pleasant efficient, and gave just the right amount of attention. We were intrigued by the 2 Bartenders and the mixed drinks. I had the "Rundown" ( shrimp, scallops and octopus). I had to push the octopus aside but the coconut flavored dish was terrific. Only wish I had crusty bread to sop the broth rather than flat bread. My husband had a generous portion of chicken and ate everything on his plate. The rasberry sorbet with short bread, cherries and cream was delicious. Saison did not disappoint. Look forward to returning. Might even try a cocktail next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey drinks, but worth it...
    12Foodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great food, great service. Drinks were small and expensive, but I've never had a finer gin 'n tonic, so there you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Likegoodfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A friend had told me how good Saison was and she was right! Our meals varied from lamb chops to catfish to the sea bass special, but all had a great combination of flavors. Desserts combined unusual pairings which were delicious. Our waitstaff gave us just the right amount of attention and also had good recommendations about which wine would go best with each dish. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food - Tiny Portion Size
    FeedbackVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I went to dinner with two of my friends on a Friday. The restaurant was very cute and I lover the menus being old library books. We all ordered the scallops. Our plates arrived with five scallops, 3 baby carrots, 6 peas and a small portion of pea purée. This was more the size of an appetizer than an entree. The peas and carrots were more a garnish than actual sides. We were all very disappointed that we paid $21 for our entrees. The scallops were delicious but none of us will return. I can go to many more restaurants and pay the same price for a full meal. We ended up going for drinks at another restaurant and eating so we would actually be full.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happypop
    Happypop
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful little neighborhood restaurant, excellent food and we had great service. Make a rerservation and do not miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doug
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great bar. Food was good. Kitchen was slow. Small restaurant. Crowded. Server was new--nice, but still learning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slooooooowwwww Food
    catsmeowVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This was my second visit to Saison and, again, the food was excellent (especially dessert!), the beer, cocktail selection is stellar, the waiter very competent. However, it was somewhat marred by the waits for the dinner and dessert. Appetizers came out fast (great pork belly w/ grits and chorizo pate!). After that, things stalled. Since we were only one of two tables in the restaurant, it seemed an awfully long wait (40+ minutes) for entrees. The bar was full, the US won their first round in the World Cup, all was good. It really was the almost 25 minute wait for dessert that didn't make any sense. Now, the dessert is decidedly worth it. However, when you are the last table, it is hard to fathom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    EnjoyinVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our first dining expereince at Saison, and it will not be our last. Cocktails were mixed perfectly. The pimento cheese appetizer (it's a Richmond thing) was light and flavorful. We both had the whole Bronzino, which was delicious. For desert, carrot cake - not heavy, and served with a pepper ice cream. The staff was friendly and attentive. It could not have been a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Low key, High quality
    Ricpoga
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a fun place with unique food offerings at a reasonable price. We've dined everywhere in the Fan, and Saison is the most consistently excellent. Great service, amazing cocktails and beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indescribably awesome
    PrestonRVA
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of the top five meals of my life. I'm a culinary professional, and cannot begin to comprehend how the chef orchestrated such symphonically well composed dishes. The oxtail sopes were utter perfection, a glorious harmony of flavors comprising the perfect bite of food. The term "amuse bouche" was made for these things. The chicken was the single greatest piece of poultry I have ever consumed. The pork belly small plate was transcendental. My only complaint was of the accompanying salad, which was, for lack of better word, acrid, but did little to detract from the primacy of the rest of the dining experience. And all in an atmosphere I could live in, fall in love with, and fall in love in. I will be back when I can afford it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More people should know Saison
    individual11
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Consistently great and unique food. Amazing cocktail and wine list. Everything is about the details from the menus being placed in old books to the tiny mint leaves in the arugula salad. More people should know about this place, it's too good not to be always packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pea shoots and Pepper ice cream
    Besokiss
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Saison: a great neighborhood find! Unusual food combos (the like black pepper ice cream) delight and surprise! The pea shoot salad was refreshingly sprinkled with mint! Curried carrots on my carrot cake! Scallops were seared perfectly and presented beautifully. Noise level is very energized but the tables are small so you can lean in to converse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.