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Saison Details

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


    Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Bar service open until 2:00am

    Closed Mondays

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Latin American, Southern
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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 --"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Drinks were small and expensive, but I've never had a finer gin 'n tonic, so there you go."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful little neighborhood restaurant, excellent food and we had great service. Make a rerservation and do not miss it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great bar. Food was good. Kitchen was slow. Small restaurant. Crowded. Server was new--nice, but still learning."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were 4 on a Saturday night. Glad we made reservations. Be sure to have a cocktail - and try not to just order the "usual." Theyve got some amazing libations that tastle like nothing else. We got the octopus and honey toes for starters, the Bimbimbap, crispy sea bass (split between 2 people), and flank steak. Everything was delicious. Lots of fresh ingredient and unexpected but delightful flavor juxtapositions. I am not a dessert person but I absolutely loved the carrot cake and the chocolate ganache with strawberry habanera. Make sure to save room. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "On a busy and somewhat noisy Saturday night, our party of four enjoyed everything from the moment we arrived. The waiter was amiable, well informed and attentive. The cocktails were all great (we do like an ice cube designed for the glass!). Sugar toads fried to perfection started the meal, then each of us enjoyed our entrees. My catfish and rice cakes (no, not that dry kind) was very good. Then dessert! My main complaint with even some of the best restaurants in town is the dessert is always a bit of a let down. Not here! We had shared two delicious ones, my favorite was a carrot cake with a cream cheese and pepper ice cream. Often, these kinds of things do not work (cream cheese and pepper?), but this was the exception! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family of four (including two teen girls) celebrated Mother's Day dinner at Saison. Had never been before and wanted to try something new. The entire experience was fantastic! Our waitress was extremely gracious and helpful in explaining the various drinks and dishes on the menu. Her suggestions were right on! My youngest daughter just about licked the bowl that held the pork belly appetizer. The best burger I have ever had; the waitress suggested goat cheese instead of the usual cheddar; it was amazing! The drink list included a variety of unusual ingredients, which our waitress described as we contemplated our options. Even the restroom was unique w chalkboard walls that were fun to read and enabled us to share our thoughts."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love this place. I live in Philadelphia and have been there twice now when visiting my daughter in Richmond. They have some unusual dishes which are always perfect. The staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating. The restaurant has this great cozy neighborhood feel with a fairly sophisticated menu. Oh, and at the cocktail offerings are fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We love to entertain at home but when company comes to visit, we hit asany restaurants as possible while they are here! Saison was the perfect choice for our guest and the menu is primarily gluten-free so her palate and her tummy were both satisfied! Great gor a date night, great for entertaining friends visiting, great food, great beer selection, great cocktails!! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Excellent, excellent restaurant....2 appetizers and 4 different entrees in the group and all were tremendous!!!! Presentation and quality was superb!! NO COMPLAINTS in all aspects of this dining experience!! (Just wish I didn't have to run to catch a plane before desert came as the remaining ones in the party raved about it!!)"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Had reservation on a Friday evening & added 1 more at the last minute; were very accommodating even though the space is tight. Service was a delight - knowledgeable about all dishes, efficient but not hovering, provided excellent wine pairing recommendations. Shared several appetizers: pork belly, pimento croquette, Oxtail Sopes (WOW!!!), grilled octopus - all very good. Mains: special tilefish which didn't need the cornbread crumbs with it but otherwise great, lambchops - phenomenal but one person thought the sweet potatoes were unnecessary but the other perfectly in season vegetables with it were ON POINT. Drinks: Mezcal Mule & When KY Burns - cannot WAIT to try to make these at home. Ambiance is great. Can't wait to visit again. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is authentic Mexican flavors meets southern American comfort food, and it's always delightful and delicious. The beer list is carefully curated to offer up unique and tasty brews you won't find many other places. Always a good variety of styles and breweries. The cocktail list is incredible, with a strong emphasis on mezcal and rum cocktails, but definitely with something for everyone."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, drinks & ambiance in a small but welcoming space. Our waitress was a bit slow & forgetful but other servers assisted, as well as the owner came over to make sure we were satisfied. Will definitely return. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Everything about the restaurant was great! The ambiance, the décor, even the menu's - everything was very stylish, creative and full of character. All of the menu items sounded like they were straight out of one of those "Top Chef" shows. My only disappointment was that I didn't realize that the menu changed, and we were relying on a menu that we had seen 6 months sooner, on a date that fell through. We had our hearts set on braised short rib and crème brulee, but the hanger steak and 5 spice chicken was very good."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our first visit was nearly perfect. This time, a Tuesday night, was different. We had a 6:30 reservation. We were told we would have to wait until the occupants of our table, who weren't eating, finished their drinks. Should people with a dinner reservation have to wait behind people who aren't eating? So we had to order at the bar, and got a table about 45 minutes later. Scallop entrée worked out to $7 a scallop. Overall, I would describe Saison as loud, boisterous "bistro" with excellent food . . . and some kinks to work out. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Saison, but it won't be our last...great vibe and incredible food and wine menus...very creative! We ordered several things off the menu, as well as the tasty fried chicken special. Highly-recommended!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was one of the best (definitely top of the list) restaurants we've visited in the City. We've been making it a habit to seek out and enjoy the finest dining in Richmond, and I highly recommend Saison. The creativity is truly amazing, and you'd be very pleasantly surprised by what the chef and owner can do with "beets" and "chicken" - I know I was. Go there, and enjoy a cocktail, Beets by Jay - my fav!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Quaint, fun atmosphere. All four of us in our party ordered different entrees, and had a nibble off eachother's plates. The lamb chops were fork tender! Delicious!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Amazingly creative menu, but very meat focused. As a vegetarian, disappointed to see only one meatless entree. Fantastic cocktails. Very small spot, be prepared to wait for a table. Very cute decor, loved use of vintage mags for menu books."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very creative and interesting items on the menu. The nasturtium-strawberry salad was a refreshing start. I enjoyed the seafood pozole (soup) which was loaded with clams, mussels and shrimp plus puffy hominy in a rich broth. Would have loved to have some bread to soak up the broth, though. Hubby enjoyed a quail starter with mole sauce and then catfish with mole sauce. They also have a unique list of craft beers, creative cocktails and wines. I enjoyed an unusual dry cider from the Basque region of Spain. The desserts are also creative & wonderful. Enjoyed the dense, dark banana cake with gingerbread ice cream."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Heard great things about saison. I will say that food had good flavor, but was lacking in the portion size. The "large plate" was lacking. Another downfall to the dining experience was the noise level of bar patrons. I know this cannot be controlled but it does take away from the atmosphere. If you are just looking for literally a bite to eat then this is a the place. Cocktails were good as well but also overpriced, for small "gastro" macro drinks. I do admire that they support local farms. Not bashing the place, just being honest."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food with some interesting options on the cocktail front."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "From start to finish a high quality restaurant experience. We had to change our reservation at last minute and that was accomplished politely and promptly. We were seated right away, waited on attentively, and served professionally at every stage. The shrimp remoulade appetizer, turnip salad, and entrees were excellent. Banana bread dessert may be the best dessert I have ever had. I would definitely return to this restaurant and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good food and service. Very noisy for most of the meal."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "First off the cocktails are incredible here. Excellent draft beer/local/micro brew choices, and we had an amazing Tempranillo bottle of wine from España for our main course. I really appreciate the boldness of the menu items. We had appetizers for dinner. The fried hominy is amazing to contrast my Rye Manhattan. I highly recommend the Marrow and Billy bread, the Oxtail Sopes, (no tails-fear not), and the Pupusas. All great food and excellent dessert. The bathroom was clean and has chalk board painted walls with chalk supplied, so you can even fulfill the inner tagger in you."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I had the new salad special with strawberries. It was so fabulous. Really fresh and different. I hope they make it part of the regular menu. As an entree I had the vegetable-rice bowl. It too was really great. The flavors were so different! Service was mediocre at best. I know it was a busy Saturday night, but we were seated around 7 when the restaurant was half full, and we weren't asked about drinks until at least ten minutes after sitting down, and only then once I flagged someone down. Cocktails are delish!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014