Saison
Saison

Saison

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saisonsf.com/
  • Phone: 4158287990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only: Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Skenes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for Private Dining/Party Information.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Ellis 4158287990x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $20
A word from Saison
Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the abundant resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each morning a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from our network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries.

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Saison reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)fit for foodies (56)notable wine list (39)romantic (38)hot spot (12)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (4)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Freakin awesome
    Yummers
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wow! Wow! Wow! This meal was extraordinary. I'll admit, I was intimidated when they said the prix fixe tasting menu did not have a set price as the chef was making it up as he went along. But this meal was exquisite, delicate, refined and worth every penny - more pennies than even the French Laundry BTW. The sommelier did a lovely job pairing beautiful wines for us while respecting that we wanted to sip on a budget, and the bartender did a lovely job reinventing classic cocktails like his lovely white negroni. And having the chefs bring out their dishes personally made it both classy and unstuffy somehow. Loved watch them make their magic in the open kitchen and if you're lucky, you might get a tour. If I were doling out Michelin stars - 3!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkable experience!
    zwimmerfoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had an amazing experience at Saison. I had read the reviews, including many interviews with Joshua Skenes. Because SF is such a fantastic restaurant town, I never saw a need to spend huge dollars for a meal. Nonetheless, it was my 35th wedding anniversary, so my wife and I decided to splurge. Wow! The 15 course tasting meal was fantastic, didn't leave us feeling too full and the service was impeccable. The wine pairings were also fantastic. I particularly like that the restaurant is set up to provide an elegant, yet relaxed, experience. The restaurant puts all diners adjacent to the completely calm kitchen and you interact with the folks who cook your meal. It really makes you appreciate it that much more. Awesome!
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  • Always Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is always inventive and astounding; Mark, Patrick and their team provide flawless service and Saison always exceeds expectations. Part of what makes this one of my favourite spots though is the background music which recalls the days of my youth. Thank you!!
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  • chelsea
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had the tasting menu. It was an odyssey of highs and lows. I think it is fortunate to have a 2nd rosette.
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  • Best Restaurant in San Francisco
    Worldtravelorplus
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    World Class and among the best restaurants in the world. Food is innovative, service is impeccable and everything down to the cutlery and wine glasses is first class.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sorry my english is terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Al very very good. The food magnific. Maitines very nice
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Amazing dishes
    AFinSF
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We celebrated our 15th anniversary at Saison and literally had the best seat in the house. We sat right in front of the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs work their magic. The bartendar made me the most amazing cocktail - Tequila Daisy - and my husband enjoyed the wine pairing. My favorite dish was the Trout and I am still thinking about it! So amazing - the texture was just as good as the taste. Our waiter was a character and the same one we had last year. Made the evening that much better. Thanks for another great experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A "hot" meal
    SanRamonDad
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was incredible!! I would describe it as fusion that was heavily leaning toward seafood and poultry a light on red meat, which I like. The wine was free flowing and served by a person very schooled in winemaking and viticulture. The dining room and kitchen have no separation - so we were entertained with watching everything going into our meal preparation. I knew going into it that the bill would be pricey, and it was. But I was disappointed in that it was way too hot in the dining room. Perhaps this was due to the open kitchen that allowed the oven heat to flow into the dining area. But for the price we paid I would think that the restaurant should work some solution out.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simplicity with complex flavors
    Beersnob
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Saison is located in a brick building that exudes charm. The restaurant has an open kitchen that is marvelous to observe and it does not create any "clatter" or extra noise (not sure how they do it?). The tasting menu has 13 courses, two of which are beverages. The entire meal is orchestrated with impecable service, each course is described in complete detail. There are no "mystery" ingredients. The focus is seafood and feels very Japanese, four courses are eaten with chopsticks. The food is textured with multiple flavors and the botanicals used are interesting. After finishing 13 courses, you are sated, but not full. Save up, and go.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Steph
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Incredible food and service, such passion and enthusiasm for local sourcing and their own produce farming
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just not worth the $$$$
    QuintinVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I don't really have anything negative to say than compared to other tasting menus that I have done, this one is just overpriced. The food was very good but not epic. The service was great despite the arrogance in the air for the place. The wine pairings were epic and done exceptionally well. We went to Coi the previous night and it was u anamious that we enjoyed it better and it was less expensive.
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  • Innovation & execution
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Dining here was a breath of fresh air. Truly ahead of the time regarding our culinary scene. The discovery menu takes one on the ride of their life! A refinement of earty & rustic comes full circle. Chef & staff all work cohesively to bring anyone thee best experience possible. Still in awe. BRAVO! MAGNIFICO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is very good, but not great.
    pora
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food wise, almost all savory appetizers and mains were good/very good. The quality of food is consistent. However non of them were great enough for me to plan for a second visit. The desserts are ok but it was expected. The open kitchen was great. Overall, it is much better experience than what I had in Restaurant of Meadowood. However, if I am going to have another dinner in one of the fancy restaurants again, I'd prefer Manresa.
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  • Great experience
    AlwaysHungry
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Nothing negative to say about the food, the experience or the restaurant. Great dining room with great view of the open kitchen, very well planned space. The food is creative and delicious. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine, and are very attentive and friendly. Very high standards and quality restaurant, however the pricing is high even when compared to other top Michelin star restaurants in the world.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Save Up To Enjoy This Experience
    zingloversVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant dining experience was like no other. It was one of our top three dining experiences in the world (along with French Laundry and Joel Robuchon). We had the 21 course tasting menu along with the wine paring option. We felt it was worth it to get the 21 course menu, which provided us with delightful "wow" complete sensory experiences throughout the evening. We felt welcomed and cared for from the moment we stepped into the restaurant to the moment we left. Titillate your senses, it's worth it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pedro
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We past the most outstanding night. The service that we receive from all personnel was really a night that never we will forget. For us they are the best 3 Michelin Star restaurant in USA. Best off the Best. To the Chef and its staff you are a great team all my respect to SAISON.
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  • Perfect but for a few things
    Oscar
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was innovative, and spectacularly designed and presented, but lacked the anticipated variety: it was almost exclusively seafood, with only one meat dish and very few (although interesting and tasty) vegetables. The last bits of some exceptional items -- for instance, the abalone liver paste -- remained uneaten because there was no bread to wipe them up. Besides exceptional wines, one dish's 'wine' pairing was sake (unwarmed), another, beer. Even though beer is not meant to be sipped, just one good swallow was presented in a wineglass. At $48, the optonal cheese course's miniature portions of five selections seem overpriced. Otherwise seamless service didn't properly accommodate the non-drinker in the party. Once is enough.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • datenight
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was amazing, the wine pairing was a bit underwhelming compared to other restaurants of this quality and lagged a bit in service, resulting in us playing catch up to keep the pairings with the course.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Great entertainment
    fwfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a great evening. Watching the kitchen in action is entertaining and the service is smooth and welcoming. Were all of the courses sensational? No, but a few were outstanding, a few were interesting and a few not memorable. If you can afford to pay the bill, it is a fun evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • A Michelin 3 star restaurant!
    GoodfoodSt
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We ordered the 19 course meal with wine pairing. We started with a tea course and just before desert another tea course this is just an example of the symmetry in the meal. This is a chief focused on taste not show. The smoked salmon course brought lox to a whole new level of smokey delight. In the "crispy" salad each ingredient was fried to perfection all were light and tasty. Most of the courses had a depth of favor and added accents. We eat at at Saison three months ago and they corrected all the minor issues in my last review: service was perfect, the abalone was cooked correctly not rubbery, the meat course was brought up the the level of tasty to match the other course. Now the only issue is value? Wine pairing was outstanding!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding innovative food
    rob4wVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food here is innovative and some of the best I ever had. Although expensive this restaurant is worth it. There Is a very expensive and extremely expensive choice of fixed menus. But having eaten in some of the best restaurants in the world this is among the best and the best in San Francisco. I recommend it highly.
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  • Not worth it!
    OaktownVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was good with 3 exceptionally good dishes out of 13. Dessert was extremely disappointing! Panna cotta for main dessert?!! The best part of the meal was the inhouse butter. If Saison is charging premier prices, it should step up and produce world class dishes! The dessert chefs ruined the meal. With the price of the meal, we could have flown to Barcelona for real world class meal!
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  • Very expensive, but worth it.
    KavliBakken
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I went there with my wife to celebrate our one-year engagement. We first decided to go for the normal tasting-menu with vine-pairing. After the first course we changed to the “exploring”-menu with all the courses. We have had some experience with Michelin-star-restaurants, and although this is the most expensive I think it also had the best food I have ever tasted! All the 15-20 courses was an experience in itself, and the wine-pairing was perfect. I would highly recommend this place, for a special occasion! We also loved the "open Kitchen"-solution.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special experience
    Foodiefrienduloes
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We loved every moment of our evening at Saison- we got the best seat in the house, right in front of the kitchen, the staff was so attentive and warm, the dishes were adventures in a bite. We were never bored. We will always remember this very special evening!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Extravagant, luxurious and delicious, yet relaxed and without pretense.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh approach to fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Michelin described the ambience of Saison well, as being like someone's impossibly cool brick warehouse. Tables surrounding the kitchen make diners feel welcome without feeling imposing by keeping diners in the dim light around the periphery. The staff is attentive but never pretentious, and the preparations are consistently fresh, literally and figuratively (duck liver with beer, breadfruit, and chocolate - yes). The cocktail menu is innovative - who knew that bourbon, grilled popcorn, and salted caramel would work so well together? - and the teas and soda that serve as palate preparers and cleansers are soothing and memorable in their own right.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious Dining
    KellVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We loved our evening here. We were pampered and treated so well. The food though good was just not as special as we had anticipated by such rave reviews. I think it may have been an off night.
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  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The 15 courses were fun and experimental... in theory. However only two or three dishes actually worked. Too much focus on being clever and not enough on flavour and balance as all the dishes were over complicated and very over powering. There were even two dishes which we spit back out, which is a first for me. Enjoyed the totally open kitchen and the service was excellent. However at $800 for 2, with one of the cheapest bottles of wine I was expecting more, so quite disappointed. Maybe it was just an off day.
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  • Brilliant
    Tiger
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Wonderful experience - not to be missed! A night to remember
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable meal
    LTT88VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food was fresh, vibrant and colorful. We tried the longer menu and was very satisfied at the end of the meal. The open kitchen added to the experience. The music in the background was 70's and 80's and it was very different from the stuffy music from other restaurants. I can wait to see the new bar that is coming.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One less item for my bucket list
    Abanndun
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    While I won't be talking about the food as that is always changing, I can say this: 6 months ago my wife and I had our first child and I wanted to celebrate my new wife's status as a mother with a bang. Hence, instead of doing the normal jewelry item, I went for an experience that she wouldn't forget. We chose the extended menu and chose some drinks. You might be asking, is this experience so good that it would trump an expensive gift that she got to keep? To answer that I can tell you that the next day I took my wife to Burberry and she saw a purse for the same price as our dinner... she told me that even tho she absolutely loved the purse, nothing would ever match to the experience we had at Saison.
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  • unreal
    davidj
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    5 stars all the way. We had the more extensive tasting, I forget what it was titled, but everything was perfect. I lost count of the courses and each one was as good as the next. Service is unique- a different chef presents each course. You won't be disappointed. Since no one can get to the French Laundry every weekend it's great to have this here right in SF.
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  • The subtle is too subtle
    gr8guest
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    An over-the-top experience for foodies. The dining area includes the kitchen, note the stacked copper pots, the stainless steel doors, yet the tables /dinnerware are stunning and naturally beautiful. The ingredients are rare, some flown in from Japan, some found in your nearby meadow. And all the elite from the seafood world. The plates are bite-size (depending on which menu you choose). The labor that goes into each is certainly respectable. Every dish is refined and good. Three things I felt missed. One, the wine pairings didn't make the food pop, probably due to the one-bite portions. Secondly, there wasn't one thing that really stood out. And it had no Michelin star characteristic. But, then again, it was only $900 a pop.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Experience by Far
    Joslyn
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My boyfriend and I each got the tasting menu, leaving the discovery menu for our next time, and I got the wine pairing while he ordered exceptional cocktails throughout the night. The service was impeccable. The sommelier and server (Mathew) were very friendly. The dishes were seafood based - light and savory. I can't think of a compliment highly adequate enough. In total, there were about 18 courses, three of them dessert. As a bonus, we got a gift of earl grey brioche to take home.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saison Sublime
    RudyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Saison provided us with the most amazing meal we have ever had. Each bite was out of this world. So much so we went back the next night, a rare opportunity only made possible by a delightfully attentive team. Having dined at other great restaurants like Eleven Madison and Jean Georges, I can truly say Saison is a cut above others in its class in terms of the overall enjoyment and personalization of the experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in the city
    yg83
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    It may be very expensive, but it's an experience you will cherish the lifetime. Did "exploration" or something like that menu with 20 or more courses and wine pairing... it's an out of this world experience
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  • Theater for the palate!
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Saison is an extraordinary experience – theater for the palate! Consider this my standing ovation. To truly appreciate what this team has done you must go. Reading about their creations and courses only spoils the experience, and frankly doesn’t begin to capture the soul of a live performance. I would highly recommend the “orchestra” seating around the kitchen. From that vantage point you can witness both the artistry and precision as your anticipation builds for each course. None will disappoint and many are simply unparalleled.
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  • Nouvelle cuisine american style
    L2RnSF
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great variety of dishes, each of them prepared with fresh local ingredients and in unexpected combinations. The service was great, the place is intime looking at the more than 10 chefs cooking every meal for you. Music so 80' did not combine well with the concept of the restorant. Impressive french wine list, great somellier advice. The free of charge home /sparkling wine is lower quality than the dishes. The number of dishes excesive. And the final bill was extremely expensive, (~450$ pp) but the experience was overall great!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Hiro
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    From beginning to end, we enjoyed all items presented. Service is excellent and open kitchen is a good entertainment too. Many seafood, raw fish but I liked them all especially no soy sauce was used. It spoils all taste as Michael Mina does. Curious to have Discovery course next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 392 reviews are from the Saison reviews archive.
  • bill
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Two tasting menus, 16 course or 25 course. Many small courses primary fish some of which is fresh from Japan. A wonderful journey of unique flavors. Excellent wine paring. Outstanding service. With wine paring, cost is about $500 per person and worth every penny. A fabulous experience I highly recommend.
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