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Saison Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saisonsf.com
  • Phone: (415) 828-7990
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Only: Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • 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 (415) 828-7990

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here while visiting San Francisco last month. I would consider it to be more of an experience than just a meal. I normally don't like organ meats but I am glad I kept an open mind and tried everything that came to the table. The food was delicious and exquisitely presented. The wine pairings were beautiful. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Extravagant, luxurious and delicious, yet relaxed and without pretense."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful experience - not to be missed! A night to remember "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I made my husband take me here for my birthday. He knew what to expect so he didn't complain! It's located in such an odd location, near the ballpark. It's so simplistic on the outside, which is kind of cool. We walked in and were seated at the bar, which is small but cute and hip. We were served a great champagne, and the gin martinis were killer. Our servers and sommelier were great. We decided to go all out and order the discovery tasting with wine paring. Yes, it cost us $1200 for the two of us. Uni, caviar, more caviar, abalone, crab.......everything was so delectable! Near the end of the meal, I started taking a big bite, and passing the rest over to my husband because I was getting full. Thank you for a great birthday dinner! "
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The entire experience was extraordinary. The atmosphere very casual and for many of the courses, the chef who prepared the dish also presents it to you. The service was low-key but precise. The tasting menus are composed of many small dishes and each one seems to push the envelope in a different way."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The snazzy new location has lost the special atmosphere of the old Mission space, but the cuisine keeps getting stronger. Chef was away that evening (taking some time off to get married), but the kitchen did not skip a beat. We are a demanding bunch of grumpy professional food writers, but nearly every dish deserved a standing ovation. Particularly noteworthy: the coal-kissed tai sea bream-wrapped monkfish liver with salted cherry blossoms and leaves, caviar with smoked sturgeon kombu jelly, uni-seaweed-bread sushi, a beautiful sweet wafer cookie of squab liver, pecans, and wild mushroom that melted like a Communion Host on the tongue, explorations of sea cucumber... Hey Michelin: Why no three stars for Saison?"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The only thing we didn't like about our experience was that it had to end. From our greeting at the door to the service and the food, everything was terrific. There was an entire cast that was involved in preparing and serving our meal, and every one of them was both professional and personable. The food was exquisite, well paced and well portioned. This isn't an everyday restaurant, but it will certainly be at the top of the list when we want something special."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very interesting ingredients. A lot of raw seafood which is not my preference. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "An incredible experience. Impeccable presentations. Very innovative and beautifully executed food. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "In all fairness, food was sublime and the visit was an experience. But we felt that everything was pretentious and contrived. And it was outrageously expensive. We didn't feel that the price was justified. We won't be going back. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Saison was perfect, food, service, everything. Much more than what I expected."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Open kitchen experience...took the wine pairing w the pre set menu ,and as I, be prepared to be impressed. You palate on your tongue will experience 2 hours of plaisir! All explained in an ambience of subtle- chic- elegance from all whom you will encounter including the chef. I did discover a great wine from the Adreatic Sea area! The sommelier was very engaging iand informative. The waiting staff and chefs were just as enamoring. The chef extraordinaire! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Given the price tag, $250 per person, the food needs to be unbelievably good, which it is. And the open kitchen is marvelous to watch the chefs crafting the bite-sized dishes that are true works of culinary art. Wine paring, also $250 pp felt like a rip off. Its one thing to marvel at craftsman creating sublime dishes, it's another to pop a cork. The table (for two) was designed with an iron leg directly at the middle edge, resulting in me cracking my knee cap on it, even with the hostess warning me to watch the bar. I had to sit "side saddle" all night. Wide table made conversation harder, and LED spotlights cast eerie shadows on our faces. I sound like I'm nitpicking, but for $1000 for two, all should be perfect."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Saison has long been on the list for my girlfriend and I, and was at least my own first foray into Michelin-rated dining. I can honestly say that we could not have picked a better choice for her birthday dinner, and for an excellent night of dining and wine. Service was impressive, although the sommelier and our primary waiter left a couple of things to be desired as far as their knowledge and tact. It was not enough to ruin an evening, but it did leave a sour taste in our mouths. What did NOT leave a sour taste was the food - better food I have not had in all my days. Our chef, Scott, was in perfect form and his food left us wanting more and more. It's expensive, but worth every penny, to come here - but you will not regret it."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The ambience is wonderful, the precision of execution without peer, and the quantity of different flavors in a single bite more varied that seemingly possible. However, most likely due to the prevalence of raw fish and seafood, my wife felt discomfort during the meal and fell ill immediately afterward. While some people may swoon over the exotic ingredients, we found them to be a little too exotic for us."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Be prepared for the $970 dollar price tag for 2 standard tasting menus and a shared wine pairing. There is an option for an extended menu at a price of $400/person. Unparalleled wine list for those of you interested in going off the wine pairing route. Spectacular meal."
    Dined on 3/28/2014