Saul
Saul

Saul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saulrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (718) 935-9844
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday:11:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm -3:00pm
    Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Saul Bolton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Take the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfers to the 2 and 3 are available from the 4 and 5 (at Nevins Street) and the B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street). See a subway map. Current MTA construction projects are leading to frequent changes to 2 and 3 service, particularly on the weekends. Please check MTA
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Brooklyn Museum parking lot extends a $2.00 discount off the applicable posted rate,
A word from Saul
After 14 successful years in the neighborhood, Boerum Hill’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Saul, has moved to a new and larger space in the world-renowned Brooklyn Museum. Chef Saul Bolton has collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum and Restaurant Associates to bring the vibrant community a remodeled and refined version of the lauded New American restaurant. Chef Bolton also oversees food and beverage for the Museum’s café, the Counter.

Available a la carte, prix fixed, or via a chef’s tasting, the menus at Saul are inspired both by the season’s bounty, as well as the products and ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s long-standing artisanal purveyors. Guests will find a number of old favorites on the menu, in addition to several re-imagined newcomers. To complement Chef Bolton’s fare is Saul’s impressive wine list and cocktail program where mixologist Dan Carlson has created a number of seasonal libations for guests to enjoy.

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Saul reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (22)great for brunch (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (11)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • uninspired
    hrhlucky
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    what happened? his first place was so good...boring and limited on the brunch menu. I have had more food on a tapas dish...staff was frowning and edgy the whole time. Bet they have a high turn over of staff. I have a strong restaurant back ground...this was just sad. The only thing it had going for it was convenience...
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  • Saul's disappoints
    museum
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was poor. Food was too salty and small portions
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  • Confused
    NotjustaboutthefoodVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    A colleague and I had dinner at Saul's for the first time after visiting the museum. Appetizers simple and very good however very small portions and high prices for what was given. My fish entree came out so overcome, dried out and so small I couldnt enjoy it and sent it back to chef thinking it was a mistake. The waitress brought it back and said there was nothing wrong with it but was bringing me a new one. 15 minutes later I had the most delicious piece of perfectly cooked and nicely portioned fish as ever I had eaten. I don't know why the chef returned the poor Oy prepared dish but I did appreciate and enjoy the second entree very much. Our waitress brought us dessert on the house.
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    good for groups
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  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    What a great space. I love the ambiance of the restaurant. And it is quiet so you can have a real conversation. The staff was very helpful, friendly and unobtrusive but observant of our needs. It would be great if there were a few more lunch a la carte items. We really enjoyed the experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    mkb6279
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    First impression--overpriced. The food was very good, and the museum location is nice, so I will go back anyway to give it one more chance. Perhaps my opinion will change.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Exception food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is an amazing addition to the BK Museum. We had a delicious brunch prior to seeing an exhibit. The service was poor. Waited 10-15 for a cocktail order. Twice.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • jd123VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    attractive, food was fresh and thought-through carefully. Good Fritatta, great scones.
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    good for groups
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  • MandBVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My wife doesn't eat eggs so we have to be careful when booking for brunch. The menu at Saul's listed on both its own web site and Open Table's listed plenty of options for her. Unfortunately the actual menu had nothing but eggs. The manager, obviously not an Open Table fan, basically said too bad, we haven't changed the web site for years. He also belittled us for being Open Table VIP members and said everyone is. Although the food was good it is disappointing that no one cares about their customers.
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  • wonderful meal
    NCCBK
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    chose Saul as the restaurant for my boyfriend's parents and my parent's would meet. was a perfect choice.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • cah251VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had an early dinner after a day at the museum. The food was very good however, I thought the price points were high for the venue and would have been more appropriate at 15 - 20% less.
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  • Trying hard
    DianeMVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The Sunday brunch menu is wondrous. The decor is lovely. The service staff is pleasant but spotty and coordination with the kitchen is a work in progress. The Pandora mix coming over the speakers drowns out any chance of conversation. It's obviously trying hard to find its definition but when it addresses its difficulties it will become more than a restaurant oasis in the museum. It could become a destination in itself if it resolves its challenges! It needs to up its game to justify its prices. It has many of the elements to be fabulous.
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  • Memorable Birthday Celebration
    foodie4sure
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Well taken care of from the moment we got there till we left. The food was beautiful to look at as well as delicious. Accommodating for our dietary concerns was done was such ease.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Nice
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurant is inside the Brooklyn museum. There weren't many people there, maybe bc it's new? Or people just don't know about it? I had the ribeye which was so flavorful, it was really lovely. Every single thing we ate from appetizer to dessert was amazing. Service was very attentive as well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday brunch
    MadameChef
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were disappointed as we thought it was going to be nicer. If we had landed there because we were at the museum, it would have been better but we went out of our way to try Saul's. The brunch choices had No savory starters and we were more interested in lunch type choices than brunch. The food was good but no one at the table said, wow, this is delicious.
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    good for groups
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  • Saul's at the Brooklyn Museum
    chavala
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Saul's for dinner at the Brooklyn Museum is a nice restaurant - the food is very good with some highlights that are exceptional - the burrata and the bread are yummy. However, overall it is not a cutting edge restaurant. I appreciated the service which was lovely and on a trip away from home, that element is much appreciated. The place felt a bit isolated and certainly a "distance" from a happening scene. I would recommend this place - for middle aged or older diners.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great cocktails, creative plates that are whimsical and flavorful. Staff was outstanding, always right there when you needed them.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Fabulous
    happycamper
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Saul is still a fabulous restaurant. The new location, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is much bigger and much brighter while the food remains delightful, imaginative, and delicious. We always get the tasting menu and that did not disappoint in a single dish. From the crudo to the petit four, the presentation delighted and the flavor pleased. We received excellent service without it being obtrusive or cloying. If you haven't made the trip to the new site, you are robbing yourself of one of the best dining experiences around. And you can visit a good museum on the same trip.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • undiscovered gem
    HeadfirstVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Relocated to the Brooklyn Museum from restaurant row on Smith Street, Saul suffers from a mysteriously lacklustre atmosphere, just as it did in its last incarnation. In both cases the space itself is a little sterile and under-dressed. Which is a complete shame when you taste the food. If I were to be persnickety,in contrast to the room, the food is a little overwrought and fussy in its presentation, but totally delicious - I went for Sunday brunch on a fine Fall day and it should have been standing room only, but was almost empty. I shall be going back to try dinner - this place should be a neighborhood haunt.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Treasure
    MomoVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    There are many beautiful treasures in the Brooklyn Museum yet don't overlook Saul - the restaurant where you can dine leisurely after touring the museum. The food is prepared deliciously by a team who caters to a wide variety of palettes and Saul offers a spirits and wine list to satisfy your current thirst craving. The staff sincerely wants you to enjoy your dining experience and is very helpful with offering suggestions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Hidden Gem
    Ascension
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Saul is the crown jewel amongst gems. The decor is inviting and tranquil. The service was delightful. With the backdrop of the Brooklyn Museum at your fingertips, you are taken to a place of romance, enlightenment and fun. Saul enables to experience the best of Brooklyn while simultaneously being with great friends with the likelihood of meeting new ones. When you leave you feel lighter and like you're your in love. To experience Saul is to experience the best of what NY has to offer.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redefining museum quality
    TdineVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food, service, tableware, and menu are all perfectly conceived and executed at Saul. It's every bit as delightful in its new Brooklyn Museum home as the original on Smith St. For me the beauty of Saul always was and still is its balance. Elegantly low key, sophisticated but never pretentious, ambitious yet never gratuitously complex, and a perfect blend of confidence without arrogance. A meal at Saul: You will eat extremely well, be treated better than you would treat yourself and tell everyone about the lovely evening over and over again.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nobody there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Museum was closed so place was empty. Very weird walking through a closed museum to get to the restaurant. Nowhere was this clear on the website. I wIll not go back.
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  • Great dinner at Saul - recommended
    Frinycvdmfflse
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had dinner at Saul in September 2014 on recommendation of a friend. We had the octopus and burratta to start. The octopus was incredible - definitely made the restaurant worthy of a Michelin star. The burratta was very good as well but I was slightly critical as just had fresh burratta in Italy and that was better; still, this was the best burratta I've had outside Italy by far. The accompanying vegetables in each dish were very fresh and flavourful. Next, for my main course, I had the duck. Very good but slightly over cooked. For desert, shared the baked Alaska. Very rich but still very good - maybe worth sharing given richness but definitely recommended. $75/each à la carte. Service was very, very, very good. A+ staff.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Akka2323
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are from Germany and in N.Y. for 14 days. We tried last year to eat at Saul's, but is was closed. The dinner was very good. Small but enough, very fresh and with fantasy. It was the best dinner we had in N.Y.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • location, location?
    familyman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant, a sophisticated room located within the Brooklyn Museum, had a refined atmosphere and service, but its location proved disappointing for a Saturday evening dinner when the museum itself was closed. Everything was simply too reserved. Friends had recommended the restaurant as a good choice for a special occasion, and indeed service was quite attentive. But the combination of few other diners and an unimaginative menu made it less than satisfying for me. This restaurant was originally on a thriving street in Cobble Hill where it should have stayed.
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  • Second Date Magic
    Raul
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great, the service impeccable. It was truly 5 star dining in Brooklyn. The foie gras was amazing as was the porchetta. The chef only uses farm fresh ingredients and it shows. I will definitely be coming back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Tasting Menu
    ollie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were lucky enough to get a tasting menu prepared by Saul himself. It was excellent and worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • fine dining at the Brooklyn museum
    billlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    never know what to expect in an institutional setting, so just delighted to find a gem at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Room, service, food presentation and tastes were all terrific. best octopus salad (and most unusual) ever. The amuse bouche was beautiful (yellow watermelon, etc.). Scallops terrific with corn and guaciale. Dessert does not live up to rest of menu, however. Cannot wait to return
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  • Terrific Food and Great Service
    MariaMVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Saul was always a special treat for us when it was on Smith Street. So, I was a little leery of the new location. But, the space is beautiful and quiet. The food was as good or better than I remember. I had the grilled octopus, which was divine. Others in my party had the foie gras, duck, and skate. All were supurb. Finished the meal off with a perfect baked alaska. Service was also attentive, but not overwhelming. Perfect. Worth the trek to the new space.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    mommiemorris
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were fans of the original Saul and have eaten brunch at the new museum location twice. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient and the noise level is refreshingly low. The atmosphere is grown up, as befitting a museum setting, but kids are made welcome. Both times we went it was not very busy. I like that the restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem, but I also want it to thrive, so it stays around a long time. Hence why I'm writing this review (something I wouldn't typically do) to help spread the word.
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  • Great food at a good price
    Joel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Inside the Brooklyn museum. Food was very good though not exceptional. The price was right. Atmosphere was a little weird at 8pm in a deserted museum - the ambiance feels more like a museum cafe than a restaurant
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food as always
    Clintonhiller
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Saul's new location is very different from the Smith street spot. The room is beautifully appointed and rest assired that the cooking and service are as exceptional as ever!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ease up on the salt
    lesssaltplease
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was wonderful and most of the food was delicious. The combinations of ingredients were great, inventive but not too bizarre. Grilled octopus salad, tiny corn and mushroom custard--fantastic. However, the scallop dish with peas, guanciale, and chanterelles was almost unbearably salty, especially the chanterelles, which each tasted like they'd been dipped in salt before being put in the dish.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and tasteful
    hv3456
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Saul is a perfect museum restaurant with a good selection of appetizers and entrees, and a solid cocktail menu complete with small batch liquors and other things you've come to expect from the Brooklyn foodie scene. The baked bread they bring to the table was also very good. Everything was perfectly cooked, including the octopus appetizer, and my duck breast dinner was simply delicious. Portions are good, and our baked Alaska dessert was the perfect cap to our meal. I have nothing negative to say about my experience here.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Excellent fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our dinner at Saul was perfect. The service was good; the Ai Wei Wei bicycle sculpture was visible through the long, narrow interior windows between the restaurant and the museum; the food was delicious-- seasonal and thoughtfully made and presented. We both had seafood: our scallops and skate were prepared as seafood should be, and the baked Alaska made a memorable conclusion to a memorable meal. Some reviews described the museum setting and guards as unwelcoming; we found that claim to be completely untrue. My only disappointment is that the outdoor dining doesn't have a good view of the nearby sculpture garden. The indoor dining room is therefore nicer and more suited to an art museum.
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  • Everything is yummy!
    HiddenVillageOfBrooklyn
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have yet to eat one badly prepared dish at this restaurant. Everything is delicious! The service is always wonderful too.
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  • Good try but not quite there!
    Neverdisappoints
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was looking forward to eating at Saul after reading all the great reviews. Planned a trip to the Brooklyn Museum and included lunch at Saul. The restaurant has potential but did not live up to expectations. The menu was fairly limited and unimaginative. Not that many options worth trying. Service was young and helpful but seemed inexperienced. The restaurant is quite pricey so expected much more, but would have been disappointed at half the price! To be fair, this may not be the best location for a restaurant that claims to be fresh, locally sourced and innovative.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 159 reviews are from the Saul reviews archive.
  • Saul, 7/23/14
    Andy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was very good, portions a bit on the small side, but adequate for lunch. Service was rather slow, but at least the staff was sympathetic about it and insisted on giving me my dessert "on the house"!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully an off day
    bobe
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Sunday Brunch will not be repeated. The recipe concepts were very good. The execution was poor. Toast was burned, fritata was overcookedand croisants were a disaster.
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  • Great Brunch!
    Caley
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great Brunch - perfectly cooked eggs! Service was fab - young lady did a really great job! Great drinks and food!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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