Sens Restaurant
Sens Restaurant
  • Address:
    4 Embarcadero Center
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Mediterranean
    Price: $31 to $50

Sens Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sens-sf.com/
  • Phone: 4153620645
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 8pm
    DINNER: Monday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Michel Adams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sens offers local catering within the Embarcadero Center and it's surrounding buildings. Please call (415)627-0747 for more information.
  • Entertainment: Sens Restaurant is conveniently located in the Embarcadero Center, Downtown San Francisco. The Embarcadero Center schedules several fun events and entertainment throughout the year, please visit embarcaderocenter.com for special event schedules and current parking information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Drumm
  • Public Transit: If you are traveling by BART, exit at Embarcadero Station. Walk up Drumm St. pass the Hyatt Regency and turn right to enter the street level of Embarcadero Center 4. Take two escalator flights up to the Promenade Level. Sens entrance is located a few yards down the walkway on your left.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking lots located in Embarcadero Centers 1 thru 4. Four hours free parking after 5PM M-F & all day Sat. with validation stamp. Daytime parking M-F first hour free, second & third hours are $4 each with validation stamp. Metered street parking also available.
A word from Sens Restaurant
Sens is French for the word meaning "Sense," which refers to the faculties of sight, sound, smell, and taste that humans perceive this as stimuli originating from the body inside and out.

At Sens we love the process of cooking and its end result, complete happiness. Our inspiration is that of the Mediterranean with its wonderfully diverse cultures and cuisines. Our goal is not to redefine or reinvent their cuisine but rather to refine, refresh and create delicious and beautiful food. We use only the finest local ingredients and exotic spices to elevate our classic and modern techniques. Our destination is and will always be the same, to develop and perfect the flavor, fragrance, texture and composition of each dish while creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Sens Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (50)great for lunch (48)good for groups (37)fit for foodies (31)great for outdoor dining (28)special occasion (23)romantic (15)vibrant bar scene (14)neighborhood gem (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (10)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Meh
    RMS12
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Met a friend for lunch here because the location was convenient and we liked the menu on paper and the idea of a nice view. The setting is nice, but our food was only ok. Wouldn't rule out going back, but definitely wouldn't make a special trip there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food; so noisy we couldn't hear the person next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best happy hour bar + Awesome food
    sanfrancisconative
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sens, without a doubt, is the best happy hour spot in the city. Located on the top floor of Embarcadero 4, the combination of an indoor and outdoor patio, with an amazing view of the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge, makes this restaurant the ultimate destination for after work drinking and socializing. Plus, with great happy hour drink prices and less pretentious bartenders than other bars makes Sens a definite go-to spot. Dinner here is an amazing dining treat. With a huge wine list, exotic mouth watering appetizers and quite inventive and wonderful entrees, you will not be disappointed. Knowledgeable and attentive service only adds to the experience. Eat here and eat here often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sens, always a pleasure
    CondesaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This Embarcadero Center restaurant overlooks the Embarcadero. The food is creative, flavorful, Mediterranean, something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Got seated by the window with a stunning view of the Embarcadero, Ferry Building and the bay bridge. The Business Lunch @ $20 a super-duper value and food was delicious; portions were copious. The grilled octopus app was perfect - could have had 2 of these as my lunch. I'm coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service at lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The waiter took our appetizer way to early. The service was very slow.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too much salt!!
    iwilltestyourresturant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    each and every dish ( we had 4 people ) eating at least 2 -3 dishes each ….was too SALTY!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place to spend time!
    Goodrestaurants
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, Sens is a friendly and pleasant restaurant for lunch, dinner and drinks! They have always made me feel welcome and the service has always been friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable group lunch
    hqstir
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a staff going away lunch for 8 people. There was large party in the private room which caused a delay in our entrees, however the hostess/manager (?) comp'd our appetizers to compensate for the delay. The lamb burgers were tasty, paella flavorful and lemonades refreshing. No CC required for our reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    eldenstein
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Staff and wait staff very nice and gave us a window table as requested. Even moved it around so we could max out the view. The food was imaginative, using excellent ingredients. I found my Day Boat Scallops somewhat overwhelmed by the pancetta's salty taste, but my dining companions had no complaints. Our waiter gave us a complimentary birthday dessert, the Creme Fraiche Cheesecake - fantastic. We also shared an Strawberry Almond Cake dessert - fantastic. Overall, I would certainly return - the view of the Bay Bridge lights is magnificent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Possibly overlooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We really like Sens. It 's conveniently located in the Embarcadero Center and they validate your parking ticket. The food has a Tunisian influence and is quite good. Ask for a table with a view of the Bay Bridge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9HungryArchitects
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Sens is on my top 10 list of "regulars" as a restaurant where I take staff, clients, and groups to for lunch and dinner. The menu is imaginative, the service is good, and the location (especially for out-of-town guests) is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WallaceVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I've been to Sens many times. The last couple of times I found it somewhat disappointing, the food okay but not terrific, the service lackluster at best (pleasant but not sparkling or anticipatory) and the noise level much higher than I remember.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    Kgirl
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by the views and warm decor. Would definitely go again! The food is very good and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, food, cocktails.
    Raulchavez
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I went to ele rate my girlfriends birthday and the good was exceptional. The service was great. And the cocktails were delicous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    MDub
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience here - the food is amazing, the wen list phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great Scenic view on a beautiful sunny day. Overlooks the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food & wonderful scenic view
    occasionaniteout
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    great location near ferry building. seated with views of the bay bridge. large table for a 6 but too dark. food was great but couldn't really see it. drinks were well made and decor was nice. really enjoyed the steak, apricot appetizer, pork belly was to die for, service was great but food and drinks took a little longer than wanted, not a fan of the lamb, whole fish was awesome but in the dark hard to pick out the bones, complimentary birthday cheesecake perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Delightful Break at Sens
    CaptBill
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My older sister, an attorney visiting from Philadelphia, joined me on Monday for lunch at Sens and was taken with the eclectic menu, the fresh, original recipes, and the panoramic view. Having spent two of her early years at a convent in Monaco, the French theme enchanted her. A highly attentive waiter was a nice finish to an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've had better
    Sfweekly
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Sens menu was fairly small and did not fit well for the picky dinners in our group. The starters were okay- nothing special but the short ribs were amazing. Our service was very lacking... And the restaurant was empty. This did not make sense to me. Drinks took forever and were often empty. The view is nice but this is not somewhere I'd dine again, there are too many great restaurants in the city to give Sens another try.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 611 reviews are from the Sens Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    CeliacFoodieTraveler88
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Sens. I had the scallops that were prepared perfectly while my boyfriend had the lamb also cooked very well. The ambiance is dark, romantic and reasonable quiet. They were more than happy to accommodate my gluten free requests (Celiac) and answered all of my many questions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too loud!
    NatashaSFVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We couldn't even hear each other speaking at dinner. The bar scene was so loud. The Mediterranean platter was strange and looked like it was plated up hours before we arrived. Good view of the ferry bldg though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly Delicious Find
    LisaGVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    What a great experience in every aspect. Devin, our waiter, was amazing. We asked him for his opinion on many of the dishes and he made some the best recommendations, including pairing the wine. For starters, the poached turkish apricots were very light and delicious (and won an award), but the lamb tartar was so incredibly fresh, it literally melted in your mouth. Next, we had the "fattoush" salad - definitely try it! It was so simple, yet tasted like it just came out of the garden. Devin even shared the recipe with us, with a little secret ingredient of tumeric. Who knew! At this point, my husband and I were getting full, so we shared the spare ribs. They melted off of the bone and into your mouth. Wow! Delicious! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View and good food, too!
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Since so many of SF's view restaurants have closed down (top of the Hilton, top of the BofA building, etc.), it's hard to find a place to take out of towners who want to enjoy some of the most scenic views in America. Sens to the rescue!! Overlooking the Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge, go for the view, but stay for the delicious food and the unique drinks. If you just want to go for cocktails, be sure to have some of the crispy stuffed olives to go with your drinks. The olives are stuffed with a meat mixture with Mediterranean spices and then breaded and deep fried. They are served with toasted almonds and a slightly sweet dipping sauce--fabulous!! The atmosphere here is very nice and on a warm day, you can have your drinks outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food prep
    BooBooVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Most of the dinner was very good, unfortunately the fish dish was overdone. They did comp us a desert to make up for the overdone fish. Except for this the food was very good. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just bad bad bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Bad food bad service. Our server was nice but not trained. I could have plated this food. I don't know how this place is still open. Oh, the bus people were very nice. That's it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Peter!
    Gojudi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our host was fabulous.. I'm claustrophobic and he made sure that I was at a very comfortable table even though the restaurant was crowded…Our Waitperson was delightful . The food was delicious and plentiful, and the drinks and the wine superb! We loved the ambiance and the spacious feel to the entire area, yet if was cozy and romantic. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food/View Carry Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    When we arrived for our reservation, there was nobody to greet us. After a few minutes of patiently waiting, we were left wondering if it was a "seat yourself environment". As a server passed by, I flagged her down to ask how we should go about being seated. Her response " Drinks?". I let her know we would like to eat as well, to which she replied " So drinks and apps". I let her know we had a reservation, and that we would like to be seated to enjoy a proper dinner. The Crab Tortellini was wonderful. I think the kitchen might be carrying the team in this restaurant. A very nice manager type greeted us on the way out (seated), but it would have been nice to start off on that foot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth going !!!!
    Stephane
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    really nice restaurant, great food, nice ambience; feels like a chalet !!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fattoush Salad Ever
    KateDetroit
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    This is a great restaurant located at the Embarcadero. The food is wonderful--fresh and tasty-- and the menu is unique. The fattoush salad was the best we have ever tasted. I had short ribs and my husband had swordfish; we highly recommend each. We had ice cream for dessert; it was 3 small scoops of flavorful ice cream that was just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth and not leave you overfilled. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time, great food & drink
    LunchtimeLouie
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Been meaning to hit this new incarnation of the old favorite. "Splendito's" for a while. We had a guy's birthday lunch and were all completely delighted! From cocktails, to the wine list, we were happy. The delicious chicken soup was just a warm up for the roster pork belly that was fabulous! Enjoy the stone interior and Bay view! A fun place to come as you are, or dress up to be seen. So ladies, break out those pointy pumps!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REALLY LOUD!!!!
    Grotts
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went there because the bar and restaurant menus sounded good. However, they have divided the restaurant in two parts and you can't get the bar menu in the restaurant nor the restaurant menu in the bar. Not good. Service was poor, forgot my wife's shellfish twice. Noise level is incredible, so loud that you cannot carry on a conversation. Won't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    mike
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    As usual, food was great and service was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing more rude than being rushed
    Ldif
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    The Waiter hand the bus boy repeatedly pushed us through the meal and the restaurants wasn't that full. The food and ambiance were good but this careless rushing ruined the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • But for the view . . .
    SFDiner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    . . . I would pass on this place. Food is just ok, presentation poor overall, service terrible, and pricey as are all things SF seem to be. Menu is very limited and food VERY salty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice place with a great view
    pprinterVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Sens has lasted longer than most restaurants in Embarcadero Center. A mid-level spacious restaurant featuring Mediterranean food. It's the view of the Bay that draws people here. They say that there are 3000 good restaurants in San Francisco and no bad ones, because they don't last. Sens has lasted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, slow service
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The slow service detracted from the good food. Lots of people in the restaurant but not so many that the service should have been affected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for lunch
    CALivingVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I've had lunch several times at Sens; this was only my second time there for dinner. I ate there with my hubby and we were seated right next to the bar, which made it difficult to carry on a conversation because of the noise level. Sens is one of the few places I know that doesn't honor happy hour prices in the restaurant and won't allow a happy hour drink to be brought into the restaurant. They lose a star for that policy. If I go again for dinner, I'll just eat in the bar. The atmosphere and decibel level are the same.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, But Pricey
    Shellz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I thought that Sens had great food, stellar views, and a fun ambiance. However, I also thought that portion sizes were small, and that the food was pretty overpriced. The service could have been better and more attentive, but was fine. It was a decent spot for a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've eaten at this restaurant
    Saundra
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've eaten at this restaurant numerous times and the food has never disappointed. The service is pleasant and according to your direction. Very enjoyable experience always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.