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About Benu

Benu offers a set tasting menu. In order to provide you with the best dining experience, we require advance notice for guests with dietary restrictions. For guests avoiding gluten, we are unable to completely remove soy sauce. It is used in many of our base preparations.

Reduction in party size is subject to availability. If there is no smaller table available, the reservation will be forfeited and the new party size will be placed on the wait list for the evening.

Due to the length of the meal and quiet ambiance of the dining room, we do not allow young children unless they are able to partake in the full tasting menu. Many guests are celebrating a special occasion and look forward to a relaxing, uninterrupted evening. Thank you for understanding.

We request a credit card to hold this reservation. In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 48 hrs notice the credit card will be charged $295.00/person.

22 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Reservations available Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30pm and Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm.

Cross Street:
Howard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 685-4860

Website:
http://www.benusf.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for further information.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at the restaurant for $20.

Executive Chef:
Corey Lee

Private Party Facilities:
Benu offers a customized private dining experience for parties of all sizes. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance for anytime. Please contact us for more details.

Private Party Contact:
Sinead Quach: (415) 685-4860 ext. 117

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benu Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.8

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4.6

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4.2

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86% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I expected more for a three stars restaurant. How disappointing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was well done, but there was a LOT of it. I believe menu could stand to lose a couple plates. Beverage pairing is excellent (a must get)! Service was, frankly, mediocre for a 3 star Michelin restaurant. Inconsistent plate removal, inconsistent description of plates, etc. At one point two different waiters described the same plate differently, one after the next. Also, pace of meal was rushed. Yes, 8pm start time is late, but the meal was NOT relaxing. It was hurried. Less plates would have helped here as well.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Not nearly as memorable as our previous 2 visits. All the dishes had very similar flavor profiles. Previous times I remember a larger contrast between dishes, playing around with flavors. They’ve gone more traditional and seem to be playing it safe now.

Neither of us liked the pineapple dessert at all. It was a weird mixture of salty and sweet that didn’t work. We pointed it out nicely and although they overall were great to us I was a very surprised they didn’t offer to bring us something else instead especially since we barely touched them.

I’m pretty bummed, I used to consider Benu one of the best culinary experiences anywhere. I wouldn’t have minded the price hike if they’d kept their quality up. I doubt I’ll go again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The table I sat on was roughed underneath and damaged my tights seriously. Not really happy with the noise as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service and delicious food. We were so full and satisfied by the end of the night.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Tables are close together. The guy next to me was chewing with his mouth open and it was very disturbing. Otherwise, was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A truly memorable dinner. Beautifully crafted and delicious. Service was friendly, unpretentious and very prompt. In my view, they set the bar.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First, the food was amazing. It ranks up there with some of the other top Michelin restaurants we've eaten at, if not one of the best. However, that is on food alone. The service was slightly under my expectation level for this type of restaurant. Depending on who brought your course, it was hard to hear what was in the dish, and I noticed inconsistencies in the explanations from table to table - some gave more or less information on the same dish (you sit close enough to hear). Also, be aware the wine list is quite expensive. Most bottles are more than $200. I noticed quite a few tables without any wine. Again, I would rank the food as one of the best restaurants I've eaten at, but when I couple it with service it falls down a couple notches. Compared to a regular restaurant, the service is top notch, but it fell short of Per Se in NYC or Arnolfo in Italy. All that said, I would definitely return as the food is absolutely delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

great food, creative as it should be. Service is also impeccable

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is so nice and comes quickly one by one. So good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is Our 11th Anniversary, after so many Michelin restaurants, I never thought Benu will surprised me. Eat how fancy is not problem, material how delicate is not problem, the problem is how you concerned your customer. When waiter comes with music box, and played Elvis’ song “love me tender”, I’ll be big fan with chef. Yep! It is Benu!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Inventive and familiar dishes. Some disappointing, some excellent. Love the attentive service. Probably will not return though.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I've had Benu's cookbook for about 3 years now and have always wanted to try the restaurant. Decided to spend Christmas in California and drove from LA to San Francisco for our highly anticipated dinner. Everything was very good, but perhaps our expectations were higher since we have heard SO many great things about it, that it fell below what we had anticipated. I really wanted to love this place! We did love the outdoor space with all the clay pots and our server was great as well!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Spectacular tasting menu with unique tastes appealing to all of ones senses.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Yes, Santa, this is a three star dining experience. Well orchestrated Prix fixe totalling over a dozen courses. No weak links. Quite a few stunning highlights. Thousand year old duck egg kicked it off and high standards throughout. We opted for the wine pairing which underscored the food perfectly. Service was top notch. What a great way to end a memorable year of eating out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The finest meal I’ve ever had. Impressed!

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 (Perth / WA)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Hands down the best dining experience and meal I’ve ever had . I have eaten very well all over the world and I must say Benu out shines all my other meals

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is my and my husband’s favorite restaurant. Ever. We have eaten here four times and have never had a dish that we didn’t enjoy or absolutely love. Chef Lee is a creative genius. And Master Sommelier Ha selects each beverage pairing (including teas) with a sensitivity and paternalism that makes the dining experience like no other. We beg you - never leave San Francisco!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Don’t believe anybody who says this place isn’t a wonderful dining experience!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent food, exceptional service but not close to worth the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We loved our sommelier and he food was OUTREGEOUS

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Benu is one of the best restaurant in San Francisco, chef use the ingredients very well, unique cooking skills, well balance of the flavour. Each dishes are very tasty. Beautiful presentation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Benu did not disappoint! It was an innovative take on Asian fare. Highly recommend sharing the wine pairing if dining as a pair.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was great. Several courses were unforgettably delicious. Piece of advice for future diners: don't hesitate to use valet parking.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Both the food and service are quite fantastic! It's not easy to go many times because of the price but I really want to visit again

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice, simple decor. Generally attentive service. Interesting and unique food, with some really wonderful bites. Nice wine pairings. However, some of the courses missed the mark on flavor and/or balance. And, one "course" was actually a flurry of several dishes served one after the other (even if we weren't finished eating the prior dish) ... would have been better to space them out a bit and put them on the menu as separate courses. Finally, not the best value when compared to other similar experiences (e.g., Commis in Oakland, L'Atelier - Joel Robuchon in Vegas).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Just incredible!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

It s perfect meal. Service excellent n very professional, requested No beef n pork & they preoared well in advanced, food was extremly yummii, the portion just perfect, the taste was excellent from begining to the end. The most satisfying 3 michelin 3 star

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

No words can do justice to an exceptional dining experience. So unpretentious and ingratiating service only added to the amazingly creative memorable menu.
Good to know that subsequent visits will be customized so dishes that we ate are not repeated - THAT'S AMAZING.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

stunning--every single intricate dish was amazing. some of the deepest and tastiest flavors i will ever have the pleasure of enjoying. absolutely night and day from my experience at saison (only other comparable experience i've had...). service was warm and inviting, bev service from the somm was flawless with great pairings. totally unforgettable!!! * * *

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing. Everything was too prevent to describe. If you can go, then go.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Overpriced and overrated. Everything was just ok. Desserts were terrible! The whole experience was underwhelming for a three star Michelin Star restaurant and an over $1,000 dinner for two. Would not come back and would not recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Sterile environment (maybe it was just the upstairs room?). The environment was the biggest disappointment, it lacked any personality—it was so serious, it felt like we were eating in a silent interrogation room. Great starters but mediocre food overall especially for the price point. Mix of experienced and amateur waiters. Enjoyed the sommelier but his wine pairings were not so impressive. Overall a disappointment as I had anticipated coming here for a long time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best dinner in my whole life. 12 hrs of flight was worth it. What can I say more

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

What can I say? This was our second visit. Our first visit was when it had 2 stars. Blown away by the food and the service. Coming back again soon. Totally deserves the 3rd star.
Wanted to mention that the reservation process was easy unpretentious (unlike other 3 star restaurants like French Laundry).

This is exactly how I wish to be treated if I am spending north of $2000 with wine and tips.
Thomas Keller (or team member) take note.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

You won't be expecting something "Truly Chinese", "Truly Korean", or "Truly Japanese" here at Benu. What you will experience is an amazing collision and fusion of eastern and western cultures - from ingredients to cutlery to flavor to the ways they are cooked and served.

I first tried to categorize the courses by culture such as "ah this one is from China", "ah this one is French", etc, but I immediately realized that this is not a good idea - the value Benu wants to deliver, I think, is a successful mix of attitudes to food from different cultures. Even if sometimes you might get lost in the center of the swirl.

All courses are perfectly cooked, indeed.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing from door to door. Exceptional food. Impeccable service. Well deserving of 3 stars.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Brilliantly delicious innovative dinner. Beverage pairing was interestingly dynamic, well done.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Utterly out-of-this-world perfection. Most delicious, incredibly feast for all senses.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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