We also request a credit card to hold your reservation and require all bookings to be confirmed by phone or email 3 - 5 days in advance. If we are unable to confirm with you using the contact information provided, your reservation will be cancelled 2 days prior to the reservation date at 5:00 pm.
In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 2 days notice, the credit card will be charged the full menu price per guest ($295).
Due to the length of the meal and quiet ambiance, 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.
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
What Insiders Are Saying
You've probably heard about Benu and its 16 courses. But is it worth it? Here's what goes down.
It was my wife’s birthday . We hosted another couple. The whole experience was perfect. The courses were all delicious and the presentations were impressive. The service was impeccable. The right amount of time in between servings. The servers were knowledgeable about all the servings and were able to answer questions we had about any of the dishes presented , in detail. It was a great, memorable evening
Benu is not a restaurant you drop into for a casual meal. The price is up there with most expensive reaturants in the country. That said our meals did not disappoint. The number of pre-appetizers takes a hour to get through. We lost count. Every serving was quite exquisite. Worth the trip and wait if its in your budget. I’m still amazed at the quail. Those were not the ones I hunted as boy.
The food options were very interesting and very diverse. The meal ended with amazing desserts that cleaned the palette completely!
Ivy was an outstanding server and very knowledgeable about the food and preparation. The service was amazing and the pace was just right!!
Painfully over rated. Food intended for entertaining the chef, not the guest.
From the moment you step in the door to the moment you drive off the valet area, the experience was phenomenal. Never have I had such amazing service by staff at a establishment. I don’t even know where to begin. Food was amazing. Staff was amazing. Atmosphere was amazing. Everything was amazing! We even got to meet their master sommelier Yoon Ha who came by request and gave us an excellent wine recommendation.
One of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve ever had in my life! Come very hungry!!
Wonderful service and ambiance Great wine list. Very interesting flavors and foods. Sommelier was very helpful, especially in the selection of a sake to go with several items on the tasting menu
Amazing. Speechless. Words cannot describe how truly amazing this experience was. From the amazing service to the amazing food. Easily on the top of one of the best experiences of my life. Easily. Thank you Kathy for being an amazing captain and thank you Chef Corey for the unbelievable food experience.
those 4 pictures are my favorite 😁nice service and food. You should try that
Going to SF only for Benu?
I already did.
I even didn’t go to the golden gate bridge!
Excellent presentation. Well worth.
Fantastic experience, have to say that the starter bites were almost better than actual courses of the meal. Really enjoyed it all. No complaints here.
Amazing food combinations that are well balanced and unique. Heavy influences from Korean cuisine combined with Chinese and Japanese flavors presented with French style. Service was above and beyond, with attention to every detail. A must try at least once in your life. Best restaurant on my list now.
Great birthday experience. The steak and quail are cooked right to the point, juicy and tender. What I love the most is the mussel in delicacies. Several kinds of vegetables are sliced into pieces and stuffed into the mussel, making the dish a beautiful artwork. The service is perfect as well.
I expected more for a three stars restaurant. How disappointing!
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.
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.
The table I sat on was roughed underneath and damaged my tights seriously. Not really happy with the noise as well.
Great service and delicious food. We were so full and satisfied by the end of the night.
Tables are close together. The guy next to me was chewing with his mouth open and it was very disturbing. Otherwise, was amazing.
A truly memorable dinner. Beautifully crafted and delicious. Service was friendly, unpretentious and very prompt. In my view, they set the bar.
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.
great food, creative as it should be. Service is also impeccable
Food is so nice and comes quickly one by one. So good.
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!
Inventive and familiar dishes. Some disappointing, some excellent. Love the attentive service. Probably will not return though.
Not as awesome as we had expected. My mom has a mussel allergy and we let the server know, they noted they would try and find an alternative for the course but never actually came to follow up again. Understand dietary is hard to accommodate with set menus but if you can't accommodate better to let us know that never follow up.
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!
Spectacular tasting menu with unique tastes appealing to all of ones senses.
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.
The finest meal I’ve ever had. Impressed!
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
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!!!
Don’t believe anybody who says this place isn’t a wonderful dining experience!
Excellent food, exceptional service but not close to worth the price.
We loved our sommelier and he food was OUTREGEOUS