Benu

4.9
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Benu offers a fixed menu. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when making your reservation. Soy sauce, salt, and sugar are used in many of our base preparations and cannot be removed. If you have very severe allergies or a combination of restrictions, please contact us directly to confirm whether we’re able to safely modify your menu. We also request a credit card to hold your reservation and require all bookings to be confirmed by phone or email 4-6 days in advance. If we are unable to confirm with you using the contact information provided, your reservation will be cancelled 3 days prior to the reservation date at 5:00 pm. In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 2 days of notice, the credit card will be charged the full menu price per guest ($325). 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. Thank you for understanding.
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TP
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every item of food was truly unique. The explanation by the staff was very clear and welcome

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We’ll be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m still blown away by the culinary experience and Service. That the Benu team provides. The menu was beyond delightful. Loved the Asian influence and all the delicacies. Pictures speak for itself.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary dinner!

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Very beautiful dishes and tasty as well. I don’t like raw food so Benu is the right type of restaurant for me. Most of dishes are from China and Korea. If you like Asian food or want to try Asian food, then you will like it

S
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it. It's a month of daycare/preschool for one kiddo. But I like good food/booze, so does my husband, and I appreciated the multicultural, equal gender reppin that night.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most incredible restaurant on the West Coast, worth every penny and the entire trip!

LH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of food, drinks, presentation, and service.

SO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An upscale dining experience great for a date night. The food and service were excellent, but be prepared to spend some serious money.

MP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish looked like a masterpiece. The taste of the food divine. The minimalist decor soothes the senses and awakens imagination. Excellent service.

CC
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat visit to this exceptional restaurant. Interesting dishes, wonderful presentation, excellent wine pairing. Overall, an extraordinary experience.

JK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new found appreciation for ingredients I grew up with. A fascinating and well thought out twist on Korean and Chinese cuisine. One of the most perfect meals I’ve had. Every bite was a dream and the portions were perfect. Benu is an institution and a must visit if you’re in SF!

SC
London
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite dining experience to date. We went for our anniversary and the service was beyond impeccable. The flavours were inventive and yet still so delicious. Such a special dining experience!

MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each dish, brought one by one to the table at a comfortable rate, was amazing. It felt like we were dining in our own home as there was continual interaction with the kindly, professional wait staff. They were eager to answer questions and seemed to enjoy how much we were enjoying the experience. I loved the presentation of each delicacy in a special bowl or on a plate made just for that offering. The only flaw to our evening, one which was not under the control of the waitstaff was the loud talking from a nearby table of business people who could not have actually been eating, or at least not really savoring what was being brought to them. The food itself was totally worth the price, which is admittedly not for the faint of heart. You cannot get these dishes anywhere else and the ingredients are rare or difficult to source. The wine offerings were similarly stunning and so were the prices for wines by the glass, which added substantially to our final bill. It was a special event for us, so we didn't mind the loud conversation nearby us nor the final bill-- we were prepared for that . It was an epic evening.

J
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s really an amazing restaurant which deserved 3 stars Michelin

JD
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the very best service you will ever receive, and the food was euphoric.

KW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal. Loved the Asian influences.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have good service

TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have twice dined at Benu!! The cuisine and the staff are quite amazing! Also, I really appreciated that the tasting menu had quite a few new additions between my 1st visit and most recent visit!

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Meal as the last time. Great food and service from start to the desserts. Every time will be back to SF will visit Benu. All best for all team great job.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime restaurant experience.

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E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Innovative flavor profiles, consistent and excellent execution, thoughtful and perfectly balanced wine pairings

The service was knowledgeable, professionally enthusiastic, and unobtrusive. Loved our main wait person and the somm was excellent!

OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ! Never disappointed! The food is exquisite, innovative, yet with a respect to the spirit of traditional Chinese and Asian gastronomy. The staff is A+.

PC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative and delicious food in a wonderfully sedate setting.

DS
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Pretentious & largely tasteless food served by smug, arrogant staff.

A
Mexico City
25 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to have one of the best nights of your life! Special Mention to the wine pairing, it was simply perfect for the tasting menu, which is an artwork from Corey. My most sincerely congratulations for him!

Every course was a tremendous experience of flavors and textures in another different level. Also the service was spectacular. Every person knows what they are talking about and they make you feel really nice during the whole experience.

Really really happy for being there.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very good, but... the most expensive three-star restaurant in the Bay Area when you factor in service + tax. Just under a grand for two with minimal wine. And quality-wise other three-star establishments are better in my book.

JS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is THE best restaurant in San Francisco!! The menu is constantly changing, highly innovative, the service staff is exceptional and glad to see you are playing vinyl records; the chef's choices of music are as excellent as the menu.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve ever had in my life. A very close second was my experience at French Laundry. I may be biased towards the spectacular interpretations of asian flavors, but I had an amazing experience from start to finish. Thank you so much for the thoughtful accommodations to our dietary restrictions!! I hope to eat here again soon!

s
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exquisite dining experience with delicious and beautifully prepared dishes. The wine pairing made the experience even more special.

RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benu was an awesome experience. The food was incredible, and the service was the best.

MN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Fourth visit. Not nearly as good as a year or two ago. Not as much creativity in flavor combinations as previously, rather more so in appearance...perhaps it’s the Instagram effect on business. Quality of ingredients is still very high and everything demonstrated technical perfection. Expected a three-hour meal, turned out to be four hours. Service couldn’t have been better, absolute best, warm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.

JF
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a worthy 3 star experience. Highly recommended.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for my husband birthday dinner.. and we had a great experience! He was very pleased. We are both vegetarians and we loved every course.

NF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal of my life! You must do the wine pairing as well. Simply delicious, beautiful, and creative! Love love loved!

SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience. Staff were very attentive.

YJ
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was pricey, but worth the experience. Enjoyed the detailed dishes and the special ingredients that were used to give some of the typical Korean and Chinese dishes a twist.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They didn’t ask why we were there so there was special celebration for us. Good service. Creative and delicious food. A little pricey. Wish the venue looked prettier. It’s not a good-looking space but seat was comfortable enough.

JL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing food and wine pairing experience for my 35th bday