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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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have good service

TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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!

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
24 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

DI
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really impressive dining and we were most pleased with service. It’s worth a visit at least once.

C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday. We had an amazing meal and experienced amazing service.

AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, went for a birthday dinner and had an amazing time.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Sumptuous dishes. Great wine pairing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife’s birthday dinner was amazing. We showed up about 30 minutes early. Instead of making us wait they sat us right away. The service was top notch. Every dish brought out was explained in detail by the server. Drink too. Food was excellent. Every bite had so much flavor. 3 hrs of tickling our tastes buds.

RS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and foot from start to finish. We’ll be back!

SY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best culinary experiences! Will definitely come back

JP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dishes are amazing. Asian flavors just right. Price on the high side, though, even comparing with other three-michelin-star restaurants in the US or Europe.

H
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, everything is amazing, but the price remains ridiculous...

JT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food: Simply outstanding, starting off with a parade of luxurious small bites and segueing into the coursed meals each meticulously created and presented with their complex flavors and textures which are best experienced and impossible to describe.

Service: Nearly flawless. Our main waitress was perfect and professional. Dishes came a bit poorly timed where we were not finished with one plate before the next arrived. Different staff brought out and explained dishes and there was inconsistency between the level of skill of one of them.

Ambiance: For a 3-star Michelin restaurant, I felt tables were a bit too close and we unfortunately sat next to a large party which made it difficult to listen to one of the dishes being explained to us by the waitstaff.

Overall: Impeccable food and culinary experience. Great professional staff. Flaws were timing of dishes and ambient noise level which for a 3-star restaurant should be fixed.

P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasting experience.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was really excited but disappointed by most dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceeded all expectations.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique. Unfamiliar territory.

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m
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience perfect

r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant we have ever been to, top to bottom. We have been fortunate to have been to all 8 3-star restaurants in the Bay Area (including Saison when it still had it's 3rd star). Benu tops them all in terms of consistently stunning preparation and taste balance. No weaknesses. And yet not over the top and didn't stuff us as some others have done. Super impressed.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite!!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! An amazing experience all around. This is a must try!