Benu

4.8
1387 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Benu offers a set tasting menu. To provide you with the best dining experience, please indicate any dietary restrictions when making your reservation. For guests avoiding gluten, we are unable to remove soy sauce as it is used in our base preparations.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 685-4860
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Corey Lee
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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.
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Private party contact
Sinead Quach: (415) 685-4860 ext. 117
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Catering
Please contact us for further information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Howard and Hawthorne
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at the restaurant for $20.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

You've probably heard about Benu and its 16 courses. But is it worth it? Here's what goes down.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1387 People Are Saying
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4.9
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4.7
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The food options were very interesting and very diverse. The meal ended with amazing desserts that cleaned the palette completely!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Ivy was an outstanding server and very knowledgeable about the food and preparation. The service was amazing and the pace was just right!!

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Painfully over rated. Food intended for entertaining the chef, not the guest.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

One of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve ever had in my life! Come very hungry!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

those 4 pictures are my favorite 😁nice service and food. You should try that
😁😁😁😁

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Going to SF only for Benu?
I already did.
I even didn’t go to the golden gate bridge!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent presentation. Well worth.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wife’s birthday

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Wonderful night.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

The finest meal I’ve ever had. Impressed!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We loved our sommelier and he food was OUTREGEOUS

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