Benu

4.9
1405 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
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 1405 People Are Saying
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food
4.9
service
4.7
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4.4
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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

An amazing dining experience! The food, service, wine and ambience was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The finest of dining experiences every single time.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Fabulous tasting menu! Went to Benu for a mini-reunion of college friends! Lobster cxio Lao bao bursted with umami flavor in my mouth that is out of the world! Each dish is unique and unforgettable! Staff and service are impeccable

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

If you like Asian food, this restaurant is as great as Guy Savoy, French Laundry, Alinea...

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Odd and awkward service. Would ask questions and then walk away while we were answering, would have been better not to ask. Cold and impersonal. Sommelier was reasonable. Food is good.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Some dishes were exquisite. Others a total miss. Very limited wine list. Decor is bright and filled with light. Almost looks like an office interior.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This place is very special. Art in the form of food. Flavors you could not possibly expect and then never forget. Service was perfection.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

With kids too

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was great but not too much surprise since it’s Asian style, some dishes(like the thousands years egg) are very common to us already.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Amazing! Everything was excellent. The pairing was inventive.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Incredible execution. Tasting menu was impressive, totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

It’s a pretty good restaurant. I think the only problem is that everything is over salted.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Birthday. The pastry

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Perfect experience

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Best Michelin 3 stars!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My husband & I were very impressed by and thoroughly delighted by Corey Lee & his staff’s creativity, execution & presentation from start to finish. The complexity and fusion of flavors, the attention to exquisite details and ingredients and the impeccable manner and knowledge of the staff were much appreciated by us as well as the couple celebrating their anniversary at a nearby table with whom we became friends as we recognized our shared interest in exceptionally fine dining.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

As always, thank you to Chef Corey Lee and his team, especially Master Sommelier Yoon Ha, for the most memorable, enjoyable meal and wine/beverage pairing. Absolute perfection in every way from start to finish. The most gracious, impeccable, unparalleled hospitality, service and dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This was the best experience ever

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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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