Benu

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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 ($310). 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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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was really excited but disappointed by most dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceeded all expectations.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique. Unfamiliar territory.

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m
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience perfect

r
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is outstanding as always

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a special, world class experience.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A spectacular tasting meal of many unusual and delicious Asian dishes. Highlights included lobster coral xiao long bao (dumplings infused with lobster soup), summer chrysanthemum tofu soup, beef tongue with radish, pear kimchi and other fixings and a wonderful milk pudding that was savoury, smoky and sweet. Plus the service was impeccable.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is gorgeous! And each course looks like a piece of art. They prepare special gift for us because we are celebrating our marriage.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing staff and a wonderful experience all in all. Thanks for hosting our anniversary dinner.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve ever had.

MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Corey Lee’s marvellous reinterpretation of the modern Korean cuisine.

RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding. Fully deserves the reputation

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good birthday experience at Benu. Staffs were providing fantastic service. Recommend in 3 star restaurants options!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an incredible experience all around! Definitely recommend the beverage pairing for a truly unique and indulgent accompaniment. Worth the plane ride, worth the price.

BM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite. Such an impressive experience.

RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten all over the world, including French Laundry & this is the best!!!

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and consistently excellent food . Joyous , full of energy and intelligent service

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

大根の桂剥き、鰹節を削る居酒屋さんをSFOで経験できるとは思いませんでした。お豆腐美味しかったです。また、来年行きます。

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knowlwdgeable staff on all that was served. Highly recommend sommilier wine pairing with Yoon.

Memorable tastes and wonderful experience!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Services and noisy could be improved.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in our engagement celebration and staff and food were just excellent

CW
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent tasting menu. Very inventive bites start the meal. The menu simply indicates bites to start the meal but they just keep coming. 1,000 year old quail egg was worth the trip alone. Veal short rib and quail were both very good. Service is efficient. Valet parking really nice added touch. Car was ready in the courtyard as we left.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Benu made the overall experience amazing. The food was on point. Every bite was meaningful.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to five $300 plus meals in the last few weeks and it Was the number one by a long long lead

DD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not a three star experience. The food is fine, starting out with some interesting small bites that give way to some surprisingly uninspired mains. One dish was presented with a number of condiments, and after eating everything, the rest of the dish was presented. Had we known there was a Part 2, we could have planned better. Few explanations were given about what order to eat things in, or with what sauces or sides. The surroundings are nice, but nothing special. For more than $1000 for two (with drinks) one expects much more. The service was generally good, even though dishes were whisked away before you even had a chance to digest (metaphorically) what you had just eaten. Some plates were cleared while the other diner was still eating, something that should never happen in a restaurant of this supposed caliber. The whole experience was a little weird, and not even close to our expectations.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I visited Benu for her birthday, and we had an exceptional experience. The menu was well thought out, and each item was unique, flavorful, and just enough. The portions are small allowing you to taste enough to be satisfied, but not too full to continue.

Throughout the meal I literally had goosebumps from the unique flavors I experienced. My eyes actually watered while eating the Sea Urchin.

The staff was also knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely attentive. My water cup was never less than half full. Our napkins were always neatly folded if we went outside or to the bathroom. At one point, I wiped some sauce that had spilled onto the table, and within seconds I was greeted with a fresh napkin.

FZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

On par with Quince. Pretty fantastic experience. Quince’s service was more personal.

RT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and superb dishes....kudos to chef and his staff!

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing

HE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely must go and try spot !! All dishes are to die for.
Staffs are very kind and attentive, especially master sommelier Mr Yoon is really knowledgeable and with great attitude. All bite foods before staring formal course is the history of this lovely restaurant, so guest can enjoy time travel back to 2010 since it opened. Their half dried fish and egg yolk fried rice with caviar is way far beyond expectation. This is one of my greatest memorable dinners i have ever had.

SL
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was a little disappointed. Expectations were high. It unfortunately did not live up to the hype. The service was stellar though.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best resetaurant experience in my life overall

F
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really excellent and good service. Exceeded all expectations. The staff is knowledgeable and passionate. Every server had their own spin when describing dishes and their components. No detail, flavor or presentation, was out of place. A night we will remember forever.

OT
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and another great meal with incredible service. Sent a bottle of wine back for the first time ever and they couldn’t have been more gracious. A must do dinner if in San Francisco celebrating a special occasion. Thank you.

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Having tried more than my fair share of Michelin rated restaurants, Benu just didn’t do it for me. Beautiful presentation, excellent service, nice wine/sake/beer/champagne menu to choose from but very lack luster flavors. Meal was prepared well but I found a number of items not up to par with the 3 star Michelin quality. Multiple items were too hot to taste, needing to wait to cool down, flavors very subdue with most dishes and while some were very creative and eye pleasing the bite was not heaven such as compared to a place like French Laundry, Per Se, Alinea or even in my opinion Acqurello/Californios or Kin Khao. I wanted to love it and perhaps we may try again as it could have been an off day. Unfortunately 3 stars shouldn’t have one of those days but cest la vie.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine pairing raised the experience to a much better level.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative yet somehow comforting food. The presentation is beautiful and the service matches the comfortable feel of the place. I see why this place has three Michelin stars. The price of admission isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the pilgrimage for foodies.

IS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first ever 3 star michelin restaurant experience. The food was abundant and delicious. I would definitely come here again

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