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.
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.
I expected more for a three stars restaurant. How disappointing!
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.
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.
The table I sat on was roughed underneath and damaged my tights seriously. Not really happy with the noise as well.
Great service and delicious food. We were so full and satisfied by the end of the night.
Tables are close together. The guy next to me was chewing with his mouth open and it was very disturbing. Otherwise, was amazing.
A truly memorable dinner. Beautifully crafted and delicious. Service was friendly, unpretentious and very prompt. In my view, they set the bar.
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.
great food, creative as it should be. Service is also impeccable
Food is so nice and comes quickly one by one. So good.
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!
Inventive and familiar dishes. Some disappointing, some excellent. Love the attentive service. Probably will not return though.
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!
Spectacular tasting menu with unique tastes appealing to all of ones senses.
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.
The finest meal I’ve ever had. Impressed!
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
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!!!
Don’t believe anybody who says this place isn’t a wonderful dining experience!
Excellent food, exceptional service but not close to worth the price.
We loved our sommelier and he food was OUTREGEOUS
Benu is one of the best restaurant in San Francisco, chef use the ingredients very well, unique cooking skills, well balance of the flavour. Each dishes are very tasty. Beautiful presentation.
Food was very tasty and innovative, haute cuisine French-Korean fusion which cannot be found elsewhere. The restaurant decor is relatively average but thankfully not as crowded as other Michelin-starred venues that are so pricey. Speaking of price, I don’t think the $800+ of the meal with service but without wine is worth it of Benu or any other 3 star place unless you just have infinitely deep pockets. You are far better off QPR-wise at restaurants aspiring for their first star or second that charge $80-$120 and the bill stays at $300 without wine. The experience is simply not twice as good. However, if you are going to 3 star it up, Benu is the best bet in SF.
Benu did not disappoint! It was an innovative take on Asian fare. Highly recommend sharing the wine pairing if dining as a pair.
Food was great. Several courses were unforgettably delicious. Piece of advice for future diners: don't hesitate to use valet parking.
Both the food and service are quite fantastic! It's not easy to go many times because of the price but I really want to visit again
Nice, simple decor. Generally attentive service. Interesting and unique food, with some really wonderful bites. Nice wine pairings. However, some of the courses missed the mark on flavor and/or balance. And, one "course" was actually a flurry of several dishes served one after the other (even if we weren't finished eating the prior dish) ... would have been better to space them out a bit and put them on the menu as separate courses. Finally, not the best value when compared to other similar experiences (e.g., Commis in Oakland, L'Atelier - Joel Robuchon in Vegas).
It s perfect meal. Service excellent n very professional, requested No beef n pork & they preoared well in advanced, food was extremly yummii, the portion just perfect, the taste was excellent from begining to the end. The most satisfying 3 michelin 3 star
No words can do justice to an exceptional dining experience. So unpretentious and ingratiating service only added to the amazingly creative memorable menu.
Good to know that subsequent visits will be customized so dishes that we ate are not repeated - THAT'S AMAZING.
stunning--every single intricate dish was amazing. some of the deepest and tastiest flavors i will ever have the pleasure of enjoying. absolutely night and day from my experience at saison (only other comparable experience i've had...). service was warm and inviting, bev service from the somm was flawless with great pairings. totally unforgettable!!! * * *
Amazing. Everything was too prevent to describe. If you can go, then go.
Overpriced and overrated. Everything was just ok. Desserts were terrible! The whole experience was underwhelming for a three star Michelin Star restaurant and an over $1,000 dinner for two. Would not come back and would not recommend it.
Sterile environment (maybe it was just the upstairs room?). The environment was the biggest disappointment, it lacked any personality—it was so serious, it felt like we were eating in a silent interrogation room. Great starters but mediocre food overall especially for the price point. Mix of experienced and amateur waiters. Enjoyed the sommelier but his wine pairings were not so impressive. Overall a disappointment as I had anticipated coming here for a long time.
Best dinner in my whole life. 12 hrs of flight was worth it. What can I say more
What can I say? This was our second visit. Our first visit was when it had 2 stars. Blown away by the food and the service. Coming back again soon. Totally deserves the 3rd star.
Wanted to mention that the reservation process was easy unpretentious (unlike other 3 star restaurants like French Laundry).
This is exactly how I wish to be treated if I am spending north of $2000 with wine and tips.
Thomas Keller (or team member) take note.