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About Benu

Benu offers a set tasting menu. In order to provide you with the best dining experience, we require advance notice for guests with dietary restrictions. For guests avoiding gluten, we are unable to completely remove soy sauce. It is used in many of our base preparations.

Reduction in party size is subject to availability. If there is no smaller table available, the reservation will be forfeited and the new party size will be placed on the wait list for the evening.

Due to the length of the meal and quiet ambiance of the dining room, 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.

We request a credit card to hold this reservation. In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 48 hrs notice the credit card will be charged $295.00/person.

22 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Howard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 685-4860

Website:
http://www.benusf.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for further information.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at the restaurant for $20.

Executive Chef:
Corey Lee

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.

Private Party Contact:
Sinead Quach: (415) 685-4860 ext. 117

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Benu Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (13)
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Authentic (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We loved our sommelier and he food was OUTREGEOUS

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just incredible!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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!!! * * *

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing. Everything was too prevent to describe. If you can go, then go.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best dinner in my whole life. 12 hrs of flight was worth it. What can I say more

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

You won't be expecting something "Truly Chinese", "Truly Korean", or "Truly Japanese" here at Benu. What you will experience is an amazing collision and fusion of eastern and western cultures - from ingredients to cutlery to flavor to the ways they are cooked and served.

I first tried to categorize the courses by culture such as "ah this one is from China", "ah this one is French", etc, but I immediately realized that this is not a good idea - the value Benu wants to deliver, I think, is a successful mix of attitudes to food from different cultures. Even if sometimes you might get lost in the center of the swirl.

All courses are perfectly cooked, indeed.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing from door to door. Exceptional food. Impeccable service. Well deserving of 3 stars.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Brilliantly delicious innovative dinner. Beverage pairing was interestingly dynamic, well done.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Utterly out-of-this-world perfection. Most delicious, incredibly feast for all senses.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food! Great service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Easily one of the best meals I've ever had at a well-designed, minimalistic restaurant. The cuisine is creative, delicious, and is presented wonderfully. Truly deserves its accolades and as long as you're okay with spending a pretty penny, it's worth it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

With 3 Michelin stars the fact that the food presentation and quality is amazing shouldn't come as a surprise. What was a surprise is how accommodating the staff were, they were informative put my partner and I at ease and made the experience a pleasure. The wine pairing was fantastic, and notable dishes included the little delicacies and quails egg. The chef Corey Lee completed the experience by signing my partners menu which made her evening. The only point to note is that it is expensive even for this level of cuisine but we thought it was worth every penny for a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Why, oh why, aren't there more than five stars?

I have no words for this meal. The best I've ever had and may ever have. So creative, delicious and original. The service was impeccable and formal, yet never stuffy. This is an extreme example of a beautiful restaurant experience. If you can afford to splurge, you will not regret it. Sublime.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Benu is more than an exciting dining experience. It is a thrill. Each course -- and there are many -- is a feast for the senses, a visual art form, a flavor explosion. The evening did not disappoint for even a second. The service was exemplary, the ambience subdued and elegant, the wine list notable - each sake perfectly matched to the cuisine, and for three hours we reveled in gastronomic heaven. Having become acquainted with all six three-star Michelin restaurants in the Bay Area, we put Benu at the top. Chef Corey Lee's extraordinary culinary talents make it a dining experience not to be missed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Dinner at Benu was truly stellar dining experience. It took familiar treats--xiao long bao, sea urchin, pork belly, century egg to name a few--and elevated them to entirely new heights. A 3 Michelin star meal from start to end.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is the best restaurant in San Francisco, he use different ingredients all the time, Asian influence, always change dishes for customers come often.
His famous Xiao lung Bao, squail, abalone make a very good taste. Other dishes like uni, lobster roe with crab sauce amazing.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Benu was the best dining experience I have ever had. Knowledgeable servers, great attitudes, and the best cuisine I've ever had.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food and service at Benu was excellent. Favorites include the salmon roe, uni and quail. The multiple appetizers at the beginning were all tasty and creative - the mussel with the tortellini in the middle was our favorite. Will definitely try to get back to Benu soon!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and service were wonderful. Do NOT get the wine pairing it is a poor value.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Would rate it as a 2 stars and not a 3 actually. The food was great but the way the menu was presented was a little bit misleading...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Fantastic on all level. Well deserving of its Michelin rating!! Highly recommend!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Greeted in restaurant courtyard with smell of garbage (or kimchi or fermenting soy?) - not pleasant. As we were a few minutes early, we needed to wait for our table - tried waiting outside but the smell was unappetizing.

Once seated, the service was fine. No hard sell on the wine pairing with dinner (which I appreciated). At an additional $210 per person plus service charge - better off ordering great bottle of champagne or wine!

The decor was bland - stark and unremarkable. The ambience was that of a library. Hushed tones. Eventually, they piped a little background music in dining room which helped with ambience.

Food. Excellent. Just exceptional. Every dish a wonder and delight. As a pure food experience - this place I worth it. However, as a dining experience - ambience needs a little work. And maybe plant jasmine in courtyard to help with off putting smell.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Likely the single best restaurant experience we have ever had.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a fantasticl meal at Benu. Everything was impeccable. Each part of the meal from the tableware, to the service, to the special birthday treat was delightful and special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This restaurant is probably among the top tables in the nation. Food is "interesting farm to table Asian fusion". The menu is a tasting menu only. The first half is a random number of small bites giving you a dim sum feeling. The second half of the menu are set courses which come out sequentially but sometimes in groups (two dishes at a time) and some dishes are semi-family style. This reminded me of a family style Chinese restaurant where dishes come out as they are cooked. These were the feelings the whole thing was actually orchestrated very formally. Staff was friendly and cordial. Decor is sparse asian.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good service. Food is good,but not worth that much money

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Amazing👏🏻service and delicious food are super super good and all people there are sweet and nice.I highly recommend this restaurant for everyone.At least try once in your life!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Benu is the Perfection !!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Highly recommended

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Absolutely amazing meal at Benu! Each course was exceptional and the nuances were simply amazing. The wine/alcohol pairings were inspired.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Amazing food, wonderful service, so creative with the flavors, textures and presentation

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

What an amazing dining experience! We will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Very occomdatiing to my pesciterian daughter. 3 re time I have eaten here. Great food and pairing every time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Fabulous food, very artistic & incredibly flavorful....loved the presentations, great wait staff
Atmosphere a little too stark for me but that's just a personal preference....
The final bill almost gave my husband heart failure lol

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Unbelievable dining experience! Bravo!!👍🍷

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