Benu

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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 ($325). 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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4.9
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4.9
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ErickZ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid, best quail I have ever had. The caviar with egg is extremely tasty.

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DouglasN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening of fine dining.

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vipMisty
Las Vegas
362 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been wanting to try Benu for years, so were excited to finally make a night of dining here. The service was outstanding. The timing of the dishes coming out was excellent and we found the servers to be professional and also very charming. The food, though, fell a bit short of expectations for a 3-star restaurant. Most of the starting tastes were delicious, but some of the main courses were not very good. The xiao long bao and beef courses were excellent, but the soup was rather bland and the BBQ quail had an overwhelming smoke flavor that was unappealing. After dining at Quince, Acquerello, and Manresa, we were disappointed in the food at Benu. It was a good experience overall, but not really worth the price in comparison with similar class restaurants.

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Taehoon
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Technicality wise it is at the highest caliber. Service was impeccable. Atmosphere is very calm and intricate.

Personally, it felt amazing to see simple everyday Asian food presented in exquisite ways.

Lots of praise for the Benu team

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. The food, service and hospitality were unmatched.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every dish and service was superb

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CollegeStudent
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food. Some courses were out of this world, some courses were just really good but not worth the cost. All in all a great experience for a special occasion.

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Gabifines
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of The most amazing meals of my life. The food was perfect. And THE SERVICE: like a ballet! Also The Ambience, The Music. The beautiful Wine list! A Trip to San Francisco is only complete it if you visit Benu: The Food Cathedral!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional

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GregH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The xiao long bao is an explosion of flavor - a truly amazing creation! This alone made this a life experience. Flawless!

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TheMostBlueSky
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is good, no problem

Need a more comfortable chair to be honest.

And need to increase the distance between tables defintely.

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vipDisillusioned
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and classic at the same time. What an experience!

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vipSF2103
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely excellent and attentive service of 3 Michelin star. The food was wonderful. Thank you

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akwok
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it has actually improved from last time I was there, thought there was no room to move further, but I am wrong, they can do even better than better

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TimothyP
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every item of food was truly unique. The explanation by the staff was very clear and welcome

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m still blown away by the culinary experience and Service. That the Benu team provides. The menu was beyond delightful. Loved the Asian influence and all the delicacies. Pictures speak for itself.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary dinner!

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SiminL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Very beautiful dishes and tasty as well. I don’t like raw food so Benu is the right type of restaurant for me. Most of dishes are from China and Korea. If you like Asian food or want to try Asian food, then you will like it

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Sooz
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it. It's a month of daycare/preschool for one kiddo. But I like good food/booze, so does my husband, and I appreciated the multicultural, equal gender reppin that night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most incredible restaurant on the West Coast, worth every penny and the entire trip!

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LawrenceH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of food, drinks, presentation, and service.

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SpecialOccasionDate
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An upscale dining experience great for a date night. The food and service were excellent, but be prepared to spend some serious money.

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MalgorzataP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish looked like a masterpiece. The taste of the food divine. The minimalist decor soothes the senses and awakens imagination. Excellent service.

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vipCharlesC
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat visit to this exceptional restaurant. Interesting dishes, wonderful presentation, excellent wine pairing. Overall, an extraordinary experience.

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JulieK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new found appreciation for ingredients I grew up with. A fascinating and well thought out twist on Korean and Chinese cuisine. One of the most perfect meals I’ve had. Every bite was a dream and the portions were perfect. Benu is an institution and a must visit if you’re in SF!

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SharanyaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite dining experience to date. We went for our anniversary and the service was beyond impeccable. The flavours were inventive and yet still so delicious. Such a special dining experience!

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MFKFisher
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each dish, brought one by one to the table at a comfortable rate, was amazing. It felt like we were dining in our own home as there was continual interaction with the kindly, professional wait staff. They were eager to answer questions and seemed to enjoy how much we were enjoying the experience. I loved the presentation of each delicacy in a special bowl or on a plate made just for that offering. The only flaw to our evening, one which was not under the control of the waitstaff was the loud talking from a nearby table of business people who could not have actually been eating, or at least not really savoring what was being brought to them. The food itself was totally worth the price, which is admittedly not for the faint of heart. You cannot get these dishes anywhere else and the ingredients are rare or difficult to source. The wine offerings were similarly stunning and so were the prices for wines by the glass, which added substantially to our final bill. It was a special event for us, so we didn't mind the loud conversation nearby us nor the final bill-- we were prepared for that . It was an epic evening.

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Jerry
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s really an amazing restaurant which deserved 3 stars Michelin

JD
JoshuaDavid
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the very best service you will ever receive, and the food was euphoric.

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KeithW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal. Loved the Asian influences.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have good service

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TristaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have twice dined at Benu!! The cuisine and the staff are quite amazing! Also, I really appreciated that the tasting menu had quite a few new additions between my 1st visit and most recent visit!

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vipJacekG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Meal as the last time. Great food and service from start to the desserts. Every time will be back to SF will visit Benu. All best for all team great job.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime restaurant experience.

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vipEpicureanoptimist
San Francisco
14 reviews