In Situ

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As an exhibition restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, In Situ works directly with chefs and restaurants from around the world to faithfully execute their recipes. The revolving menu features dishes from culinary influencers, innovators, and icons. The recipient of one Michelin star, this collaborative project reimagines the traditional model of a restaurant to offer a unique cultural experience within the museum.

The Lounge area is reserved for walk-in guests and also offers the full Dining Room menu. Please note that to accurately represent these dishes, we are unable to accommodate modifications.
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LG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a great opportunity to try a Michelin one star restaurant while on vacation in San Francisco, before a play at Yerba Buena across the street. Several of the dishes were outstanding, a soup and a fried tapioca, the sourdough bread and browned butter. So was the ambience and service, and coffee was delicious. The rest of the food, though, was just OK— a cod in tomato sauce that tasted a like ketchup, and a bbq chicken in iceburg lettuce cups. I had a great time with my friends and recommend this as an experience, more than for the restaurant or the food in and of themselves.

n
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic, inventive food that plays on inventive classic dishes from all over the world. It also connects deeply to the art at the SF MoMA, which it's attached to. The food is beautiful, evocative, and most importantly, tasty. The cocktails are also wonderful, and constantly changing, you won't have the same experience twice unless you're there more than once a month. For fine dining food, in a more casual space, this is a great way to go. They also offer lunch and dinner, at the same price, with the same menu, so you could do an earlier meal that is just a lovely.

KH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is incredibly creative, technically difficult to execute and extremely excellent. The way the food is plated adds to the superior food just as an excellent frame compliments a picture. The service was not as great as the food. My order was wrong and the potato/roe dish was served to me which I did not order and then they forgot the main fish entree that I had ordered so it took a long time to eat lunch. The potato/roe dish was excellent. The food is far superior to most places one might eat and the restaurant is a spectacular compliment to the SFMOMA. Service was not quite what one might expect in a restaurant of this type, but people make mistakes and I would go back happily. I would also recommend it to others.

A
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall, as in the past, In Situ's menu was fascinating and fun, if rather limited.

But, we ordered 3 "cheesecake" desserts for the table and were very disapppointed in that dish. Nice presentation (looks like a round of brie cheese) but too savory. Would work better as an appetizer with saltine crackers.

Filet was ordered medium well, but arrived rare. Had to send back for more cooking.

Chang's pork with rice dumplings was tasty but left me with a stomach ache (too much spice?).

It's still a very nice restaurant, and as I said, the menu is always surprising.

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

Lovely. Alex always is attentive and friendly!

ZM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First of all, I love the space! As it is in SFMOMA, it takes on the architecture and artistry of the modern design of the place. I love the theme of presenting recipes from some of the top chefs in the world which also keeps the menu somewhat fluid.
I met 3 other friends there for our monthly to bi-monthly sync up, eat and drink fest. We pretty much ordered everything on the menu. Few items were remarkable but there were ones that stood out for good and not so good.
Dishes of Mediocrity:
- The Shrimp Grits was unremarkable and though an interesting concept, it was monotone in flavour
- Dill-Brined Cabbage - Uninteresting and I had high hopes as it's usually difficult to get complex flavours from vegetarian dishes and this one was no exception.
- Tapioca and cheese fritters - It was decent but reminded me of cheesy tatter tots
- Yellow Chive and Basil Pancake - Bland! I have had better at the local Chinese restaurant
- In Situ’s ‘Canned‘ Soup - Average. Flavours were far too subtle for me to notice.
- Merluzzo al 'Bagnet Ross - Cod dish was presented well but tasted like steamed cod with tomato ketchup. A miss for me!

Dishes that I would happily order again
+ Cuttlefish Cappucino - Rich, chucks of cuttlefish with each spoonful, right level of fishiness and brine was just perfect. Loved it!
+ Roasted Filet of Beef and Smoked Bone Marrow - Fabulous! The Fillet was cooked perfectly and the smoked bone marrow was rich, a little salty and had a slight sweetness to it.
+ Jasper Hill Farm Cheesecake - OMFG!!!!! This would be the reason that I will go back. From the presentation, looks like a mini Brie Cheese wheel with the rind. Taste like no other cheesecake that you have ever had. Not very sweet, with a texture like triple cream cheese and the faux rind is salty, which enhances the flavour of the cheese. Having it with the supplied vanilla wafers completes the taste profile. A MUST HAVE!
I would go back again once the menu changes!

GH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late lunch after a nice visit at SFMOMA. Food was tasty and thoughtful with dishes replicated from famous restaurants around the world. Plates are to be shared so it’s good to order many dishes but the cost adds up. That can put people off but it’s a nice treat every once in a while. Service is stellar. It gets busy here so I prefer a late lunch reservation so I don’t feel rushed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was anticipating a great meal and they delivered. The portions tho could have been just a bit better especially the soup. I get it with this style I just want more of the good stuff. I love the idea of collaborating chefs. Wines are excellent.

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

a beautiful restaurant with unique food to match the class of SFMOMA

F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was flawless. The casual dining room was comfortable. The noise level was pleasingly low. The concept is fascinating--that recipes come from outstanding chefs around the world. I just wish the flavor had been more intense and remarkable.
The dessert was lovely and did have a good flavor. The salad with chicken on skewers was creative but bland.

p
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is good but not great. Portions are very small. Cost is very high. Service is ho hum. The ambience is much nicer in the upstairs SFMOMA cafe. I will eat in the cafe next time.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

beautiful food, great service; but uneven results. Only one dish was as good as it looked. Surprised In Situ has a Michelin star. sorry!

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay, not great. Soup arrived lukewarm, timing of wine delivery and food was off so trying to use their suggested pairings didn't work, everything was just average.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insitu is always a delight and I love the art is food statement. Especially like the detail of the metal tag only oldsters like myself remember when entering a museum.

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was pretty decent. Not mindblowing, as other 1-Michelin star restaurants have been. But good service, decent portions (I was fearing these based on other reviews I saw). We also went for lunch when it was slower, so the overall experience may have been better. They accommodated my 14-month old, which I appreciate very much!

JD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food selection was pretty small, especially with dietary restrictions.

K
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

If you are a party of fairies who want bite-size items for the price of an arm and a leg, this is the place for you. Otherwise, it's a totally pretentious rip-off.

This place would be the perfect fodder for making fun of San Francisco foodie pretentiousness. We ordered wine and cheesecake, after realizing we did not want to eat bone marrow or raw food, and the bill was $85 dollars for the three of us. We left and went around the corner to an amazing Israeli restaurant where we had a two course meal, with enough for lunch the next day, for about $50.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting food and presentation. A little too much "theater" in the presentation for my taste, but fun for my companion, for whom it was the first visit to a Michelin Star restaurant. Way overpriced for the ambiance, the experience and the food. And, not sure why they would rate a star for other chef's recipes. Over all though, we enjoyed the experience. Probably wouldn't visit a second time, and would describe it before recommending it to others.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, outstanding service with the most delicious and creative plates.
We love In Situ and highly recommend it!

R
London
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a simple but challenging concept to try & re-create some iconic dishes from contemporary restaurants around the world, such as Mugaritz, Core or l’Enclume. The result
Is extremely convincing, in a very nice environment. The museum of modern gastronomy !

JK
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was not great! My husband’s entree came out with my soup and my entree came out way later. Hostess had to inquire about my entree.

I did not think the chicken skewer went well with the lettuce and tomato lettuce cups - not a complimentary combination. The lettuce cups were good.

My husband thought his dish was bland.

a
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent, the food was good, if a bit 'arty' - even, at times, confected for the sake of some hi-end global gourmand name-dropping. But given the scope of your ambition, you pretty much pulled it off. The waiters were most attentive, and I am sure they are good for other diners, too, but I couldn't help feeling that they hovered around our table somewhat because it was obvious that one diner - not me, I might add - was a rock star in her own profession. As a non-foodie, it's the atmosphere, noise level and overall ambience that counts a lot, plus the coffee. The latter was better than okay, but not great. The cheese-cake was really excellent. Yes, I would go there again, but I live in Sydney, so who knows

j
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

expensive, about $80 a person with wine and tip, but absolutely delicious.

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great staff!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service from Ashley... nicely presented plates like a work of art. Unique experience!

e
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the concept. Food pretty good. I wish there were a prix fixe menu.

A
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food, and dining experience, as always!

WI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For a special occasion, this is a great place. After spending some time at SFMOMA, you can extend the experience of experience works of art.

M
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very very good ! The descriptions in the menu need to be vastly improved - they don’t at all reflect or give a potential customer any idea of how great an experience they are about to have.

KG
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely. The sincerity and warmth of the staff, the precision and quality of the food, was transporting. I would definitely go again!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Dishes are small and pricey, not tasty. I don’t think this place deserves one star as Michelin, compared to other Michelin places in SF. Service is good. That is all they have.

ON
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and well varied dishes. Only recommendation would be to slightly increase portion size for the bites offered as they left us wanting more and not getting a good taste (we had the chicken liver terrine and the lobster carpaccio style but it was difficult to taste enough of the ingredients). Service was spot on. The cheesecake was amazing.

LW
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food! Excellent service! I would definitely go back there again.

TL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you do anything, get the brie cheesecake. The Warhol-inspired cocktail is also great.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We traveled to Paris, New York and Denmark in one dinner and everything was incredible.

DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I enjoy the ambiance and the creativity, but some of the oddball combinations aren't delicious.

PW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Situ varies its dishes and we never know what the surprise will be. This time, it was the Ame (desert.) “Mix it until you hear the rain.” Try it!! And see.....

AG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was nice and unique. On the menus there were no marking for GF (gluten free) and Vegan, etc. One person in our Party had restricting and this would have helped. The waitress did not know so well which dishes were suitable for the restrictions. She was also not very pleasant. Seemed a bit impatient. But the leave is very nice and v relatively quiet. We enjoyed the humor with the "canned soup"

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The portion is not worth the price. Some plates were very salty. I was overall surprised with how little each dish was. I only recommend getting dessert here.

NR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place just gets better & better with each visit! The hake dish was truly incredible (aptly named "Emancipation") and the current lobster 'small' dish was sublime. Desserts were delicious, and we were happy to see the Cheesecake still on the menu! The wine list is excellent!

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