In Situ

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554 reviews
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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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JV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Delicious and different to have a curated meal. We enjoyed the recipes from other venues more than the in situ ones.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique dishes from the world's top chefs. Beautifully plated and served. A wonderful bookend to a visit to SFMOMA.

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O
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Won’t be going back.
Timing was off; food came before the wine.
Server disappeared a third of the way through the meal. Tasty but tiny portions, especially the carrot & lamb.
Felt like a cafeteria. Had to return an entree as fish was translucent/not cooked. Underwhelmed. Not a MICHELIN-star meal.

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

incredible food and service! can’t wait to come back

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JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a great family style dinner experience.

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Y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. It’s a definite that we will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

There are plenty of space, no idea why the server will put us next to other people in the same table.

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GC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We have a nut allergy and the request that there not be nuts on our food was NOT addressed.

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BW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is slightly deceptive in that the large dishes are actually appetizer size and the soup is served in a shot glass so people looking for a full meal should anticipate ordering four or five items

The service however was nowhere near 2 Michelin star service

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p
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. It was a very memorable meal. pricey but I felt content with the experience for the price. extremely friendly staff more than willing to explain dishes and the concept for the place, I felt well taken care of for the entire meal. The small drinks list was well curated and paired extremely well with the plates, making it feel like the food was the focus but well supported by the wine and beer. In Situ collaborates with star chefs from around the world to re-create their amazing dishes in house, what a fantastically fun concept, and the food was amazing! It fit super well with SFMOMA and felt like a true collaboration between food and art. Vibe was very modern but felt really warm and welcoming. A good place to eat, drink, and chat with fellow diners. Well done In Situ! I will be back again!

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MN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to In Situ a few times--whenever we are in San Francisco. It is always a treat. The food is creative, often fun, but always good. I think you must appreciate a variety of foods and food types to have a great experience here. If you are looking for standard comfort food, best go somewhere else. The menu is limited but each item is unique and worth a try. All in all it might be a bit pricey for some--but the experience is worth it.

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e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious and early service was good. Service toward the end of the meal was extremely slow, and we had to continually find staff members to request items we needed.

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S
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is just another interesting exhibit at the SF MOMA Museum. The experience is worth the price of admission but each work of "art" is not to everyone's taste.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect. perfect perfect ppppperfecccctfffp

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S
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific, interesting food and great service. Relaxed and informal yet top-notch in every way. A real value.

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T
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Unique menu and food. Food was very good. Service was good. Grape dessert was outstanding. Prices crazy high! These were very small plates and the bill for three was over $300! Fun experience but be prepared to pay for it!

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dishes from around the world, prepared expertly and served in minimalist , clean environment by knowledgeable staff and occasionally a chef!

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RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

InSitu presents creative dishes by renowned chefs from around the world and pairs each dish with a recommended wine. The food is fantastic, the decor is spare but very high design, and the service is top-notch without being overbearing. We went to celebrate birthdays, and they surprised us by comping birthday desserts (with candles). It was a memorable experience; we highly recommend InSitu.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect place to celebrate our fourth anniversary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The waiter seemed less than inspired about what was truly extraordinary food. The 20% tip is expected and added on the bill no matter the party size. My tip: train your waiters to be as inspired by the food as the door guards are about the art at sfmomma. And, order the desert "sounds like rain" and your desert experience will be elevated to a whole new level.

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

What made an outstanding eating experience only a "very good" one , personally, for this restaurant was the radio music filtering in from the kitchen, which is directly..and visibly..connected with the dining area. When one is in a sophisticated...and artfully assembled... restaurant at a classy museum, and where the price is not inexpensive, one does not expect to get radio music contaminating the experience!!

Ironically, in a menu whose very essence was to provide a non-generic experience of the first water, why then contaminate that experience with generic and unwanted radio music ???...I'm avocationally a musician...I can choose my music wherever I go...I didn't go to a classy restaurant like In Situ to be insulted by that!!

However, the staff did reluctantly lower the volume when i pointed this problem out...but it was clear to me (I'm a psychiatrist, by the way) that the radio was on more for the chefs than for the patrons!!


Clean it up, In Situ...then, you'll be situated to get excellent ratings...don't step on your own feet!!!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance in this place! The portion of the food was comparably small but they were quite tasty. Don’t expect the “large” cuisines are gonna feed your empty belly. Highly recommend to try the cheesecake, it’s just something you don’t get from anywhere else.

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JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

TLDR: Worst service execution! I am SO SO surprised by our terrible experience at In Situ. After all the hype and new Michelin star, we were really looking forward to it.

Service Issue: Upon ordering, we asked all things be brought at the same time as some of us (table of 9) were ordering mains and others apps. Instead they brought out food to the wrong people, had 35 minute lag in between getting plates to the whole table (forcing some food to get cold as we waited and some serious awkwardness within the group), they completely forgot a dish and when they decided to bring it out at the end someone other than our waitress just plopped it down, no apologies, just a stare down when we asked for a description fo the dish. I honestly fell so embarrassed to have taken a group there for our team holiday dinner. Would not recommend it for its lax and generally poor service as well as the B-level of food.

So disappointed.

Food: it was fine but nothing to rave about. Except for the carrot soup, that was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great, the service is sub par

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good but various languages menu will make it perfect

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food especially the cheesecake. Pricy but well worth it.

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w
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A creative somewhat exotic menu for serious foodies. Expensive as to be expected

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I went, I was not prepared for the dessert course. I was too full and the desserts were more money than I wanted to spend.

After that visit, the best advice I received was to plan your meal accordingly and be sure not to miss the desserts. This time, I did it right.

The Mead Fractal Fluid has a presentation that is not to be missed! The presentation of Ame was also incredible. And both marvelously delicious and unique. I will heed this advice for each future visit. They have set a standard that I'm sure they will maintain, long after these particular dishes are gone.

We both had the Wasabi lobster, it was very good. The right balance of flavors (a concern with "wasabi"), but as the server promised, nothing overpowering and very well balanced.

Unfortunately, we were limited on time due to a nearby performance at YBCA and they easily met our tight timeframe, without making us feel rushed at all.

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SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was not memorable. Although well executed, it did not hit the mark of being an unforgettabe experience as it should have.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We were looking forward to a great experience and were horribly disappointed. We had problems with a server, but the three issues seemed to be much more about management than any one employee. A brief recap: the server accidentally knocked over a carafe of water, soaking one of our guests. This happens; we were not upset. But the response of the staff was far below what we would expect in even an inexpensive restaurant. Certainly people came over to help clean up, but they “finished” and left with the guest standing and wet, holding his soaked napkin with another left on the table. It took another of our party to stop additional staff to get them to finish the cleanup. Second issue: one of the first people who came to clean up loudly stated when he got there, “oh this is nothing! I’ve had to clean up puke spread all over the place!” Third issue, and by far the worst: one of our party had a dairy restriction, which we explained up front, and got guidance from the server after consultation with the kitchen during ordering. 4 minutes before the main course arrived, the server announced there had been a mistake and the order indeed contained the dairy. But the server did not attempt to solve the problem. Our guest had to go item by item through the menu asking about each item. But there were no options. In the end our guest had a piece of bread while the rest of us had the main course. The manager’s reaction when confronted with these issues was wholly inadequate. The final insult was finding a 20 percent mandatory tip added to our bill. Michelin must have missed the boat on this place or they have substantially reduced their standards. But in the future we will be more careful with believing their rankings!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav restaurant to date! Food was delicious, artistic, and creative. Quite a unique dining experience. Def will come back <3

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h
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and concept (menu items are from restaurants around the world).

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W
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I like to visit this museum and I liked this restaurant the last time I was there. It is a low key place, quiet for San Francisco places. The food is innovative. The servers are knowledgeable and food comes in a timely fashion. It was good in all aspects.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really interesting food in a sleek setting on the ground floor of SFMOMA. Our young waiter was very knowledgeable about the food, the ingredients and the preparation. He even told us where to buy one of the tools! The bread is fabulous. The Egg Illusion dessert is a must see.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Unique food options from around the world. Over all pretty tasty and a fun spot for a date night.

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PI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

While all the food was both beautiful and beautifully executed - and delicious - the portion sizes were absurdly, almost offensively, tiny relative to the prices charged. It’s as though they were envisioned as part of a multi-course tasting meal. But with 6 dishes and 1 glass of wine between 2 people, the bill was $200. And we were still hungry! I don’t mind paying for fine food, but I do expect a full meal for $200. Also, the ambience felt very casual for such a pricey menu. I suppose In Situ is conceived for tourists, not locals. We got the message and will not be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The server had very little menu knowledge. One of my companions asked about a wine and he said “that’s a grape” and left it at that. When pushed further, he said he didn’t know anything about the wine. When asked if we had ordered enough food, he said he wasn’t sure. There were only 2 other tables while we were dining. We had a 7:30 reservation, and at 8pm, the server informed us that the kitchen was closing, so we had to order dessert and any other food. We had yet to receive the first course we ordered. Very disappointing.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Wildly overpriced. Tiny portions. Almost empty dining room.

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GN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We’ve enjoyed the creative and imaginative plates at In Situ numerous times and find the food experience both savory and inspiring. It appears there needs to be greater attention given to the level of service and frankly the wine pricing is just plain insulting. To charge $18 for a short pour of a decent California Sauvignon Blanc is indefensible. Given the international scope of the food offerings I would suggest they expand the wine selections to include some European wines that have more character and value.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved In Situ. Food was amazing. Also loved the birthday cake they gave me!!

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