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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CB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice restaurant close to the W Hotel and Moscone Center. Service was a little slower than expected but I guess that's what happens during a huge Conference happening in town.

g
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I think the portions were a bit too small for the prices.

CT
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting concept of playing homage to famous dishes from around the globe. Well designed menu with good pairing options set in a novel format. The food was very tasty and portions were a good size for lunch. Service was very good and was prompt - perfect for a solo diner. Great setting within SFMOMA.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to In Situ before with my friend who is a Top Chef Canada judge. Obviously we were treated very well at the time. Luckily this time when I went as a commoner, the service was just as good. I like the casual ambiance where you can be dressed comfortably but still eat great food.

L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing meal at In Situ. Menu is creative, and that's about all I can say. Very poor value for the price. Food quality is sadly lacking. We will never return.

IK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, each meal was so delicious. I definitely would like to come back and will recommend this place to all my friends.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a lovely time at In Situ. The concept is so fun and the execution never disappoints. The constantly changing menu makes it a great place for locals too! Don't visit the museum without at least stopping in for a glass of wine. You can tell a lot of thought also went into the acoustics. In Situ is a perfect first date/date idea. I look forward to each visit, always leave smiling and satisfied.

P
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A unique experience that allows you to taste different cuisines and chef's creations in one restaurant

c
Little Rock
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

In Situ's menu is very interesting. A great opportunity to try world famous dishes; however, the wait staff was unfriendly and snobby. We had wanted to order some more wine with dinner but never got the chance. They would bring food to the table and we wouldn't know what they had brought. Very cool concept but be prepared to feel like you aren't cool enough to be here.

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Way too small of portions for price. No options to order a side of vegetable or starch

JD
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Sorry to say this was not up to expectations. Service was good but the food definitely did not justify the high cost. I have dined at restaurants much more worthy of a Michelin Star but didn’t have one, and I am baffled. Felt like we were tasting food from a junior culinary school (sorry chefs) but at fine dining prices. I think the concept was lost on me too; having chefs recreate someone else’s dish instead of having passion for something they made themselves was evident, in a bad way. Wish we had gone somewhere else and likely won’t be back.

DK
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very interesting concept, great food!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Pleasant staff. Slight disconnect between casual, bistro ambiance and oddly pretentious food and service. Not cheap but reasonable value given location in modern art museum and quality of food.

PD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Creative food. Good service. Go there to try something new.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best meal and place we have ever been and trust me, we are very demanding people!
We loved the minimalist and arty interior design, the option of seating in comfy armchairs and to eat delicious food!
Good idea to select recipes from all over the world, just surprised you did not get any from France!!
Yam is a Japanese restaurant...
Delicious nonetheless!
Thanks a million and we’ll be back!

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Site is lovely, food is interesting and fabulous, service is stellar...Samantha provides wonderful service oversight

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome!~
I spend my birthday with my friend here.
It is a perfect place to eat and chill with your friend.
The ambience is great.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent place definitely worth it's Michelin star

JF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was incredible, very knowledgeable about the menu, charming and approachable. Cannot say the same for the female hostess. However, the food was perfect. We saw the Andy Warhol exhibit and the In Situ soup served in an In Situ (Campbells) soup can was not only appropriate, but incredibly delicious. The gin cocktail served with flowers preserved in the ice was beautiful to look at and even better to drink! Just perfect. Thanks for a great meal, will definitely be back again!

LG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
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
52 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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
18 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
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting and unusual plates - great place to dine if you want to be surprised and find something new

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 !

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