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About In Situ
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.
San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
Global, International, American, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Tuesday, 11:00am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm and Sunday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
As part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, In Situ is perfect for groups looking for a unique experience within a world-class cultural institution. With several options for receptions and seated meals, guests can experience dishes from restaurants all over the world in one sitting.
In Situ Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant has a unique concept: copying recipes from other well known restaurants (with permission, of course).
Some good recipes, like the truffle cabbage and mushroom risotto. But some dishes were frankly problematic, like the John Dory fish (St Pierre) around 45$. I can't imagine the original recipe being like this. The copying process went really wrong.
First it was sadly cooked in a ballotine, with the filet still the shape of a cellophane ballotine and slightly overcooked.
Taste was blend, the worst St Pierre I ever had. Sad. And the sauces were wayyyy too sweet, like baby food. I don't know how the original was supposed to taste, but the fish was for sure not cooked as a St Pierre deserves to be cooked.
The In situ local recipes looked nice.
Conclusion: too much variability in result, too expensive for the quality. for a 75$+ meal, I can find a LOT better in SF. Good attentive service (restaurant was half full only). Note: 20% mandatory service charge.
Very little amount of food for a significant amount of money. Was very surprised to see a $42 dish contain just enough food to fill the belly of probably a skinny 10-year-old child. I’ve been to several Michelin-starred restaurants, and the taste of the food here was just average.
If you are aware of the prices and that this restaurant is catering to the foodies type, then you will not be surprised or disappointed. It is pricey for lunch, but the food was delicious, service staff was nice, and the space had a nice ambience for a modern setting. I would have to say that the server seemed a bit tentative with the service - I guess I am used to having a more experienced server when eating at a high-end restaurant. Otherwise, it was a nice meal overall.
We had a large group for a birthday celebration. Food was fabulous. Such an interesting concept featuring dishes from around the world. Everything we had was very tasty and the wine was excellent. Service was very friendly, although they did keep mixing up who had what order! A little empty for a Saturday night but overall a nice, modern venue. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
Food was innovative and fairly tasty. Interior design was super utilitarian with uncomfortable seating, and felt like a run-of-the-mill museum cafeteria - a total mismatch with the food concept fortunately. The food was very much overpriced compared to restaurants of similar caliber. We're a pair of foodies who really don't mind spending money on a wonderful meal, but think one can find many other places in San Francisco for a better dining experience. We'll most likely not be coming back.
What In Situ offers is a truly valuable experience, dishes from chefs around the world, known and unknown, recreated in their original form. Most of these dishes I wouldn’t have ever been able to experience in one lifetime, unless somehow I became disgustingly rich and could afford such a lifestyle which is not true for most of us. I will dine here again when the menu changes and again after that. It was incredible and affordable and not stuffy or overpriced.
Overpriced and precious. An "apocalypse burger" was a slider on a faux charcoal briquet, made of bread dipped in squid ink and dried. This is a vision of the future, right? Come on. This is not the future of food. Not in my future. Wine was good, if you don't mind spending $19 per glass. I felt this was a scene out of a Woody Allen movie.
In Situ serves up dishes from restaurants around the world. While we haven't tried the originals, we loved the In Situ versions. In particular, we love the Cuttlefish Cappuccino (a unique combination of potato, cuttlefish in ink sauce served in a cappuccino cup) and Cheesecake (savory and sweet at the same time! and the brie is perfect). Apocalypse Burger was a runner up with juicy beef and an interesting crunchy "box" as the bun. For the Wasabi Lobster, the lobster was a bit overpowered by the wasabi flakes. And the creole shrimp and grits was just typical, nothing surprising.
The carrot soup arrived and looked like an amuse bouche, it was quite small. But how extraordinary--with "layered" flavors just like looking at art. Everything was great other than perhaps the salad which is considered a medium-sized dish and priced accordingly. Must mention the excellent bread, so fresh and delicious. Give me the carrot soup and a couple pieces bread. A glass of rose.
Restaurant is inappropriate for a museum. Very expensive for tiny portions. Soup at $7was in a one-sip glass; appetizer at $14.00 was 2 small bites. Yes….a contemporary menu for a contemporary museum…..but as the only restaurant choice to be seated with a menu it does not serve the majority . SFMOMA does not need a restaurant that is striving for the Michelin stars. However, the food itself, was delicious.
In situ is an interesting restaurant concept- iconic dishes done by chefs across the world, recreated essentially exactly as they were conceived. The menu changes seasonally. The first time we went the meal was a revelation- beautiful presentation, delicious, unexpected. This time, maybe because the choices were different, it was more ho-hum. Competent preparation, excellent ingredients, nice presentation but less exciting food. My issue is less about what there was, rather what was missing- the sense of surprise and inspiration. The room is still serene and lovely, the service is perfect. But quite expensive for an uninspiring meal.
This is a good restaurant, but it doesn’t deserve a Michelin star. We had a terrific salad to start (better than it’s descr made it sound). The lamb manti was good, but the meat fell flat (the pasta surrounding the meat was superb). Two of us had lettuce wraps, which were good but strange. My risotto was good but not great.
I made a reservation at In Situ for my husband's birthday. Our meal was amazing and the service was exceptional. The venue was quiet and cozy but does not give off that snobbish vibe which is perfect. We enjoyed every item we ordered and I really liked how they included a description of each chef whose dish was used that season. I cannot wait to go back in a couple months time to try other amazing chef's dish they will add.
Decor - somewhat minimalist; small portions for prices but 2 outstanding dishes- Cuttlefish Cappuccino and Jasper Hill Farm Cheesecake; attentive service.
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and would have splurged on more dishes but restaurant could not accommodate our food allergies.
Fascinating menu, even something you think you know - rack of lamb, say - is completely unexpected. Variety produced by diverse chefs makes you think you'd like to spend the day trying everything. So you will have to go back, but menu will change by then. Food is superb, whatever you order.
Only suggestion: people looking at blank white wall at two-person tables need something to look at (besides companion). Consider mirrors to reflect interior behind them; art not too high up.
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