In Situ

4.6
532 reviews
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$50 and over
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Global, International
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Thursday - Monday, 11:00am - 3:30pm

Dinner:
Thursday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 941-6050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brandon Rodgers
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great, the service is sub par

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
5 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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OT
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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LS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Well designed atmosphere and dishes - great service - interesting and artistic but not too precious to eat

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Minute portions of really interesting reproductions of master chef creations from around the world. Soup served in an egg cup. A few strands of lovely braised lamb, but only as much as could be aligned atop a single carrot. Much cheerleading from the waiter.

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M
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

extraordinarily fun, adventuresome and delicious. Can't wait to go back

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c
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu

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KL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is fantastic -- if you're a foodie it's a must destination. The menu is creative and inventive and features outstanding dishes from around the world.

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MO
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is lovely and delicious, but very small. Enjoy and take your time as it does not last long.

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CX
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In Situ is the best restaurant in SFMOMA, and has highly inventive food presented in three sizes of dish, depending on your appetite and desire to share food. The food is delicious and inventively presented. For example - smoked haddock presented on a small sliver of wood resting on top of a hot charcoal. Or delicious carrot soup with a froth of whipped cream on top, served in a glass cup to drink. My only concerns are - some of the dishes are quite rarified. My dining companion and I had trouble finding things we could agree on, and we're pretty adventurous eaters. And the portion sizes are quite small. In Situ is not a budget option - lunch for two (only water to drink) was close to $80 - but it's a fun treat if you're planning to spend the day at the museum.

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d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The concept is high--which can translate into "pretentious"--but the execution is also so high that it all works. Delicious food, lovely service, attractive room. Worth a visit.

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GU
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente restaurant. If you go there look for Ruby. She was our waitress and we loved it.

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TN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved In Situ -- everything from the food to the seating and the decor!

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RO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really original. The lobster was spectacular

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AA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Portion tiny. Soup in a shot glass. Great tastes.

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

The creative and eclectic menu provides an exciting dining experience; the cocktails are terrific as well.

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VS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t come hungry. Good food but small portions. And I don’t eat much!

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DC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for lunch with my wife and our friend. We loved the concept, the ambiance, the diversity and playfulness of the food, and the environment didn't get in the way of enjoying our conversation. We'll definitely go back for a special occasion as it's not an everyday type of meal.

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C
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was very disappointed. Tea did not have much taste and no refill for a $6 drink was not good that was half ice!
Portions petite though attractive.
Attentive waiter.
I had previously loved it when first opened and subsequently but no longer on my lunch list.

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DR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Great concept but misses the mark in most respects. Menu/concept not explained so left to guessing. Decor is spartan. For a restaurant in MOMA why wouldn’t you have cool modern art all
Over and rotate it so gives a reason for peeps to come back!

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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artsy, fun, and creative. Portions were small, especially given the price. Excellent service

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's very fantastic experience

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n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Portions are small, so it's a meal to hold you over for a few hours. But the food is definitely exciting for the palate!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!
Everything was great.
I would love to go again.
Thank you for the bday cake. :)

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