In Situ

4.6
462 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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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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brandon Rodgers
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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y
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fresh, flavorful food, very pleasant environment

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super unique experience with each dish created by a notable chef from around the world. Food is art! All in a design-forward setting....very appropriate for SF MoMA. The service was outstanding as well. Sad to see it so quiet on a Sunday evening.

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SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Situ takes its concept from its location in the Museum of Modern Art. Like the museum which has exhibits of art from famous artists around the world, In Situ serves food from famous chefs around the world. The menu is inventive, international, and beautifully presented. Where else would you find a white chocolate dessert fashioned like Rene Magritte's famous green apple? (See picture below) The servers are very good at explaining the unusual foods and flavors. It's a great restaurant for the adventurous foodie; not so much if you prefer comfort food. The prices are commensurately high, but the visual artistry and excellent taste make it a memorable experience.

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

In Situ is a delightful dining experience. Each dish is well crafted and though the theme is the lack of a fluid theme, the flavors in each bite work and help create a satisfying meal. Great cocktails and wine pairings. Price limits to special occasions but would go back for more.

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CT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This was our first time dining at In Situ. For context, we were a party of 8 and spent over a $1k on dinner. We just finished exploring the museum and were all feeling inspired and engaged, and this dinner was a perfect opportunity to build on that mood.

However, service was horrible. The server made no effort to explain the concept of the restaurant or the best approach to ordering (even when we asked). Service all evening was incredibly bad not only for a restaurant of this caliber but for any restaurant -- our questions about the menu were half-heartedly answered (our server seemed annoyed to be asked), dishes were dropped off to the wrong members of our party and the server didn't even stop long enough for us make them aware of the error, there were long periods where we needed something but could not get the attention of the staff, dishes were taken away when we weren't finished with them, we were out of water most of the night -- the list goes on.

The restaurant is beautiful and the food was interesting and well prepared, but lack of a proper front-of-the-house experience unfortunately made this an unenjoyable experience that I would not recommend or return for.

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HA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Inventive adaption of dishes from top chefs around the world. Highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting concept to select recipes from world class chefs, and the food was well prepared. But the prices are high and the portions minuscule. We left hungry and $100 poorer. Will not go back.

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S
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The dish I ordered did not indicate that it had squid ink in the preparation. I am allergic to shellfish and thus had to send it back when I found out what it was. Unusual ingredients should be listed on the menu.

Service was slow, and it was hard to get the servers attention.

Definitively not as good as the other times I have been there. Will try it again, but if service remains, poor to fair, I will eat elsewhere.

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute, creative, and special as always.. from the food to the decor to the warm and friendly staff.

We wanted to celebrate a special occassion at a classy place, but it’s difficult with a handicapped/spastic adult and a 12 month old, but this place was 👌. We booked the earliest table on a Sunday dinner (to avoid disturbing the crowd during popular times, etc) and we had plenty of space with their spacious and comfortable tables and I personally think this made our difficult guests calm most of the evening! The restaurant was quite spacious at this hour and we felt like we were dining in a different world! Oh wait, maybe that’s because of all the creative cuisines from around the world from famous chefs?!

After we left, I found out that they probably booked us at one of the best tables- the one that looks into the kitchen. That was a special treat for the handicapped guest. That was a nice touch on their service if that was intentional.

And as always, it’s in the SFMOMA and the decor does not disappoint, from the entrance, to the details in the table setting to the food presentation.

I wouldn’t say the taste blows me away, although the “rain” dessert is quite an experiential treat!

- we had the tempura (cute sauce), cheese fritters, potato/leek, lettuce wraps, risotto, lobster, lamb, tart (pizza like), brownie dessert, cheesecake (similar to a brie cake), and the rain dessert (one of my fav dishes.. in all of SF!). And several rounds of bread.

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w
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful signature dishes from restaurants around the world. Some are historical in that In Situ is the only place you can get the dish as the originating restaurant no longer exists or the item is long off the menu. Really a treat with a menu that seems to change monthly.

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SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Remarkable ingenious menu- all very delicious. Love the small dishes which allow you more variation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We can hear about the voices from the near table. The last desert is super amazing! I can hear the sound of rain and it reminds me my childhood. Such a creative work!

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not miss the Sound of Rain dessert. Light but exquisite and memorable. Poetry.

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BK
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was rather precious - not especially great for the price.

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MB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At In Situ, I fell in love with a new wine, a carrot soup, and tapioca cheese fritters--unexpectedly, the bread and butter was spectacular too. The wine list has many interesting wines and I tried a varietal I had never had: Trousseau Gris. At first sip, I knew it was special: a white wine that had complex flavor, not your typical grassy, crisp white. The bread is served with a savory butter seasoned with shallots and herbs--unexpected and delightful. The caramelized carrot soup, from Nathan Myhrvold, caused me to reread this section of Modernist Cuisine and to order another appliance so I can replicate it. The tapioca cheese fritters were crispy on the outside and smooth, soft on the inside: not greasy, not dense, perfection in a cube. I have since looked up recipes for this Brazilian treat and will be attempting to duplicate them soon. We also had the seasonal tempura which had crispy sticks of vegetables with a delicious hummus-like dipping sauce; the vegetables were tender on the inside and had a thin, crisp coating on the exterior. After eating all the veggies, we used bread and fritters and fingers to finish the dip. The value of the day was the Director's salad: a bowl of julienne lettuce over a bread boat filled with chicken and walnuts. The salad was interesting and complex, yet simple enough to appeal to picky eaters. This may be our new favorite restaurant. The most ordinary dish we had was the tomato tart: the crust is delicate, the tomato is sweet--the most perfect tomato tart you can imagine, it just isn't as unique or special as each of the other dishes.
I highly recommend In Situ and cannot wait to return: I can imagine sitting at a high-top table for a glass of wine and an small plate... I am salivating already.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was fun to be able to sample great dishes from other great restaurants - it's a lovely space and despite the high tone menu and fancy surroundings, the vibe was fairly casual. But the concept does miss a major point of a great restaurant, which is the integrated experience from beginning to end, including the flow from one dish to the next, and the service, which was good but American-style casual and would never fit in any of the restaurants on the menu. If you want a truly great meal, go to one of the restaurants the dishes are from, but if you want an accessible great food without breaking the bank, this is a great place.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

really bad food experience. Service was lacking. Nothing was explained well. Food wasnt seasoned well. Very boring restaurant.

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W
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The creativity and thoughtfulness of the cuisine was a fabulous balance to the artwork we saw at SFMoMA. Thank you!

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d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first reaction was tentative: Uh-oh, is this going to be an exercise in over-priced pretension? But then the food started coming, and WOW! Absolutely delicious, creative, beautiful, inventive, fulfilling. We wound up having a terrific dining experience all around.

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CD
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing artistic presentation, incredible food, almost too pretty to eat

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot - the service is second to none and the food is out of this world!

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Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We’ve been SF MOMA members for a long time but this was our first visit to In Situ. Admittedly we had high expectations for this Michelin starred restaurant. The food was delicious. Creative menu with excellent execution. Each dish was flavorful, balanced, and beautiful. On the other hand, the service was quite lackluster and there was poor attention to detail, which ultimately distracted us from the impeccable food. As 2 adults on a lunch date, we were surprised when the hostess chose to seat a family with 2 small noisy children next to us, in what was an otherwise largely empty restaurant. Our glassware was dirty with each beverage ordered. My husband cut the roof of his mouth on a piece of shell that was inadvertently left in the lobster salad we ordered— when we told our server, she was unapologetic. There were a handful of other nuisances during our lunch which were left unaddressed by the restaurant. The experience would have been ok in a more casual dining setting but was disappointing in a place that has been recognized for exceptional service and food. There’s plenty of incredible dining in SF— next time we’re at the MOMA we’ll eat elsewhere.

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FR
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and beautiful presentation. The meal was unusual in the best sense. It seemed to be a small portion, but really rich and filling. I enjoyed every bite. Also, the service was excellent.
A feast for the pallet and of course the eyes, it is after all in a museum.

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m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably excellent. Love this place.

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Expensive, esp. The drinks Unusual food. Worth it for a one time experience.

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b
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

メニューもボリューム別になっていて、頼みやすいです、Michelin ⭐️のクォリティはあります。サービスも良いですが、お値段は少々高めです。

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JG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and ambience were all excellent.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really imaginative food and well paced service. Presentation was also very good from the menu to the table ware and the food. With the food the attention to detail was excellent.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Better off doing the museum cafe. In Situ in concept is great but in execution falls short. Dishes are expensive and mediocre replicas of the originals. The menu is not cohesive.

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MK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with a unique atmosphere - almost like eating at a friend’s very fancy home. Inventive and thoughtful menu. While portions aren’t for the seriously hungry, our party was very satisfied and delighted with the food. Special commendation for The dessert that sounds like rain. You have try it to believe it, and it’s that good. Worth a splurge.

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p
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful presentation of all the dishes. The desserts were better than savory dishes. The cheese wheels and ame are the must-haves from this season.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try the carrot soup!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most wonderful restaurant with elegant, innovative and delicious food.

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HB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed from all 3 dishes that i ordered. It was simply not tasty. And very expensive for what i ate.

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WD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in San Francisco. Haven't tried them all but I'm sure this would be tough to beat. Have the cuttlefish cappuccino. Wow. The lamb carrot was delish as well. Outstanding.

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t
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Strangely quiet and forlorn! Great menu and concept but totally missed the mark: underseasoned food and missing service. For such an empty storefront you would expect that people would greet and meet

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food from different restaurants across the world.
Service was good. The server misses one part of our order but they made up for their mistake.
More quiet then most restaurants in the city. Good to have a conversation.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance, great food! We have been there several times and we appreciate the fact that the manager remembers us and mentions that it is nice to see us again!

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KS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Interesting food and decent presentation. The mains were great, but the dessert dishes were all about looks and didn't taste as great as they look.

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FW
Berlin
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food in San Francisco with friendly service! A must visit in SF!

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