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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.

151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Mission

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 941-6050

Website:
http://insitu.sfmoma.org/

Executive Chef:
Brandon Rodgers

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (70)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Special Occasion (41)
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Good for a Date (41)
Great for Lunch (33)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Business Meals (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fun (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Casual (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Romantic (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Tapas (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Seasonal (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
People Watching (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic concept and adaptation of different world class restaurants. Outstanding dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Always over the top.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing flavors!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

In Situ is remarkable. The food is extraordinary. The dishes are a collection of chefs' special dishes from around the country...and you don't have to travel to them to try them! SO much fun reading the menu. No refills on iced tea, btw!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Corey Lee knows how to run several establishments with very interesting food choices.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Interesting menu that represents compilation of diverse group of chefs
Everything was excellent
Portions are small but allows you to try more dishes
Sadly it is expensive and they will add in 20% gratuity
Still I think it was worth the splurge

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Thanks for a fabulous night with amazing food and wine pairings! Can't wait to comeback again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Spectacular Food! Every dish was a revelation. If it were less expensive, we would come more frequently, but we will definitely return with fellow foodies! (Try the Brie cheesecake dessert!)

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

It was fine. But over rated. Too expensive for just fine

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

They won’t have this Michelin star for long. It felt dead and sad on a Friday night. The staff was lovely but the food was boring (you didn’t know that chicken could be this bland!!) and they added gratuity to our 3-person check. Skip this!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food is amazing. However the size of the portions is small and the prices are quite high. So, I would recommend only for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great venue with interesting food concept

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Every dishes are so pretty like art pieces.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Imaginative, curious, miniscule portions, horribly overpriced, skimpy entrees, great "in dropped the tart" superb carmelized carrot soup with coconut milk. Not worth the detour, but humorous food. The price of jokes has escalated!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on January 25, 2018

In Situ is conveniently located on the first floor of SF MOMA. Every dish was awesome.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

In Situ continues to dazzle. Every bite is a revelation. The skill of the chef in planning and executing the menu makes the lack of pretense in both presentation and serving even more astonishing. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking dishes combined with impeccable service made for a wonderful experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

20% gratuity is added automatically regardless of party size.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful experience ! We had guest from France and were amazed by the food, the great knowledgeable staffs, quiet and efficient service ! Superbe wine pairings.

A very nice experience !

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Beautifully executed food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food that's unpretentious, very accessible and meant as a shared experience. Very small and negligible mistakes on the servers will not take away my very positive experience. I'll definitely be back

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

.anggggggggghh

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Told wait staff we were going to share all the dishes but was not given plates and bowls to share the dishes. When asked the wait staff to get us 2 bowls, she gave us an annoyed look and said we should tell them in the beginning, which we did.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great concept to bring in fabulous dishes from world best 50 restaurants around the world.
Located inside SFMOMA. Beautiful ambience
Will come back again

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Uneven dishes. Some extraordinary (carrot soup, lobster wasabi); others terrible!! Indies fish. Tempura ok nothing to write home about. Food has lost it since the opening. I think I'm done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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