Saha

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Saha and the full menu are back at the Hotel Carlton! Owner and Chef, Mohamed Aboghanem, is excited to once again offer his signature dishes, rooted in his Yemenese upbringing, to the San Francisco dining scene. Dinner served Thursday through Sunday evening.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.2
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4.2
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TalS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1/10/20 Johnny was running a packed house pretty much by himself. Solid professional. The cooks were on point (food was awesome). All in all a marvelous time.

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VM95
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very ordinary food at extremely overpriced rates. Would not recommend this place to anyone worth their while.

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vipChris
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fabulous food, nice dining room, short-staffed but the chef and manager made up for it. Brief wine list but some decent ones

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KatieS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Took over 2 hours to get our food. Dishes were burnt and unexciting, “okay” at best. Went to this restaurant because they had last minute availability for NYE. Now we know why! Will never go here again

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Eurocat
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! O loved the Sage Duck. The chef is quite personable. It's a perfect place for a special event.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal here! The food is delicious. We did get there at 5 as the Open Table site said they are open for Happy Hour at 4, but they do t open until 5:30. We told Chef Mohamed that we had theatre tickets and had to be gone by 6:30 and he was able to accommodate us. We will definitely be back!

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ZGTraveler
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Used to be a favorite -- before they moved to Berkeley and then returned to their old spot in the Hotel Carlton. Now the food was just plain boring. No real flavor. The menu is much more limited and they still were "out" of many dishes. The place was just about empty on a Friday night, which we now understand. Sad, but true: A once-excellent restaurant is now not worth visiting. Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful service!

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vipHadley
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My wife and I are foodies who regularly eat at all the well-known and most popular restaurants in San Francisco. We both believe that the food at Saha is as good or better than the food at any other restaurant in San Francisco and we spend less than half of what we do at the popular restaurants. We subscribe to ACT, and SF Playhouse and frequently eat at Saha before theater.

We cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough!

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Hollyf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy this restaurant reopened after revocations. The food it’s incredible and there’s nothing like it in SF.

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vipVirginIslandFoodie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and dining value in the City

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Looking forward to coming back!

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Sam1943
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the restaurant....great food, charming waiter and quiet. The restaurant is unassuming in appearance but top notch in quality of food and service.

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vipRoberta
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time at Saha and it did not disappoint! Brought some friends who were blown away at everything they tried. Braised octopus salad, mushroom knaffe, black mujadara, lamb curry, vegan chocolate mousse (to die for) -- every dish a winner. $45 p fixe is a bargain. Get here now.

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vipjaneyo
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Saha SF, then Saha Berkeley, and now Saha SF again, for over a decade and are never disappointed. Every dish has complex and delicious flavors. The Saha SF location is intimate and great for a meal and conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8 and we all loved everything about this place. Food was amazing and we tried a bunch of different dishes.

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vipHungryHunter
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

I love Saha and I love the chef Mohamad. We enjoyed the ravioli, the meat balls, and the chicken curry. Unfortunately this time our waiter and table service were poor - we waited a long time for the waiter to take our order... and actually watched a couple at the table next to us walk out because they hadn't been served. Can the waiter, keep the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Saha. It was a Thursday evening and the place was pretty empty except for a few customers at the bar. Mohammad, the owner, waited on us personally. We ordered almost every appetizer and a couple of the entrees. One of the appetizers we liked so much, we ordered a second one. The food was so flavorful and well prepared. We will definitely be back!

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vipnatquebec
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Limited wait staff, would take a while to get someone’s attention. Food was good, but not great. Painting of women in complete burkas on the wall. From the artistic stand point, I agree with freedom of expression. From a business standpoint, seeing women completely covered and in a position of submission is not what I wanted to see in a restaurant.

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LyaK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. We ordered an assortment of small plates and few entrees to share family style. We loved it so much we even re-ordered a couple items (the meatballs).

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MichelaR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a very nice dining experience: food was excellent and staff was funny and friendly. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. The food is both comforting and delicious AND unusual. The fattoush was excellent as was the braised octopus starter. The wild mushroom knaffe was spectacular; artichoke heart small plate just a bit too spicy for my palate. I loved the duck and liked the lamb curry. Baklava for dessert along with the pear tart — oh, yes. Chef Mohammed is easy-going and knowledgeable. A very pleasurable evening. And they cater! We’re sold.

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vipKate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were outstanding, and the prix fixe was very reasonable - would definitely come back.

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vipDocJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hooray!! SAHA has moved back to San Francisco from Berkeley. The location is great, inside the Carlton Hotel. The beautiful fabrics and other decorations that were part of the ambiance before the move to Berkeley will be coming soon.
The food here is really special, not like other 'Middle Eastern' restaurants. We had the seafood tagine, and the black lentils with Forbidden Rice. Tons of flavor, and just a little heat. The Stuffed Beets and the Artichoke and Peas Tagine were delicious appetizers. They also offer a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options too. Very friendly and efficient service, and you never feel rushed. Our new go-to place. And they are open for breakfast too! Try this place, you'll be glad you did.

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vipNewtoDSTX
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This time our dining experience was not impressive as it was the first time. Food tasted overcooked or precooked and then reheated. Not sure if it was an off night because the restaurant was not even full to skimp on quality of food preparation.

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vipMikeL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredibly delicious and reasonably priced for San Francisco. The chef came out and spoke to each customer. I highly recommend this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious! Staff was very friendly and professional - will definitely visit again

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LarInPhilly
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service Apia’s attentive. Menu is limited, a Yemeni chef/owner. Dessert was good. A salmon baklava was tasty. Lamb stuffed eggplant was ok, not so tasty. Mujahada of crusty black rice with tofu was the best seasoned. My red house wine was good. Ambience is an old former hotel restaurant, now in need of rehabbing. If you are looking for off the beaten track at a reasonable price, this is good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a pleasant surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saha is a favorite! I’d be there every week if I lived closer and try many more dishes. As it is, I gravitate to my favorites. I had the pre-fixe: the fattoush salad, the duck bastilla, and the sage duck. My parents ordered the same items individually and added the salmon baklava. We’ve sworn we will go back soon to ensure we will be willing to try new things. Mohammed and his staff are excellent, warm, and welcoming. It was the perfect birthday meal. Mohammed even comped us a dessert, the vegan chocolate mousse, which was lovely, perfect to share.

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vipRoberta
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW!!! Why haven't i heard of this place before? This was one of the most memorable meals of my life. I've eaten a lot of Mediterranean meals and this chef has a gift of combining flavors like no other. Some of the standouts were the stuffed beets, scallops, and mushroom knaffe. Vegans and vegetarians will thrill at the choices and flavors. The restaurant is inside of a hotel and not obvious from the street. We need to support this restaurant and its chef -- it was at this location before but not many people know they are back. AWESOME!!!!

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vipCharlesM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is really a find, great food, decent prices, nice people. I used to come here a lot and loved it, but unfortunately, the restaurant moved to Berkely. It is back now and as good as ever.

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SteveW
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chef Mohamed's creations are a real treat. They are truly unique so you are not going to get dishes you see anywhere else. Everyone I bring to Saha Lounge or his previous, Berkeley, restaurant is truly impressed with the whole meal. You can't go wrong.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Server was warm and friendly. Chef came out to greet us. Overall, great dining experience!

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vipHadley
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Saha serves some of the best food in San Francisco. We brought friends who are foodies to introduce them to Saha and they loved every dish. We ordered 7 different dishes and that was just about right. The cost was surprisingly little, especially for the quality. Fresh ingredients, unusual flavors, and a terrific night!

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vipWStew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, nice to have Saha back in San Francisco.

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vipRobertK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best taste experiences I’ve ever had. So glad Saha is back in SF. The staff is really approachable and knows the menu. We are already planning our next night out and who can handle all the taste without a category 5 meltdown. Zero chance you will disappointed.

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vipDebraF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and owner very accommodating. Great service. Nice room. Will definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saha, located in the Carlton Hotel is one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in San Francisco. Every dish had us swooning in delight. I am so glad they returned to SF from the East Bay. All of our out if town guests want to go there when they return for a visit. Just delicious!!!

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Saha is rated 4.6 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.