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. Sunday Brunch now available with a menu full of unique options to make omnivores, gluten intolerants and vegans completely satisfied!

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Saha Happy Hour

Join us for Happy Hour! Enjoy a free appetizer from our menu with a minimum purchase of $30 per person from 4pm-6:30pm Tues-Fri.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 12, 2019

Ends: September 13, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 4:00PM-6:30PM

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What 58 People Are Saying
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LK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

MR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!! Highly recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

BC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

l
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

LI
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was a pleasant surprise.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

R
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!!

E
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Limited time so a limited review. My first time here; my wife had been here several times before. I had a Yemeni salad with one of the nicest spicy dressings I have ever tasted. I had a vegan mushroom dish that was very nice with subtle spicing amidst layers of phyllo. The lamb curry had generous amounts of lamb but the sauce was a bit bland. More spice would have been to my taste. My wife had salmon amidst layers of phyllo; very nice and surprisingly large amount of salmon. Her scallop dish had 4 large scallops, beautifully prepared. Melted in the mouth. I cannot recall her last dish. She had a glass of wine. It was Tuesday evening so our 3 dish pre-fix dinners cost $35 each plus tip. Total was $123, including my latte and wife's glass of wine. A good value in a casual atmosphere where the service was excellent and the cooking reflecting of someone who cares about their cook craft.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought a vegan friend from out of town. I went vegan too. Super yummy!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Saha and the food was outstanding - such delicious and interesting flavors, served piping hot. The seared octopus salad and salmon baklava were stand outs. The prix fixe menu was a good deal ($45 for 3 courses) and very filling. We left stuffed and happy.

NC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a marvelous meal at Saha to celebrate our anniversary! This was our second visit, and we tried the 3-course prix fix menu this time, which was a $35 special during a weeknight. All of our selections were incredible! We enjoyed the soup of the day and the fattoush salad, which were brimming with freshness and flavor, a stuffed eggplant appetizer called maashi, filled with wild mushrooms and pine nuts, and the salmon baklava starter, which is one of the most unique and tasty salmon preparations we've ever eaten! Our entrees, the spicy seafood tagine and Saha yellow curry were silky and delicious. Our server was exceptionally helpful and friendly, and Chef Mohamed is a master of flavorful, healthy, and unforgettable cuisine, making for a truly memorable dining experience!

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic an experience of modern-Middle Eastern shared-plates dining at Saha, by talented chef Mohamed and his crew! This is one of our favorite places to dine in SF, and in fact anywhere in the US for that matter.

H
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saha should be one of the most poplar restaurants in San Francisco. The Yemeni food is unique and very tasty. The menu offers so many attractive dishes that we always end up sharing what everyone orders. The wine list is fine and service is attentive. The quality of food for the prices is what is especially unusual in San Francisco. This restaurant is a great bargain!

NC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Saha for the first time, and we were ecstatic about our dining experience! The menu was so varied and wonderful, with outstanding options for our interest in vegetarian and seafood choices. We had the salmon baklava and stuffed beets starters. These items were delicious, mouth-watering, and so different than anything we had ever tried before. Our entrees were the curried scallops with a silky cauliflower puree and a lovely lavender sauce, and the black mujadara, which was a delectably roasted combination of black lentils, tofu, rice, butternut squash, tahini, and Yemeni spices. The flavors of these entrees just jumped off of the plates, and melted in our mouths. Service was great, with a calming and comfortable atmosphere, and the chef, Mohamed, came by to chat with us, and he gave us a light and flaky pear and phyllo dough tart for dessert, which capped off a truly memorable meal! Chef Mohamed was so nice, that he even arranged for a taxi to meet us at the entrance so that we could finish our dessert and still make it in time to get to the theater to see Hamilton. We so much enjoyed everything about Saha, that we are planning to return in a week to celebrate our anniversary. This restaurant is an absolute gem!

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was fantastic.

J
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m so happy I found this spot with my bf. The food was incredibly delicious! Everything we tried was amazing: salmon baklava, okra, and back mujadara! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Nob Hill. I will be coming back here soon!

RC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been visiting Saha for the past 5 years and the food is always top notch. Fresh, clean and flavorful, as each dish has it's own uniqueness. The variety of having meat, vegetarian or vegan allows me to bring friends or family without worry of their eating habits.

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Saha shortly after it returned to the Hotel Carlton with a full menu. Saha had spent a few years in Berkeley and our Nob Hill neighborhood missed its hidden gem. The restaurant and the room have gone through a few iterations since it left.
The room is now brighter and more hotel-like, although we preferred the old, darker and more intimate look and feel.
The food is just as good as we remembered it to be. And, just as good a value.
We'll return soon and often.
Welcome back to the neighborhood!

DG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious. I'm vegan and there were so many options. The mushroom terrine special was off the chain, as well as, the vegan knaffe dessert. Servers were super lovely, too. I would definitely go back.

EB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of four the other night and we had a lovely experience. First of all, entering the Carlton hotel was a pleasure as the lobby is filled with eclectic art from around the world and we were greeted with a String Quartet.

Then we passed the curtains into the restaurant to a warm welcoming and exotic atmosphere. The menu is filled with wonderful choices and reinterpretations of classic Middle Eastern cuisine.

This time, we had stuffed eggplant, lamb meatballs, duck pastilla, prawns in rosewater, salmon baklava, and okra. All dishes were delicious and distinctive from each other.

I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to return visits!

NJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to have Saha back in the neighborhood. A fantastic menu filled with interesting and inventive dishes (the salmon baklava is terrific). Take your food fussy friends - vegans, gluten-free, fish only or meat-eaters - everyone will find something delicious. The wait staff knows the menu, the wine list is well priced for glasses and the ambiance lovely.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food by an amazing Chef!!

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost everything we ate was subliminal. Two full dinners (3 different plates) could probably feed four plus maybe one or two other plates. We really liked the eggplant appetizer, the octopus salad, whatever the vegetarian entree option was, and the entree scallop dish. Affable waiter and cook. Once the two giant parties dining there when we arrived departed, we could have a conversation without yelling. But noise level even in a fairly empty restaurant was high.

If you go and need to use restroom, be aware that you need to ask for card key from reception. Nobody tells you that!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Saha is back and it is even better than before. Mohamed the chef and owner is a magician in the kitchen. The food is delicious and absolutely divine.

JL
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saha is our favorite place to eat in San Francisco. The food is fabulous, fresh and artfully prepared with the finest ingredients. Each dish is unique and all dishes have incredible flavor. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The quality is superb.

LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were heartbroken when the Berkeley location closed, so we made the trek to SF for the first time. It was well worth the trip, as the food was as good or better than at the Berkeley location. We have a person with celiac and a vegan in our family, and it is very hard to find places that have many options for both. We will definitely be back!

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