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About Saison

Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the abundant resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each morning a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from our network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries.

178 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only Tuesday through Saturday: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Please note that reservations at 7:30pm are located at the bar, NOT in the dining room

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 828-7990

Website:
http://www.saisonsf.com/

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Chef / Owner: Joshua Skenes

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for Private Dining/Party Information.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Saison Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
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Local Ingredients (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Absolutely incredible dining and all around experience. Not to be forgotten any time soon .

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

When I visited Saison 3 years ago, everything was exceptional and always wanted to visit again. I am so happy that I am finally back again to San Francisco to revisit this restaurant. The service is outstanding and everyone knows what they are doing and their food and beverage knowledge is really in-depth. Special thanks to Mason , Dakota and Giacomo for their great hospitality! The environment is casual and there is music at the background but the music is at the perfect volume. The way chefs prep their food is so simple and they really focus on the technique of traditional cooking and the ingredients of the food. You can really taste the original flavor of the food without overdoing it or using crazy garnishes. I also did the wine pairing and each glass pairs very well with the food. Overall, this is my favorite restaurant in the Bay area and will definitely revisit again in the future!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I received my birthday congratulation from Saison. Really great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Superb...
Apart from the Buckwheat tea. Yuck.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Poor service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Saison is everything we thought it would be and more. Chef table ambience with every minute detail handled with grace and ease. A fine dining experience without the any pretense. DIner comfort and exquisite experience are the mantra of all restaurant staff .
Worthwhile in every way.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I am afraid that the high expectations set both by reputation and pricing are unmet by Saison. We were seated at a table in the bar area that was cramped and seemed like a second class table to the main seating area. We almost asked to move. The wine list is impressive, but so voluminous as to be pretentious, which, by the way, is a major problem for Saison. The amount of pretense is more than any restaurant we have been, including other lesser-Michelin-starred restaurants. The food was excellent, though, the poultry course served to my wife was severely under-cooked, even by game bird standards. Credit to the staff for addressing that issue by deducting the cost of the wine pairings. Frankly, that was probably too much given the issue. Overall, the food was very good and very creative, but the pricing is not justified. I would not go back and I would not recommend Saison, even for a special occasion. We have been to several one-starred and multiple two-star restaurants that are more deserving if this is the standard for three stars.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Best restaurant in California. Great and interesting food

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

A rather expensive dinner at $1800 for 3 persons with one bottle of wine, food was good but not great. Service was not 3 Michelin level for all dishes. Overall overpriced, under delivered.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Fabulous! Particularly wonderful vegetables.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food and wine were excellent & the hospitality was over the top!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Really a don't miss! Very inventive dishes. Loved every Bite!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was very much disappointed with Saison. I was looking forward to a birthday dinner with my boyfriend and for the amount of money spent and the fact that this is a 3 star restaurant I was baffled by the ambiance and service. No dress code, so individuals came in wearing jeans while rock hits were jamming on the speakers. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of these things but not for what I thought would be an intimate dinner to celebrate or what I expected as a two thousand dollar meal. To top it off, they did not remember my boyfriend's birthday. All in all, there are WAY better options in the city for a more reasonable price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

You will not be disappointed. From the 1st course to the last, it was so enjoyable. Get ready for a great dining experience! Great people, great food, great wines, and a place to have a great dinner.
All the best!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

A number of courses requires you eat with your fingers - messy, can splatter onto yourself or your dinner date; not what I expect for a 3 star Michelin restaurant. Music was way too loud! Decor was mediocre. Food was Ok, nothing worth mentioning, not a good value at $400 a person - I'd price it at $195.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was amazing. Loved the laid back atmosphere. Would def recommend to anyone.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was good, and at times excellent, but for the price it was underwhelming. There were two standout dish (considering plating, taste and experience) and a few other dishes which felt like they weren't completely thought through.

For example, there was a course which was 1/2 a bbq quail which came on a white plate with no other items, sauces, flavors or textures. It was also served without utensils, had bbq sauce (messy) and had lots of little bones, so it wasn't easy to eat - or even compelling.

I will say I really enjoyed the atmosphere and service, though my dining partner didn't like it. She prefers French Laundry style service.

I'm glad I've checked it off the list but all things considered I'd recommend Benu or French Laundry for fine dining in San Francisco.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 10, 2017

My wife and I went here while on vacation in San Francisco. We didn't love the experience and after waiting several days to think it over our minds didn't change.

As a Michelin 3* I feel like the bar was set pretty high and they didn't meet our expectations. The wait staff was very attentive and had a friendly demeanor throughout the evening, but didn't do a great job of explaining what we were eating on several of the dishes. Multiple times we had something sat in front of us with nothing said at all. The wines were also not described in any detail that couldn't be read on the label.

The food was probably the worst part of the meal. Everything was "cooked over the embers" as they liked to say, but the flavor from that method was almost overwhelming on several of the dishes and downright unpleasant on others. We had to eat multiple dishes with our fingers, which we both thought was odd. One, maybe two, would have been ok, but I believe there were 4 total. The half quail we had to eat off the bone with out hands was severely under cooked. So much so that I couldn't eat about 1/4 of it because it was almost raw.

The atmosphere was fun and mostly enjoyable. they played 80's music, there was a moderate noise level, but it certainly wasn't too loud, the decor and design inside was very pleasing and unique. Enough to enjoy but not over the top in any specific direction.

At the end of the night we got a copy of the menu. That might have been better served at the beginning so we knew what we were eating before we ate it. They also gave us a container of their smoked salt which our waiter explained is used to season literally everything. They may want to reconsider that because there wasn't much range in flavor.

Overall it wasn't a terrible experience, but when you're a Michelin 3* charging $300 a person and another $300 for a wine pairing and adding 20% gratuity on every check I think you should provide a flawless experience and ours was far from it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Spectacular food. Antelopes was one of the best meat dishes I've had.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I was amazed at the caliber of cooking present here. The attention to the finest detail, simplest preparation, highest quality and FRESHEST ingredients is analogous to Japan. Each dish is extremely thoughtful and while most everything is essentially pretty simple and far from decorated/ostenatious, it is all in the fine details and process where Saison shines. To add, all/most of the products are grown on Skenes Ranch and made in-house; the honey-butter, 3-month fermented hot sauce, preserved tomatoes. You're getting ultra quality ingredients cultivated by a chef whom like Japanese chefs, understand the importance of the highest quality ingredients and how its flavor changes over time.

In terms of cooking, I was aware of Josh's use of fire and roasting over the flames and was expecting a stronger note of charcoal/wood imparted on each dish, but they are incredibly conscious of this fact and use wood that imparts the most mild flavor to maintain the integrity of the dish while adding a slight kiss of smoke flavor. The rest of the dishes were also extremely well thought out, maintaining a balance of the 5 tastes. While some may be against the use of fruits for dessert, it's pretty traditional for Asian cuisine and I appreciated it since any cakes or parfaits would be indulgent. The ice cream and fruits were a phenomenal way to end the meal.
The herb tea at the beginning and smoked barley tea at the end were also incredible ways to both start and end a meal; whetting the appetite and aiding in digestion and counteracting the desserts. I would definitely buy the smoked barley tea (and hot sauce) if it were at all possible!

Service; impeccable. Warm, efficient, and jovial. Each dish was carefully explained and chefs were more than willing to answer questions. HUGE wine lists.

Overall, Saison is an experience that I will gladly return to (hopefully each season). To me the price is well justified for the quality of ingredients and thoughtfulness of preparation.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This is an interesting place. It's lively and fun and casual. The ingredients are superb. Several of the dishes were outstanding and memorable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Service is off the charts these days. 2nd time I've eaten here in the last 4 months. They are taking their elevated status to heart.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great Vietnamese upscale fare. Try the shaking beef and Singapore sling.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great. However, service was a tad long; 10 course dinner lasted 4.5 hours. Also, value is good but pricier than restaurants with similiar quality.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amazingly delicious.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food is different (Taste Menu), but really doesn't taste a like 3 Stars Michelin. For such a expensive taste menu course should be memorable, but, it was not as good as other 3 Stars Michelin I have tried.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Be warned: there is no menu and you will not know until the end what you are being charged. It will require a second mortgage on your house to pay the bill. I have eaten at really high end places and never come close to the bill I was presented with. Tip is included but that is on top of $1,000 bill for 2. After taxes more than 1300. The food was good but not all that innovative. The service was impeccable but it should be. The ambience is ok. Difficult to find parking but they do have Valet parking. Didn't know that until I was parked

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

it's very good.It's the best restaurant in California.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner, loved the tiny bouquet of fresh flowers in my tea cup, many things delighted me, but what stuck with me the most was the cocktails, especially the milk punch, the preparation and show was worthy of the drink.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Thanks for the attention, my boyfriend has a Great fathers day!

Tags: Healthy, Live Music, Seasonal, Romantic, Organic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Brilliant food, creativity and attention to detail at the table

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

It was my first time visiting Saison, 14 course meal, man oh man, the food took us on an amazing journey. One comes after another, and each ties in with great harmony. There was an absolute climax with the meal and it was a gradual journey down as we were approaching dessert. It was magical. Truly magical.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Food and service were great! Great experience, it is definitely pricey! Would liked to of seen the meal finish on a higher note then just wild local berries although they were tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Excellent place for dating. Terrific food with a romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great experience but so expensive ... try once and if you love it come back.
Like the little Present at the end.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Much better than 2016 winter menu. 👍👍👍

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Even allowing for the fact Saison is a 3 Michelin star restaurant and so comes with significant expectation, Saison was an amazing and memorable experience - amongst the very best dining experiences of my life. The food was incredibly creative and authentic, while at the same time unpretentious, while the flavours were totally unique and memorable. The service and general ambience was perfectly judged to compliment the meal in all respects. A near flawless experience in every sense.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Well worth the price for admission

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Exceptional dining, a truly wonderful experience. Incredible staff and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Saison was simply amazing. The wait staff provided great service and the kitchen staff have such a passion for their creative cusine talents. Both of my friends were simply left in awe. Thanks again for the heavenly experience.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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