Sessions at the Presidio

4.4
691 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Housed in the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the historic Presidio, Sessions is a dining destination serving craft beer, craft cuisine, and craft cocktails.

The name Sessions refers to session beer; flavorful beers of lower alcoholic strength that are intended to be imbibed in multiples as part of a convivial “session” with good friends. The menu at Sessions extends the same concept to the food; encouraging diners to share delicious seasonal, small plates crafted with a modern California sensibility from locally produced and naturally raised ingredients.

Sessions' extensive bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant, featuring 24 tap beers from boutique breweries, 10 local wines on tap, and an artfully crafted cocktail list featuring small batch spirits. Sessions outdoor beer garden is a great place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, or meet with friends for drink after work on a clear San Francisco day.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
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Hours of operation
Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Limited Menu: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 655-9413
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joshua Bernstein
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Catering
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Sessions at the Presidio can accommodate all your special event needs. The restaurant has a private dining room which can accommodate 24 seated guests or 30 reception style. Our outdoor beer garden is available May through October weather permitting and can accommodate up to 100 guests for a reception.
We are also the preferred caterer for the Skywalker Room event space adjacent to our restaurant. The Skywalker room can accommodate groups of up to 80 seated or 120 reception style.
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Cross street
Lyon St
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Parking:
Plentiful parking is always available in the Letterman Digital Arts Center underground parking structure. Parking is only $5 flat when paid for at the restaurant for your convenience.
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Public transit
Public Transportation: Sessions is accessible by nearby Muni bus stops. Lines 28, 41, 43, 45 and 76X, and also by the Presidigo downtown shuttle.
http://presidiobus.com/
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate outing, Sessions at the Presidio can fulfill all your event needs! The restaurant's private dining room can accommodate 24 seated & 35 guests reception style or 80 seated & 120 guests reception style in the partnered banquet space.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Sessions at the Presidio is a beer-focused restaurant with good energy, in an area that needs it.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 691 People Are Saying
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BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely space. Very good food. A stimulating environment within a very nice park.

I'll go there once a month [or so] for the rest of my life.

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d
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This is the fifth time dining at Sessions. This time was for my birthday, which they didn’t make any gestures (candle/acknowledgment?) at my dinner guests’ reminder. Not a big deal. But I have seen a drastic reduction in menu selections, and unfortunately the few on menu are not executed well with a focus.

The service this time was very rushed (start to end was 80min), table cleared despite our expressing that we’re still enjoying the course. The itemized receipt was not present with the credit card charges so we didn’t know we tipped on top of a service charge. This was not identified either till we phoned back the next day.

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D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went on a Sunday for brunch ( 6 people including two 9-11 year olds). Had a reservation thankfully through Open Table, as there was a line out the door at 11 when they opened. It was a beautiful clear day, but a bit chilly as the sun was on the other side of the building. We sat outside and they had heat lamps which helped. There are so few places with large seating areas outdoors (not on busy street) in this city - so it was a nice treat. The Presidio is a great view too. I had avocado toast which was very good and I'd say fairly reasonably priced $9 relative to other things (with a side of bacon it was filling enough - and bacon was delish). Both Dads had the special (braised beef on polenta with arugula and over easy egg on top) which they both loved. Other mom had the chopped salad w/ goat cheese. Said it was good but she doesn't love goat cheese. 1 boy had burger which had great thick cut French fries which both boys loved. My son had the thin pancakes with chocolate hazelnut sauce HE LOVED and gobbled up and said he was full but it's not a huge serving, just rich. Virgin Bloody Mary was OK - I forgot to ask for it spicy but they gave me 3 olives upon request. Starbucks is just down the path which is also convenient (i.e., you could get coffee first while you wait in line). I do feel it's a bit pricey for what you get (hello $16 for the pancakes!) so we won't go often- but I'd recommend. Would be great if they have 1 or 2 other kids options under $10 (grilled cheese maybe or simple egg/cheese sandwich)

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angelo is the best!

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was great and otherwise the service seemed to be good. The outdoor seating was really pretty. There were probably as many dogs as there were tables outside! Great new restaurant, needs some polishing.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, a good experience, but the food was just OK. We went for brunch and my husband and I both had egg dishes (there are three on the menu, we had two of them)- they were both a bit bland and not anything worth having again. The Bloody Mary was great. We had a reservation and requested outdoor seating only to sit inside. The indoor portion of the venue is also nothing amazing whereas the patio is beautifully surrounded by trees. Not sure it was worth the $70 brunch (2 dishes + 2 drinks)

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our Saturday brunch. The service was outstanding, the food flavorful and well seasoned. Lovely setting for a nice walk around after eating. Parking is a breeze. We will certainly return here.

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s
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The hostess was frazzled, and definitely dampened our whole group's experience. We each arrived separately, and every person commented on how she was rude and unfriendly. Despite having a reservation, she told us our group of 4 must sit outside, or at the bar. The outside patio was either very dim or directly under bright lights depending on your table, and they interspersed heat lamps that were blazing. We asked for them to be turned down, which no one ever did. The food was good, but I'd much rather go to any number of places with a friendly staff and a beautiful environment.

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Angelo was beyond great. Burger was nothing special. Dry. With an aoili that was only half full. And the cheese was so minimal and you pay extra for it. For an expensive burger I would expect much more.

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AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant had a great menu for people who eat meat, but lacked items for a vegetarian

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JW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hanger steak + burgers were great. Waitress mixed up the beers a bit, but not a big deal. Love the decor and close to our performance at the Palace of Fine Arts, so it worked out great!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sessions chef should take a clue from Palace of Fine Arts programs. A sell-out of food there would happen if the menu was in tune with concerts. We went to a hula show after dinner; there was nothing on the menu that was an appetizer for that production. Too bad. Short sighted, not smart.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I've been here now twice in the last two weeks and each time the hostess and staff are incredibly rude and unaccommodating. For Sunday brunch, the hostess gave up our table, did not accommodate our original request to sit inside (the reason we wanted to sit inside was because last time we sat outside, water was dripping from the wood beams into our food) and let us sit at the bar for +30 minutes without giving us an update. We finally left! Would not recommend and they need to reconsider their choice for the front of the house staff since the woman at Sunday brunch is a horrible representation of the restaurant.

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BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This Presidio restaurant is housed is a very attractive building just inside the gate. The insides are very spacious, modern and nicely laid out. The food we shared, burger and a roasted eggplant dish were delicious. The eggplant was a mix of flavors that was very satisfying. Best of all, they had Bony Fingers, a Moonlight Brewing black larger on tap!

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FB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, service and food! The atmosphere is wonderful and it is really nice if you can sit outside and enjoy the surroundings.
Fiona

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M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went here for brunch with a couple friends visiting from out of state. We sat outside because they are pet-friendly, especially corgi-friendly :) We ordered the beignets to share and they were delicious! I ordered the belgian pancakes and they were really good too. The bottomless beers and mimosas were awesome because where do you see bottomless BEER? My husband loved it! After brunch, we took a walk in the park. Will definitely come here again.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I've been many times, but the other night the food was not good. The server we had was absent most of the time and we often asked someone else to help us.

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MT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got a great convenient table where we could hear enough for conversation with our friends. Food was served in a timely fashion by our friendly server and tasted great. Thanks so much for providing parking nearby!

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RA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant is very close to the Palace of Fine Arts, where we had tickets for a concert. The service was good, but the food was so-so. While everything was OK, it was just OK, with nothing particularly memorable. The only reason to consider going back would be for a quick pre-concert meal. Otherwise I probably wouldn't return.

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LL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love sessions BUT we really miss the dumplings and pate. Really do miss them!

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

If I’m being completely honest, this was one of the worst experiences I’ve had in San Francisco. The most unfortunate part that that food was actually outstanding, but the service was so horrific that there Is no way I’d ever consider returning.

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GP
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

You feel less than welcome initially by the "welcoming" counter...
Terribly noisy...
Food is so so...
Price is high
Not a good experience...(except one waitress was somewhat kind).

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Weak coffee. Service sub par.

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d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have never, until today, left a restaurant in anticipation of my next visit and having that Chopped Salad again. It was great! See you soon. db

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FM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was really salty and on lunch they put some unnecessary pressure considering the size of the place and that was half empty.

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EA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Brought a few friends here for brunch, and felt embarrassed that I'd recommended this place. I've never had such bad service at a restaurant in SF. We bought bottomless beers and mimosas and were constantly reminded throughout our meal that there was a 90 minute time limit (even though there were several tables open, no line, and we were being respectful).

They automatically include a 20% gratuity on all meals. It was pretty clear that they didn't care at all about the quality of service because they knew that tip was coming regardless.

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e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our service was horrible, and the food was surprisingly greasy.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sessions is a cool spot in a nice location. Easy to get to when traffic is light. Great hanger steak, burger, and beer selection. Chris (manager) and staff have been awesome every time we've been there. I truely enjoy this spot and would recommend it to anyone.

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CC
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent beer options and great selection of wines as well. I am so sorry I forgot the name of our waiter but I think it was Anthony or Antonio, he was a blast and helped us find some amazing things on the beer list we never would have tried. Thanks so much for a great time.

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HS
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

My experience at this restaurant felt like I was dining in a place that just opened 10 minutes ago. I say this because everything felt amateurish, especially the service. Our server did seem to be trying to be efficient but it just wasn't happening. I had to request a 'set up' as the flatware & napkin were missing from my place. Our food did not arrive until we had been there for well over half an hour. Evidently the orders were not placed and the server returned to ask us to repeat them. The atmosphere seemed kind of stark to me. The staff at reception were very friendly and welcoming however, as were the bartenders.
My salmon dinner was good, and my friend enjoyed the pasta very much. But there's nothing special about the overall experience and given the many choices we have in the city, I would not recommend Sessions at this time except for their happy hour. Sorry, but they need to get their act together.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place near Place of Fine Arts (conventions) to get away from the crowds for a quieter lunch with colleagues.

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F
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server rushed us! Our dishes were removed as soon as a person took a last bite. No bread was offered. All servers were too efficient and brisk.

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a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The server was lacking peripheral vision it seemed. It was hard to make eye contact when we needed something. He was slow to check in. Aside we did appreciate that the environment in the back courtyard, which was dog friendly, was a great space to eat. FYI water from condensation was dripping onto our table from the trellis beams above. The servers didn’t seem to care about that...

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GR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok. Service was choppy and got the order wrong. Gratuity was included— we were a party of 4 — and the server didn’t mention it. All around odd and disappointing experience.

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F
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice time and good food - just wish there were more options on the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I used to love this spot, but the food has deteriorated to the point that I won't return: too much food, overcooked, dry, very odd combinations.
And I was exasperated that they scoffed at bringing mea sharper knife.

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

Every time I’ve been to Sessions it’s been on a Sunday. Different times of day. First it was Fathers Day, then a late afternoon snack and then Sunday dinner. The service is sooo great! Really makes you feel comfortable. Each time I’ve taken the recommendation of the server and it’s always been wonderful. Don’t miss the fried chicken on Sunday night dinner. At the servers suggestion, we had a panzanella salad and the chicken and shared. So great! Wonderful way to end a weekend or start the week. Love this place and will be back again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Extensive and unusual beer, wine, and cider list. Food was mostly unimpressive and limited -- you are paying for the excellent location, not the food.
The server was unaccommodating and asked our group of 6 to "do the math" to figure out how he could split our bill. He handed us a pen to figure it out. I understand splitting the bill is an extra step, but this seemed like something the restaurant should have been able to handle for us. I can't imagine asking for multiple bills at a table is all that unusual. We did not leave with a great feeling.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible server. Food mediocre. Not allowed to sit outside due to a party later that day.

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

Loved the fried chicken sandwich. Seasoned just right. Loved the slaw on the sandwich. Fries nice size and nice taste.
Dessert...my all time San Francisco favorite: Butter Brickel Ice Cream. Home made at restaurant.
Will definately be back‼️

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