In Situ

4.6
511 reviews
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$50 and over
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Global, International
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Thursday - Monday, 11:00am - 3:30pm

Dinner:
Thursday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 941-6050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brandon Rodgers
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission
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.

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What 511 People Are Saying
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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Minute portions of really interesting reproductions of master chef creations from around the world. Soup served in an egg cup. A few strands of lovely braised lamb, but only as much as could be aligned atop a single carrot. Much cheerleading from the waiter.

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M
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

extraordinarily fun, adventuresome and delicious. Can't wait to go back

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c
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu

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KL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is fantastic -- if you're a foodie it's a must destination. The menu is creative and inventive and features outstanding dishes from around the world.

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MO
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is lovely and delicious, but very small. Enjoy and take your time as it does not last long.

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CX
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In Situ is the best restaurant in SFMOMA, and has highly inventive food presented in three sizes of dish, depending on your appetite and desire to share food. The food is delicious and inventively presented. For example - smoked haddock presented on a small sliver of wood resting on top of a hot charcoal. Or delicious carrot soup with a froth of whipped cream on top, served in a glass cup to drink. My only concerns are - some of the dishes are quite rarified. My dining companion and I had trouble finding things we could agree on, and we're pretty adventurous eaters. And the portion sizes are quite small. In Situ is not a budget option - lunch for two (only water to drink) was close to $80 - but it's a fun treat if you're planning to spend the day at the museum.

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d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The concept is high--which can translate into "pretentious"--but the execution is also so high that it all works. Delicious food, lovely service, attractive room. Worth a visit.

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GU
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente restaurant. If you go there look for Ruby. She was our waitress and we loved it.

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TN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved In Situ -- everything from the food to the seating and the decor!

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RO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really original. The lobster was spectacular

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AA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Portion tiny. Soup in a shot glass. Great tastes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creative and eclectic menu provides an exciting dining experience; the cocktails are terrific as well.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for lunch with my wife and our friend. We loved the concept, the ambiance, the diversity and playfulness of the food, and the environment didn't get in the way of enjoying our conversation. We'll definitely go back for a special occasion as it's not an everyday type of meal.

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was very disappointed. Tea did not have much taste and no refill for a $6 drink was not good that was half ice!
Portions petite though attractive.
Attentive waiter.
I had previously loved it when first opened and subsequently but no longer on my lunch list.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Great concept but misses the mark in most respects. Menu/concept not explained so left to guessing. Decor is spartan. For a restaurant in MOMA why wouldn’t you have cool modern art all
Over and rotate it so gives a reason for peeps to come back!

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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artsy, fun, and creative. Portions were small, especially given the price. Excellent service

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's very fantastic experience

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n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Portions are small, so it's a meal to hold you over for a few hours. But the food is definitely exciting for the palate!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!
Everything was great.
I would love to go again.
Thank you for the bday cake. :)

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H
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining at In Situ, and we were just as impressed with everything. Food and service were both excellent. The menu changes frequently, so we will definitely come back again.

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o
Montana
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most incredible food I’ve ever eaten.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three Michelin Star quality food at one star prices. The best part being able to try food from top restaurants all over the world. This place is a gem.

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PA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I wish we could have loved this place but honestly, all 4 of us said we would not return. The food idea---replicating recipes of master chefs elsewhere---may be a good idea but it just doesn't translate well here. Descriptions and the dishes in reality didn't always mesh. Servings were very small. We ordered plates to share but for some dishes, that meant a scant bite per person. The food was fine but not outstanding for all the obfuscation of its titling. It's such a perfect venue inside SF MOMA that our expectations were high. The wait staff were very cordial and helpful and the table and seating were comfortable. We were celebrating a birthday and our wait person brought a complimentary dessert with a candle--a nice gesture. Now if only the menu could be fixed. Until then we all agreed that next time we'd be back at the top floor cafe.

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S
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Almost every dish was delicious. The meat in lettuce cup was very average so it was so disappointing in a restaurant of this caliber; wished had ordered something else. Carrot soup was amazing, but very expensive for the portion size. The halibut was excellent and portion was fair for price. The appetizer trout with egg was very good. The squid ink mousse with fish appetizer was also good. The lamb over carrots was very good, but very small for a main. No complimentary bread or amuse bouche. We went for lunch and felt many dishes were very good but for the quantity it left us with room in our tummies. We needed to order more, but for the price vs quantity factor, we opted to stop. Also, another feedback--the mains were served at different times, leaving two guests to be completely done by the time 3 of us got our mains. Waiters did their jobs but were very quiet and reserved; would have liked more charisma and warmth to each person who served us and the main waiter who took our order. We were 5 and we all agreed we'd return for the halibut and the wine pairing. 3 of us had a sip of the carrot soup and it we'd order that again as well.

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FT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, not great. Price was very much out of line.
The food were different. Would not normally go there again due to poor portion.

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RO
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our 2nd time dining at In Situ and as with most things the 2nd time is rarely as good as the first. The vegetable tempura, bread, and cheesecake desert were again over the top. The lamb and the lobster were disappointing. Drinks were a bit stronger than 1st visit--a plus
All in all it was a pleasant experience ( except for the bull horn racket from the protestors down the street--we won't be back until they are gone!)

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LT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is spectacular, the wine list is exceptional, the mixed drinks are nothing special. The wait staff are excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. However, the portions are way too small. It’s like being served a single bite for $30. We can’t afford that so I will not be returning and will not recommend the place to anyone. The concept is interesting, tying in chefs and their dishes from all around the world, but there’s no need to charge so much. Also, they automatically add 20% service fee. That’s insane and every customer should determine top amount and not be forced to pay that much. Ridiculous

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice stop before museum visit, unusual menu, tasty food, pleasant relaxed ambiance, good for conversation.

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C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sensational meal, every course was exceptional and such an unusual concept. We particularly enjoyed the Cuttlefish Capuccino and the Farro Piccolo Risotto but special mention has to be made of the Jasper Hill Farm Cheesecake. It is an Adria dish and was sublime.

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s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seven of us went to Insitu for the first time and all of us were impressed. We had the cuttlefish cappuccino (outstanding) the tapioca cheese fritters, wasabi lobster, beef lettuce cups, farro piccolo risotto and the halibut stuffed with egg yolk. The risotto and Halibut were both stand outs and absolutely delicious. Portions are generous and the service was outstanding. Ambience is quiet, comfortable and upscale. Menu is ever changing so we would definitely go back.

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AG
Singapore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved the tempura, lamb carrot and the concept of melding the visions of top chefs around the world!

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G
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing expeimental food without the smugness.. this was out third time, will definitely return

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d
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we had here was just amazingly good. Highly recommend it.

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RB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

At In Situ one pays as much for the idea of the food as one does for the food itself. The food aims to be global, unique, and artistic. To me it was all those things, but also otherworldly. I could tell that what I was eating was subtle, complex, and utterly unlike anything I had ever consumed, yet I found it more interesting than delicious. What I loved was the experience. Even the large portions are small but substantial.

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CB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Meal was somewhat tarnished by unknowledgeable servers. When I asked the server to tell me ABOUT the small plates and which he recommended, he literally read off the menu. (The dishes are minimally described on the menu, which usually gives the server the opportunity to sell the food) I tried with another server and she said small dishes are easy to share and small, the medium are a little bigger and large are more of an entee size. The original server would just drop off our dishes and not even say what they were. Only when the manager brought dishes could I get an explanation.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service in a casual but handsome space. A good place to dine and chat with friends. The portions are very small, which suited us fine on this occasion but would not have done so if we we famished.

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h
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods are really good. And I like the environment. I choose it for dating.

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R
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant we've tried!
Outstanding food and atmosphere!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun dinner - the food is interesting and so delicious.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you're going to SFMoMA, treat yourself to In Situ; the chefs get to show their artistry.

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