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Permanently Closed - Saha

4.3
1261 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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Saha is a Middle Eastern dining establishment in San Francisco that is considered by locals to be one of the best-kept secrets. The menu is filled with modern twists on traditional Middle Eastern fare, with plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten sensitivities. The Saha menu blends flavors from the regions of Yemen, North Africa and Arabic countries.

Try the menu for dinner, lunch or brunch, which may include a lobster scramble or a baby kale and quinoa salad served with tofu. Try stuffed avocados and mushroom falafel at dinner or enjoy a sage-marinated duck or Saha red curry. The menu features plenty of options for both adventurous and hesitant eaters.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Weekend Brunch:
Saturday 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 345-9547
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mohamed Aboghanem
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Private party facilities
We provide customized menus for parties up to 40 people. The Hotel Carlton has a meeting room down the hall from Saha which can accommodate 40 for a sit-down function and 60 for reception.
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Private party contact
Marmee Aboghanem: (415) 345-9547
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Cross street
Hyde & Larkin
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Parking details
There are parking garages located at Sutter/Larkin and Polk/Bush. Parking at 1101 Sutter St is just across the corner from us.
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Public transit
#2,3,4
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Special events & promotions
Saha is a beautiful setting for group celebrations or get togethers. For group reservations of eight people or more, we do have a $30.00 per person minimum for food & beverage spending.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Food was terrific; the service started out a bit surly. The host said hello by telling us that we had to be out of there by 7:30 (we were seated at 6:10 though we were there early for our 6:00 pm reservation.) "Didn't they notify you of this time limit?" NO. The server also started off somewhat unfriendly - having a bad day? As the evening went on, she loosened up a bit and by the end of the evening - toward tip time? - it was all smiles... but I repeat the food was excellent with generous portions...

Re: noise level - fine for our middle-age and older ears at the start; by the end of the evening when all tables were taken, the noise level approached the bomb level.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2016

The food at Saha never disappoints, even if the service is having an off night. Go. Eat. Enjoy!

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2016

unfortunately they were out of their dish which was the highlight of the show Check Please and that made us go try this restaurant. The owner was very kind and gave us a delicious soup for free stating the dish tasted a lot like that soup. Nice touch. They are moving to the East Bay and we will try them again there to see if the dish in fact is the same ;-) we look forward to having them closer to home.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

We will return for the food and hope that we receive more attentive service next time. Excellent vegan options. We both chose the vegetarian pre fixe. For $38 you select soup or salad, a small plate and an entree. My Mediterranean salad was excellent as was the ravioli and veggie tajine. The baklava for dessert was outstanding - perhaps the best I've ever had. We also had a very nice bottle of gruner veltliner. As far as the service, we waited at the entry for 5 minutes despite having reservations but no host was to be found. Eventually a waiter acknowledged us and said our table would be ready. Upon seating us, we waited another 10 minutes for the waitress to acknowledge us even though she stood less than a foot away from our table conversing with another table. A nice "I'll be right with you" would have been appropriate. The service improved incrementally throughout our meal. Summary: excellent vegetarian options and intriguing meat options that we will return for. But service was just mediocre.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Everything was delicious and the wait staff is knowledgeable and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Never disappointed at Saha. Sorry they're moving, but happy for them. Outstanding food!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2016

As in our previous visits, Saha lived up to its reputation. Great Yemeni food, well prepared and elegantly presented. The only disappointment was the special of the day : a small plate of cold mousse and two tiger prawns. Somehow the cold mousse did not fit with the rest of dish.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2016

Delicious food

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Tasty food, especially for those who are vegetarian.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Yemeni Fusion Not To Be Missed

Our group of six professionals had a delightful weeknight dinner at Saha. We shared six small dishes, ordering two servings of each dish. The total, 12 items, worked well for us. While we were all omnivores, the menu is friendly to vegetarians and gluten-free folks.

The food was spectacular. We ordered: baby beets, stuffed avocado salad, falafal and eggplant, chicken Bastilla, wild salmon "baklava" in a pastry, and kofta in yogurt. Superb sauces really contributed to the great flavors.

Bites of warm baklava ended the meal on just the right note. Without alcohol, the bill per person came to $38 including tip, which we found very reasonable given the high quality of the dishes.

The noise level in the restaurant was "energetic," which somewhat impacted the opportunity for our group to get acquainted with one another. Still, we really enjoyed ourselves and had good conversation. One person even planned to return the following evening to explore the menu further.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Food was delicious and very different. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Wife's birthday dinner. Food was amazing. So was the ambiance. Staff was very friendly. Service was quick. Overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Amazing & authentic. I heard a rumor they were leaving the Hotel Carlton. So sad if they do. This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

I LOVED it! Delicious. Interesting and affordable

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Food was very flavorful and service was good. Actually, the service was lovely....it reminded me of how service used to be and should be....the waiter was respectful, not at all intrusive, but made eye contact with us to make sure we had everything we needed.

A lot of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu, wonderful flavors, and healthy!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Our server gave great recommendations. I went with two clients who are big fans of Mediterranean food and both were blown away! Lamb meatballs are a MUST order as are the falafel and roasted cauliflower.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

I love trying different food and new restaurants. Saha was excellent ! The fried avocado salad was delicious !

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Really blown away by all the vegan and vegetarian options. Great for a mixed group of vegheads and omnivores. The sage chicken is TO DIE FOR.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

A wide selection of vegan dishes, but also meet-based, vegetarian and gluten free. Flavorful, exotic yet subtle spices. Quiet ambience despite being located inside a hotel. Good service. On a Saturday afternoon parking was not a problem.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

This is the second time I've eaten at Saha. I'm not from SF, ate there a couple of years ago and remembered how good it was. This time was even better. Every dish was delicious and it was easy for my friend, who is a vegetarian, to find plenty of things to eat. The 3 of us who are not vegetarians had the Kofta, Bastilla, and Wild Mushroom Pate small plates and Black Cod Tajine and a lamb dish. We all liked our wines, which we ordered by the glass. The Baklava was great fir desert. I will go back the next time we're in San Francico.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Very creative chef. Unique upscale middle eastern

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2016

Very extensive menu. We ordered two different lamb dishes - both were really tasty and generous. Service good despite being busy. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

I love the exotic and healthy food. There is excitement and something for all your senses with every bite,smell and taste,the creations are fun and adventurous.the vibe is alive and the service is bright and gratituitous.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Was extremely happy with Saha! Withn only 3 girls, regretfully, we did not to try much on their extensive menu. The 3 small plates and 2 desserts we shared were heavenly! I already have a company lunch and another , larger, group of friends planned to go.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2016

My friends and I were very happy about our choice of Saha. All we did during our meal was comment on the deliciousness of the food as each course was presented to us. As we are a fan of the cuisine, we just took notice on the presentation on the plates and the flavors of the food. Our waitress was excited for us as we devoured dish after dish. We found out that she used to be a customer and decided to stay on as their waitress. The food, we thought was great and we thought the boneless beef short ribs with noodles really stood out. You could taste the slow braising of the meat and so tender. Their choices of spices and dips were good too especially with their wonderful bread that they served. There was a French influence in the food. Overall, it was all good. We were trying out the food so my friend could decide if it was right for our group ( our Gourmet Club) that has been together for more than 20 years as a possible place for all of us. I believe we will be making reservations soon for a party of 12.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2016

It's rare in my experience for established restaurants to go up in quality, but that's exactly what Saha has accomplished.
This Middle Eastern spot, rather unprepossessingly tucked away in the rear of a hotel lobby, now offers many organic choices as well as local lamb in at least one delighful presentation--on a bed of baba ghanoush, with a few pine nuts and pitted olives.
Although I'm not a fan of marzipan, I nonetheless enjoyed an appetizer of golden beets stuffed with several ingredients of which it was one.
Large menu, generous portions.
Can be noisy if there's a convention at th e hotel.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

I love this restaurant...amazing food! If you want amazing food check this place out!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2016

We were 2 vegans, and 2 omnivores. The menu easily accommodated all 4 of us. We were there before going to the theater, and the server took very good care of us. She got us our food without feeling rushed at all. An eclectic wine list and plenty of beer variety. We all really enjoyed ourselves.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The food is incredible and the service is always on the go if you need anything.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in SF. Unassuming in the Carlton hotel, the food is always spot on - creative, great flavors, not overly fancy. The dungeness crab salad and fennel soup were highlights of this trip. Service was great and it is always fun when Chef Mohamed is working the front of the house as he share cooking tips and ingredient insights when he brings over the food.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

What a great find! Food was delicious. There were many things on the menu that were unique and I wish I could have had a lot more of them.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

A wonderful birthday dinner with family. Menu easily accommodated the vegan in our group. Lisa our waitress was helpful with choosing our appetizers and entrees.


Just fabulous

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

The dining experience here was great and a lot had to do with our waitress who was super helpful and patient in helping us pick our wine. I really appreciated it and her presence was a big part of our positive dining experience. Also - the food is great! We love the vegan-friendly aspect so thanks for that.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

I enjoyed dinner at Saha, however food was a bit expensive and the restaurant loud.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2016

This restaurant is set in a hotel with touches of the Middle East all around. The decor is not brilliant but it is certainly comfortable. The food was a wonderful surprise. We had marvelous lentil soup with just a hint of spiciness, followed by small plates of roasted beets stuffed with cheese (wonderful), foule with pita (nice), and a fava bean special that had a wonderful crunchy outside. I didn't try the chicken (since I'm vegetarian) but my companion had roasted chicken with cous cous and thoroughly enjoyed it. The wine list was good (we had a lovely Oregon Pinot noir). I definitely would return and recommend this restaurant particularly for mixed groups of vegetarians and non. Also, the accommodated the needs of my glucose intolerant friend seamlessly.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2016

I come here often, food is always great. Owner is so kind.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2016

Saha is great if you're looking for something a little different and exotic without totally breaking the bank. I recommend it highly. They have a menu that's unique in my experience, based on Middle Eastern food with a Yemeni focus. They have a lot of unusual and scrumptious veggie options as well as succulent, well-prepared meats (try the duck). Presentation is beautiful and thoughtful without being ostentatious. The restaurant is located in the Carleton Hotel, a deco-era downtown gem. The restaurant room itself has some feng-shui challenges and can get noisy when busy. If you can score one of the semi-booth spaces along the far wall it's a more intimate and romantic experience.

Our servers were well-schooled and enthusiastic about the food, knowledgeable about all the dishes as well as the well-curated drinks menu. The service really adds to the overall experience.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2016

We came with 8 people. Place was so loud it was hard to hear. Meat dishes came out ice cold twice! Appetizers of cauliflower and avocado were good. Menu seemed interesting. Salmon baklava was sweet. We were not too impressed. Seemed to have good potential. Maybe just an off night.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

We love this place! Only our second time here but it was as outstanding as the first.
Very creative food and unique persian ambience. The owner, Mohammed is very personable
and will treat you well.
We are looking forward to a return visit!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2016

The middle eastern food was what we were craving and we were not disappointed. We started with the Salmon Baklava which was unusual but wonderful. Next we had the Baby Beets which are beets stuffed with feta, almond marzipan and other wonderful things. We love small plates so we followed with the Yemeni Fouel, fantastic like the other. Great service from all we came in contact with.

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