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.
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.
The food at Saha never disappoints, even if the service is having an off night. Go. Eat. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Everything was delicious and the wait staff is knowledgeable and accommodating.
Never disappointed at Saha. Sorry they're moving, but happy for them. Outstanding food!
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.
Tasty food, especially for those who are vegetarian.
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.
Food was delicious and very different. Will definitely be back!
Wife's birthday dinner. Food was amazing. So was the ambiance. Staff was very friendly. Service was quick. Overall a good experience.
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.
I LOVED it! Delicious. Interesting and affordable
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!
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.
I love trying different food and new restaurants. Saha was excellent ! The fried avocado salad was delicious !
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.
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.
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.