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Saison, Richmond, VA

Saison

4.6
4.6
839 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Saison was borne from co-owners Jay Bayer & Adam Hall's travels & heritage where we found harmony in the honest & delicious food of the American South, Central America, and the Caribbean. With amazing cocktail, beer, & wine lists, our Historic Jackson Ward space melds modern & global elements in a cozy & casual space. We source locally whenever feasible & are proud of the connections we have made with our producers/suppliers. We hope to see y'all soon!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Latin American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 269-3689

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef de Cuisine Marc Rhodes

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Cross street

    Adams St.

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking, there are several pay to park lots located at the corner of Adams and Grace streets.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 839 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gonna miss this place so much! Going to be dreaming about those burgers this week.
  2. h

    holleez

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad that y'all are closing :(
  3. CL

    ChelseaL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    so bummed that this is the last meal I'll ever get at Saison because that shrimp toast is a late breaking entry for the best thing I've eaten this year.
  4. MS

    MichaelS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants on the planet. So sad to see it go!
  5. LH

    LeslieH

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad to see them closing. This was our goodbye meal!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad we made it in before their last service next weekend!!! They did not disappoint!!
  7. NC

    NickC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Drinks and food were fantastic, and we loved the atmosphere.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Long wait for food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner! It was delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Our server, Beth was great. The food was not what we expected. My son ordered the fried pork chop with chorizo. The pork chop was a little fatty but the chorizo was really good, just not enough on the plate. The salmon crudo was not as flavorful as expected. It was so loud with conversation and loud music you could not have a private conversation.
  11. BL

    BrandonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great intimate restaurant with stellar staff. The food and beverage programs are adventurous, bold, and well executed. Specific shout out to our server River for her knowledge, descriptive abilities, and pacing. Highly recommended.
  12. JL

    JoeL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great, helpful staff and delcisious food. We sat outside and it was a great night. Was really looking forward to the duck, which they unfortunately ran out of.
  13. MG

    MeganG

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely marvelous meal. Unique flavor combinations.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Based on all of the reviews we'd seen about this restaurant, my wife and I were really looking forward to our dinner at Saison. Unfortunately, our experience was nowhere near what we were hoping for. Both of the menus look great. Things started going south when our first share plate arrived at the table before we even had our drinks. As it turned out to be a cold dish anyway - there was no reason to rush it out of the kitchen. But back to the dish, the menu said nowhere that it was cold. The "Shaved Cauliflower" dish really just felt like a lot of disharmonious ingredients tossed together in a bowl. None of the flavors really worked together, and the raw cauliflower of wildly varying size was rather unpleasant. The pickled onions tasted practically raw. The whole thing just didn't make a lot of sense and the flavors didn't blend at all. Add to that the fact that the dish included sliced chili peppers that were not listed in the menu and made it too spicy for my wife to enjoy, and that one was a bust. We next tried the Squash Dip, and again we struck out. The dip itself was not bad, though we were again surprised by the fact that it was a cold dish. The issue here was the fact that the "Spiced Riced Tuille" again had so much ground chili pepper sprinkled on it that neither of us could enjoy the dish. If the food is going to have that much heat, you need to warn people in the menu or verbally when ordering. Perhaps the entrees would have been better, but given the experience with our first two dishes we decided to cut our losses and call it quits without wasting any more money on food we didn't enjoy.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great experience all around.
  16. w

    willisl

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adult night out Try the bone marrow w 1/2 shot of mezcal
  17. HF

    HFlo

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drink is always exceptional. Our 'go to' spot in Richmond.
  18. H

    Hankster

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a pleasure to eat here, chefs are putting out some seriously thoughtful and delicious dishes, staff is into it and know their stuff. Always new surprising menu items and consistent execution keep us coming back. Saison is a winner.
  19. D

    Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Food was good, but service was horrendous. Would not recommend.
  20. LR

    LindsayR

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    AMAZING experimental menu. Great service. Great cocktails. The small plates were delicious
  21. N

    Nancy

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Our service was very slow. The food was excellent. We had outdoor seating which was quiet. Table was small for 4.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic, food was excellent, great value, friendly staff and a wonderful chef! We highly recommend a visit there.
  23. EW

    EileenW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. The server had good recommendations for us, which I love. Highly recommend.
  24. 2

    2foodsnobs

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We’re fans of Saison except… The imaginative food pairings and excellent service make it one of our favorites. The noise level is too “energetic” for an intimate dinner date.
  25. j

    johncope

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious drinks, amazing appetizers, and entrees. This is one of our favorite places in Richmond!
  26. CS

    ChrisS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Excellent as always. Love the unique flavor combinations.
  27. JB

    JonB

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was weird and gross. Was the chef not there? It didn’t make any sense.
  28. M

    Michele2

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable dining experience from cocktail to dessert. Excellent service. Highly recommended for a great meal in the city.
  29. k

    kathyd

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Not the best meal I've had at Saison. They were out of a few things, the service was slow, and my pork was overcooked, but the other two people in my party enjoyed a typical Saison experience. Would still recommend Saison
  30. F

    Flamboer

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went to Saison for the first time for date night and had outdoor seating. I wish that the fly swatters that they had provided late in the dinner were there from the beginning because if I had known, it would have made our dining experience better. The waitstaff were pleasant and knowledgeable, providing excellent recommendations on food and drinks. We had the Mezcal mule and Leave the Door Open as drinks and for food, we ordered the tomato salad, black cod crudo, and the ssam pork chops. Every dish was such a surprise in terms of the quality and taste and although it did not look like a lot, we left feeling really full. If you manage to get indoor seating, the space is not large so be prepared for an intimate experience.
  31. A

    Anna

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The ambiance was nice and romantic but the food was just really, really bad — disappointing for a $100 dinner. The $30 chicken was undercooked. The $20 cheese board had LITERALLY two (2) small pieces of cheese. Really disappointing especially since I spent a good amount of money to take my partner here for our anniversary.
  32. LL

    LisaLisa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Summer Somm Tomato dinner was SPECTACULAR the Chef knocked it out of the park with inventive, unique and truly special dishes!
  33. CS

    ChrisS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a treat! Great innovative, well thought out dishes that change often. A well kept secret.
  34. EK

    EdwardK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was pretty but it was quite salty... portions are good.
  35. S

    Steve

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I can always count on excellent service at Saison.
  36. HE

    HappyEater

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a memorable meal! From the small plates (burrata cheese with blueberries & mint, blue cheese with juniper, & scallop croquettes) to the amazing cocktails, to the entrees... the presentation, flavor, and creativity were on point. Our server was attentive, personable, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was fun and festive. What a great Friday night spot for a group of friends.
  37. SW

    SusanW

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Menu is too eclectic. Wine list is abysmal It is extremely hard to hear inside with all the hard surfaces. I do like the diversity of the patrons and the overall vibe
  38. P

    Patrick12405

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food is worth the trip. Unfortunately the kitchen backed up and we waited an hour before we got our entrees. For this, I have to knock the rating a bit. Would I go back? Heck yes. The dishes are so well crafted and designed. The team there is so nice. Really appreciated their talent.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite combinations of natural flavors, a simple menu, and charming urban ambience. The turnip carpaccio was delightful.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great- food was amazing. We will be back !

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Saison using the Order Online button. Saison also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 269-3689.

Saison is rated 4.6 stars by 839 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Adams St.

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Latin American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking, there are several pay to park lots located at the corner of Adams and Grace streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef de Cuisine Marc Rhodes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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