Saison

4.6
510 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had a great casual/friendly vibe, and interesting and tasty cocktails and food. It's definitely on my list for next time I'm in town for work.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food as always, never disappoints!!

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V
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was knowledgeable and engaging offering suggestions based upon our orders and likes

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome cocktails and shared a few small plates. I highly recommend the lamb tartare. Had a fabulous special of oil poached escolar. We will be returning soon.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Menu is tricky, only 1-2 things we were interested in, but the Burger and Hanger Steak were amazing and the Pork special was outstanding as well.

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MC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Saison. Very original. Great service. One of our favorites. It is small and a bit noisy but I love it.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I had guests in town and was surprised Saison could actually accommodate 8 with less than a weeks notice. It only seats about 40? Guess.
It is a solid seasonal eclectic restaurant focused on farm to table fusion which it executed very well. The menu is interesting and diverse. A little let down at lack of salads. Special of the day, mackerel was prepared in a unique grilled on one side only, waitress described as Sunny side up. 2 who ordered it were happy. 2 of us had seafood served in coconut habanero broth. Tasty, ample seafood and wonderful grilled bread to dip in juice. Just enough heat. 2 had hangar steak which had a great mix of flavors, 1 had pork and 1 had burger. All done well and cornbread app and meatballs we shared were nice as well.
Pricing and portions all reasonable, bill was a little over 300 w tip. We are not big drinkers which helped. They had an interesting cocktail menu. Second place I’ve been at in a week with no non alcoholic beer. Disappointed that restaurants aren’t picking up on that trend. On a side note I went to 2 grocery stores on Christmas Eve and both were sold out of non alcohol beer, so it is selling.
It is very loud and the seats are those uncomfortable wooden ice cream parlor type round seat chairs. Non of us are extremely large heavy, so if you are, you’ll likely be very uncomfortable on these rickety chairs. Uncomfortable chairs at a restaurant are a pet peeve of mine. I don’t get it? You’re selling hospitality but don’t want guests to be comfortable in their chairs. I’ll go back, but not in a heart beat.

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S
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food fantastic ! Noise was horrific ☹️

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers and meals were amazing! Best steak I’ve ever had. :)

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D
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Holy smokes, this place was amazing. I took my significant other for his birthday, and no regrets here. We started off with phenomenal cocktails, both recommended by our incredible waitress (Consult the Oracle and Sensorial Detective). Then we tried the cornbread, which was out of this world. Sets a whole new level for cornbread. I had a special, which was easily the best smoked chicken I’ve ever eaten. My partner ate the hanger steak, which was cooked to perfection. This was one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time, and we plan on coming back to the market for beer and the burger, which we heard was great too. Only negative feedback I could give is that it is a little small, but luckily we had pleasant neighbors who weren’t too rowdy. Overall fantastic.

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r
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely great food, everything is exceptional. It is just very loud!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our overall experience was fabulous! The food was excellent! Definitely will be back.

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CA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our son's 21st birthday (party of 6) on a Thursday night (12/6/18) Make sure to make reservations, the place is small and cozy. Ordered a bunch of the small plates, including mushroom dish, cornbread, oxtail, fish apps, all very delicious. Entrees ordered, hanger steak (melts in your mouth), branzino, shared with 2 people, delicious! All was great, including waitress. Will recommend to everyone.

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DM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent cocktails and food. Highly recommend but you need a reservation

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R
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I love this spot! The food is always great and I’ve always had a great experience.

My most recent experience while visiting Richmond was not so great, but mostly due to service. Waitress had a sour attitude from the start and we were barely tended to.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great, but we had terrible service from an extremely unapologetic manager (or someone who said she was manager that night?). We waited over a half hour for our food (table of 2) while tables that arrived after us were served some of the same entrees. The server/manager could have chosen to apologize, instead she was actually quite rude. We definitely wouldn’t have taken issue if her response wouldn’t have been so negative. I wish I could say I’d go back, but the service was just bad and there are lots of great restaurants where I can go and not be disrespected.

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b
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second visit this year. Did not disappoint. Flavorful. Lively. Richmond.

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B
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a solid restaurant that would be just fine, were it not for so many other really good restaurants in Richmond. The service was great, the space is nice, but the food is average. Again, a solid restaurant to eat a meal, but with so many others that are better, it is not likely we will be back.

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K
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I ate here while staying in Richmond overnight. We both noted that there were many things on the menu that we would love to try and the waitress was great and helped us decide. The food was excellent as were the drinks. Both were creative but not at the expense of quality. We would definitely go back and recommend it to our friends who live in the area.

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BH
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saison is possibly our favorite restaurant in Richmond. It's always surprising, always delicious, and always a blast. Food and cocktails change pretty frequently, so there's never a shortage of something new to try. I'll be back soon!

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PW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible meal, good service.

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GW
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. It was fabulous, unanimously from four diners.............

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G
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Richmond Restaurant Week - and ALL of the food was superb 👌🏻 Never been before, which is why we chose to come here (and the menu). Far from disappointed and can’t wait to return! Small restaurant so seating is tight.

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BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate at Saison during Richmond Restaurant Week. Menu selections varied & excellent. Our server, believe her name was Katie, was very knowledgeable, helpful & attentive.

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JJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very noisy. Waitress was horrible and food was average at best. Won’t be going back.

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C
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, central location, really good cocktail choices but, wow, it was loud.

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n
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to Saison for Richmond Restaurant Week. The food was spectacular. The servers were all very attentive and friendly. There was a good variety of beers, some of which I had never heard of before and look forward to trying on our next visit. The noise level was a bit too high for my taste but the atmosphere overall was great. I can't wait to try their regular menu.

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AS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Saison is our favorite restaurant in Richmond. We live an hour away and are happy to make the trip for their delicious food and cocktails!

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GG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience! We had the roasted duck and rock fish which were both uniquely prepared and beautifully presented! Our smaller dishes, butternut squash and the roasted mushrooms were also bursting with flavor...and can't even begin to describe the wonderful desserts. Would highly recommend Saison for any occasion...you won't be disappointed!

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H
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant. In a cozy but energetic room we ate a plate of hot flavorful fresh mushrooms followed by fried chicken perfectly crisp outside and moist inside with a side of frito pie. The duck confit with dumplings was heavenly and addictive. I cannot wait to go again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Richmond and one I always recommend to friends visiting. Great food and cocktails.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful as always. Best place for innovative cocktails. Can’t wait to come back!!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Bar is a little tight, food is ok.

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5
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this neighborhood gem when down to visit my daughter at VCU. Great beer selection and little plate selection. We had the burned peppers with cheese, then on the pigs ears with egg plant. Finished up with the mushrooms and sweet potato. Really well done all around. Will definitely be back.

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B
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Unpretentious. The mushroom appetizer and Ox sopas were great. Rockfish solid, with the succotash garnish noteworthy. Burger is very good. Both the bartender and waitstaff attentive, friendly, and welcoming to visitors.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply superb. From the friendly bartender who perfectly curate our first round to the burger that I will crave daily to the inventive, deliciously thoughtful small plates. I could not have been happier.

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KF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hotel recommended this place and we ended up going there 2 nights. Both meals were fantastic! The cocktails were amazing. I loved the crispy rice vegan dish and my husband said the burger was the best he’d ever had. Great little place!

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved getting my group of friends together at Saison. Getting a reservation ahead of time for a group is important because seating is limited, but they can accommodate larger parties and do a great job of it. The food was amazing, service good, ambiance cozy and classic, overall a wonderful find!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The cocktail menu was very disappointing. Not one drink made with vodka and the homemade tonic was awful. The food was amazing though. I would highly recommend looking at the menu beforehand

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RS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. Restaurant is the normal Jackson ward setting, small space with cool vibe.

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