Saison

4.7
518 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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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Good & interesting cocktails. Fried chicken was over cooked (charred), burger was wet with dressing. I’d recommend going for cocktails only.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We picked Saison because of the previous reviews and how we wanted to try something new.

Walking in the first thing I noticed was how small and cozy the restaurant was. I also noticed that because of that, the noise level was quite high. But, as the night progressed, we were used to the noise.

The service was very good. We felt well attended too throughout the night, but never felt like it was too intrusive at all.

The highlight was probably the food. I enjoyed the food thoroughly and thought it was very good. We had the cornbread and oxtail sope as our appetizers and found both to be really good. Probably one of the best cornbreads I’ve ever had... For entrees, we tried the burger and the duck. Both were quite delicious. I don’t think you can go wrong on the food there. One of the things I like is how simple the menu is, just one side of one page. Even still you may have a hard time deciding.

I do want to say the prices are kind of on the pricier end bordering fine dining. With appetizers around $10-15 and entrees $15-60. With drinks, expect to pay around $40-50 a person.

Also, I would recommend making reservations. It can get busy on the weekends!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Traveling through Richmond, made reservation for 5:30pm. About 5:00pm, it became clear to us that due to traffic it would be 5:45-6:00pm before we could arrive. We call the restaurant to explain this, did not appear to be a problem. When we got to the restaurant at 5:50pm, the person seating us asked us to sit at the bar because there was an issue with them blocking out the table and not having time for us to enjoy our dinner.

If this was an issue, I wish they would have told us this when I called to let them know we could not make it for 5:30pm. Now I paid to park, and lost 20 minutes getting off of I95 on my travels through Richmond.

This won’t be an issue in the future as that was my last visit to this restaurant.

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BA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar and had a delightful time. My small plate made a wonderful pre-theatre meal.

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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Somewhat of miscommunication with server about order of food and waiting for take home dessert ... overall an interesting menu.

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DD
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This place has been on my list of places to go for some time and we finally were able to visit on a Friday evening. We shared an appetizer of chicken livers mouse - which I could have eaten again and again. My hubby had a hamburger and I had the Mediterranean Sea Bass, which was superb, and it sat on a bed of squid, fingerling potatoes and other fabulous flavours. We will be back!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT!! Had business dinner and client loved it as well. Loved so much taking the wife back this weekend. I made reservations for 2 on Saturday night (the 26th) at 7pm. PLEASE confirm this reservation is still good...very much looking forward to it.

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
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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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
21 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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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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AE
New England
4 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
49 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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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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