Saison

4.7
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660 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TaniaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my daughter and her friend for a last minute overnight virtual VCU campus visit and were able to book a table but I was worried, not knowing if two 17 girls would enjoy the few selections. They loved it! Although, the menu was limited it had a choice for all tastes.

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beanbean
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great vibes and even better food! While we were there the staff held a toast to an employee that was leaving after a number of years. It was so fun to be apart of the celebration!

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vipMolly
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing waiter, Justin. Always great food and service!

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vipfarfel411
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oxtail appetizers were amazing. Fries was amazing. Peruvian chicken was very good, the portion was huge! My wife loved her cocktail. My root beer was good.

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AllThingsFood
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fabulous meal - best one yet in fact. Appreciate flexibility of outdoor seating option but street noise can be a hassle on occasion.

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GracieG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience. The presentation and taste could not be surpassed. The chicken wings are far superior to any I’ve ever had. We had several other small plates all met and exceeded every Expectation!! For dinner we had the smash burger, rice bowl and Peruvian chicken and finished off with desserts which were also quite delicious. Would highly recommend Saison for anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We stopped in Richmond during our te

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MeredithL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. Some of the best food in town.

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LWhit
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, environment and service! We snacked on a plate of fries that were tasty too. Always a well-curated draft list and great cocktails!

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PatriciaD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, "Outstanding". Can't wait to return to try a new dish. Drinks were wonderful. Service was Superb!

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vipKaren
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great dinner, but would like a larger wine list

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Patio seating turned out to be "sidewalk seating" and literally...on the sidewalk....so be prepared. Cars going by, people walking their dogs, etc. Luckily- it was a nice night out and food was delicious! Great cocktails and our wait staff was wonderful- a lovely young lady....whose name escapes me....

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vamom
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were thrilled when one of our very favorite spots, Saison, reopened with reservable outdoor seating! The cocktails, food, and service were amazing, as always, and we enjoyed the novelty of sitting outside on the sidewalk, watching the world go by. Thank you, Saison!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know things are crazy these days but Justin and the Saison team took extremely good care of us and reminded us what it means to have a meal with friends cooked by the pros.

Saison has some of the best food and cocktails in Richmond. Hands down

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JonathanWanathan
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a really outstanding menu despite the Covid outbreak. Fresh tomato salad was like being run over by a truck load of vine ripened tomatoes. Some of the most vivid tomatoes I’ve ever had. Mixed with powerful and fresh spices, some of which I could not identify. Hanger steak and grilled string beans were works of art. Perfectly blended flavors and textures. The sauce was indescribable, hints of peanuts. Net impression: magnificent!

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vipRomainL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Perfect. Our favorite restaurant in town, by far!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the crispy rice bowl with add on soft egg and pork belly and it was a literal party. The rice and really every ingredient was executed well. The fat and richness of the pork was a needed balance for the assortment of fermented and pickled veggies. To my delight darling pickled green strawberries were included. Also the cocktail was excellent and served in vintage glass. I almost forgot the blistered shishitos that had the most wonderful salsa with flavors I’ve never had. I would be a regular if I lived here.

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vipCMiller
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was ok. Food was good.

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WayneF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute openTable reservation when some friends wanted to join us and our reservation at another restaurant could not handle +2. Only had a streetside outside the market table which was fine. After a few minutes and before any food, a ton on of pesky biting black flies showed up. Certainly not the restaurant's fault. They were a bit of an annoyance, but the excellent food, cocktails, and service more than made up for the visitors. We will definitely return for an indoor table soon!

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vipBiancaG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food and bev was amazing. The burger really lives up to the hype. Menu is viewed on phone which is great so you don’t have to touch anything and lots of other CovId precautions. Made a reservation for a table outside which was great except for the flies. Not totally sure if anything can be done about it but getting swarmed by them was definitely not the most pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual!

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FranklinB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time out since COVID lockdown. Service, food, and cocktails were outstanding!

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VictoriaD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thank you for all the effort that goes into being open right now.

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MargueriteM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was so happy to see this spot reopened. Fabulous drinks, good food, friendly service and good value. Look forward to our next visit!

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Marc9620
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor space was just perfect. Justin was an amazing an attentive server. The food was excellent and was a very good value.

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BenS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

imaginative and elevated dishes, great service, wonderful stop for first time in Richmond.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our Lively, Brilliant uncles came to down. We wanted to show them some of Richmond’s eclectic and intentional cuisine. The specials blew it out of the park, the food was out of the park and served our group well. The noise level was pretty awful when the room was full, hard to hear each other. But by the end of the night, the ambience was perfect.

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John
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sexy pork chop seasoned and cooked beautifully was the standout for me. Other food selections were good and service was attentive and professional.

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StarryEyes
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saison was recommended by a friend and what a great find it was. We tried several small plates and could not decide which one we liked the most. They were all SO GOOD! Our server was very friendly and helpful. We will most certainly go back to try more dishes.

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LaceyR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food and flavors! Everything was very good, and I appreciated that the menu had allergy friendly dishes including gluten free options, vegan options and even a fancy non-alcoholic mixed drink.

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marym
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I had very high expectations for this restaurant after reading the review from
Richmond magazine. We went on a Sunday night and first thing was waiting in the doorway not knowing where to go to checkin for our reservation until went searching for someone. Meanwhile, 2 separate servers Looked at us directly and said nothing. Next we were sat at a table that was literally 1 inch from another table of 4. It was very very loud and hard to converse. The food was okay. The fried brussel sprouts were wonderful but the duck confit was not edible. It was bitter and had long strands of some sort of root vegetable that made it difficult to eat. I ordered halibut. The fish was cooked well but was crazy overly salted on the surface. If the price had been thicker it may have been okay but it was just too salty to eat. It was fried chicken night and the chicken was pretty good but the dressing was too heavy and full of chicken as well so it was overkill. The French fries wi the burger were also over seasoned so overall for a $174 bill it was most definitely NOT worth it. Very disappointed.

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vipSleeperGirl77
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS OUTSTANDING!!! Great service, cocktails, apps, and dinner! Even the burger is heavenly! Always leave happy and full!

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Dinerone
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Called ahead, got a nice table, however, I was told there were many vegan options, there were two, a small plate and an entré. No one's food arrived at the same time, and our congi was served cold. We sent them back and they returned after everyone else had eaten. The kitchen staff shot us dirty looks the whole time. We just got them to go and left. They did comp one of the congis, but I guess not the other as I had a taste to see if it was hot. I've been to this restaurant three times before and it was good, and I guess there's always a bad night, but it was so bad, I'll never go back.

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EbonyE
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it! The food was great and the host was absolutely amazing!

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BerkeleyL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and all who were at our dinner party (a bunch of educational professionals from all over the country) were blown away by the food. I can wholeheartedly endorse Saison.

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MurrayC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I just didn't think the food was great, and the dollar value was high for what you got.

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Yums
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great all around. Small plates, cocktails stood out. Small with a cozy vibe and moderate noise level.

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Tracy
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A phenomenal experience. The bartenders, servers, chef and cooks, & owners are hands down the best. THANK you to the Saison team for creating an experience that makes every meal feel like a special event.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful visit at Saison for a friend get together! Great place to take friends from out of town. Their Sunday fried chicken meals are the best. Whole chicken, Mac n cheese, sweet potato biscuit (delicious) and a wine that was suggested by our server Megan made for a great time. Also ended it with some desert wines that Megan suggested and paired nicely with our dessert. Thanks for a lovely evening!

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WarmSprgsDiner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar for dinner on a very busy Sunday evening. The female bartender couldn’t have been nicer or more attentive. Both dinner selections were seafood and beautifully prepared. Great ambiance. Would recommend highly.

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Saison does offer delivery in partnership with Toast.

Saison is rated 4.7 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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