Saison

4.6
560 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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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our new favorite place. This was truly one of the best meals we have had in a long time.

We started with cocktails-Bubblegum Julep and Yeoman's Watch. Both were satisfyingly well balanced. There is a limited number of wines by the glass, but our selections with dinner were solid.

Our starters were a scallop crudo with pickled fish roe and lamb tartare. Both were bursting with flavor, delicious but not too heavy. Our mains were incredible,too. The smoked chicken was truly delicious with a smokey flavor that penetrated the entire piece not just the skin. I usually don't order pork in a restaurant because it is almost always over cooked. That was not the case here. The pork had just the sightest bit of pink. The barbeque rub was flavorful but did drown out the natural flavor of the meat. The pickled, smoked okra and grilled peaches and plums were perfect accompaniments.

Portions here are generous. In fact they were so generous that we did not order dessert.

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N
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was delicious, everything from the cocktails to the appetizers to bthe entrees. Inventive tastes and delightful presentation. My only complaint is the noise got to be deafening, I found it hard to hear my dinner companion or even the waitress. But given that fact I would still recommend to friends and return maybe at a less busy time (though I doubt those exist).

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SF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, cocktails, and service in a lively and fun setting.

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Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had all small plates and the Hummus, Skate wing and charred Egg Plant were all incredible. We also had the special of the soft shell crab very good but not as good as the others. The service was Spot On, however the Bar scene makes the place a little loud. Another GREAT Richmond restaurant. James Beard better get down here quick.

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t great. A lot of it was way too salty, the halibut was over-cooked and nothing was really delicious (we tried 1 large plate and 3 small plates). Service was great and it’s a cute place.

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Saison - at first we were worried that there weren’t enough vegetarian options but we found four or five things that we ended up loving. Food was creative and well executed. Ambiance was romantic without being stuffy. Noise level was lively but not impossible to hear each other. We will definitely be back!

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always, down to the ambiance and service.

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AS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Chicken Sunday is the best! Saison was very accommodating with my 15 month old nephew! Great way to spend Father’s Day!

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BP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dishes ranged from transcendent (Skate wing, liver mousse) to inedible (Cauliflower - just tasted like pure soy sauce). Duck confit was also over-the-top rich. Service was efficient if a bit brusque (verging on rude). Cocktails beautiful (tho. a tad on the weak side, alcohol-wise), wine list limited in range but excellent. Generally this is one of my favorite places to eat (travelled all the way from Charlottesville for dinner), but the bad cauliflower dish was a disappointment (I could only eat a few bites, but it was not comped - the waitress just said , "Huh. That's weird. It's one of my favorites.")

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KG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Only big issue was that they were out my favorite drink...

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Soft shell crab rocked!

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A happy oasis in the food storm that is Richmond, Saison has an eclectic menu with a Southern twang (Southern US and southern Mediterranean). The chick pea dishes are especially amazing and, who would guess, incredible fried chicken on Sundays?

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PB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was delicious- Their menu is small, but everything we got was delicious- drinks were great.

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NL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Richmond. Hands down. The food, the people, the drinks, everything is just 100% delightful.
I honestly hate that it’s in Richmond since I want to eat only there I am going to go seriously broke.

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NG
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Server ignored me for my entire visit. Literally went to every other table for 20 minutes (there were three other tables that had people) before they decided to ask if I wanted anything. Quite possibly the worst service I have ever received. I decided to leave at that point. Went somewhere else for dinner.

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here with a group of 7 for a graduation celebration and were not disappointed. The unique cocktails were fun to try and the food was excellent. Best pork chop I have ever eaten and my son said the same about his burger.

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N
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was very good. The main dishes were slow coming out of the kitchen. But the wait staff was attentive asking if we need anything while we waited. With construction in the area finding a parking place took a little time.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely go for Sunday fried chicken. Great food and staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sincerely believe this is one of the most talented chefs in RVA. Been twice on the same menu and have both times been blown away.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had three small plates and each was better than the last! Attentive service. Amazing meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. He really enjoyed it because he likes out of the ordinary food and is quite a daredevil when it comes to trying new things. We didn’t get any birthday perks though, which was a little disappointing, since we dropped so much on a dinner for 2.

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IL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal!! Thank you!

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PG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saison never fails to disappoint. The food and drinks are always spot on, and this evening was no exception. We had the cauliflower appetizer, which exploded with flavor and contrast, and the hanger steak, which was cooked to medium rare perfection and deliciously tender. The service was wonderful, as usual - attentive but not pretentious. One of the best things about Saison is the bar program. Creative beer list, wine list curated to the food, and the best cocktails in town! Thanks, Saison, for a great evening out!

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LR
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Saison, it is one of our favorite restaurants in Richmond. The food is always excellent, the beer selection is superb, the cocktails are great, and the atmosphere makes for a really good time.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed the restaurant. The food and service were great. Room for improvement: it was a bit stuffy and had an odd smell; the noise level was very high, even when not full.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Very knowledgeable and accommodating for food allergies as well.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Interesting palette of dishes. Took a bit long for the food the come but other than that love everything abt Saison.

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LA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food - you get what you pay for ($$$) so no disappointment there. Portions were actually larger that we expected. Drinks were just as unique as the rest of the menu. Great date night spot, although it did get loud as it filled up.

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GB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meals. They were quite innovative and the combination of ingredients and flavoring was great. We only wish they had more fish options for the main course or specials with fish.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A killer cocktail program, an inventive, well-executed menu, and great service. Every time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork chop! Damn!

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a class act. The restaurant had neighborhood community ambience and served delicious, inventive dishes. Server was thoughtful, polite, and efficient without being obsequious. They operate a chill "market" around the corner, where you can have a drink and conversation.

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SE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and drinks in town! Love your restaurant! My favorite!

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EF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. We had the two small plates - the chickpeas and the red lentil hummus. The chickpeas were a wonderful texture adventure and delicious with sliced beets, microgreens and lots of yum. The red lentil hummus was perfect and a gracious serving. Same with chickpeas. I ordered the Hangar steak and my friend had the Rockfish. Needless to say we were stuffed. The service was WONDERFUL.

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SB
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Ambiance is comfortable, bright, casual. Food is always very, very good ... cured arctic char, Saison burger, Hanger steak ..... all terrific. Cocktails are innovative. Wine list is small but varietally broad and nicely curated. Mostly reasonably priced. Service usually good but this time around, although friendly, was abysmal! (Monday night, empty upon 7PM arrival, promised a corner table while having a cocktail at the bar, table gone by 7:30 seating while other tables were open. Small plate arrived quickly with the wine .... then a hour wait for the burger and steak! Something about how they were overwhelmed by the arrival of 10 walk-in diners! Inexcusable.) A very nice evening out at a good restaurant ruined by sloppiness, lack of attention and disorganization. Not ready for a repeat visit for a while. Recommend with some caution.

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C
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. Unexpected twists, bright and tasty flavors, magic cocktails, and even vegetable dishes were divine. We had a lovely evening, with pretty lighting, a bustling feel, warm unobtrusive service, and every single bite was something really, really good.

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TC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My gin and tonic was A-mazing. We all enjoyed every part of the meal. The Rundown is always yummy.

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CJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saison is my favorite restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. Food was delicious, service was great, excellent wine!

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding! The wine list was impressive. My Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary date there.

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n
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whatever you do, you must eat the cornbread.

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