Saison

4.6
753 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 753 people are saying
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TerraB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. I visited Saison to celebrate my birthday, and the service here is impeccable.

My only note is: be careful if you have allergies. I’m allergic to nuts and usually I’m very careful, but the dish I ordered contained walnuts while it didn’t indicate so on the menu.

The waiter was very kind about remaking the dish without nuts, and it tasted amazing.

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MikeSG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food and drink. Great setting. Service was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, one of the best meals I’ve had in richmond in a long time. Really excellent wine recommendations to pair well with the meal. The service was great. The Food was fantastic. I really loved the seamless experience. Not particular fancy of an environment, glad we dressed fairly casually but great atmosphere. 10/10. Well done. Shrimp toast was delicious starter. For beer I got a BARRIER BREWING, MÄRS ZEN - amazing. For the table we got a bottle of Domaine de Villargeau, “Coteaux du Giennois” 2019. Beautiful wine.

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Do not go here unless you are prepared to squeeze into tiny tables and have other tables basically sitting in your lap! I made a reservation to go here for our anniversary. My gf had never been here before so we thought we might try it. I figured when stating that the reservation was for our anniversary we would have a nice quiet table. Instead what we got was the smallest table I’ve ever seen shoved into a corner. To access this table my gf had to ask two other diners at the table next to us to allow her acces to the table and I myself did not have enough room to sit comfortably in my chair without hitting the person behind me. I realize I’m not the smallest guy in the world but it’s not like I have to but two seats on a plane either. Being this crammed into a corner to the point where the waiter even had difficulty handing us our drinks and silverware because there was no room in between tables made me extremely uncomfortable. I wanted to be cozy with my girlfriend on our anniversary not cozying up to other diners tables to the point where I was basically in their conversations. I was so embarrassed that I took her here it wasn’t even funny. We made another reservation elsewhere shortly after arriving. With the prices this place charges for beef they sure know how to make you feel like cattle.

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hotchilipepper
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wine by the glass- we had a French red and a Spanish red, both excellent and good price. Two small plates were very good: celery and grape, squash salad. Actually, they were delicious. Perfect burger and fries.
Highly recommended. Loud! Small! But worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Brought friends from out of town. Such an excellent experience. Fall menu is incredible. Cocktails were well-made. Will be back many times over

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a surprise and delight with their menu!! Great drink recommendations and the food was spot on. This is one of my favorite places in richmond to dine.

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JantyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in a party of 8, including three children under 5. Our server was nonplussed to see the kids; she was kind the chef made them gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on the softest toasts! Even the adults couldn’t help but took a few bites of the grilled cheese! All of us felt so welcome & we were so happy with our delicious meals. We left Saison very satisfied & happy we decided to dine there on our family vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was perfect. We were extremely impressed by the attentive service as well as the quality of food coming out of the kitchen. The food was creative, well portioned, and delicious. Saison is a hidden gem among Richmond’s growing food scene, I’d highly suggest it to anyone looking for inspired food at reasonable prices. A special thanks to Marc Dumas who took the time to come out of the kitchen to talk about the dishes; his knowledge and apparent skill was only overshadowed by the love and passion he showed for the food he helped create. Marc and the entire Saison staff made a gloomy Thursday evening feel special and warm, we’ll absolutely be back.

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tgreenster
Wilmington
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I actually didn’t mind the noise level. We ordered the larger cheese plate and while it was delicious, it was a bit skimpy for the price. We order cheese plates every time it’s on offer so we have reasonable expectations.

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ThiagoE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is small but all the plates are just spectacular.

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vipSirL
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal with great cocktails (Gladness in the Kingdom featuring Mezcal and Pineapple Grenade) shared a small plate (foie gras), shared an entree (Salmon with corn and wild mushroom) and shared a dessert (olive oil cake). Excellent! Always a treat to go to Saison. Never been disappointed.

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vipGmoneyReservations
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The cocktail service is awesome food leaves much to be desired small portions Wayover priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the GREATEST meal I have ever had. The purée shiso tofu with toile was visually stunning and delicious. I would travel the 4 hours to Richmond just to eat there again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, generous portions. Love sitting outside. Great cocktail and beer options. Affordable!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food was lit.
salads delicious

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Lauren
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very Loud. Servers weren’t totally on top of things but the food was good

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Justin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! I'm so glad I popped in for a late dinner. Definitely recommend sitting at the bar. The bartenders were engaging, knowledgable, and had great recommendations.

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EmilyW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food! We were blown away, cannot recommend highly enough!

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ScottH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with subtle flavors. Highly recommended.

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vipStefanieS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I dined with my two teenage kids. We had an amazing meal. The flavor combinations were fantastic. The drink menu was creative. The overall vibe was chill.. I wish I lived locally; I would be a regular.

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vipSirL
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about this place. It’s one of the restaurants that my wife and I frequented that maintained it’s cuisine integrity through COVID. Bravo! Compliments to owners, chef, servers and kitchen folk. Cocktails rival D.C.’s best mixologists. Somebody knows their beer. Features included Founders CBS - 2018 stock - rated 100 by Beer Advocate. Entrees? This time we shared the pork schnitzel with dill. Great! All small plates have been consumed and all are great. This time the foie gras - a special - outstanding!!! If open table allowed a six star rating I would gladly grant it. BTW each server is pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating. What else could you ask for?

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JasonT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic to see Virginia produce and Virginia wines beautifully presented on the same menu!

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vipSirL
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Saison and as usual, the drinks, small plates (try the steak tar tare) and entrees were great (chicken dish especially). Just can’t beat the beer, cocktail and small plate offerings. Service was and has always been top notch. Saddened to see recently all servers’ faces covered up again. We worry about the CO2 intake for prolonged use of coverings and frankly, we feel bad to be privileged to have free choice about such things while others may not.

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vipDouginWilliamsburg
Richmond
60 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, great neighborhood artsie buzz, interesting co-diners, short menu but everything we tried worked beautifully including fresh halibut filet and an other worldly fresh tomato salad. We shall return sooner than later to sample the rest. Adding a few select California wines wouldn’t hurt?

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vipLDub
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails are amazing. Kevin provided terrific service at the bar. Highly recommend.

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vipMorganP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for my birthday dinner and everything about it was incredibly amazing! When we walked in, the host invited us to the bar while we waited for our table and gave me a complimentary glass of champagne to wish me a happy birthday! The food was beyond incredible and the drinks were fabulous as well. I loved the ambiance, cozy space and energetic vibe. Perfect for a birthday! I will absolutely come here again & recommend to my friends and family when celebrations are in order!

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HollyH
St. Louis
33 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals of recent memory - great wine list, wonderful appetizers!

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vipPatriciaD
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It must have been an off night. Known for their creative cocktails, the two I chose were just okay. The wonderful bartender, who is meticulous with his creations, was not working that evening which could explain why the drinks were just ordinary. The filet was delicious but the chicken portion was smaller than usual which was a disappointment because it has become my favorite dish. Without a doubt, Saison is still my favorite restaurant and I will be back to enjoy all their fabulous food and drink.

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vipSirL
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service - Thank you Martika- excellent cocktail (Gladness in the Kingdom) and beer (CBS) - AND tasty entrees roasted chicken and monkfish. Really appreciate excellent beer options. CBS ranks 100 by beer advocate. Offerings beyond soda flavored IPAs are appreciated. Also appreciate fine cuisine post covid ridiculous restrictions. Glad this small business survived the crazy shutdown. Thank you!

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nancyg
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

our waitress was fabulous, the food over salted, and the noise level was so high we couldn't have a conversation. i've had dinner here numerous times before the pandemic, but this is the first time the food was not perfect and it was so loud.

can you do anything about the acoustics?

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KathyL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the vibe at Saison. We reserved a table outside and then torrential rain came about 30 minutes before our reservation. Saison called and offered us some options so we decide to eat at the bar.
The service was great. The restaurant was so busy but the front of house, bartender and wait staff all filled in the gaps as they saw them for a seamless experience.
Food was great. The peach and beet salad was delicious. All the food was great. Highly recommend.

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Foodie
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was so loud I had to scream to hear my friend. The food was overpriced which if it was delicious would have not been noteworthy but it tasted like a toddler had a field day with a salt shaker and nothing else. Definitely won't be coming back.

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JimW
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to eat at Saison. The management and waitstaff really came through foe us. We were scheduled to eat on the patio, but they were able to find a place for us inside due to a thunderstorm. Very gracious and welcoming! Oh, and the food is fantastic!

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vipTriMom
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Small place so reservations got booked quickly. Service was fantastic. Good food and fabulous drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Would eat here all the time if I lived in Richmond!

ML
vipMaryLee2028
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot with seasonal menu offerings. Lovely cocktails and outdoor seating - wonderful service and overall experience.

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RVACocktailLover
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Saison. The craft cocktails are fantastic and some of the best in Richmond (and the main reason we go there regularly) and the food is also quite good. My only request is that more vegetarian options be added to the menu. For example, a veg burger option would be wonderful; anything involving black beans or lentils; an entree featuring tofu; and the possibility of a portobello mushroom hoagie or Buffalo tofu hoagie etc. instead of asparagus or green beans in a hoagie, which is the only vegetarian option currently on offer.

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vipPatriciaD
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here numerous times and have always had an incredible experience. The owner and staff are wonderful and the food is "out of this world". The food and drink menus appear to change with the seasons. I miss some of the old dishes but am excited by the innovations presented by the chefs and bartenders.

RV
bigfanofRVA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Will return! Food and drinks were all good.

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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 753 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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