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About Sens Restaurant

Sens is French for the word meaning "Sense," which refers to the faculties of sight, sound, smell, and taste that humans perceive this as stimuli originating from the body inside and out.

At Sens we love the process of cooking and its end result, complete happiness. Our inspiration is that of the Mediterranean with its wonderfully diverse cultures and cuisines. Our goal is not to redefine or reinvent their cuisine but rather to refine, refresh and create delicious and beautiful food. We use only the finest local ingredients and exotic spices to elevate our classic and modern techniques. Our destination is and will always be the same, to develop and perfect the flavor, fragrance, texture and composition of each dish while creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

Welcome to Sens.

4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm-close
DINNER: Monday - Saturday 5:30 - 9:30

Cross Street:
Drumm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 362-0645

Website:
http://www.sens-sf.com/

Entertainment:
Sens Restaurant is conveniently located in the Embarcadero Center, Downtown San Francisco. The Embarcadero Center schedules several fun events and entertainment throughout the year, please visit embarcaderocenter.com for special event schedules and current parking information.

Catering:
Sens offers local catering within the Embarcadero Center and it's surrounding buildings. Please call (415)627-0747 for more information.

Parking Details:
Underground parking lots located in Embarcadero Centers 1 thru 4. Four hours free parking after 5PM M-F & all day Sat. with validation stamp. Daytime parking M-F first hour free, second & third hours are $4 each with validation stamp. Metered street parking also available.

Public Transit:
If you are traveling by BART, exit at Embarcadero Station. Walk up Drumm St. pass the Hyatt Regency and turn right to enter the street level of Embarcadero Center 4. Take two escalator flights up to the Promenade Level. Sens entrance is located a few yards down the walkway on your left.

Executive Chef:
Michel Adams

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Sens Restaurant specializes in private and semi-private events including corporate luncheons and dinners, wedding and cocktail receptions, after work gatherings or any other type of occasion for groups of 15 to 500 guests.

Sens Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
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Waterfront (14)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Casual (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Fun (4)
Cozy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place. Next visit will be for dinner.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, good cocktails, good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great lunch! Service was excellent and food is always very good!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Menu is very limited and nothing is a typical food item.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

wonderful restaurant. Lovely decor, clean and inviting. Beautiful salads, shareable and tasty. Varied menu with a vegan choice. Knowledgeable, attentive waiter. Unique selections. Generous portions and when shared, very affordable. The desserts were to die for. they are also shareable. Wine list was adequate, I recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys wholesome and healthy dinning.

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Vegan, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful place to eat an to enjoy with a love one! The food was out of this world! ☺️

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have eaten at Sans a number of times and it has always been enjoyable. This last experience was less than I expected. The quality of food was excellent, but the portions were VERY small. We were two women who do not have big appetites. The price of the black cod was high and the portion was only a few small bites. Very disappointing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My experience was "OK". I ordered the chicken lavash and it was too oily for my taste. Others in my party really enjoyed their respective choice. They should add another server or two during the lunch rush -- service was slow and spotty but it was obvious the server was working.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The menu has changed and there are a number of popular dishes that can now only be ordered in the bar area including the flat bread and hummus. We were in a group and were very frustrated that a number of the plates that are good for sharing weren’t an option.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was my 3rd visit - spread out over 4 years and it didn't disappoint. Excellent service and exquisite food and topped off with a marvelous view across the bridge.

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I'd recommend this place for a great business meal in the day or for an intimate dinner at the evening. The service was great, the food and presentation were amazing, and the views were great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Check in process with host is slow and unresponsive and seemingly indifferent. The place is busy and the staff seems harried and unwelcoming.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Have eaten lunch and dinner here several times. Each time the food was excellent, service even better. Having been seated this last time next to a table of twelve who were enjoying their office party, we asked to move to quieter area so we could hear ourselves talking. Of course the restaurant was jammed full. Without any fuss, we were shown to a quieter room being held in reserve, made comfortable to enjoy our lunch. Our server was excellent, even though he now had to run between rooms. A beautiful decor and view as well - highly recommend for office lunches and dinner meetings.

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good service and good restaurant unfortunately our meals that night just weren’t great

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We loved everything about this marvelous restaurant but the happy hour is very loud , in fact, extremely loud and it goes until 8:00 PM.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We booked this place because we could get in at the last moment and it was near the show we were seeing. We were happily surprised that the food was fantastic. On par with the best in the city. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I took a friend, who loves Meditteranean cuisine, for dinner. The food was extraordinarily excellent - chicken meatballs, Moroccan lemon chicken soup, roasted stuffed eggplant, as well as sides of chard and couscous. The service was excellent, as well. Although it was near the end of Happy Hour, on a Friday night, and very noisy and crowded, we still were able to enjoy our conversation and enjoy the Embarcadero view.

The price was appropriate for the high quality food and service. I highly recommend Sens.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always lively, fun and quick service. Very good food, creative menues and good drinks. Good for lunch kr dinner or just cocktails. Great appetizers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Loud. Very slow service. Had to ask several times for the same thing. Main courses were average. Meat was to soft and fatty - more like beef paste. Sea Bass was so dry, hard to believe it ever lived in water. Appetizers were good and flavorful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It’s a great tucked away restaurant that you would not noticed unless you were deliberately looking for it. The setting was great with a view and service was wonderful with its amazing taste of food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I eat here fairly regularly so I was surprised that the service had slipped. The food was great, especially the dessert (poached pairs with pound cake a must!). We waited at least 20 minutes for our check. There was so much staff standing around doing nothing but no one seemed to be able to bring our check.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Close to work and great place f or team lunch. View, ambience, service, food - A+!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is absolutely delicious, especially the Whole Fire Roasted Sea Bass entree and Octopus appetizer. Atmosphere is lively and our waiter was very nice with great recommendations

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Atmosphere and views are great, but food is greasy. Don’t expect the chicken wrap to be a healthy option; only dark fatty meat with a creamy spread inside a thick soft oil soaked wrap. Might as well go for the lamb burger

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The table was terrible. Against a wall. They used to have a frisée salad that was great, my salad was average.

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Love this restaurant! My third time there and it has exceeded each time for food, service and ambiance. Will continue to be my favorite go-to restaurant when I travel to the city from my home in Santa Rosa, CA. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The restaurant was wonderful for lunch and overlooks the Ferry Building. This has been my only visit, but I'm sure it would be good for dinner too. Inside is lively with a great bar. Did not seem too noisy. Food was good. Lots of interesting choices though we only had soup and salad. The Caesar could have been better. The dressing was mayonnaise based, a particular pet peeve of mine. Give it a try.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Enjoyed our lunch at Sens Restaurant. The food and service is always excellent and the ambiance is lovely. I love their flatbread pizzas and lemon chicken soup, and my mother enjoyed the 3 course lunch special with the fresh fettuccine pasta.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was hearty and satisfying. We enjoyed the view. The wait staff was quick and efficient.

Tags: Healthy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The gnocchi were amazing. Must have. My friend has the short rib which he said was awesome. I would have just had the gnocchi twice and called it a night though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

With a reservation it was excellent, we got seated immediately - it was good fresh food - super service and accomodating, but very loud… It was Friday night and the bar was packed and the noise spilled over to the dining room…

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I have been many times for lunch - first time dinner- arrived 515 - bar is very lively but once seated at a table away from the bar it was very quiet- we both had halibut- one of the best.
Really a nice restaurant to sit by the window - relaxing - prices are standard for good fish $36
nice portion and side. Didn't need an appetizer or desert - but I am small. will be back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Salmon lunch was excellent, a bit noisy during lunch, but service was great

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Delicious food, good service and nice view. Be aware that we paid more than $200 for 4 ---for just appetizers and entrees (no salad, sides, or dessert) and NO alcohol.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

One of our office favorites for client meetings and special occasions. Well done!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Lamb burger and lamb bacon! Never go wrong with these two!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Sens is in an unlikely spot...top mall floor of Embarcadero 4...but once you ascend to the outdoor walkway it's almost is own private world. Rustic but sophisticated stone and wood interior and a four-star view all along the back windows and patio, this should be a destination spot regardless of the food...but the food is also excellent. Mediterranean style appetizers can be shared as tapas (fantastic grilled squid, and gnocchi are signature "don't miss" dishes) but the mains are also wonderfully executed, with usually a delicious grilled fish, lamb three ways (I'd be happy with just the chops but the whole plate is tasty), and a nice chicken. Our table also shared the veggie eggplant dish which was hearty and flavorful. Even the salad we had as a refresher after the appetizers will have me coming back for lunch. Main courses in the thirties but portions are generous enough for two to share if you'd like.

Busy vibe during happy hour and into dinner, but then quiets down making it a great pick for an 7 or 8 PM table. The view of the Ferry Bldg and the bridge is world class. And the wine list is what I would call inviting...a broad selection of world labels, but also deep a few specialized areas...so now I believe they have four or five vintages of Pontet Canet Bordeaux, each one interesting but you could put together a nice tasting. Austrian and Spanish whites, good California selection including hard to find bargains, and a selection of half bottles makes for great reading and interesting drinking. Pricing is good, too.

Service is friendly yet professional. Overall a nice night out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great food, ambience, service, etc. Always enjoy this restaurant and the food. It never seems to busy such is, a plus in DT SF during the weekday lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Got there before our 7pm. Just a few tables with patrons. Asked for a table with a view. Put us next to the wall with our back to the window. Had a choice to sit outside without heaters. No table linens. Sat outside but not acceptable. Left without dining. Waiter and maitre d did not even try and accommodate us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent food & friendly service. Everything on the menu is delicious, a must eat place if in the Embarcadero area

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Happy Hour
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