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Sens Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Sens Restaurant

4.4
4.4
1184 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
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 diverse cultures and cuisines. Our goal is not to redefine or reinvent their cuisine but rather to refine 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 48 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-0645

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vernon Moralez

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Lewis: (877) 635-5017

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Drumm

  • 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. past the Hyatt Regency and turn right to enter the street level of Embarcadero Center 4. Take escalator up two flights to the Promenade Level. Sens entrance is located on your left a few yards down the walkway .

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for Happy Hour drinks and small plates!

Popular dishes

What 1,184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SE

    SaabfromEastBay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Sens' best feature is the view and interior decor. The restaurant works best for lunch. Dinner is loud and quality not always the best.
  2. AP

    ArdP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    It is happy hour even if you are not looking for happy hour dining. The service was in a hurry. The plates were almost gone before finishing. Not our kind of place.
  3. j

    jjrb

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Restaurant almost empty, only one waiter in dining room. Dining chair backs are cheap vinyl leather and are peeling extensively which looks very tacky. Gnocchi on menu gummy, sitting in a pool of oil. Very unappetizing.
  4. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, and the service was great. Beautiful building. Nice experience!
  5. HB

    HBLocal

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food here is always delicious. However, the service was non existent. We had to track down a waiter after sitting at the table for over 15 minutes, just to put in a drink order.
  6. J

    Julia

    Tulsa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The place sits in a beautiful location which is lovely especially on a pleasant weather night, looking at the Bay Bridge, Ferry bldg, etc. The restaurant and staff were very accommodating to our large party, but they kept bringing food to the wrong people which forced confusion and us ordering more and more :) and they missed bringing the dish to the birthday girl, which at the end turned out ok, but could be even better than it was. Everything we ordered from the menu (almost every item there) was delicious and beautiful. Thank you, Sens!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The waitress was rude. Unfair for the place to be judged by the worst service. But that’s how I felt. Don’t feel like going back.
  8. SS

    SelvakumarS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great experience overlooking Embarcadero Station. Had great time.
  9. C

    Chelsea13

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu of Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian entrees and a nice bar list. Beautiful Mediterranean vibes inside and nice views overlooking the Ferry building and bay.
  10. BA

    BarbaraA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, fun to share small dishes as well as entrees. Very helpful staff (we were late for our reservation, no problem.) Highly recommended.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a table outside for a work happy hour. Great service, food, and drinks. Love the secluded outdoor area right in the middle of the city!
  12. AW

    AnneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was attentive and courteous. We had a great array of drinks and appetizers. A few of the first-timers in our group were really impressed and plan to come back to Sens soon!
  13. D

    Dhaka12

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am so glad Sens has survived to the pandemic! I have been a regular this restaurant for years. My office used to be in the Embarcadero and my house still is nearby. This recent visit was a lunch with a coworker from France who remembered the place and wanted to eat there again. We ordered the fattoush salad and the Mediterranean mezé. When the dishes arrived I realized that the recipe for the mezé had changed and the hummus and other delicious mixes were now served with… focaccia instead of pita bread. I told the server how disappointed I was as it does not go well at all. The focaccia bread is soaked in olive oil and will overpower the nuances of the mixes in the mézé. Also it made the dish very high in carbs. Elias was our server and he went out of his way to make it right: First he offered to bring cut vegetables instead of focaccia to dip into the mixes. We accepted. He took the dish back to the kitchen. Ten minutes later, Elias comes back and the chef had made the pita bread from scratch!!! He also brought the promised raw vegetables. It was way more than we expected and we did not know how to thank the chef and Elias who had been so attentive to our feedback. We ate the mézé and were so content! The food and the experience made our day! My coworker from France was amazed at the customer service. I who live in the US was too!
  14. JB

    JuliaB

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The service was quite slow. There was an event going on and we were originally sat at a very loud table. We were moved to a quieter area and sadly missed out on the beautiful views. I had high expectations but the food was average. The octopus and halibut was overcooked. I would return for cocktails and the patio view, but I wouldn’t recommend Sens for a full dinner experience.
  15. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Reserved a table for 8 for a group of family friends visiting San Francisco. The food was great (the steak and paella were both delicious), service was efficient, and the views were beautiful. Would recommend to others and would bring SF visitors again!
  16. KP

    KathrynP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good place for happy hour given ambiance and a wide selection of small plates. Not cheap HH prices but worth it.
  17. CB

    ColeB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Table for 8 work team members. Fun lively and nice outdoor without being cold. Really good service. Great cocktail menu!
  18. JP

    JPWS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    A fast moving restaurant with an average quality food.
  19. DA

    DorisA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guest and I sat outside, and it was lovely. The food recommendations by our server were spot on.....absolutely delicious!
  20. LG

    LocalGal

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was wonderful, the food and drinks were delicious, and the staff were great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before going to a show and was perfect! Great food and drinks with a view and amazing service! Definitely coming back!
  22. CC

    ClaudiaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice waitress but forgot her name. Excellent service!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining ay Sens and I will definitely be back. The food was delicious, the service was great and the views are beautiful
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    The salad I had seemed to be missing things - I’ve had it a hundred times. The si. Was super strong and had to ask for the umbrella shade to be moved. Then when the sun was hovering over a different table their waiter moved out umbrella to accommodate them but left me back in the sun - very in considerate. It took a long time to finally have our order taken. I just felt like we weren’t a scheduled table.
  25. R

    Rissa

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views! Yummy drinks and food. Nice outdoor area.
  26. H

    Hartaj

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good location. A little difficult
  27. GK

    GailK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service even when we stayed longer than expected
  28. JM

    JackM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely gorgeous place, we felt like I was in Europe (and I’m British), food and wine was outstanding, service fantastic, definitely coming back again! Thank you Sens!
  29. CR

    CinRog

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    The food was ok. The service was excellent.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    It was really great food but the waiters never cleared any dirty dishes or glasses and they started to pile up leading up to the entree . We actually put them on the table next to us as it was free so we would have enough room for the paella. You would think as they bring more food they would clear things out but they didn’t :(
  31. ER

    ErinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambiance, and service! We will definitely be returning soon!
  32. B

    Borris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Sens for a business dinner with 7 guests. Fantastic food, service and views.
  33. YA

    YANETS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place for a happy hour with colleagues with a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge!
  34. JR

    JocelynR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. I was pleasantly surprised with their vegetarian options.
  35. SA

    SkyAussie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic! Super friendly and attentive! Beautiful views, and delicious food. I booked this for my family dinner when they came into town, and we have very different restrictive diets in the mix (gluten free, pescatarian, etc), but everyone was more than delighted! It was the perfect place! Thank you!
  36. D

    Diana

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it so much, that i am trying to get a booking for next week again
  37. DG

    DanielleG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sens has never disappointed us. Our server Elias was as gracious and attentive as ever. Very knowledgeable about the food. It is always a pleasure to have him take care of us every visit. We always request him to be our server because he makes us feel welcome and is really the best. The food is delicious as always. Lamb Burger is lovely as usual...only topping we do miss is the chutney. The desserts are always to die for! We will return....Sens you never fail at excellence.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic view, service and food. Great overall experience!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Sat outside on a chilly night was worth it for the views! Bartender made a delicious custom drink upon request. Complimentary birthday dessert was a nice touch!
  40. KS

    KarenS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem...did not know this restaurant was existed! It's upstairs in Embarcadero 4 in the corner. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. The flavors were spot on. We went late on a Friday there was a small happy hour crowd still lingering which is always a good sign. Service was excellent too. Perfect combination of attentiveness and not going overboard. The paella was my favorite dish; we also shared lamb sliders, breads/spreads (a home run), chicken kabobs (juicy and tender) and the butter salad. I will be back. Highly recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sens Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 48 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sens Restaurant

4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Drumm

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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. past the Hyatt Regency and turn right to enter the street level of Embarcadero Center 4. Take escalator up two flights to the Promenade Level. Sens entrance is located on your left a few yards down the walkway .

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vernon Moralez

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-0645

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Lewis: (877) 635-5017

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