Sens Restaurant

4.3
1040 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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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 - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 362-0645
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Bowen
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Catering
Sens offers local catering within the Embarcadero Center and it's surrounding buildings. Please call (415)627-0747 for more information.
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Cross street
Drumm
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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What 1040 People Are Saying
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CT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a while to get seated despite having a reservation. Food was good, the restaurant is beautiful.

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T
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

An off night I guess, but hadn't been here in quite a while so took two friends. Two of us had the lamb burger, which we both thought was awful (the ground lamb was so overworked, the lamb patty was a dense, unpalatable ball). The fries were superb. The third in our party had the salmon, which she thought tasted good but was oily.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food...please bring back traditional falafel!

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The lamb burger and fries were to die for. I will definitely go back again when I'm in SF.

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JW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed that the menu has gotten smaller since the renovation, otherwise it was good.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been here many times before, but were not made aware of the "soft menu" change as it was not posted or made aware to us via the website or host. Service was slow, hostess didn't even ask if we wanted water or drinks until 15minutes after we sat down. The food dishes were so salty, you took off all of the good items (menu did not need to be change so not sure why that was), olives, grilled octopus was not on lunch menu as that was the main reason for coming. It was brought to our attention by our waitress that you are trying to go with more Italian dishes, but forgive me if I am wrong, but aren't you a Mediterranean style restaurant lol? Seems so odd that you would change such a good thing that has been there for years. Doubtful I will come back to your restaurant.

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

New menu is very interesting and tasty. we enjoyed the selections and recommend sharing to get the benefit of all the dishes and flavors.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Thought we would give this restaurant a try after several recommendations. It was loud when we arrived at 6:15 on a Saturday evening, as there was a wedding reception being held. Nevertheless, we asked to be seated as far from the area as possible. View of the ferry building is great! Menu has changed recently, so we decided to try the salmon and the steak. Both were good. We also got the crispy kale as an appetizer, which was delicious, and the chocolate almond cake for dessert. Also very good. All in all, four stars.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Sens was one of our favorites! The move from Mediterranean to Italian was an unfortunate one. The new food options are limited. Even the waitstaff rolled their eyes and confided the new direction was confusing. At a table for six, one entree didn’t arrive until five others were eaten. What a mess. We are mourning the loss of a favorite lunch spot!

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The new menu sucks. Not good for lunch anymore at all. Won’t be coming back to eat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Big menu change. It’s ok but not what I came here for

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AH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was really disappointed to see that the menu changed here. I’ve always counted on this place for business lunches because I enjoyed the fact that they had 2 to 3 salads with the option to add chicken or shrimp. That is now gone. The menu is way too heavy for lunch. There is one salad on the menu and if you ask they will add chicken or salmon. The salad was tasty enough but I don’t like having only 1 options. I also miss the tasty chicken lavash wrap.

To the restaurant, you need to know that people don’t like to eat pasta and pizza at lunch. I will need to find A new business lunch spot if you don’t add more salads with a protein option back to the menu. Sorry.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

THe menu is very limited now. Please bring back the old lunch menu. There are not enough options now and miss what the place used to do best.

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K
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I used to take colleagues here at least once a week. I won’t do this anymore because I do not like the menu. I found it uninspiring and boring. How un-creative is pizza with salumi and sriracha? Very! A bowl of all fried foods including halibut and veggies-dull and tasteless. I work in the building and guess I’ll be taking folks to Osha. I’ve been there twice since the re-opening and don’t understand why they changed the menu. The only edible food was the dessert but even that used to be so much better (saffron pound cake with poached pears vs. chocolate cake, really?). Sens should go back to its Mediterranean roots as whatever this new menu is, does not seem successful.

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MD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

It is not the old Sens since the reopening! No water offered while one diner waited 15 minutes at table, shortened menu very overpriced with only high-cost entrees, $13 "house" wine like jug wine, slow service. Perhaps it will get better with time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The location, view and restaurant ambiance are wonderful and our server was good and attentive. However the restaurant apparently changed lunch menus from those posted on the website about a month ago but they haven't updated their website. The limited new menu is nothing like the website both in selection and price. The food was subpar. The chicken in the entrée ordered by my guests appeared to be pressed chicken meat cut into chunk strips with no seasoning. Both guests said the entire entrée was bland. The "dungeness crab salad" served with my chilled corn chowder (which was good) was a clump of crab with sprigs of what tasted like watercress, not even close to a salad. The menu was limited and overpriced and despite the ambiance, I will not dine there again. Very disappointing.

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am a regular here (at least once a week). I have business lunches and dinners here frequently and my company also has had many private events here for big promotions and retirements. After the remodel I brought business associates for lunch, not knowing about the new "menu." We sat down and then proceeded to wait 15 for WATER. All the while, the 2 vegans in our group looked at the restrictive menu with alarm; thinking "is this it?!" I was also shocked at the restrictive, confusing and more expensive menu (at least by 20%). After 20 minutes of waiting (we finally had some water but no server yet) we decided to leave. We were able to make a reservation at Kokkari and had a fantastic lunch. No one cared that we left, the whole experience was very disappointing. I totally understand that SF restaurants need to refresh sometimes to gain new market share/revive the business. However, I am super sad about this change and I will miss the old Sens.

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SF
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Best thing about Sens is the view and the ambiance. Wait staff is attentive. This time the chicken salad was light on the amount of chicken — and they serve no bread with the meal — so I left hungry. But all and all a pleasant place.

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and serihave always been excellent Great view too

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LD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and the view was amazing

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FC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good to hangout here. It gets busy during dinner time. There is a quiet room and lively ambiance option where all the crowds are.

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NF
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and first rate. The menu contained something of interest for everyone. The specials were enticing as well. Our food was well prepared and promptly presented. It was a beautiful day and a memorable lunch for old friends.

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MM
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite place with a creative menu and

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Accommodation was great, lovely table with a view however the service was sub par. The server was absent minded and frazzled and our food / courses were so spaced out we even wondered if we were still ordering food.

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O
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was GREAT.
I love the Fatoush salad.
my friend had the ceasar salad - made with frizze(sp) lettuce - a little strange
wonderful complementary cake with candle for birthday desert.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sens is a nice find in the FiDi. Great outdoor spaces to enjoy and the food was terrific. A definite keeper!

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a nice experience. Views were lovely, service was attentive, and food was very good.

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G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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p
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit noisy for a business lunch, but good ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really Good food. Atmosphere beautiful and conducive to business discussion. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Porchettq sandwich had too much mustard on it. Service was slow. Usually the restaurant is on point.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, amazing atmosphere.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

It's not often I spend $80 for lunch on a Tuesday. However, it was my husband's birthday and a special occasion. While hostesses made a comment to each other about a birthday at the table, there was no recognition from our server. I'm not expecting anything for free, but an acknowledgment would be nice when we're paying a high price for a casual lunch.

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. They took excellent care of us and the whole experience was outstanding. The view and ambience are hard to beat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always, however, my favorite dish- the fattoush with chicken breast, has been ruined!! The salad was soggy, and the beautiful huge white chicken breast is no longer! Instead the side of the salad dish was piled with tons of ugly chopped dark meat! Really a let down, as this is the dish I specifically come here for. Also, the spread dish is now reduced to two spreads instead of 3, and not enough bread, had to ask for more. Too bad. Will still come for ambiance and beautiful bar, but really sad about the salad!!

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SF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Fatoosh salad was particularly good & generous. 3 of us included add one (chicken, shrimp, falafel). Made for a great meal. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, & professional. Quiet enough that we could conduct business. Will definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid. Love the fattoush

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu and very good food.

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ST
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sens was quiet, but we were there at 2:30 pm - just after the lunch crowd, and before the bustling cocktail crowd (we returned at 6 pm for drink on the fabulous outdoor patio - what a crowd!). Elias our server was outstanding - thank you for your suggestions and bringing us additional spices that you thought would complement our meal. Food was fresh, wonderfully seasoned, and hit the spot after a very long day of traveling. Wish we were closer so that we could return more often!

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