Sens Restaurant

4.5
1066 reviews
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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.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, comfortable, upbeat environment

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience, food and service was excellent.

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LC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I came on a Saturday, which turned out to be a very quiet time and enjoyable. Service was good and attentive and the food was also delicious.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food and drinks at Sens were amazing, the view is incredible, however the service was awful. Our server was inattentive, rude, and arrogant. I would have expected the kind of treatment we received from a fast food chain, not an upscale restaurant.

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Octopus appetizer is terrific. Lamb burger is one of the best burgers I’ve had.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waited 45 minutes after ordering for a salad. Understaffed but the food was decent.

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DI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has a great menu, good service and good for big groups.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My work group has made it a habit of frequenting Sens for our birthday lunches. The pita/hummus appetizer and fattoush are my favs and are delicious. Friends enjoy the lamb burger and paella. Specialty drinks never fail as well. The wait staff is very attentive and can't do enough for you. All this paired with waterfront views of the ferry building make for a lovely dining experience! Thus the repeat customers!

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My second time here. We are here for a party so we couldn't sit at the bar hence no happy hour menu for us. Our waiter is great, he offered me a new medium lamb burger when I didn't know my burger was cooked medium rare. The value isn't that great. Food portion is small for 7 of us and the cost was >$50 per person.
The wine menu is great, food is so-so, desert was super! Overall I think this place is slightly expensive, but I can understand the location is expensive.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent.

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AD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waitress seemed to want to rush us after we waited past our reservation time. She didn’t listen well and got our drinks wrong. The main meal was so so. Not what we expected as we have had better experiences at Sens.

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p
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We stopped in for a bite before the movies. I had the lamb burger, which was okay, and my friend had the burrata salad, which was very good. Wine was overpriced. View was great of the Ferry building. Restaurant was spacious and decor was nice.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful salad! Was packed at 12 - recommend reservations.

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S
Los Angeles
153 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and setting. We will be back!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the lamb burger! Best I’ve ever had. Also the service is great and they make you feel like a welcome guest.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered the salad, lamb burger, and salmon. The salad was excellent. The lamb burger was bland and the fries were overpowered with rosemary. The salmon was a small portion, the grey tasting bloodline was left on it which detracted from the flavor, it wasn't seasoned well, and the vegetables accompanying it tasted like they were not fresh and were previously frozen. Overall, just average at best and poor when considering the price/value. Unfortunate for good serviced, ambiance, and view.

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NO
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Great food. Too much attitude behind the bar.

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JM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came here for a friend's birthday dinner and it was good, I would recommend the gnocchi and the rib eye, the salmon was so small and the rice was okay, the appetizers were good, we got the shrimp which were kind of small but ok.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Business lunch. Food was very good. Octopus was best I have had in a while and hummus lived up to the higher expectations one would have for a Mediterranean restaurant. Support wait staff were on the spot and attentive. Food was served promptly and well presented. All good. Would definitely go back and take others.

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GH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a business lunch here. The food was delicious, our waiter was very friendly and the view was great.

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d
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Sens! Always a great experience.

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UE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The view and atmosphere in the main room are great if you are looking for a casual restaurant by the water that is open to the outside. Food was very disappointing. My kale appetizer was loaded with salt and oil and was basically inedible.
The Cesar salad was okay but bland. My companion’s food wasn’t any better. After hearing rave reviews from co- workers this was a big disappointment.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The acoustics are horrific- we were seated at a four top, and it was nearly impossible to have a conversation.
"Energetic" is not how I'd describe it. I've been to quieter rock concerts.

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JI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did like How the manager Irving came to our table
Personally and asked how everything was and to congratulate us on our wedding anniversary

The food was unique from the appetizer to the dessert

James McC

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Why won’t you let vegetarians order from the full menu in the dining room? Makes no sense.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
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
68 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
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
9 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
3 reviews
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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OT
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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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here about 2 months ago. The main drawing factor is certainly the view as it overlooks the Bay Bridge, Ferry Building, and Embarcadero. Even though it was a Friday evening it wasn't overly busy and the host was able to sit us indoors by the windows. We ordered a few smaller dishes to share. Since this was a few months ago now I don't recall the specifics but remember not being overall impressed by the food and actually disappointed in one dish based on how it was described on the menu and how it tasted in actuality. My biggest complaint was actually the lighting because it was so dark and we only had one small table candle and it was a challenge to even read the menu. I'd been here once before about a year prior for a birthday and we all sat at the high tables by the bar and I recall that being a better experience. I would go back but it has some room for improvement.

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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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