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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

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Happy Hour (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Casual (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Romantic (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Authentic (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Disabled Access (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Seasonal (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is a go-to spot for me to take clients. Fresh, tasty food and speedy service. And a nice view to boot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Been here a number of times. Convenient restaurant. Food always good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The lamb (done 3 ways) is just amazing. I've had it twice now, and ummmmm...truly delectable. Great wine list, with "bins" (closeouts) also available.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Went for our 28th wedding anniversary. Our waiter was attentive and had great meal suggestions that were spot on. Made our special night unforgettable.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food was delicious. Ordered a bunch of apps. Must try - gnocchi! It was made to perfection

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Our first time at this Restaurant. Our clients recommended we meet for dinner here. Great time was had by all. I would like to be contacted with information on renting out the ptio area for client Happy Hours.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Fantastic on all counts. Go!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our server didn't check up on us, never explained why our burger that we shared took almost an hour to come out and didn't ask if we wanted another glass of wine when we finished. I get it, maybe he was having a bad day but it really took away from our lunch at Sens.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Sens has been one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco for about two years now. We come on a very regular basis and have never had any issues and always had wonderful service until last night. Our friends from Scotland were visiting and we wanted to show them a wonderful time before they went back across the pond, therefore we took them to Sens.

1. Our waiter was new to be fair but his service was deathly slow, we had to ask to order (waited about 25 min), we had to ask for our bill and to top it all off he charged our friends twice on the bill and didn't know how to fix it. Multiple people tried helping, including the manger on duty (who left mid way of helping) but nobody had a clue.

This took about 20 min of our evening until I asked a waitress where the manager was and why he wasn't helping us? She guided me over to him to find the manager happily sitting at a table eating his own food?!!! Outrageous, as he knew this situation was going on.

Finally he got up and refunded our friends card and offered free drinks for all the complications. This was a nice gesture, we really appreciated and thought the embarrassment of the evening was through. It wasn't

2. After siting outside and enjoying the remaining amount of time with our friends, a cocktail waiter brought out a bill and said quote on quote "Here is your zero balance bill since we took care of it, but a non zero tip would be great". I couldn't believe my own ears, how tacky and how dare he ask for a tip when the purpose of the drinks were to help make up for such horrible experience we just had!

I was so embarrassed and so upset that I had to write this review. Higher management needs to know how their loyal customers are getting treated and also how their employees/management are totally under trained and very unprofessional.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always high quality food, impeccable service and reasonable prices for a FIDI lunch! Our server was on point! Well done!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The food was absolutely fantastic. The octopus and halibut were incredible. The service was phenomenal and the wine selection was top-notch. Like some reviews have mentioned, the noise level is extreme. It's very difficult to hear (especially if you're just dining with one other person) because the noise carried so far (and there were big groups around our table.) Overall, it was great but wouldn't recommend it for older people who are hard of hearing. I'm under 30 and it was still loud for me! But would come back for that octopus!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Bring back the lamb burger! It was the best item on the menu.

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