Sessions at the Presidio

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Contemporary American
Housed in the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the historic Presidio, Sessions is a dining destination serving craft beer, craft cuisine, and craft cocktails.

The name Sessions refers to session beer; flavorful beers of lower alcoholic strength that are intended to be imbibed in multiples as part of a convivial “session” with good friends. The menu at Sessions extends the same concept to the food; encouraging diners to share delicious seasonal, small plates crafted with a modern California sensibility from locally produced and naturally raised ingredients.

Sessions' extensive bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant, featuring 24 tap beers from boutique breweries, 10 local wines on tap, and an artfully crafted cocktail list featuring small batch spirits. Sessions outdoor beer garden is a great place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, or meet with friends for drink after work on a clear San Francisco day.
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Service staff wonderful. Lovely environment. Food great. Feels like home.

LJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it all! We'll be back! Our meatballs took forever, though.

c
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Meatball appetizer was just delicious. Tender meatballs, very tasty sauce. Scallops were great! Cooked perfectly and the plate was a perfect picture with greens & purple mashed potatoes. For desert the beignets were a great finish.

HH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a lovely time celebrating my Dad's birthday on an unusually warm night in San Francisco. The patio setting is wonderful and the food was delicious. The service, while overall friendly, was painfully slow and the waiters didn't have a great sense of urgency. We waited for our beverages for a very long time and they forgot about my Dad's birthday (candle in dessert) even after mentioning it to them three times.

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was a terrible experience, we will not ever go back.
It took a bit to be seated, it took a bit for a server to come over, the music was too loud. When we finally ordered, 5 minutes later we were told that the steak 3 of us ordered, was out. The chicken was also out. This left us a choice between halibut and a burger. Then one person at our tables salad was not served, so she waited 5 minutes for that. As it got colder, the propane lamps were low, we asked for them to be turned up, we were told there was no more propane. All the lamps were out.

No one comped us anything. It was terrible.

FF
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for happy hour. Limited menu of only happy hour menu items. Surprisingly there were no vegetarian much less vegan options. No veggies at all unless you consider french fries. We had fish tacos, cheese plate, meatballs and the burger (sub salad for fries). The food was good. Outdoor seating was lovely. The service was super slow and a bit confusing as we had multiple people taking our order so we weren't quite sure who was doing what.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was slow and error/filled. Food was cold and awful. Pasta came cut into one inch pieces and overlooked .

PN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not as good as it once was. Food used to be much better. On the plus side, the service yesterday was MUCH better than we've experienced in the past.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

the burger was my favorite burger in sf, somehow this time it was just like any burger you can order in any diner. and the buns were not fresh.

NR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch on the outdoor patio. There is a wind barrier as well as heat lamps but we did not have neither wind nor cold, fortunately.

We had the burger (yum) and the newly updated chopped salad which was great (gotta love Green Goddess dressing). Not too abundant and just right. With a nice glass of Pinot Noir, it made for a wonderful meal with a friend.

SG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our table was not ready when we arrived. It took the hostess 30 minutes to get us seated and the only reason it did not take any longer is because we kept following up on the status of our table otherwise I’m sure it would have taken another 15-20 minutes to get seated.

The waiter was nice but nearly all portions of our food order was wrong. We received starters we did not order and were missing two others (party of 6). They corrected this but the correct starters did not come out until after our entrees.

Nearly every entree and starter was served to the wrong person and our drinks arrived after our starter and only after asking twice about where they were. The waiter comped the drinks which was appropriate but overall a very disappointing experience. And the restaurant was not crowded. Not sure why the service was so poor. This is our 4th or 5th time dining at Sessions and by far the poorest experience. Especially disappointing as I chose the restaurant and several of the guests were from out of town. Not a great experience for them on a visit to SF.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Slow service. Had to wait at bar for 30 min for an outside table even with our reservation. Took 1.5 hrs once seated to get 2 burgers and 2 beers.

RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a wonderfully warm day in SF when we took our friends to Sessions. Eating burgers and sipping craft brews outside during happy hour was perfect. Our server was friendly and amenable. Can’t be beat. Thank you Sessions at the Presidio.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would absolutely recommend Sessions to our friends - We love this place - the staff is quick, friendly, competent and obliging - and of course, anywhere that lets dogs sit by your table is on our A list - you should add stars for ambiance - we are looking forward to lunching there fleet week - and hopefully sooner as well

LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Recommend because of location. Don't care for all the dogs in dining area. Asking for beer twice and coffee 3 times not good. Fries overcooked but wife's fries were perfect.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The view and food are amazing. The music choice can be better for that environment. Sunday branch music should be calmer rather than loud rock music just we experienced last weekend.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I went there with two friends from back east to have brunch. They have an extremely limited menu, but whatever we ordered was really good. I had a lot of trouble getting a dry martini, and they serve a martini in the most ridiculous glass—it’s like an old fashion champagne glass. It was quite loud because there were families there with loud children.

5
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent, as always. Brew beers were very good. Service was the thing that was mediocre - and made worse by the fact that Sessions evidently changed its 20% tip added to the big policy and decided to keep it a secret from the customers. not a sign anyplace that this policy was changed. Having the waiter chase me down to have a tip added to the $300 bill, was a major annoyance to what was an otherwise pleasant evening with friends. Sad - because I've eaten regularly at Sessions since it opened and this tip policy was a feature I liked. Come on Management - get with it and let your customers know you've made a major change in the tipping policy.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Apparently, they were incredibly short staffed on 9/1, Sunday evening before Labor Day. Yet, the staff who we did come in contact with acted strangely like nothing was wrong. A heads up that everything except the bar would be horribly backed up would have been much appreciated.

J
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us had dinner Sunday afternoon. Two beers and lemonade were excellent as were the two appetizers-tomato salad and parched veggies (really good). Three hAmburger entrees and peach cobbler desert were wonderful -incredible French fries. My roast chicken was very tasty but salty and tough. I told the waiter-two seconds later someone from the kitchen was at my side offering to provide another dish-which I appreciated. Toasted garlic bread was excellent. Service was fine-waiter bordered on being annoying but provided reasonably good service. All of us would return. Great outside dining.

Y
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and staff lovely. Environment lovely. Very strange chicken used in salad with chicken. Food needs work. Good wine!

RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The view is great. Beers are good. food ok. Service is ok.

TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This place is great for drinks but menu is limited and the service was weird. Waiter came by so many times it got annoying, then a person came halfway thru and tried to take away our food. Overpriced for what you get tops it off.

1
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sessions is low key and gracious, in a lovely setting. The staff is friendly, and the food is unpretentious and good.

WE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have an eating group when our wives have a book club night. This was perfect especially the fries

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a fan of the new items, and miss some of the old ones. New chef?

AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very bad experience this time. I think it is not the same chef but the menu still the same. Food wasn’t great at all for the price. I have been there lots of time and was very happy but this time it really did not meet my expectations so I won t go back anymore... plus... the waiter ran after me in the park to get his tips, apologize because thought it was included in the check like before

W
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Heard there’s a new chef and you can really tell. Fried chicken was chewy and tough. Fries were soggy. Chicken on chopped salad looked like deli meat... overall really disappointed!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was fine but the service was very bad. I am not picky nor is my group. It almost seemed as if the staff didn’t care at all and was proactively trying to give bad service. Toxic environment.

SO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be sure to ask for Gabriel as your waiter. He will recommend food as well a great drinks.

LA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a go-to spot for me and my partner as the service is always wonderful and the beer selection is great! Highly recommend an order of the fries with the malted vinegar! So good!

A great spot on a super hot day, too. The space is breezy and feels open. Also great when it’s foggy: there are heaters on the patio.

E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

unfortunately we didn't stay for dinner. The noise level was outrageous and the music was awful, too loud and we couldn't hear each other across the table. we didn't stay, but left and went to a nearby restaurant where it was quiet.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was ill prepared and we sent back 2 dishes. The service was poor for our server was not involved with the delivery of either wine or food so the former took forever (no doubt because of the full bar trade) and the food delivery team was in experienced and not trained. They have a nice facility with plenty of validated parking, it's a shame the restaurant is so ill managed.

PC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was overpriced and mediocre at best. We ordered a $31 (large) cheese plate and it was the smallest, wimpiest cheese board I have ever seen. My avocado toast was $17 as the waitress failed to mention there would be a $9 upcharge for having them scramble my egg instead of have it poached. Lastly and most importantly, I specifically asked to sit outside (for a friend's birthday) but ONLY if the weather was nice. Over the phone, I was promised heaters if it was cold or they could move us inside. We get there and it's a cold, windy day. I ask to have them put the heaters on they tell us there's no propane???? So we're miserable (at a birthday brunch) and ask to be moved inside. They say they can't move us inside. There was only 6 of us. We were so cold we had to rush out of there as quickly as possible. The best part is that when we walked through. the restaurant there were PLENTYYYYYYY of open tables and they could have made us more comfortable. None of us will be returning.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Not easy to find, the app took us to an underground parking garage

DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We needed a to be out quickly and they really acclimated us. Burger was great chicken under seasoned. Excellent green salad.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place for brunch in SF. The staff is so welcoming like you have known them forever.
They are really genuinely happy to be there. The food is amazing. It is special. We drive an hour to get there. We can recommend the polenta cakes and poached eggs complemented with a homemade pesto walnut mushroom mixture. The pancakes are also amazing! Sitting on the patio there is a beautiful breeze and a great view. Afterwards a beautiful place to take a walk by the bay with views of the GG Bridge. We can't say enough about this place!

PN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Charming setting with a friendly staff - but the food is over-priced and not good.

AP
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and awesome location in the Presidio. Great for kids and a nice outdoor area if the weather is nice. We will be back.

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