Sessions at the Presidio
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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Nice Saturday brunch. Dining room was open and airy. Food was good. Service was good. We ordered bottomless mimosas. Could have been a little faster but still solid. Cheese plate was a nice appetizer.
The appetizers we ordered were very good, but our dinners were less than what we hoped for. The pasta was chewy (and I like mine al dente). It seemed that more effort was made toward presentations rather than flavor. The wine pour was meager and they didn't have several of the tap wines we wanted to try. The wait staff seemed reluctant to go and get the wine hooked up and instead of doing it, said they could if we wanted them to. When we asked for a reminder of who the maker of the wine (by the glass) we had, the wait staff reluctantly had to ask the bartenders (though there was only one option for each type of wine by the glass) - not a difficult thing to remember. Our experience was they seemed to be trying too hard on the wrong things.
Had a great night enjoying the celebration of a friends birthday. Servers were friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Would definitely return and recommend Sessions at the Presidio.
It was a beautiful restaurant in a very cool part of town. They were out of some menu items I ordered which was disappointing, but they were very gracious about it. My issue is that they didn’t tell me about it until my food actually came I and I asked about the missing item. Try to be proactive, and have the waiters know what the kitchen is out of to manage the customers expectations.
Good friendly service serving tasty food.
The restaurant was fine. The food was fine, the service was fine. I was hoping for great and we got fine. Given how many restaurants are in SF I doubt I will be back.
Service was very slow. We kept getting told “sorry for the delay, yours is the next meal up” and then nothing for 10-15 mins. Our waiter was blaming the kitchen. I hate when you they do that. A restaurant is a team effort. This was our first visit. My guess based on the vibe is they were having an off night or were short staffed. We went based on a strong recommendation from a local so I wouldn’t expect this to be the norm. Manager finally jumped in and addressed many tables that had delays.
Food was average.
I've eaten here many times and never disappointed.
This restaurant goes above and beyond to make our family feel comfortable here. My son has severe tree nut and peanut allergies and they always work with the chef and the manager to come up with safe options. The food is delicious too!
Fantastic food and service
The server was great! Very personable with great suggestions. The food delicious!
Bonus feature... walking distance to the Palace of Fine Arts!!!
Speaking for myself only: I ordered a Margerita, no salt, no sweeteners. Got a sweetened drink with salt.
Had to be redone. Salad was overdressed. The halibut was mushy, ie, it tasted like it had been cooked from frozen. Was told it was wild---didn't taste like it at all. Waitress never asked how the meal was. For the money there are so many better places to eat in SF.
My husband and I each had a burger and they were both way overcooked (we asked for medium rare) and lacked flavor. The service is typically slow; it seems like it always takes 20+ mins for the servers to notice you sitting and waiting for water and to put in your drink order.
We love the ambiance, beer list and how dog friendly they are, but definitely some hiccups to work through.
Good burger and beer. Spacious tables. Nice vibe. Liked that it wasn't as noisy as many of the restaurants these days. Able to have a conversation without yelling.
Great service but very noisy
Service is lack luster at best. Food was good but may not go back because of the disorganized service. They seem confused and not in tune with what their tables need. Had to ask multiple times for more water, or for more bread.
Decent floor at decent prices for Sf in this type of food.
One note was that they were out of persimmon and walnuts for the salad, so they substituted both, plus added raw onions. They didn’t make this clear either when ordering or delivering to our table. But I pointed this out and they were quite nice about fixing the situation. So good marks for their service!
Great food. Quiet pleasant ambiance. Unique location.
Incredible location, restearant is lovely, food was surprisingly good!
It was a great location since I needed to go to the Palace of Fine Arts! Parking was easy and inexpensive. The food was tasty and the drinks were good too! It was a great value since we went during Happy Hour! I would definitely come back again if I was in the area!
Grumpy staff and bad food.
Great food. Quick service. Classy dining. They have vegan options and will make plenty of accommodations. Overall, one of my favorite fancy dining spots of the city!
Fabulous food, some dishes were rather small or light if you are really hungry, order a starter. I was impressed with my dish and my friends enjoyed as well. Service was very good, easy to get in and out for a nearby screening and wait staff was accommodating! Definitely will go back!!
We loved everything about the place
There is a reason this restaurant always has spots for booking. The food is subpar, the hostess the night we went was so unbelievably rude, condescending, and unaccommodating. I had the vegan burger, which was pink and had a very odd flavor. I could only eat a few bites. My husband's burger was mediocre. The prices on the menu were inaccurate. Our server was kind, and the location in the Presidio is lovely. But there are so many excellent restaurants in SF. No reason to visit this one.
Sorry but I don't have time . ggggggggggggggg kkkkkkkkk
Limited menu; casual dining; wines "on tap" which was interesting - not high quality but reasonably priced; other wines by glass higher in price and quality---so good balance for a variety of tastes. Went during holiday season when many groups were meeting on a Friday night so service, etc may have been stretched by that fact. Would try again and decent value for time and location.
One can only hope that our experience Saturday night was a one-off as food and service were awful. Our foursome had eaten at Sessions about two months ago and had a great dinner. Our same foursome re-booked thinking about the great veggie burgers and extraordinary hot and salty french fries we had eaten the last time. Nope, we were informed by our waiter that Sessions was no longer offering veggie (plant?) burgers but instead were offering a new version designed to eliminate any resemblance to meat. And yes, the fries were still great.
Unfortunately, our salads were grossly over dressed, the "new veggie burgers" were mushy, tasteless and extremely unappetizing. The fries were cold, overcooked with little salt. To say we were disappointed is an understatement-we didn't stay for desert. And, I forgot to mention that the wine recommended by our young and inexperienced server was awful. So again, let's hope this was a one-off due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We wont be returning any time soon.
We did not have a very good experience. My dad is nearly handicapped and had to walk a very long distance to get to the restaurant by himself. The restaurant was not full but the service was strange. There were many staff present but still things were overlooked/forgotten. After this experience we probably won’t return. This is very unfortunate because when we were here a few years ago for a friend’s birthday we had a good experience. Very disappointed this evening.
Lovely food in a beautiful setting. A real treat.
Food was very good. The menu has been refreshed, and some welcome changes have been made. Service by team was great. Our server seemed very uncertain of the menu items, and had to go check with the kitchen with each question. I've very allergic to dogs. Did not realize that dogs would be walking right by me in the restaurant, and seated in the same room. I thought that dogs were not allowed in restaurants? Anyway, I won't go again.
The menu looked great, but the food doesn't live up to the menu. I had pork loin. The plate had 2 small pieces of overcooked pork, and the entire dish was brown. Not attractive, and hard to eat. For $30+, was not good.
The waiter forgot our drink order, so we had to repeat and wait until after our food arrived.
I have lived in SF for 23 years, eaten thousands of meals out and have to say this was among my worst dining experiences. Other than easy parking, I don't recommend Sessions.
Depends on friend. For younger people who like beer and burgers it is good. Put if you are going to meet friends for an evening of conversation not so good. Food is OK not great.
If you’re a local or visiting for 10 hours, you must stop here. Excellent menu, fantastic staff, reasonable pricing. Couldn’t ask for anything more.
Tis is my second visit to Sessions at the Presidio, and I definitely plan on going there again. The food is exceptional, the location could not have been better, and if you manage to find a spot outside on a sunny day, the day will not get much better. The only thing to note is that this is a moderately expensive place, so don't be surprised by your bill at the end of this all!
Not to say this is not worth it, I will definitely be returning there soon!
Food is a bit spicy for my taste but friends who like spicy food thought it was OK. Value not bad.
The food is OK. The service was not good. Took 5 mins. to acknowledge us upon arrival, another 12 for a server to acknowledge us. The server never brought a soda and had to be reminded a few times to bring a glass of wine. I like my wine with my meal.I was halfway done when it arrived.
Possibly the worst service I have ever had in a restaurant. We were ignored for 45 mins after being seated at which point we had to ask a server to find our server. We waited another 10 minutes to get 3 drinks.
Arrival of our mains took over 15 minutes after we had finished our appetizers and two of our dishes were so cold they had to be sent back.
A beautiful location, I have dined here under different ownership and have always had a wonderful experience. Not this time around.