Sessions at the Presidio
Sessions has a unique partnership with Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Chef receives deliveries from the Ranch of their fruits, vegetables, herbs & olive oil. The meats and seafood served at Sessions are always naturally raised and sustainably harvested. With these ingredients, Chef creates refined and approachable dishes which reflect a sense of the place.
Skywalker Ranch has given Sessions access to Skywalker Vineyards Estates with wines from both their Marin County Estate & Chateau Margüi in Provence, France. Take a peek to see the collection and learn more. www.skywalkervineyards.com
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
Amazing food but service was lackluster at best
I arrived at my planned reservation at 6:30 and there was no one at the greeting station. I went over to the bar and the barmaid said to go over the station and that the maître d’ would show up. Just as I walked up to the station two young women arrived and he greeted them and seated them. I was standing right behind them and he should’ve been able to see me but he just seated them and then walked over to help one of the wait staff. I went over and asked him to please see me and I told him I had a reservation for 630 now that I think of it he did not ask my name. He seated me but he was not friendly. I had a mediocre meal but thevservers were very nice. Then they turned on loud music which was distracting - it was better without the music. At any rate when I got home, there was a message from OpenTable saying that I had to the restaurant up and reprimanding me for doing so and saying that if I wanted to prove that I was there I’d have to send a copy of my receipt so I’m going to submit a copy of my receipt here. It’s very disappointing. I loved that restaurant before the shut down but based on my experience tonight both with the restaurant and the rudeness I don’t think I’ll be back. Sad. I was so excited to go out.Honestly the food was mediocre.
Great food great drink great place
Thank you CAS90 for your kind words! We hope to see you again in the near future! Juan B
Overall, a gorgeous setting with kind and welcoming staff. Our brunch food was very good, although a little pricey. Slight set-back when we received 2 incorrect entrees and the rest of our food grew cold while we waited for the new dishes to arrive. It was a beautiful and relaxing setting to celebrate long-awaited family time. We will definitely try again for date night!
Little gem along the Presidio. Perfect day and loved dining in the outdoor patio. Wagyu Burger was yummy.
YummyIsPriority! Thank you so very much. Your comments made our day. We agree that we have an amazing Patio for you to enjoy the many days San Francisco has to offer. Come see us again, Juan B
Delicious salads and we shared the Impossible Burger. All very good. Great service and beautiful views into the Presidio gardens.
BarbaraM, we are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your time with us. We must agree that the Impossible Burger and our current selection of salads are quite tasty. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the near future. Juan B
We parked in the garage. That involved a weird journey to the restaurant. The one sign we found said the restaurant was downstairs, it isn’t & there were no stairs.
You need to scan the menu, awkward to read. Lovely beer,wine and liquor menu.Limited food menu. Beet salad generous and very good,Hamburger very good.
Service was nice, but very slow, maybe difficult to find staff?
Your parking is validated for 2 hour, again you must scan your parking ticket, also slow and awkward. We were over 2 hours, could not figure out how to pay by scanning, needed staff help to get out of the garage. The food and ambiance didn’t justify the technology stress . There was not a feeling of hospitality & welcomeness. Need to feed the whole person.
The food was excellent but the service was terrible. The woman working the checkin was exceptionally rude. I understand it was busy and she was dealing with pushy demanding customers who insisted they were in a rush or wanted to sit outside. I observed because I didn't complain or push we were left to wait while others with later reservations were seated and were given a choice of table. By the time we were seated we were walked to an inside table with no options offered. A waiter took our drink order never to return with the drinks. Eventually a waiter took our order and I asked him about drinks and he said vaguely that he could get them. I recognize that my dining companion can be a bit tricky to please but there diddn't seem much of an attempt to get it right. No one ever came back to refill drinks finally I had to flag someone for the bill then the staff hovered immediately. There was an older gentleman who was there that seemed invested in our experience but it was a bit late in the game for that. I was disappointed becaue it was my friend's birthday and I had hoped the expereince would be better. I also noticed this restaurant typically responds that "sorry but everything was out of our control" while I fully support the pushy rude customers are out of their control everything else was fully under their control. Also - push back - say "hey it's not your turn" or "if you are in a hurry maybe you should reconsider" I am not going to change and become pushy and rude but in this case maybe I should have stepped up my game a bit? Food was super good, if you can roll with the service then definitely try the food.
Our arrival was met by Hostess /Carol. She was very engaged , present & contributed to an experience of exceptional ambiance. Food was excellent, served as if it was right off the grill. Steak , tender, perfectly prepared & frites were hot, fresh, seasoned lightly.
Service was well paced, allowing for ease of conversation, finishing each beverage, course, dessert /coffee.
I am looking forward to dining again at Sessions. The bonus of having the luxury to walk after our meal, at a beautifully landscaped Presidio, is unbelievable.
Beautiful spot at the Presidio. Had the soup of the day,cream of asparagus, and it was delicious! Also tried a local brew which was very good. Would definitely recommend!
Even though we had a reservation and arrived early to check in, we were asked to wait for 30 minutes before seating. Once we were seated, we were not greeted. By the time we were seated, it was no longer brunch time, which was why we wanted to dine here in the first place. My drink was made incorrectly. Our waiter left mid-service and did not let us know and we could not get the bill.
We went to the city to see an art show. Had a lovely lunch. Nice venue, excellent food, we loved the bread with olive oil, the wine, and the seasoning on the fresh vegetables that came with the salmon was fantastic.
Thank you very much for your review. We hope to see you again!
All very good.
Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!
We were greeted warmly and the service was perfect. We were serviced drinks first and the ordered lunch. Everything was done so professionally and with ease. It was so pleasant and no rush.
Thank you MissL, we are thrilled to hear that everything went well. Come and visit us again soon! Juan B
Something about this place is just off from the way it was before the pandemic.
This is just a terrible waste of a restaurant. Such a great location but such an awful dining experience. 45 minutes to take our order, appetizers and dinner came out at same time, had to return Martini because it was basically half vermouth, digital menu that didn’t work and food so so regular. Too bad. Such a convenient place but until it completely changes go for breakfast and skip dinner
I must say the service was amazing! While I didn't give it 5 stars, because the person wasn't always there - 3 of my people didn't have any complaints! We had the mixed vegetables and the crab cake, which were very excellent, and salmon and burgers. I loved the burger and fries, the salmon had an interesting sauce: my mom and dad loved it, plus the vegetables. I didn't love it, but the salmon and the veg were good. On the whole I didn't mind it... and I would go back!
Thank you very much for you review LeanneN. We hope that next time you visit us we will get that 5th Star! Juan B
Never again on a weekend. Saturday we couldn't hear our table. People sat their boisterous kids at one table to supervise themselves, parents at another, not nice for other diners. Groups of boisterous singles I understand and I can avoid their busy times in the future.
I am sorry that you did not enjoy your time at Sessions due to matters out of our control. We want to provide a nice experience for all of our guests, and are very inclusive of all who visit our restaurant. Mondays to Thursdays are usually a bit quieter if that is what are looking for.
We've eaten here many times and like the food and service. It's also a great place for us because we can bring our Scotty Abby. Terrific neighborhood place!
Thank you NancyD. We are very happy to know your thoughts on our service and food - we do our best to shine each and every day. The Patio is our pet friendly area, so know that you and Scotty Abby are welcome at any time.! Cheers. Juan B
We had a great time on the patio, and enjoyed food from Sessions and drinks from Smuggler’s Cove. Thanks to the fabulous staff of both for the post-vaccine celebration my friends and I have been anxiously awaiting.
Thank you very much for stopping by! It was a great partnership for us, and it sounds like you enjoyed yourselves. You are welcome to come by any time you would like! Cheers!
The pasta was fantastic, as in better than a lot of Italian restaurants. The cocktails were a tastefully potent with a touch of ILM fun. I ordered a “Rey of Sunshine” that came in a Star Wars tiki mug. The service was great with friendly hosts that chatted and promptly seated us, and wait staff that were on point to always appear magically when we needed them.
Thank you so very much for your review and visit SFSnakeyLady! We will let the culinary team know of your comments - I know they work hard to make sure all dishes come out tasting great. We hope to see you in the future. Happy you liked the Rey Of Sunshine! Juan B
My friend paid for parking at the restaurant and then had to pay again when he left... uncool.
Mostly good, although we were left sitting a long time for our coffee and dessert order.
Sorry about that. We offer discounted parking $5 for 2 hours, I can assist your friend if there was an error. Do you know if perhaps they parked for longer than 2 hours?
Rachael we loved you!!!
We love Rachel as well! She is one of our bright stars here at Sessions!
Amazing food and amazing service! Can't beat the views on the outdoor patio!
We completely agree with you Holly! On a beautiful day, there is no better patio in San Francisco!
Staff was absolutely amazing. They made the trip So much more amazing. Food was great, atmosphere was great. Staff was everything.
JenR you made our day! Thank you so much for the review and we hope to see you again soon! Juan B
Food is expensive and portions are small. The cheese plate had 4 small pieces of cheese. the cheese was very good.
Thank you for your review Robert. Sorry to hear that you perceived our portions and pricing to not be satisfactory. Should you visit us again, we do offer a Happy Hour Menu M-F from 2pm to 5pm with a few items at a very attractive price.
We went to Sessions for a pop-up event with Smuggler's Cove. We had a great time; the food was amazing, the service spectacular, the setting magical.
TikiKT, thank you for visiting us. The Smuggler's Cove event was a success and i am happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as we did Juan B
We really enjoyed our meal here! The beet salad was one of the best salads we've ever had. The staff was great and the underground parking is very convenient.
Bruce, thank you for your comments and review. I personally have the beet salad 3 times per week, and completely agree with you! Come see us again!
Food was excellent and atmosphere amazing with the May the 4th be with You event. Need to come back for the beignets.
Beignets are our #1 items for dessert! Thanks for the nice words booboo.... Come see us again!
My wife and I enjoyed dinner. We were there during the May the Fourth event, so of course the drinks were awesome. I went back the next night for the Smugglers Cove Rumbustion event, and again had good food and great service.
Chiwito, we are thrilled to hear that you and your wife had a nice time during the May the Fourth Events! It was great to partner up with Smugglers Cove. Come see us again! Juan B
It was a mixed bag. We were there more for the tiki pop-up than to be *at* Sessions. We arrive and are told that there's no room for us to sit outside which we preferred when I made the reservation. In addition to telling me we had to sit inside in a back corner, the hostess turns the monitor towards me and shows me that I typed "if possible"regarding outside dining. My husband and I both thought this was rude and considered leaving. Then all of a sudden she finds a table for us outside. She said that because we chose outside we had the strict 90-minute limit and would be asked to leave when the next reservation showed up. It was an odd thing to say before we sat down, admittedly I understand she felt obligated to say it, but it was in the tone of "this is your punishment because I had to find you an outside table." VERY ODD. Aside from the beginning of our meal, the drinks and food were both fabulous -along with the service we got from our actual server & manager (?) who continually checked up on us. All was ok in the end but it really makes me consider never returning, after that 1st encounter w/ the initial hostess. We had a large bill for 2 and tipped well, accordingly but it was really unfortunate that this with our experience there while trying to come to a new place and support a different tiki drink pop up that we love. Can't win 'em all.
The burger with blue cheese was cooked to perfection. The cucumber pickles were delicious. I enjoyed my drink as well. The grounds were beautiful and it was a lovely day.
Amanda, thankyou for stopping by. Reading your review made me hungry for a burger - perhaps tomorrow for my lunch :) In all seriousness, we appreciate your business and hope to be able to see you again in the near future. Juan B
Three of us celebrated birthdays and had a very enjoyable lunch on the covered porch. We were glad we brought our jackets because even with a sunny day, it can get chilly. I have eaten here 3 times and each time got the soup of the day. Pureed delicious different vegetable soups. Squash, another was cauliflower and then split pea. The salads are so fresh and interesting combination of flavors with nuts and fresh herbs. My friends both had the salmon entree. And loved it. What a beautiful setting in the Presidio, overlooking the park area with lovely blooming trees, fresh cut lawns and birds. The street parking was easy on Lyon St. We will come back again soon.
BarbaraM... a belated happy birthday to all of you. Thank you for visiting us and thank you for the very nice review. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed Chef's food. We try to use as many fresh and local ingredients as possible in all of our dishes. Please come visit us again. Should you not be able to find street parking, we do offer discounted parking in the garage, $5 for 2 hours. Thanks again! Juan B
I’m really bummed about our experience tonight. The food was awful... overcooked, flavorless. Service was edgy and unwelcoming. Such a weird experience overall.
On a cold day it gets chilly even though they have overhead heaters but on a warm or cool day it is delightful!! Not rushed and food was quite good
Thank you very much for your nice review ctom! We agree that on a great sunny day, there is no place like Sessions, but we always remind our guests to dress appropriately - as you suggest. Looking forward to your next visit! Juan B
They always make sure you have everything you need including a blanket incase you need one as my friend did when she arrived in a summer sleeveless dress.
Staff always friendly.
Thank you MayaB! We are happy to know that you and your friend were well taken care of. Hope to see you again soon. Juan B
Perfect!! The service was great, and the pasta was excellent!
OdayaB... you made our day! Thanks for the nice review!
This is a great place to enjoy an outdoor meal in a beautiful setting.
Thank you BridgetG! We agree with your comment full heartedly! Come see us again soon
Limited menu with very few choices I cared for
Sessions at the Presidio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 655-9413.
Sessions at the Presidio is rated 4.5 stars by 1166 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.