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Sessions at the Presidio

4.5
1033 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1033 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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JDH79
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team here went above and beyond to ensure our experience was enjoyable. I had made a note in my Open Table res that this was a date, which I really wanted to go well. Everyone was extremely responsive and provided very pleasant, intuitive service. They gave us space to enjoy our afternoon without a lot of interruptions while always making sure glasses were full and plates were being enjoyed.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded 2 days ago

JDH79, Very happy to know that the team took good care of you, AND that the date went well. We try to make sure that we provide the service level required to each and every guest and tailor each visit as such - it sounds like this was the case. Come back and see us again in the near future. Juan B

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vipKimberlee
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone told us the hamburger was the best in town and they were right. Delicious hamburger with blue cheese with a side of perfectly salted fries. The outdoor patio was so enjoyable.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded 3 days ago

Kimberlee, THANK YOU so very much for your review!! Our burgers are quite good, I am glad you joined us and tried one. We are always updating items on our menu, but rest assured that the burger will always be on it! Come see us again soon! Juan B

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GersonB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were on the terrace which is very nice, but cold at lunch. More heaters are needed since the sun does not reach the terrace until afternoon.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded 6 days ago

Very sorry to hear about the patio GersonB. Being completely exposed to the elements does present challenges for us. We are in talks with several contractors to place a retractable roof in place, so we hope to have that in the coming months. Our apologies.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food & drinks! Would dine there again.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again! Juan B

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JohnW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We were COLD. The heaters didn’t warm enough. They were out of the one dessert that had fruit in it.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 22, 2020

Very sorry to hear about the patio John. Being completely exposed to the elements does present challenges for us. We are in talks with several contractors to place a retractable roof in place, so we hope to have that in the coming months. Our apologies. Juan B

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Cary
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Sessions has become my new favorite restaurant. Service is very good and I've been so often that I am now recognized. I've only been for lunch but when they can open for dinner-I'll try a dinner.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 21, 2020

Cary, we are thrilled to know that we are your new favorite restaurant! Thank you. We are open for dinner on our patio and parkside seating nightly with our last seating at 7:15pm, come by anytime!!! Juan B

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with safe outdoor dining. Loved it and going back again this week!

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LLACHEF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to go to sessions at least once a week. They had the BEST little round cheese
things. They took all my faves off the menu. I’ve been back 3 weeks in a row. Fabulous grilled squid salad. Very happy. But bring back my cheese things. 🍷

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you very much for your review and comments. We are currently working on updating our menu and will be adding quite a few new items. We are planning to have this in place by early November, so stay tuned!

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SvetlanaS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The burger at Sessions was one of the best during the lockdown; I ordered it all the time, very tasty. But after they opened for outside dining, the quality became terrible: the meat was overcooked and dry and other ingredients weren't fresh.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 15, 2020

Svetlana, Thank you for your comments, and we are very sorry to hear about this. I will speak the the culinary team to address your concerns. Juan B

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We got their grilled squid for appetizer and it literally came out with 2 small ones and the rest was quinoa.

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Vashti
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Great blackened salmon. Been here a number of times. Always highly satisfied.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 13, 2020

Vashti! Thank you so very much for your kind words and great review. Our blackened salmon is a very popular item, I am happy that you enjoyed it. Please come by again! Juan B

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vipSFWineSheila
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have to dine outdoors, Sessions is a wonderful venue, with a patio area that has heat lamps to guard against SF's erratic weather. All aspects of this dining experience are first class and the wine choices are excellent and great value! The service is very attentive yet unobtrusive. Highly recommended!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 11, 2020

SF Wine Sheila, you don't know how happy reading your comments makes us feel. We really cant thank you enough for this. Come see us again for another memorable experience with great wine and service! Thank you Juan B

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LisaP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to the establishment . To my delight, it was better than before. It appears that all systems are running at optimum level and exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed Appetizer, Salad, Entrees and dessert and coffee. Our server Jose’ was especially attentive and most professional. He made excellent recommendations and served each course right on time. He was conscientious of our beverage needs also. What a delightful place. Will come back again and again! EXCELLENT’

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 8, 2020

Lisa, on behalf of the entire team at Sessions, we thank you for your review. Jose is one of our stars and we are happy to hear that he took good care of you. We will do our very best to continue performing as we do, and we look forward to your next visit Thanks again! Juan B

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were great, food was too. Liked Covid temp check and seating

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 9, 2020

You are most welcome! We do our best to take care of all of our guests during these times! Come back anytime! Juan B

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vipSusanS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Sat outside for lunch..very nice and Covid guidelines followed.
Food was just OK, but service and atmosphere were great.
Recommend the heirloom tomato salad and fries!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 6, 2020

Thank you very much Susan. I am happy to know that all Covid guidelines were followed as we take them very seriously. I am a bit disappointed in knowing that the food was just ok, but please know that we are currently working on making some menu changes, and we hope you try us again! We appreciate the feedback. Juan B

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vipMaggie
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for indoor personnel are great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had a pasta I had had before yet it was disappointing as it didn’t seem to have as many veggies

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SandyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought friends to celebrate a birthday and were treated like dignitaries! The meal was perfect and the dessert was served with a candle and everyone was so very polite!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 5, 2020

Sandy, we are thrilled to know that the birthday festivities went well! We aim to do our best each and every day. We hope to see you again in the not too distant future. Juan B

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vipNeilB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The patio is wonderful with a great ambiance. The wagyu bolognese and cavatelli pastas were well prepared and tasted delicious.

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vipgoodfoodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined outdoors with safe physical distancing, which means wear warm clothing in the evening for foggy weather. Staff was providing customers with blankets. We had a couple of missteps with meals - the third person did not receive her meal until the rest were almost finished with there meal. We observed another table who received an incorrect order. The food was good and the staff friendly.

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vipFoodieJr
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Sessions! I’ve been twice now and each time is an excellent experience. Looking forward to coming back soon. Keep up the great work!!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on October 1, 2020

THANK YOU !!!! Come by and lets make the 3rd one the charm. We truly appreciate your visits and your support. Juan B

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MelvynK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

My lunch at Sessions was OK but not special. The food was quite good but nothing note worthy. Service was OK but not memorable. I was told when seated that I had the table for 90 mins (?) understood... but strange to make a point of it. It wasn't that busy and I didn't plan on spending a long time for lunch on my own. My waiter was a bit "icy" and business like with not much if any interaction or chit chat. Busboy was much more friendly and pleasant. Overall a "meh".

The restaurant only responds to 5 star ratings

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vipPoorkitchen
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

We use to come here all the time when we lived in SF, always amazing food. I’ve been here twice in the last week, easy meeting place w friends and the food has been terrible both times. Way over priced and just not good. I do love the location and the service is amazing but the food is just majorly lacking these days.

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vipSarahC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 29, 2020

Thank you Sarah! Your review means the world to us. We hope to see you again soon. Juan B

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vipKimiaN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We sat outside and enjoyed the park as we ate. The French toast was simply amazing.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 29, 2020

Kimia.... Thank you very much for your review. The French Toasts are one of our more popular brunch items. We hope that we will see you again. Juan B

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The Wagyu steak was like leather and devoid of any marveling even though we requested medium rare. The fish in the taco was dry and overcooked. The cocktails were very sweet even though we requested less sweet variety. Not going back.

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Letthemeatcake
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful staff, delicious food, and beautiful ambience!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 26, 2020

Thank you so very much for your kind words. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food, ambience and that our team was helpful. We are here for you! Come see us again soon. Juan B

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vipPaulY
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both had the salad with grilled peaches and the optional salmon. It was delicious and surprisingly hearty. For dessert we shared the bread pudding, which was also scrumptious.

The table feel like they are further than 6 feet apart, and all precautions were in place. A lovely evening!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 25, 2020

Paul.... THANK YOU for your review. The salmon on that salad is a wonderful option, we are happy you enjoyed it. Bread pudding is a new addition to the menu, but it is getting great comments like yours. Some of our tables are a bit more spaced than the 6 ft. recommended, but that is due to our commitment to making our guests feel safe in our restaurant. Come see us again any time! Juan B

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Suzi
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a special meal during the pandemic. Great atmosphere, good service, very clean, good food--the bread pudding is outstanding !

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thank you for your review Suzi! Daily the entire team does their best to make sure that we are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that all of our guests feel safe and well taken care of. The bread pudding is a recent addition to our menu, so I will be sure to let the Chef know your comments. Please know that we truly appreciate your visit and hope to see you again soon. Juan B

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The fish tacos and fish and chips were great.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 23, 2020

Those are one of our best sellers! Glad you enjoyed them!!

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JBro
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very good food! Limited menu (not much if you are vegan!), good prices. Spacious outdoor seating.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 22, 2020

Thank you JBro for your comments. We are always taking suggestions in regards to our menu, so thank you for letting us know about the vegan items not being as expansive as they might be. Glad you were able to visit us. Juan B

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Food is delicious, prices are reasonable, and service / ambiance are great. Loved the outdoor patio!! Heat lamps made it super pleasant, even in the evening

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 20, 2020

Thank you for your 5 Star Review! We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your time with us. Please come visit us again soon! We truly appreciate your patronage Juan B

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Cary
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I've been 4/5 times now and find it a delightful place with good food and service.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 20, 2020

Cary! you don't know how happy your comments make us feel. Thank you very much for your patronage. Juan B

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly seated, everyone was attentive and helpful. Our server was great and the food was delicious (clam chowder soup and fish and chips). The outdoor dining area is beautiful and so nice to be able to see the park.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 18, 2020

THANK YOU! Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service! When the weather is in our favor, there is no better place than our Patio! Come see us again soon

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vipJenSF
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for dinner here for our anniversary this week, luckily on the first night of breathable air in a while. The food was delicious with interesting wine and menu choices. Outdoor dining with heaters, tables appropriately spaced Thoughtful and knowledgeable servers and staff. We were so grateful and had a lovely evening that we appreciated more than when going out to dinner was a frequent occurrence. Thank you Sessions!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 18, 2020

Jen.... You are most welcome. We are happy that we made your anniversary dinner a memorable one. Everyone on the team is taking all the necessary precautions to make our guests feel at home, feel safe and feel well taken care of. Please come by and see us again! Juan B

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LeslieD
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday lunch outside at Sessions! The service was over the top - courteous, careful and friendly. The food was delicious and the setting is beautiful right there in the Letterman garden. All we needed was clean air but it was totally worth going out for a celebration, thank you!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 15, 2020

Leslie! I am so very happy to hear that the birthday celebration went well!!! Our team is wonderful in terms of service and being courteous, so I am not surprised by your comments and will be sure to share them with the team. We are all looking for that clean air we all miss, and hope that once it returns, we will also have the pleasure of seeing you again. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
177 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Sessions. They are doing an excellent job adjusting to the realities of Covid. The outdoor seating area is lovely -- even on a foggy. smokey, cold summer evening in SF. Our server was great -- friendly and efficient. The food was all good and a couple of things stood out as very good: an heirloom tomato salad and a stone fruit galette. Prices are very reasonable, for example that wonderful galette was only $5!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 14, 2020

Thank you very much for your nice comments about your time with us. We agree with you that some of our dishes with ingredients from our local organic farm partner really make an impact! We should be having our warmer weather come soon, so i hope to see you again! Juan B

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viplrsj50
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is consistently good. Some items are better than others, but their burger, fish tacos and blackened salmon are excellent. The staff is welcoming and friendly and I love the outdoor seating and their level of cleanliness is excellent and comforting.

Go to Sessions for a fun, tasty meal.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 14, 2020

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your comments. The entire team takes pride in cleanliness and adhering to all of the safety protocols during the pandemic of Covid-19. We hear many comments about our menu like those you have shared with us. We all look forward to your next visit with us! Juan B

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Airlinenut
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite brunch restaurant! Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and the beignets were delicious! Service was excellent!

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 14, 2020

Thank you very much! We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your brunch with us! Come see us again. Juan B

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vipRobertG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We've made our last trip to Sessions. On our first visit, my dining partner order the hamburger, cooked medium. What came out was a hard, dry hockey puck...so well done that it was inedible. On the second visit, I also ordered the hamburger, medium rare, on the rare side. What came out was beyond well done...the meat was hard, gray, and inedible. I sent it back and the lovely waiter was totally accommodating and apologetic. He also told me, "This chef just can't seem to get this dish right. I hear complaints about this a lot." The table next to us overheard this exchange and the gentleman said to me, "If you think this chef can't cook a hamburger, you should see what he just did to my steak. He took a good cut of meat and transformed it into shoe leather." A chef who can't competently manage the preparation of a hamburger or a steak needs very basic training. At the prices that Sessions charges, this is absolutely unacceptable and it's a rip-off. And speaking of which: the cocktails are also way overpriced. Well drinks are $15.00; if you request anything else, the charge jumps to $18.00. Overall, my recommendation is to avoid Sessions. The wait staff is so lovely....both waiters on both visits were great. But this is not sufficient reason to patronize a restaurant with an incompetent chef.

Sessions at the Presidio
Responded on September 14, 2020

Robert, I want to apologize for what you experienced. If you have a moment this week, can you call me, so that I can get a few more details in order to resolve this please? 415-655-9413 General Manager Juan

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FAQs

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 1033 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.