Sessions at the Presidio

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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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7.4

Sessions at the Presidio is a beer-focused restaurant with good energy, in an area that needs it.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have dined here 4 times and tried the lunch and dinner menus. Food can be hit or miss. The last time I dined the fries were extremely oily and the oil they were fried in seemed old. The mandatory service fee doesn’t seem to give the waitstaff any motivation to try to earn it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They were not ready for a party of 2 with reservations. Input down that it was a business dinner, but that sat us near a table of 20 parents and little kids and another table with the same, just less people. Hard to hear each other. Food was great! I asked for a gin and soda and got a gin and tonic. I'll definitely go back for the food, but be more directive about the table choices.

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SB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the dog friendly patio dining. View of the cherry blossoms a plus.

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Sessions!!

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sessions is a lovely place to have a meal for those who love walking along Crissy Field or exploring the Presidio.

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TM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The french fries are crazy good! We had a large group and the service was amazing!

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m
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third or fourth time eating there and I wouldn't return if it wasn't great. I asked for my burger medium rare and unlike many places, they didn't over cook it. Excellent service and environment with attentive, helpful staff.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Sessions is a really nice looking upscale gastropub. They have a really nice beer selection along with some craft cocktails. The food we ordered was only OK. We had the cauliflower/ricotta fritters, the sea bass entree and a burger between the two of us. The fritters were cooked perfectly but had an overly mushy interior and lacked any real flavor beyond the dipping sauce. The sea bass was slightly overcooked which made it dry. When eaten with the ragu, the bass flavor was undetectable against the strong flavor of the ragu. Unfortunately the burger was just OK also. For 17$ you get a plain burger with lettuce, tomato and three tiny pickle slices along side fries. The burger was ordered medium and delivered medium well, served on an almost stale bun with a tomatoe slice from the top of the tomatoe still with the stem attachment point. They also add 20% gratuity to all bills regardless of the number in the party or the service you actually receive. To sum it up: great place to have a beer but the food is far to overpriced for what you get. This place charges 27$ for spaghetti. Let that sink in.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great experience, best fries I've had outside of Belgium. Doggo friendly patio! Nice hostesses (especially the African American manager) but our particular waiter could use some work - he was a little too fast to clear things off table and I prefer my Sunday at a leasurely European pace. Skip the slightly overpriced desserts and definitely get appetizers like the the tuna tartare! Yum!

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SH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great table for 7 and 3 in our party arrived and hour late. No problem, no pressure to order, very chill. Late guests arrived and we ordered food. It came right away and since one of our party was 7 months old that was really appreciated. Such a lovely setting and parking easy. For SF that is a coup!!!

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SA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived at 2:20pm. Even though brunch was to be served until 2;30pm, we were told it’s too late! ☹️

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WW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really like Sessions. We've been there several times and like to take friends. However, be aware that it is especially loud and that a table of four has to do a lot of yelling to be heard by all. The patio seating does not have the noise challenge, if it's not too cold and windy.

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g
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here and I will be back! Had a spaghettini pasta dish with pork and mushrooms in a light creamy sauce - delicious! Nice wine selection and wide variety of other dishes to choose from. It’s also in a lovely spot on the Presidio. The place has a clean but warm modern design and casual vibe.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the setting. The service was so good! And my friends and I were so happy to be able to sit and talk for quite a while and feel comfortable. We live in the neighborhood and enjoy the convince of Sessions.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall it was good. The restaurant is pretty with large windows and a cool bar. The cocktail list is quite innovative and reasonably priced. The beer and wine menu has lots of options.

However, the restaurant is very loud and it can be hard to hear others just across from you. We had the large charcuterie platter and I was not impressed. The meats were okay and the cheese was average. Not worth the $31. The price of the restaurant is higher than the quality.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Way understaffed. Food is a bit overpriced.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great overall!

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great bar, and super convenient for shows at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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d
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my current favorites. I was lucky to have guests on a Sunday night, so I could return for the Fried Chicken which was so good, it was even better leftover the next night! Service is included and always up to snuff.

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TN
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting in the Presidio surrounded by beautiful places to walk. The resteraunt was very cool. The bar tenser (wish I could remember her name) was extrAordinary. She gave the history of where the name Sessions came from and interesting overview of the wide selection of beers. A beautiful, young, customer focused woman.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, great food, easy parking, and they don’t rush you!

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SH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wait staff was friendly not well trained.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

food was ok - $$ was not worth the experience... by a far margin.

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N
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was nice, but not very attentive. The food was OK. They should take the beignets off the menu, they were terrible, dense and crusty, not at all how beignets should taste! The highlight of the place, was the cocktails!

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good food. good service. too loud. nice location, particularly when sunny.

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Indiana
59 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good. My pasta was delicious; my spouse enjoyed her burger. The space is a little too utilitarian. People were comfortable bringing their kids.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only real complaint coming out of our anniversary dinner at Sessions at the Presidio was, being somewhat hard of hearing, the noise level was quite high, making conversation difficult. Oh, and they were sold out of many of the beers and ales.

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JP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

20% automatic gratuity is ridiculous.. having a burger at Sessions is $20+

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n
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

On the surface, Sessions has a lot going for it. A beautiful location, wonderful architecture, and an interesting choice of culinary options. I've been there several times over the last few years but can no longer recommend it as a destination of choice, nor do I think I'll be back.

The meal we had was exceptional. I've never quite had a pasta dish quite like it. The deserts were delightfully textured with multiple components that worked well with one another.

The service on the other hand was a disgrace. The hostess sat us in a uncomfortably cold area of the restaurant and told us we couldn't sit anywhere else while even in our section there were plenty of tables available. We were also told that the restaurant now automatically charges a 20% gratuity.

I almost always give a 20% tip so this isn't an issue for me. However, our server continually rolled her eyes at any question we asked, literally through our plates on the table before she walked away, and never came back to see if we needed anything except to drop of the check before our desserts arrived.

I'm not sure if she was having a bad day, didn't like us in particular, or wanted to go home early. Regardless, we got crappy service and attitude throughout our meal. I'd encourage the management to look into how their employees are treating customers and make some changes to accommodate all guests.

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RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for kids. Loud enough, spacious, friendly staff.

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sessions turned out to be a delightful surprise, and a great place for Sunday lunch/brunch. The ambiance is somewhat hip, and there are a lot of younger diners sampling the broad selection of brews. But the food itself is the draw -- really excellent vegetarian offerings (polenta, meatless burgers, great salads) and fish tacos (mahi mahi) to die for. Service was brisk and efficient, but friendly. There's a set 20% gratuity with the bill, but that's nothing to quibble about. It's a great chance to wander the renovated Presidio grounds around the old Letterman Hospital, now home to Lucas' endeavor.

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was spotty, food arrived at different times, beer order came as we nearly finished dinner, Food is average. 20% tip automatically added to bill so they should excel at service. Won’t go back

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Dinner was just not very good. Hamburger bun was cold - like it had been in the fridge or freezer - and fries didn't have a lot of flavor. Sea bass was tough, and the veggies underneath it had a weird spicey sauce that just didn't go well. Service was generally nice, though interestingly, no one checked back to see how our food was. Beer and olives were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time! Love this Jewel of a restaurant

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines C

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B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First timers and we will be back. The mussels were perfect!

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E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food is just so so. Too many other places to bother going back.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Happy Hour! Great fries! Sliders were delicious! Amazing variety of fabulous desserts!
Great cocktails! Always excellent servers! Love that the Tip is always included!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, especially that guy Said, and the food was great. Really well done on all fronts!

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MM
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A return visit to a neighborhood favorite. This time met a friend who was driving in from the north counties, easy parking in the garage was a plus for them. This friend stayed in the Presidio last year and wanted to try Sessions for the beer, but never made it. They were excited to have a second chance on this visit. But, after a private party, they had run out of every tap. This place known for a great beer selection had no beer other than bottles. A massive disappointment -- how does that happen? Burger and fries are consistently good, the meal would have been even better with a beer. Next time will have to call ahead to make sure there really is beer on tap.

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