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22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA (SoMa)
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Ranked #255 of 4,976 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, French, Contemporary
Neighborhood: SoMa
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Howard
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English first
Boulder, Colorado
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We celebrated our 20th anniversary at this fine dining restaurant and had a tasty unique experience. The staff was excellent and prepared for our celebration. The menu was personalized and in the end a special desert (surprise presentation!) was prepared. I was a little skeptical after the first couple courses that I would get enough food and not need to... More

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Oakland, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Quiet and elegant dining room. Food was remarkable and creative. Give yourself three hours if you are going for the tasting menu.

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Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

It's hard to add anything to the previous positive reviews, except that my Korean American wife was moved by the dishes, saying they stirred up memories of the flavors, smells and textures from her childhood, and was startled to find such memories in these modern, elegant and exquisite pieces of art which paraded out from the kitchen.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The experience was special and so was the occasion and Benu lived up to the hype. A 17 course pre-fixed dinner was outstanding and each dish presented a story. We really enjoyed the experience. The restaurant ambiance is forgettable but food isn't and I think the Michelin stars are for the food and the service which was impeccable. Recommended when... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I'm no foodie but I can appreciate the experience that is dining at Benu. I attended a private event to celebrate friends' wedding anniversary. The seven course meal was sublime. Service was excellent and the wine was perfect. Benu was a perfect venue for this celebration.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The man, the myth, and the legend. If you crave fusion food done creatively, look no further than Benu. Chef Lee has unique talent honed at the French Laundry under the tutelage of his former mentor Thomas Keller. Don't compare Benu to the French Laundry, though, as the experience is highly different. Do go and enjoy each course as a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

...we spent the evening in San Francisco. Looking for a unique dining experience, I was attracted to the previous review for Benu. I was not disappointed. This is one of the all-round best dining experiences I have ever enjoyed. The tasting menu concept was flawlessly executed and the attention to detail, included a phone call prior to our travels to... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Only a place you want to go if you are in for an engaged dinner with maximum flavors and texture. I love it, but you have to be in the correct mindset.

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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Visually beautiful and (generally) interesting flavor profiles, each dish is one small bite. While the Asian-influenced, molecular gastronomy-inspired foods are interesting, we didn't feel that the experience deserved its two Michelin stars. With the prix-fixe menu pricing of $195 USD, $150 for beverage pairings (more on that in a moment), a glass of champagne, service, and taxes, the total for... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were prepared to be impressed with Benu as we had arranged a private dining event there for an international client of ours in February 2014, which had been very successful. We were not disappointed! My partner has a nut allergy and the set tasting menu was adjusted to accommodate him - the printed personalized menus we were presented with... More

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Additional Information about Benu

Address: 22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415.685.4860
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
Cuisine: Asian, French, Contemporary

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