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22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA (Howard)
+1 415-685-4860
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Truly amazing - deserving of its 3 stars

Benu was on our bucket list for fine dining and when we completed our journey, it was worth every penny. Don't be misled by their menu shown on their website - it may only list 10 entrees but there were 20+ plates brought out. From the second you walk into Chef Lee's dining room, the service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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433 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Benu was on our bucket list for fine dining and when we completed our journey, it was worth every penny. Don't be misled by their menu shown on their website - it may only list 10 entrees but there were 20+ plates brought out. From the second you walk into Chef Lee's dining room, the service begins and it was... More 

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing night of indulgence at Benu. Each of the 20+ plates was truly a work of art and the service was spectacular. This is most assuredly not an inexpensive meal but for that really special occasion it will not disappoint.

Thank Hopingforlotsofsnow
Singapore, Singapore
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124 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Oh wow, I have been here twice, and each time the menu is different, and I have no regrets coming here ! Its really amazing ! Its a set menu, but you will not be disappointed !

Thank ajlaut
Newport Beach, California
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287 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,030 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We dined at Benu for our first evening in our annual SF dining weekend in December 2015. It was spectacularly good--incredibly tasty, inventive, and beautifully presented, with top notch service from start to finish. The wine pairings were also excellent from start to finish. Just like our dinner the year before at Saison, this was eminently worthy of its 3... More 

1 Thank Bill R
Fresno, CA
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We were able to get a reservation only for a weekday. Very impressive minimalist modern Asian themed decor, dining room through a Japanese garden. The small dishes that started the dinner were beautiful and outstanding, the chicken egg as well as the wrapped lobster literally burst in the mouth with flavor. Though all dishes were presented beautifully, the latter items... More 

1 Thank Hlbonvivant
Grand Island, Nebraska
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498 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

For pure foodists, Benu is a must-visit. Tucked into a small alley, the restaurant entrance magically transports one outside the city to a remote village townhouse in a faraway locale. The interior is modernist, minimal, and with an Asian flair. The service is extremely competent and from the answers I received to questions posed, the servers know their stuff as... More 

Thank mingfatsai
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Went for a joint birthday/anniversary treat and loved it. This was an experience not to be forgottten. The tasting menu was fantastic and every course was explained in detail by the waiting staff who were very attentive trhoughout our time at the restaurant. Worth the money and will be recommending to friends and family.

Thank Mldthompson
bay area
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Recently dined here with my wife. The menu was prix fixe, and each of the ~20 courses were unique, beautifully presented and delicious. We selected the beverage pairings, which included sake, sour beer and ~8 great wines. Our sommelier was skillful, providing a great description and backstory on each beverage. For many of the wines, my wife followed up with... More 

Thank mikebayarea
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Yes, your wallet will hurt after this meal but its worth every penny. Corey Lee's creative (but small) a la carte menu is delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant is simple and urban with hints of Asian influences. The service is the best of the best...attentive, prompt and kind. We ordered 6 dishes between the two of us and ate... More 

Thank kala587
Seattle, Washington
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128 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Simple sound bites -- though tastes come from diverse sources, the Chinese influence dominates. 18-20 small courses: the "small delicacies" are not all that smaller than the ten "mains". We could be labeled "foodies", and would rank this in our top 20 meals. Many, many highpoints -- almost all of the small delicacies, the matsutake broth, the abalone, the faux... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-685-4860

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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