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Benu

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
SoMa
Asian, French, Contemporary
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22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA (Howard)
415.685.4860
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
With the wine pairings... can't get better than that!

The three of us had the tasting (16) with pairings (11). The Sommelier explained each pairing ... including Sake and a beer! The food was amazing. The combination with the pairings...? Just fantastic!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
KellyP1962
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Kasson, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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Kasson, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The three of us had the tasting (16) with pairings (11). The Sommelier explained each pairing ... including Sake and a beer! The food was amazing. The combination with the pairings...? Just fantastic!

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United States
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198 reviews 198 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Last year's winner by a mile was Saison, and this year's early leader is Benu. What a place. The setting had a zen, Asian feel. The tables had above average separation, offering a sense of comfort and privacy. The service was beyond excellent. The young lady restocking our table with glasses, plates and dinnerware between course specialized in making no... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Restaurant is situated on a relatively quite block in the evening - it was pretty cool to see the kitchen view from the street as you enter with all the chefs working diligently preparing the meal. Loved the lighting intensity in the restaurant as i prefer a bit more brightly lit restaurant rather than dim lit. Definitely overwhelmed by the... More 

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California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had the privilege of dining at Benu, and to our pleasant surprise, its now a Michelin 3 star establishment. At $195, its expensive but relatively affordable as compared to other 3 star restaurants in the SF area. Is it worth it...a definite yes. Located in a nice but not ostentatious location south of Market. There is a valet parking... More 

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San Francisco, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Went shortly after Benu earned it's 3rd Michelin star and it is well deserved. Bravo Chef Lee, it was certainly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Some of the dishes looked pretty ordinary visually but once you took a bite, it exploded with wonderful complex flavors which is hard to describe. Each dish was full of surprises which... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Wow, what great timing for a recent visit to Benu. I didn't realize, at the time, that I would be dining at a newly crowned Michelin three-star restaurant. Benu has been on my radar ever since I read about its inception several years back. About a week prior to my visit to the city, I logged onto OpenTable to see... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Degustation menu with plenty of spoils for sight. Butter with honey infused ginseng for bread and the marshmallow towel were delightful to taste and view. Few items in the menu were unusual compared to other Michelin starred restaurants like frog legs, monkfish liver, sea cucumber etc. Not the boring style tasting menu. Fusion plus new age!!!

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Calvi, France
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We had the full menu...what can we say? Yes, it was good. But too much of a modern cuisine to me. Some ingredients (anchovies, codfish, etc) should not have their place in such a menu. Service was slow at times, and then fast. The restaurant itself is nothing special and the atmosphere quite cold. The kitchen (visible from the outside)... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA
    (Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415.685.4860

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: Asian, French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
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

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