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Saison

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SoMa
American, Californian, Contemporary
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178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Between 2nd and 3rd)
415-828-7990
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the...
Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the abundant resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each morning a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from our network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries. Saison's Bar/Salon area offers an a la carte menu.
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Casual Elegant

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very imaginative menu; fantastic, warm service

We had a very nice meal at Saison. Were big fans of the decor - the space is warm and inviting. And the service backs that up. We had a great time chatting with our servers and sommelier during the meal. Much more relaxed than some of our "other" Michelin-star level dining experiences, which we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Ageveret
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had a very nice meal at Saison. Were big fans of the decor - the space is warm and inviting. And the service backs that up. We had a great time chatting with our servers and sommelier during the meal. Much more relaxed than some of our "other" Michelin-star level dining experiences, which we quite enjoyed. The food was... More 

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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We travel twice annually to Paris, and other cities in Europe; and dine in one, two, and three Michelin Starred restaurants, but none like this....not only is the menu very different from most as the specialties are predominately seafood, duck, seaweed, vegetables all prepared to absolute perfection. The wine pairing was the best we have experienced anywhere. The service, was... More 

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Napa, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Saison is probably the best restaurant in the country. I have had the pleasure of dining at most of the three and two star michelin restaurants in the nation and while I am always impressed very rarely am I awed. The technique and advanced preparations of Josh Skenes are breathtaking to behold. The Master execution of every dish is flawless... More 

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Philadelphia
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11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

From the moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the host and taken to our seat. The staff was professional and made us feel very special. They checked in with us often but not too often, were attentive to every detail and monitored the temperament of each guest to customize the service experience. When we were seated we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Saison lived up to its reputation. The 18 course tasting menu was outstanding but be prepared for the bill! Their wine menus are in two big books - one for white and the other for red. They must have a big wine cellar to offer all of the selections. First thing I noticed was the rather simple layout of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Together with a friend we took wine pairing. The dinner was really good, with some excellent dishes (the pit and the caviar, for example, are just marvelous) and some pretty good dishes though not as excellent as the previous. On the average a very good dinner, no discussion. I will be back one day. However, two regrets : - the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Saison is not your everyday restaurant. It isn’t even your special occasion restaurant. This is a super S-P-E-C-I-A-L occasion place. Bring your wallet and get ready for the experience of a lifetime! If you have been to Alinea in Chicago, you will love Saison! If you have been to French Laundry in Yountville, you will love Saison! Alinea was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food variety is excellent - I enjoyed all the dishes and when a restaurant offers these many dishes; it's definitely an achievement. There is no separation between the kitchen and dining areas and you can see the chefs preparing all the meals. Also it feels pretty special when the chefs visit your table and explain the dishes. The service... More 

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Culiacan, Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I cannot consider Saison fine dining. The exuberant price tag that it carries makes a need to put a different tag on it, to be able to justify it. As it is now for me a once in a lifetime experience and an education it was amazing. Some of the courses and pairings are incredibly opulent and other ones try... More 

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17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Strong arguments could be made by the most knowledgeable critics and casual culinary enthusiasts alike that Saison is the top place to eat on the continent. I've been all over the top food scenes in the country and can honestly say it just might top my list as well. Only gripe would be the chef's infatuation with pop music....but whatever,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
    (Between 2nd and 3rd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-828-7990

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Sourcing each item from the surrounding land, Saison highlights the abundant resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each morning a new menu is crafted based on the finest offerings from our network of small farms, ranches, and fisheries. Saison's Bar/Salon area offers an a la carte menu.
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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SoMa
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighborhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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