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178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (SoMa)
415-828-7990
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Ranked #92 of 5,041 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Californian
Neighborhood:
SoMa
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between 2nd and 3rd
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.
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We had the set menu with friends and we were blown away at the awesome food quality and presentation. The wine pairing was spot on! We were guests of friends but will be back in the 2015. Service was awesome and spaced perfectly by our servers. Although a steap price we got what was something we'd never had (or could... More 

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This was our second dinner at Saison. The first was at the old location, when they had just started tasting menus. They have perfected their dining experience. The service was great, and knowledgeable. I saw some Japanese daikon hanging to dry in the kitchen asked if they were making a certain type of pickle, and the server knew the ingredients... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Day after Christmas treat. The Discovery menu was all that was on offer on our visit. Combined with a beverage paring, includes wine, beer and saki. Perfection all around. Courtly service, freshest ingredients, farm chosen and prepared flawlessly. Heavy on fish but such delicate preperation each dish arrived as an awakening to possiblity. Pairings on pitch for each dish, some... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is the best restaurant hands down, that I've eaten in, in the USA, in at least the last 10 years! That's saying a lot but I mean it. The food, all 19 courses, was spectacular. Incredible tastes, textures and presentations. Each course was unique and served in beautiful serving utensils. Because the "menu" shifts daily depending on the chef's... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Even booking well in advance 9pm reservation was the only one available. Arrived in sfo early in the morning after 12 hr flt. With time to while away, went all day shopping. Quick break and then taxi to saison. Warm welcome. Offered flute if Krug on settling. Wow. Set the tone. Asked if I wanted the regular or extended menu... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The service was as great as the food--which is saying a lot! Was able to snag a bar reservation at the last minute for friend's birthday. Felt as well-taken of as if we had a table seating...only complaint is that the wine list isn't very diverse w.r.t. CA wines.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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117 reviews 117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Be prepared to spend a lot, but also to get a lot! The atmosphere surprised us, it was like eating at someone's home, unlikely for a 3 star restaurant! Kelly the Sommilier picked perfect wines (and beers) for each course, oh bring your appetite. Many courses, but proper size and plating was artistic, and they do believe in farm to... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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259 reviews 259 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
946 helpful votes 946 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My husband and I joined two local friends for dinner Saturday night at Saison as part of our culinary weekend in the city. After a disappointing dinner the night before at Coi, we really were hoping that Saison would deliver. It did--but not before a very rocky start. Overall, our dinner at Saison was extraorrdinary--inventive, delicious, and sometimes even a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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154 reviews 154 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A different kind of degustation... flavors are clean and light that you will not feel bloated after the meal. I think the best way to describe the experience is its fresh. First, make sure to allocate 3-4 hours so you are not rushing through the courses. Then do the wine pairing since they know best which wines will enhance their... More 

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Additional Information about Saison

Address: 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone Number: 415-828-7990
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
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
Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Californian

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