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178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (SoMa)
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Ranked #302 of 4,936 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $50 - $50
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: SoMa
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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79% Recommend
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English first
Reno, Nevada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Innovative tasting menu, a little too heavy on the seafood. The women in the party had trouble with several items. The wine pairing was good. The dessert (a walnut soufflé) wasn't great. Cool, open environment. Appreciated the more relaxed dress code for a Michelin 2-star restaurant.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

To me, this restaurant is completely overpriced and overrated considered the quality. Food was good but nothing was blown away or amazing that is worth $250+/per person. The presentation I thought was not so creative or outstanding. The decoration of the restaurant itself is nothing special if not boring. I felt like I was in a cooking class rather than... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

As I have stated in my other reviews, we visited in the last 2 weeks Michelin star restaurants Madera, Bouchon, La Toque, Restaurant at Meadowood, French Laundry, State Bird Provisions, Coi and Saison. I can say that by far, Saison is the best restaurant in San Francisco. State Bird Provisions is much more casual and Coi is not even in... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The high quality ingredients and masterful technique of the chefs pair perfectly with the decor and attentive service. Its refreshing to see cooking with an open fire used in such a delicate way. The food is beautifully presented and creative, yet simple and without unnecessary elements.

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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We entered through the big doors and were warmly greeted, they knew who we were based on the time we arrived, and presented with a glass of Krug Champagne - this set the scene. We had a fantastic table sitting side-by-side with a view of the kitchen, and we were fascinated and entertained all night. On our night these tables... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We started with drinks at the bar and had some of the loveliest cocktails.... And then dinner. Course after course, the menu was stunning in flavor, presentation, and inventiveness. It was one of the most inspiring and best restaurant experiences of my life. The wine list was extensive, we enjoyed a Jamet Rhone with our final course of duck. In... More

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Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

You know you're in for a good evening when you're welcomed with a complimentary glass of Krug champagne. This is a small restaurant, and most tables face directly on to the open kitchen. If you're a foodie, it's like having front row seats at the theatre. The food is innovative, clever and, above all, tasty. We had the 'basic' tasting... More

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los angeles, ca
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

One of the best meals I have had anywhere in the world and the best in San Francisco. .It is unusually innovative with creative combinations and extremely fresh ingredients. You need to be ready for unusual combinations and adventurous with food and be ready to spend a lot of money. If these are not the case you should not dine... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

First, the environment is super clean and stylish. We sat right in front of the kitchen which is huge and out of this world. Then comes the food which is amazing. Everything was super fresh and meticulously made. Even the ice cream tasted better than any I had before. We ordered the 20 course without wine pairing. We ordered separately... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I was very conflicted about spending this type of money for dinner, which is why it took us this long to get to Saison. However, I was not only not disappointed,but I was delighted by virtually every aspect of the experience. This is a top flight Disney experience -- impeccably well balanced with a fine energy and quality that run... More

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