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178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (SoMa)
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Ranked #168 of 4,953 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $50
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Californian
Neighborhood: SoMa
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Dining options: Reservations
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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Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews 125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I am really torn about my experience at Saison. I loved the location with the open kitchen and the atmosphere, even though I was given a table 30 minutes after my reservation time (but the table was awesome, right in front of the kitchen). I loved the originality, I especially loved how they use vegetables even though they rely too... More

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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404 reviews 404 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We've had meals at great restaurants on six continents and I've always considered SF a worthy foodie destination. It's been a while since we've visited but our recent trip offered us the opportunity to sample a half-dozen carefully selected venues. Most, sadly, were disappointing. But Saison, fortunately, restored my faith that people in this city are still capable of doing... More

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New Mills, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We were a party of four and we visited Saison on Thursday 25th September. We opted for the discovery menu and despite the large number of courses the portion sizes were perfect. This was a food adventure (you need to like fish/caviar but the courses are well balanced with lots of vegetarian dishes and some meat also) and probably would... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Thanks to my foodie brother for an introduction to Samuel at the bar, who loves to share his encyclopedic cocktail expertise, & who's one of the most innovative & approachable bartenders I've ever encountered. Saison is a real oasis in this part of SF; come here for a calm & sophisticated evening, not for a frantic pick-up or power meal... More

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Saison has a laid back atmosphere, different from other fine dining experiences. Yet the food is presented more fine and innovative than restaurants I have visited recently. The food, the ambiance was spot on. We told the waiter that we wanted to try the chef's tasting but was nervous that we would be too full so they changed it up... More

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Reno, Nevada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
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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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