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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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Hours:
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An Experience Not To Be Missed-Luxury Without Pretention

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
TreeFrog9
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Philadelphia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Philadelphia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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271 reviews 271 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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New London, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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