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178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (SoMa)
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Ranked #250 of 4,950 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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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
66 helpful votes 66 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
43 helpful votes 43 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
204 reviews 204 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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