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Saison

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SoMa
American, 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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 63
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Worth the price

Luxurious yet friendly; extraordinary flavors that you've never had before. Food as art. The open kitchen merges with your meal as the aproned chefs who you watch silentely prepping and plating alternate with wait staff to serve. The whole experience is theater for the eyes as well as the palate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Northern New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Luxurious yet friendly; extraordinary flavors that you've never had before. Food as art. The open kitchen merges with your meal as the aproned chefs who you watch silentely prepping and plating alternate with wait staff to serve. The whole experience is theater for the eyes as well as the palate; the staff are also glad to converse so it's ears... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A few notes, 1. Unbelievable service, presentation and food. If you are looking for an event and meal to remember for a LONG time, you e found it at Saison. Everything from the cocktails to the final dish...of 15 courses...was awesome. 2. For those not familiar with this level of restaurant, bring your credit card with a high limit, because... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

very good food and the beverage (not limited to wine) pairing matches well, however the price is very steep. Better value can be found elsewhere in San Francisco

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This is clearly a place for a special occaison (unless you have unlimited funds). I can just repeat prior postings. Each dish is amazing, with unexpected and truly inspired food and flavor combinations. One of the most memorable dining experiences we ever had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

If you love the creativity of food, you are gonna love this place. It's innovative under good idea and concepts. You can see the philosophy they would like to present through food. Every single dish is special and tasty. It's so enjoyable to watch chefs make food in the open kitchen. However, it is pricey.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was simply blown away from the quality of the food and the presentation. It was such a treat and never had a meal quite a meal like this. The only dent in a perfect experience was the service. not up to the level.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Let me begin by noting that we spent $1,800 for two, consisting of tasting menu, wine pairings and service charge. The 16 courses included a dozen that were beyond outstanding, with novel, complex, interesting flavors. Ingredients were top notch: caviar, abalone, lobster, etc, and the amount of labor that went into each dish was obvious. The little cheese mixture with... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Fortunately, the other couple with us loves wine and food, too, so there were no apologies for any choices made. The staff was intensely focused on our perfect experience, and that surprisingly did not include any upselling of wine. The menu is long but logical and "seafood forward". Again, there were no add-ons or cheesy options for an extra charge.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

But at that price...it had better be! To start or actually finish....our dinner came out to be $870 per person after cocktails and wine. Now for that it had better be spectacular. I've been three times and each time the price goes up. And this last time was the best so at least they are getting better by my very... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had a very nice meal at Saison. Were big fans of the decor - the space is warm and inviting. And the service backs that up. We had a great time chatting with our servers and sommelier during the meal. Much more relaxed than some of our "other" Michelin-star level dining experiences, which we quite enjoyed. The food was... 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, 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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