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American, Contemporary
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178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1919 (Between 2nd and 3rd)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were celebrating our daughter 's birthday and since she use to be a Chef, wanted something special. This was the place. As we enter she was greeted with a happy birthday. Andrew the Asst. Manager took care of us and we got one of the best tables next to the kitchen. This restaurant has an open kitchen and is... More 

Thank Olga B
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being a chef from the U.K. On holiday I thought I'd have to try this place out being here in San Fran, it not disappoint. Service was amazing, food was beyond exquisite. An absolute must for someone that enjoys food and great service, just be ready for the 2nd most expensive meal of your life...

Thank Connor G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a surprise experience and we liked it very much. Service attentive and friendly, many smiles and a sense of urgency. Impressive winelist, though no US whites? The prices were partly over the top, we saw bottles from our hometown in Germany which we get for 10% back home. Food ingredients were well chosen and of high quality. Whole... More 

Thank Thomas W
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We booked months ago as we have never been to a Michelin star restaurant. From when they opened the door to welcome you in, to the parting gift of homemade herbal tea, they make you feel like a star. Every course was explained and displayed so beautifully. Our sommelier, Noah, was knowledgeable and helped us with a perfect bottle of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Saison is among the top of the 3 Michelin star restaurants we had dined (around the world). We were served a 10-course "surprise" dinner. I particularly liked the herbs/ratatouille from their own garden, the caviar, lobster, and sea urchin on grilled bread. The Asian influence (particularly Japanese and Chinese to reflect the SF culture) was evident in he dishes. Overall... More 

Thank BangkokMusa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Positives: staff, kitchen view, play list, wines. Negatives: they are just trying too hard on the food. And the price was ridiculous. We have eaten at fantastic restaurants (Jaan in Singapore), and we get that you can pay A LOT for a fantastic meal, but this just didn't do it for us, just wasn't great. We liked the tea to... More 

Thank HoustonCouchPotatoes
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

An industrial space with a Zen ambiance was the fascinating setting for a culinary celebration. Sadly, the setting overshadowed the food which didn't live up to our expectations. Beautifully presented and a feast for the eye, the succession of about 10 dishes, starting with a cup of tea wth a sprig of spruce which infused it with a flavor of... More 

Thank Helene S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Was on the west coast for a quick business trip. Was given a recommendation for Saison so decided to give it a try. Booked a late evening reservation as I was flying late. My plans changed and I got in very early, didn't want to wait until 9:30 to eat so called to cancel. That's where it got interesting. Was... More 

Thank 99bottle
Millbrae, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

I was so excited when my husband told me he was taking the entire family to a 3 Michelin Star to celebrate my daughter's 21st bday. First and foremost, the restaurant does NOT offer a menu which means you are to eat whatever the chef prepared for you whether you like it or not. I simply did NOT like that... More 

Thank Rowena L
Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

I was completely convinced that Benu was the best restaurant in San Francisco... and then we dined at Saison. We have both struggled with "the best," and cannot come to a consensus on this. As we are deadlocked, we must return to each a half-dozen times, and then I can report. While there are a few similarities between the two,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$50 - $50
American, Contemporary
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107-1919
    (Between 2nd and 3rd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-828-7990
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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Neighborhood Profile
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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