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New American Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:30 – 9:30 PM
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178 Townsend St San Francisco, CA 94107
178 Townsend StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94107
$$$$New American RestaurantToday 5:30 – 9:30 PM
Thursday 5:30 – 9:30 PMFriday 5:30 – 9:30 PMSaturday 5:30 – 9:30 PMSunday ClosedMonday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 9:30 PMWednesday 5:30 – 9:30 PM
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High-end New American restaurant boasts an acclaimed tasting menu served in snug, open-kitchen digs.- Google
"The abalone, trout, steak were all cooked perfectly."
"Remember to eat the truffles at the end that they give you in the end in one go."
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Jennifer D
3 months ago
All I wanted for my birthday was to eat a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant and I chose Saison to be my first experience! I came here on my birthday with my aunt who also LOVES food and we opted for the discovery tasting menu which featured over 20 courses! This was truly an unforgettable experience! I loved the lobster, trout with crispy skin, crab soup with brains, pumpkin with warm beets, cod, duck and custard topped with yummy citrus flavor! They even had a mini salt caramel cake with a candle for me! We also had several cocktails that went well with our dishes and to top off our 4 hour dining experience, we had the chance to take a personalized tour of the kitchen and aged meats/cheeses upstairs! Lastly, we left with a menu of the dishes we ate and fresh tea to brew another day! This experience was mind blowing and I loved every minute of it!!!
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Randy Chang
11 months ago
second to none in every categories.... period. it is pricy but if you appreciate the efforts, knowledge, creativities and time the team put in, it is really cheap.
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Alan Chan
2 years ago
I've been to Saison several times throughout its evolution, but only to the new (and most expensive) iteration once. The new location is very modern looking and the staff are still excellent. Saison is not for everyone, but if you're looking for innovation, creativity, and dishes that make you excited about food, this is the place. If you're going to enjoy this place you just need to commit to the price and dive in!
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Sumithra Bash
2 years ago
Great place !
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Dani S
a year ago
Lovely dinner experience! Made a reservation a month in advance for my sisters birthday. They called in advance to ask about dietary constraints, which was very nice. Arrived the day of and was first seated in the lounge area on these comfortable couches and given a glass of champagne to relax and enjoy. We were then taken to our table to start dinner. The food was absolutely amazing and I loved the open kitchen! Service was of course attentive!
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Winson Wong
a year ago
Best meal in San Francisco I've had in the 3 years I've been here. I think it was even better than Alinea in Chicago, who is one of the top 10 restaurants in the world (according to San Pellegrino's World Top 50 Restaurants - but just like Michelin Star restaurants, it's all very subjective :)) Going to Saison is a top-notch experience. We walked into the door, they sat us down by the bar / lounge, which was gorgeous (apparently the Josh Skenes is thinking of having a separate bar menu towards the summer, might be worth trying, they used to serve the tasting menu at the bar but apparently it didn't quite work out). As we sat down, they offered us a glass of Krug champagne (already a nice touch, although it's really all packaged in the menu). They were all really friendly. We had our drink and once we're done, our table was ready for us to eat! We ordered the $248 tasting menu, which to be honest, was already alot of food. The tables next to us ordered the $398 discovery menu and we were served at similar times so I got a sense of what we didn't get, there was something with Uni (which I would have loved) but overall they got like 5 extra dishes. Up to you whether you think it's worth the extra $150. Before you start eating, they give you a nice cup of warm tea made with flowers to cleanse your palate and open up your appetite, it's a nice touch, not too sweet, very clean and simple. Now let's talk about the dishes. Saison is predominantly more of a seafood menu. Everything was very delicate and a burst of flavors. My favorite dishes were the sturgeon / caviar dish right at the start, the texture and flavor was so fresh and complex. The abalone, trout, steak were all cooked perfectly. They were tender complemented very well with the sauces. The only thing that I didn't love about the whole meal was the liver mousse thing, the flavors were a little too strong for my liking. Everything else was amazing but the most perfect thing I had of the night was the bread, the was the best bread I've ever had, I wanted to eat an entire loaf because it was that good. When I complimented the chef on the bread, she even offered to give me a loaf home and I very much appreciated that. I also loved sitting at the table where I was watching the chef cook all night. It's an open kitchen (huge open kitchen) so it was an experience watching them perform their art. What made it even better was that each chef came to present a dish to you. We had like 10 different chefs bring the dish directly to you and explain each dish. They were so friendly and gracious about it. If you ask them questions, they'll answer it, just really nice friendly banter, which made the experience even better. Remember to eat the truffles at the end that they give you in the end in one go. Just pop it in your mouth. Bite into it and EXPLODE! A burst of flavor literally and it was amazing. Most people say Saison is too expensive for them to go. The way I see it is, once I spend the money at Saison, I'll just eat a month worth of ramen noodles and a month of detox from alcohol, it all balances out. I spend similar amounts of money in that month but I received an experience of a lifetime. For me, I want to go back soon because I loved it that much, I couldn't say the same for Alinea. Another month of ramen noodles is just fine by me.
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Hamada Alawdi
a year ago
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Nick Daley
2 years ago
Can't beat the experience or the food.