Saison's $398 Tasting Menu in PhotosBy Zagat Staff | March 26, 2014 By Zagat Staff | March 26, 2014
At Saison, chef Joshua Skenes' $398 "discovery menu" is not only one of the most exclusive eating experiences to be had in San Francisco - if not the U.S. - it's also one of the most intimate, with just eight hand-designed wooden tables filling out the high-ceilinged dining room. In early 2013, the critically acclaimed restaurant moved from its far humbler location in the Mission to this innovative space that manages to be luxurious and opulent without being over-the-top stuffy. Plush throws, pillows and gorgeous handcrafted plateware from all over the world decorate each table. But there are no white tablecloths, and most of the servers will actually entertain a joke. The fully exposed kitchen means the preparation of each dish is just about as transparent as it can be. Diners witness freshly foraged herbs as they're tweezed onto fire-cooked vegetables or black truffles shaved into perfect rounds to form the brackets of a liver mousse "sandwich." Earlier this month, Zagat tasted through all 20+ courses to bring you this window into the escapade. Note that wine pairings for each course add $248 to the bill, but the restaurant has explained that the price of the meal can be tailored to a party's preferences. Is it worth every penny? You decide.