High-profile, upscale New American fare
New American · SoMa · $$$$
The Zagat Review
"You’ll be overwhelmed by the creativity and imagination" put into each "breathtaking" dish at this "stylish" SoMa "food temple" , a "Zen-like" venue where chef-owner Corey Lee’s New American tasting menus showcase an "incredible" "melding of Asian and Californian flavors" ; staffed by a "superb" team that ensures you "feel very much pampered" , it’s an "experience that won’t soon be forgotten" – and that includes the "super-expensive" cost.
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hours Open Today · 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
location 22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA phone +1 415-685-4860 website directions Get Directions
What To Order
Tasting menus only
Insider Tip
Expect innovation from the former French Laundry chef, whether chef Corey Lee's interpretation of shark-fin soup (minus the shark fin) or a palate-cleansing sorbet made from sake lees.
Known For
Private rooms
Celebrity chef
Special occasions
Zagat Mentions of Benu
Google Reviews
Asian inspired Michelin star restaurant. Many flavors were familiar to Korean palette. Most dishes were inventive and familiar at the same time. There were a few dishes I didn't love, the faux shark fin, chicken wing stuffed with abalone were a couple. The 1000 year old egg, hairy prawn (that's what I call it), lobster dumplings, and beef dishes were excellent. The desserts we're not too sweet, simple and cleansing. The service was outstanding. I'm not sure if I'll go back though.
Leesa Yim · December 31, 2017
Oh my goodness, Benu is to die for. From the attentive, polite, friendly waitstaff to the perfect wine pairing selections, everything surrounding Cory Lee's food is perfect. But the food itself goes beyond that. I can't even describe it with words. The 1,000 Year Egg was especially amazing, as was the winter melon with chrysanthemum flower dessert.
Matt Lingner · January 7, 2018
Impeccable execution by chef Corey Lee and team! Our New year's Eve dinner was delicious. What a perfect way to end an awesome year and to welcome an exciting new year! Thanks for having us!
Linda Grigorik · January 3, 2018