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
Was there not for the regular menu but a La Paulee event. It was meant to be the most impressive wine paired dinner. Chef had to change the menu for red wine pairing. I would say it's a fail. There were risks taken but dishes were not memorable. And some dishes I wouldn't want to have again. The service is what's most disappointing. The program flow were disrupted with sometimes 20min gaps. Bad execution.
Nick Yu · March 9, 2018
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
The delicacies in the beginning were my favorite - exquisite and delicious. Didn’t like the “main” dishes, eg the chicken leg stuffed with abalone, and really did not like the dessert (winter melon with frozen meringue and a berry sorbet. The service was excellent, striking a perfect balance of being attentive and not hovering. The one weird thing is that they remove the dishes before I finish eating that particular course. This happened twice! I have 3 bites left and they just started clearing the my plates! I thought it was rude and it made me feel rushed.
Keira Chu · February 18, 2018