High-end French-American restaurant
New American · China Basin · $$$$
The Zagat Review
"Prepare to be wowed" by "genius" chef Joshua Skenes’ "extraordinary cooking" at this "consistently impressive" China Basin New American, which "redefines excellence" with "incomparable" tasting menus that "delight" even "unapologetic food snobs" ; "immaculate" servers also curate a "superb wine list" in a "beautiful" , open-kitchen setting, and while it’s "stratospherically expensive" , it’s "worth it" to "save up and go – at least once."
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hours Open Today · 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
location 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA phone +1 415-828-7990 website directions Get Directions
Known For
Business dining
Celebrity chef
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Zagat Mentions of Saison
Google Reviews
Amazing food and perfect wine pairings. However the staff can be a bit pompous and prices are on the steep side, even for San Francisco. Still I've always had an amazing experience here and will keep coming back.
Alexander Jelinek · November 18, 2017
Seldom, truly seldom, have I ever been moved to tears by the magnificence of the food coming out of a kitchen but Saison did it and by about the third course. This is truly a repast where words fail adequately to express the true brilliance to which you will be exposed.
LMN O · December 23, 2017
I really enjoy eating food, but I’m very much an amateur when it comes to fine cuisine, and this was the first time I’ve ever eaten at any Michelin star restaurant. I tried to write a much longer review, but exceeded the character limit. The pros -This is the best single meal I’ve ever had (though several courses were not as good as expected) -The staff was incredibly friendly, informative and accommodating -you really need to read the cons The cons -First, I felt nickel-and-dined by this restaurant. They don’t advertise their price or a dish list either online or on a menu at the restaurant. After extensive research online, I expected that I would pay roughly $700 per person to include the wine pairing. This was a very tough pill to swallow for me, but my fiancé and I did it as a splurge for our honeymoon. Well the actual bill for a dinner for two with wine pairings was $1812 after tax and a $298 “service fee”. It was a pretty hard blow to be put into a spot where you’re spending $400 more than expected for a meal you already feel like you’re spending too much for. Also, despite a nearly $300 service fee, they still had a line for you to write in an additional tip. This lack of transparency felt extremely classless, and left me walking away with a very bad opinion of their business practices. I likely would have still eaten here if they advertised the genuine price. Just be honest about your prices. Furthermore, I’ve read several reviews/articles that talk about 20-course meals lasting 4+ hours at Saison, and that’s why it’s worth being the most expensive restaurant in California. Our meal lasted 2.5 hours and was 8 courses. I just want to make sure you are fully informed before you decide to eat here. I’ve seen reviews of other Michelin starred restaurants where you meet the chef or get a tour or something. None of that happened here, but you do get a printout if your menu. Lastly, and this is a minor point, but my wife asked where the lady’s room was during the meal, and was informed that someone would be by to escort her to it. It ended up being located literally 15 feet away from our table. For the rest of the meal, it made me unsure if I was allowed to get up and use the restroom myself, or if I had to wait to ask for an escort like I was in elementary school again. For the record, I ended up just getting up and going on my own without incident. The bathrooms were nice and also very clean. In summary, this was the best meal I’ve ever had, and the staff provided a very pleasant experience. However, I can unquestionably say that it wasn’t nearly worth the price, particularly considering how classless they are with regarding to upcharging your bill and being unnecessarily deceptive about their prices. If I were to eat here again, I would not get the wine pairing. If I did, I would share one wine pairing with my wife, rather that each order one. Those are two big “ifs”, as I will not eat here again, and I do not recommend it. I can honestly say that I will not eat at any Michelin Star restaurant that is not upfront about its pricing and doesn’t try to offer meal upgrades for additionally inflated costs. I hope this review was useful to you.
rvestalmd · December 15, 2017