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4.6 (497) $$$$ $$$$ Modern, Californian


Summary: Elemental tastes meet sleek modern decor.

Located in SoMa, Saison offers a luxurious dining experience that celebrates the primal technique of cooking with fire. The venue's ambiance combines rustic charm with modern sophistication, providing an intimate setting with only 18 seats. The open kitchen allows diners to observe the chefs as they skillfully prepare each dish over open flames, infusing them with the distinctive taste of the hearth. Guests can anticipate a customized tasting menu based on the freshest daily ingredients, complemented by an outstanding wine program led by sommelier-partner Mark Bright. The service is impeccable and personalized, with a team approach ensuring every need is met. Saison's menu showcases the finest produce sourced from local anglers, ranchers, and organic farmers, with the cuisine featuring an array of Asian touches. The restaurant's two-acre farm in western Marin County supplies much of the fresh produce, including vibrant lettuces and herbs. While the atmosphere is high-end, it retains a relaxed vibe, with exposed brick walls and a playlist of classic tunes. Seafood enthusiasts will delight in the live tanks housing abalone and lobster, and the menu's wine pairings are carefully selected to enhance the flavors of each course. Saison is more than just a meal; it's an immersive sensory experience where the ancient art of cooking over fire meets contemporary culinary excellence.


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La Liste
Score 94.5 / 100 2023
Ranked # 235 in the World 2023
3 Toques
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Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2014
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50 Best
Ranked # 98 in the World 2024
Ranked # 98 in the World 2023
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James Beard
Outstanding Hospitality - Nominee 2020
Best Chefs - Nominee 2019
Outstanding Service - Nominee 2019
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178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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