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Benu

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#1 of 9671 places to eat in San Francisco
ClosedOpens at 17:30
$$$$ Average price: $75-150
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22 Hawthorne St, 94105-3902
San Francisco, California, USA
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Enjoy Telephone Pioneers Communication Museum and come to this restaurant. It's worth visiting Benu to try tasty fried sausages, pottage and black pudding. Here people can delve deep into delicious dishes, and order good sesame ice cream, gâteau and cream buns. Here you can have delicious wine, beer or champagne. Great juice, espresso or ice tea will make your meal tastier and you'll certainly come back.

Visit this place to celebrate any event or party. Many guests consider the staff attentive. Visitors say that the service is spectacular here. In accordance with the reviewers' opinions, prices are attractive. The divine decor and comfortable atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that is worth a special journey.

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I honestly have been putting off writing this review because I am disappointed that I have to give them a lower rating.  This was our first time here and I planned the dinner as a celebration for my boyfriend's new job.  The service leading up to the dinner was great.  They called the week of our reservation to confirm and asked if I had any special requests.  They customized the top of the menu for us to reflect what we were celebrating which was a very nice touch.   The service was great--the staff was attentive and welcoming.  It was a gracefully balanced mix of service while giving us our space and time to enjoy the meal together.  I had been planning this night for 2 months so maybe I just went in with very high expectations.   The food: I had read up on the restaurant ahead of time and heard wonderful reviews and I just wasn't blown away by any of the dishes.  They were good and were plated very nicely, but I just didn't get the wow factor I was looking for.  I didn't think any one dish stood out to me.  We opted not to do the wine pairing, but I really do not think that it would have elevated the meal.  I wanted to fully experience the food and I was underwhelmed.   The decor was very minimal and the atmosphere just seemed a little...dry?  I was expecting a little more for paying $300+ for a meal.  It was definitely an experience and I will not discount that.  I am glad that we tried it and really happy that we were able to celebrate a milestone together, but I do not think we will be back.  I know they are always changing their menu, so maybe we can try some time in the future and have a different experience.
You know those experiences that you enjoy so, sooooo much you never want them to end? That is a dining experience at Benu. From entering the restaurant to a lovely farewell from the Benu team, our dinner here was absolutely extraordinary! I booked Benu a little over a month in advance to celebrate my husband's birthday. Even with the advanced planning, we snagged one of the last reservations, and it was at 9pm. Doing some research here, I learned the courses would be spread over a period of about 3 hours... cleared the calendar for the following morning because it was gonna be a long night! We arrived a couple minutes before 9p, and we we're promptly seated in the minimalist dining area. Our server brought out the menu for our review (they also added a "happy birthday" message at the top of the menu for a personalized touch). Finding the menu to be an exciting variety of land and sea, we gave our thumbs up, and the evening commenced. As we waited for the first small delicacy to come through, we opted for the drink pairings with our meal (definitely worth it!). I would normally describe every bite that came out once our meal began, but this review would go on for pages. That noted, the highlights for us were the kimchi wrapped oyster, jellyfish wrapped shrimp (by far my absolute favorite part of the meal!!! Perfect flavors, wonderful crunch- wish I could've had seconds!), the lobster baos, soy milk noodle with black trumpet mushroom, and the truffle roll with truffle butter (omg!!! The roll had a chewier texture, still fluffy and full of flavor). Can't forget the dessert- simple and delicious! Our drink pairings ranged from Austrian, German, and French wines to sake and a sour- each paired perfectly with its corresponding bite. We found a new favorite wine here too- the Hans Wirsching 2016 Iphöfer Kronsberg Scheurebe (gotta find this somewhere for our home collection). Definitely a pricier dinner ($300pp for dinner + $200pp for drink pairings), but throughout the meal we kept saying we should be paying more for the high caliber of the food and the incredible service. As we anticipated, we found ourselves staggering out of the restaurant just after midnight, bellies full and appetites thoroughly satisfied. Best meal to date! Looking forward to coming back soon!
Benu was a miss for me (which I hate typing since the bf treated me out to dinner here for my bday last year.) The service was impeccable and the presentation beautiful but... unfortunately I didn't feel like I was wowed by any particular dish. It felt sort of like... overpriced Asian food. WHICH TO BE FAIR, I understand it's elevated and also I have a general dislike of Americanized Asian food so take this review as you well but... I was really hoping for this to be more of a mind blowing experience since it was a three Michelin Star restaurant. I feel like cooked Asian food usually has a strong flavor profile but the dishes here fell flat. It was disappointing since this place is so highly rated. My boyfriend has been twice and he said the first time he went, it was significantly better than the time he went with me. So, maybe the restaurant is just a bit inconsistent?
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Address
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94105-3902
Features
Сredit cards accepted No delivery No Wi-Fi No takeaway Parking No TV Booking Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 17:30-20:30
WednesdayWed 17:30-20:30
ThursdayThu 17:30-20:30
FridayFri 17:30-21:30
SaturdaySat 17:30-21:30

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