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#2 of 6399 restaurants in San Francisco
#2 of 9966 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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After visiting Telephone Pioneers Communication Museum, you may have a meal at this restaurant. The truth is that you will really like perfectly cooked pottage, sausages and kimchi. Here guests can delve deep into delicious dishes, and taste good sesame ice cream, gâteau and fudge. It's time to degustate delicious wine, beer and champagne. After a long working day, you can try great tea, juice and espresso.

Visit Benu to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, or a birthday party in a beautiful interior. The professional staff works hard, stays positive and makes this place great. If you want to enjoy beautiful service, you should go to this place. Prices are attractive, and the menu is worth every penny. There is cozy atmosphere at this spot. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that deserves a special journey.

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A week ago we dined at the Benu . We were a walkin, no reservation and we (my daughter and I) were seated at the counter which was what i preferred, my daughter had never been to Benu and was quite happy .
I enjoyed my time at Benu. It's got a livelier atmosphere than other restaurants rated at it's caliber. I enjoyed that people were talking and interacting. To counter the more casual atmosphere, the employees were a bit more formal, but friendly enough. My favorite thing about the experience were the snacks before the meal (the meal was good too). There were so many snacks! One really memorable snack was a marinated muscle stuffed with colorful potato noodles. So tasty and visually very beautiful. For the food itself, the cod was a standout. It came with a relish side you could add as needed, and I loved that too. I also loved the faux shark fin soup, which had a hint of truffle. So good! My husband loved the lobster soup dumplings - really, all of main dish foods were great and beautifully played. The only dish I didn't care for was the beef - the sides that came with it seemed disjointed (plain lettuce for example?). The beef came with a side of sriracha type sauce for flavor, and I felt like the sauce was too strong for the meat. Would have preferred the beef be seasoned a different way. Plating was also spot on. Again, not as formal as other places, but timing was good. There is a long delay before dessert, which I'd recommend they stop doing unless the guest looks like they need a break to enjoy drinks. We had stopped drinking by that time, so a delay wasn't necessary. Overall, I recommend Benu. There are other Michelin restaurants that are more standout for me, but I certainly think what Benu has done with Asian fusion is worth a visit.
My boyfriend (now fiancé!) took me here for a very special dinner after he proposed. He kept the entire day and the dinner a surprise, so needless to say I was floored when we pulled up outside of Benu. The entire dinner took about 3 hours, and consisted of countless courses. There were 8 courses on the tasting menu ($295 pp, with beverage pairing $210), and about 10 small bites (8 before, 2 after the main dinner) that were not listed on the menu. I was completely stuffed afterwards. We had the following: Small bites: Thousand year old quail egg with ginger and cabbage juice Oyster with pork belly and kimchi Marinated mussels stuffed with glass noodles Shrimp wrapped in jellyfish with seaweed Squid with sesame leaf wrapped around Korean blood sausage with sesame rice Charcoal grilled chicken stuffed with abalone Faux shark fin soup: seaweed with Dungeness crab Bread with orange honeycomb butter with ginseng Tasting menu: Lobster coral xiao long bao with soy sauce and vinegar Steamed cod in mustard bath New harvest caviar with hand-pressed sesame oil, sesame leaf, diakon Sea urchin marinated in fermented crab sauce Barbecued quail with caramelized bamboo root, black truffle sauce Steamed bun with black truffle cream Bouillon of quail with mountain yam Beef rib steak with braised riblets Omija (5 flavored berry) and olive oil Wintermelon and meringue with cream After dinner, they brought out two palate cleansers: Kumquats Rice tea with mint and assorted candies All of the food was very creative, super delicious and well-prepared. They used fresh unusual ingredients and really stayed true to Asian cuisine. We also got a complimentary little cake as a dessert for celebrating a special occasion there. It is pricy but worth it for a special meal.
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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94105-3902
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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