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#1 of 5921 restaurants in San Francisco
#1 of 9829 places to eat in San Francisco
Average price: $75-150
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22 Hawthorne St, 94105-3902
San Francisco, California, USA
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Scheduling your trip, pay attention to Telephone Pioneers Communication Museum and remember to decide where to eat: this restaurant is right aside the mentioned attraction. You will try fantastic sausages, kimchi and wonderful quail eggs. The cooks here prepare tasty sesame ice cream, almond dessert and terrific cream buns. Most likely, you'll come back to Benu later to taste fabulous wine, beer or lovely fino sherry. A lot of visitors order great juice, ice tea or wonderful coffee.

Visit this place to celebrate an anniversary, wedding, or a birthday party in a beautiful interior. Coming for dinner to this spot, you will enjoy the amazing service from the awesome staff. From the visitors' viewpoint, prices are nice. The cool atmosphere will be really just what you need after a hard working week. It's a three-star Michelin restaurant that deserves a special trip.

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Oh my goodness, Benu is to die for. From the attentive, polite, friendly waitstaff to the perfect wine pairing selections, everything surrounding Cory Lee's food is perfect. But the food itself goes beyond that. I can't even describe it with words. The 1,000 Year Egg was especially amazing, as was the winter melon with chrysanthemum flower dessert.
Chef Corey Lee's Benu messes with your sensibilities at each turn of the tasting. What you thought was upscale, fine dining has been cleverly interwoven with nostalgic notes of familiar flavors from backyard barbeque to traditional Asian cuisine dishes. Taking locally farmed and sourced ingredients, Lee poses the question, "how can I create the best bite from the ingredients that I have to work with?" Then, he highlights these ingredients in ways to make you revisit what you thought you already knew such as in the foie gras xiao long bao (a Benu crowd pleaser), barbecued quail, tangerine raindrop, and thousand-year-old quail egg. It's not necessarily about upscaling or doing a "high to low" tasting; Lee's food selections invite you to extend this same thought provocation and delight to the other foods that you will eat long after your meal at Benu. This three-star Michelin establishment also celebrates the diversity of San Francisco and its heritage of Korean and Chinese immigrants and raises their voices in his cuisine. Corey Lee doesn't have a track record for being overt, but he packs a strong punch in his fried river eel with lily bulb dish that hints of its native Chinese riverbed. Moreover, the tender beef rib steak is served with sides of banchans of pickled fern and cucumber kimchi shooter. Finally for dessert, tart omija (magnolia berries) sorbet and sweet sikhye (malt rice water) transport you back to the 2017 James Beard awardee's birthplace of Korea. Benu's menu highlights the natural essence of its ingredients and sparkles from its rich influences of flavor. It is a no-brainer as to why it receives its evergrowing accolades and praise. The tasting is there to entertain and excite; remaining open and flexible to its whims are part of the fun. Hope you enjoy your dining experience as much as we did!
Impeccable execution by chef Corey Lee and team! Our New year's Eve dinner was delicious. What a perfect way to end an awesome year and to welcome an exciting new year! Thanks for having us!
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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, California, USA, 94105-3902 Get directions
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 18:00-20:30
WednesdayWed 18:00-20:30
ThursdayThu 18:00-20:30
FridayFri 18:00-21:30
SaturdaySat 18:00-21:30

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