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Benu

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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902 (Howard)
+1 415-685-4860
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18:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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Concord, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the rudest restaurant ever. I made a reservation for 4 people and gave them my credit card. I was never informed that I couldn't add a person to the reservation. I had a guest able to show up at the last minute. We arrived at the restaurant and when we asked to add a chair to our table... More 

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San Francisco, California
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138 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful journey this tasting menu was... everything was simply perfect during a 3 hour meal and I am (like my best 1/2 reminds me all the time) a very picky person, especially when it comes to gourmet cuisine... From the moment you arrive 'til the minute you leave, the staff delivers a clockwork choreography while staying friendly and... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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329 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with high expectations and were not disappointed! One bit of advice do go with an appetite, or pass on the "small delicacies". They do wonderful presentations of 6-9 of these before the taping menu is presented. They are unusual and very good, but we filled up on them and were not able to finish the wonderful main courses!... More 

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Homer, Alaska
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son is a chef, so our expectations were very high. They were more than met. Everything was amazing and worth every hard earned penny, as far as I was concerned. Great care and attention to detail was perfection. I don't have the type of income to throw it away, so I was nervous...but it was such a wonderful experience... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

benu is one of only 4 restaurants with 3 michelin stars on the west coast and so we went with the highest expectations there. i ate in around 100 michelin star restaurants worldwide. all the small bites and little appetizers (around 10 in total) were amazing and great....1000 year old quail egg etc.....very chinese influecent. the 2 main courses were... More 

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Drammen, Norway
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Benu while on our honeymoon, and the three starred Michelin restaurant didn't disappoint. The meat dishes were just as succulent and tender as you can imagine, but our favorite was the lobster xia Bing Lao dumplings, which were over-worldly, especially paired with the sour ale. The wines were generally good, we had one slightly bland, but that was... More 

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Thank andersbj81
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

A great dining experience. Superb service Exciting creative food beautifully presented Plated with loving care. Expensive but more than justified it's great reputation I would return in a moment

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It's all a matter of taste but this was not to mine. I was aware of the cost when booking and therefore expecting the best meal of my life (as it was far and away the most expensive I have had) but it was far from it. No where near value for money. When we arrived the staff were welcoming... More 

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Thank hatmopper08
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We spent a couple days in SF before heading to Napa and had an amazing dinner at Benu. Every course was perfectly presented and amazing! Very creative! The beverage pairing matched each course perfectly and was more than just wine. The wait staff was very attentive and took great care of us. I highly recommend Benu!!

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Thank RickYoung
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

There is a good reason that this place has 3 michelin stars, everything here was right on the money! Food was incredible, asian fusion at it's best! Service was stellar, the staff don't miss a beat. This place provided us with an absolutely outstanding dining experience, Thank you!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Cuisine
Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 21:00
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
    (Howard)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-685-4860

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Staying in SoMa

Neighbourhood Profile
SoMa
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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