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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
+1 415-685-4860
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“tasting menu” (55 reviews)
“quail egg” (14 reviews)
“abalone” (15 reviews)
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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
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Reviewed 4 days ago

only a tasting menu is offered, It is pricey, like $1000 dinner.. with that being said, this was my first three star restaurant, it was my birthday and my now husband proposed to me, so i have alot of love for benu pros: champagne was...More

Thank Ldavis9
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our meal at Benu was one of the three best meals we've ever had, the other two being The French Laundry and Machneyuda in Jerusalem. Though very expensive, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and truly an entertaining as well as delicious near three hours. The...More

Thank Cary F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Through the years we've been to all other three-starred restaurants of the area. The food at Benu was average to say the least. We won't be returning.

Thank sdgSF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only offer a tasting menu -but what a tasting menu- alot of seafood with an asian flair!! Each dish was wonderful and the wine paring was spectacular!! a unique varity of wines, sake, sweet beers..truly a dinner to remember!!

Thank beauoli
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Perfection from the first mise en bouche to the Japanese beef. More than 15 bites which all deserve the3 stars. Best experience since long from a group of friends who usually digest 3-4 3-star restaurants per week Do not miss it Should be rated number...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

If I could rate Benu 6 stars I would. My boyfriend took me to Benu for my birthday. What a magical experience it was. Corey Lee's Tasting menu is superb. Beginning with the Thousand Year Old Egg, each course is a masterpiece in itself. I...More

Thank Ann D
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I've never been to a 3 Michelin starred restaurant so when a good friend said she'd treat 3 of us to dinner to celebrate a special occasion I was pumped. For context we each had the testing menu ($285 each) and the accompanying beverage pairing...More

2  Thank heathweb78
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Frankly speaking, i quite enjoyed the culinary journey toward the sixteen courses tasting dinner but for that price i can get better food with more lavish ingredients elsewhere. I must say that the dishes are creatively crafted but yes, they didn't bat an eye to...More

3  Thank Ardyan Y
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

While the tuna and shark were incredible, the shrimp and abalone were just average. Which Doesn't justify 600 USD per person

2  Thank N F
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I have been to Benu several times since it opened and can genuinely say its one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Yes its extremely expensive and yes it takes several hours to enjoy the large bounty of epicurean splendor they bestow...More

Thank FlyOneWorld
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Dipti B
1 March 2016|
Response from Jasmine P | Property representative |
With advance notice, the chefs can modify the tasting menu to remove most gluten (breads, dumplings, noodles...). Although, they are unable to completely remove soy sauce from all of the marinades, sauces, etc.
27 January 2015|
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Response from young26 | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual is appropriate. Suit up if it is going to be a special occasion.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 20:30
18:00 - 20:30
18:00 - 20:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-685-4860
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