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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
+1 415-685-4860
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How does a restaurant justify a $295 pre-fixe? Answer, they do things better than the rest. What a magnificent culinary experience! I m a seasoned diner and this Asian inspired meal just blew me away. Super innovative, meticulously prepared bites to small plates (about 14...More

Thank Kotcho
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting SF for 3 days. My friend booked the restaurant one month in advance. Service is good but not too intense. Tasting menu with a bottle of wine to share, $600 per person The actual number of courses is much higher than you perceive from...More

Thank allenc837
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Perfectly composed food with an incredibly good wine pairing and a fantastic service. This restaurant is a once in a lifetime experience and the perfect reward for an excellent university exam or your 50th wedding anniversary. I never had so many courses without being fed...More

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 10 February 2018

With the tasting menu, the wine pairings and tip, the bill was over $500 per person and worth every penny. The food was fantastic, the presentation of the food was exceptional and the service just about the best I have ever had. I reserve my...More

Thank CHATBoston
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Visited Benu for my third time (over a two year period) with some close business colleagues. I have never been a huge fan of the dining room - it's a little too gray and cold for my taste, but service has always been warm and...More

Thank PaulGlobalSF
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Clearly there is skill and artistry in the kitchen - but too many dishes just didn't taste that good. Of the 15 (I think) dishes I would say only 2 or 3 were genuinely delicious - the rest just 'meh'. Not just bad value -...More

Thank JimmyDub
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Benu is a great reminder of my solid appreciation for the upscale culinary world! Corey Lee has perfected the dining experience with creating a wonderful (but not overpowering) complexity of flavors in every single bite. Everything from the superb service, quiet, minimalist atmosphere, to tantalizing...More

Thank Karolina H
Reviewed 29 November 2017

If you're looking for the wow factor you will find plenty here. Best as a lonce in a lifetime experience, what with oyster and pork belly with kim chi and centruy eggs. Korean and Chinese flavours totally reimagined and miniaturized. Nothing like your average daily...More

Thank Atherton_Boston
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This restaurant in the former Hawthorne Lane restaurant (from 1980/90's) Just off the 3rd/SOMA area. We had a wonderful experience at Benu including visit to Kitchen and meeting Chef Corey. Reservations not hard to come by on Opentable.com for this Michelin 3 star restaurant. (1...More

Thank LHOVancouver
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I celebrated my birthday here two or three years ago and was very disappointed. I reviewed it and gave it only 3 stars. Nothing was notable nor my tummy was satisfied. A week ago, I came back to celebrate my birthday again. Everything was perfect!...More

Thank Rowena L
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
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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
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Questions & Answers
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
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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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