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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 - 20:30
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Tue - Thu 18:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

certainly a great food and wine experience (although I had taken a Terra Roja Cab from Linda Neal without knowing they had an amazing wine list -I am so sorry )but not my kind of a place but my invitees loved it. That's all what matter

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Thank Sen M
Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Met two other couples for an indulgent reunion. Service was outstanding - a small army of servers, clearers, & placesetters attend to the constant changing of courses, plates and utensils and seem to anticipate your needs before you do. The food was varied, fun and unusual - the 8 course tasting menu actually stretched to about 13 courses with many... More 

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Thank Kenster1001
Key Largo, Florida
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352 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 514 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We Dined at Benu on February 2nd. We were excited about the upcoming experience, but we left disappointed, and a lot lighter in the wallet...three (3) people, $1,640.52 lighter. Now folks, I'll say, these guys are really good, exceptional even, in the presentation of all of their dishes. There were many works of art put in front of us that... More 

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2 Thank Robert S
New Hope
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267 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

It is hard to describe this restaurant because it is so varied and complex. The food and wine pairings are the best you will experience. Yoon the wine director is a master sommelier who pares beverages with the food and does it brilliantly. Our food included some of the most esoteric choices ranging from sea urchin to a thousand year... More 

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Thank Vivian B
Vienna Region, Austria
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We have been dining in Benu ever since it opened and we one of the first guests at the then new restaurant. Since then, we have returned three times and this was our fourth time - and as always, the food, service and the presentation of the individual dishes are truly outstanding. Yes, the restaurant is pricey but then again,... More 

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Thank Samoht60
Milan, Italy
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50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a good restaurant with a nice menu and enjoyable food. We enjoyed our time here. The dumpling in particular was very good. The staff presents the food like its a revolution waiting to happen, to be eaten in silence. Not a good approach. Lots of serious people looking around waiting for something. Its a 1 Michelin star restaurant... More 

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Thank focsani40
Menlo Park, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I have been to many upscale restaurants in the past especially in New York City, some in major European cities as well. This three star Michelin restaurant tops them all. The creativity and use of food was done to very high standards. The quality of food is also exquisite. I have a few first time food that I have never... More 

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Thank Lydia l
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

We have done quite some many stars restaurants in Europe and Asia, but this one is not worth it's 3 stars. Global setting is cold and without any particular interest. Many dishes are quite creative but don't really deliver on taste experience. Finally service is very cold and distant. We paid 2000 USD for 4 people with 2 bottles of... More 

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2 Thank filipkegels
Alamo, California
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We were truly impressed with the majority of the dishes but the foie gras xiao long bao and frog legs were lacking. Overall, service was excellent and food was delivered with precision timing and presentation. Sommelier was very knowledgeable with wine/beer/sake pairing. Although servings looked small, we left feeling comfortably full. Definitely giving French Laundry (which we loved) a run... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were extremely impressed with the food especially the seemingly endless string of super tasty and innovative amuse-bouch. The foie gras xiao long bao and the smoked quail were two standout dishes. However, the thousand year egg, chilled pine mushroom and frog legs were quite bland. Overall, wonderful meal with great service. Will definitely be back to see where Corey... More 

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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
18:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
18:00 - 20:30
Thursday
18:00 - 20:30
Friday
18:00 - 21:30
Saturday
18:00 - 21:30
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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