What Insiders Are Saying
You've probably heard about Benu and its 16 courses. But is it worth it? Here's what goes down.
Wonderful and superb dishes....kudos to chef and his staff!
Absolutely must go and try spot !! All dishes are to die for.
Staffs are very kind and attentive, especially master sommelier Mr Yoon is really knowledgeable and with great attitude. All bite foods before staring formal course is the history of this lovely restaurant, so guest can enjoy time travel back to 2010 since it opened. Their half dried fish and egg yolk fried rice with caviar is way far beyond expectation. This is one of my greatest memorable dinners i have ever had.
Maybe the best resetaurant experience in my life overall
The food is really excellent and good service. Exceeded all expectations. The staff is knowledgeable and passionate. Every server had their own spin when describing dishes and their components. No detail, flavor or presentation, was out of place. A night we will remember forever.
Second visit and another great meal with incredible service. Sent a bottle of wine back for the first time ever and they couldn’t have been more gracious. A must do dinner if in San Francisco celebrating a special occasion. Thank you.
Having tried more than my fair share of Michelin rated restaurants, Benu just didn’t do it for me. Beautiful presentation, excellent service, nice wine/sake/beer/champagne menu to choose from but very lack luster flavors. Meal was prepared well but I found a number of items not up to par with the 3 star Michelin quality. Multiple items were too hot to taste, needing to wait to cool down, flavors very subdue with most dishes and while some were very creative and eye pleasing the bite was not heaven such as compared to a place like French Laundry, Per Se, Alinea or even in my opinion Acqurello/Californios or Kin Khao. I wanted to love it and perhaps we may try again as it could have been an off day. Unfortunately 3 stars shouldn’t have one of those days but cest la vie.
The wine pairing raised the experience to a much better level.
Imaginative yet somehow comforting food. The presentation is beautiful and the service matches the comfortable feel of the place. I see why this place has three Michelin stars. The price of admission isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the pilgrimage for foodies.
This was my first ever 3 star michelin restaurant experience. The food was abundant and delicious. I would definitely come here again
Exceptional meal by chef Lee. Gorgeous presentation, perfect food temperatures and pacing, and attentive service made “just dinner” feel like a multi sensory experience. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Favorites were the smoked ginko tortilla/eel “tacos”, the lobster bao, truffle Infused steamed bread, and the milk pudding with smoked caramel dessert. Omg.
Totally worth the tasting menu price; we skipped the wine pairing but went with the staff suggestions and the sake and wine did not disappoint. Overpriced alcohol? Absolutely. But this did not detract from the overall experience.
My only negative is that we were seated against a wall, and behind it there must have been a larger party who was quite loud and it was sometimes hard to hear my husband (we were celebrating our 25th anniversary). Other than that, a perfect meal. Bravo Benu!
Cena estupenda, con un gran sommelier.
5 stat + on every aspects!
Great experience! They had a special magical music box for our anniversary too!
It was wonderful. Would love to come back again for another special occasion.
Outstanding! The food, wine and service were exceptional. It was definitely worth the splurge and I'd love to go back sometime in the near future.
Expensive but mostly worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime meal
Very difficult to get out for under $1K... and not worth it. To put in in perspective, you could spend the night at the Four Seasons, have a delicious dinner at Hakkasan and have money left over.
Benu’s food is fine, but forgettable.
Always delicious, wonderful service, love to show off Benu to friends visiting from out of town!
This was worth every penny. Fantastic service. Good flavors, not too many over whelming ingredients. Can’t say enough good things about Benu. Would definitely go again.
Best dining experience we’ve ever had. Will highly recommend
Celebrated my wife’s birthday. Food was delicious and service was excellent.
This was probably my least favorite experience at Benu. We were in an seating area with two larger tables. One of the courses was a cod prepared three ways. While the dish was very good it’s aroma was quite pungent (if you’ve ever boiled dried cod you know the smell). As we were receiving dessert the large table was receiving the pungent cod. The aroma did not favor our dessert any. The timing of the service worked out poorly for us.
The parties at the large tables were quite loud. There was a point where we could not have a conversation any longer.
I think this was my least favorite experience in all the times I have dined at Benu.
Five Star service and food! Well deserving of their rating.
Phenomenal food experience. Service was perfect. Ambiance feels slightly stale. If you are into food it is a must go.
I have always found it difficult to rank dining experiences and meals I've had--until eating at Benu, which *hands down* set a new standard for me. Just absolutely perfect--every detail. Can not wait to return.
Excellent food and such great service. Met our expectations 100% Had a wonderful time!!
Amazing and very special occasion dinner with my husband for his 40th birthday. Service, food and wine were fantastic... French Laundry-esque.
The wine parings were masterfully creative and thoughtful, inspired by the dishes that were so delicately and exquisitely prepared.
We had a great evening! And if you’re thinking about the wine pairing, GO FOR IT. You will not be disappointed. At all.
Small note: if you arrive early, there is not a bar to have a beverage at while you wait. Lovely bar walking distance, but not inside. In fact, if they ever decided to place a bar out in their patio, it would be well worth it!
This is one of the most spectacular and flawlessly executed meals I've had in SF. The kitchen brings our dishes that are precise and very complex. Menu rarely repeats itself from visit to visit. It is very expensive but an amazing high end experience.
Great dining experience. Excellent food choice
Benu is the best!!!
Awesome experience overall.
I love the food and service there. People are friendly and humble. The food are creative and amazing. Definitely would love to visit again! Thanks to Benu team providing us with an extraordinary dining experience.
Benu is an exemplary experience more than it is a meal. The attention to detail in both the service and then food are in the top tier of restaurants and earns it accolades. Specifically the small eats before the formal menu started were extraordinary and visually enticing and to be honest it felt wrong to eat such beautiful things. But the flavor did not disappoint. The blend of texture and flavor melded perfectly offering progressive different flavors as each bite was consumed. The formal menu was equally amazing and offered a range of tastes and technique. The desserts came out and ensured that we did not leave hungry. We went for a special occasion and they went the extra effort to make it special with an extra treat making the evening more memorable. The service level is incredible with a battalion of servers coming through the evening to bring each dish in a timely manner ensuring the dishes were served at the right temperature. Also each dish is served with its own unique tableware.
In the end, Benu and other similar establishments, are not just about the food but about the experience. It is also partly for lack of a better word, Theater. Among other similar places I feel this is the best in SF. (Have not been to Atelier Crenn which I hear is at a similar level) the Asian inspired cuisine is unique.
My only issue was that part of the quail may have been more rare than medium rare. But I was assured this was as planned. Lastly, given the costs of SF the price was probably fair but it is a lot for a meal out. As much a vacation experience as a meal. Not to say it is overpriced, but it is a commitment. Would go back again, it may be awhile but definitely look forward to returning.
So delicious! And really good service! They made me small birthday cake!
Wonderful meal, excellent service, beverage pairing outstanding and interesting. Definitely one of my favorites in SF.
Perfect. Stellar service, world class food.
Incredible attention to detail. I’d come once last year, and they’d noted lots of specifics about my preferences, right down to the kind of water I’d ordered. Friendly and attentive staff, beautiful and delicious food. A feast for the senses.
Very good place.
Delicates are very impressive, while main dishes are somewhat questionable...