Benu

4.9
1472 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Benu offers a set tasting menu. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when making your reservation. Soy sauce, salt, and sugar are used in many of our base preparations and cannot be removed. If you have very severe allergies or a combination of restrictions, please contact us directly to confirm whether we’re able to safely modify your menu.

We also request a credit card to hold your reservation and require all bookings to be confirmed by phone or email 3-5 days in advance. If we are unable to confirm with you using the contact information provided, your reservation will be cancelled 2 days prior to the reservation date at 5:00 pm.

In the event of a no-show or cancellation with less than 2 days of notice, the credit card will be charged the full menu price per guest ($310).

Due to the length of the meal and quiet ambiance, we do not allow young children unless they are able to partake in the full tasting menu. Thank you for understanding.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

You've probably heard about Benu and its 16 courses. But is it worth it? Here's what goes down.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1472 People Are Saying
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CW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! And really good service! They made me small birthday cake!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, excellent service, beverage pairing outstanding and interesting. Definitely one of my favorites in SF.

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EL
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Stellar service, world class food.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good place.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicates are very impressive, while main dishes are somewhat questionable...

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benu is an exceptional restaurant! We have recently decided to go down the Michelin Star list when picking restaurants to try, top to bottom. We’ve tried every 3 star in the area now, and it is definitely my favorite. Quince comes very very close, but I enjoyed Benu just a smidge better. In addition to the lovely presentation and unique Asian inspired combinations, the food is just plain and simply scrumptious! You also leave feeling very full! Every single dish that came out was absolutely amazing (beautiful and delicious). I was very sad to see an end to my experience. The restaurant in itself is gorgeous, the service is stellar, and the food is to die for.

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ME
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Benu is definitely an experience, not just food. From the moment you drive into valet, to the moment you leave, customer service is excellent. Each bite size dish is carefully crafted and explained. There are frequent changes to serving utensils so you know what to use and using your fingers is allowed, especially when they provide wet nap. The beginning single bite small delicacies were my favorite- there's quite of few of those before you get to multiple bites items printed on the menu. The actual courses printed were good (not great). Is it worth the price tag? My husband ordered the BEST sake we've ever tasted for $50 a small cup, that he thought was worth it. For the experience and customer service the price tag is fine; for the food, we have had better (husband was hungry about 30min later). I was full at the end of the meal. Personally I was SO expecting something extraordinary that it really didn't live up to the hype - I would give them 4.5 stars, But husband thought they were 3.5 - hence 4 average. The courses printed were missing the multiple dimensions of taste and textures as compared to small delicacies and the meal itself ended on a somewhat disappointing note. The last dessert pudding with pleat was exceptional, but the final few courses including the spare ribs were plain, making the overall meal itself way overpriced.

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food . Friendly environment. You feel welcome. I was there last year and last night wasn’t a disappointment. Loved it!!

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RV
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I wanted to step out of our food comfort zone and enjoy a world-class meal. We definitely got what we were looking for at Benu. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was unforgettable. We enjoyed talking to the Master Sommelier and agreed that the wine pairing was perfect for the food. We definitely left satisfied!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Service and food both. Benu met all of our expectations!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a destination in it’s own right

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C
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a lovely dining experience. The service was impeccable and friendly. The mussel, quail, and veal were divine. And shikye—so refreshing.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was an adventure!!!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Worth the splurge! Go on a date or with a significant other!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely impeccable. Fine dining at its apex!

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might be the best meal I have ever had.

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The foods and courses are surprisingly a lot and great even though the menu only says the number of courses, the way they serve the food in course is very great and make the value very high.
I highly recommended this restaurant.
The only thing is the service has room to improve. There are times the waiters tried to provide food or setups while our family member was still eating.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place and lives up to all the hype. Truly an unforgettable experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, good attention to detail, excellent and unique wine pairings

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unique, yet overrated for the price...

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the beverage pairings were excellent.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wouldn’t say this is the best restaurant I have ever tasted. But it definitely worth to try. The front yard is cute.

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RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. Really amazing food and service!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

An odd experience at Benu in SF. After all of the hype I had (perhaps unfairly) high expectations. I was extremely disappointed. Service was great. GM greeted us, and we received great attention plus banter with staff as my colleague had dietary restrictions. But the wine service was poor. Delivering standard lectures with no dialogue or interest in the guest. Most importantly 90% of the food was monolithic in flavor largely due to lots of / strongly flavored sauce. Highly complex ingredients with a lot of attention to sourcing and intricate prep were overwhelmed with simplistic tasting sauces which drowned any subtlety. A couple of dishes were nice but way too many misses. For $1400 for two with just the menu and wine pairing, not on point.

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LP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a few years since my last visit but this place is still still amazing. One of the finest dining experiences in the Bay Area. Looking forward to my next visit.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The birthday menu has my name on it and the cake prepared is very nice.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb! It was an experience like no other. Highly recommended!

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VC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service Thabk you to Ivy for her attentiveness!

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SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience, fantastic food and pairing!

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M
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

ordered champagne for wife's bday. waitress said she'd let us enjoy drink before starting service but wine and starters came before we got through half our champagne drink. starters were great. meal was the same as discussed online - you tube vids; nothing new. servers were very friendly and glad to discuss the wines and food. mid-way chicken course disappointing; the rest was great great. won't return as creativity and pace of serivice not what we have experienced at other 3 michelin star places throughout the world

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a spectacular time at Benu.
Please look at my Yelp review for photo's.

The best service-
Compactly professional combined with charming and engaging. There wasn't any stale / uncomfortable presenting.

The food-
Each item was delicious and abundant. We left very full and satisfied on every level. The Tea menu is complimentary and coffee/chinos.

Price-
Price per person+8.5%+20% ... It's like the price of going to a nice show or concert. It's much better spending the money on a really memorable meal and skip the concert or show.

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ON
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Una experiencia maravillosa. El lugar espectacular, formal pero relajado y con ambiente perfecto para disfrutar una comida increíble. El menú de degustación es perfecto y el servicio impecable. Probablemente una de las mejores experiencias culinarias de una vida!

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FL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Awesome Som wine🍷🥂
Seating a bit austere minimalist grey for my dates taste... as well as mine. This was the first time I was sat away from the kitchen. Best seating around the corner to right.

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o
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional on all levels. Creativity and culinary execution at its best. Service was incredible - extremely attentive and helpful, yet subtle and unobtrusive. The perfect mix of excellent service, cuisine and attention to detail.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The courses fly at very high altitude; out of all the courses maybe two have been great but not spectacular. Cory lee fuses his meals into compositions that unfold great complexity with some daring moves along the way. The wine pairing was in parts unorthodox but overall very good, the food stood out though.

Service was impeccable. A memorable evening. No doubt we’ll be back.

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The quail and veal were very ordinary not much flavor. A mundane meal at extraordinary prices. The wine pairing was great

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice meal to celebrate my 20th Anniversary.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great birthday dinner, the environment is very high end and the food was very creative and blew my mind.

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