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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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22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105-3902
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went with some friends from South Korea as both the owner and Sommelier are Korean American and they had prepared a 15 course menu each course accompanied by a different wine and there was a course with a beer and another one with a...More

Thank Samosababa
Reviewed 18 September 2017

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 11 September 2017

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 20 August 2017 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 20 August 2017

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 30 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

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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
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Dipti B
29 February 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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