Benu

4.9
1504 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Benu offers a fixed 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 4-6 days in advance. If we are unable to confirm with you using the contact information provided, your reservation will be cancelled 3 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.

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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.
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Tokyo
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
209 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine pairing raised the experience to a much better level.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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IS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first ever 3 star michelin restaurant experience. The food was abundant and delicious. I would definitely come here again

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cena estupenda, con un gran sommelier.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stat + on every aspects!

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

Great experience! They had a special magical music box for our anniversary too!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Would love to come back again for another special occasion.

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IL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but mostly worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime meal

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, wonderful service, love to show off Benu to friends visiting from out of town!

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1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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NI
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience we’ve ever had. Will highly recommend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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EP
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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TC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five Star service and food! Well deserving of their rating.

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food experience. Service was perfect. Ambiance feels slightly stale. If you are into food it is a must go.

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f
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and such great service. Met our expectations 100% Had a wonderful time!!

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BL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Excellent food choice

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Benu is the best!!!

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience overall.

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Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
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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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
15 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
3 reviews
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
13 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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