Benu Restaurant

Benu is an oasis in the heart of the city. The mandatory stroll through the courtyard not only sets the mood, but also offers insight into the meal to come. Peruse the onggi pots with fermenting ingredients you’ll later find on your plate and glimpse the kitchen hard at work. The interior is awash with earthy hues and sleek banquettes, and the serene dining room with clean lines draws the eye across its meticulous design. Service is impressively warm and relaxed.

Patience seems to define this kitchen in its relentless pursuit of excellence, whether that may be perfecting technique or waiting for just the right moment to serve an ingredient at its peak. Meals begin with a series of highly technical small bites. While these delicacies alone may rival some of the country’s most ambitious tasting menus, there’s more. Faux-shark’s fin and xiao long bao are a delightful classic, but Chef Corey Lee continues to reimagine and redefine his nightly offerings. Dishes like barbecued quail with house-made XO sauce and an elevated take on traditional Korean beef barbecue convey a distinct personality and reflect a singular marriage between contemporary Asian influences. Benu is a restaurant located in the SoMa district of downtown San Francisco opened in 2010 by Corey Lee. In 2014, Benu was awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide.

3 Stars
The MICHELIN Guide

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
2019

10 Restaurants Worth a Plane Ride
The New York Times

Best Chef: West
2017 James Beard Awards

Outstanding Wine Program
2019 James Beard Awards

5 Stars
Forbes Travel Guide

Five Diamond Award
AAA

America’s 38 Essential Restaurants
Eater 

The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade
Esquire

P R I C E
The tasting menu is currently $325 per person plus an additional 20% charge.

C O R K A G E
$80 per 750 ml bottle

P A R K I N G
Valet parking is available at the restaurant for $20.

P R I V A T E   D I N I N G
For party sizes of 7 or more, please email your inquiry to [email protected].

G I F T   C E R T I F I C A T E S
Gift certificates can be purchased online here, or by calling the restaurant at  +1.415.685.4860.

Benu is proud to be a carbon neutral restaurant through ZeroFoodprint.

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