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Saison - New rules, so most online reviews are outdated

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Saison - New rules, so most online reviews are outdated

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NoeMan | | Mar 28, 2010 10:22 AM

THE RULES HERE HAVE CHANGED !!!! YOU DO NOT PAY IN ADVANCE AND YOUR GUESTS WILL SEE THE COSTS !!! $175 PER PERSON (not $100).

First of all, it was a unique and to us, a very European look and feel experience. The wine pairings were spot on. All in all it was a great experience and they are very generous with the wine and especially re-fills, but the new prices well cover that generosity.

We took some out of town friends here last night. It was a nice experience. Nicely prepared food and worth trying but I found the online reviews very misleading, hence my headline in all caps. I had read as much as I could online beforehand, and was under the impression that the $100 per person we were charged up-front on OpenTable was advanced payment in full, now it is just a deposit !! The actual cost with a 20% tip was $175 per person. (We were a fairly large party).

Again, the online reviews about the wonderful feeling of leaving without getting a check no longer apply. Sadly, I told our guests all about that in advance so I looked/felt silly when a check arrived at the end. The folks we treated always try to pick up the tab, so we were excited that we could pay in advance and tell them it was covered without them ever seeing prices. We were disappointed to find the prices are now on the handwritten menu and the check was placed in plain view of the entire party. Not a bad thing, just not what I wanted or expected after all I had read. I think they lost something unique and fun by going mainstream on this.

As for the food, it is obviously prepared with great skill and care, but the portions are quite small. Also, the fish last night was too bony. Two of our guests are Paris-trained chefs and said the bones should have been removed pre-cooking and wrapped in cheese cloth to achieve the same flavor and moisture result, and thus to make the process of eating it less laborious and un-rewarding. The lamb was served a bit too rare for all of our liking. The menu said roasted not tartare. Lastly, our main pet peeve of these fine dining experiences is the absence of salt and pepper on the table, and we had to request both here as well.

All in all it was a great experience, so 3 stars, and they are very generous with the wine and especially re-fills, but the new prices well cover that generosity.

I hope this review can save someone the same embarrassment and disappointment we felt.

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Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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