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Benu Reviews

Corey Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States when he was five years old with his family. [1] His previous position as head chef at The French Laundry followed nine years of service under Thomas Keller at both The French Laundry and Per Se. He has now opened his own restaurant in San Francisco. [1]

A set tasting menu is served at Benu, and it includes a broad range of fish and vegetables, as well as a few meat dishes and a few desserts.

[2] Lee takes inspiration from a wide variety of cuisines, including Korean and Cantonese. [3] “[Benu] is open to the impact of people from all various sorts of civilizations,” he explains in his statement. Of course, Asian influences may be seen in our culture. We are influenced by Western culture. We have a lot of inspirations that are based on technique. Some are primarily motivated by taste. Some recipes are based on certain ingredients. “However, it takes all of those things and determines the kind of cuisine that we provide.” [4]

Yoon Ha, a Master Sommelier, oversees the beverage program at the restaurant. Benu also provides an optional beverage pairing, which may be selected from a selection of beers, wines, and sake in addition to the tasting menu. Tuesday through Saturday, the restaurant is open for supper service. [2]

Our location on the ground level of a historic building that dates back to 1922 and served as the headquarters of the San Francisco Newspaper Company is a unique experience.

[5] Crown Point Press, an art studio, gallery, and bookshop, currently owns the building and operates out of the space immediately above the restaurant, which is a first for the food industry.


Benu, a compilation of recipes and essays that examines the restaurant’s cuisine, inspirations, and partners, was released by Phaidon in 2015, with forewords by Thomas Keller and David Chang[7] and a design by Julia Hasting. The book was created by Julia Hasting.

Cuisine Type: Contemporary, Asian

Lobster xiao long bao with black Vinegar and house-made soy sauce

Barbecued Wolfe Ranch quail with XO sauce and steamed bao with black truffle cream

Sonoma Creamery milk pudding with salted caramel

Address: 22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, 94105, United States

Phone: +1 415-685-4860

Website: Benu Official Site

Hours: Closed: Monday, Tuesday, lunch : Wednesday-Saturday, Sunday

Michelin Stars: 3