Restaurants, Contemporary American Yerba Buena
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 (Photograph: Courtesy Benu/Eric Wolfinger)
Photograph: Courtesy Benu/Eric Wolfinger


 (Photograph: Courtesy Benu)
Photograph: Courtesy Benu


 (Photograph: Courtesy Benu/Eric Wolfinger)
Photograph: Courtesy Benu/Eric Wolfinger


Chef Corey Lee, former chef de cuisine of the French Laundry, has created one of the most important fine dining restaurants in the country, earning three Michelin stars and an AAA Five Diamond rating through his intense focus, talent and pursuit of excellence. His inventive tasting menu is laced with Korean and Chinese influences and culinary references, like his famed xiao long bao (currently filled with lobster coral) and his version of a thousand-year-old quail egg. The custom dishes play a large part of the experience, with every detail of the guest’s meal so carefully considered. The dining room has a minimalist style, forcing diners to really focus on the cuisine (which they naturally do anyway, as each course is so captivating). Wine pairings are a worthy investment, since beverage director Yoon Ha has many fun tricks up his sleeve.

By: Marcia Gagliardi


Venue name: Benu
Address: 22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Howard and Folsom Sts
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6-9pm
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