The restaurant is small-it is located inside a hotel. It has very nice ambience. The service was great. The food was equally awesome.We had ordered 5 entrees...everything was good. Lamb Tagine on couscous was really tasty. My daughters loved the complimentary bread with the olive oil -spice mix.
This is a true jewel among restaurants in SF! The Chef is a master of spices. The flavor of every dish was very well balanced but still had a nice exotic touch, very interesting for ones taste buds! The decoration on the ceiling and walls creates a very warm atmosphere. Staff is extremely attentative and friendly, they will explain everything to you, as there may be a few things that one may not be familiar with. Make sure you make a reservation. It is a must while in San Francisco!
Located in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel where the wife and I were staying, we couldn't help but smell the wonderful aromas each night going up to our room. After a day of sightseeing we were too exhausted to leave the hotel so we thought, hey why not try Saha. We made an 8pm rez thru the Hotel and they sat us right away even though the place was pretty full. We started with a cabbage special that the waiter recommended, it was a cold appetizer that had rice, tomatoes,onions over a yogurt sauce...fantastic. So was the lamb and the vegan tofu special. If you crave unique middle eastern fusion food, go here, in fact stay upstairs the Hotel Carlton was pretty good as well.
Pros: great flavors,service
Cons: some seats are real close together to other parties
I've been to this restaurant a few times for dinner and I always come away with a delighted palette. It really is fusion food and while some of the flavors and ingredients are common to Arabic food, it is more of its own thing than anything else. 95% of the dishes are complex, beautiful, and fresh and include a lot of local ingredients. The meats are cooked perfectly and the zaatar is good in any of the plates they serve it with. I was surprised to see the "free glass of champagne" note on this site. I've never been offered one... However, the staff are all very pleasant. If you order "S..p Yo Mama", be patient so they cook it well. It is a fab desert but the phillo was very undercooked when served to us. Don't ask for the explanation of the origins of the name...
A wonderfully unique blend of deliciously prepared food and a warm welcoming staff in a comfortable romantic setting. Everything is slightly exotic. I really appreciate the delicate hand used to introduce a delightful array of herbs and spices. Nothing is too strong or over powering. The names of the dishes might be a little confusing but the descriptions are clear so that's how I order. Saha is one of a kind experience that you owe yourself.
Pros: Everything. How often can you say that.
Cons: Maybe that it's in a hotel past the lobby. Hey it's San Francisco we know how to find a restaurant in a hotel.
We went to Saha as part of a charity event, wanting someplace both romantic and new to both of us. We weren't disappointed. Saha has a lovely dining room with great lighting and a Moroccan sort-of theme. The food was delicious -- and we love small-plate dining and they had great variety in their small-plate menu. We were salivating just looking at the menu. We especially enjoyed the prawns in rosewater. They did a great job with fusion of fresh ingredients and mediterranean styles. The only downside is that we seemed to have been forgotten after receiving our meals (perhaps because of a large party at another table). However, the staff was so friendly and in general so attentive that they were quickly forgiven for their oversight. We can't wait to go back.
We split the foulel appetizer, a fava bean puree that included onion, tomato, garlic and peppers, served with warm pita bread - outstanding. i chose the Moroccan couscous with winter vegetables, spicy merguez sausages and a ramekin of cooking liquid and chile-infused harissa. My wife ordered the chicken breast marinated in orange juice, cinnamon, sage, honey and lime. It was initially pan seared and then gently roasted. Her entree was served over a couscous cake with an orange cinnamon sauce - fantastic flavors.
My husband and I went to Saha with a few friends last week. It was the first time for all of us. We all loved it and couldn't stop talking about it! We ordered salads, small plates and desserts and shared everything. Every plate had delicious & interesting flavors. Portions were good for the price. The bill came to $30 pp (out the door - including tip)! We all ate very well that night. The service was very warm and friendly! We will definitely be patronizing this restaurant again!
Pros: delicious food, interesting menu, great service
Cons: room was warm
Went before the Opera.
Seated promptly and then came the strange food.....
Our waiter added on things to our bill and upset
my wife. NEVER AGAIN!!
WOULD HAVE FOUGHT THE ISSUE, BUT WE HAD
TO LEAVE FOR THE THEATRE.
Maybe it was just that one night, but i was disappoointed. It was not that tasty. and did not seem very authentic. I will go again just to see if mayvbe it was just a bad night...
Pros: good service
Cons: could be better food
By far the BEST PLACE I have dined at in a long time.
This place is located in the premises of Hotel Carlton and has a small area. The ambience is perfect for a nice romantic dinner or a special occasion celebration.
Both the food and services are outstanding and they go above and beyond.
We were there on a Saturday night with a few friends. We had reservation, but since it was busy, the hostess provided drinks on the house and got us a table in a few minutes.
The food was heavenly. The sizes are usually small and the check comes to be a little heavy in the end. But its worth every penny. If you are famished, you may have to order a little extra than the usual.
We started with the herb soup and then got some small plates: Bastille which was phyllo wrapped around mixed chicken was awesome. So were the other plates- stuffed artichoke hearts, squash ravioli were fabulous. As for entrees, we had the saha red curry, couscous tower, veggie island and orange chicken were out of the world.
This place is definitely a standout and deserves compliments for the awesome food and service they provide. I would highly recommend this place and if you are in the area, you should never miss Saha!
Pros: awesome food, great service and good ambience
Cons: Small place, expensive
Everytime i have gone to Saha I have been impressed by the soups. One of my all time favorite soups was a jalapeno, fennel soup, it was so flavorful and creamy, but it was entirely vegan. I find the food to be consistently good, and that they use a very creative combination of ingredients. I eat mostly vegetarian food, and the menu offers a great selection, many dishes are even vegan. In some of my other dining experiences, I have found vegan food to be rather flavorless, but not at Saha. I am always surprised by how much flavor is packed into these dishes. I highly recommend going to Saha, and bring a good appetite with you.
My husband and I LOVE Saha! It is hands- down our favorite in SF. The staff is excellent and the wine is paired perfectly with the food. We always leave feeling as though we had the best dinner in town!!!! We haighly recommend the experience that is Saha!
After reading all of the great reviews here, I recently dined at Saha but, unfortunately, didn't have the same experience as many of the other reviewers. The food was good and the service was excellent but, compared to other SF restaurants with small plates and similar flavors - a relatively new on in the Mission comes to mind - Saha was just average, maybe a little above average. Everything was good but not outstanding - e.g. the hummus, the bastille (chicken/spices in phyllo). The kifta (meatballs) were even bland. Only one of our four dishes (the crispy couscous tower) was amazing. It may have been that we ordered the wrong items or come on an off-night (it wasn't a weekend) but, with so many incredible restaurants in SF, I can't recommend it.
Cons: food not remarkable
Absolutely everything at this restaraunt was flawless. The sampler platter is the best of the best - a must do. Everything had amazing complex flavors. The atmosphere is romantic without being overbearing , however; it is great for groups as well. A fantastic find - I'll be back!!!
Business brings me to San Francisco every other week. During my week long stay at the Hotel Carlton (which is a great hotel), I typically eat at Saha at least three nights out of the week that I stay there. I have nothing but great things to say about both the amazing array of cuisine but about the entire staff as well. The food is outstanding as you can see from all of the other reviews. My review will point out the staff's ability to make a dining experience comfortable and enjoyable while still maintaining a professional existence.
Pros: Great Food, Accomodating Staff, Large Menu
I had to plan my friends birthday for 16 on a Thursday night at the very last minute. Where on earth was I going to get a reso of that size on a Thursday night? Thank god someone recommended Saha, they had space and even let us bring in our own balloons and dessert. Saha offers a three course dinner for 30 dollars that worked out fantastic as sometimes the checks for these birthday dinners can just get out of control. Our servers name was Heather and she was amazing, knew all about the menu and handled my drunken, high maintenance friends like a true professional. Even the rest of the staff was wonderful and make you feel at home in their restaurant. Three cheers for Saha!
Pros: Service, Quiet, value
Cons: no windows, parking
There are many good restaurants in San Francisco, but there are only a few especially great ones that keep me coming back and Saha is one of them. The food is exceptional, distinctive and very flavorful. The ambiance is romantic and stylish, yet unpretentious. And the service is fabulous. Prior to frequenting Saha, I had no experience with middle-eastern flavors or dishes, and I relied on the staff to advice me on my selections. Now I always take what they recommend and its always a great experience.
Over the past year, I have frequented Saha on numerous occasions. Throughout my many visits I have found two consistencies: the reliability of good service (the waitstaff are knowledgeable about the cuisine and the wine), and the ability for the fare to excite my taste buds time and time again. This consistency has prompted me to post a review and to share my experience with others. I sometimes find my car steering itself to Saha so that I can sample the raviolis, mint tiger prawns, the fatoush and the lamb tagine. The hostess is genuine and inviting, and she makes me feel at home each time I visit. Truly, something wonderfully different in a sea of ordinary restaurants!
Pros: Service, Cuisine, Decor
Cons: Limited bar area
Upon arrival we were told that our table wasn't ready, so we should go to the bar. We do, but the bartender doesn't greet us. He was busy with paperwork of some sort. After we sat there for 5 minutes, he decides to serve us. After getting our drinks at the bar, we wait another 5 minutes, only to have the hostess not show us to our table, but point to a table across the room and say "that's
your table." The bartender then becomes our waiter. When I began asking him questions regarding the menu, he either didn't know the answer or seemed annoyed at the question. We left absolutely no tip. The straw that broke the camel's back was this: Saha ran out of cous cous. Tell me, what kind of Arabic restaurant runs out of cous cous? That's like KFC running out of chicken, isn't it?
30 of us descended onto this restaurant for a birthday party last week. they were very accomodating, more so than other places, coming up with a special prix fixe menu which people could order from as well as pick anything else they wanted including surprise champagne and birthday cake for all. service was excellent, they were able to handle the chaos of a big group flawlessly.
and of course everyone enjoyed the food and couldnt stop talking about what they all ordered. the pumpkin, carrot, curry soup was fabulous, people loved the seafood kibbeh, salad with tomatoes in season, orange chicken, tagine of lamb and this amazing fish stuffed with crab.
the place has great ambience as well. people can forgo years of botox by making sure to make public appearances only under saha lighting.
Pros: great lighting, unique food, good service
I have to wonder who wrote the reviews listed (was it the owners and staff??) b/c the food was some of the worst I've ever had. The Tiger Prawns had almost no flavor. The crab phyllo entree didn't taste like crab at all; more like a strange fish. My Mom ordered the salmon which I have to say was better than my crab dish but it wasn't good either. The food is very bland. My Mom isn't picky about food at all and she was very unimpressed. I went to Saha because of the good reviews on this site. We went on a Friday night and the entire time we were there only two other tables were taken. I was wondering why the place wasn't busy when we arrived and now I know why. I can't believe I paid $70 for such an awful meal! Service was good.
Cons: food, price
The dining room is beautiful and dimly-lit with a soothing red glow. The menu has an impressive selection of small plates, vegetarian/vegan selections, and seafood. Some favorites: Knaffe(sushi grade ahi tuna seared and crusted in phyllo shavings), Tiger Prawns in a rosewater, mint, and cilantro sauce, BBQ Tofu and Mushrooms, and the best Fattoush salad I've had in the city! To witness the ongoing creativity of chef Mohamed Aboghanem, try a daily special. I had an excellent mustard-lime marinated halibut filet over baby bok choy and spinach, with a persimmon salsa. I also loved the salmon baklava. The fava bean crostini was simple and beauiful: Crostini topped with a fava bean puree, accompanied by kalamata olives, roasted figs, or spanish white anchovies! The flavors are unique and amazingly combined in food that is divine!
Pros: amazing flavors, nice beer and wine, great service
I've been to Saha several times. Everything here makes me come back for more! The food: creative, new, bold flavors... I love getting a couple small plates in the middle to share as apetizers, each one has something so unique. The fresh ingredients, interesting spices. It is the perfect place to have a long, relaxing, special dinner. The red room, the kilims on the walls, the beautiful pictures make it a very cozy and romantic place to dine. Last but not the least, the owner/chef and his wife are some of the best hosts I've ever met. Very warm, kind, and friendly. Don't be surprised if you find yourself chatting and drinking wine with them late into the night... Definitely go and share the experience!
I looked up Saha on Citysearch for my friend's bachelor party dinner. I was very pleased with the ambiance, the quality of service and the food. Our waitress (chef's wife) was the sweetest and most professional I have seen in months. The chef creation dishes sounded a little exotic (chocolate sharmoula, orange scallops, etc) but ended up being so delicious. The wine selection was great and reasonably priced. All 8 guests in my party had an excellent experience. I would go back anytime!
I found Saha on Citysearch and was pleasantly surprised by the sensual ambience and quality of service. The food was AMAZING, and beautifully presented. I highly recommend the Talkin' Ravioli appetizer: the sauce was so delicious we mopped it up with bread after gobbling down the pasta. Even the music was luscious! This is such a romantic spot, equally perfect for a first date or a couple's night out.
Pros: Veggie/Vegan options
This is a definite for SF dining! Great ambiance, food, and service! My husband and I really enjoy dinners at Saha.
Going to Saha has provided us some of the most memorable and intimate evenings of 2004. From red-colored dancing to moving plates around the table....it feels exotic and refreshing. Mohammed is the chef of chefs....he opened a fine French red after a Xmas work party. mmmmm good! His wife, Marmee is featured in the art work on the walls and en vivo fills the room with warmth and serenity.
Go! Go alone or a deux! Did we mention the food??? It rocks!
Pros: intimate seating, delicious meals, wonderful staff
Cons: need new door
I have dined with my boyfriend at Saha several times, and we have always been impressed with Mohammed's creations. On our first visit, my boyfriend (also a chef) ordered the tofu with red curry sauce, and he said it was the best tofu he'd ever had in his life--that the red curry sauce was truly a unique creation--a Yemanese delight.
On another occasion, we were blown away by the salmon crepes and the knaffe. The flavors are unique, distinct and the presentation is beautiful.
The ambiance of Saha is quite special, with photographs from Yeman, and also some really beautiful hand blown glass lamps. The wine list is impressive, and the service is excellent.
If you are looking for parking in the area, we always lucked out on two little alley streets just off Larkin, one is just north of Sutter, Stevenson St. They said they'll have valet parking soon.
Pros: Delicious, Creative, Great Hospitality
My wife and I went to Saha last week and we loved all the flavors that were mixed together - savory, spicy, creamy, sweet.
We started off with the shiitake mango ravioli and the sauce was tangy, sweet, creamy and so full of flavor we ordered another one immediately! We also ordered the kofta, the meatballs were wonderfully marinated, spiced and browned.
For the main course, my wife had the Saha curry, the tofu was so sweet, spicy and savory paired with squash and mushrooms - we've never fought over the last piece of tofu every before! I ordered the lamb tagine which was succulent and soft.
The desserts were disappointing and unimaginative like the food, we are hoping they add some Middle Eastern-types of sweets to the menu! We'll be back!
Pros: Food, Service
Cons: , Lighting
It is hard to tell what was more fantastic; the food or the service. Having never tasted Yemeni cuisine, I was a tad apprehensive. However, my knowledgeable server guided me through the whirlwind of flavors that is the Saha Menu. The food actually made me feel better, and the wine selection had me in a fine state to begin with. Kudos to you Saha! I look forward to my next visit.
Pros: Food, Service, Food
Cons: , None, None
My wife and I recently stayed at the Carlton Hotel and were delighted when we found that Saha had opened. Prepare yourself to be amazed by the delightful combination of ancient flavors brought to our table by Chef Mohammed. If you enjoy eating meat, you can't go wrong with the Lamb Tagine. Among the small plates, the Tiger Prawns and the Ravioli in Mango Sause will blow your mind. We enjoyed the food so much that we returned a second evening to savor Mohammed's magnificent cuisine. The food is really spectacular.
Pros: Food, Service
Since the choices on the menu all sound delicious we decided to try almost all the appetizers and some of my friends ordered a few entrees. The small plates where amazing,the combination of flavors and textures are outstanding. The seared scallops on sweet potato is heavenly. Everything else was also really good and Mohamed is a very generous host.The service was friendly and professional and we had such a good time there that we'll be back soon
I went last night and it was awesome. The ravioli comes in a fantastic mango sauce that we couldn't help but sop up with the bread. The Fouel was a unique flavorful dish. There wasn't a drop left! The crab island, you get a different taste with each bite - a great combination of flavors and textures. The chocolate cake has a hint of orange but not too overwhelming, and with its gooey interior is like a chocolate souffle. My boyfriend doesn't like sweets and ate at least half! The wine list is really well priced with several extremely affordable by the glass options. In fact the whole meal was far cheaper than I'd have expected. And the service is very hospitable. My water glass was never more than half empty and I was offered another glass of wine right as I finished my first. We'll be back!
Pros: Great date spot, Extremely affordable, Delicious!
Ok so I know I've already put in one review but this place is worthy of another recommendation. The owner/chef at Saha is a genius! Every time we try a new dish, we are equally impressed. I am honestly confused as to which dish is my favorite; but if I must choose I'd say tagine lamb is to die for and warm chocolate cake with cardamom/rose vanilla ice cream is divine!
Pros: Incredible food, Lovely atmosphere, Warm service
Very original middle-eastern cuisine, the classics are served in a different way. Also the variety of entrees is amazing. Pick your choice and you will be impress....
Pros: inexpensive, a lot of choice, tasty
I have never been disappointed with any meal. You will definitely taste flavors in this restaurant that you won't find anywhere else. Truly unique and delicious. Try the fouel and the ravioli!
Pros: Excellent Food, Great Wine List, Great value
The food at Saha is a true testament of the love that Chef Mohamed feels for his art in the kitchen and the pleasure he gets out of pleasing pallets. The flavors and the ambiance at Saha are an exquisite combination. If you want to enjoy a tasty and fun meal this is the place!
This is the best breakfast I have had in San Francisco!
Visiting from the East coast, this restaurant receives 5 stars out of 5 for service, atmosphere and the food is THE BEST I have encountered in San Francisco.
As a freelance writer, this is a recommendation for my friends, family and colleagues. This will be my first stop when returning to San Francisco.
Pros: Food, atmosphere, service
Saha is not only the best Arabic restaurants I've ever been to - it's one of the best and most intimate restaurants in San Francisco. The food is wonderful! We had a group of 11 and everyone was satisfied - including the vegetarians and non-vegetarians both! We also had great service...the staff went the extra mile, and the chef/owner personally came out and joined us for a drink.
Pros: Tasty Food, Personal Service, Intimate
Dining at Saha is like taking a trip to an exotic land.
You feel like you are sitting in a royal palace while each course comes better than the next.
The food will open your eyes and treat your palatte.
The food is a perfect blend of middle eastern delights mixed with good ol' California Cuisine. We ate there with a group of 10 and shared all the plates and each person was bowled over by the quality and taste. Lamp Chops that melted off the bone, lamb tagine that was out of this world and we topped it all off with a bottle of port for an after dinner drink.
It was truly a memorable night and we won't hesitate to go back there again and again.
We originally went here for a friend's birthday party and got the royal treatment. The food is fresh, creative, and astounding to the palate. Wine list was verstile. Great value for prixe fix. Can't wait to try the brunch. Mohammed and his staff tkae great care of the patrons. The location is a bit odd, but cozy. This place will get my parties and recommendations!
Pros: food, staff, prices
I lived in France a few years back where I first discovered the wonders of Middle eastern cuisine, particularly Couscous; and I had never had better since, no matter how hard I tried. Even when price was no object, I couldn't find any place that equalled those exquisite flavors I found in France. Then along came Saha. Where other Arabic restaurants had come up short Saha shined! And I mean each and every time I eat there (it's become an irrisistible habit lately) Both the large & small plates are amazingly fresh and beautifully presented in a setting that is both simple and stylish. I dare ANY restaurant in SF to match Saha. And oh my GOD did I mention the Lamb Tangine?! It simply melts off the fork! FIVE STARS!!!!!
Pros: AMBIENCE, VARIED MENU, DESSERT!!!!
Cons: , NO LUNCH
Eating at Saha, is a treat for the palate as well as the imagination. Chef Mohamed's bold and creative combinations of flavors and spices is something that must be experienced to be fully understood. He takes the knowledge of food and spices from his native Yemen and combines it with the wonderful fresh ingredients available in California and creates food that is nourishing for the soul. When you eat a dish like the couscous you are having the real deal of authentic and yet transcendent Middle Eastern cooking. He is a master of bringing new life to the traditional cuisine as well as experimenting and exploring completely new culinary territory. I highly recommend anything, especially the soups.
Being a Chef from the Big Island of Hawaii, I visit the City several times a year, looking for new "finds" for the palet. Chef Mohamed has chrafted a unique and delicious culinary experiance for you. Presentation and color is excellent. Texture matched to flavor perfectly. Out of several entre's, my personal favorite is the Curry dish, with tofu and squash. The Ravioli w/ mango sauce deserves special mention. Oh, and you will probably be asking for more of the delicious Focaccia bread because you WILL NOT want to waste any of the sauce...I will return...
I am delighted that this wonderful Yemenese-San Francisco Fusion restaurant has opened it's doors to us foodies!
The amazing selection of spices used in the dishes and the sauces are delectable. Wine list is complementary to the food with a great slection of the best wines available.
Dining at Saha is like making love to your senses. Honestly, folks. It's that good!
Pros: Amazing Cuisine, Great Wines, Moderately Priced
AMZINGINGLY TASTEFUL!! The flavors are a treat and make you feel FAR FAR away from all the commercial/blend dining experiences we find ourselves in sometimes. I am thrilled to have made the decision to step inside the Carlton Hotel only to find the VERY VERY best morrocan cous cous I have ever tried outside of the country itself. Chef Mohammed does know how to add some spice and the waitress recommended a very tasteful and well matching full bodied red to go with my entree. Plenti of Hors d'hoeuvres make you want to eat "tapas style". I have been back several times and feel a great consistency, which makes me confident in inviting friends over, and prices dont make you think twice about staying in or going to Saha.
Pros: TASTE, CONSISTENCY, PRICES
Wow! Chef Mohamed is my favorite chef! He is so creative in the kitchen and offers gourmet food at bargain prices. Those shitake mushroom ravioli in mango sauce have now become a staple in my life. But everything is fantastic! He takes chances with food and suceeds! It's also nice to see a few basic items on the menu for the less adventureous. But I have been there several times already and the place just opened! One night we had fun making an evening just of the small plates - from the three green things to the greatest hummes I ever ate! The main courses are also great wih his wonderful cous cous and seafood delights! But I keep dreaming of those wonderful ravioli with its perfect blend of sweet and spicy! And there's a prefix menu for $25 - too cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: great food, inexpensive, good atmosphere
I stayed at the Carlton Hotel and tried Saha simply out of convenience. I'm so glad I did. It was really great. The chef even stopped by to talk about how he had prepared the dishes we ordered. Try the Crab Island! I was completely full but couldn't stop eating.