Masa's

★★★★☆
  • 648 Bush St

    San Francisco, CA 94108

    Cross street: Chelsea Place and Powell Street

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  • 415-989-7154

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★★★★★

It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at goo.gl/FPxYD They have some of the best hotel deals on the web!

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I would give them a 8.5 to 9 out of 10 which is very good considering my 10 is the French Laundry so this is a great place easy to book and a great location.

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★★★★★

I would give them a 8.5 to 9 out of 10 which is very good considering my 10 is the French Laundry so this is a great place easy to book and a great location.

Pros: good quality food, nice tasting menu

Cons: a little pricey for the quality but still a great meal

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My boyfriend took me here for our anniversary and we had a really wonderful evening! It's definitely a fancy restaurant from the decor to the prices. They only do tasting menus, so there's no way around spending at least $100 per person.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for our anniversary and we had a really wonderful evening! It's definitely a fancy restaurant from the decor to the prices. They only do tasting menus, so there's no way around spending at least $100 per person.

Pros: service, fine-dining atmosphere

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one of the dinning experiances we have had.
do the 9 course menue with the wine parings. the waiters were personable, on it ,and friendly. we had a great experiance. If you are looking for a truely unique and quality dinning experiance this is the place. We highly recomend it.

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★★★★★

one of the dinning experiances we have had.
do the 9 course menue with the wine parings. the waiters were personable, on it ,and friendly. we had a great experiance. If you are looking for a truely unique and quality dinning experiance this is the place. We highly recomend it.

Pros: fantastic deserts

Cons: the reastaurant is intimate but not grand.

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Time tested, tried and true. Have the tasting menu. It's divine. Just keeps getting better and better!

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★★★★★

Time tested, tried and true. Have the tasting menu. It's divine. Just keeps getting better and better!

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Took my wife for her birthday. Everything was excellent- food, service and atmosphere. I see some complaining about the snobiness of the staff- come on now.. this isnt country gourmet.

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★★★★★

Took my wife for her birthday. Everything was excellent- food, service and atmosphere. I see some complaining about the snobiness of the staff- come on now.. this isnt country gourmet.

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Yes, it is a little stuffy and design is flat but the service and food were pretty good. We have reservation for 8:30pm and decided to go with Tasting Menu (9 courses) and... an hour and a half later we were still at our 3rd dish. However, waiter was very attentive to our comments that they did not have to wait so long between the courses to make us believe that this is a high end restaurant. After that, the intervals between the food became shorter and we were done close to midnight :)
After having eaten at a restaurant I always ask myself - was there anything particular what would make me to come back? I don't think so.

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★★★★☆

Yes, it is a little stuffy and design is flat but the service and food were pretty good. We have reservation for 8:30pm and decided to go with Tasting Menu (9 courses) and... an hour and a half later we were still at our 3rd dish. However, waiter was very attentive to our comments that they did not have to wait so long between the courses to make us believe that this is a high end restaurant. After that, the intervals between the food became shorter and we were done close to midnight :)
After having eaten at a restaurant I always ask myself - was there anything particular what would make me to come back? I don't think so.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: Nothing special, overpriced

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At first the menu may sound pedestrian, but don't be fooled! This is world class cuisine. Everything was inventive, delicious, and executed flawlessly.

I will admit, the service seemed a bit snobby at first, but our waiter warmed up to us and gave us excellent service. We were a bit out of place as it's not exactly the youngest crowd but I don't think it's *too* stodgy.

The desert cart is absolutely the best desert experience ever! It's filled with delicious hand-made candies and sweets and it is certainly one of a kind. It's really worth it to go there just for the cart.

It's expensive to be sure. Prepare to spend $400-$500 for two (depending upon drinks and wine really). It's totally worth it though.

5
★★★★★

At first the menu may sound pedestrian, but don't be fooled! This is world class cuisine. Everything was inventive, delicious, and executed flawlessly.

I will admit, the service seemed a bit snobby at first, but our waiter warmed up to us and gave us excellent service. We were a bit out of place as it's not exactly the youngest crowd but I don't think it's *too* stodgy.

The desert cart is absolutely the best desert experience ever! It's filled with delicious hand-made candies and sweets and it is certainly one of a kind. It's really worth it to go there just for the cart.

It's expensive to be sure. Prepare to spend $400-$500 for two (depending upon drinks and wine really). It's totally worth it though.

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What a typical French SNOTTY restaurant. Nothing was impressive about this place, the staff was SNOTTY, the patrons were SNOTTY, the food was NOT IMPRESSIVE. I recommend going to Le Folie any day any time over this overpriced, overbearing, SNOTTY restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

What a typical French SNOTTY restaurant. Nothing was impressive about this place, the staff was SNOTTY, the patrons were SNOTTY, the food was NOT IMPRESSIVE. I recommend going to Le Folie any day any time over this overpriced, overbearing, SNOTTY restaurant.

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This is a good place to try, but also a place to check off your list and say, I've been there and done that. The dishes are highly creative and some are superb, some are good, and others are fair. The best dishes we had this night were oddly the the free complemimentary dishes we recieved that were nice surprises. Some dishes we struggled to find the taste, or combination of tastes, to get enjoyment. Others were just flops of efforts of being creative. Looks like this place is more suited for business dinners or clients because of the pretense.

There are many other better places than this for alot less money that are must places to go back to in San Francisco.

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★★★☆☆

This is a good place to try, but also a place to check off your list and say, I've been there and done that. The dishes are highly creative and some are superb, some are good, and others are fair. The best dishes we had this night were oddly the the free complemimentary dishes we recieved that were nice surprises. Some dishes we struggled to find the taste, or combination of tastes, to get enjoyment. Others were just flops of efforts of being creative. Looks like this place is more suited for business dinners or clients because of the pretense.

There are many other better places than this for alot less money that are must places to go back to in San Francisco.

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Corn, Corn and more corn. There must have been a big sale on corn at the ferry market, because each and EVERY dish had corn as its main ingredient. Corn Custard, Corn Soup, Corn Sorbet, Corn Crab Cakes, Corn Coit Tower - my wife and I were so sick of corn by the end of the night that we couldnt ever imagine eating corn again.

The Chef and his group of merry mayhemers will hopefully take pity on the rest of San Francisco and its fine diners by moving the restaurant to the midwest where corn is further appreciated. Lets not forget that my date almost fell over when she received the bill.

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★★★☆☆

Corn, Corn and more corn. There must have been a big sale on corn at the ferry market, because each and EVERY dish had corn as its main ingredient. Corn Custard, Corn Soup, Corn Sorbet, Corn Crab Cakes, Corn Coit Tower - my wife and I were so sick of corn by the end of the night that we couldnt ever imagine eating corn again.

The Chef and his group of merry mayhemers will hopefully take pity on the rest of San Francisco and its fine diners by moving the restaurant to the midwest where corn is further appreciated. Lets not forget that my date almost fell over when she received the bill.

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I have been to Masa's twice, once with a friend of the staff for just desserts and again for a celebration dinner. The food is top notch and the tasting menus are just the perfect amount of food. We practially floated out after the full meal.

Pastries here are excellent and though they have changed with the new Head Pastry Chef the flavors are still wonderful.

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★★★★★

I have been to Masa's twice, once with a friend of the staff for just desserts and again for a celebration dinner. The food is top notch and the tasting menus are just the perfect amount of food. We practially floated out after the full meal.

Pastries here are excellent and though they have changed with the new Head Pastry Chef the flavors are still wonderful.

Pros: Spectacular staff, Location, comprable to French Laundry without the months long wait

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I have eaten at almost all the so-called four star restaurants in the bay area and I have to say that my experience at Masa's was the best so far. This is the place to take your wife/girlfriend/friends when you want to really impress. Each of us had the 6 course tasting menu and enjoyed it immensely. There were even different dishes served to the guys and the girls which of course we switched around so that we got to taste both. The sommelier helped us choose 2 wines to go with our meal...I don't remember the names/varietals cause I wasn't familiar with them, but now in retrospect I wish I had them write down the names cause they were so yummy. The room is sophisticated/upscale, but the only bummer is that there are no windows. Personally, I forgot about this about 5 minutes after we were seated, but if you are looking for a view this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for great ingredients, prepared with care and understated elegance, and served by folks who know what they are doing, then go to Masa's. No need to hestitate.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at almost all the so-called four star restaurants in the bay area and I have to say that my experience at Masa's was the best so far. This is the place to take your wife/girlfriend/friends when you want to really impress. Each of us had the 6 course tasting menu and enjoyed it immensely. There were even different dishes served to the guys and the girls which of course we switched around so that we got to taste both. The sommelier helped us choose 2 wines to go with our meal...I don't remember the names/varietals cause I wasn't familiar with them, but now in retrospect I wish I had them write down the names cause they were so yummy. The room is sophisticated/upscale, but the only bummer is that there are no windows. Personally, I forgot about this about 5 minutes after we were seated, but if you are looking for a view this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for great ingredients, prepared with care and understated elegance, and served by folks who know what they are doing, then go to Masa's. No need to hestitate.

Pros: Fab food, top wine list, great service

Cons: oh yeah, no windows

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Had dinner here last month for my parents' anniversary. Food was decent but unmemorable. Very attentive service, overwhelming wine list. Fantastic desserts- this is what people are trying for when they experiment with molecular gastronomy! Everything was new- either combinations of flavors, or textures, or presentation- and everything worked! There was nothing on any plate that was putthere "just because" or just to have a weird dust or foam or paper. Every element had a purpose and added to the overall enjoyment of the dessert. There were five of us so we got to try everything. I'm guessingthepastry chef changes their menu to keepitseasonalbut my favorites were the panna cotta with blueberry granite and the "cracker jacks" deconstruction.

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★★★★☆

Had dinner here last month for my parents' anniversary. Food was decent but unmemorable. Very attentive service, overwhelming wine list. Fantastic desserts- this is what people are trying for when they experiment with molecular gastronomy! Everything was new- either combinations of flavors, or textures, or presentation- and everything worked! There was nothing on any plate that was putthere "just because" or just to have a weird dust or foam or paper. Every element had a purpose and added to the overall enjoyment of the dessert. There were five of us so we got to try everything. I'm guessingthepastry chef changes their menu to keepitseasonalbut my favorites were the panna cotta with blueberry granite and the "cracker jacks" deconstruction.

Pros: excellent service and desserts

Cons: $$$$$

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It's amazing how you can drive by something literally almost daily and not know what it is you're missing. In an unassuming location, this long time 4 star SF restaurant has the look and feel of a restaurant that's comfortably entrenched in delighting diners. We ordered the 6 course meal (adding the foie gras from the 9 course to make 7), along with wine pairings. It was magnificent! Easily one of the top 5 meals of my life. Rather than discuss the food, however, the truly defining thing about Masa's in my mind was that it has the BEST service in San Francisco. Timing was naturally paced, weightstaff knew everything about the dish presented, the sommelier enlightened us about nature of the unusual pairings chosen for each course, and even those whisking away our plates did so with perfect timing. This is a team I'd love to have dinner with again. In or out of Masa's. If you're reading this and wondering whether it's worth it, whether it's still good after (name your favorite previous chef) left, wonder know more. Just go. It's really the ultimate SF dining destination.

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★★★★★

It's amazing how you can drive by something literally almost daily and not know what it is you're missing. In an unassuming location, this long time 4 star SF restaurant has the look and feel of a restaurant that's comfortably entrenched in delighting diners. We ordered the 6 course meal (adding the foie gras from the 9 course to make 7), along with wine pairings. It was magnificent! Easily one of the top 5 meals of my life. Rather than discuss the food, however, the truly defining thing about Masa's in my mind was that it has the BEST service in San Francisco. Timing was naturally paced, weightstaff knew everything about the dish presented, the sommelier enlightened us about nature of the unusual pairings chosen for each course, and even those whisking away our plates did so with perfect timing. This is a team I'd love to have dinner with again. In or out of Masa's. If you're reading this and wondering whether it's worth it, whether it's still good after (name your favorite previous chef) left, wonder know more. Just go. It's really the ultimate SF dining destination.

Pros: Prix Fix standout menu, service, valet

Cons: none

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asas may just have the most talented chef in the bay area, Executive Chef Gregory Short. His years at the French Laundry have clearly paid off for him and Masa's.
Our dinner was quite an experience. I was nervous about trying the rabbit, but it was remarkable. I've actually dreamt about the truffled potato salad since that night. The Fois Gras, the risotto, all fantastic.
As soon as you enter, there's a special feeling without the frenzy and chaos that so many other top places have... The hostess starts things off well, being both adorable and gracious. We had the six course tasting menu which was almost too much for us but later we decided that it was just right. The whole place from the food to the service to the decor was elegant without being stuffy. The food was outstanding without being pretentious. All in all, a very special night.

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★★★★★

asas may just have the most talented chef in the bay area, Executive Chef Gregory Short. His years at the French Laundry have clearly paid off for him and Masa's.
Our dinner was quite an experience. I was nervous about trying the rabbit, but it was remarkable. I've actually dreamt about the truffled potato salad since that night. The Fois Gras, the risotto, all fantastic.
As soon as you enter, there's a special feeling without the frenzy and chaos that so many other top places have... The hostess starts things off well, being both adorable and gracious. We had the six course tasting menu which was almost too much for us but later we decided that it was just right. The whole place from the food to the service to the decor was elegant without being stuffy. The food was outstanding without being pretentious. All in all, a very special night.

Pros: Wait staff, ambiance

Cons: our diets

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The view at sunset when you have a table next to the window is mesmerizing enough to help you forget the mediocrity of the meal. Staff was professional and cordial.

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★★★★☆

The view at sunset when you have a table next to the window is mesmerizing enough to help you forget the mediocrity of the meal. Staff was professional and cordial.

Pros: the view, excellent waiter

Cons: room became a bit loud, food was barely warm

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I'm done with Masa's. At our last dinner there, they must have been gunning for a record for fastest mediocre expensive dinner. They seem to be riding on the reputation that was established under a previous chef who is long gone. The food was just ok - nothing special. With each course, I was sure that a really good one was coming - but it didn't happen. On top of the mediocre food was extremely poor service. A waiter started to remove one of my courses while I was still eating it. They just could not get their timing down or they were really trying to maximize table turns. Toward the end of each course, a couple of servers would hover near our table holding the next course. We were on pace to finish a nine course dinner in a little over an hour. I've never experienced anything like it in a supposedly high-end restaurant. Most of the tables around us appeared to be business people - probably on expense accounts and from out of town. There are so many good high-end restaurants in SF, no locals ever need to eat at Masa's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm done with Masa's. At our last dinner there, they must have been gunning for a record for fastest mediocre expensive dinner. They seem to be riding on the reputation that was established under a previous chef who is long gone. The food was just ok - nothing special. With each course, I was sure that a really good one was coming - but it didn't happen. On top of the mediocre food was extremely poor service. A waiter started to remove one of my courses while I was still eating it. They just could not get their timing down or they were really trying to maximize table turns. Toward the end of each course, a couple of servers would hover near our table holding the next course. We were on pace to finish a nine course dinner in a little over an hour. I've never experienced anything like it in a supposedly high-end restaurant. Most of the tables around us appeared to be business people - probably on expense accounts and from out of town. There are so many good high-end restaurants in SF, no locals ever need to eat at Masa's.

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Until last night, this was my favorite restaurant in SF. First course took a long time -- the bread guy reloaded us twice before the first course arrived. Second course took a while again. I decided to have a martini to save some wine for later. No wait staff to be found. I ultimately walked up to the bar. Her entree was very good. I had lamb. There was a noteworthy ribbon of fat through all pieces. I was surprised they served it. We decided to skip the cheese and dessert and go somewhere else. I think the waitress was glad to see us go. Check -- $370 before gratuity. I left feeling like a chump. It makes me sad to say it, but Masa's has fallen.

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★★★☆☆

Until last night, this was my favorite restaurant in SF. First course took a long time -- the bread guy reloaded us twice before the first course arrived. Second course took a while again. I decided to have a martini to save some wine for later. No wait staff to be found. I ultimately walked up to the bar. Her entree was very good. I had lamb. There was a noteworthy ribbon of fat through all pieces. I was surprised they served it. We decided to skip the cheese and dessert and go somewhere else. I think the waitress was glad to see us go. Check -- $370 before gratuity. I left feeling like a chump. It makes me sad to say it, but Masa's has fallen.

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The reservation manage is really too stupid to count to three. Called to get a table at 6:30, he said that he only had one at 6:00. Well, I said, then I take this one, but we're going to be 30 minutes late... guess what, he became very unfriendly and offensive and so we parted ways. Incredible "service". Never would attempt to go there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The reservation manage is really too stupid to count to three. Called to get a table at 6:30, he said that he only had one at 6:00. Well, I said, then I take this one, but we're going to be 30 minutes late... guess what, he became very unfriendly and offensive and so we parted ways. Incredible "service". Never would attempt to go there again.

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We came to this restaurant with high expectation (especially after reading how divine the 9 course tasting menu was in this board).

We went ahead with the 9 course tasting menu. Some were excellent, some were mediocre, and some were forgettable. The thing that completely ruined the experience was the wait between each course. The portion is extremely small (a spoonful) and the wait between each course was 30 mins. We ended up staying there for 5 hrs (more filling with the champagne rather than the food itself) and very tired with the wait (and still very hungry!). I think they should increase the portion slightly more (okay maybe except the foie gras) and should be no more than 10-15 mins wait between meal. Everything else is ok....however, I end up feeling that I don't have my money worth (200+ per person) and I'm not looking forward to go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We came to this restaurant with high expectation (especially after reading how divine the 9 course tasting menu was in this board).

We went ahead with the 9 course tasting menu. Some were excellent, some were mediocre, and some were forgettable. The thing that completely ruined the experience was the wait between each course. The portion is extremely small (a spoonful) and the wait between each course was 30 mins. We ended up staying there for 5 hrs (more filling with the champagne rather than the food itself) and very tired with the wait (and still very hungry!). I think they should increase the portion slightly more (okay maybe except the foie gras) and should be no more than 10-15 mins wait between meal. Everything else is ok....however, I end up feeling that I don't have my money worth (200+ per person) and I'm not looking forward to go back.

Pros: waitstaff, ambience

Cons: value, long wait, small portion

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I've been to Masa's twice recently: first for a friend's birthday with a group of five and then on a special date. Both experiences were sublime. I had the six course tasting menu the first visit and then the otherworldy nine course when I returned. Hands down they were the finest meals I've had outside of Paris. The staff is gracious and warm, the service easygoing and charming, and the food! From the amuse bouche (mushroom consomme with truffle foam) to the Maine crab salad to the outstanding Duck and onward to the beautiful and elegant desserts - everything was simply excellent. The only negative of the experience were some oddly cranky customers near us who were clearly unable to be happy no matter that the staff was excellent. Great restaurants always seem to attract the whiners. The Wine list/pairings were great.

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★★★★★

I've been to Masa's twice recently: first for a friend's birthday with a group of five and then on a special date. Both experiences were sublime. I had the six course tasting menu the first visit and then the otherworldy nine course when I returned. Hands down they were the finest meals I've had outside of Paris. The staff is gracious and warm, the service easygoing and charming, and the food! From the amuse bouche (mushroom consomme with truffle foam) to the Maine crab salad to the outstanding Duck and onward to the beautiful and elegant desserts - everything was simply excellent. The only negative of the experience were some oddly cranky customers near us who were clearly unable to be happy no matter that the staff was excellent. Great restaurants always seem to attract the whiners. The Wine list/pairings were great.

Pros: Food, Service, Hostess/Host

Cons: Cranky fellow diners, $$, Tourist Diners

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The food is average for fine dining, albeit tasty. We went and spent about $250 per person. There was no wait staff exclusive to our table and service was average. The wines were hit-and-miss, with some being outstanding and others not worth trying. Overall, the restaurant is average (or slightly above average), but for the price not a very good value. I do understand how some would like this place, but I dine out quite a bit and have standards for places that charge this much. When the meal is over $100 per person, but everything is not very good (I'm not demanding perfection), I say "avoid".

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★★★☆☆

The food is average for fine dining, albeit tasty. We went and spent about $250 per person. There was no wait staff exclusive to our table and service was average. The wines were hit-and-miss, with some being outstanding and others not worth trying. Overall, the restaurant is average (or slightly above average), but for the price not a very good value. I do understand how some would like this place, but I dine out quite a bit and have standards for places that charge this much. When the meal is over $100 per person, but everything is not very good (I'm not demanding perfection), I say "avoid".

Pros: food is good, some wines very good

Cons: food is not worth the price, service is just ok

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Masa's is a sleeper in this town. I hadn't been in years and frankly didn't expect much, was very pleasantly surprised by the experience. The place had been getting good reviews in the press, so we decided to try it out. We had the 9 course tasting menu which was definitely the way to go. In a nutshell, the food was excellent. We didn't have the wine pairing, mainly because there were some very attractive bottles of wine on the wine list. Masa's is not for the trendy crowd, but if you want a sophisticated dining experience, this is the place for you. The dining room is nice (read: not glizty), but go for the food and service.

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★★★★★

Masa's is a sleeper in this town. I hadn't been in years and frankly didn't expect much, was very pleasantly surprised by the experience. The place had been getting good reviews in the press, so we decided to try it out. We had the 9 course tasting menu which was definitely the way to go. In a nutshell, the food was excellent. We didn't have the wine pairing, mainly because there were some very attractive bottles of wine on the wine list. Masa's is not for the trendy crowd, but if you want a sophisticated dining experience, this is the place for you. The dining room is nice (read: not glizty), but go for the food and service.

Pros: great food, wine list, service

Cons: average room

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I'm French and visited San Francisco recently. The restaurant is just a big square room with nothing special (not even French looking). A few of the dishes were very good, most were average and some mediocre. The orange jam below the goose liver just spoiled the dish! You would expect more for a $700+ bill for just 4 adults.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm French and visited San Francisco recently. The restaurant is just a big square room with nothing special (not even French looking). A few of the dishes were very good, most were average and some mediocre. The orange jam below the goose liver just spoiled the dish! You would expect more for a $700+ bill for just 4 adults.

Pros: service

Cons: expensive, below average food

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There's a reason Masa's has been a legend in San Francisco's jaded food community since 1983. Simply put, it is the best. The current star Chef, Gregory Short, who was the sous chef at the French Laundry for many years, is doing phenomenal, solid French food in this beautiful, yet minimally chic dining room. Their sommelier's wine list is top notch - go for one of the ethereal tasting menus (the 9 course menu is DIVINE), and have him do the wine pairing - blissful beyond compare...The staff is professional and precise as a Rolex watch. NOT TO BE MISSED. A culinary icon.

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★★★★★

There's a reason Masa's has been a legend in San Francisco's jaded food community since 1983. Simply put, it is the best. The current star Chef, Gregory Short, who was the sous chef at the French Laundry for many years, is doing phenomenal, solid French food in this beautiful, yet minimally chic dining room. Their sommelier's wine list is top notch - go for one of the ethereal tasting menus (the 9 course menu is DIVINE), and have him do the wine pairing - blissful beyond compare...The staff is professional and precise as a Rolex watch. NOT TO BE MISSED. A culinary icon.

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We had the nine course menu. Most of the food was unimpressive, so they really couldnt get away with making the portions so small. We had two diners requesting no red meat, but were still beef and venison. The duck was so undercooked it had blood in it. When we asked to have it cooked a bit more, we had to wait about 20 minutes. There was a long delay between courses. After more than 3 hours in the restaurant, we were only up to the 7th course and so we left out of boredom and hunger. The service and clientele are very stuffy. We went as a large group and were made to feel very uncomfortable. The restaurant is just one big, open square. Please dont waste your money at this place. If you must go here, dont go as a group of more than 3.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had the nine course menu. Most of the food was unimpressive, so they really couldnt get away with making the portions so small. We had two diners requesting no red meat, but were still beef and venison. The duck was so undercooked it had blood in it. When we asked to have it cooked a bit more, we had to wait about 20 minutes. There was a long delay between courses. After more than 3 hours in the restaurant, we were only up to the 7th course and so we left out of boredom and hunger. The service and clientele are very stuffy. We went as a large group and were made to feel very uncomfortable. The restaurant is just one big, open square. Please dont waste your money at this place. If you must go here, dont go as a group of more than 3.

Pros: Some good dishes, Nice sculpture, Great wine

Cons: Slow, snoby service, Not enough food, Overpriced

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After waiting two months for a reservation, the servers were pretentious, the food was mediocre, the atmosphere was stifling, and the cost was exhorbitent.

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★★★☆☆

After waiting two months for a reservation, the servers were pretentious, the food was mediocre, the atmosphere was stifling, and the cost was exhorbitent.

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The food and service at Masa's is incredible. However, the food is very expensive. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice and zen. The food is very flavorful and well-presented.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price, parking

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★★★★☆

The food and service at Masa's is incredible. However, the food is very expensive. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice and zen. The food is very flavorful and well-presented.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price, parking

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The food and service at Masa's is incredible. However, the food is very expensive. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice and zen. The food is very flavorful and well-presented.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price, parking

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The food and service at Masa's is incredible. However, the food is very expensive. The atmosphere of the restaurant is nice and zen. The food is very flavorful and well-presented.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price, parking

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Who ever head of banana flavor in a creme brulie. Enough said.

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Who ever head of banana flavor in a creme brulie. Enough said.

Pros: waiter stand straight, waiter's crumb knife, Exit Door

Cons: Over Priced, Snoty Atmosphere, did I say over priced

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I went to Masa's near Union Square for an anniversary dinner. I got to choose between a 4-course, 6-course, or 9-course chef's tasting menu. I had the 9-course, and it was spectacular! The service was excellent, of course, this being an expensive restaurant. Great for special occassions. Waiters bring out each dish and explain to you what they are made of. For each course, my boyfriend and I received a different take on a theme (for poultry, he had duck, I had squab). Highlights of the meal: the scallop appetizer, Japanese sea bass, and caviar. The more courses, the smaller the portions. I was full, and very impressed! A great fine dining experience, very romantic setting. Definitely make reservations. Gentlemen must wear a jacket - no jeans allowed!
If you are lucky, you might find street parking. Otherwise, I recommend parking in the Sutter-Stockon Garage. It's only about a block away!

PROS: Excellent service (you pay for it!), multi-course tasting
CONS: Higher prices, 6 and 9-courses don't give you a choice

5
★★★★★

I went to Masa's near Union Square for an anniversary dinner. I got to choose between a 4-course, 6-course, or 9-course chef's tasting menu. I had the 9-course, and it was spectacular! The service was excellent, of course, this being an expensive restaurant. Great for special occassions. Waiters bring out each dish and explain to you what they are made of. For each course, my boyfriend and I received a different take on a theme (for poultry, he had duck, I had squab). Highlights of the meal: the scallop appetizer, Japanese sea bass, and caviar. The more courses, the smaller the portions. I was full, and very impressed! A great fine dining experience, very romantic setting. Definitely make reservations. Gentlemen must wear a jacket - no jeans allowed!
If you are lucky, you might find street parking. Otherwise, I recommend parking in the Sutter-Stockon Garage. It's only about a block away!

PROS: Excellent service (you pay for it!), multi-course tasting
CONS: Higher prices, 6 and 9-courses don't give you a choice

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If you can't wait two months to get a reservation at French Laundry, call Masa's; the meal we had was as good as anything we've eaten in Yountville, or anywhere in the world for that matter. It's no surprise that Gregory Short, the new chef as of early Fall, spent five years as Sous Chef with Mr. Keller. We enjoyed a six course tasting menu at Masa's that included a Maine Crab Salad, Turbot, Squab, and the most perfectly prepared Rib Eye known to man. From the moment we walked in and made to feel so welcome by the gracious, easy on the eyes host until we left, candies in hand from our wonderful server (she was professional, accessible, and very well informed), Masa's has given us a new definitive San Francisco dining experience. World Class!!

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If you can't wait two months to get a reservation at French Laundry, call Masa's; the meal we had was as good as anything we've eaten in Yountville, or anywhere in the world for that matter. It's no surprise that Gregory Short, the new chef as of early Fall, spent five years as Sous Chef with Mr. Keller. We enjoyed a six course tasting menu at Masa's that included a Maine Crab Salad, Turbot, Squab, and the most perfectly prepared Rib Eye known to man. From the moment we walked in and made to feel so welcome by the gracious, easy on the eyes host until we left, candies in hand from our wonderful server (she was professional, accessible, and very well informed), Masa's has given us a new definitive San Francisco dining experience. World Class!!

Pros: Food, Dining Room, Staff

Cons: , pricy, no lunch

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My husband and I had 9 course dinner. We had 18 different dishes all together. Food was good and best of all we had great friendly, attentive and professional service.

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My husband and I had 9 course dinner. We had 18 different dishes all together. Food was good and best of all we had great friendly, attentive and professional service.

Pros: Service

Cons: , Interior

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Does "great" food really need to cost this much? The answer is probably "no." Understand, this was my third trip to Masa's over the last three years. I thought the food was good, the service was fair and the atmosphere somewhat stilted. The host staff were exceptional, however. I passed on the six course dinner with wine (which my companions did do and completely enjoyed) and had a salad and the duck. Whatever sauce they had on the duck, it was outstanding! Exceptional texture and flavor. The duck, however, wasn't tender and a bit overcooked. The sauce certainly helped the dish. My desserts were outstanding. Would I go again to Masa's? Sure. If I'm taking someone special or for a very special occasion.

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Does "great" food really need to cost this much? The answer is probably "no." Understand, this was my third trip to Masa's over the last three years. I thought the food was good, the service was fair and the atmosphere somewhat stilted. The host staff were exceptional, however. I passed on the six course dinner with wine (which my companions did do and completely enjoyed) and had a salad and the duck. Whatever sauce they had on the duck, it was outstanding! Exceptional texture and flavor. The duck, however, wasn't tender and a bit overcooked. The sauce certainly helped the dish. My desserts were outstanding. Would I go again to Masa's? Sure. If I'm taking someone special or for a very special occasion.

Pros: Host service, Desserts

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I took my wife for our anniversary in April. The food and wine pairings were great. The service was also excellent while unobtrusive. The sommelier was very helpful with our pairings.
However, after dining at the Ritz Carlton, for about $100 less for the two of us, I can say that this experience was somewhat lacking. We overheard conversations at three tables. The "by the glass" wine list left a little to be desired, including price. We also felt a bit rushed. We finished all of our courses in about 2 hours as one course would arrive immediately upon the clearing of the last plate. We started pausing with our plates almost empty in order to take our time.

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I took my wife for our anniversary in April. The food and wine pairings were great. The service was also excellent while unobtrusive. The sommelier was very helpful with our pairings.
However, after dining at the Ritz Carlton, for about $100 less for the two of us, I can say that this experience was somewhat lacking. We overheard conversations at three tables. The "by the glass" wine list left a little to be desired, including price. We also felt a bit rushed. We finished all of our courses in about 2 hours as one course would arrive immediately upon the clearing of the last plate. We started pausing with our plates almost empty in order to take our time.

Pros: Good food, Great Service

Cons: Poor value, Crowded Dining Area, Hurried

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i ate at masa's last nite, and i feel like the luckiest girl! from the minute we walked in the door, we felt transported. we were greeted by a very friendly and polite hostess. i expected to have to wait on a friday nite, but we were seated promptly. my boyfriend is a vegetarian, but i am not. we both ordered the chef's 9 course tasting menus. each time a course was brought out we were in food heaven! from the flavors to the textures to the presentation everything was seamlessly perfect. i couldn't believe how creative and yummy my boyfriend's vegetarian courses were. we also had each course paired with the sommlier's assistance. it was amazing how he paired each item with wines i had never tried or would think of puting with our food--everything worked beautifully. our wonderful experience was only perfected by the impeccable staff.

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i ate at masa's last nite, and i feel like the luckiest girl! from the minute we walked in the door, we felt transported. we were greeted by a very friendly and polite hostess. i expected to have to wait on a friday nite, but we were seated promptly. my boyfriend is a vegetarian, but i am not. we both ordered the chef's 9 course tasting menus. each time a course was brought out we were in food heaven! from the flavors to the textures to the presentation everything was seamlessly perfect. i couldn't believe how creative and yummy my boyfriend's vegetarian courses were. we also had each course paired with the sommlier's assistance. it was amazing how he paired each item with wines i had never tried or would think of puting with our food--everything worked beautifully. our wonderful experience was only perfected by the impeccable staff.

Pros: romantic

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I just took my boyfriend there for his birthday - and it was absolutley perfect. They gave us a great table, after asking when I made the reservation if it was for something special - the service was impeccable, the food was outstanding - especially the squab and foie gras! The sommelier was great- he helped us pick wines that accented our courses perfectly - I would go back in a heartbeat!

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I just took my boyfriend there for his birthday - and it was absolutley perfect. They gave us a great table, after asking when I made the reservation if it was for something special - the service was impeccable, the food was outstanding - especially the squab and foie gras! The sommelier was great- he helped us pick wines that accented our courses perfectly - I would go back in a heartbeat!

Pros: ambiance, service, food/wine

Cons: nothing

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I confess I made a point of going to Masa's because of Iron Chef Ron Siegel, but I was NOT disappointed. I enjoyed the 9 course tasting menu, prepared and created by the master chef himself, and was treated to a fabulous meal. Combined with the peerless service, it was a culinary experience of a lifetime. Don't believe the naysayers...this restaurant is worth every dime(but it is a LOT of dimes). Fantastic!

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I confess I made a point of going to Masa's because of Iron Chef Ron Siegel, but I was NOT disappointed. I enjoyed the 9 course tasting menu, prepared and created by the master chef himself, and was treated to a fabulous meal. Combined with the peerless service, it was a culinary experience of a lifetime. Don't believe the naysayers...this restaurant is worth every dime(but it is a LOT of dimes). Fantastic!

Pros: Innovative food, Assortment of flavors, Incredible service

Cons: Parking at all in SF, Get reservation early

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I'm a big foodie and have been to many of the top restaurants in San Francisco and New York, but the nine-course chef's tasting meal at Masa's was by far the best meal of my life! The flavors were bold, complex, and classically innovative; the experience was a true eye-opener to the top level of dining.

That said, the main meat course was the most disappointing of the 21 dishes I tried. The restaurant decor is sophisticated but business-like, not romantic at all. And while our waiter was very friendly, the front desk person didn't take my coat and treated us impatiently.

Overall I love Masa's but wish the front-desk service and decor would be improved. If you get the six-course menu and don't order any wine, for $250-300/couple (the cost at many other top restaurants) it would be well worth your money.

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★★★★★

I'm a big foodie and have been to many of the top restaurants in San Francisco and New York, but the nine-course chef's tasting meal at Masa's was by far the best meal of my life! The flavors were bold, complex, and classically innovative; the experience was a true eye-opener to the top level of dining.

That said, the main meat course was the most disappointing of the 21 dishes I tried. The restaurant decor is sophisticated but business-like, not romantic at all. And while our waiter was very friendly, the front desk person didn't take my coat and treated us impatiently.

Overall I love Masa's but wish the front-desk service and decor would be improved. If you get the six-course menu and don't order any wine, for $250-300/couple (the cost at many other top restaurants) it would be well worth your money.

Pros: Food!, Food!, Food!

Cons: Decor, Cost

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Masa's is the final word in San Francisco's jaded culinary scene. Beautiful and serene, the dining room is a model of elegant and modern simplicity. Ron Siegel's food reflects those surroundings perfectly--his modern French cuisine, influenced by his love for Japan, is drop-dead gorgeous. By far the best food I've ever had in the Bay Area, perhaps the country. Expensive, but what ultimate luxury isn't?

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Masa's is the final word in San Francisco's jaded culinary scene. Beautiful and serene, the dining room is a model of elegant and modern simplicity. Ron Siegel's food reflects those surroundings perfectly--his modern French cuisine, influenced by his love for Japan, is drop-dead gorgeous. By far the best food I've ever had in the Bay Area, perhaps the country. Expensive, but what ultimate luxury isn't?

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Far and away the best food I have ever had in SF and I am picky!

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Far and away the best food I have ever had in SF and I am picky!

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The risotto with scallops, black truffle and lobster bisque was simply superb; so was the crab salad. The entrees, however, were disappointing. The veal was not tender at all and in general entrees were way too salty. The dessert menu didn't demonstrate much imagination -- I would expect more from a renowned French restaurant like this. Wine list was okay. As for petit fours, the sweets were excellent, but the chocolates remind me of See's or other generic mass-market chocolates.
Service was excellent though, maybe it's because we got there early.
Overall, I think for the price there are many better options in the area.

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The risotto with scallops, black truffle and lobster bisque was simply superb; so was the crab salad. The entrees, however, were disappointing. The veal was not tender at all and in general entrees were way too salty. The dessert menu didn't demonstrate much imagination -- I would expect more from a renowned French restaurant like this. Wine list was okay. As for petit fours, the sweets were excellent, but the chocolates remind me of See's or other generic mass-market chocolates.
Service was excellent though, maybe it's because we got there early.
Overall, I think for the price there are many better options in the area.

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Dont beleive the poor ratings for this restruant...they where probably written by a competing restraunt. My experience was nothing short of outstanding!!!!! Service was immpecable, food was excellent and the atmosphere was a 10+. If you can afford to spend $300 and up for two, you must experience this heaven.......

World class dinning

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Dont beleive the poor ratings for this restruant...they where probably written by a competing restraunt. My experience was nothing short of outstanding!!!!! Service was immpecable, food was excellent and the atmosphere was a 10+. If you can afford to spend $300 and up for two, you must experience this heaven.......

World class dinning

Pros: Qulaity, Service, Food

Cons: Price

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The food was very good, very well-prepared and presented well. The amuse was precious. Service was aloof and ok. I would rate the service higher but the guys behind the bar were too self-absorbed to offer service and I practically had to beg for my drink. The ambiance is o.k.--a little too bright to be called romantic. Good place for a little splurge.

2
★★★★☆

The food was very good, very well-prepared and presented well. The amuse was precious. Service was aloof and ok. I would rate the service higher but the guys behind the bar were too self-absorbed to offer service and I practically had to beg for my drink. The ambiance is o.k.--a little too bright to be called romantic. Good place for a little splurge.

Pros: varied menu, great amuse, good food overall

Cons: inattentive bar servi, no parking

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After reading the recent bad review about coat and everything else attached to it I was surprise to find a place full of smiling faces(guest included) ready to help at any time.Food was great(we were not in a hurry)service attentive and the car with our coat were waiting at the door.
Trust your judgment,you will not be sorry.

2
★★★★★

After reading the recent bad review about coat and everything else attached to it I was surprise to find a place full of smiling faces(guest included) ready to help at any time.Food was great(we were not in a hurry)service attentive and the car with our coat were waiting at the door.
Trust your judgment,you will not be sorry.

Pros: choices, intimate space, energy

Cons: small place

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One of the best french restaurants in the country.
Prepare to dole out big bucks ....good dinner for 2 ~ $400

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One of the best french restaurants in the country.
Prepare to dole out big bucks ....good dinner for 2 ~ $400

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My husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary. The decor was chic and modern. The ambience was pleasant though not romantic which is what I had in mind for our special occasion.
The small army of staff offered impeccable and friendly service.
The menu was very tempting and everything we ordered was superb.
This was truly one of the most memorable meals I have ever had. I urge you all to try it.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary. The decor was chic and modern. The ambience was pleasant though not romantic which is what I had in mind for our special occasion.
The small army of staff offered impeccable and friendly service.
The menu was very tempting and everything we ordered was superb.
This was truly one of the most memorable meals I have ever had. I urge you all to try it.

Pros: Food, Food, Service

Cons: Price

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I've eaten at a lot of great restaurants, and always felt that San Francisco was over-rated as a food town -- until I ate at Masa's. Had the 9-course tasting menu -- unreal! And the service was perfect -- from the moment that the valet alerted the front desk to our arrival to our departure several hours later. The equal of any meal I've had in any city in the world.

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★★★★★

I've eaten at a lot of great restaurants, and always felt that San Francisco was over-rated as a food town -- until I ate at Masa's. Had the 9-course tasting menu -- unreal! And the service was perfect -- from the moment that the valet alerted the front desk to our arrival to our departure several hours later. The equal of any meal I've had in any city in the world.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: none!

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We've been to Masa's before but not when Ron Siegel was head chef. I'm embarassed to admit that the reason we've returned was to see what all the hype was about-- as we are huge fans of the Iron Chef. So we had high expectations. Let me just say that our expectations were met and we were not disappointed. We ordered the 9 course Chef's tasting menu and it was amazing. Every bit was wonderful. Would strongly recommend.

2
★★★★★

We've been to Masa's before but not when Ron Siegel was head chef. I'm embarassed to admit that the reason we've returned was to see what all the hype was about-- as we are huge fans of the Iron Chef. So we had high expectations. Let me just say that our expectations were met and we were not disappointed. We ordered the 9 course Chef's tasting menu and it was amazing. Every bit was wonderful. Would strongly recommend.

Pros: Amazing food, great service, very accommodating

Cons: Noisy, Ambiance is dry, not intimate

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