In Situ

Modern American

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Opened by the crew behind award-winning Benu, In Situ is an elevated New American bistro housed in the SFMOMA musuem showcasing dishes curated from some of the most celebrated restaurants around the world like Noma, Central in Lima, The French Laundry and Tim Raue in Berlin. Set in an understated, contemporary dining room with a casual "cafe" side offering a bites menu and restaurant side with a full menu, diners choose dishes like seared duck breast with green lentils, spicy pork sausage rice cakes with Sichuan peppercorn or celeriac and goat cheese profiteroles, prepared with the specifications and even plating of the restaurant each recipe hails from. Drink offerings include European and Californian wines, Japanese sakes, craft beer, spirits and cocktails like the Algonquin (blended Scotch, white vermouth, pineapple, thyme).

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  • Three and a half stars from the San Francisco Chronicle 2016
  • The Forest: The Bay Area’s 50 Most Essential New Dishes 2016 — San Francisco Magazine
  • The 16 Most Anticipated 2016 San Francisco Restaurants — Zagat
  • Number 3: SF's Top 12 Restaurants of 2016  Table8

Menu for In Situ

Main Menu

Dining Room

  • Sea Urchin in a Lobster Jell-o Cauliflower, caviar, crispy "seaweed" waffle. Richard Ekkebus, Amber (Hong Kong, China, 2006)
  • Crispy Crepe Grilled green garlic jam and preserved smelt. Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn (Lummi Island, Washington, 2013)
  • Celeriac and Goat Cheese Profiterole Tomato and parsley. David McMillan & Frédéric Morin, Joe Beef (Montreal, Canada, 1990)
  • Apocalypse Burger Lettuce wrap. Anthony Myint, Mission Street Food (San Francisco, 2016). $1 from each burger goes towards food related carbon offsets through ZeroFoodprint
  • Anis Marinated Salmon Caviar of flying fish, cucumber jelly, affila cress, pickled ginger. Harald Wohlfahrt, Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube (Baiersbronn, Germany, 2010)
  • Wasabi Lobster Mango jelly, Thai vinaigrette, wasabi marshmallow. Tim Raue, Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany, 2013)
  • Glazed Chicken Thigh Onsen egg, lettuce, sansho, teriyaki. Hiroshi Sasaki, Gion Sasaki (Kyoto, Japan, 2015)
  • The Voyage from the Indies Wild John Dory, cabbage, turmeric, mango-apple compote. Olivier Roellinger, Les Maisons de Bricourt (Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, France, 1982)
  • Lamb Shank Mantı Spicy tomato sauce, smoked yogurt, sumac. Mehmet Gürs, Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey, 2012)
  • The Forest Quinoa risotto, mushrooms, parsley "moss". Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur (Menton, France, 2011)
  • Kalbi Jjim Braised beef short rib stew. Roy Choi, L.A. Son (Los Angeles, California, 2013)
  • Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy, 2012)
  • Jasper Hill Farm Cheesecake Hazelnut, white chocolate, cookie. Albert Adrià, Tickets (Barcelona, Spain, 2015)
  • Interpretation of Vanity Moist chocolate cake, cold almond cream, bubbles and cocoa. Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain, 2007)


Sparkling Wine

  • Roederer Estate NV, Brut, Anderson Valley
  • Schramsberg, Blanc de Noirs, Brut 2012 California
  • Caraccioli Cellars, Brut Rosé 2010 Escolle Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

White Wine

  • Cep, Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Hopkins Ranch, Russian River Valley
  • Y. Rousseau, Old Vines Colombard 2014 Russian River Valley
  • Tatomer, Riesling 2014 Sisquoc, Santa Maria
  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Abraxas 2013 Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard, Carneros
  • Chanin, Chardonnay 2014 Los Alamos Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Rose Wine

  • Ryme Cellars, Uphold, Aglianico 2016 California

Red Wine

  • Hendry, Mission Red 2015 Napa Valley
  • Broc Cellars, Counoise 2014 Eagle Point Ranch, Mendocino
  • Copain, Pinot Noir 2014 Les Voisins, Anderson Valley
  • Bodegas Paso Robles, Solea 2009 Central Coast
  • La Marea, Old Vine Grenache 2013 Besson Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley
  • Burgess, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Valley

Dessert and Fortified Wine

  • Vivier, Sexton "Pineau" 2014 Napa Valley
  • Oro Puro Vineyards, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon 2013 Rancho Oro Puro, Napa Valley
  • Easton, Obscura, Late Harvest Zinfandel 2009 Rinadi Vineyard, Fiddletown, Amador County


  • Sequoia, Coastal, Junmai Ginjo, San Francisco


  • Harmonic Brewing, 'Kölsch' (Draft) San Francisco
  • Local Brewing Co., Duboce IPA (Draft) San Francisco
  • Fort Point, Westfalia Red Ale, San Francisco

Cold Infusions

  • Hibiscus-Lime, Egypt
  • Rhubarb Kombucha


  • Martinez Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino
  • Fibber McGee Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, Grapefruit, Tonic
  • Highball Suntory Toki Whisky, Tonic, Lemon Twist
  • The Old Cuban Aged Rum, Sparkling Wine, Mint, Lime, Angostura Bitters
  • Pisco Sour Pisco, Passion Fruit, Lemon, Egg White, Amargo Chuncho

151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Intimate, Modern, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Singles
  • Noise Level: Loud
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (415) 941-6050
  • Private Dining Room: Yes