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Restaurant information
Established 2010 (2010)
Head chef Corey Lee
Food type Asian-inspired New American
Rating 3 Michelin stars (Michelin Guide)
Street address 22 Hawthorne Street
City San Francisco
State California
Postal/ZIP code 94105
Country United States

Benu is a restaurant located in the SoMa district of downtown San Francisco opened in 2010 by Corey Lee. In 2014, Benu was awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide.[1]


Lee was formerly head chef at The French Laundry, Lee draws from many different cuisines, including Cantonese and Korean.[2]

Benu is housed on the ground floor of a historic building that dates back to 1922–originally the headquarters of the San Francisco Newspaper Company.[3] Crown Point Press, an art studio, gallery, and bookstore, now owns the building and resides directly above the restaurant.[4]

In 2015, Phaidon published Benu–a collection of recipes and essays that explores the restaurant's food, influences, and people who make it possible–with forwards by Thomas Keller and David Chang,[5] designed by Julia Hasting.

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  1. ^ "Michelin Guide restaurants – United States". ViaMichelin. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lam, Francis. "The Line Between Tradition and Innovation: An Afternoon with Benu's Corey Lee". The Breadcrumb Trail. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Benu". Phaidon Bookstore. Phaidon. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Michael Bauer (December 26, 2012). "Benu, chef-owner Corey Lee rise to 4-star level". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ Benu: Press

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