Corey Lee at Benu


Chef Corey Lee is from Seoul, Korea. He is an author and the chef/owner of Benu, In Situ, and Monsieur Benjamin. His career has spanned over 20 years of working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including a tenure as head chef at The French Laundry where his work was recognized with a James Beard Award. His restaurant Benu receive three Michelin stars, four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, and the AAA Five Diamond Award.


  • Best Chef: Pacific
    James Beard Foundation
  • Three Stars (Benu)
    Michelin Guide
  • Four Stars
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Best New Chefs
    Food & Wine
  • Nominee for Best Chef: West
    James Beard Foundation
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

My Restaurants

  • Benu
    22 Hawthorne St
    San Francisco, CA
  • In Situ
    San Francisco, CA

Where I Eat

From My Menu

Chef Adam Tortosa reviews Lobster coral xiao long bao at Benu
$$$$ | French/Belgian | Asian | Modern | American
"This is the best restaurant I have ever been to—it's that simple. There is so much talent and restraint in every dish, it's insane. I'm jealous. I love the xiao long bao on the tasting menu."
Chef Melissa Perello reviews Eel, feuille de brick, crème fraîche, & lime at Benu
$$$$ | French/Belgian | Asian | Modern | American
"Aside from the fact that they are delicious, it's just a creative preparation, from the crisp of the brick dough to the combination of the crème fraîche and lime zest. I could eat a thousand of them."
Chef Shaun Hergatt reviews Sockeye salmon w/ steamed custard at Benu
$$$$ | French/Belgian | Asian | Modern | American
"This egg custard with salmon roe, smoked daikon, radish, and okra is so interesting!"
Chef David Chang reviews Pigs' head w/ Momofuku lentil miso at Benu
$$$$ | French/Belgian | Asian | Modern | American
"I recommend the pigs' head with lentil hozön and bönji, pickles, red wine vinegar, and lentils from Benu by chef Corey Lee."

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