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272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
  • Address:
    272 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solunasf.com
  • Email: info@solunasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 621-2200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 7:30pm

    NOTE: Kitchen closes at 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Comfort Food, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit our website at www.solunasf.com and view our Events Menu for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special Events are welcome. Please contact Rene Denis or Dave Bullers for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkin
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot located beneath Civic Center Plaza and on Larkin between McAllister and Larkin. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.
A word from 272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
Located on Civic Center Plaza across the street from the Asian Art Museum, 272 Soluna Cafe and Lounge offers a classic Californian-American Cuisine.
Diner Reviews
  • "A small but very well run restaurant with a lively bar scene. Great food and service."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "When the food was delivered to our table, one of the dishes was on the "cold" side. My friend asked if it could be heated up and the waiter said it wouldn't be a problem. The only problem was, it took forever to get her food back and we were waiting until it came to start our food. In the meantime, our meals cooled off."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Is close to good parking and the the Orpheum, Opera and Ballet. They are very amenable to splitting orders and food portions are good."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant within an easy walk of "Speakeasy", an experiential theater piece staged near city hall, so we selected Soluna for proximity, not for expected excellence. We were pleasantly surprised by the ambience, the quality of the food and service: our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful: for example, she gave our friend a taste of wine to try before ordering. The food was beautifully presented and delicious and the price was quite reasonable. I would go again and I recommend this restaurant. Particularly good: the chocolate mousse dessert and the tuna caesar salad."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Soluna. I used to work in the area, and would regularly go there for lunch with colleagues. Last year, when planning our City Hall nuptials, we decided to host our wedding lunch there (ps- it went off without a hitch- best day ever). This last weekend we decided to return for our anniversary. We had reservations at seven- it was great timing because the crowd was mostly a pre-show group, and the restaurant cleared out around 8:00pm. We had such a nice, long relaxing dinner. The food was AMAZING and the service was perfect. We'll definitely return again soon!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We needed a last minute place for dinner before the ballet. Would recommend for this - they get the timing required, and service is pretty snappy. Food overall was just meh - a little salty - but was completely fine for before the ballet. I'd do it again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Staff is pleasant. Some dishes so-so, some good. Food took almost an hour to arrive. Dim light is can't hide fact that bathrooms are gross."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Come here for lunch a lot -- there's something for everyone on the menu, the prices are extremely reasonable, the food is delicious, and the portions are ginormous -- servers are always friendly and helpful. It's the proverbial, what's not to like?"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I haven't been to Soluna in a while and was pleasantly surprised by both the attentive waitstaff, the expanded menu and the excellent food. A welcome respite in the restaurant desert of Civic Center."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Soluna is one of my favorite restaurants for many reasons: perfect location near the Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall and the Orpheum and great food. However, --and this is a rarity-- we were disappointed this week with the veggie burger, made from a mushroom-garbanzo mixture that completely fell apart when you tried to eat it. The flavor wasn't bad, but in retrospect I should have requested catsup and mustard. I should know better, though. The regular beef hamburger (the Civic burger) is one of the best in town, and I should have just gotten that. But if you do order the veggie burger, just be prepared to eat it with a fork. It's a great restaurant and it's rare to feel disappointed with the food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Soluna...from start to finish. The ambiance is stylish, but cozy. Our food was delicious, and service was impeccable - professional and efficient but still friendly and down to earth. Cocktails are delicious and well-balanced, and the wine list is interesting and has a lot of diverse choices to suit all palates. The food is amazing - the pork chop is smoky and tender, the mac-and-cheese is creamy, crunchy, and utterly decadent! Highly recommend the brussels sprouts as well...and the soup of the day...actually, everything we had was perfect! All of the waitstaff was smiling, efficient, and performed their jobs with the perfect blend of friendliness and professionalism. We loved Soluna, and look forward to recommending it!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I have been t this restaurant before and was always satisfied, and it was no different this time. The Atlantic Char was delicious and cooked to perfection. However, if you are expecting a plate piled with food, you won't get it. The portions are very European, and will not leave you feeling stuffed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. The drinks were delicious as was the food that was offered. Stunning view of city hall at night. Wonderful experience that I would recommend others try."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For the second time in a row, Soluna failed. Although the food was good, service was abyssmal. It started out OK, with appetizers and entrees appearing in a reasonable time. Then, service all but evaporated completely. We waited more than 20 minutes for our plates to be cleared. We decided to try dessert, although we had a performance to attend. A server didn't reappear for 10 minutes. We placed our dessert orders and watched the clock. Sure enough, another 20 minutes passed with no sign of our treats. We cancelled the dessert order, and asked for the check. It was more than 5 minutes for the check to arrive, then another 10 minutes while the server darted about with the check in the apron pocket. Needless to say, we were late for the show."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "At the next table, a couple canceled their dessert order, demanding their check, because it had been 20 minutes since they ordered and they would be late to the symphony. I believe them because it literally took us 30 minutes to get drinks! But then our entrees came when we had only eaten a few bites of our appetizers. The food was quite good, but they really need to iron out the pacing--especially since their main crowd is people headed to the symphony/ballet/opera."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Try the fried chicken..best in town. Surf n turf burger was fantastic as well. Service was impeccable. Will return many times."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Poor service, mediocre food and overpriced. We will not be back. We were there over 2 hours due to very slow service. One course never came. We will not return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We attend performances in the area regularly and usually dine before or after. I'm not sure why we hadn't tried this restaurant before, but we decided to try something other than our usual standbys. We're glad we did. We arrived bit before the lunch crowd, so easily found a table. It was a nice surprise. Our waitress was attentive and pleasant. The food was plentiful and good. Service was prompt (a concern given that we had tickets). We will go here again."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food and service are terrific and they always manage to get us to the Ballet or the Orpheum on time. The charcuterie boards are wonderful, with a good selection of cheeses and salumi combined with fabulous marinated olives, freshly made jam, good mustard and toasts. The duck carbonara was really good, with lots of duck prosciutto chips and a duck egg mixed into the past. The char was very tasty as well, with the warm fingerling potato salad and wild greens as accompaniments. My husband thought the Negroni he had was one of the best around. Don't miss the good wine selections as well. All in all, a wonderful start to a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We were seated promptly upon arrival at a corner table. The staff was very attentive. The food was delivered appropriately. This was a slow evening in the restaurant as there were only 4 other tables with dinners. The bar was busy and a bit noisy. We had a pleasant time before attending the SF Ballet."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Food was good, the cocktails were made with unique ingredients, service was good and they got us out the door to our show at the right time."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed this restaurant but thought the service was especially slow and uneven. I will give it another try as the food was good."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Waitress was classy. Food was great. Wine was excellent. Art was garish but it's all in the eye of the beholder."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Well, we picked the place because it was close to the Orpheum and had decent reviews. Overall, not a bad place and the food was decent but not spectacular. Had the signature dishes of mac and cheese, friend chicken and pancetta pasta. All good but again not great. The wait staff was very good and I did like the ambience of the place but like most of San Francisco, noise is always just bearable. The only part I really had a problem with was the glass of pinot I had. The wine was okay but the glass didn't smell clean. Maybe I have too good a nose but the clothe used to polish the wine glass maybe should be replaced more often! Other then that, I would give it a strong 3 stars!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was good, hopping bar scene (nice long happy hour!), good service at the start of the meal. However, as the restaurant grew more crowded, our server seemed to forget about us - took ages to get a second glass of wine at the table and then another long wait for the check. Also, aside from our main server, we had 2 - 3 others bringing items to our table - confusing to know who was responsible for us and if our server had left the restaurant. We were there for pre-theater dining; luckily we built in enough buffer that we weren't in danger of missing our show. Nice place, will return, but don't cut timing too close."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Small plates and a vibrant bar scene make this the ideal place to meet or eat before an evening of theater!!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "We went here before seeing the Book of Mormon at Orpheum Theater. It is close proximity to Opera and Symphony as well. Food was good and decent bar selection as well. Greatt way to start the night. However the service was a little lacking since they were busy and we had to ask for water multiple times, we also ordered a dessert, but the waitress forgot and when our check was brought we asked about it but it was too late since we had to get to the show. Also be careful when seated near the back, there is a curtain covering up a step and my mom fell as she was getting up from her seat. This is especially dangerous for elderly people."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Been here before multiple times and was looking forward to a good meal before a show. MaitreD was friendly and very accommodating and the food was good once we got it. The server seemed unaware about how to manage a table and how to focus and how to move the dinner along: drink mix-up at the beginning; wine sitting at the end of the bar for 10 minutes after we ordered it; didn't know who ordered the wine; took 40 minutes to get food even though we informed the server that we were going to a show and did not order a first course; ordered coffee at the end, waited 10 minutes, and finally had to go without it. Will return."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Soluna's food is excellent. The service was slow. They forgot a spoon for my husband's soup and it took quite some time to bring it. The music does not fit the feel of the place- too much rap and electronica. But overall food great, host great, and decor pleasing."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Very good dinner before an evening performance at the Orpheum. Within easy walking distance from BART, so we didn't have to drive our car into SF on New Year's Eve. Considering that our server was clearly new, she did an excellent job taking care of us. We made the reservation through OpenTable, and the restaurant followed up by calling us to confirm our reservation and inform us that New Year's Eve was a prix fixe dinner. We appreciated that level of customer service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great food, nice place to dine before going to the theater."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The menu was limited to a four course offering. The staff was not on point, since this was my first time here I can't say how they are normally. First the didn'ts. I didn't get a water glass, we didn't get steak knives until we asked, food came out out of sequence. the chicken breast was a bit tough and too salty. We didn't have any other issues though the tables next to us did. They both had complaints. One had a visit from the the host dude and sent food back. The dids. The food was good. Shrimp cocktail was tasty, my steak was tender and cooked perfectly. Veggies were fresh and also cooked perfectly. Mash potatoes we creamy and flavorful. Maybe the more seasoned staff had the night off? Otherwise we had a decent time here over all."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "To give credit, the food was very good and our waitress was very nice. My complaint is with the handoff/execution between the food and bar. We added the wine pairings and expected to get each pairing with the course. Unfortunately, each course was brought without the wine; the server had to tell the bartender to pour the appropriate wine and that took longer. Everyone was very apologetic and kept saying, "this is our first time doing this, we have to work the kinks out" If you can't execute a pairing properly, on New Year's Eve, then, just don't do it. I watched my soup get cold for 10 mins and then had to send it back. Also, we had to move to the bar for the dessert course because they were running behind - that was inconvenient."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Thought NYE pre-fixe menu was nice with enough choices. Liked the option of $20 wine pairing. Food was really good. Service was just okay. Host didn't want us to sit at the bar when we arrived early for a cocktail even though the place wasn't crowded."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I were in San Francisco for the night, and I picked this restaurant because of their risotto... and we weren't disappointed. The service was very good; waiters were very attentive to our needs, and not too pushy. Drinks were excellent, and the food, beyond expectations. The menu was a set menu for the NYE. We had the followings: For appetizers: the cocktail shrimp & roasted tomatoes bisque. The shrimp were delicious, although there was no need for so much sauce. The bisque was also very tasty, but too hot to enjoy right as it reached us. For main: we had the halibut with celery root puree & the vegetable risotto. Both were simply DELICIOUS! For dessert: we had the pineapple sorbet with some mint. A great refreshment."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food and service were terrific - just before the symphony - and the restaurant seating in the back was quiet and decorated nicely. Would have given 5 stars only the host really spoiled the beginning of the evening. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation (5 pm for a 5:15 pm reservation). When we asked if we could be seated early, the host said no because there were big parties with reservations at 5 pm. We waited 10 more minutes with no one else entering the restaurant, only two tables seated in the back, and the host ignoring us. He finally returned to seat us 5 minutes before our reservation time with no other parties having entered or been seated. The server noticed, apologized and took great care of us from that point on."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food was outstanding for the most part, save the very boring halibut dish that was highly recommended by the wait staff as the favorite. Everything else had so much flavor, I was surprised the bland fish dish was the favorite. The wait staff was not very well-educated on the wines, so make your own decisions, and enjoy your favorites. The duck pasta appetizer, burger & fries, and fried chicken were great. The butternut squash & bacon hash that came with the fried chicken was a meal in itself! Ambiance is quite nice, but kids were welcome & appropriate there. The menu was definitely kid friendly. I would highly recommend giving it a try!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We have eaten at Soluna three times before theater or symphony performances. They are only 2 blocks from the Orpheum and quite close to the symphony and opera, and it is obvious that most of their business comes from this crowd. In the past, we have been quite satisfied--the food is good and reliable, generally in the California comfort food category. On our last visit, they seemed to be backed up in the kitchen and maybe short of waitstaff. We had 6:30 reservations and arrived early, but could not be seated right away. We ordered around 6:35, but did not receive our entrees until 7:35, and had only 10' to eat. Despite the fact that the kitchen was obviously backed up, we got no information from the waitstaff until we asked about our food."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "right near Civic Center/City Hall. We went just before getting married - perfect for that. Good menu choices, very good service, very good food. Comfortable interior. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Went to Soluna for lunch with a friend on 12/23. Had read reviews that the service was a bit of a hit or miss, but I decided to try it anyways. Well, the reviews were correct. Must have waited at least 20 min. for a menu and water, and that was only after I had complained to a waitress. After placing our order, 40 min. went by and we still did not receive our food. Could not wait any longer so I asked the waitress to pack our food to go. The food came 10-5 min. later. It's unfortunate that the service and timeliness of our order was so bad because the food was actually very good. I had the soup of the day and the chicken & applewood smoked bacon sandwich. I recommend Soluna for the food but only go there if you have a lot of time on hand."
    Dined on 12/23/2013