272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge

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Located on Civic Center Plaza across the street from the Asian Art Museum, 272 Soluna Cafe and Lounge offers a classic Californian-American Cuisine.
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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I chose 272 Soluna because I was attending a show at A.C.T.'s Strand Theatre that night, and the restaurant is within walking distance of the theatre. The food was outstanding: delicious spinach soup that was more spinach than cream, with lovely intense flavor, and the Tuna Nicoise salad had all kinds of tasty touches, including perfectly prepared ahi slices.
The restaurant is also charming inside, with creative use made of its long, narrow space,
My one caveat is that they were understaffed. I waited at least 10 minutes at my table before a server arrived. I was never asked about coffee or dessert, which I would not have had time for anyway, given the waiting times (I had arrived at 6 in order to be able to leave by 7, which I was barely able to do). I'd strongly suggest that they staff up for weekend nights, as with "Hamilton" playing around the corner, along with shows at the Strand, many people will dine early.
Even given this, I would recommend the restaurant based on food and location.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It was very weird being the only guests there on a Friday evening. Of course, this was just after Halloween, but still.

p
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pre- theater eatery! Service, cocktails and food was all superb. Loved the mac and cheese and the beet and citrus salad the best!

CA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved Soluna! Beautiful decor, comfortable, spacious. Food was excellent and there were a variety of choices and price options. The servers were ALL just wonderful. The ONLY reason I gave four stars instead of five for service is because initially it was kind of slow, to get our drinks and bread. But each person we interacted with was absolutely lovely and friendly. Highly recommend!

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and drinks, excellent service and perfect timed before going to Hamilton.

e
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Office lunch event with Hamilton show @ 1pm. Made reservations for 11:30 right when they opened. We were waiting outside for 10 minutes before opening- so were first in. Also left instructions of office appreciation event and show time @ 1pm. Service slow, asked for bread 2 times, ordered food and drink at same time and informed server of time crunch. When we ordered certain items on menu she informed us that they no longer offered that. (UPDATE YOUR MENUS!!-NOT HARD TO DO) 3 tables that arrived after us got food and drink first - 2 parties of 3 and a party of 2. When food finally arrived we had to rush to eat it and did not get the dessert we wanted to enjoy. :( When we did get the food and drink it was amazing. I will give them that. Would like to try again but they need more servers at lunch time. toooooo slllloooowwww.

S
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great spot to dine before the symphony, opera, museum. However, our server who usually works the lunch shift, was not very helpful with suggestions from the dinner menu. She was also informed that we needed to depart by a certain time, and when that time came around, we still didn't have our entrees.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The risotto was undercooked and the sauce was bland and burned.

A
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Good food, very poor service. We arrived at 5, wanting to leave by 6:40 (MAYBE 6:45) for a 7pm event. We had to push the staff a few times to be out in time.

It took three requests to get bread. It took two requests to get our wine opened. Our coffee was sitting on the bar counter, and we had to go up and ask if it was ours to get it delivered. Dessert was very slow in coming. We had to ask three times for the check.

The daily soup (cream of mushroom with truffles) was very good. The Brussels sprouts were also very good, and made just as requested, without the bacon. The schnitzel and spaetzle were good, with a very generous portion of schnitzel; the almond and sesame crusted ahi was also very good, as were the fingerling potatoes and the greens. Greens were fresh and crisp, with a nice light dressing, and the potatoes had a nice crisp thin crust on their cut sides.

The chef and the menu writer need to understand that neither pears nor strawberries are stone fruit (the menu featured a "stone fruit and arugula salad" with strawberries and pears). They also need to understand that pears are not peaches: the dessert we chose was billed as a spiced peach crumble, but was a spiced PEAR crumble. Dessert was very good (though served in an utterly impractical manner: in a mason jar, making the thing pretty much inaccessible), but not what was advertised.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent choice if going to a play at the Orpheum Theater

LL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent, prepared will and brimming with flavor. Portions were reasonable to large - the medium sized salads could easily be shared.

One knit-pick, which didn't materially change our experience but can't be ignored; three items we ordered (an appetizer, a main and a wine) were all unavailable (at 5:30 pm - not sold out, just not at all) We were not alerted of this til we ordered, which presented the awkward revisit/review of the menu. Pretty basic: tell us you're not serving something on the menu when we're have the introductions, drink orders etc.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and nice friendly atmosphere and wait staff. Men’s room was weirdly very hot and the urinal didn’t flush but otherwise a great experience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and our waitress was wonderful. Getting the food out is a little slow (but worth the wait). If you are going to a 7:00 pm show, make reservations no later than 5:15.. Enjoy, it is a wonderful restaurant.

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Soluna Cafe was a perfect dinner stop before our Hamilton performance just a few blocks from the Orpheum. We enjoyed a glass of wine for happy hour, then ordered comfort-food dinners that both my daughter and I enjoyed: brisket and weiner schnitzel for Oktoberfest. They also had a selection of salads for the calorie conscious. We had excellent service since most of the patrons were in the bar for happy hour until 6 pm. The ambience is dated, but the food was good, prices moderate, and location perfect!.

PC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our "evening before the theatre" at the Soluna Cafe. The server was attentive, the food was enjoyable, and the atmosphere was perfect. We will return!

B
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The main dishes were pretty ordinary, and the service was very slow

M
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious salads and ample servings lightly dressed to perfection. We had two ahi tuna dishes which were wonderful. The fis and chips was a bit soggy. More crunch next time

JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice date night! Plus walking distance to the theater

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the 8 hr braised beef, it was really good! Highly recommend

GC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We ordred salad and potatos bravas as first courses. They were served with our main course. Not good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner before Hamilton & celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Adriana was an excellent server!

LH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken and Waffles outstanding
Risotto was not great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this restaurant through the Orpheum theater website as being close to the theater. We ordered fairly quickly and still had time to get to the show. It wasn’t very busy in the dining area, and far enough from the bar to be able to talk to each other. Very good food. We each had a different entree.

s
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very friendly service team with some fresh and reliable and fresh foods. I was so amazed they brought water without asking for my service dog. The food itself is very solid but not the healthiest by my lights / some good salads but not great fish options (ahi not bad but not highest quality

A
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The drinks were really good in my opinion. The food; however, was mediocre at best considering the cost. Roughly 25-30$ a plate for something that was maybe on par with Cracker Barrel.

We seemed to have two waiters, our main waiter that took our orders seemed to forget about us a majority of the evening, the other was quite helpful and personable. We asked her about our food because it had been almost 40 minutes since we ordered and she brought it out immediately, making me think it was just sitting, but who knows.

We made a 5:30 reservation for a 7:00 showing at the Orpheum, and barely made it due to our wait between drinks/appetizer, entrees, and getting our check.

Just a note, it was probably 90 degrees inside. Also, there's no host at the front of the restaurant to field reservations, they're in the back behind the bar for anyone as confused as we were.

Overall, I'd give it a solid "meh", and probably not go back. We just thought it would be convenient due to its short walk from the theater. Also be prepared for junkies doing heroine outside on the sidewalk, nothing unusual for the tenderloin.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to see Hamilton at the Orpheum and Soluna is a five minute walk from the theaters.
We had a lovely, light dinner as the show started at 7. We will definitely return.

BE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to 272 Soluna for the first time before seeing Hamilton at the Orpheum. We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was inventive and tasty, the prices, especially the wine list, reasonable, and our server was incredibly attentive. This will be our go to restaurant for before-theater meals.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I enjoyed lunch at Soluna Cafe before going to a Matinee showing of Hamilton (incredibly convenient).
I had the Civic Burger, medium rare with fries. The burger was actually Medium Rare (not common among many restaurants that tend to over cook burgers). The brie cheese, sauce and onions made for a delicious meal. The fries, while relatively standard, were quite tasty. I especially liked their fries dipping sauce (alas I forget their name for it).
My daughter had the grilled cheese and tomato bisque soup, both of which she enjoyed immensely. She had a ginger-orange soda to drink, which was also quite tasty.
All told, I would definitely consider coming back should I be taking in another show at the Orpheum (not terribly common, as we live quite out of town).

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff were fantastic and very accommodating to our late arrival for a quick turnaround pre-theater dinner

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Soluna is a wonderful option for dinner before a performance at the Orpheum or a concert at the Opera House or Symphony Hall. The staff are extremely friendly, courteous, and well trained, the food is delicious and interesting, and the bar plentiful. Their goal seems to please and accommodate guests' preferences. It can be very busy before a performance at the Orpheum, so if one has the option of booking after 7pm, it is worth the quieter experience to go and enjoy a more leisurely dinner.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot wait to find a reason to go back! Loved the staff, food, ambiance, and the patrons!

JJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Overall interior is shabby. Quite dark in the back of the restaurant. Food is serviceable, nothing special.

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small, quaint, and colorful this restaurant was a short distance and was perfect before attending the Orpheum Theatre. We got there at 5:45 and was seated promptly. Our waiter was very attentive as he knew we were on a time schedule. He brought water and our wine immediately and took our order which was served quickly. We dined on the seared tuna with fingerling potatoes and salad. It was a delicious pairing with the Italian wine we selected. After we walked the few blocks to the theatre which was perfect after the generous portion. A definite go again.

LT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good service and a nice atmosphere for a pre-theater dinner. It was great!

OT
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soluna is a great meeting place. A bit small but food and service is over the top. Great find in the Civic Center area

DM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The place really needs to be upgraded and cleaned thoroughly. The food was really good but the ambiance took away from the experience.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a 6 p.m. reservation on a Saturday evening. Apparently, the restaurant is open pretty much to serve theater-goers. We ordered a glass of wine but it didn’t come until after we had finished our salad! And we had to remind the server about the wine. I suspect she was a new server. She was very sweet...too sweet;) Our main course came about 6:40. We had to eat fast to leave the restaurant by 7:15. The food is good. I ordered the burger; my husband ordered the brisket. The dining experience just seemed rushed. Not sure I’ll go back before a nearby event again.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad we stumbled on this little gem. We were looking for a place that would take a 5pm reservation, walkable for 7pm show to Orpheum, and this fit the bill. Had a variety of innovative menu options and it was hard to decide what to choose! Our party of 5 each chose something different so we had quite a sampling of the options. Everyone loved their choices, from Chicken and Waffles to Brisket to Snitzel, to Hamburger, etc. Everyone ate every bite and came away satisfied. Our server was delightful. Decent beer and cocktail selection. Reasonable prices for SF.

FP
Sacramento
158 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After reading some of the reviews, I was a bit nervous about this restaurant, but we had a wonderful dining experience. Upon arrival, the restaurant was busy, but we were seated promptly. There was a bit of a wait to place our drink order and then to get our drinks, but nothing that I would consider excessive. Our server was polite and professional, and he took our dinner orders shortly after our drinks arrived. My husband ordered the risotto, which was not a classic risotto, but had a rather Moroccan twist, with unusual spices, and a wonderful umami from the mushrooms. We agreed that it was delicious. I had the seared ahi, which was accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes and a small frisee salad. The ahi was superb, very fresh and perfectly seared. The accompanying potatoes and salad were perfectly seasoned and delicious. For dessert, we had the chocolate mousse, and it was perfection. The texture was silky- smooth, and it had a rich, deep chocolate flavor. The decor of the restaurant is vaguely Moroccan, I loved the large, colored, metal lamps and draped ceiling. Because of the draped ceiling and wood floors, the restaurant is particularly quiet, and I loved that.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was terrific. Very engaging; really made us feel special! We'll be back!