Soluna Café & Lounge’s mid-town location, innovative menu and progressive chef makes this city favorite a winning choice for private group dining, and Soluna’s plentiful array of designer cocktails and fine wine list will please every guest.View Private Dining Details
The service was as slow as it could be. Food was inventive, but nothing to rave about. Don’t finpre theatre, you’ll
Never make curtain
Soluna was always a mix for me -- like the atmosphere and the food was ok enough. Went for lunch. Only about 6 tables occupied at peak time. Despite this, server couldn't see fit to check for water. Apathetic at best. Think it's time to cross it off my list .
Overpriced and average
I will definately return to Soluna as I enjoy the ambience, nobody is yelling or disputing issues.
the clientele is usually mature and there to enjoy a good meal and then off to the symphony, ballet or opera. It smells good when you enter and most everybody speaks in a modulated voice.
It is comfortable, and the food is well presented and flavorful. I am so glad to have found a place near the symphony that makes you happy to be in the neighborhood.
Delicious dinner prior to SFBallet performance. Perfect start to a lovely evening. I ordered the 8 hour Brisket which was tender and moist served with creamy mashed potatoes and tasty roasted Brussel sprouts. My friend had the ahi dish And throughly enjoyed it too.
I really like Soluna. We had a really great server and delicious food. The ambiance is nice but casual and the booths really comfy. Overall it was an excellent experience.
Soluna used to be a real hot spot in the Civic Center area but it was very quiet on the day I went for lunch. Good lunch menu - we split a Cuban sandwich (very moist) which came with fries and macaroni and cheese. The macaroni was made with a variety of white cheeses and bacon - very creamy.
A friend and I had dinner at the restaurant before the theater. The restaurant wasn't that crowded, but it took a few minutes for the host to greet us. We essentially stood in the doorway for 2-3 minutes without being acknowledged by any staff. He seated us, and then it was another significant period (maybe a little under 10minutes) before we were greeted by a waiter, which turned out to be the host. He looked very disinterested in serving us - didn't first ask us if we wanted a drink or even water. We gave our order first because we had theater tickets, and as he started to leave, I stopped him to put in our drink orders. I do acknowledge the young waiter who brought our food (which I thought was mediocre) - he was VERY friendly, asked what play we were seeing, and let us know that he was going to NY for his bday and scheduled to see the same play. He was so sweet and authentic. As I looked around for the waiter to bring our check, I noticed the host hanging out at the bar with a bunch of other guys just chatting. It was not the most pleasant dining experience.
Great service and food. Ate there before a show at Orpheum Theatre. Highly recommended for a good meal and great service that's not too expensive.
Shrimp Fritters very good... Ahi Tuna A++ one of the best dishes I’ve had here. Cooked perfectly with just enough seasoning not to overpower the tuna.... only disappointment was the fairly tasteless sorbet. Been here about 10-22 times and Soluna Café is consistently good!
We ate here because it is very convenient to the theater district and had availability on the same day. The dishes we had were good including ahi salad and braised brisket. We could've passed on dessert as they had run out of the caramel sauce (seeing as how we were the first customers for dinner, I'm thinking more they didn't prepare it then they ran out) and the ice cream was only fair. However, overall, the dinner dishes were excellent and our server was pleasant and attentive.
Nice ambience. Small corner booths allow intimacy. Food was delicious. A little on the expensive side. I will go back however! Good for pre-ballet, concert or theater dining.
Nice place in a restaurant free zone near Civic Center to have a business lunch. Good salads and quiet.
Food was very good. Enjoyed the music being played. Quiet enough for a business meeting to occur.
If it hadn't been for 'Dead Poets Society' being played on the big screen, I would have rated the ambience higher. I would have appreciated if they had put the Warriors game on instead of a CNN show. The waiter was professional and helpful. The food was quick to our table after we ordered. It was delicious and my coulette steak was cooked to my requested doneness perfectly. The dessert was a dark chocolate mousse that was more like pudding. The texture wasn't pleasing but the taste was okay. This was our third visit here and probably, won't be our last.
Great meal before a show at the Orpheum. They were out of the 2 mains I wanted to choose which should have been disclosed up front. The charcuterie was very good and my friends Mac and Cheese with pancetta, was perfection. I would go back and give them a try again.
Excellent food, I tried my friends dishes and they were all delicious... wish I had also ordered them. Will be going back more often.
Our second time back! would do so a third time. Nice staff, accommodating, too. The food was excellent.
Came here before seeing a show at the Orpheum. Good food, service was lacking a bit but didn't bother me a whole lot. Nice ambiance and there was a good crowd when we went.
The service was undeniably slow but our server was the only staff member working the entire restaurant. Considering his circumstances he was incredibly pleasant, communicative and was hustling his booty off. We appreciated the experience and were empathetic to the situation. The burger with Brie was amazing and we left full and satisfied. Would definitely come back!
My friend had the burger - as always. It's the best burger in town and the fries are good too.
I opted for the dungeness crab croquettes and I can't wait to go back for more while they are in season.
Meanwhile I eyed the chicken being devoured at an adjacent table.
Bummer this time. The fried chicken was soggy and cold. Enough said.
Wonderful food prepared to perfection! Very lucky to have discovered it.
Hit and miss. Hits: Octopus, clams, decor, artwork. Misses: Caesar salad poor presentation, gummy onions and skimpy on anhcovies;brussels sprouts sweet and boring; stressed waiter; iffy but convenient neighborhood;Musty smell.
I hate to write a bad review because the food was excellent as it was two months ago when we returned after a long hiatus from the restaurant. But the service was awful. We don't blame the waiter, who was on his second day of employment. He tried hard and he was very pleasant. It was the kitchen and the bar. We knew that something must be amiss when it took 20 minutes to fill our cocktail order at a point when the restaurant was still relatively empty. I ordered a salade Nicoisse. It was served a decent time after I ordered, but my wife's risotto, ordered at the same time as mine, did not come with it. We waited and waited for the risotto. I could have eaten three servings of the Nicoisse in that time frame. It finally arrived after a 40 minute wait. We had theatre tickets and so we left as soon as my wife finished the risotto. We skipped dessert and paid in cash because we feared we would have another long wait for the restaurant to process our credit card. In all, we arrived at 6 pm and departed at 7:45, having had just one course and a cocktail.
A short walk from Civic Center or the Orpheum, this is a nice place for a lunch or dinner when you're looking for good food, friendly service and a peaceful atmosphere. Dinner menu is divided into : small dishes, medium and large. The wait staff was more than willing to share how the kitchen could adapt some of the menu items to fill the needs of one of our group, the vegetarian.
We shared a salad (big enough for a starter for 2 or 3) and each ordered an entree. We finished with a shared dessert, and all enjoyed our dinners. There is a good wine list and beer choices as well.
Great post matinee meal. Good tasting grass fed beef burger, nice pleasant service. Well priced, easy in and out.
Our go-to restaurant before ACT performances. Food was delicious and service outstanding. Quiet enough for easy conversation. Always look forward to our pre-theater lunches!
Loved my charred caesar salad. Great place for lunch before our show at the Strand. Parking in the SOMA Grand lot on Mission was easy, convenient, and affordable.
We love to go here before we head over to The Strand Theater, a few blocks away. The service we received at Soluna was excellent, friendly, helpful and professional. Our waitress was wonderful. I ordered the seared tuna salad and it was delicious. The fish was fresh; the other ingredients were tasty and also very fresh. My husband had the hamburger with fries and he said that everything was very good. The bread was served hot and crusty...just the way we like it! For dessert, we shared the pear crumble...and it was yummy!!!!
My grilled caesar salad was inedible: bland yet fishy tasting dressing, limp lettuce and rancid oily croutons. Also, while apparently cokes and ice teas came with free refills, lemonades were charged by the glass, yet the waitress did not bother to mention this when bringing subsequent rounds of drinks to the table.
Good food, nice atmosphere, service needs work. Wine wasn't served until halfway through the mill.
We loved the old city ambiance and throwback cocktail list. Our server was extremely personal and we enjoyed our meal. So nice to be able to hear each other and talk over dinner.
We had not been to Soluna for some time, and enjoyed our return. There were few customers, which is unusual for a Friday evening. We had made our reservation on Open Table. The couple seated next to us had tried to make a reservation on Open Table but there were no times available. So they made their reservation over the phone. Our server commented that the problem with Open Table might explain why there were so few customers. We have had a similar experience with a popular restaurant in Berkeley. According to Open Table there were no times available. We have called the restaurant and alway been able to make a reservation.
We met a friend for dinner and had a nice time. The menu was interesting and the food well prepared. The service was great--they even charged our visitor's smart phone while we ate. The menu was a bit pricey; we would go again when we are in the neighborhood.
Very good food, wide variety, good value near civic center and orpheum theater where there are few nice places nearby.
In the past, I would rate the food as "good", but this time the food was "excellent". I had a terrific pork ragu with burata cheese. My wife had the vegetable risotto. We recommend both. The only negative experience was that the olives in the martinis had pits! Take them out!
I am always reluctant to write this kind of review, but since I had such a deplorable experience, I want to warn others. I have eaten at Soluna in the past, and have had satisfactory experiences, but this time's experience will have me avoiding this restaurant in the future. Our first course, their cheese and meat Charcuterie, was minuscule, hardly worth the $21.00 price, and the cheeses (two tiny selections) and meats (also 2 small selections) were not fresh! Then we both had the first course selection of their Tuna Niçoise Salad, that like the Chacuterie, the tuna was not fresh, tasteless, and over greens that had an unpleasant taste. Having been in the business, I felt obliged to share this with our waiter, who apologized profusely, but took no other action. Again, being familiar with the restaurant business, I know how a review of this sort can impact a restaurant, and consequently, as I said, was reluctant to write such a scathing review, but now you are forewarned and go there at your own risk of having a similar disappointing experience.
I think Soluna survives mainly because it's the only fairly nice place within easy walking distance of the state buildings on McAllister. Service at lunch on a weekday was indifferent at best, almost resentful. Food was adequate, nothing more.
1. It took the waiter 20 mins to bring a bottle of Preellegrono. Second bottle ordered never made it to the table.
2. He completely forgot about the bottle of wine we ordered and only remembered about it when serving our dinner. Eventually the wine arrived halfway through dinner (~40 mins after we were seated)
3. Food tasted fine, unfortunately I was violently sick after the Tuna Nicoise Salad I had.
What a disaster!
Never going there again!