Black Cat

4.6
443 reviews
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Transport back in time to the magic of a true Supper Club: swinging live music, sinful libations and delicious global cuisine! Our bands come from anywhere and everywhere and will serenade you at the winner of San Francisco's Most Romantic Restaurant!

Tickets typically range from $15-$30 and include stage view at a VIP table downstairs. We also have bar seating and standing room available nightly at discounted prices, as well as our Lobby Bar (located one floor above the music) with FREE entry!

True to its roots, the space combines grit with glam in the city’s historic arts and entertainment district. Operations Partner Zach Pace leads the concept. The menu features modern American supper club, timeless cocktails, and a grower-producer champagne collection. With the perfect mix of curated music and live entertainment, Black Cat has something for everyone.
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FD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Black Cat. I had an amazing experience! The staff there are so great! They were knowledgeable about the space, the show, the menu, just everything. We were served graciously and efficiently. Our server Kat was so helpful and really nice! Also I had a personal emergency of a bloody knee (having tripped and skinned it badly on the SF streets). Kat was so helpful, and Ryan brought over some bandaids that did the trick! Thanks a lot to both Kat & Ryan!
The show itself was amazing! Such a beautiful ambience and wonderful feeling all over! Also the food and drinks - simply delicious! I would definitely go back and have already recommended it to several of my friends!

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l
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Venue. The service was amazing - the staff were very friendly and professional. Music was great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 5

Terrible experience don’t really want to get into it but I won’t ever be going back

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Going out on Valentines is never a great idea but it’s a new relationship and our first Valentines and Even though I thought 125 per person was steep I thought I could deal with it for the night. However when I was charged $343 well before Valentines I couldn’t believe it! I called and the manager smuggly said that it should be assumed there was extra taxes and fees. Seriously? 125 upcharge isn’t enough you have to charge people an extra 100 dollars on top of it. The food was subpar, they put me in an aisle where my chair was constantly getting kicked by the service staff. It was a waste of money.

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DL
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It occupies a niche for an interesting evening. We had a mixed experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow I can’t say enough good things about this place! The atmosphere was intimate, the food was outstanding, the drinks were incredible & the music was amazing! Will definitely recommend to any and everyone. I already can’t wait for the next time!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The music, ambiance, and service are always great. However the prices for food and drinks is exorbitant ($22 for a glass of not great champagne?!). The food quality has gone down since we started coming here. Go for the experience, not for dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were told we would have the table for 2 hours but were asked to leave after 1 hour 45 minutes. It's a small thing but slightly dishonest and slightly soured what would have been an overall excellent experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you want to enjoy some jazz and nice meal in an intimate setting, this is the place to go. Romantic. Sultry vibe. Great service. Good place for a date night.

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service have absolutely improved since my last visit. The music, as always, was excellent.

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FB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, vibe, service and management. If they add valet parking then it'll be perfect.

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S
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big shout out to Matty for his amazing service! We gave him full permission to pick out appetizers, main course and desserts out along with a pairing of beverages and it was delicious! Ambiance is awesome and the band was fantastic--top notch. Thank you for such a memorable evening!

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CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rough location in the Tenderloin (just uber), but the venue, drinks, food, and music are worth it!

Went on a Friday night. Music was close, personal, and fun. It’s quite loud though, so don’t expect to do a lot of conversing.

Lamb burger, mussels, and duck fat fries were delicious. Tenderloin Manhattan was unique (espresso and artichoke liquer?!) and exceptionally good. Servers were friendly.

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JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Amazing but service slow af. Music was extraordinary and food delicious. I felt like i was in a movie. Great date night!!!

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C
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A surprise find! The venue was wonderful, so was the live music, which balanced out the average quality of food and less-than-attentive service. Overall we had a great time.

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere for live jazz entertainment and very good cocktails. The dinner menu was moderate but not exceptional, but the salads and appetizers were good. I would recommend the Black Cat to anyone who enjoys good, live jazz music. We enjoyed Johnny O'Neal and his NYC trio. The wait staff was very accommodating and we enjoyed meeting the Owners, who were there to insure that their patrons were receiving good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was much better this time.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's like stepping into a NYC jazz club. Fantastic music and great food. Cocktails--both dinner menu and bar menu--are outstanding.

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b
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for great music and food and date. Both bands were great and atmosphere festive

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RR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great night out celebrating a birthday at the black Cat.

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J
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere.

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Craft cocktails were amazing. They are very strict about their reservation times....however, our table was ready an hour after our scheduled time. We had delicious drinks in the upstairs bar to pass the time. Our servers in the dining area and bar were awesome. The floor manager offered to buy a round and then charged us, so that was a little weird. The music was awesome! Overall it was a great night.

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JC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. We sat downstairs during their New Year's Eve event. The food was amazing and we loved the performers that evening.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was New Years Eve and our plans changed last minute so we were looking for something fun to see the new year in. We chanced upon the Black Cat and could not have asked for a better way to see in 2019. We had a front row table downstairs, the 4 course meal was lovely, the wine perfect, and the band was truly outstanding. Plus the Black Cat staff could not have been more fun and friendly. We won’t be waiting until next NYE to visit again. Thank you to everyone at the Black Cat for an amazing evening.

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LV
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All the talent here is amazing --- behind the bar, cooking in the kitchen, waiting the tables and on stage! The space is lovely, cozy and transports you to a bygone era filled with stylish folks, inventive cocktails & great jazz. Only minor thing is the discrepancy in the cover charge, the price advertised online when I booked the reservation was less than what I was charged for my party. I would have paid the higher price anyway given how much of a good time we had but a little transparency wouldn't hurt next time.

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n
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

nice music, nice interior, nice righting
i’m so fun!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time and special night when going to black cat!

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S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Kicked off our holiday season in a perfect way with 2 fantastic jam sessions, delicious cuisine and wonderful ambience. Sarah our server was terrific.

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s
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

while there is no disabled access, with the great support of the wait staff, and my friends, I made it downstairs - where wonderful food and fabulous live jazz awaited me and my friends! My friends are in their 30s and 40s, and I'm 73 and we ALL had a great time - by all means check this place out, especially if you enjoy really creative cocktails.

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MC
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not a fan!!

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J
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

TIGHT JAZZ & TASTY FOOD

Friday night with reservations at 7:30 for a table of 3. They charged us $25 a person and warned us of a 2 hour maximum service at our table via email when I confirmed. I appreciated the up-front communication about their policies before arriving at 7pm. Come prepared to spend money if you're hungry or thirsty. This place isn't cheap and is totally worth the splurge.

Even though we were 30 minutes early, we were greeted very warmly and seated immediately at a table downstairs very near the stage. The band had just started their first set. We were never asked to leave, but did vacate our spot shortly before 9:30 when I think the band was almost finished with their second set.

Mike was our very friendly and attentive server. He took our drink order and didn't balk at our staggered ordering of food. Our water glasses were also never empty and the bus person was very on the ball with clearing empty dishes. I enjoyed my Invisible Old Fashion and possibly convinced them to change the name to Disappearing Old Fashion.

Pianist Matias Carbajal and his quintet played their hearts out for us. They were absolutely fantastic and I am impressed The Black Cat attracted this renowned Mexico City jazz musician. I could've sat there listening to them all night.

The food exceeded my expectations in quality and taste, but be prepared to spend a pretty penny on smallish portions. We had the fried olives, yellowfin tuna tartare, beet salad, and miso trout. I loved the food, but would say one should come for the jazz. The well-prepared food is just the icing on the cake.

No need to book a "VIP" table, as the table we sat at was completely unobstructed and very cozy.

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CB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Music, ambiance, and food was fantastic. The wine was great as well. Sadly, the service was horribly slow and inattentive. Took over an hour for appetizers to arrive and a couple of hours before the main course arrived. Our order wasn't even taken until we had been there for more than half an hour. Had to constantly remind the wait staff that we were present and had ordered. Hope this improves, because otherwise it's a great place.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The 2 live ands were incredible. I wasn't expecting such good food but it surely was! I would definitely recommend this place and will be going back.

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EF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible seating, terrible service, overpriced sums up my BlackCat experience.

First they make you reserve a $20 person seat. I requested bar seating so we could be seated next to each other and they offered a tiny table in a corner blocked by the crowed next to the server station. We were constantly bumped into, our food order didn't arrive all at the same time and the drinks were incorrect.

We won't be coming back and I won't be recommending Black Cat to others.

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RD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Black Cat has amazing music and a great space to see it. But there service and food leaves a lot to be desired. Our service was comically bad on a Saturday night (a 45+ minute wait between entrees and dessert) and the food was nothing to rave about. Great to see live music, but would probably just go to the bar next time.

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l
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and fantastic service. Food surpassed my expectations. I would recommend sitting far from the live music, or bring ear plugs, otherwise it was a stellar experience.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful venue with amazing live music. Incredibly overpriced. The service started out very warm and welcoming but there was a shift change and our kind server was replaced by a lackluster gentleman who forgot about us for long periods of time. It is LOUD but it’s an intimate space and the performers were awesome. The food was decent but very expensive. Drinks were yummy but again costly. Considering we paid $50 already to see the show it was an expensive night and the food wasn’t that creative and didn’t blow us away. Just standard small plates, cheese boards, deviled eggs-the usual stuff at a high price. The thing that bothered us the most was that they only let you book the table for two hours. The show started at 6:30, we were seated by 6:40 and by 7:30 the band went on a break. We waited and waited and by 8:20 realized they weren’t coming back for a while. Also, our server completely ignored us once it became clear we weren’t ordering a ton of food and drinks. He brought our check at 8:20 and we hadn’t even asked for it. We still had 25 minutes for our table! We felt rushed out. The water service deserves its own 5 stars because every time I took a sip someone magically appeared to refill my glass. We ended up spending $130 for a 1 hour show, 2 apps and a drink. I don’t mind spending money but I want my money’s worth. All in all I think this is a good place to see jazz if you don’t mind shelling out the big bucks and can bribe the servers to let you stay longer.

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CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date spot. We went on a Sunday evening. Music was fantastic. Service was fast and friendly. Food and drinks were both delicious. Only negative was the location in the middle of the Tenderloin.

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