Black Cat

4.6
383 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Late-night Find
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 play nightly. Tickets typically range from $10-$25 and include a reservation in tables downstairs.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Tue, Sun 6:00 pm–12:00 am
Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–2:00 am
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Phone number
(415) 358-1999 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Leavenworth
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Parking details
Parking in the Tenderloin is very limited. Our patrons are strongly encouraged to use public transportation or any number of the ride share services offered in the city.
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Public transit
We are centrally located within 3 blocks from Civic Center BART and all Market St. muni lines, as well as the 19, 27, 31, and 38. If driving is the only option, there are many parking garages in the area; Jam Parking at 155 Eddy, EZ Public Parking at 333 Jones, and California Parking Inc. at 199 Turk are the closest three.
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Entertainment
BY SUBMITTING THIS RESERVATION, YOU ARE PURCHASING TICKETS TO THE SHOW. Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to other people. No-shows or cancellations shall be charged the full ticket price per person to the card on file. Proceeds for the tickets go to the musical act and support live music here at Black Cat.

We have a two hour limit on our tables, but we are always happy to move your party to the bar area if you would like to stay longer and let the good times roll!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 383 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

An authentic jazz club, great music, great decor, amazing vibe/energy. Takes you back to another era, this place is as real as it gets. Was blown away everyone was having such a great time, looked around the room and didn't see a single person on their phones, everyone was enjoying the music, having conversations, working on drinks. A rarity in SF or anywhere for that mater. Can't recommend enough for any fans of jazz, live music, or a unique night out.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Black Cat is a find! Beautiful jazz club with an intimate style. I’ve been there 3 times and have enjoyed the very high caliber of musicians!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Every visit has been an amazing experience. Great staff, food, ambiance and music. Absolutely love this gem.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Black Cat is a cool venue. The service was mediocre. After 20 minutes of sitting with no menus, water, or drinks, I had to flag someone down. The prices for the food are on the high side, which makes the lack of service all the harder to bear. Plus they charge you $20 per person cover in addition to your meal. So for 5 people with a couple of less expensive wines, only a couple of shared apps and dessert, we paid over $600. I am not one to shy from an expensive meal. But this was simply not good value. I might go again, but I would only go for drinks. The meal was just not worthwhile.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was just ok. Portions and price terrible. Over $300 for 4 people. We have been to 5 star steakhouses and paid this much. Will only come back for music.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was salty and overpriced. We were so excited to see the live jazz, but the singer was just ok and was borderline obnoxious in between sets. We left pretty quickly after eating

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2018

More if a bar than restaurant. Open table has it listed as top place to eat. There's like 4 entrees to choose from. Would get better reviews as a bar.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Top shelf SF small music venue

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

WOW!!!! Such a treat.... Great food and service. The music and venue were amazing. Can't wait to return. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Fantastic spot in the tenderloin. Awesome music, great food, and wonderful service.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Food was good but expensive for what you get. The band was terrible....then great in the 2nd half of performance. Drinks are good but pricey. All told. $200 for 2 is not cheap...but this is a great place

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Incredible place to get a delicious meal with skillfully prepared drinks, while watching live jazz.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Amazing restaurant and the music was just what we wanted to hear. The food was also outstanding, especially the desserts. Will definitely be going back again :)

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Nice place for listening live jazz. We had pretty nice date with my wife. Definitely could recommend to anyone who fond of jazz and blues!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food was good, but not extraordinary. The venue was dark, so presentation and quality were lacking.

The $15 musician fee per diner was excessive. I understand the reasoning, however, we were not there more than two hours or for the headliner.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Very efficient and friendly. The entertainment was terrific.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We were seated in the upper section behind a pole which was annoying.. the sound was fine but not the experience I had last time when we were seated down in front

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Black Cat was excellent. ......music....food.....etc....worth the visit

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Good food, fun atmosphere

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Went there for a date night and had sooo much fun. Intimate, romantic, hip and unique. Great food, great live music, great service.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Frendly and good atmosphere. Reasonible price good location

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great that Black Cat is located in the Tenderloin district of SF, one block from where the great Black Hawk jazz club was once located. I hope that this venue can contribute to this historic district's revitalization. I liked the music offered by the promising Canadian bassist Marika Galea and her group. But I had two major qualms. First, although I appreciated the effort to incorporate Asian elements into the menu to reflect the new demographics of Tenderloin, the quality of the food was mediocre at best --trying to make up for the poor quality of the food by focusing on presentation than content. Second, it was annoying that tables near me had parties that would talk and laugh loudly over the music and the waiters did nothing to ask them not to do so. There was a bar in the back of the basement dining room and in the upstairs area so if folks wanted to talk rather than focus on the music, they could sit there. One of the loud parties was seated right next to the pianist so it was impossible for me to focus on the music. The waiters tried hard to be attentive, but they were annoying and fussy when I was there to listen to the music. In summary, it's unclear what the Black Cat wants to be. If this is suppose to be one of the premier clubs to listen to high-quality jazz, the Black Cat badly misses the mark. If one wants to go there on a date in a posh setting and have some live background music, then Black Cat is for you. I went there hoping to find a San Francisco jazz club that would compare with the great clubs in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, or even Minneapolis, but I was severely disappointed and am unlikely to go there again. It was also strange to see such a sharp contrast between the over-the-top emphasis on poshness in the context of a gritty neighborhood. A club that is more attuned to the neighborhood would be more inviting and successful. On future trips to the San Francisco bay area, I will stick to Yoshi's in Oakland.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Loved it! Great food, wine and music. Perfect for a romantic night out.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Only good thing here is the music. Service was a little but slow.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Staff was fantastic and the venue is beautiful! We had 4 dishes and only one was great. Burrata was fresh but the strawberries had been sitting in their pan too long(my fault for ordering after 10pm) and left a bad limp flavor. Phuket salad was covered in chili oil that overwhelmed and could do without the fried onions that ended up moist due to extra dressing. Chicken sliders were great! Creme Brûlée was cooked wrong and thus the chocolate at the bottom couldn’t even be lifted by a spoon and they carmalized the top so much that the lady begged me to break the top and I had to work on it. Very disappointed in the food!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great ambiance, live music, and good food! Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The jazz band is good (if fairly loud for those seated right next to it.

The drinks were especially good. The appetizers were also good. I got the steak which didn’t blow my mind but was passable.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Live Jazz spot in the midst of the Tenderloin.
Exceptional atmosphere, superb service. The drinks are imaginative and generous.
I'm a very big fan.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

This is the second time we have come to Black Cat after the Clusterfest show as one of the only restaurants open late enough on Sundays and even Saturdays. Great venue, live jazz music, which isn't my favorite music genre, but is really fun and energetic to see live. Food is great and service is fast and friendly.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

michael bauer lied.

or else he needs a disguise. the food was awful. most especially the dishes michael bauer recommends. the ceviche was old, the sliders were briquets, and we barely touched the lamb burger. dessert was in nearly frozen in a hot dish. the wine list was unfortunate.

the service was good and the music sublime.

if there's a next time, it's bottle service at the bar.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Overall a great place to have a date night.
Good food and service, but unfortunately our table was right against a wall at an angle where only one person could see the band.
Traded halfway so both people could experience the music, but it was a little awkward to have one watching and one just staring at the wall listening..

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

High quality music, good cocktails and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Awesome venues it fulfilled all my expectations! As a visitor I am glad that I decided to try it.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great atmosphere. Exceptional talent onstage. Service was attentive and friendly. Food and drinks were perfect for the venue and added to the overall experience. Please go but be prepared to give your attention and respect to the performers and others by focusing on the communication from the stage and not your immediate table while the band is on. Please, please everyone -- do not complain about the music cover charge -- it is a privilege to be able to support jazz music. It is a rare opportunity nowadays so please appreciate it and keep this venue an attractive place for performers and customers. There is a reason there are few live music venues compared to sports bars and DJs. It takes way more effort and expense so thanks to the ownership and staff for pulling it off. WIll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Reserved table for 4. Jazz group from San Jose was great. Round table made it difficult for everyone to see stage. Could be too loud to have conversation at times. Value of food for money was less than expected. Food very tasty but for $20 for a plate, it could’ve been more. With early seating at 630 was able to order a couple drinks from Happy Hour menu. Overall would go back maybe for later show and drinks and eat before.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Perfect spot and perfect evening. Thanks for making our date spectacular.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Place was cool, hip, and as a former pro musician, the Jazz was actually better than I expected. The service was also surprisingly exceptional. Everyone was very friendly, cordial, accommodating, and pleasant. Loved it!

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Love the ambiance but very overpriced for food and drink

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Fabulous music, excellent food, cool and chic, with a very special feeling

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Loved our visit to the Black Cat and can't wait to return. Their cocktail passports are creative and unique. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay as long as we wanted because we had theater tickets. The band was very good and the small plates we had were excellent. The friendly service, especially our hostess, was exceptional. Highly recommend....classy, different, and fun!

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