Black Cat

4.6
369 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Don't give up! While reservations fill up quickly, additional seating options are available by calling Black Cat. Significant space is saved for walk-in guests. Our music charges range from $10-$25 to sit downstairs where the band performs. Reservations are for our tables downstairs.
Black Cat is a restaurant, bar, and entertainment salon offering a refined social dining experience in the heart of the Tenderloin. 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
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–1:30 am
Sun 6:00 pm–12:00 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
Live music will be offered nightly from 6:30 PM- 1 AM.
There will be a cover charge for each guest enjoying the music added automatically to the check at the end of the meal. The charge is $10 for the early show and $20 for the later show. This is subject to change due to special events or extra special performances.
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
369 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
73%
Very Good
17%
Good
6%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.0
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KB
4.0Dined 3 days ago

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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m
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Very efficient and friendly. The entertainment was terrific.

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W
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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k
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Good food, fun atmosphere

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P
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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BY
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Frendly and good atmosphere. Reasonible price good location

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M
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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AL
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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f
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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OT
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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EB
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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

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OT
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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SG
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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j
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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a
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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M
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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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

High quality music, good cocktails and delicious food.

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A
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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ED
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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c
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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OT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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

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OT
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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CK
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Love the ambiance but very overpriced for food and drink

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PP
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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

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LL
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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e
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Amazing spot a friend recommended in the tenderloin! We love live music and this place did not disappoint... we were seated promptly in a cushy booth by the stage. The service was fast and friendly. Our server recommended the Chinatown negroni, which had tea infused Campari - smoky and unique! My wife got the penicillin which she said was delicious. Foodwise we shared the Mayan ceviche, so fresh with a slight kick, the lamb burger and the steak bahn mi. The bahn mi was astounding and we would come back for that alone! There is a music charge for the performers, but coming from a family of musicians we love supporting the arts. Will be back!!

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VK
2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The music was quite boring. Just instrumental only

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RR
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The black cat never disappoints, with their music, selection of drinks, and tasty food you’re sure to have a fantastic date or a night out with the friends. Hands down the best place to enjoy a great drink and listen to amazing music from world class musicians. I love the black cat!

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ES
1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was our second time for dinner at Black Cat. The first time the food was terrible, but we read they got a new good chef so we decided to give it another try. When we arrived we were sat at a table directly in front of a jazz band playing downstairs. A saxophone player literally blasted directly into the ear of one in our group. The waiter couldn't even hear to take our order, and then seemed genuinely surprised that we were there for dinner. "Really?" he said when we told him when wanted to order meals. Looking around the section where we were seated, no one else was eating. They all seemed to be nursing beers. But we decided to make the most of it and ordered at least half the items on the limited menu, plus lots of drinks. There's no way we could socialize with each other sitting so close to the band, but we could still eat and drink. The food was better than the last time, but the portions were bizarrely small. A $36 bouillabaisse consisted of a playing card size piece of salmon and a couple of shellfish in some cloudy broth. However, the worst twist came when the bill arrived. We were charged an $80 entertainment fee! Suddenly I understood why no one around us was eating and drinking much. They were there to see the band, not to have dinner. That's fine. But for those of us spending $400 on dinner, you should waive the ticket charge. I cannot recommend this place as a dining experience.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was very good- especially the deviled eggs and cauliflower. However, I missed the fine print regarding the $20 per person music charge and that was an unpleasant surprise.

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m
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Honestly, I was impressed by the quality of drinks (REALLY fantastic -- the Mission Penicillin was exceptional) and the food. The music was good and also lovely that the band takes significant breaks so you have room to talk as well. The waitress was the coolest of all the too cool for school kids, so that was a bit of a meh... but on the whole, highly recommended.

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PT
4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great cocktails, wonderful atmosphere, solid service, stellar band and acoustics. The food is super tasty.

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L
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My favorite thing about Black Cat was the announcement asking people to respect the music by keeping conversation low. Wonderful!! The previous night we had visited another place for the music and could barely hear each other, much less the music.
The staff was gracious and welcoming and we were treated very well. We met another charming couple at the adjacent table. Overall, a great experience!

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F
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This place is fantastic! I have no complaints. It was a wonderful time and great music to listen to while catching up with a friend over yummy cocktails.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A great place to have a nice conversation but also enjoy the live music and atmosphere

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OT
4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Was our first time in a Jazz place in San Francisco.
Me, my husband (second time in San Francisco) and my father and sister, both first time.
Everybody loved the place and the music. Drinks were good and food too, but the size of the food was very small.
If I have another chance I would return, for sure.

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EG
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great place to see some great jazz , the service and food were great and I would definitely go again , one of the best spots in San Francisco to see a show , not too expensive either

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OT
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We arrived early for the 6pm show. We could’ve arrived at 6:30 or 7 though. We had the local oysters with jalapeño and grapefruit mignonette which was amazing. The steak, truffle fries and charcuterie platter were our next favorites and rounding out the meal was the lobster Mac and Cheese. The cocktails were nice too. I loved the New Antidote. I loved the band and the experience. Highly recommend but reserve well in advance. Thanks to the staff, they made the night amazing.

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ZV
5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The live music was fantastic. We opted for the back area seating instead of the front area. The view and performances were fantastic from the front at the back the view wasn't as great. However, it does make for a really romantic date. The food I'd rate about an 8 / 10 personally. My date liked it more than I did. Everything else made this place outstanding. Location is a bit rough, take an Uber there.

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