Black Cat

4.6
410 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.
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.

SEATED tickets are in our VIP section with full view. BAR tickets are $5 less and have partial stage views. Full menu served everywhere.

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

ALL SALES FINAL. NYE 4-course prefix menu with Grammy-winning J Hoard! First seating: $110 Seated Admission/$135 VIP Table. Second seating: $195 Seated Admission/$225 VIP Table + Champagne toast at midnight. 20% service charge, 5% healthcare, sales tax added to sale. Call or email with questions!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 410 People Are Saying
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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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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
6 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
92 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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OT
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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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem. In the middle of the Tenderloin, but upon entering you feel like you a stepping back into a 1940s supper club. I cannot say enough good things about this place. A must go if you have never been.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The male maitre Dee is the rudest and most arrogant person I have yet to encounter. He must be the most successful paediatric neuro surgeon by day and moonlights as a jazz club bell boy because he obviously has something to be confident about in life. No social skills or emotional intelligence. The venue is cool and the band are excellent. The food menu is limited and I would advice checking it suits your tastes prior to visiting (and paying the $15 per person fee to enter) we left after two or three minutes as the menu was poor, our allocated table was tiny and pretty much a joke and as mentioned the menu was dire. San Francisco is a hot bed of restaurants and menus - I would absolutely not recommend the black cat. Also, they state online that it is possibly the most romantic restaurant in the city....I could list 20 that are more romantic and I have only visited the city on a couple of occasions. PS - music and jazz is for everyone, for the people. It is not for arrogant, judgemental and pretentious wannabes. RM

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Black Cat is a classic local jazz joint. The decor is VERY well done. The San Francisco area has a lot of exceptional talent and the Black Cat is the kind of place to catch some good players. This is the kind of place jazz players and enthusiasts need to have. For that, I'd give it 5 stars as a jazz joint.

That being said, I do want to offer some small criticisms. The food is a little too innovative. French fries cooked in duck fat?! Really? Are you trying to be a cutting edge restaurant or a great jazz joint? You can't be both. Jazz fans will buy food and booze just as much as everyone, but if you get too cute with the food, with prices to match, you'll be sending away repeat business, not gaining it.

The second thing is that this is a very small club and you should never allow horn players to use microphones or the PA system. Trumpets and saxophones are already plenty loud in that space. It makes NO sense at all to put in a PA system to make it louder, and then give out ear plugs. To have that situation is beyond moronic.

Limit the PA to vocalists and announcements. That's it. Piano and drums are plenty loud in your space without a mike. Bass and guitar players are already amplified. It gets a lot easier if you do that and it sounds so very, very much better. Give the vocalist access to a volume knob and fire the sound man. No need to pay anyone to twiddle knobs. All you need is someone smart enough to cable a mike and show the singer which knob is for volume.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great gem in San Fran if you love live jazz and good booze.

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c
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable time. Placed at table I didn’t want again despite requesting not to sit there. Table on end, in walkway with non centered location. I was happy with price fixed menu with steak and wonderful caprese salad. Wine was great. Wife had sliders with one was burnt. Would go back but could be bettee

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Q
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-Frix took a long time. Server was awesome and attentive.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I planned a surprise for his wife which entailed him sitting at the table that I reserved for our girls night out while she was visiting from Minnesota. Blackcat not only assisted in the logistics to pull off this surprise but they were just as excited as we were!!

Thank you again for a perfect night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was normal. Guys who seated in front of our table ware so noisy so i couldn’t focus on music

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A killer night out. Will return very soon.
All factors considered, this place is an absolute bargain.

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great music. Great drinks. Looking forward to our next visit

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The entertainment was awesome along with a great vibe, good food and service!

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FP
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great live jazz and cocktails. Food was excellent as well. Limited seafood options.

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CC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience. Food was very good and the service and music were exceptional.

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I just had a less than stellar experience on the night I went (9/8).
I’m bummed out that I visited a year and a half ago and had a great night and then this time the build up lead to me being placed in the literal worst spot in the house. I understand that it wasn’t intentional though.

But the band was dope, the food was alright and the drinks were great.

I’ll still come back.

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NJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a blast great music atmosphere love it xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The first table we were given we sat right next to stage. My back of chair was on the keyboard. Would have been awesome if it was just two of us and we wanted to never talk but a table for 4 too small and hadn’t seen my sis for awhile. So moved to a back table. Was super awesome! Drinks are way over priced, should have specified the type of vodka for my martinis bc think he upsold that. But there is a price fixed meal that is three big courses and was phenomenal! Burrata, was amazing with their basil sauce, Gumbo was amazing, shrimp in it was tender and spice was perfect, Creme Brûlée was overly sugared and toasted with too tick of a shell, but the chocolate bottom was amazing. Cheese plate was well put together as well! It was a little warm and got a little overheated, need to have more fans so more air movement. Music was great but loud. Music was jazzy/blues and amazing. Outside in the Tenderloin was sketch like always but inside was like a hip oasis of good food and music. Was a great find!

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S
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Great live music and ambiance. Delicious cocktails.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good music good ambient
All the people are enjoying

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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were great and the truffle popcorn was amazing.
We loved the music. Very cool place

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Not worth the value. Couldn’t find anything on the menu that sounded good. Way too loud.

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WP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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AD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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MA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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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EW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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GF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top shelf SF small music venue

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I want to love this place, but the food is WAY overpriced, mediocre and the service was horrible. We had to wave down our server several times just to order food or drinks and ended up waiting for over 1/2 hour for our bill after we requested it. The music, however, was awesome. Talented musicians playing great music in a fun environment. If you decide to come, eat first and pack a flask.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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AK
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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