Excellent cocktails, awesome music, friendly and fast wait staff. Not many options for vegetarians but the food is very tasty.
Had an amazing time. Good music! Good food! Great service! And good company! The perfect evening
Great Jazz. I hope with having a music fee that they paid the musicians at least $500 each.
Love the dim and Cosy atmosphere. A bit loud to talk but the jazz music was really lovely
Amazing time! Great service! Great performances! Will definitely be back👍🏽
Great food, great music. A classic jazz bar and well worth the visit, although the neighborhood is dicey.
I made a reservation for 9:30pm because I WANTED to eat dinner. Our table was not ready until 10:15pm, the server did not come until far after that to take our order. The dinner kitchen closes at 10:30 so I was not able to order dinner but had to eat off the late night bar menu. BOO! With that said, the maitre'd did seat us upstairs temporarily (downstairs has the live music) so our party was able to order drinks (between 9:30-10:15). I wish they would have let us know that dinner would stopped being served, I would have ordered that RIGHT AWAY so that I could eat! I had saved my appetite for the evening, so I was bummed. The food I did eat was delicious, the cauliflower my favorite. The other thing I was not keen on was that a very drunk, probably very affluent patron was sitting extremely close to the stage where he had the audacity to touch the piano keys while the blind musician was PERFORMING! While the musician asked him to stop at LEAST six times, our table had to mention it to the staff. If Black Cat wants to keep quality musicians, they need to at least MOVE, if not made to leave, people like that who show blatant disrespect to the artists performing. I don't care how much those patrons are spending, it was so incredibly disrespectful. Not really any fault of the Black Cat, but in the future, something more should be done by the staff. Overall, though, pretty cool place and I will probably be back again, hopefully to eat some dinner. My only helpful tip would be if you are there to have dinner, make sure you mention it FIRST, if arriving close to 10pm. The bar is also good. Live music, a definite A plus!
Love this place. Best jazz club in SF! The singer Courtney Knotts was so fIlled with soul, it was elating to listen to her both sing and speak. Cocktails were not only perfectly crafted but presented with style. Service was exceptional too. Highly recommend. The cover charge is so worth it for the artists and atmosphere it supports.
Courtney Knot was performing the night we went. She was stupendous!!! The jazz trio after her set was pretty legit too!! Food was pretty good but the prices were more than we would normally pay for the portion size and caliber of food. We also didn’t know about the $25 per person “live music charge” that popped up on our bill. Ummm...didn’t see that coming. However, it’s possible that we just didn’t read the small print when we called to make dinner reservations from their website. Would’ve been nice to know so we weren’t surprised we we saw the bill :-0 Over all we had an amazing night celebrating our anniversary with good food and great live music. We will definitely come back next time we’re in SF.
Overall a good time. The neighborhood isn't the greatest, but the restaurant/bar was high class. The menu was a little too out there for my preference.
Really fun, great decor & music & drinks. Food OK but not amazing.
What phenomenal music! We had drinks and dessert. The dessert was out of this world —deep chocolate tart and lemon meringue. Wonderful jazz club - a unique experience.
Music was amazing. Such great talent! We were visiting San Francisco for the first time and wanted some good jazz. Couldnt have asked for better.
We found out about Black Cat on our trip here out of town while looking for jazz clubs, and came in for drinks originally but after seeing the delicious looking food everyone around us was enjoying, we decided to stay for dinner. We are so glad that we did!
The music was nothing short of amazing -- so happy to find such an old school jazz joint that serves updated food and excellent cocktails. Everyone was so happy and gracious, from the lovely faces at the door, to the barman who made our drinks, to our lovely server Jeremy downstairs.
We were shocked to find out this place has only been open less than two years. The timeless feel to it took us back to a place lost in time. We look forward to making this our go-to place on every SF visit!
Came here with a group of girls and we had a good time here - great spot if you want to hear loud live music in a swanky atmosphere. Great musicians played during dinner - my group was a bit put off when our check came as they charged us an additional $100 ($20pp) for a "Music charge." This would have been fine if we had known up front (all about supporting live musicians), but we didn't find out until we saw an additional $100 on the bill after the fact.
Great experience, I'd recommend it anyone. Unless I didn't like them ;)
Good food and great music, but one of the rudest servers I've ever come across. It cast a shadow over what was otherwise a nice experience. I let the hostest know when we were leaving and she seemed concerned and promised to follow-up, but that hasn't happened yet either. Very disappointing.
We ate the lobster Mac and cheese and both my girlfriend and I got food poising from it, ending up on the toilet the whole evening/night.
Love it! Great Jazz bar.
We went for the music, had a wonderful time. The cost was, however, excessive.
Hugely disappointed. Spent nearly $300 and then was told we needed to vacate our table as our 2 hour limit was up. This would have been nice to know before we sat down and dropped so much $ on a couple bottles of wine. Also, half the jazz “entertainment” we did see was a “tenderloin local”, literally. Very smelly dude. Very poor performance. Will 100% not be back. Felt like a Disney “jazz club”. Food sucked too.
Wow! Great place, great service and GREAT live Jazz! If you haven't made the drive - make your reservations today! You will not be disappointed. Will be back soon!
Everything was awesome. My parents were visiting and this was their favorite place we’d visited together during their trip. The food and music were both awesome. Only issue was the bartender we were first served by, extremely rude.. I never complain at restaurants if the service is dry or whatever but this bartender was literally disrespectful to my dad. So much so that a man sitting next to my dad, without any prior interaction turns over to us and says “man... this guy’s a d*ck”. He was tall, had a beard and slightly resembled Alfred Molina. Our server Jeremy was great, as was the receptionist who I spoke to, Sabina I believe. We considered leaving after the interaction with the bartender but my dad has a bad knee, didn’t want to walk any longer and so we decided to stick it out.. I’m glad we did but that guy probably shouldn’t be the restaurants welcoming committee.
The environment was ok if you love jazz and seek entertainment while you dine out with friends. What they don’t let you know is the service charge for the entertainment is significant and makes the experience quite pricey. I would not recommend the place to others based on value of the experience. Food was just ok and the cost was far too great for what you get.
Really loved sliders
Band was good
Initial introduction very average
You are the best. Please help LA with the jazz scene. We have great talent but poor execution of ambiance + food + vibe. DTLA is preferred. Xxoo
The music is amazing, jazz that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Cocktails are a treat, as are the small platters (we got the popcorn). Most of all, the owner is engaging and charming, and even as a 22 year-old he’s willing to sit down with me and my date (both times) to share his passion for music, art, and being human. He’s the man. Come and see for yourself.
Best traditional jazz venue in the City. Intimate and buzzy. Very decent food and libations. Will definitely be back.
We enjoyed our small plates and soft drinks, and didn't experience any pressure to order more. Looking back, I wish I'd complained about the table up front that was shouting and playing dice games the whole time. It was a shame to pay a music cover charge just to listen to their commotion, and I wish they'd chosen another venue.
This was our first time here. The kale and Brussel sprout Cesar salad is excellent! The rest of the meal was “meh”. The deconstructed empanada was OK, the pulled pork was very dry. The verde salsa was good. The Amarian short rib meat balls were just bad. They were very “pasty” with absolutely no flavor from the short ribs. This dis was also very dry, no sauce, no character.
The Jazz trio was good on the instrumentals but the singer, all we could think of was Randy Jackson, “...you’re a little pitchy, dog.”...
Probably not going back.
It is a nice environment, with nice live music and good food but overpriced and exagerated. So although there is an extra charge for the live music, the food is still overly expensive for the provided portions. On top of that they try to limit the amount of time you can stay for dinner, which makes no sense Either the live music is included in the food, in which case a being a bit overpriced and having reasonable expectations for how much time you can occupy the table make sense, or if there is an extra charge specifically for the live music, then I would expect that I can stay and enjoy the full performance.
Really like this place! There are tables in the back if you want to talk and tables close if you want to enjoy the music. I was very impressed by their food as well.
Ambiance was really nice, I felt like I was in New York City. However, one of the male bartenders upstairs was really rude. It was a busy night, but was treating all my friends at the bar with irritation. He skipped one of my friends because she hesitated on her drink. Wow. Downstairs was really nice, I liked the art and photographs on the wall. Unfortunately, the band I saw was not that great which prompted us to leave within the hour. It's not really a listening room, people chatter away and eat their food.
I love this place...it's everything it needs to be...amazing!
We only had drinks, can’t speak to the food. A bit too loud when the band was on, but they were only on for 5 or 10 mins and then we had no music. Yet we were charged a $20 per person ‘music fee’ that we didn’t know about. Definitely put us off, but the nice manager kindly waived it. Cool place but Idk if I’d go back.
Amazing and intimate setting for live jazz, strong cocktails, and excellent food. 12/10 would recommend.
Overall, I had a great experience; albeit a bit pricey. I didn’t realize the meal was a pre-fixe menu until after I arrived nor did I realize I had already been billed $95 per person for it. After adding drinks and add on items, the total came to about $400 for my friend and I. The pricing should have been a bit more upfront during the reservation process. Luckily, the atmosphere was amazing with a live band. I was squished up right next to the piano man but I enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious but the dessert was lacking. My friend got some chocolate wafer with a tablespoon of ice cream and I got a cheese plate that felt more like an appetizer. I’d still recommend this place because I enjoyed the experience and the ambiance was fantastic.
It was an awesome experience with excellent service. Our waitress Karen was fantastic.
Then band was great.
We will go there again for sure.
Service was outstanding and unremarkable. By far best customer service experience as well as excellent food and wine selections. Live music was great and a ton of fun. Totally recommend this place!