Black Cat

4.6
460 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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San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the music of the Walter Earl group! The food was excellent and the server was knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed the speakeasy vibe and the musicians mingled with the crowd between sets. It will be a regular stop for me whenever I’m in San Francisco!

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Definitely enjoyed our time there. We had a seat in the back of the basement and it was still a bit loud. If you want to have a conversation, you might want to sit in the upstairs/ground level bar area. If you want to enjoy jazz with some fantastic drinks, this is the place to go!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was amazing, band was amazing. Need I say more?

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SF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Jazz club in San Francisco - a hidden gem!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had tickets for the show downstairs. It was advertised to start at 7pm but when we arrived (at 6:30) the show had already started. We weren’t concerned and grabbed a drink at the upstairs bar.

We read through the detailed story like menu, and decided on the ‘This is Life’ and the ‘Invisible Old Fashioned’’. Both drinks were great but we liked the Old Fashioned the best.

After finishing our first drink, we headed downstairs to the classic jazz bar style basement and grabbed a booth of to the far side of the stairs. The ambiance and music were perfect!

Overall, I’d highly recommend coming here for a date night, but wouldn’t recommend the food. We ordered the fries (best menu item we tried), pork belly (2nd best), Tuna Tartar, and the Oysters (half dozen).

I’m absolutely coming back and will love every second of it, but will make sure to eat before I arrive.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best $150.00 that I ever spent. Includes two shows back to back , wine, appetizers, loved it.

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c
Central Coast
57 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool jazz club with incredibly talented musicians from around the globe. Great vibe in this venue with friendly and accommodating staff from the minute you walk in the door. Nice selection of specialty drinks and their prix fixe menu was very included some savory options. We enjoyed the trout and pasta dishes with apple crumble and creme brûlée desserts. Yum. Fantastic club to become absorbed in a vibrant atmosphere of music.

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SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun, although the neighborhood outside did not feel safe for women walking together. Once inside, a real treat. Very refreshing to hear a full sextet that wasn’t over-amplified and did not blast diners out of the room. A delightful server, delicious food and bandleader who was evidently enjoying himself. All-in-all a great time!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing jazz, incredibly romantic atmosphere. Great date or night out if you want the music to be the focus of your evening. If you want to talk, you'll do so before or after the sets since it's far too loud and intimate to have a conversation when the musicians are playing or in the upstairs bar. I cannot recommend enough for jazz lovers.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Great music, great food and drink, great swanky retro vibe. Favorite date night spot.

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AP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Although great and very talented, the band was EXTREMELY loud. They put a dang microphone on a saxophone and blasted it through the speakers. I was there with my girlfriend and she couldn’t hear me even as I was yelling right into her ear. Listen. I love live music and Loud music. But it’s a jazz club...The room isn’t that big, there’s definitely no need for speakers to be that loud. I felt bad for the people sitting right in front of the band.

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g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Beware they will charge you a $36 "ticket" per person for your 2 hour table. Was excited to show people this place and experience but I will never recommend it or be back myself. Very disappointing.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic music that progressively became more twisty as we watched. Great artists. Had the roasted cauliflower and it was really uniquely done with many flavors to keep your interest and was quite filling. Had Junipero gin dirty martini's. Amazing and smooth.

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s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome venue to listen to talented Jazz musicians

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here as a surprise for his birthday because we had been wanting to try it out, and I have to say they did not disappoint. The food was amazing and the music even better! Service was excellent. 10/10 would recommend :)

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MM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Waiter (just moved here from NYC) was really fun. Wine was yummy. Music was awesome. Noise level perfect. Menu could be better but the Ahi Tuna was lovely and fresh, Will definitely be back.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Did not know what to expect. My wife and I went on a Thursday night which was great because their was not many people. The music was great, my wife is now a jazz fan. Next time we're in SF we will come back.

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FD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 26, 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
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 25, 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 20, 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 20, 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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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was much better this time.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 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 12, 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere.

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