Black Cat

4.6
400 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 $10-$25 and include a table reservation 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. 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 400 People Are Saying
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c
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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OT
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
15 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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OT
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
67 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
1 review
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
3 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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A
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ML
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

Very efficient and friendly. The entertainment was terrific.

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W
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, fun atmosphere

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Frendly and good atmosphere. Reasonible price good location

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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