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!
Fabulous music, excellent food, cool and chic, with a very special feeling
The music was quite boring. Just instrumental only
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great cocktails, wonderful atmosphere, solid service, stellar band and acoustics. The food is super tasty.
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!
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.
A great place to have a nice conversation but also enjoy the live music and atmosphere
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.
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
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.
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.
Went for late night dining and caught a jazz show. It was fantastic and well worth the $25 each music charge. Will definitely go again.
I had the filet mignon and it was very tasty. Liked the music the venue was really nice and very well designed and decorated. Your bartender on the music floor doesnt know how to make a martini. Get olives with blue cheese and the glass of wine was awful as well and barely a small pour and i paid $19.00. Also pour more than a half shot of vodka i was under the impression I was at a baseball game where they pour very measured shots, the baseball stadium is more generous.
The entertainment was incredible! Azure McCall should be given a full time gig there! But the food and drinks are over priced! I was outraged that my friend and I spent $97 on a little bit of food and wine, plus a $30 music cover. I would have left more of a tip if the food weren’t so expensive!!!
I made my reservations weeks in advance on the opentable app and then called to request a certain type of table due to a past experience here. My last experience involved being sat at their "big" table by the restrooms. As one can imagine, it is extremely unpleasant (for many reasons) eating dinner and trying to catch up with friends sitting right in front of the restrooms. So after I made my recent, I also called to to reserve a booth. The hostess I spoke with, Alexandra, assured me they would save a booth for our party of 5. Low and behold, our party arrived only to be led to their big table in front of the restrooms. I asked the host to please check the reso again per our request and the hostess's assurance that we'd get a booth. I was met with hostility and even a little eye roll. We ended up being crammed at a small table next to a party of THREE sitting at a booth that was large enough for six. I could not believe it. Honestly, what was supposed to be a fun dinner was just mediocre and uncomfortable. Also, the service was unbelievably slow..we got our appetizers 20 minutes before our first round of drinks.
This place is classy with a great selection of drinks, bites, and amazing live jazz bands nightly. It can get a little loud when the live music starts up, but that’s why your there, right?
We looooove the Black Cat . We are from Australia
And Come every year.
We adore the music and tell everyone to come here as the music is PHENOMENAL !!!!
Staff are super friendly
And the best whisky sour
Thankyou Black Cat
Average overpriced food, friendly service, and decent cocktails. Live music is no better than at many no-cover venues. The speakeasy ambiance is cool but does not make up for the poor value. Would not go again or recommend to a friend.
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.