Black Cat

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$31 to $50
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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 to each evening's performance typically range from $15-$45 per person 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. 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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Bling in the New Year at Black Cat! The Black & Gold Soirée feat. trumpeter Maurice "Mobetta" Brown. 1st Seating Performance with prix fixe dinner-$125 per person (additional $25 for premium seating). 2nd Seating Performance with prix fixe dinner-$175 per person (additional $25 for premium seating)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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CY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Every comedian made us laugh. The host was hysterical, the Irish man was amazing. His impromptu set was incredible- how did he do that? The host too, came up with great funny one liners in between sets/ introductions. Go Hoosiers!
Loved the Bi-man- All of them. I wish I had a list of all of them so I could address all of them. Bravo Punchline, Bravo!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed sitting at the bar with good food, great drinks and an amazing band.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Absolutely love black cat

E
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

They call themselves a supper club that would imply some good quality food. But I haven't seen anything too good for a dinner. More a cocktail/bar type of place. The music was great though.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The jazz quartet was good, the individual musicians, remarkable. The service was slow and inattentive. The bar tender screwed up a two ingredient drink twice in two tries. The food was awful! They wouldn’t even call us a cab, told us just to start walking down the street (9:30 PM in the Tenderloin) and we’d see one. There is nothing positive I can say about the restaurant, but the band was good...

CR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

There are some glaring issues with our Black Cat experience. The food/drinks were all tasty, but there was an issue in the kitchen with our dinner order and we were left waiting for an hour in between courses. The staff was very apologetic and made up for their gaff, but now I'm left confused with the overall price of the evening. My credit card was charged $71 for 2 people. That includes bar seating (the stage was completely blocked by a pillar so I could only see one of the performers), for an hour show. The show was entertaining but $71 for 2 people for an hour show is extreme. Especially when I couldn't see 3 of the 4 members of the band. I understood that bar seating was $10 cheaper than a table, but now I'm trying to compute the cost of the overall show. $35 for 1 hour of a blocked band is not what I signed up for. Especially when $150 was spent on food & drinks alone. I've tried calling Black Cat to clarify this credit card charge but haven't heard back in 2 days. So to sum up: the music, food and drinks were all fine but not good enough to overcome the price of just getting a table + the kitchen mishap.

MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The drinks are super pricey; otherwise it very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best night ever! Amazing music, atmosphere, food, and service. We will definitely be back next time we’re in town.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cool, swanky little spot

OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience in the performance room is I wouldn’t stylish will still beIng comfortable. We were so sad when Yoshi’s closed, but the Black Cat is a great replacement for it.
The acoustics are fine, and the straightahead jazz band that we saw that night sounded really good. The food itself is just delicious. The Mack and cheese appetizer was perfectly cooked, creamy, with a crispy brown topping. I had the fried chicken, my husband had the stroganoff and both were extremely flavorful and juicy, I would also strongly recommend the chocolate volcano dessert. The service was extremely friendly, gracious, and they even offered us complementary glasses of champagne for our anniversary celebration.
The only downside is I would not recommend walking from the BART station through the neighborhood. Just go ahead and take an Uber or a lift straight to and from the door.
We are so delighted that now we have another wonderful San Francisco jazz venue!

LR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The performer was off the chart great!!!! Location is scary. Poor SF....

TF
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best jazz club in SF, although big names are a bit sporadic. Food is superb and perfect ambiance for a date. If you go, just don't talk during the performances - it's not background music!

P
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

A wonderful spot for a cocktail! Delicious and unusual specialty drinks. Dark and eclectic interior. Ambiance was comfortable both upstairs and downstairs. Got a bonus at dinner with a local band. The crowd was hip and young. Our dinner experience was only so-so but overall we both agreed that we got to ‘experience’ The Black Cat, despite the area!

MD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Black Cat for its high quality live music, delicious food and stylish ambiance.

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The artist Theo Croker and his band were phenomenal, the noise level was perfect. The service was really nice and the food was wonderful. Thank you for making my visit to San Fransisco so great.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Kevin the bartender makes amazing cocktails off of the menu!

JO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Cat was everything I hoped it would be. Great music, vibe, food, drinks. Perfection!

P
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly jazz club with great vibe and fantastic service .. very talented musicians

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a hidden gem! I had never been before and loved it! Large portion sizes, incredible live music. Service a bit slow but overall 👌

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For my first experience at the Black Cat, I enjoyed the music, liked the food and drink, and will definitely come back again.

OC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El mejor lugar de jazz en San Francisco!

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AF
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

This is the place to go for a great and intimate jazz performance, in the cellar and go for the late set. We went to the early 7:30 set and came back for 11:30. The wonderful part of the last set is that people performing at other venues in Sf, including the SF Opera and SF Jazz stopped by and performed walk ons. Food and drinks are not cheap, but the cover charge is very fair. For the last set, we sat in the back of the room on high stools and had a great view. This takes you back to the old days of small night clubs with wonderful emerging talents. Lots of enthusiasm and lively engagement. You actually get to interact with the musicians. Cannot recommend it more.

JF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We celebrated our wedding anniversary here and from the moment we walked through the doors we were whisked away to an enchanting night of tasty drinks, scrumptious food and excellent music! What a treat! Everything was above and beyond what we could have imagined. Try the espresso martini - it's amazing. Thank you :)

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Confusing is their pricing structure. They don't clarify how much the seats would cost on booking. And then it is confusing about how long we can stay. Apparently you pay a certain amount for the first set of music and if you want to stay longer, one has to pay more. I still don't know. I haven't received a final receipt for the charge yet.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun venue. They couldn't have been nicer to us. Great table, wonderful music and very attentive. Even gave us two glasses of champagne and a candle in our dessert for our anniversary. Lovely evening!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One problem,

MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in to see Irwin Hall and crew. Awesome small venue jazz club. The food was amazing, servers are friendly and the ambiance was perfect to enjoy the beautiful tunes.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

F all the haters in the reviews. If you come to black cat and not have an amazing time, you have a problem with expectations. Tonight was my first time and I am still glowing after the experience. The food was great, the ambiance was amazing, and the band was incredible. 5 stars through and through

n
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The Black Cat is a great place to go to hear great jazz in a small venue. We had dinner and shared some plates and it was just okay. The ahi had more avocado then ahi. I would go back but eat dinner first and stay for the music, drinks and snacks.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were charged for event tickets that were not clearly communicated to us. When we book the reservation with open table, it was stated that we needed to spend minimum $20 per person. We already spent way more per person and paid it at the restaurant. I saw an additional $213 payment on my credit card statement that is taken from my account outside of my knowledge. This is a fraud.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Seating didn’t allow for any service, sat through the whole show without drinks or food

SF
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from food to service to music. A must visit.

c
Central Coast
63 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another epic evening at the Black Cat Downstairs. Outstanding performance by Casey Benjamin and his magnificent group of immensely talented musicians. On top of that was the delightfully prepared Pre Fixx dinners of starter, entree and dessert. The super friendly staff makes you feel like you're welcome to a private party and Amber our server was very accommodating. Love this place and is my go to respite from a challenging world.

WD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never gave us a choice where we wanted to sit. Just charged us the top price, stuck us on the side, and said it was VIP seating. BS !!! Service was poor and the entertainment was even worse.STAY AWAY

SM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing musicians; amazing food... great place

AH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swanky Jazz club celebrating 3 years of amazing music in the heart of the tenderloin. It was a packed house on a Saturday night. Grammy award winning musician Keyon Harrold lit up the joint. It was a special night! Thanks.

a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent jazz and dinner club with fantastic music. Food is overpriced and not the most exciting, but generally pretty good. The ambiance and entertainment are the main attractions.

MO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For the most part, it's a nice place. My only grip was I made reservations, as did others, I got a seat in the back (I assume it's first come first serve even with reservations so you can't reserve the tables up front). With that said, there were people standing in front of us with no seat. I would assume if you pay for a reservation that you everyone would be seated. filling out the place by letting those with no seats in only made is so everyone along the back seat could not see. So if you don't get there early, expect to get a table in the rear and no view of the stage through the people they let stand in the walkways.

Personally, if it were my place, I would have all the staff make sure no one is standing at all in front of anyone. if there are not seats - then don't let them in. it wasn't just a couple - there were many.

I felt the sets were way to short (being from the old school with the best players ever who played - to play). But for the small size of the club, it was ok.

Talking - just put a real announcer up there at the beginning and let the crowd KNOW they should not talk. Saying things that hint at being quiet does not get the message across. you need one host to be very clear - do not stand in front of anyone and - no talking during performance.

Salad was meh, fried chicken was great. price of drinks - ridiculous. 2 drinks - 31 dollars. price of food meh.

KH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had a table by the stage and waited over 45 minutes for a server, at which point I had to go track down someone on the wait staff just to order drinks. There’s a $20 drink minimum... how am I supposed to meet that if no on serves us? Anyway, the drinks were okay. We didn’t get food. The service was absent and didn’t care. The music was good, but if you sit in front you really can’t talk at all, which makes sense. The bar area was so loud that it often powered over the music. And the real kicker is that this site doesn’t tell you, but the tickets were like $50 each! When you make the reservation here on Open Table it does NOT disclose that. All in all I wouldn’t go back any time soon.

NR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome venue, the only complaint I have was that the musicians were over-amplified. It's a very small venue and these are professional musicians, they can easily play at the right volume to fill the space, as it was the volume was somewhat oppressive.