Black Cat

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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 to each evening's performance typically range from $15-$45 per person (check calendar for exact pricing) and includes 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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The music was great, but the service could be improved. The bartender upstairs didn't give my husband the type of wine he asked for, but the most expensive one on the menu instead. Our server downstairs was good, but the food runner refused to get us silverware and told us to ask our server. There also was an issue with the menus and they weren't available until 10/15 minutes after we were seated.

DB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I wanted to give 5 stars, but on Friday I prepaid for a 3 course meal and I only received the first 2 courses. My husband got his prime rib and I still had to wait over 40 mins to get mine....I would totally recommend this place, but do not eat dinner here.

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend out on Valentine's Day. The band set the most romantic mood and the service was delightful. Lots of happy couples that night.

v
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The atmosphere great. Flower petals on the stairs coming down. The music amazing. Service was terrible. Took one hour to get our drinks we ordered. Even the manager has come oner at 35 minutes and we told him still haven’t gotten our drinks so he said oh ill fix it. Still didn’t get our drinks the waitress finally came back now its been 60 min and we again had to ask about our drinks which then she immediately went and got them.The drinks were ok, food was ok way over priced for what it was. The only saving grace of the evening was the live music which partial view meant no view couldn’t see one member of the band. Was very much looking forward to this for trip to San Fransisco and left greatly disappointed. P.s I should add the couple next to us had equally frustrating time they left before they even got their dessert which was included in the pre-fixed three course price. They were seated before us and their order for food was taken 15 minutes after us.

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The 3rd or 4th time I’ve been here. Great ambiance and the food is good. Drinks too pricey but you sort of expect it in a place like this. -Riggs

m
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Easily one of the best bars in SF. Live performances daily and amazing food and staff. I love this spot and highly recommend!

SF
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good and the music was invigorating! While the food came out fast, it was a challenge finding a server to get a second round of drinks. Since we couldn’t get their attention, we decided against ordering another round. It would’ve been nice to have a door greeter at the front door since this is in a not-so clean part of town. Despite that, definitely check this place out!

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Steak was overcooked and we told the server numerous times. Drinks took forever. Server didn’t care. We had to ask for some sort of comp for our night.

A
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Good food awful service. Drink time too long, good ambience and music though.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Horrible shortage in staff. Took an hour to get my meal after my date received his. Tables are so tightly packed that my neighbors knee was in my back.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the salmon dish. We both agreed that it was the best salmon dish we had had in years - fresh, and cooked to perfection!

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I've been to Black Cat before, but this experience was a total 180 degree difference than my previous experience. The food and ambiance were good, but the service and musician was horrible. I wasn't feeling the musician, but that wasn't the venue's fault. What was their fault was the service. My date and I arrived promptly to the venue prior to our reservation time. Seated after a short wait. Prior to being seated, we were asked if we wanted drinks. We gave our order and then after some confusion about our table (we paid for tickets, but they attempted to seat us in the back in general seating) we were seated. Once we were at our table we waited for 20 minutes before someone addressed us. We didn't get the drinks we ordered, no one to ask if we wanted food, or even water. We watched other guests received refills on water, drinks, and food without some much of a glance. Once we flagged someone down, our order was taken. Drinks arrived. My French 75 was served in a wine glass not champagne flute. Food arrive. Everything was tasty. But we had to wait another 20-30 minutes for our next drink. I actually had to get up during short break and go to the bar and put in an order for our drinks and dessert. I also had to request that my French 75 is served in a flute. Overall our experience made us feel that we were the inconvenience that night. My date said he will never go again. I would give Black Cat another chance, but I'm definitely not as eager to recommend this place.

B
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I didn't have food but this app made me rate it. I enjoyed the music a lot and would like to come back. They really need to step up cleaning their bathrooms/presentation. They're trying to be classy but their bathrooms belong in a dive bar. I liked the Black Cat overall, it feels very unsafe in the immediate area.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loud ambient noise makes it difficult to communicate, waiters are too much pouring water to glasses instead of asking what the customer wants to drink. Staff try to hide their drinking, with relatively small success.
The fusion jazz was nice, but still - this was my second choice due to closed Biscuits and Blues.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

This was our second time going but the seats were poor.
We had a party of 4 and the two seating against the wall had a blocked view of the stage (could not see the headliner).

TW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great jazz club. Great vibe, good food. Saw Jonny O'Neal do a rare show outside NYC. Glad we were able to see him.

RB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had never heard of The Black Cat, but an east coast friend of mine alerted me that NYC pianist Johnny O'Neal would be playing there and urged me to check him out. It turned out to be a great evening. The food was excellent -- my companion said his fried chicken may have been the best he'd ever had, my wild rice risotto was tasty and the dark chocolate lava cake was to die for. And of course the music, which is why we were there in the first place, was exceptional. So 5-stars for both The Black Cat & Johnny O'Neal.

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening of music and martinis in a room built to enjoy jazz. A San Francisco jazz den I’ll be sure to revisit soon!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I really enjoyed my date-night here! Everything was great except for the fact that even with a reservation, we waited nearly an hour for our waiter to bring water to the table.

KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, great artist! We are repeat patrons. What a treat!

JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great vibe, music, staff, bar and dessert! I found the ticket transaction and minimum food purchase and other policies to be complicated and time consuming to navigate online.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went to celebrate our anniversary. The show was fantastic. We love live music and the atmosphere. First they tried to sit us in the back of the restaurant when I made a reservation for a table to watch the show. We asked to move more forward and the waiter reseated us. There was also a problem where we had a wait an hour for our food while other tables were being served around us. They did give us free drinks to compensate for the lateness. We’ve had better experiences in the past at this place but will think twice before considering coming again.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place!!! And parking tuned out to be easy.

LO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great place to fall in love

h
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A friend and I went to see a show this past weekend at Black Cat. The venue is very cool and the artist was outstanding. The food was good as well, though I felt the menu was a bit limited. My only complaint is that for the price of the ticket to the show and the food, I would have loved for the music set to be a bit longer. At least 90 minutes vs. 60. It seemed rather pricey for a 60 minute show. Thankfully, we didn't have to rush out of there so they could seat the next group of the next set, but it would have been great to have the option to stay for the second set as well as I was guessing they may have played different songs. We really enjoyed it and I would recommend it, but would love to see longer sets. :)

LM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food very good, but expensive.

Band (Kenneth Whalum) was very good.

Parking was across the street.

Service was good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cover charges on the website are not accurate. Prepare to be charged a lot more when making a reservation. You may be also be harassed by the staff if they don’t think you’re spending enough on food or drinks.

CB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun ambiance and atmosphere. Food was good. Music was awesome!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Great music. Some food is great, other things meh. Skip their cocktails, stick with wine or beer.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Bad service

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The servers may have been training someone but they were sporadic in when they came around. They would be there all at once or not at all with a long wait between check ins and then two or three really close together. Not a huge deal but wasn’t as smooth as it usually is. It’s also hard to get their attention because it’s loud and dark and you don’t want to interrupt the performers so it’s nice when they come around regularly as opposed to multiple times close together.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great venue, service and music artists are level 1!

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Wonderful venue for music and a cocktail. Food is quite salty, but still good

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I go to Black Cat about five times a year. But my experience on NYE left me with a bad taste in my mouth. After charging my card $474, they tried to tell me I didn’t have a table when I got there! Made us wait and then stuck us in the back rather than at the bar, as the owner promised me on the phone. I could go on and on but the point is, I’m breaking up with this place. Looks like SF prices got to them as well :(

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love coming here! The music is always phenomenal and the venue is nice and intimate.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With my dude

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak salad was pretty salty but I went there primarily for the music. That being said, food was better than I thought. Definately worth a second trip.

D
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cool jazz club. Small with a good vibe. Experience probably depends a lot on the band when you go. We went on a Sunday night 8:30 and it was half full so there were no crowds and service was easy to get when you wanted it.

RE
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We go for the music and atomosphere - very cool Jazz joint

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Cat is a great venue for watching live Jazz. Delicious cocktails too!