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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4.1
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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
5 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
59 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
15 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!

l
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I loved the atmosphere and service but the bar sucks. They didn’t have anything I wanted to drink and they was common cocktail drinks. They didn’t even have favors Volka. The only juice as a chaser was orange juice and grapefruit juice. They made me a couple of their signatures drinks . They were not bad back I wouldn’t order them again. The bartenders and everyone was very professional and friendly. But I was very disappointed.

S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael, our server, was fantastic and with other servers very attentive. Jazz band was wonderful and entertaining.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times with the Israeli trio.

NF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

As close to a West Village jazz club that San Francisco has to offer, Black Cat brings some of the best acts from New York and around the globe to SF.

A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. I originally made reservation for the wrong date and Aaron on the phone changed it with no problems. I am a vegetarian and mistakenly ordered a salad with fish in the salad dressing and it was changed at no cost to me although I offered to pay because it was my mistake. The musicians were very talented and we will be back.
It is in the tender part of the tenderloins so took Uber to and from with no problem.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great place for music and vibe. If you’re looking for a gourmet dinner this isn’t the place. But for a great night out it’s a perfect cal.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully maintained historic venue. Welcomed by gracious hostesses. Nice upstairs bar with inventive drinks. Downstairs dining, bar, stage. Food was good. Great place for a date or special evening out. Dress to impress. Fantastic music. We saw TAMIR! (from Tel Aviv) - amazing talent. We will be back.

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Band Tamir was Great! Really enjoyed the show. Food was also very good .

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Booked for 8:45; set finished at 8:40. Nothing until
10:15. Ugh, why have reservations for the music with no music. Wait at bar. Wait to pay tab for 10m. Pay tab and add a drink; guy adds 3 drinks. 10m to remove, no explanation. Go downstairs. Order. Forget half the food. Wait. Eventually eat. Food was great, drinks great, music great, waitress at end compd some of our stuff so not 1-star, but seriously?! Maybe we were unlucky.

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Jazz band was good, as was the atmosphere, but we arrived in time for our 8:45 p.m. reservation and weren't seated until after 9:30 p.m. Once we were seated our server had a bad attitude, which didn't help things. I used to really like this venue, but it doesn't seem to be well run these days ... not sure I would go back unless there was a band playing I really wanted to see.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great jazz joint with hip vibe. Reserve a table downstairs to be by the stage!

SK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Amazing spot and super fun, service not great tho

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and host and management were very helpful and accommodating all night.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had a great experience. The music was extremely good.
The food was not very good.and the drink I ordered also.
The chairs were not comfortable.
But the music was excellent. So I forgot all other things.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Uncle was in town and we went to see the Jazz night, paying tix entry for a show and minimum order for dinner. Table that was given to us was behind part of a wall. For full price entry, 2 of our 5 seats could not see the stage. When we asked the staff they said we could stand in back for the music? Really helpful... especially since we didn’t get our food till Keyon went on stage. Really should not have been a table offered for $45 tix each entry fee.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening!! The food, music, ambiance, service were all stellar. The music was so good tonight! Amazing menu, appeals to a wide variety of tastes and everything was fantastic. Thank you!