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For 2
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Cafe at the Opera.
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Cafe at the Opera

1170 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre (74)
  • Special Occasion (24)
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A night at the opera or ballet is an elegant event, deserving of a remarkable culinary experience. Our gorgeous setting offers an ideal environment for pre-performance or intermission dining at the War Memorial & Performing Arts Center.
We are located on the lower level of the War Memorial Opera House. Our menu is offered in buffet and à la carte format, keeping performance start time at the forefront for all visitors.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Open 2 hours prior to all evening and Sunday Matinee performances only.
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Phone number
(415) 861-8150
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Levi Mezick
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Host your next event at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and Patina Catering will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. A variety of breathtaking historic venues in the Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall and the Veteran"s Building perfectly complement Patina Catering's unrivaled cuisine and impeccable service. Perfect for weddings, galas, corporate parties and pre- and post-performance events, this is San Francisco's premier choice for events of all sizes.
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Cross street
Franklin St. & McAllister St.
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Parking details
Parking is available in several lots in the surrounding area. Please call lots for current hours and rates.

Performing Arts Garage

*Patrons dining in the Opera House may enter through the North Carriage entrance of the Opera House (adjacent to the War Memorial courtyard) up to two hours prior to curtain.
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Public transit
For transit directions, visit or call 511.
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Special events & promotions
Weddings, galas, corporate parties, pre- and post-performance events. To receive more information about our private event options, please contact:

Catering and Special Event Sales
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1170 People Are Saying
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vipgaflick57 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Especially for people who’ll be attending the opera or ballet, this is a reasonable and convenient option in the Hayes Valley. What made my brunch particularly enjoyable was conversation struck up with the couple at the adjacent table. We learned that we had things in common and were able to share useful info. If you’re really looking for a fine dining experience, then consider elsewhere, but the cafe is OK and can be downright nice!

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We attended the ballet and decided to try the onsite restaurant, which was not your average buffet. The salads were the highlight for me, all were fresh and healthy. My husband loved the prime rib and creamy polenta. He also really liked the mixed drink options. Our wait person was great too, Cheng I believe his name is. He was attentive, giving us just the right amount of attention. Best kept secret, plan for dessert at intermission, so romantic and private as most do not do this! You arrive after the first performance and your table is set with what you ordered, such a splurge but so worth it. We will be back again.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was wonderful, so helpful and welcoming. The table was a problem as we had hoped for a private conversation which we have often had at the Opera House at Cafe de l'Opera. this time we two were seated next to a very nice gentleman who was seated alone and who engaged us in very nice conversation for the entire meal. He was very nice . However, this made it impossible to have the conversation together between the two of us. The salad with salmon was delicious. We liked being able to order dessert for intermission an come back to our table for desert. thank you

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Rustée is the greatest! She is the sweetest server there, and professional and friendly always.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We ordered from the menu which was, for us, a better value than the buffet. Service and food were both excellent.

Deborah (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Patina Group Restaurant, Cafe at the Opera, is wonderful prior to ballet or opera. The buffet
is very good. Only criticism is that they need to vary the menu. Had the same food in
January, a Friday night, when at the Sleeping Beauty Ballet. Asked the chef about serving carved to your order salmon again. He said they vary between the roast beef and salmon every other night so that people who come to the ballet don't get the same entree?? Well, my tickets are for Friday nights and they obviously are not varying the menu. Base on that principal, Thursday and Saturday nights should be rotated so they have Beef in January on those days and in Feb. Salmon. Instead they have served Salmon on two Fridays????

vipPeninsulaDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Anytime we go to the ballet or opera we eat here. There are other great restaurants in the area that we go to when attend the Symphony, however the convenience, the tasty buffet, and the excellent staff here can't be beat when we go to the Opera House!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food very good in general for the buffet. Plenty of salads and choices of protein and pastas. But none of the hot dishes were even slightly warm and it was disappointing to not offer any sweet for dessert. Even a simple cookie or small chocolate would be nice. Especially since it was Valentines Day. But really, a little dessert would have made it that much better.

quitefiting (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good time Wednesday... a la carte salad arrived timely, so I could enjoy meal at same time as buffet-diner companion. Thanks for mint tea! Waiting staff super.

SFregular (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Menu desperate need of upping - salads same, old, skimpy, dull, waaaaaay over priced. Taking advantage of pre-performance quick meal to make performance on time.