My husband and I had brunch before afternoon performance of the ballet. This is the best way to grab a bite to eat and not deal with crowds. The buffet is good. A nice mix of breakfast and lunch selections.
The only place to go for a pre-performance meal or snack.
I have a number of food allergies and they were very accommodating. Food was quite tasty. A good place to have an unhurried dinner before the ballet.
"Rusty" is the best server ever. I highly recommend her professional expertise.
its a great way to eat when going to the Ballet or Opea having already found parking.
Nice option for a relaxed dinner before seeing the ballet.
Great destination for brunch/lunch before the Ballet at the Opera House on Sundays.
We always enjoy the food and the great wait staff.
Sit down food for lunch before at matinee performance.
The food has improved-but it's still not quite worth the price. They need to update some of the menu-they still have what appears to be Costco cheese options. They offer cheese and fruit -but they need to up the game. Instead of small squares of bad cheddar, jack, etc. they need to have maybe brie and/or some better quality cheeses. They have sliced melon but it would be best to have less pedestrian fruits.
You can only get in if you are attending a performance at the Opera House but it is great for that.
Tasty food and excellent service.
Wonderful place to go before the ballet
This is a convenient place to grab a bite before the ballet, particularly if you don’t have time to eat in the neighborhood.
Buffet is beautiful, but expensive. Would recommend management offer half-buffet selection - namely salad bar only for reduced price. May be a little difficult for management to monitor, but worth it for patrons. Also would appreciate a few soups on the menu.
Very convenient for pre theater meal.
Ala carte Menu is almost unchanged for at Least 4 years of Opera / Ballet seasons !!!!!
Took my granddaughter before ballet. Perfect!! Other young people there, which made it comfortable for her. So nice to have a cafe right in the Opera House.
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!
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.
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
Rustée is the greatest! She is the sweetest server there, and professional and friendly always.
We ordered from the menu which was, for us, a better value than the buffet. Service and food were both excellent.
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????
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!
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.
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.
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.
Interesting and wonderful salads buffet, good warm dishes,. Service is wonderful. The only problem is with desserts which are just so so.
Wine is WAY overpriced
It seems as if the pricing is rather high for the type of food.
AS ALWAYS WE GO HERE BEFORE THE BALLET, IT NEVER LETS US DOWN. SO CONVENIENT AND SAME SERVICE STAFF FROM YEAR TO YEAR, WE LOOK FORWARD EVERY SEASON!
I dined at the Opera House before seeing the ballet. It is downstairs and o.k. looking. The food was pretty good. The salmon, beet salad and spinach salad was good. It was convenient to eat there before the ballet since it is in the same building. Our waiter disappeared often and we had to wait to get more water, the desert menu and the check at the end when we wanted to get going to the gift shop before the ballet. Overall, the place and food was good but the service wasn't great.
Wonderful for pre-Ballet dining. Convenient location. Good food.
Was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the service. The convenience of arriving early to the Opera House for a pre-ballet meal plus having your intermission cocktail/coffee/dessert waiting for you even a bigger plus.
The buffet has quite a few options for a balanced meal that is very tasty and healthy. It is also a lite meal before the Ballet and sitting for a couple of hours. The French 75 cocktail is made perfectly.
Food was cold and sub-par. The only saving grace was our server who worked hard to compensate for the awful food and other staff. Not at all value for money!
We have come to the Ballet and the Opera numerous times but never dined at the Cafe until now. They have their system down pat to accommodate guests knowing that everyone there is attending a show. The best way to go is the buffet. The different items offered were a mix of standards and some more imaginative foodie dishes. The cocktails pre-meal come from their huge bar in back of the dining area and they are generous. The staff knows the drill well and once you come back with your plates, they set down two more clean ones for revisiting the buffet. There's always a carving station present as well. It's hard to beat for convenience and quality. We enjoyed it so much we made a reservation for the next time we're going to be at the Ballet.
We had the buffet for two before a Friday night museum performance. There was a nice selection of food to meet most people's tastes. I had the salmon, polenta, and a selection of salads. My date had some of EVERYTHING and had no complaints. The selection was nice and things were replenished frequently. My two complaints are that the food wasn't very warm and the salads were over dressed. It was definitely fun to people watch there and also a convenient spot to relax and eat before the ballet.
the corkage charge of 30.00 is too high for a buffet restaurant.
Great for dining before/after the Ballet. Did not have the usual experience this time.
Did the buffet with my daughter before the ballet. Was drawn in by the cheap price for the the kid (under 12).
I expected the food to be okay, but it was average - just average. I was expecting some sort of red meat (prime rib? sliced steak?) but we got a chaffing dish of beef stew. The salmon was decently done. The salads were all overdressed and limp. The pasta (which was the go-to for my daughter, who isn't a salmon fan) was too spicy for her to enjoy. Overall ... very, very mediocre.
With a glass of wine and a kids drink, we still spent $100. For that money, we could have enjoyed a much better meal in a neighborhood restaurant.
BUT ... the location is excellent! And we didn't HATE it. But I think they could do much, much better with minor tweaks.
Nice atmosphere delicious food good service , spend good time , before performance . Recommend to all my friend