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Party Size
For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Cafe at the Opera

4.1
1209 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • People Watching
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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 511.org 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
events@cafeoperahouse.com
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1209 People Are Saying
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food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Terrific food and excellent service in an unique, historic setting. For what more could one ask?

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always enjoy our visit to the Cafe at the Opera, the chef prepares great healthy tasty food, a large variety for different tastes, and the buffet is beautifully displayed. The service is excellent, very friendly wait staff with good recommendations if asked. Looking forward to our next visit to the ballet and the Cafe at the Opera! Sincerely, Deborah Secrest

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good place to eat before the performance at the Opera House. Good food and ambiance. Extremely good staff and service.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent and welcoming

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I was somewhat apprehensive but pre ballet dinner was just right. A la carte or buffet. I had a Cesar salad with King salmon. Salmon a bit on the very raw sashimi side but it turned out being very fresh and excellent. Next time I will have a bigger appetite and try the buffet. One of the few places in town where you can hear yourself talk and eat without rushing before a performance. Positively surprised. Would have had a second cocktail if it wasn't for the performance....Small portions on the $$ side.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This spot is convenient—that's what it has going for it. If you like mediocre, over-priced cafeteria food then this is for you.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Attentive staff, sensitive to time and diet constraints. Quality food.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is a quick and covient place to eat when attending a Ballet or Opera. We had a delicious Caesar Salad. I only wish they would add a little more to thier small menu.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wine is Very Overpriced
$14 per glass is gouging

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The buffet prior to the March 25 Ballet was disappointing, and not for the first time. Need some meat. Not worth $45.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Wonderful venue for pre theater dinner and relaxing during intermission.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was the first time after 20 years of attending the SF Ballet as season ticket holder that we tried dining at the Ballet restaurant. We actually ate dinner at the box seat level restaurant above the lower Cafe @ Opera House level. It was very disappointing. The food mediocre and much too expensive for the quality. The service was great however.
We will continue to have desserts during intermissions and enjoy dining outside of the Opera House.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The white staff knows that everyone there needs to be on their way shortly before 8 o’clock to go upstairs. They need to bring diner is their checks more quickly and collect payment more quickly. There’s nothing more annoying then waiting to get your credit card back and missing the first act because it came too late! This is my only complaint

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Entree seafood salad was meager. Very little seafood and very few greens. By 9:00 i was starving. For that and a glass of wine, with tip, etc., it was $46. Way overpriced. But worse, I was hungry! The buffet was $45. It looked nice but really? Again, way overpriced. I think the Opera House needs to deep six that company. They reflect poorly on the house.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The Opera Cafe is so very convenient . The waiters are very attentive and service is quick. For a lighter meal order from the menu and even share two or three items with a friend. It's nice to order dessert and come back during intermission to enjoy it as well. I especially appreciate this location when the wearher is unusually cold, windy or wet. you can head right up the stairs for the performance after dinner and you are not rushed and wind blown!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent service, buffet choices, convenient location. We could not have had more attentive, helpful service. This is the best way to dine and arrive relaxed before the ballet. I wish I had realized how easy it is to make a reservation, this having the most relaxed per-ballet dining experience ever.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

iz have been going to this restaurant before go9ing to ballet for many years. The last two times I have gone , the food has not been as good. There have usually been three main course entrees, usually meat, salmon and chicken. The chicken rends to be dry .

The salmon is very good and the steak OK but not as good as the prime rib which has not appeared on our trips this year.

The salads used to seem inventive but notes much.

And the price has gone up!!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

You can only go there if you have tickets for a performance. It’s convenient, but a bit pricey.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

After almost two decades of regular attendance at the Opera house, we decided to try the cafe and were pleased by its ease and efficiency. The food is fine, the service outstanding, and the ease of simply being in the same building as the performance made for a much more relaxing dinner; we came back to dessert at our table during the first intermission. We'll go back!

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Hot buffet is $45 and looks very lavish. As I recall, the other dishes are under $25. These are cold plates for a light dinner. We liked the cold beef plate with butternut squash, beef was tender and very flavorful. Did not like the chopped salad - not tasty. I only go pre-theater at the Opera House.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The Cafe at the Opera House can't be beat for a pre-performance dinner. It's elegant, comfortable and relaxed -- because you're already there! It's a little on the pricey end, but the buffet items have always been delicious and excellent quality on all the occasions we've visited. On this particular evening, it was a little disappointing that there were no vegetarian entree items (although there were plenty of nice salads and sides). The mussels and salmon, on the other hand, fed my seafood-loving soul.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We were there for a pre ballet dinner. Buffet was adequate and server was very nice. Getting to the ballet 1.5 hours early allowed time to eat and get situated before the start. If is nice going to the ballet and having dinner there as to save time by not parking twice and rushing to make sure you are not late for the ballet.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The only place to go for a pre-performance meal or snack.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

"Rusty" is the best server ever. I highly recommend her professional expertise.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything was wonderful. However it was very cold and drafty. Also a bit noisy

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

its a great way to eat when going to the Ballet or Opea having already found parking.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Nice option for a relaxed dinner before seeing the ballet.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great destination for brunch/lunch before the Ballet at the Opera House on Sundays.
We always enjoy the food and the great wait staff.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Sit down food for lunch before at matinee performance.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wonderful place to go before the ballet

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

This is a convenient place to grab a bite before the ballet, particularly if you don’t have time to eat in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Ala carte Menu is almost unchanged for at Least 4 years of Opera / Ballet seasons !!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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