Terrific food and excellent service in an unique, historic setting. For what more could one ask?
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
Good place to eat before the performance at the Opera House. Good food and ambiance. Extremely good staff and service.
Excellent and welcoming
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.
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.
Attentive staff, sensitive to time and diet constraints. Quality food.
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.
Wine is Very Overpriced
$14 per glass is gouging
The buffet prior to the March 25 Ballet was disappointing, and not for the first time. Need some meat. Not worth $45.
Wonderful venue for pre theater dinner and relaxing during intermission.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!!
You can only go there if you have tickets for a performance. It’s convenient, but a bit pricey.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was wonderful. However it was very cold and drafty. Also a bit noisy
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.