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About Cafe at the Opera
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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Contemporary American, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Open 2 hours prior to all evening and Sunday Matinee performances only.
Franklin St. & McAllister St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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Cafe at the Opera Ratings and Reviews
Poor service at crunch time. On my last visit we ordered coffee and desert around 7:00, probably a mistake, but there was adequate time before the 7:30 curtain. The coffee came promptly but not the dessert. The kitchen had gotten backed up (on creme brûlée? really?). As it got closer to curtain time we canceled dessert and asked for the check. That took 10 minutes, so we had to rush up 5 flights to our seats in 5 minutes. As we left, at 7:25, the party next door was just getting their entree! Everyone has the same curtain time, no excuse for getting so slow when it matters the most. If you eat here, and it is convenient, get there at 6:15 no later, and don't order coffee or dessert.
Menu limited and boring. Meal overpriced! Wanted appetizers but only chunks of cheese and grapes available. Husband looked for beef but none available. Chicken dish nearly empty when he got to it tho it was only 6:45. Salmon only other main option and thot it a bit 'fishy.'
A great option for dinner before the opera performance. You need to make reservations at least a few days ahead as there are often no feasible times left on the day of the opera. Most of the dinners chose the excellent buffet for $45, which I've had before and found to be excellent. This time we decided to choose something light off the a la carte menu. We ordered salads, one with crab and other seafood and the other a Caesar salad with salmon--both very generous and satisfying. Service is friendly and attentive.
Before the opera or ballet or whatever, the Opera Cafe, has good service; quiet ambiance and great for people watching. Very conveniently situated in the War memorial Opera House.
We had the steak salad and it was delicious and plenty of it, medium rare, with small sweet root vegetables. Next time might order the cheese board as an appetizer. The price was moderate, considering the location.
Ridiculously overpriced for mediocre food. I had a glass of wine, a small roll, four shrimp and a few pieces of raw greens for $35! It is located in the basement of the opera house (no windows or view). The only reason to go there is to be certain that you won't be late to the performance.
I have gone to Café at the Opera many times during Opera season. This is my first visit for this season, and who is truly disappointed. They offered your usual variety of salads but, For the variety and eat your salad, they all had distinct taste and they were all soggy, The piece of meat I tried please try to fish I had was overcooked as well. Our waiter periodically came by to check if all was well but before we can give a thorough answer he was off. I'm not sure if it's under new management in the kitchen but an overall disappointing meal.
The new mix of salads and entrees are exquisite. So many interesting side dishes, all differently but perfectly flavored. The meals there just get better and better - a lovely meal before the opera .. not heavy but very satisfying so you can enjoy the opera without falling asleep.
Next time we go to the Opera I will definitely make a reservation for dinner at the Cafe Opera again. In the past I've ordered from their menu. This time I ordered the buffet and was pleasantly surprised at variety of superb choices . Everything I had was fabulously delicious and the service was great. Before I even finished my first plate the server put 2 clean plates at our table for seconds. I did return for seconds and as well to taste food I did try the first time. We enjoyed our fantastic dinner at the Opera Cafe. I will return again for the buffet! Pricing good too!
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