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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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Address: 201 Van Ness Avenue at Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 864 6000
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Description: Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an...
Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.
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A lovely if somewhat disorgazined and dated venue

We caught Anthony Bourdain's tour at Davies and so cannot speak to its features as a symphony hall. Parking at local garages is sufficient (several within a few blocks of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Newark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We caught Anthony Bourdain's tour at Davies and so cannot speak to its features as a symphony hall. Parking at local garages is sufficient (several within a few blocks of the venue), and there are lots of very good restaurants in the immediate area for a pre- or post-show meal. The seats and interior decor seemed a bit tired, and... More 

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Got to see Anthony Bourdain with orchestra seats this weekend. The venue is beautiful with great acoustics and probably not a bad seat in the place. Looked up to Loge and Tier seats and they appeared to have a good view too. Bourdain did a Q&A and was able to speak to and answer questions from the higher seats. I... More 

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This concert hall is near the Civic Centre and is a brilliant venue with superb acoustics. The programme/playbill is free and the quality of the music was outstanding. We had the great privilege of listening to Carmina Burana plus Stravinsky and Poulenc for only $20 per ticket. Concert hall facilities were excellent.

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Oroville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We recently went to a concert at the Davies Symphony Hall. I had not been there before and was impressed with the acoustics as well as the beauty of the hall. It seemed that there were no bad seats in the hall. The highlight of the evening was the Rachmoninoff 2nd Piano Concerto. It was beautifully performed by the Sa... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A world class hall which has excellent acoustics from wherever you sit. Front of house facilities somewhat lacking. No china cups! It's a concert hall, not a stadium.!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Excellent concert hall with good viewing & acoustics. We sat in the premium stalls but, honestly, many of the cheaper seats were just as good for a concert. Easily reached by tram along Market St. Not many taxis around at the conclusion of the concert though. There's a shop well worth a visit. Some unusual souvenirs including miniature instruments. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were in town for the weekend and were able to reserve two great seats. It was a Valentine's Day concert. The hall is easy to get to. The design is great with wide common areas. We had a pre concert adult beverage... It's IMO expensive.

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

2nd tier seats make our 6 symphony package affordable. We love this section off to the side but a cat birds view of all below! We love the whole experience of the symphony MTT always a treat!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Davies Hall is a lovely venue, and a wonderful place to get a little culture at low stress and cost. Have a martini before the performance and stand out on the balconies on the upper level. The SF Symphony is good, too!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Davies Symphony Hall is an excellent venue for music and live productions that require crisp, unadulterated sound. Over the years, I have come here to experience multiple performances from classical (Isaac Stern) to modern (Melissa Etheridge); sure never to disappoint regardless where you are seated! A multi-level parking structure (with elevators) is located down the street since street parking can... More 

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