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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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Excellent acoustics.

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.!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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connecticut
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Oroville, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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309 reviews 309 reviews
60 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Manchester, New Hampshire
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to both see and hear music being performed, the acoustics are ravishing and sumptuous, and one of these days I'll get to hear the Ruffatti Brothers organ live, until then I'll have to settle for my recording of the Jongen Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra with Michael Murray as organist with the San Francisco... More 

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Roseville, Ca
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We Bill Burr on October 4, 2014 at the Davies Symphony Hall, which would be considered a strange place to see a stand up comic. It was a beautiful classy venue with not a bad seat in the house. We were in the 2nd tier and the acoustics were perfect. We could hear every word he spoke, even over the... More 

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Oakland, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Davies is not only beautiful to look at, it is also a beautiful place to hear music. Have been to many performances there and find a least part of every program that is fantastic. While "The City" doesn't care how you dress, it is a very classy place and proper attire will be acknowledged by us regulars.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a gorgeous symphony hall in San Francisco; it also has some of the mos comfortable seating for a symphony hall with good views from all seats. Acoustics are such that it is perfect for the symphony and other music events (for example, we saw an excellent large mariachi group here once). If in San Francisco and interested in... More 

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