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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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Important to go here and hear!

One of the world's finest orchestra's plays here. Great Hall and acoustics. If you love music, you will already have this on your list. If you have not heard the SF Symphony... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2015
Eureka, California

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Eureka, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

One of the world's finest orchestra's plays here. Great Hall and acoustics. If you love music, you will already have this on your list. If you have not heard the SF Symphony, visit the hall and expect a change in your well-being.

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The sound in this setting is Very spotty. Some areas are very muffled. The design is very poor. I was sitting in the balcony and a mouse ran up my back. I will never go back, why bother when there such great music halls that were built properly.

Thank Susan A
Newark, California
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94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 6, 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!

Thank Sharron A

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