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Soluna Cafe and Lounge

272 Mcallister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4726 (Civic Center)
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Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian, Café
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Cross street: Larkin
Transit: Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

What a great bar! Called in for 'refreshment' mid afternoon, to be met with very friendly staff. Although not extensive, the menu of beers represented quality and interest. The selection of cold meats and cheese were a must have! So impressed, we called later for the burger, bourbon and beer. Again, service and quality impressed.

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Los Gatos, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We were going to a performance at the Orpheum and wanted somewhere to stop for a drink. The SHN website list Soluna as a close restaurant. It is close to the theater and other venues! Their Happy Hour is 3 - 7 but gets really crowed about 4:30 with the after work crowd. About the food and wine - YUMMM.... More

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Napa, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Showed up with a reservation and were seated pretty quickly. Ordered a bottle of wine, which took about 10-15 minutes to show up. Entrees were very slow coming out. We had to ask for the check before being served main courses since we had a show to catch. Our reservation was an hour and an half before the show to... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Found Soluna Cafe & Lounge situated close to the Civic Centre & the Main Library (where we obtained listings for the wide range of free guided walking tours available in San Francisco). We had a light lunch and found the sandwiches to be innovative and very tasty. Well worth a visit if you are in the area and if you... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This cafe is in a great location, very close to City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and SF Ballet, among other cultural attractions. We ate there last night before the symphony and enjoyed our meals very much. The steamed clams were yummy as were the fish and chips. The halibut was delicious and fresh, only a little overcooked.

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Top Contributor
210 reviews 210 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Soluna Cafe is an attractive and friendly restaurant quite close to several of the main performance venues in San Francisco: Opera House, Davies Hall, Orpheum Theater, and the Bill Graham Auditorium. Small menu, but lots of fresh takes on what is offered. The cheeseburger on a brioche bun was super, and the rib-eye steak was perfectly cooked. The servers... More

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Graeagle, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Had lunch here today and the food is wonderful. The wait for food was OK considering it was lunch time by SF City hall. Arugula salad was fresh and delicious , I had the halibut sandwich on brioche that was great. Downside is the bathrooms that look like a bus station with no TP. Pick up the attention to detail!

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Modesto, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We worked up an appetite at the Asian Art Museum, and headed to the Soluna Cafe for a quick snack. We looked up some reviews, and it did not disappoint. Our party of three ordered different items on the menu and sampled each other's dinner, only to conclude that all three meals were equally delicious. The restaurant was clean, the... More

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El Cerrito, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I used to work near this restaurant and I have continued to go there when in the area. It is a very reliable restaurant with a somewhat limited menu that changes from time to time. It is not a gourmet restaurant but the food is definitely upscale and well prepared, and even sometimes original. It is neither fancy nor expensive.... More

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San Francisco, California
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165 reviews 165 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

After a morning at the nearby Asian Art Museum, a friend and I stopped by Soluna for lunch. We have eaten lunch there several times over the years and the food remains consistently very good. The menu is interesting with various salads, burgers, soups, sandwiches and pastas. My civic burger was piled high with goodies -- crisp onions, brie and... More

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