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Soluna Cafe and Lounge

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Civic Center
Californian, Café
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272 Mcallister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4726 (Larkin)
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
415-621-2200
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Sunday
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner before Theatre...Park in a Lot!

The food is wonderful, ambiance vibrant with noise level (which is beginning to make a difference to us in restaurants) enthusiastic but not uncomfortably loud. A great place to catch dinner before the Symphony, Opera, Orpheum Theatre's and have a nice 5 min. walk or so afterwards. A full Bar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Tiburon
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Tiburon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food is wonderful, ambiance vibrant with noise level (which is beginning to make a difference to us in restaurants) enthusiastic but not uncomfortably loud. A great place to catch dinner before the Symphony, Opera, Orpheum Theatre's and have a nice 5 min. walk or so afterwards. A full Bar: Cocktails are cleaver & creative, Wine selections very nice. Starter:... More 

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Lodi, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

As many have said the location for this cafe across from the Civic Center garage and near the Opera House and the Orpheum, makes it an attractive and easy place meet with friends for a pre-performance meal. Big mistake!!! The menu tries to be trendy, but many of the combinations don't work and some those that would work fail due... More 

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant within walking distance of the SF Opera House, Symphony Hall, and Orpheum Theatre. They have great food, much of it grown locally, a wonderful Charcuterie/Cheese plate to share that combines local cheeses and home-cured meats with cured olives, house-made jams, nuts and thin slices of bread. This past time my husband had an entree of... More 

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California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were really looking forward to trying the Soluna Cafe as we are always on the look out for places to eat near the Hayes Valley civic center overlap. Ambiance is hip and cool. Bar looked good. We were seated in a nice both and promptly ordered. Waiter new nothing about their short wine list..OK maybe not a wine drinker.... More 

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Ceres
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Picked Soluna for the proximity to the Orpheum. Had reservations for after a show. Our party of 4 was seated promptly. I was disappointed there was no view of the Civic Center. My bad for not researching better I guess. We were waited on quickly and given water and our drink order was taken. We also ordered bread. She returned... More 

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Tracy, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

got off the Civic Center BART station and went looking for a dinner spot before show at the Orpheum. Wife didn't want to go to the local 'Sam's Diner', so we found Soluna.. we were promptly greeted but the host didn't seem too excited. After being seated our server came by promptly, however she didn't really bother to check up... More 

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NO CALIF
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194 reviews 194 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

After being at the San Francisco library for a meet up with poetry lovers, it was time to socialize. Our friend who led the discussion came with us to this friendly bar. There was Proseco ordered and a very tall draft beer. The happy hour with drink special from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm. You could get a bottle of... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

As others have written, this is a great spot if you are going to the theater, opera or symphony in the area. You can park in the lot below city hall ($5 if you are in early!), walk a block to the restaurant, and then walk another block or two to your show. Very convenient. Indeed, the servers told us... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 272 Mcallister St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4726
    (Larkin)
  • Public Transportation: 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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
  • Neighborhood: Civic Center
  • Phone Number: 415-621-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Californian, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Civic Center

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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