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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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Address: 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
Phone Number: 415 864 6000
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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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It could use some updating (carpets, upholstery, restrooms) but honestly the Davies Symphony Hall is a-ok by me. The oversized elevators make it fairly accessible for those with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It could use some updating (carpets, upholstery, restrooms) but honestly the Davies Symphony Hall is a-ok by me. The oversized elevators make it fairly accessible for those with motor limitations, but there will almost always be a few steps that must be navigated. Really fair acoustics, which also means literally every candy wrapper and cough will be an irritant to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Whilst we enjoyed the recent performance we saw, the first thing we said to each other at the end, was that the acoustics were a little strange. There was something not quite right with the blend of music and singing. The venue is dated but the staff were extremely friendly. Not sure I'll be rushing back.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We were disappointed with both the orchestra and the acoustics of Davies Hall. We regularly attend concerts performed by the Cleveland Symphony in Severance Hall. Both the orchestra and the hall in Cleveland far exceed that of San Fransisco.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The hall is very nice. We were in the uppermost tier for a symphonic concert and the sound quality was pretty good and the view of the orchestra and soloists was excellent. The staff and ushers were very helpful. My only complaint was that the prices are ridiculous for drinks and snacks. Hold off until the event is over and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We went for Susan Graham and the symphony and it was just a superb performance. The acoustics are fantastic. Try to get centre seats, but overall all seats are good. Worth a visit for a show.

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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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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.

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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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