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War Memorial Opera House

301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
+1 415-864-3330
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This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
Civic Centre
+1 415-864-3330
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great acoustics wonderful music. The show consisted of several short scenes and music. The narrators wer very helpful in helping to understand the sequences. Venue is classic old San Francisco, we loved it

Thank Timothy G
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Party of 5 going to a matinee showing, was told we were not allowed to have our daughter at the show. The staff were rude and unapologetic about it, and told us no refunds. The usher said we could sit in the family section and...More

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I experienced the Opera two ways, through a tour and attending a performance. Wow to both! The building itself is beautiful with historical significance but the performances offer the magic of sitting in a beautiful theater with talented orchestra, dancers, and vocalists dazzling you with...More

Thank Melissa E
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My son and I had a short layover in San Fransisco, and decided to visit the War Memorial Opera House, not for the opera, but for it's UN related history and WW1 memorial. We took a BART train from the San Fransisco Airport to the...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I hate opera but I love this building. It is so dope looking and it is a reminder of how the city used to be.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The box seats are individual padded chairs with a lot more padding than the seats in the orchestra section (where I even once took an inflatable cushion). However, there are three rows, on tiers which are about 7 to 8 inches higher than the row...More

Thank Pancho_cisco
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Ive been to the Opera house several times, but this time was special because it was my 16 yr old daughters first time seeing a ballet. We saw Swan Lake. I feel that any section of the opera house is wonderful spot. Ive been in...More

1  Thank S3575ECrachelm
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

"What to wear to the Opera?" is usually what a woman first thinks to herself after she decides to go. Well, I saw women in gorgeous gowns and others in work attire. This is the place to showcase any couture in your closet dying to...More

Thank MitsoukoRussie
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We had a free night and decided to go. I am not a ballet fan and prefer Broadway, but Hamilton tickets were through the roof. My wife enjoys ballet so off we went. This performance is amazing with unique stage effects, engaging characters and a...More

Thank Kinosao
Reviewed 24 April 2017

It's a big fine arts theater with some grand decorations. Unfortunately the seating is not comfortable, especially in the upper reaches and the A/C often doesn't reach upstairs, so be prepared to fall asleep.

Thank Thomas V
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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18 January 2017|
Response from BigSarge03 | Reviewed this property |
Row D will be very close to the stage. You'll be looking up a bit. Row O will be back further and look more straight onto the stage. Hope that helps.
Brad B
26 September 2016|
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Response from Jan M | Reviewed this property |
That I don't know. In the group I signed up for, there were between 10 and 15 people, if I remember right. If you want to pursue it further, you may search for SFOpera backstage tours