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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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301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
Civic Center
+1 415-864-3330
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is where the San Francisco ballet perform each winter through spring, and it's a lovely place to enjoy a ballet. For ballet, try for the box seats. Side ones are restricted view but a good deal. Box seats are regular chairs that are not...More

Thank GPToak
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

My mom, sister and myself took my young daughter to San Francisco in December to see the Nutcracker ballet. She is 6 years old and absolutely loved it. She was literally on the edge of her seat and clapping loudly when it was time to...More

Thank Heather B
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I read all the bad reviews of the Opera but it was my first time ever and I loved it! This review is about the Opera house and not MB! My sis and I went to the city just for my birthday and to see...More

Thank BigSarge03
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

First opera experience. The venue was very nice. Large and grand. Even balcony seats were still good enough without binoculars nor obstruction. Sound was good. The performance was good but interpretation of time period a little quirky (Pharoh's army wearing modern WWII type uniforms with...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

I didn't go on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House, but I did see a performance of an opera there. The building is stunningly beautiful. WOW! My favorite aspect of the entire lovely edifice was the golden woman upon a golden horse above...More

Thank Blaize S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Small guided tours lasting roughly 20 minutes that cost just one dollar. The staff are very helpful and informative although they do tend to repeat themselves. It's a beautiful venue and one that I would thoroughly reccomend you go and visit if you get the...More

Thank RoamingNomad1
Reviewed 8 August 2016

It just so happened that we were planning on coming here on Monday which coincided with the tours they offer between 10am-2pm on the hour. The tour starts at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance (Grove St side) and was $7 per adult ($5 for seniors)....More

Thank August M
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Just took a backstage tour of the San Francisco Opera House; absolutely breathtaking. Of course the place itself is beautiful. but on this tour, we also saw the dressing rooms, the gorgeous costumes, the workers preparing the stage for tonight's opera, the workings of pieces...More

Thank Jan M
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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Looking to book a ballet show at the War Memorial House. Does anyone know how the seats compare in Orchestra. Looking to compare: 1. Rows D and Row O 2. Seats D 121 & 123 vs O 121 & 123 3. Seats O 121 &123 vs O 109&111
17 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
how many people visit each year
25 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