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Cafe Du Nord

Music Venue and Restaurant
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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  • Stars
    The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and SF Weekly recommend this place
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    • SF Weekly
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    Meghan M.
    "... see bands, definitely intimate and usually not over crowded."(3 Tips)
    brianna g.
    "Fantastic Jazz."(3 Tips)
    Brodie O.
    "oysters and champagne."(2 Tips)
    Jessica C.
    "Best dirty martini🍸 I've had in my life."(6 Tips)
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  • Bryant M.
    Bryant MiguelAugust 24, 2012
    The venue is smaller and cozy with an incredible wrap-around balcony across the entire venue. Seeing a band at this location is always a treat! I would definitely see an act here over Slims, tenfold.
    Upvoted Dec 10, 2023
  • Petty Theft
    Petty TheftApril 8, 2013
    Oh My My, Oh Hell Yeah! ... BIG THX to all the folks who came out to Cafe Du Nord this past weekend where we had our biggest turnout yet! We look forward to being back in SF again real soon! Read more
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsFebruary 13, 2013
    Come before 11pm to sample the short, but tasty menu – munch on the Wild Mushroom Strudel or Grilled Swordfish before the dancing starts. For more, follow us on 4sq or at www.renhotels.com. Read more
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    Tobias SchmidtJuly 30, 2018
    The place has a nice vibe to it. It is also, unfortunately, fairly rectangular and boxy and so the acoustics aren't the greatest.
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    California GirlSeptember 29, 2019
    Great for #datenight and #livemusic. Have been coming here since way back in the day. Check it ✔️ #californiagirl
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RussoNovember 4, 2015
    Good burger. Nice atmosphere. Good live jazz. Not the rock n roll hotspot it once was, but oh well.
  • Brodie O.heart icon on user image
    Brodie OlmsteadNovember 27, 2016
    Solid burger and cocktails. The real magic starts after midnight: half off oysters and champagne.
  • Jessica C.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ChoiSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best dirty martini🍸 I've had in my life. And don't forget to order the parker rolls 🍞
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuApril 15, 2017
    Super French and Parisian with good ambiance for chit chatting. Smells like delicious fried chicken.
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 14, 2018
    A great place for stiff drinks and live music.
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebFebruary 18, 2011
    One of SF's best places to see National acts but still have the classic feel of a lounge. They have great food too! TW ♥'s Cafe Du Nord! Read more
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenJanuary 9, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe Du Nord has transitioned back to a full time music venue. It is no longer a full time cocktail bar. Most tips here no longer apply.
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YeeApril 14, 2011
    Adorable, intimate venue for concerts. If you get a dinner reservation with your ticket, I'd recommend the catfish or calamari. The food is decent.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayFebruary 4, 2012
    One of the best live music venues in the city. Super easy to get to and even some street parking if you're the DD.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MurphyNovember 12, 2012
    One of the best places to see bands, definitely intimate and usually not over crowded.
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 26, 2012
    This place used to be a speakeasy in the old days. Known to have very stiff and tasty cocktails (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Stewart P.
    Stewart PrattOctober 22, 2012
    Just be careful...could easily hold 200+ people...but for some reason they seat the room...leaving space for only about 75...leaving everyone that doesnt have a seat barely able to see the stage.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MorehiserFebruary 1, 2010
    I felt relieved the first time I walked into this place for an AA Bondy show. It is the first small venue we discovered in SF, and a very intimate space for live music. Read more
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenJanuary 9, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Heres a link explaining the current situation http://hoodline.com/2017/04/cafe-du-nord-on-market-street-to-transition-back-to-full-fledged-music-venue
  • D. J.
    D. JohnsonApril 20, 2019
    Layout is much better now. They moved the bathrooms and there's an elevator for the disabled and musician load in. Thank Gawd!!!!
  • annie .
    annie 🧸March 2, 2013
    For the vertically challenged, try standing on the stairs to the right of the stage (stage left)
  • Wally N.heart icon on user image
    Wally NJune 17, 2018
    The petition filet is wonderful.
  • Jim P.heart icon on user image
    Jim ProsserJune 4, 2016
    The burger is top notch
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Beautiful small venue to catch a show.
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MNovember 9, 2017
    Good hidden music finds
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisApril 22, 2013
    Get the fried pickles to start if you order food.
  • Jeshua B.heart icon on user image
    Jeshua BorgesJuly 10, 2015
    Champagne and oysters after midnight.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EstelleNovember 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee (Ritual), free wifi, power outlets... this the kind of place I can settle in for some "working from home" action.
  • brianna g.heart icon on user image
    brianna georgeMarch 12, 2014
    Fantastic Jazz.
  • The Parlotones
    The ParlotonesAugust 11, 2011
    See The Parlotones here on 11/01/11! http://thrillcall.com/event/908207
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KuhlmanSeptember 4, 2013
    Great concert spot
  • Juliet B.
    Juliet BowenJune 7, 2010
    Great little place. Sexy decor and awesome live music.
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TorzaJanuary 17, 2010
    One of the few places in San Francisco that feels like a "proper" music listening club.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 7, 2013
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Experimental Music Gathering. The multiday, multimedia On Land festival is a serious contender for Experimental Music Event of the Whole Left... Read more
  • Ted B.
    Ted BlosserMay 13, 2010
    U have to check out the stuffbox booth while you're here
  • Mark E.
    Mark EvansFebruary 5, 2010
    Delicious meatball mini-burgers at #vatorsplash cafe de Nord
  • Patricia Y.
    Patricia YeeApril 14, 2011
    They serve the strongest whisky sours EVER.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GrayMay 25, 2011
    Scrimshaw on tap. Get it.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PadillaNovember 18, 2009
    Cafe Du Nord is near the Castro district and is therefore very gay friendly.
  • Jacqueline R.
    Jacqueline RocamoraNovember 13, 2011
    Great venue!
  • Kresimir G.
    Kresimir GrgurevicNovember 21, 2011
    Smooth jazz baby!!!
  • Shelly M.
    Shelly MillerNovember 19, 2010
    Feels like a church. Folding chairs.
  • Teresa F.
    Teresa FinneyFebruary 25, 2010
    Beautiful venue.
  • Chip O.
    Chip OverstreetNovember 27, 2009
    Play pool while listening to music
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BroderickJune 28, 2009
    They brew Ritual Coffee.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GoodSeptember 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    See some musical acts.
  • James Y.
    James YuApril 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    drop by for some ritual coffee
  • max L.
    max LMay 15, 2009
    go to cafe norda listen to music
  • hugo b.
    hugo buretFebruary 5, 2010
    Where's the food?
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