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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Concert Hall, Performing Arts Venue, and Music Venue
Civic Center, San Francisco
  • The experts at SFGate and SFist recommend this place
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    • SFist
  • Melissa D.
    "During intermission, check out the balcony on the top floor."(10 Tips)
    Kyle M.
    "Best seating in the orchestra -- anywhere in the orchestra."(7 Tips)
    San Francisco Symphony
    "SF Symphony store for a good selection"(2 Tips)
    San Francisco Symphony
    "New to classical music, or interested in the music of one favorite..."(2 Tips)
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  • San Francisco Symphony
    Ever wonder what those seats facing the conductor are like? Easy enough to check 'em out - they're only $15 and available for most concerts (if it's a choral work, the chorus uses the terrace).
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Shop the SF Symphony store for a good selection of music, books, gifts and special items you won't find anywhere else. Plus, the complete SF Symphony Mahler cycle is available here. Now open M-F 11-4. Read more
  • Jessie K.
    Jessie KaiserApril 27, 2013
    Terrace seats are great for programs that don't feature soloists. Otherwise, sit in the main theater, as you won't be able to hear the solo.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GratzApril 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Afterward, go to doors at either end of lobby and take the stairs. It's not fancy, but metal evacuation stairs are the fastest way out to Grove or Van Ness. (It's fully allowed.)
  • Helio M.
    E-13E-15 and E-17 are together seats. Odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right
  • Justin C.
    Justin CSeptember 23, 2016
    The Terrace seats (behind the orchestra) exceeded my expectations. Great being able to see the conductor's work up close!
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongSeptember 22, 2013
    One of the best venues here in San Francisco when you're looking for a place to enjoy classical symphonic music
  • Michæl B.
    Michæl BrettApril 4, 2016
    Saw ET here with live soundtrack. Try catch one of there movie series. Well worth it
  • Abby C.
    Abby CJuly 1, 2015
    Beautiful venue. Saw Fidelio here and it was very nice. Even the cheapest seats had a good view.
  • Bill D.
    Bill DMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    You can pre-order drinks (before the performance) at the 1st and 2nd tier bar so they'll be waiting at a table for you during intermission.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonOctober 25, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    order your drinks for intermission BEFORE the concert starts, and they'll be waiting for you at a table. Then you can people watch to your heart's content.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CollinsDecember 10, 2016
    Be sure to check out the outdoor balconies on the upper floor for exceptional city scapes.
  • Wilson F.
    Excellent acoustics in lovely concert hall. Truly a joy for classical music lovers.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SApril 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for tickets in the second tier. They are great seats and it's a heck of a stair work out to get all the way up there.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Take a tour of the hall. Tours are offered for $5 every Monday (except holidays), every hour on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just $3 for seniors & students. Call 415-552-8338.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    $15 tickets in the center terrace for most concerts! Bargain!
  • Yaron Z.
    Yaron Zakai-OrFebruary 17
    The acoustics are not on par with the best concert halls in the world. It's a shame that such a good orchestra has a mediocre hall.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Davies After Hours is part performance, part after-party. After certain concerts, musicians play in a nightclub-style setting. Free to ticketholders. Read more
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    During intermission, check out the balcony on the top floor. Gorgeous view up & down Van Ness Ave at night.
  • Gerard R.
    Gerard ReyesDecember 1, 2014
    Wear semi/formal/casual but breathable clothing, as it may get relatively warm inside.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't sit on the top floor if you're afraid of may make you feel a tad dizzy/queasy.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJuly 29, 2015
    Look for parking on the street first before paying. Often there are spots in this neighborhood at night.
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléMay 27, 2016
    Amazing production of On The Town, but avoid the house wine at all costs.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Get a group of friends or colleagues together and go hear a San Francisco Symphony concert. Groups of 10 or more get 20% off the single ticket price. Call 415-503-5311. Read more
  • Simone D.
    Simone DavalosJuly 31, 2013
    Order your drinks before the concert starts. Or, book to the bar once the lights come up at intermission.
  • Nikhil C.
    Unbelievably great acoustics. Defs try to get centre seats!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LApril 15
    Tickets start as low as $25 for amazing performances.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    New to classical music, or interested in the music of one favorite composer? Try the Summer & the Symphony series, with programs on Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and the Russians. Read more
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Volunteer! The Symphony is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers, and it's a great group of people. Call 415-503-5500 and tell 'em you're interested.
  • Gunz
    GunzSeptember 29, 2014
    Be sure to order your intermission drinks at the bar before the show.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CarlessMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Following select concerts, stick around for Davies After Hours and enjoy a cocktail more good music
  • Young S.
    Young S.April 3, 2014
    Two cocktails and a bottle of water was 30 bucks. Go to the bars in the neighborhood before.
  • Damon G.
    Damon GrantDecember 19, 2013
    Probably the best seatingnof any "theatre" in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    San Francisco SymphonyAugust 12, 2014
    Pre-order food & beverage online for pre-show or intermission!
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenDecember 13, 2014
    Home Alone with orchestra is fantastic
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonDecember 1, 2015
    You can have drinks waiting for you for intermission. This is amazing.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BFebruary 6, 2016
    Every seat is a great seat. Only bummer is nothing but water allowed at your seat.
  • Leanne W.
    Leanne WaldalNovember 29, 2012
    the bathrooms on lower floor near Hayes/VanNess are rarely crowded
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Free Sennheiser listening devices are available for the hearing-impaired, free of charge (at the coat check room).
  • Paul L.
    Paul LancasterOctober 6, 2012
    Loge seats are fantastic! Grab a pre-symphony @ Absinthe.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SuMay 22, 2011
    Beautiful venue and a great place for a reception afterwards.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerApril 12
    Convenient seating everywhere. Acoustics are superb
  • jeannette g.
    Don't miss the Symphony Store located above the box office for CDs, DVDs and fun, quality unique music related gifts.
  • Elif
    ElifJuly 20, 2014
    PIXAR IN CONCERT is perfect!!
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 3, 2015
    Beautiful hall. Home of our beloved SFS!
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioAugust 17, 2015
    Amazing acoustics
  • A C.
    A CCMay 22, 2016
    Acoustics; the view outside during intermission
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerJanuary 20, 2016
    Amazing venue for live music.
  • Angelina C.
    Angelina CJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ticket sale for winter concerts starting at just $20. Offer is through Jan 24th.
  • Masahito K.
    Masahito KagawaNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    "Sing Out!, Davies", it's really nice event. Will join next time again.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Order a yummy cocktail at the bar just before the concert starts, and the bartender will have it ready for you when intermission starts.
  • John K.
    John KieserNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You can pre-order your intermission drink before the show.
  • Debbi D.
    Debbi DiMaggioNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Save the date and join us for Chinese New Year.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best seating in the orchestra -- anywhere in the orchestra. Read more
  • Elijah C.
    Elijah ColpittsNovember 2, 2015
    Beautiful venue
  • Dona Mari N.
    Dona Mari NolascoMarch 11, 2014
    Wonderful experience
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Will you please, at the very least, wear a nice pair of pants, dress shoes, and a button-up shirt, for F** sake, when going to the symphony. It's bad enough we see tank tops and shorts at the Orpheum. Read more
  • San Francisco Symphony
    You can hear one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in the world right here - the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Read more
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FDecember 9, 2014
    The symphony with Disney. Sadly dissapointing. More like a kids pantomime
  • Robin V.
    Robin VasalocksmithNovember 11, 2013
    All the seats are great here!
  • Robin S.
    Robin SimpsonSeptember 4, 2013
    Go to opening night and stay for the after party!
  • Margarita D.
    Margarita DiazJuly 8, 2011
    Michael Tilson Thomas is a god. MTT conducting anything = pure magic
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Rush tickets ($20) are available for some concerts. Call the hotline number: 415-503-5577
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰June 9, 2013
    38 muni picks up and drops off across the street
  • Half Pint P.
    Half Pint ProJune 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Insanely beautiful
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KlinkovskyJanuary 19, 2014
    Listen and enjoy!
  • Papi
    PapiOctober 26, 2014
    Great music!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJuly 28, 2016
    So. Many. Old people.
  • Pamela W.
    Pamela WagnerDecember 16, 2016
    What a beautiful place!
  • Peggy R.
    Peggy RyanSeptember 7, 2014
    Symphony !
  • Dylan H.
    Get loge tix
  • Kirby L.
    Kirby LJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Yo-Yo Ma. It's seasonal, but very nice
  • San Francisco Symphony
    San Francisco SymphonyDecember 3, 2009
    Avoid the traffic, tolls, and the $$ parking garage fees - take BART to Civic Center station and walk four blocks west to the hall. You'll arrive in a better mood.
  • Bernard
    BernardJuly 13, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the balcony on the top floor, it's a great view
  • Karla M.
    Karla M. AvendañoJuly 26, 2014
    Si andas de visita en al ciudad, vale la pena revisar el programa de la sinfónica. Un lugar increíble!!!! Bello!!! Y la sinfónica es espectacular 😊
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