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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
+1 415-864-6000
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Home to the San Francisco Symphony, this modern structure created quite an architectural controversy when first built.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
Civic Center
+1 415-864-6000
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Generally the Hall is a wonderful place for music. We've seen many concerts there with no problems with the acoustics. The format of the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me NPR show was perhaps an anomaly, but we missed about 1/3 of the on stage comments...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

San Francisco Symphony Hall has to be visited at least once and San Francisco Symphony has to be heard at least once… Great musicians.

Thank Surtuk
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Wonderful experience. Get there early and enjoy a drink with a view of City Hall. Large windows overlooking Van Ness Ave. Most seats are very good. Sit back at least 2 rows from the elevated stage to see performers better. Sound is excellent. Fairly easy...More

Thank Ric S
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Yes, it is a "Symphony Hall" and quite beautiful. The acoustics are excellent. We attended a performance of Dianna Krall (jazz singer and pianist) and even though we were in the 2nd to last row up, the evening felt quite intimate. Wonderful venue for a...More

Thank keeb56
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Noticed new roof features apparently meant to improve acoustics, however, quartet accompanying Tony Bennett was overpowering. But maybe a good thing. Tony Bennett and his daughter, Antonia, are not good singers. Two in our group of 4 are major seniors and felt Tony should have...More

Thank Bebe31750
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I was there for the SF Symphony's tribute to John Williams - what a night. It's a lovely space with great views of city hall.

Thank Stanleyps
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Great conference site, nice to be watching speakers where every seat offers a great view, and the acoustics are fabulous. Wish there were more bathrooms, but you can't beat the ambiance.

Thank wfamily5
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Have just returned from an excellent concert of Mendelsohn's Scottish Symphony + filler pieces. Why do all american theatres and concert halls have to be so cold? - excessive and unnecessary air conditioning and sitting in a cold draft, made an otherwise enjoyable concert an...More

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We were in San Francisco especially for a performance at Davies Symphony Hall, so a TripAdvisor report on the hall itself seems appropriate. Frankly, having enjoyed music in quite a few other large concert halls in major cities, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival...More

Thank davidjbrown10
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Music lovers complain of the sound issues in this problematic symphony hall. I am not an expert so I have no personal opinion, but I have attended many excellent concerts here. If there is a performance that suits you, go. It's a pleasant experience.

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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7 September 2016|
Response from Traveling_Polymath | Reviewed this property |
I recommend Dobbs Ferry, just a few blocks away.