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War Memorial Opera House

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Address: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4589
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+1 415-864-3330

This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.

This beautiful beaux arts structure is home to the San Francisco Opera.

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Gorgeous building, grand place for ballet

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... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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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
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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 locked together so are pretty spacious. Box area offer their own toilets (needed if you're... More 

Thank GPToak
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 clap. It was a magical show and I would definitely recommend it and go again.... More 

Thank Heather B
Las Vegas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 the opera! Something I had never done and after fighting cancer all last year it... More 

Thank BigSarge03
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 some almost Nazi like). Our teenagers didn't like it but that had more to do... More 

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362 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
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 the stage. My second favorite aspect was the lovely way the curtain rose before the... More 

Thank Blaize S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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 chance.

Thank RoamingNomad1
Greater Cincinnati
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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). The tour lasted around 80 mins although I'm not sure if it's supposed to be... More 

Thank August M
San Francisco
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 of stage that they lower when someone has to fling themselves off a parapet. The... More 

Thank Jan M
Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I recently spent an Opera weekend in SanFrancisco viewing a new production of Carmen, an exhilarating Don Carlo and a superb Janufa. This was my first time in this elegant, beautiful Beaux Art Building. I was truly amazed at its beauty, how well kept it is and how friendly the staff is to everyone. Upon entering the building one is... More 

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