Plan Your Experience


War Memorial Opera House

Make your pre- and post-opera experience as spectacular as the performance itself! Uncover all the best that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer—starting right here in the Civic Center and Hayes Valley. Culinary delights, shopping and easily accessible transportation await you.

To make your opera experience even more special, we've partnered with hotels and cultural attractions to provide you with a complete getaway—for out-of-towners and locals alike!

Dine at the Opera House
The Patina Group serves an elegant hot buffet in the lower lounge of the Opera House (Lower level) beginning two hours before every performance. Lighter fare is also served before performances and during intermissions at Patina's Café Express and Dress Circle Café. View the sample buffet menu or view the sample a la carte menu. You can also make dinner reservations for Café at the Opera by calling (415) 861-8150 or on Open Table.

Avoid the lines and pre-order your drink for intermission. Call (415) 861-8150 to pre-order or ask your bartender.

Patrons dining in the Opera House may enter through the North Carriage entrance of the Opera House (adjacent to the War Memorial courtyard) up to two hours prior to curtain.

Additional Services
San Francisco Opera provides additional services throughout the Opera House to make your experience more enjoyable. The War Memorial Opera House opens its doors beginning two hours before every performance through the North Carriage entrance for those dining in the Opera House, and one hour prior to curtain for those attending performances and Pre-Opera Talks.

Pre-Opera Talks, 25-minute overviews of the opera presented by music scholars, are held 55 minutes before each performance (except Opening Night of the season) in the Orchestra section. Free to ticket holders.

Coat checks are located on both sides of the Lobby level.

Opera glasses may be rented for $5 at the North Lobby coat check. ID deposit is requested.

Restrooms are located on all floors except the first floor Lobby level. Wheelchair-accessible stalls can be found on all these floors except the 5th floor of the Balcony level.

Wheelchair seating is located on the Box, Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. For seats, call (415) 864-3330.

Assistive listening devices (Sennheiser model) are available for hearing-impaired patrons and may be obtained at both the North and South Lobby coat checks. ID deposit is requested. For more information, call (415) 864-3330.

First Aid station is located on the South Lower level. In case of emergency, please ask the nearest usher to assist you.

OperaVision, high-definition projection screens, is featured in the Balcony level for select performances.

Taxi service – Patrons desiring a taxi after a performance should come to the Grove Street Taxi Ramp located on the south side of the Opera House. Accommodations are provided on a first come, first served basis, and cannot be guaranteed as service is based on availability of licensed taxis. Staff will be on hand to assist.

Courtesy telephones, for local calls only, are located on the first floor Lobby level directly across from the elevators.

Large print cast and synopsis sheets are available at the South Lobby coat check.

Lost and found items may be claimed at the North Lobby coat check during performances. All unclaimed items are delivered to the War Memorial Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue, the day following a performance. To claim your lost items, please call (415) 621-6600, Monday-Friday, 8am-11:30am.