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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.
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201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102-4507
Civic Center
+1 415-864-6000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 19 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 24 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
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Saw classic movie "On the Waterfront," with Marlon Brando while the San Fran Symphony played the movie score live. An unusual experience. Also enjoyed the symphony store and walking around Davies. One could fee the energy of the people and the elegance, even though most...More

Thank LH L
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We've been to around 5 concerts / recitals here over the past year and what a joy. Tonight we listened enraptured to Itzak Perlman - a god amongst musicians- in comfortable seats and fantastic acoustics. The ushers are lovely too, and it always feels like...More

Thank Chantal42
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I have been to perhaps 10 symphonies at Davies over the years, and always have a splendid experience. I'm not a musician and cannot speak in technical terms, but the SF Symphony and the productions I have attended have always been very good or excellent....More

Thank FoodieDoodie58
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A wonderful venue for the symphony. We had Loge seats off to the side (section D) and the view was excellent. Parking is really challenging...we prepaid the parking and that was worth it because the lot is right across the street and access is limited...More

Thank Michael Y
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.