FAQ

Will I be able to find parking?

Parking in the Tenderloin is very limited. Our patrons are strongly encouraged to use public transportation or any number of the ride share services offered in the city. We are centrally located within 3 blocks from Civic Center BART and all Market St. muni lines, as well as the 19, 27, 31, and 38. If driving is the only option there are a number of parking garages in the area; Jam Parking at 155 Eddy, EZ Public Parking at 333 Jones, and California Parking Inc. at 199 Turk being the closest three.

What are the hours of operation?

Black Cat is open Tuesday -Sunday starting at 5:30 upstairs and from 6:00 in our downstairs jazz lounge. The kitchen stays open until 1am, and the bar until 1:30.

Are you related to the Black Cat from back in the day?

Yes and no. A lot of our inspiration came from the original Black Cat Cafe, (which happened to be located right down the street) and their signage can be found multiple places throughout our restaurant. We are not, however, trying to revamp a legend. We’re creating our own.

I’m a gluten-intolerant vegan, will I be able to eat at Black Cat?

Yes, absolutely! We have many gluten free/vegetarian/vegan options. Chef Alicia Jenish-McCarron does a spectacular job of catering to everyone’s restrictions, therefore everyone will be able to nosh.

Are reservations for tables in the jazz lounge downstairs?

Yes! A reservation confirms a table downstairs to enjoy the music. Table reservations are for two hours. Dinner service is required for reservations from 6pm-10:30pm. We also have ample bar seating and bar-height tables available downstairs on a first-come, first-serve basis.

My friends and I want to dine, but we don’t have a reservation. Will we be able to sit?

Yes, come on in! While reservations are definitely recommended, we do reserve some seats for walk-ins downstairs, at both our bars, and at our tables upstairs.

It’s my birthday and I want to come in with all of my friends. How do I make this happen?

We take reservations over the phone or through our website for parties of up to ten. Parties larger than ten are booked through our private events department – email us at events@blackcatsf.com. For parties larger than ten, we require a signed contract and deposit to book. Food & beverage minimums apply.

I made a reservation for dinner and want to see the music. How can I make sure this happens?

Reservations are for tables at the Downstairs Jazz Revue, so definitely expect to enjoy the show with dinner! Keep in mind that the music begins at either 6:30 or 7:00pm and music charges vary according to the act. Check out our calendar for more info.

What time does your music start?

The music starts at 6:30 or 7pm, depending on if we have one performer or two performers for the evening. For our weekly lineup and start times, check out our calendar.

Is there a charge to enjoy the music?

Yes, there is a music charge for each performance. The music charges vary depending on date and musician(s). Please see the calendar for more specific information. Support live music!

Can I make a reservation for just drinks?

Dinner service is required for reservations from 6-10:30pm. After 10:30pm, there is a $35 food and beverage minimum (excluding the music charge) for tables in the Downstairs Jazz Revue. If you’d like to come in just for drinks, we have ample bar seating and bar-height tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Are children under 21 allowed

As long as the kitchen is open and serving food children will be allowed; and considering our kitchen closes at 1am (which is way past even my bedtime!) you shouldn’t worry. We do not, however, have high chairs, so we suggest sticking to the big kids.