Herbst Theatre

401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister
Veterans Building
San Francisco

Herbst Theatre

San Francisco Performances will return to the Herbst Theatre October 2015

The Veterans Memorial Building and Theatre has been undergoing renovation since May 2013. We are excited to return to the newly renovated Herbst Theatre on Friday, October 30, 2015 to officially start the 2015–2016 season. For more information, please call 415-398-6449 or view our 36th Season calendar.

Herbst Theatre is part of the War Memorial Performing Arts Center and across the street from City Hall on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. An 892-seat recital hall, Herbst Theatre is the venue used most often for San Francisco Performances’ events, offering a great opportunity to see world-class artists in an intimate setting.

If you have questions about the Herbst Theatre regarding its remodel, rentals or other performances, please contact the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center at 415.621.6600 or visit their website.

Seating Chart
Herbst Theatre Seat Map

See a more detailed seat map.


Public Transport

The MUNI Van Ness Station is only about 4 blocks south of the hall. MUNI lines 47 and 49 run along Van Ness Avenue and pass directly by the theater. The nearest BART station is Civic Center. Upon exiting the station follow Grove Street away from Market Street (west) for three blocks. Cross Van Ness Avenue on Grove Street then turn to the right (north) and walk to McAllister Street, the Theatre will be on your left at McAllister.

By Car From the Golden Gate Bridge

After crossing the bridge, take US 101 to Lombard Street and continue south on Van Ness Avenue to the Civic Center. Turn right on Grove Street, the first street past City Hall. The Opera House is on the right and Davies Symphony Hall is on the left. Continue on Grove for parking in the Performing Arts Garage.

By car From the Bay Bridge

After crossing the bridge, take the Ninth Street/Civic Center Exit onto Harrison Street. Go one block and turn right onto Ninth. Stay to the left and continue on Ninth across Market Street onto Hayes Street. Take Hayes to Franklin Street and turn right. Drive one block on Franklin to Grove Street for parking in the Performing Arts Garage.

By Car From the Peninsula via 101

Take US101 North and exit at 9th Street. Turn left off the exit ramp onto 9th Street. Stay to the left and continue on 9th Street across Market Street onto Hayes Street. Take Hayes to Franklin Street and turn right. Drive one block on Franklin to Grove Street for parking in the Performing Arts Garage.


The largest parking lots in the area are the Performing Arts Garage on Grove Street at Gough and the Civic Center Garage on McAllister between Polk and Larkin

Dining Ideas

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
398 Hayes Street (at Gough). French Bistro. Reservations strongly recommended.

Ananda Fuara Vegetarian Restaurant
1298 Market Street (at Larkin). Vegetarian Cuisine. Reservations not accepted.

Caffe Della Stelle
395 Hayes Street (at Gough). Italian Cuisine. Reservations recommended.

Indigo Restaurant
687 McAllister Street (between Gough and Franklin). California/American Cuisine. Reservations recommended.

Hayes Street Grill
320 Hayes Street (between Gough and Franklin). Seafood. Reservations strongly recommended.

300 Grove Street (at Franklin). French/California Cuisine. Reservations strongly recommended.

Max’s Opera Café
601 Van Ness Avenue (at Golden GaOpearte Avenue). American Cuisine. Reservations not accepted.

131 Gough Street (between Oak and Page). American Bar and Bistro. Reservations recommended.

201 Franklin Street (at Fell). Food inspired by birthplace of jazz, local wines, cocktails from the old South. Reservations recommended.

Sushi Hana
800 Van Ness (at Eddy). Sushi. Reservations accepted.

525 Laguna Street (at Hayes). German Cuisine. Reservations accepted for parties over six.

Zuni Café
1658 Market Street (at Gough). California Cuisine. Reservations strongly recommended.