Lonely Planet Writer

Dine with real live rats at The San Francisco Dungeon this July

Great news for those with an adventurous spirit, a strong disposition and a love of coffee and/or rodents; a pop-up rat café is opening in San Francisco for a limited time this summer.

A rat at the rat cafe at San Francisco Dungeon
Guests can choose from a range of refreshments before meeting the furry critters. Image by The San Francisco Dungeon

Located at The San Francisco Dungeon in Fisherman’s Wharf, The Rat Café gives guests the opportunity to kick back at bistro-style tables that feature red and white gingham tablecloths, have a pastry along with tea, coffee or water, before interacting with the furry creatures for 15 minutes. The experience is running for two days only however, with reservations available for Saturday, 1 July and Saturday, 8 July.

The encounter costs $49.99 per person and includes entry to The San Francisco Dungeon experience, which features a full theatrical cast that brings the stories of the old Bay Area to life with special effects and 360-degree sets, as well as an underground boat ride and a newly opened drop ride called Escape Alcatraz.

Pet rats in a coffee cup at san francisco dungeon
The special guests will be provided by a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of domestic pet rats. Image by The San Francisco Dungeon

“We want to offer a frighteningly funny encounter with creepy-crawly critters you could only find at The San Francisco Dungeon,” said Matthew Clarkson, regional head of marketing for Merlin Entertainments Group, the company behind The San Francisco Dungeon.

The rats will be provided by the Rattie Ratz, a Northern California non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of domestic pet rats.

Reservations are now open for The Rat Café experience. More information on booking is available from The San Francisco Dungeon website.