San Francisco is flush with options for wedding ceremonies, including the low-key (but gorgeous) City Hall and the large cathedrals that dot the city. For wedding receptions, there’s also plenty of space to play when looking to book a location for your special occasion, and there are traditional, old-school San Francisco spots or smaller, intimate places with a menu built around your event. Whether you’re hosting a close group of family and friends or throwing a larger celebratory gathering, here are some options for making your wedding dreams come true.Read More
17 Picturesque San Francisco Restaurants for Your Wedding Day
From small private dining rooms to big, total restaurant buyouts, San Francisco has a place for your dream day.
Some may know China Live for its bustling ground-floor restaurant and marketplace, but there are other spaces at 644 Broadway built to host wedding receptions. The 888 Banquet space in particular is a large space with huge windows that overlook Broadway; meanwhile, moody Cold Drinks Bar can host a smaller group for a more intimate gathering.
There’s practically a room for every sort of wedding party configuration you can throw at La Mar, with six event spaces to choose from. The City Room is available to buy out and features views of downtown San Francisco, and the newly renovated La Mar Bar is also available for hosting up to 95 guests. If you’re really looking to splash out, the entire venue can be rented out with its main dining room opening out onto the gorgeous patio and those waterfront views and can fit 230 guests for a formal, seated dinner.
This classy (and classic) North Beach restaurant is available for a buyout, hosting 100 seated guests in the main dining room and mezzanine, or standing receptions of up to 150. If you appreciate the music at Bix on a regular night, there is also an option of have three musicians play during the event.
One Market Restaurant
For larger parties, One Market is the place to be. The restaurant has private rooms that can accommodate parties of 40 for a seated event up to 100. And for those who are really shooting for the stars on their wedding day — with enough guests to fill the space — reserve the entire adjacent Pavilion, with its atrium glass ceiling, which accommodates 500 guests for a seated event and 1,000 for a standing reception.
Chef Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern is known for its food, but the three-story building in San Francisco’s Financial District is also perfect for hosting wedding receptions on its second and third floors. The Ken Fulk-designed Sequoia room on the top floor features playful leopard print carpeting against the exposed brick wall and skylight, with deep emerald green booth seating.
The beautiful and moody Moongate Lounge, with its views of Chinatown and the Transamerica Pyramid, might just be the final puzzle piece to your wedding plans. The space can fit about 100 people for a seated dinner or 150 for a standing event with a full buyout of the space — and it’s safe to say one won’t have to be worried about the food and cocktail offerings from chef Brandon Jew for your special event. There are options for a family-style banquet, a plated dinner, or passed canapes, if things are more casual.
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With an unbeatable view of the Bay Bridge, Epic Steak is made for your special day. The Bay Room is upstairs, boasting its own private dining menu from chef Parke Ulrich. The event space can host up to 60 for a seated dinner, or 120 for a reception.
Town Hall Restaurant
Town Hall has a variety of options, all soaked in Southern charm. The roomy, historic dining room can host up to 120 for a family-style seated dinner or 300 for a standing reception with food stations, while the private room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated event. The newer, covered patio can fit about 50 people for a seated dinner.
Ula Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Ula has no less than eight areas to rent out for your wedding day, including the stately Grand Ballroom and Peacock Room, as well as the Gaudi-like Jellyfish Bar Lounge and Oyster Room. The vaulted ceilings of the (appropriately named) Vault Room might also spark some wedding feels, and the capacity for the various rooms ranges from an intimate 12-person seated dinner to 200 guests for a standing reception.
Chef Mourad Lahlou’s eponymous restaurant has excellent food, to be sure, as well as five areas made for holding an intimate wedding reception for said excellent food to be served. If you’re interested in a full buyout of the space, with the high ceilings and excellent lighting, there’s enough room to fit 100 people for a seated dinner or 300 for a standing room affair, with optional amenities such as valet, furniture rentals, and more.
If you’re looking for a sleek, modern spot for your wedding reception, Dirty Habit can accommodate up to 120 guests at the heated outdoor patio; buyouts are also available.
Both Villon and Charmaine’s at SF Proper Hotel are willing to welcome freshly-wedded couples and their guests, for those who appreciate the Kelly Wearstler-designed interiors and want to incorporate it into the reception motif. Charmaine’s, with its gorgeous outdoor space, is also available to host a reception with rooftops views of San Francisco. But if you’re looking for an ultra-intimate dinner of 12 guests — a rehearsal dinner, perhaps? — there’s also the new Gilda’s Dining Room available for an 11-course dinner.
Nothing says "I love you" like hefty portions of red meat. Alexander's Steakhouse has two private dining rooms that can host up to 32 guests, or there’s also the semi-private Mezzanine available with arched windows and exposed brick walls.
With Cliff House still closed, Beach Chalet is the next spot where one can hold their wedding reception with views of Ocean Beach available from its windows, with options to host seated groups of 40 up to 150 for a beachfront buyout. If you’re looking for more of an atrium feel, Park Chalet is willing to oblige and has a patio available if you want to extend your party outdoors toward Golden Gate Park.
The brick patio space at Stable Cafe seems built for weddings. String lights glow at night while an airy covering protects diners from the heat. The patio can fit about 65 people for family-style seating, and a full buyout can accommodate 100 for a standing reception or 80 seated.
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Osito has made a name for itself with its food cooked over live fire, but the restaurant also offers a buyout for an intimate dinner at its communal table for 26, situated next to the open kitchen. Sister bar Liliana is also available to be rented out, as well.
Foreign Cinema has several different spaces for private events of up to 350 guests, and a buyout of the restaurant most notably includes the lovely, heated outdoor patio and use of the projection system showing any 35mm, BluRay, or DVD you want. Standing receptions with passed appetizers or more formal, seated events are available.