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495 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102

Contact: Catering Specialist
Phone: 415/929-2368
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Why We Like This Place

Here is a venue so notable, it really needs no introduction. It’s not the Clift or Clift Hotel;  it’s simply Clift. A celebrated property and landmark hotel since its commission in 1913, it was purchased and transformed in 1996 by aesthetic and cultural impresario, Ian Schrager. Schrager, best known for trendsetting nightclubs Studio 54 and Palladium and for high-profile boutique hotels like New York’s Royalton and L.A.‘s sophisticated Mondrian, enlisted the formidable talents of internationally acclaimed designer Philippe Starck to update Clift in a manner that would maintain its celebrity status and add a hot new spin.

The lobby, with its soaring 25-foot ceilings, polished Italian plaster walls and Italian Pietra Serena limestone floors, is your portal to another world. Whimsical design touches—an enormous bronze chair, three times normal size; a fabulous couch with arms of curling horn—create art and an atmosphere that is innovative and striking.

The drama and innovation continue in event spaces that capture the glamour of a bygone era. White velvet curtains cover all of the walls, softening the spaces and providing an elegant backdrop for custom-etched mirrors and hanging, illuminated demilune vases of etched Murano glass. Classic banquet room furniture is given a witty signature twist: Polyurethane chairs with silver legs are slipcovered with printed etchings of Italian Renaissance chair frames. The stylish, smaller-scale meeting rooms—also draped in velvet—mix dark exotic wood furnishings with polished stainless steel and rich brown leather. All offer video conferencing, projectors and other high-tech accoutrements.

You can take your function to new heights in the sumptuous Spanish Suite on the 15th floor. Gray and silver accents, a beautiful mahogany fireplace and tented outdoor terraces with panoramic city views create a stage worthy of your VIP event. Self-contained, with its own coatroom, executive restroom and kitchen, this is a unique, star-pleasing setting that can be arranged to suit banquet or buffet, CEO, socialite, diva or not-so-blushing bride.

Catering for all events originates in Clift’s restaurant, Velvet Room, a captivating place for dining, drinking and entertaining. The look is chic and dramatic, thanks to lush velvet curtains, mahogany and leather banquettes, and hand-blown Murano glass lamps. Executive Chef Ewart Wardhaugh has worked with some of the world’s top chefs and cooked at notable establishments such as Raffles Singapore, the Lanesborough Hotel London and Wynn Las Vegas. His seasonal menus feature fresh ingredients that are locally grown in a sustainable, organic manner. Bounty from producers in a 100-mile radius of San Francisco finds its way into Chef Wardhaugh’s culinary repertoire: Fulton Valley Organic Chicken with Creamed Corn and Forged Mushrooms; Grilled Zuckerman’s Farms Asparagus with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Poached Pheasant Egg and Marshall’s Honeycomb; and Ravioli of Bellwether Farms Ricotta are just a few examples. Customized menus for your event are also available.

Once you have found Clift, you and your guests won’t want to leave. So don’t. Extend your brush with romance and glamour for days. Lounge in luxury in one of the hotel’s tranquil ivory, gray and lavender guestrooms, rest up, get refreshed, then head down to the newly refurbished Redwood Room for a toast in Clift’s gorgeous, much lauded bar.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 200
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY: Clift holds up to 160 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Velvet Room seats 150, while the Velvet and Redwood Rooms combined can accommodate 350 for a cocktail reception.

Fees & Deposits

50% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date; the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Rental fees range $500–2,000 depending on space rented and day and time of event. Meals range $75–110/person. Alcohol is additional. Food and beverage minimums may be required depending on the time and date of the event, and the guest count. Events that require furniture to be removed may incur up to a $3,000 furniture removal fee. Use of the Redwood Room requires a full buyout with a $30,000–60,000 minimum, depending on the day and time of the event.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: provided by Velvet Room
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: video conferencing, projectors, full range CBA
Parking: valet
Accommodations: 363 guestrooms
Telephone: yes
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: San Francisco skyline
Other: event design and coordination available

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: provided
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

Some Essential Info




Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, anytime.