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Grand Cafe at the Hotel Monaco

San Francisco Wedding Venue
501 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102

Contact: Special Events
Phone: 415/292-8133
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Why We Like This Place

Like the diminutive country it was named for, the Hotel Monaco combines French sophistication and Mediterranean charm, and it offers the added attraction of American efficiency and modern conveniences. Its eclectic décor harmonizes with almost any wedding style, whether you’re wearing yards of tulle and seed pearls, or sporting a linen suit and a single calla lily. And this versatile hotel also welcomes business or social gatherings of all types.

Situated in San Francisco’s bustling theater district two blocks from Union Square, the Hotel Monaco was built in 1910, but has recently undergone a complete renovation. The new owners kept many of the hotel’s original Beaux-Arts features, such as tall arched windows, stately columns, and black marble and bronze filigree staircases perfect for a bride to float down. Fanciful trompe l’oeil ceiling domes, hand-painted geometrical friezes, and a tasteful selection of modern art keep the look contemporary.

The Paris Ballroom is the hotel’s largest reception space. Red velvet screens, black marble buffet tables topped with miniature topiaries, and wrought-iron chandeliers provide warm elegance. Smaller groups can choose either the Vienna or Athens Rooms, both similar in style to the Paris Ballroom. All three rooms can be divided if desired.

For intimate celebrations, the Foyer is ideal. A striking white inglenook fireplace, graceful potted palms, and trompe l’oeil ceiling domes depicting fluffy clouds and hot-air balloons give the room a soaring, airy quality. The Sydney Lounge, on the lower lobby level of the hotel, manages to extend the open feeling of the Foyer through the clever use of mirrors, more potted palms and graceful Empire love seats. It even has its own scaled-down marble staircase, so necessary for that grand entrance.

If money is no object, rent the Grand Cafe Restaurant next door. Decorated in a lively Art Deco/Nouveau style in earthy shades of gold, brown and maroon, its cozy ambiance and cheerful fin de siècle posters are guaranteed to take the chill out of the gloomiest San Francisco day. We don’t know if Prince Rainier has ever graced the Hotel Monaco with his presence, but we’re sure he’d feel quite comfortable here, and so will you.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 175
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 170
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Sydney Lounge holds 75 standing guests; the north section of the Paris Ballroom 175 seated or 250 standing guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel’s various spaces hold up to 170 seated or 300 standing guests indoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: There are several spaces available that accommodate 80–200 seated guests.


Fees & Deposits

The room rental fee ranges $250–1,000 depending on the number of guests and rooms rented; the fee may be waived if the event total exceeds a certain amount; call for details. To reserve your date, 25% of the estimated total is required as a refundable deposit; the balance is payable within 72 hours of the event date. Catering is provided through the Grand Cafe. Seated luncheons start at $30/person, dinners at $42/person. There is a $100 bartender fee; a $2/person fee will apply if you bring in your own wedding cake. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. For business meetings, the room rental fee starts at $200/half-day block; catering costs, tax and service charges are additional.

Location Uses

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


Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra charge
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: nearby garages or valet, extra fee
Accommodations: 201 guestrooms
Telephone: pay phones; analog & DSL CBA
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: no
Other: event coordination

Site Views

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Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: provided, or WC corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK within limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, glitter, birdseed or confetti

Some Essential Info



BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily until midnight. Early morning hours by arrangement.