San Francisco, California 94109
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Why We Like This Place
These days, jackets are no longer required at Harris’, but if you’re hosting a dressed-up affair, this landmark restaurant lends a handsome backdrop.
Situated on the corner of Pacific and Van Ness streets in an elegant turn-of-the-century building, Harris’ is your classic steakhouse restaurant with an air of understated Edwardian elegance. Even before you walk through the shiny brass doors, you immediately understand that beef is serious business here. Large prime Porterhouse steaks fill the street-front window, a sight reputed to stop traffic on occasion. In this cold box and elsewhere on the premises, corn-fed midwestern cuts of certified Angus beef are dry-aged for 21 days, a natural tenderizing method developed by ranchers and cattlemen. After the beef is aged, each cut is hand-trimmed and cooked to order over a fiery mesquite grill. This dedication to top-quality beef has earned Harris’ a pile of praise. In fact, Gourmet Magazine calls Harris’ "One of the City’s finest restaurants."
The ambiance inside Harris’ restaurant is that of a venerable gentleman’s club: the main dining room is grand with its mahogany walls, brass chandeliers, high ceilings and button-upholstered booth seating. A large wall mural by local artist Barnaby Conrad depicts a tranquil scene along Central California’s Kings River, and contributes a dash of country-manor charm. In the main entry, there is a small retail butcher counter to your left and a large wine vault to the right, both with their contents on full view for patrons’ perusal.
Straight ahead is the bar, otherwise known as the Pacific Lounge, which features another mural. This one is a montage of San Francisco scenes based on an original painting by artist Antonio Sotomeyer. Guests usually gravitate towards the extra-long mahogany wood bar that is well-stocked with liqueurs, vintage ports, single malt scotch whiskey, cognac and brandy. A jazz trio plays here Thursday through Saturday.
At the opposite end of the Pacific Lounge are two private dining rooms: the Boardroom, which can seat up to 12 guests, and the Library, a larger space that seats up to 20 comfortably and features a working fireplace. Both rooms have dark wood wainscoting and a cozy atmosphere like that of a study. The two rooms, connected by large panel doors, can be used separately or in combination and are ideally suited for a rehearsal or business dinner.
From the main entry area, the corridor past the wine vault leads to the Skylight Dining Room, Harris’ private banquet facility. Like the other rooms, the Skylight Dining Room has a distinguished atmosphere that perfectly complements a formal celebration. Mahogany trim and wainscoting set off subdued salmon-hued walls, and a dark wood coffered ceiling creates a sense of intimacy. At the center of the room is a large frosted skylight, which provides soft natural light for daytime functions. In the evening, rope lighting around the skylight’s perimeter illuminates the glass and gives off a warm glow. The Skylight Room has its own bar, framed by a mahogany archway; ornate detailing and a mirrored backsplash add extra flair. On one wall, a large mural illustrates an old-time cattle drive, harkening back to the days when San Francisco was the Golden City of the Wild West.
After an event at Harris’, guests won’t have to go far for entertainment or a good night’s sleep—the restaurant is centrally located between Pacific Heights and Nob Hill near an array of excellent hotels and many of the city’s famed attractions.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated Indoors: 72
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 100
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 48
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Ceremonies do not take place at this venue.
RECEPTION/EVENT & MEETING CAPACITY: The Skylight Room holds 72 seated or 120 standing, the Library 14–20 seated, and the Boardroom 8–12 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $500 refundable deposit is required to secure your date. The balance is due at the conclusion of the event. Meal range $63–80/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Location UsesWedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Parking: valet or on street, nearby parking lot
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Tables & Chairs: provided
Telephone: pay phones
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: restroom
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Other: event coordination
Venue ViewsNo View
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Wheelchair Access: yes
Smoking: outside only
Insurance: not required
Music: amplified OK indoors, volume limits
Other: decorations require approval
Alternate Info: Harris Restaurant Harris's Restaurant