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Observation Post at the Presidio

San Francisco Wedding Venue
211 Lincoln Boulevard, The Presidio
San Francisco, California 94129

Contact: Presidio Event Venues
Phone: 415/561-5444
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Why We Like This Place

Aptly named the Observation Post, this unique ballroom and lawn situated on a promontory on the Presidio’s Main Post looks out over Crissy Field, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands and Alcatraz—you can even see Tiburon and the East Bay Hills. No other San Francisco venue offers a closer look at these awe-inspiring views.

The Bay View Room is the obvious star of the show. Its clean lines underscore the beauty of the 240-degree panoramic surround: The vaulted ceiling and three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel as if you’re virtually hanging out over the bay. Blue carpet and oyster-white interior surfaces give it a crisp, marine feel. This is the kind of simplicity that lends itself to transformation, of course, and the experienced staff is happy to assist in creating whatever magic you want to invoke. Divine banquet area, elegant lounge, exotic casbah—whatever your vision, you’ll be able to make it happen here in full view of the sparkling bay.

Want even more direct bayside exposure? On fine days your party can spill out onto the well-manicured Observation Post lawn. Tie the knot here with the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop, or sip champagne, sample hors d’oeuvres, and chat while watching the windsurfers and sailboats scud by—so close you’ll feel you can almost reach out and touch them. This area also affords an impressive view of the Main Parade Ground and the handsome brick buildings that line Montgomery Street.

A designer’s keen eye is evident in the layout of the rest of the venue, too. You’ll feel the agreeable vibe even in the guest check-in area, where a lustrous wood credenza (ideal for anything from orienting partygoers to parking gifts) and a spacious coat room allow you to welcome celebrants in fine style. Just down the wide hall you’ll find a boardroom and four additional breakout rooms, all well-appointed and arranged to allow for extras like a bride’s room, a groom’s room, staging areas, and so on. There’s also a small prep area for the caterers.

All of this may remind you that the Presidio, a military reservation established in 1776 on a premier slice of California real estate, has undergone an extensive renovation and is more welcoming than ever. It’s now a national park site that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. With two chapels, wonderful museums on property and nearby, miles of hiking and biking trails, many great places to eat, and a lovely inn to retreat to, we can’t understand why anyone would want to party and run. So when you book here, know that it’s much more than just another location. It’s a destination—one that will take you and your guests merrily through all of your chosen activities…and beyond.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 300
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 350
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 350


  • Max. Seated: 300

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site can accommodate up to 300 seated guests, indoors or outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site holds 250 seated or 350 standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: The venue can seat 250 banquet-style or 300 theater-style. There are also 5 small breakout rooms that can each accommodate 4–10 guests.

Fees & Deposits

A nonrefundable $350 booking fee is required to secure your date and will be applied to the total rental fee. 50% of the event rental fee is due with a signed permit. The balance of the event rental fee, insurance fee and security deposit are due 90 days prior to the event date. The rental fees range $5,000–7,500 depending on the space rented and the type of the event.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house or BYO, must be licensed and insured
Kitchen Facilities: limited, prep area
Tables & Chairs: BYO, or limited CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO, or limited CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: no
Bride’s Dressing Room: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO or limited CBA
Parking: large lot nearby, restrictons may apply
Accommodations: Inn at the Presidio
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: caterer or vendors
View: San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island

Site Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: BYO, licensed and insured server
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability required
Other: votive candles and decorations require prior approval

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 8am–midnight. Events are held in 10-hour blocks. Not available on national holidays, Christmas Eve or Day, New Year’s Eve or Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and the 4th of July.

Alternate Info: Presidio Observation Post

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