San Francisco Wedding Venue
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, California 94111
We always get asked about mansions in San Francisco, and to tell you the truth, there aren’t many that can accommodate a large wedding reception indoors. Although the Bently Reserve is not a mansion, it possesses the stately, elegant and understated grandeur you’d expect from a palatial estate. And it can handle quite a crowd.
Originally part of the lobby of the 1924 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Banking Hall where events are held is truly awe-inspiring. This remarkable space is a fine example of San Francisco’s “banking temple” tradition and the government’s penchant for monumental classical architecture during that era.
Everywhere you look you’ll see French and Italian marble (or a close facsimile). Expertly painted faux marbling has transformed the two rows of 25-foot-tall Ionic columns that line the room into “rock-solid” architectural elements. The entry doors are solid bronze, and two spectacular bronze chandeliers (designed by the architect) draw your eyes up to the soaring 34-foot ceiling overhead. If you’d like to make a theatrical entrance, descend the imperial bronze-and-marble double stairway, which flows from the mezzanine down to the gleaming marble main floor.
Bently Reserve’s most recent addition is the versatile Couples Lounge. Designed by Blueprint Studios, a renowned San Francisco event design firm, the lounge gives wedding parties a place to get ready and provides couples with a private space to relax before the big event. The room is both stylish and comfortable, with mocha-colored walls, a bar illuminated with purple LCD lighting, and sleek, creamy-white furnishings with purple accents. A 46” flat screen TV linked to a camera inside the Banking Hall allows couples to view the arrival of their guests and other activities taking place in the hall.
The Banking Hall has been beautifully restored, and the building in which it’s housed is included in the National Register of Historic Places. So if you have an extended guest list and are searching for a unique and impressive location in The City, you couldn’t ask for a better spot.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The main hall holds 350 seated guests. The Conference Center holds up to 70 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Banking Hall holds 250 seated theater-style, 350 seated banquet-style or up to 650 standing guests; the Conference Center holds up to 70 guests and has 8 separate meeting spaces.
The Banking Hall rental fee ranges $5,800–10,900 depending on the day of your event. A $1,000 refundable security deposit is payable with the signed license agreement. On-site facility security services are required and are an additional charge. The Conference Center’s rental fee for special events is contingent on the time and day of the event, the size of the group, and is subject to availability.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: caterer
Linens, Silver, etc.: caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range CBA
Parking: adjacent garage, discounted on evenings and weekends
Accommodations: hotels nearby
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Other: coat check room
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: exclusive bar service through
Best Beverage Catering
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no glitter or confetti
Choose From List
Sunday–Thursday, 8am–midnight; Friday and Saturday events until 1am. Tours of the facility are by appointment only.
Alternate Info: Old Federal Reserve Banking Hall and Conference Center, The Bently Reserve, Bentley Reserve