Why We Like This Place
For nearly a century and a half, the Cliff House has been one of The City’s most familiar and beloved landmarks. Generations of San Franciscans have brought visiting friends and relatives to this spot to show off the glorious westernmost part of the city. Drawn here by the spectacular ocean views and the waves crashing along the rocky shore, they often stopped in at the restaurant for a hot meal after a blustery walk on Ocean Beach, or to watch a particularly lovely sunset over a glass of wine.
What most people don’t realize is that the Cliff House is also a remarkable place for a wedding or special event. Originally built in 1863, it’s gone through a number of incarnations in its long and illustrious life and is now more captivating than ever.
The 1909 building at the core of the current venue has been uncovered and restored, and the new Sutro Wing on the north side (named for the famous public bathhouse that flourished on this site in the early 1900s) has been designed as an upscale restaurant. This clever addition’s two-story windows frame the truly breathtaking views, while an opalescent floor-to-ceiling sea-glass mosaic reflects the shimmery light of the ocean and evokes the pearly inside of an abalone shell. An exhibition kitchen, which expands the open feeling, is visible from nearly everywhere in the room. Two large Italian ceramic panels, which depict ladies bathing and once hung in the Sutro Baths, have been restored and now grace the restaurant.
The completely separate Terrace Room in the 1909 section, however, is the place for weddings. All of the glories of a Pacific sunset to the west and misty Ocean Beach stretching southward can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. If you hold your ceremony on the private Terrace, you’ll have the beach and the Pacific as your backdrop while you face Seal Rock. Afterwards, invite your guests inside the Terrace Room for cocktails followed by dinner and dancing. A palette of muted sand dune tones is carried through the chairs, carpet and window treatments; seven large framed mirrors run along the wall opposite the windows, brightening the room and reflecting the view. (Consider having your cake table in front of one of the mirrors.) There’s often an extended dusk here—the kind you get when you’re out at sea. With any luck, that lingering glow will illuminate the room all during your reception. An adjacent dedicated kitchen turns out updated classic cuisine for your private party, so there’s no conflict with restaurant dining.
Come rediscover this uniquely San Franciscan treasure. Its mesmerizing clifftop location and exceptional sea (and seal!) views make it well worth the trip.
Max. Seated Indoors: 70
Max. Seated Outdoors: 70
Max. Seated Indoors: 120
Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
Max. Standing Indoors: 180
Max. Standing Outdoors: 0
|Max. Seated: 120|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Terrace Deck and Terrace Room each accommodate 70 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Terrace Room can accommodate 120 seated or 180 standing guests.
Fees & Deposits
To reserve for events, a $3,500 nonrefundable deposit (which is applied towards the final bill) is required when reservations are confirmed. 75% of the estimated event total is due 5 weeks prior to the event; the balance payable at the end of the function. A guest count confirmation is due 2 weeks in advance. Food service is provided. Per person costs run $65–75 for buffets, $49–75 for seated dinners. Beverages, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
For business meetings, a room rental fee may apply. The fee will vary depending on day of week, event duration and food and beverage total.
Year-round, daily, 8am–1:30am. The Terrace Room is not available Sunday before 6pm or on major holidays.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
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