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Sir Francis Drake Hotel

San Francisco Wedding Venue
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Contact: Catering Director
Phone: 415/395-8526

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Why We Like This Place

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel's 21-story, Gothic-style tower just off Union Square and its Beefeater-attired doormen have been beloved San Francisco attractions since 1928.

Stepping into the Drake's opulent Italian Renaissance lobby is just like stepping back into the 1920s: Marble staircases, walls and pillars convey a stately air; crystal chandeliers shine and the lofty, ornately detailed ceiling sparkles with gold leaf. The main event spaces, the Empire Ballroom and the Franciscan Room, have a high-society, Age of Innocence ambiance, and all were beautifully renovated in 2013. In the gold-and-ivory Empire Room, exquisite hand-painted murals turn the walls into works of art. Overhead, three crystal chandeliers suspended from a vaulted ceiling painted with ribbons of gold leaf give the room a delicate amber glow. The adjoining wood-paneled Walnut Room, with its club-like, Edwardian atmosphere and built-in bar, makes a great prefunction space.

Located just off the mezzanine, the spacious and grand Franciscan Room is an excellent choice for a formal wedding. It's a regal setting, featuring a 21-foot ceiling with intricate gold embossing, chandeliers, windows draped with blue silk curtains, and columns with carved gold capitals. Guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the adjacent mezzanine, which offers a cozy fireplace and a bird's-eye view of the vibrant hotel lobby below.

And for those who have a yen for a panoramic 180-degree view of San Francisco, try the recently renovated Starlight Room on the 21st floor. It not only has a built-in dance floor and shiny baby grand piano, it features floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the room, making it seem like you're floating in the clouds.

Steeped in 80 years of history, the Drake is a true classic. Brides may fall in love with its enchanting vintage architectural details, but they'll also appreciate the modern amenities and personal service this landmark hotel has to offer.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 220
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 220
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 350
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 350

CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel accommodates 50–220 seated or 200–350 standing guests indoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The Hotel has 17,000 square feet of meeting and conference space with 14 different rooms accommodating groups from 10 to 350 people.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

For weddings, a nonrefundable deposit is required to confirm your date. Half the food & beverage total is payable 3 months prior to the event; the balance and guest count guarantee are due 3 days prior. Wedding packages range $125–210/person and include open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine, wedding cake and a 3-course dinner. Tax, and a 24% service charge are additional. Per-person prices for seated meals are as follows: luncheons start at $69, dinners at $82, luncheon buffets at $69, and dinner buffets at $95. Alcohol, tax and a 24% service charge are additional. The bride and groom receive a complimentary suite, and group discounts for overnight guests can be arranged.

Fees for meetings and business functions vary depending on rooms and services selected; call for specifics.

Location Uses

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


Catering: in-house, no BYO

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: provided

Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: no

AV/Meeting Equipment: provided

Parking: nearby garages or valet, extra fee

Accommodations: 416 guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: n/a

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a

Cleanup: provided

View: Starlight Room has 180-degree view of San Francisco skyline

Other: event coordination, baby grand piano

Venue Views


Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Late Night


Alcohol: in-house, no BYO

Smoking: designated areas

Music: amplified OK

Wheelchair Access: yes, elevator

Insurance: liability required

Other: no rice, open flames or fog machines

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