San Francisco, California 94121
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Why We Like This Place
For over 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 nearby 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 views make it well worth the trip.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 120
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 120
- Max. Seated Indoors: 120
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 120
- Max. Seated: 120
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Terrace Deck and Terrace Room each accommodate 120 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Terrace Room can hold 120 seated or 150 standing guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For events, a nonrefundable $3,500 deposit (which is applied towards the final bill) is required when reservations are confirmed. The estimated event total is due 8 weeks prior to the event; the balance is 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, $50–75 for seated dinners. Beverages, ceremony package, set-up fee, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
For business meetings, a room rental fee may apply. The fee varies depending on the day of the week, event duration and food & beverage total.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes, extra charge
Bride's Dressing Area: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: no
Parking: nearby lots, valet parking after 5pm $10/vehicle
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: no
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Other: wedding and event coordination
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Alternate Info: The Cliff House