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Carnelian Room

San Francisco , CA

LOCATION

555 California Street 52nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94101 US

PHONE

415-433-7500

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joe
Wedding:
12/11/2010
4.0/5.0
The view here is awesome. You have a great view of the Bay, that triangular building (sorry, don't know what it's called), and both bridges. It's the best view I've seen in the city. While the view outside is unparalleled, what's inside the Carnelian Room is not as impressive. We had dinner here and the food was just mediocre. I had a steak and my FI had the fish. The steak was ok, but her fish was better left uneaten. I found the host and waiters to be somewhat condescending. Maybe they're trying to create a high class atmosphere, but I would rather have someone who's friendly. I think it would be a good setting for a rehearsal dinner if you're willing to spring for $50-$60/person and it would be ok for an intimate wedding. UPDATE: We ended up having our rehearsal dinner here and it was great! We reserved the Belvedere Room and we had plenty of space for our 50 guests. The view was spectacular, especially at night. For food, we just had appetizers, fruits, water and soda. The appetizers were pretty good and I recommend this approach instead of a sit down meal for Carnelian Room b/c (as I noted earlier) the sit-down food is just mediocre. The cost came out to about $65 / person. One note on food quantities: I initially ordered 35 of the 10-piece appetizer packages, one fruit platter, and one vegetable platter and that wasn't enough food. The vegetable platter was basically untouched. I had expected the veggie platter to have roasted peppers and the like, but it was basically raw vegetables and not particularly appetizing (although very healthy!). The fruit platter was pretty good and about half of it was eaten. I had to order 10 more of the appetizer packages for there to be enough food. So, stick with about 1 appetizer package per person and 1 fruit platter and you should be good. Overall, I thought Carnelian was a really classy setting for a rehearsal dinner and I had a great time!
The view here is awesome. You have a great view of the Bay, that triangular building (sorry, don't know what it's called), Read more...
The view here is awesome. You have a great view of the Bay, that triangular building (sorry, don't know what it's called), and both bridges. It's the best view I've seen in the city. While the view outside is unparalleled, what's inside the Carnelian Room is not as impressive. We had dinner here and the food was just mediocre. I had a steak and my FI had the fish. The steak was ok, but her fish was better left uneaten. I found the host and waiters to be somewhat condescending. Maybe they're trying to create a high class atmosphere, but I would rather have someone who's friendly. I think it would be a good setting for a rehearsal dinner if you're willing to spring for $50-$60/person and it would be ok for an intimate wedding. UPDATE: We ended up having our rehearsal dinner here and it was great! We reserved the Belvedere Room and we had plenty of space for our 50 guests. The view was spectacular, especially at night. For food, we just had appetizers, fruits, water and soda. The appetizers were pretty good and I recommend this approach instead of a sit down meal for Carnelian Room b/c (as I noted earlier) the sit-down food is just mediocre. The cost came out to about $65 / person. One note on food quantities: I initially ordered 35 of the 10-piece appetizer packages, one fruit platter, and one vegetable platter and that wasn't enough food. The vegetable platter was basically untouched. I had expected the veggie platter to have roasted peppers and the like, but it was basically raw vegetables and not particularly appetizing (although very healthy!). The fruit platter was pretty good and about half of it was eaten. I had to order 10 more of the appetizer packages for there to be enough food. So, stick with about 1 appetizer package per person and 1 fruit platter and you should be good. Overall, I thought Carnelian was a really classy setting for a rehearsal dinner and I had a great time! Read less
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kathy
Wedding:
9/22/2010
1.0/5.0
I originally wrote this review before my sister's wedding, so I thought I should write a new one. We had our rehearsal dinner here, and although I've never dined here for a sit-down meal, their catered food sucks. The only thing good about this place is the incredible view. It has a great ambience, but if you care about food that tastes good, don't bother going here!
I originally wrote this review before my sister's wedding, so I thought I should write a new one. We had our rehearsal Read more...
I originally wrote this review before my sister's wedding, so I thought I should write a new one. We had our rehearsal dinner here, and although I've never dined here for a sit-down meal, their catered food sucks. The only thing good about this place is the incredible view. It has a great ambience, but if you care about food that tastes good, don't bother going here! Read less
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lildevilmekari
Wedding:
10/18/2008
4.0/5.0
Great view... One of a kind view of San Francisco. The food was good and it was great working with the event coordinator.
Great view... One of a kind view of San Francisco. The food was good and it was great working with the event coordinator.
Great view... One of a kind view of San Francisco. The food was good and it was great working with the event coordinator. Read less
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Helen
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.4/5.0
Great place with awesome views of the city! I was a little nervous from past reviews on other sites about their food, but we thought it was fabulous! In fact we got a lot of rave reviews about the food, service, and view for our reception venue.
Great place with awesome views of the city! I was a little nervous from past reviews on other sites about their food, but Read more...
Great place with awesome views of the city! I was a little nervous from past reviews on other sites about their food, but we thought it was fabulous! In fact we got a lot of rave reviews about the food, service, and view for our reception venue. Read less
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Vivym
Wedding:
3/21/2008
2.4/5.0
I would only recommend this venue if you are looking for the best view of the city. Without exaggeration it was my biggest stress of all my wedding planning, the staff is not responsive, not flexible or willing to work with you.

The person that I was working with for 6 months, decided to go on a vacation the day before our wedding, leaving someone else in charge of the event. I had to explain all over again.

The food was good, and the service too, very attentive. In the end and after, all they were charging us for 2 extra people. To solve this we spent 2 days talking on the phone.
I would only recommend this venue if you are looking for the best view of the city. Without exaggeration it was my biggest Read more...
I would only recommend this venue if you are looking for the best view of the city. Without exaggeration it was my biggest stress of all my wedding planning, the staff is not responsive, not flexible or willing to work with you.

The person that I was working with for 6 months, decided to go on a vacation the day before our wedding, leaving someone else in charge of the event. I had to explain all over again.

The food was good, and the service too, very attentive. In the end and after, all they were charging us for 2 extra people. To solve this we spent 2 days talking on the phone. Read less
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Yulianna
Wedding:
2/14/2004
5.0/5.0
Despite the fabulous location, 56th floor with the most beautiful view, Carnelian staff took us on a tour of every room that can be rented for any type of occasion. They showed us how rooms can be opened up by removing the walls in between to make room bigger for the ceremony. They have also provided us the contact information of the florist who they do business with. The food tasting was exquisite; we were taken to a very private room for two with the view of the whole bay. One dish at a time was brought in for tasting while my, now, husband I enjoyed soft music, fun conversation, and VIEW from the windows that were from the ceiling to the floor. The service that we have received was SUPERB!!!! Once in a while we go there for old time sake :-)
Despite the fabulous location, 56th floor with the most beautiful view, Carnelian staff took us on a tour of every room Read more...
Despite the fabulous location, 56th floor with the most beautiful view, Carnelian staff took us on a tour of every room that can be rented for any type of occasion. They showed us how rooms can be opened up by removing the walls in between to make room bigger for the ceremony. They have also provided us the contact information of the florist who they do business with. The food tasting was exquisite; we were taken to a very private room for two with the view of the whole bay. One dish at a time was brought in for tasting while my, now, husband I enjoyed soft music, fun conversation, and VIEW from the windows that were from the ceiling to the floor. The service that we have received was SUPERB!!!! Once in a while we go there for old time sake :-) Read less
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