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Cliff House

San Francisco , CA
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1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121 US (map)

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415-666-4027

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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... Read more
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 has just begun its fourth incarnation. The plain first structure, built in 1863, was succeeded by an improbably large, turreted Victorian building perched wildly far out on the Point Lobos cliff. Though it survived the 1906 earthquake, the all-wood structure burned down the following year. (Luckily, almost no one was there because it was closed for renovations!) In 1909, a simple neoclassical cement version was constructed, but over the years that building was obscured by numerous renovations and accretions. Well, that Cliff House—which is the one most of us remember—has undergone a complete restoration, and it’s now more captivating than ever for a wedding or special event.

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The 1909 building at the core 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. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Beach, Historic, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Coastal, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
120
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Liability Insurance, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s)
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s)
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everyone was extremely helpful and did all that was needed to make our wedding day wonderful!!! I would recommend them to anyone.
Everyone was extremely helpful and did all that was needed to make our wedding day wonderful!!! I would recommend them to Read more...
Everyone was extremely helpful and did all that was needed to make our wedding day wonderful!!! I would recommend them to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We LOVED having our wedding reception at the Cliff House for many reasons:

1. Location: dramatic views, iconic SF location away from the downtown crowds, easy parking
2. Venue: perfect size for our smaller guest list (approx. 80 people), intimate without being "cozy"
3. Price: no venue fee, just beverage/food minimum which was easily met
4. Convenience: no need to talk to multiple vendors since food/drinks/silverware/tables/etc are all from the Cliff House
5. Food: delicious
6. Virginia & Lauraine: Virginia was our contact from the very beginning and she was very responsive to questions and requests. Lauraine is the day-of coordinator (great because that's another separate vendor we didn't have to hire!) and made the whole day run smoothly. We didn't have to worry about anything and could focus on just enjoying ourselves with our guests.

Overall, working with the Cliff House was super easy. Our reception turned out to be classy and elegant but also a ton of fun -- and we credit the staff at the Cliff House for helping make that happen.
We LOVED having our wedding reception at the Cliff House for many reasons:

1. Location: dramatic views, iconic SF Read more...
We LOVED having our wedding reception at the Cliff House for many reasons:

1. Location: dramatic views, iconic SF location away from the downtown crowds, easy parking
2. Venue: perfect size for our smaller guest list (approx. 80 people), intimate without being "cozy"
3. Price: no venue fee, just beverage/food minimum which was easily met
4. Convenience: no need to talk to multiple vendors since food/drinks/silverware/tables/etc are all from the Cliff House
5. Food: delicious
6. Virginia & Lauraine: Virginia was our contact from the very beginning and she was very responsive to questions and requests. Lauraine is the day-of coordinator (great because that's another separate vendor we didn't have to hire!) and made the whole day run smoothly. We didn't have to worry about anything and could focus on just enjoying ourselves with our guests.

Overall, working with the Cliff House was super easy. Our reception turned out to be classy and elegant but also a ton of fun -- and we credit the staff at the Cliff House for helping make that happen. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Johncy
Wedding:
4/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Virginia and Lauraine are the best catering and event directors one could ever asked for!

We've communicated for over a year making sure my wedding in April 2016 will go smoothly and that guests will have a great time! They are very prompt in responding to my queries. They also happily gave out suggestions about food, beverages and timelines allowing our wedding to go about efficiently while everyone go have fun.

While I looked forward to an outdoor wedding overlooking the waters, this was not made possible because it rained that day! Nonetheless, Cliff House offers a wet weather plan! Having our ceremony indoors didn't make it any less beautiful! In fact, we considered the rains as a blessing in disguise because staying indoors allowed me and my fiance (on that day) mingle with the guests before the ceremony started. We also had a lot of photos taken with the guests before the ceremony started so we had more time to have a good time afterwards.

The food is also very good. When I started planning for this wedding, there were only two things that were non-negotiable items for me. One of those is making sure we and our guests will be treated to great food. I'm happy to say that Cliff House have delivered far beyond my expectations. Thankfully, they have a restaurant where we can also enjoy their fare any time we want.
Virginia and Lauraine are the best catering and event directors one could ever asked for!

We've communicated for Read more...
Virginia and Lauraine are the best catering and event directors one could ever asked for!

We've communicated for over a year making sure my wedding in April 2016 will go smoothly and that guests will have a great time! They are very prompt in responding to my queries. They also happily gave out suggestions about food, beverages and timelines allowing our wedding to go about efficiently while everyone go have fun.

While I looked forward to an outdoor wedding overlooking the waters, this was not made possible because it rained that day! Nonetheless, Cliff House offers a wet weather plan! Having our ceremony indoors didn't make it any less beautiful! In fact, we considered the rains as a blessing in disguise because staying indoors allowed me and my fiance (on that day) mingle with the guests before the ceremony started. We also had a lot of photos taken with the guests before the ceremony started so we had more time to have a good time afterwards.

The food is also very good. When I started planning for this wedding, there were only two things that were non-negotiable items for me. One of those is making sure we and our guests will be treated to great food. I'm happy to say that Cliff House have delivered far beyond my expectations. Thankfully, they have a restaurant where we can also enjoy their fare any time we want. Read less
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Darcie
Wedding:
7/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We chose Cliff House for our ceremony venue because of the gorgeous location. You can't get much better than the natural beauty of the ocean. I'm so glad we picked it because the staff were incredible. Virginia, Lauraine, and Nicole are fabulous!! We met with Nicole initially and we knew that we would be in good hands. She had so many ideas and was so thoughtful. The rest of our communication was done through email since we live out of the country. Every email I sent was replied to and all my questions answered very promptly. They even arranged for Irish tea to be at the reception because my husband (and his family) are Irish and I knew they would want it. They went above and beyond!!

Lauraine ran our reception. She is amazing!! She knew exactly what was happening and when. She definitely helped us deliver the wedding reception that we wanted. All of our guests were blown away, not only by the location, but by how great all of the staff were. I can't say enough good things!!
We chose Cliff House for our ceremony venue because of the gorgeous location. You can't get much better than the natural Read more...
We chose Cliff House for our ceremony venue because of the gorgeous location. You can't get much better than the natural beauty of the ocean. I'm so glad we picked it because the staff were incredible. Virginia, Lauraine, and Nicole are fabulous!! We met with Nicole initially and we knew that we would be in good hands. She had so many ideas and was so thoughtful. The rest of our communication was done through email since we live out of the country. Every email I sent was replied to and all my questions answered very promptly. They even arranged for Irish tea to be at the reception because my husband (and his family) are Irish and I knew they would want it. They went above and beyond!!

Lauraine ran our reception. She is amazing!! She knew exactly what was happening and when. She definitely helped us deliver the wedding reception that we wanted. All of our guests were blown away, not only by the location, but by how great all of the staff were. I can't say enough good things!! Read less
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Josh
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception at Cliff House in March 2013. Masoud and Virginia did an amazing job throwing a fantastic party. Masoud was there the night of and personally made sure that each and everyone person there had a great time (without being intrusive, of course). They handled some special meal requests on the spot, had flawless staff, and facilitated a great party. We put about 95 people in the room for a plated dinner with a dance floor, which worked very well.

We didn't have our ceremony there, but the patio was open for guests to check out the ocean and seal rocks (they have spotlights on the water!)

The food was excellent, better than we expected for banquet food.

Masoud and Virginia also modified the bar service to have exactly what we wanted to serve.

A note - we had our DJ bring their own lighting and turned the room lights off. I would highly recommend this for dancing.
We had our wedding reception at Cliff House in March 2013. Masoud and Virginia did an amazing job throwing a fantastic Read more...
We had our wedding reception at Cliff House in March 2013. Masoud and Virginia did an amazing job throwing a fantastic party. Masoud was there the night of and personally made sure that each and everyone person there had a great time (without being intrusive, of course). They handled some special meal requests on the spot, had flawless staff, and facilitated a great party. We put about 95 people in the room for a plated dinner with a dance floor, which worked very well.

We didn't have our ceremony there, but the patio was open for guests to check out the ocean and seal rocks (they have spotlights on the water!)

The food was excellent, better than we expected for banquet food.

Masoud and Virginia also modified the bar service to have exactly what we wanted to serve.

A note - we had our DJ bring their own lighting and turned the room lights off. I would highly recommend this for dancing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
It is an incredible place to get married and I’m so happy we chose to have a ceremony there. They took care of everything and made me feel at ease to enjoy my day, which allowed the magic to happen. We are ocean people and it was an amazing place full of history to have a wedding on the ocean. If you want to get married on the ocean in SF this is the only place you need to think about.
It is an incredible place to get married and I’m so happy we chose to have a ceremony there. They took care of everything Read more...
It is an incredible place to get married and I’m so happy we chose to have a ceremony there. They took care of everything and made me feel at ease to enjoy my day, which allowed the magic to happen. We are ocean people and it was an amazing place full of history to have a wedding on the ocean. If you want to get married on the ocean in SF this is the only place you need to think about. Read less
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Juanita
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Virginia and Massoud made it possible to make our wedding dreams come true. We planned our wedding from Chicago but the Cliff House team made it as stress free as possible.
Virginia and Massoud made it possible to make our wedding dreams come true. We planned our wedding from Chicago but the Read more...
Virginia and Massoud made it possible to make our wedding dreams come true. We planned our wedding from Chicago but the Cliff House team made it as stress free as possible. Read less
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rpcnarvaja
Wedding:
4/30/2010
5.0/5.0
5 stars for Cliff House. I love Masoud and Virginia, my two favorite persons during my wedding planning stage. Very professional and very easy to talk to. Food was great. All my guests loved it. The view was magical especially the sunset. It was very windy outside though, so we admired the view from the inside. All in all we had a fabulous time!
5 stars for Cliff House. I love Masoud and Virginia, my two favorite persons during my wedding planning stage. Very Read more...
5 stars for Cliff House. I love Masoud and Virginia, my two favorite persons during my wedding planning stage. Very professional and very easy to talk to. Food was great. All my guests loved it. The view was magical especially the sunset. It was very windy outside though, so we admired the view from the inside. All in all we had a fabulous time! Read less
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Jessbo
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Absolutely unbelieveable!!! The Cliffhouse was the best place to start the rest of our lives together!! The staff treats you like Kings and Queens, the food is AMAZING! It was truly the perfect day! I recommend this place to anyone who loves great food and amazing view of the ocean!
Absolutely unbelieveable!!! The Cliffhouse was the best place to start the rest of our lives together!! The staff treats Read more...
Absolutely unbelieveable!!! The Cliffhouse was the best place to start the rest of our lives together!! The staff treats you like Kings and Queens, the food is AMAZING! It was truly the perfect day! I recommend this place to anyone who loves great food and amazing view of the ocean! Read less
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teresac
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
I just want to say our reception at the Cliff House was magical! Everything was wonderful from service, food, ambiance, sunset... can't ask for any more perfect day than August 8th! Masoud is the man! He took great care of us & executed everything flawlessly!!! All the guests had a great time & enjoyed the venue tremendously! Thanks for doing an outstanding job and making our wedding day special, beautiful, and unforgettable!!
I just want to say our reception at the Cliff House was magical! Everything was wonderful from service, food, ambiance, Read more...
I just want to say our reception at the Cliff House was magical! Everything was wonderful from service, food, ambiance, sunset... can't ask for any more perfect day than August 8th! Masoud is the man! He took great care of us & executed everything flawlessly!!! All the guests had a great time & enjoyed the venue tremendously! Thanks for doing an outstanding job and making our wedding day special, beautiful, and unforgettable!! Read less
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