The Verdi Club
I had my wedding reception at Verdi Club and it was perfect, The food was amazing, the venue was beautiful, all of the staff went above and beyond - there's literally nothing I would change. I feel like most of the pictures online don't do the place justice - it has a magical ambience, you should definitely schedule a visit if you're considering a venue in SF, especially if you're looking for a retro feel. Finally, this venue is very affordable, especially if you go with in-house catering (if you are feeding more than 100 guests, they waive the venue rental fee). There's absolutely no better place to throw a party.
We were coming off of a couple of bad experiences with other vendors and meeting Denny was a breath of fresh air. From start to finish, working with the Verdi Club was wonderful. Prior to the wedding, Denny was open to letting us come in and explore the space and answering our million questions. Since we weren't working with an outside planner there were things that we would have forgotten (like linen colors) had it not been for Denny's gentle reminders. When we looked over the site prior to the reception, it took our breath away to see our dreams so perfectly laid out (right down to the cake table location!)
During the reception, Denny and the Verdi Club's staff were like guardian angels doing double duty as ninjas! They were easy for us to find, but difficult for guests to point out. We were even lucky enough to have a patient coat check attendant who took gifts from our guests (even the random ones like a 5 gallon tub of corn oil!) The food service ran exactly on time and we had nothing but compliments on everything from the appetizers to the entrees. The compliments also extended to the well mixed drinks (and the "Verdi pour") from the bar.
If you're looking for a unique venue with a vintage touch to host the wedding of your dreams, you can't go wrong with the Verdi Club!
We had the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park booked for 6 months or more when I started feeling like our venue wasn't very "us." I started feeling like the decor needed to be pristine--like something out of Martha Stewart or something. And though it is very beautiful, once we saw the Verdi Club we knew that was it. Denny, the manager, is a very friendly, easy-going, down to earth guy. He is very flexible and generous about time and pricing etc., which was the exact opposite of the Brazilian Room. However, since we were organizing our wedding ourselves I did feel like we were asking him 5 billion questions every day. He answered them kindly over email and never seemed annoyed, which was very nice. I did wish that they had something to give us that would answer a lot of these questions right away. On the other hand, that's part of it's charm, rather than being a big wedding factory. The Verdi Club is an active, private Italian-American Social Club, though I think their membership is small. The hall was built in the 30s and still holds that historic sensation from the minute you walk in. There's a great full bar and lounge area with a couch & cocktail tables, etc. And the FABULOUS ladies lounge upstairs. The ballroom is gorgeous with wonderfully high ceilings, art deco sconces & hardwood floors. And a disco ball. There's a high stage for a band as well. The Verdi Club is not for everyone. It meant a lot to me for many reasons: I'd lived in the Mission for many, many years, and it seemed like a place my grandparents would have gotten married in (my grandmother was from Italy), and a lot of the halls that my grandfather played in during his big band days (they have a lot of swing dance parties here). As Denny said on our first walk-through, "It's not pristine like some other places, but it has an ambiance and everyone who comes here has a good time." That was exactly what I wanted and exactly what I got. We had a blast. The only problems I had, were on the day of, and actually didn't have anything to do with Denny since he was out of town that weekend. His replacement didn't seem to know exactly what was going on. The wrong tables were out and the linens that we got specifically for the wedding were not on the tables (I had wanted black tablecloths that hit the floor). Instead they had put the club's on, which did not fit. Also, we had planned on using an upstairs room for the wedding party to get ready in, relax beforehand, and so on. Unfortunately, it had not been cleaned from the night before and the floor was incredibly sticky, making it unusable. At one point, it got really hot in the hall & my husband had to go ask some people to open doors & turn on fans, which seems like the manager's job. Lastly, the stand-in manager, disappeared from 3:30-5:30, when doors were to open at 6pm & many of the set up people were showing up at 3:30pm. They had to fend for themselves, which I think is really crazy. Who does that? I know that if Denny were there NONE of that would have happened. In the bigger picture all of that stuff is small and didn't spoil the night whatsoever. All in all, we had an amazing time and we were very happy with everything! Oh! I didn't get a chance to eat much of the food, but EVERYONE said it was great and there was tons of it. Especially the mac 'n cheese. My mother-in-law mentions it constantly. We had been worried about the amount since we were doing all appetizers, but it was totally great.