San Francisco offers everything from great food and drinks, to vibrant energy, to gorgeous views. There are many amazing wedding venues in San Francisco (see our complete list HERE) but we want to let you in on the secret of which ones offer the best views of our beautiful, coastal city. We work with all of these venues so we know from experience just how magical they are. So take a look and learn about each of our top 5 picks for offering the best views in town!
The Beaux Arts architecture of the James Leary Flood Mansion is absolutely stunning. As a response to the Great Quake of 1906, James Leary Flood told his wife he would build her “a house of marble on a hill of granite.” Construction began in 1912 and finished in 1915, thus giving us Flood Mansion. It is the perfect place for a reception as it includes the Grand Hall which is a spacious room culminating in a spectacular bow-windowed Belvedere overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Marin County Hills. Some of our favorite memories of weddings we’ve catered here are ones that took place during Fleet Week where we had front row seats to the action!
2. Legion of Honor Ceremony Lawn
Imagine having your ceremony on a beautiful, clear day with the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin Headlands as the backdrop. The Legion of Honor Ceremony Lawn is the perfect spot to exchange vows in front of your family and friends. Best of all, you can have your reception inside the museum which displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Rodin’s Thinker and stunning pieces by David, Rembrandt, Rubens and more. It is also home to one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.
There’s nothing better than cocktail hour with a view. The Hamon Tower Observation Floor in the de Young Museum offers panoramic views of San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, and surrounding Golden Gate Park. It is ideal for serving cocktails or for an intimate reception. The de Young Museum was founded in 1895 and houses priceless collections of 17th through 20th century American art, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The sunsets are so beautiful from the Hamon Tower and from a service standpoint, getting guests to break themselves away from the view to go downstairs for dinner is, shall we say, a royal pain in the butt (but one that we enjoy!)
With its floor-to-ceiling windows, the General’s Residence at the Fort Mason Center offers timeless views of the San Francisco Bay, Aquatic Park and Alcatraz. Built in 1877, this historic dwelling captures the essence of vintage class with its oriental rugs, gilded mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. The luscious back lawn is a great place for a ceremony with views of the bay while the residence provides a beautiful venue for a one-of-a-kind, scenic reception.
The Exploratorium is an ideal place for a unique and awe-inspiring reception. The Observatory Gallery and adjacent Terrace offer up sweeping views of the city and bay. Guests can interact with the hands-on exhibits throughout the museum that explore everything from physics and natural phenomena to human arts and culture all while enjoying the bay breeze and all the exquisite views that San Francisco has to offer.