San Francisco City Hall Wedding Reception

Looking for the best place in San Francisco to host your San Francisco City Hall wedding reception? Look no farther than this list we’ve put together for you. As SF City Hall wedding experts, we know how couples from across the globe or from across town celebrate their wedding day. Since the majority of these weddings include only a handful of guests, most groups like to head to a nearby restaurant after the ceremony.



Tasha and Seth's San Francisco elopement - City Hall entrance

Most SF City Hall weddings are on a weekday in the middle of the day, so we made sure to only include restaurants that meet certain criteria:

  • Open on weekdays
  • Open all day, not just for dinner
  • Provide private dining rooms or areas
  • Less than 2 miles from City Hall

If you’re a planner like us, you’ll want to check out these spots ahead of time. It’s always a good idea to call to reserve a table or a private dining room, depending on the size of your party.

These five restaurants are sorted in order from closest to farthest from City Hall, not by the quality! (Although they are all close by – all are less than 2 miles away.) They all make fantastic choices for a San Francisco City Hall wedding reception, we promise. It depends on what you are personally looking for as far as decor, ambiance, dining room setting or style, and of course the cuisine itself.

Top Five Restaurants for your San Francisco City Hall Wedding Reception

Sorted from closest to farthest from San Francisco City Hall

1. Jardinière

Distance: 0.3 miles; Cuisine: Californian-French; Decor: Art-Deco

Jardinière is one of the closest restaurants to San Francisco City Hall. Plus, it boasts gorgeous private dining options for you and your guests. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients, this upscale restaurant creates high-quality cuisine with romantic, chic surroundings.

Private Dining Option 1: The Franklin Room

Maximum number of guests: 80 standing or 56 seated
Tap or scroll through the gallery to check out the seating arrangement options of the Franklin Room:

The Franklin Room provides a private dining experience with floor to ceiling platinum curtains. Or the curtains may be left partially open, granting a view of the restaurant’s elegant atmosphere. With multiple seating and table arrangement options, there is lots of flexibility in this space.

This room, with its lovely exposed brick walls, also hosts Jardinière’s distinctive cheese cave!

Private Dining Option Two: The Wine Room

Maximum number of guests: 16

The Wine Room at Jardinière - San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

The Wine Room at Jardinière; photo courtesy of Jardinière

Contrasting with the larger, flexible Franklin Room is The Wine Room, a fully private room that Jardinière describes as “masculine and elegant.” There is a gorgeous exposed brick wall with a mirrored wall on the opposite side, which gives the appearance of a larger space. The other walls have wine cases encased into the walls. The entire effect of this decor is welcoming, rich, and warm, which is perfect for a smaller group.

Private Dining Option Three: The Sommelier Table

Maximum number of guests: 12

Sommelier Table private dining San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Sommelier Table at Jardinière, courtesy of Jardinière

The Sommelier Table is actually made up of two tables, located in a secluded area in Jardinière’s main dining room. While seated in this space, you and your guests can still enjoy the warm, romantic ambiance of the restaurant. True to its name, The Sommelier Table is bordered by a gorgeous mahogany wine station filled with wines from around the world.

Lastly, Jardinière offers the option to partially or fully buyout the restaurant for your wedding reception. This isn’t a popular option for the typically small City Hall weddings, but it bears mentioning for those who are hosting a traditional, larger reception after their San Francisco City Hall wedding. The restaurant hosts both upstairs and downstairs seating, so guests would be able to enjoy multiple areas of this elegant restaurant.

2. Absinthe Private Dining

Distance: 0.4 miles; Cuisine: French-Mediterranean; Decor: Parisian

Absinthe restaurant for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Absinthe exterior; photo credit: Aubrie Pick; courtesy of The Absinthe Group

Absinthe is an upscale French-Mediterranean restaurant that is perfect for City Hall wedding receptions. Not only is it really close to city hall, it has a romantic, fun atmosphere that is simply delightful. They boast unique drinks and cuisine that are unlike other restaurants in San Francisco. They even have a selection of drinks that are created using flambé techniques, while are always fun and dramatic to watch.

Seafood Ceviche at Absinthe for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Seafood Ceviche at Absinthe. Photo credit: Aubrie Pick; courtesy of The Absinthe Group

Another unique feature of Absinthe is their private dining. Absinthe’s private dining room is actually a completely separate space; Absinthe Private Dining is located directly adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. This space has its own entrance, dining room, bar, and restroom.

Whether you choose the private dining room or elect to dine in Absinthe Brasserie & Bar itself, you will be treated to gourmet options with sizeable portions, fun drinks, and a delightfully warm, enticing atmosphere.

3. E&O Kitchen and Bar

Distance: 1.4 miles; Cuisine: California Asian; Decor: Modern, Trendy

E&O Kitchen private dining for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

The Pearl Room, one of E&O Kitchen’s many private dining areas. Photo Courtesy of E&O Kitchen.

E&O Kitchen and Bar provides more dining options than any other restaurant on our list. E&O’s list of wedding dining options is located here, which we will now go through one by one.

Private Dining Option One: Pearl Room

Seats 10 – 14 guests

Carved wooden door entrance to E&O's Pearl Room

Entrance to Pearl Room at E&O. Photo Courtesy of E&O Kitchen.

Located on the main floor, the Pearl Room is the newest and most intimate addition to the private dining options that E&O offers. The Pearl Room is separated from the rest of the restaurant by a carved antique wooden door. Once seated, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous walnut table surrounded by a Shantung Scroll wall covering. There is also a mounted television that’s perfect for a slideshow of the happy newlyweds.

Private Dining Option Two: Loge

Seats 25 guests 

Loge at E&O for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Private dining at the Loge at E&O Kitchen. Photo Courtesy of E&O Kitchen.

The Loge is more open than The Pearl Room, as it’s located in the balcony above the main dining room. It also seats twice as many as The Pearl Room, allowing more flexibility in your guest list. The light atmosphere and fantastic cuisine create the perfect space for your SF City Hall wedding reception.

Private Dining Option Three: E&O Room

Seats 36 guests

Private dining E&O Room at E&O Kitchen for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

E&O Room. Photo Courtesy of E&O Kitchen.

This slightly larger room is a nice balance in E&O’s private dining options. Located with a unique view overlooking bustling Sutter Street, the E&O Room is a semi-private area on the mezzanine level. In this separate space, guests will enjoy each other’s company while partaking in the fun vibe of the rest of the restaurant.

Private Dining Option Four: Cinnabar Room

Seats 54 guests

Cinnabar Room private dining for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Cinnabar Room at E&O. Photo Courtesy of E&O Kitchen.

The Cinnabar Room is a completely private room located downstairs at E&O. Leather chairs, wood-beamed ceiling, and red walls create a comfy, elegant space ideal for wedding receptions.

Private Dining Options Five, Six, and Seven

The majority of San Francisco City Hall weddings are small and intimate. However, there are a select few couples who opt for private city hall weddings that accommodate up to 100 guests. Then there are others who have a small ceremony but join their larger guest list for a fun-filled reception. If you fall into one of these groups, you’ll need one of E&O’s larger spaces! These include the North Mezzanine, Full Mezzanine, or even full buyout of the entire restaurant. These are fantastic spaces that take full advantage of everything E&O has to offer, including their exquisite modern Asian fusion cuisine.

4. Palio d’Asti

Distance: 1.8 miles; Cuisine: Tuscan (Italian); Decor: Tuscan

Palio private dining room for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

San Pietro Room at Palio d’Asti. Photo courtesy of Palio d’Asti.

Conveniently located less than two miles from City Hall, Palio d’Asti is a wonderful choice for your reception. Their San Pietro Room (see photo above) is by far their most popular private dining option for lunch and dinner. It seats up to 50 guests and boasts authentic Tuscan decor and large windows that fill the room with light. Adjacent to this space is a private outdoor patio that makes for a wonderful addition to your gathering. This room is quite versatile, with multiple dining and seating options, making it perfect for the majority of San Francisco City Hall wedding receptions.

Palio private dining for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Another view of the San Pietro Room at Palio d’Asti. Photo courtesy of Palio d’Asti.

Palio prides itself in its changing seasonal menu and authentic Italian cuisine. They also ensure that their 30+ years legacy thrives, as they are currently renovating their restaurant and plan to re-open in August of this year. So if you’re planning your wedding for after August 2018, definitely check out the new and improved Palio.

Palio does offer additional dining options, though they are not as popular for city hall weddings. However, we want to quickly let you know all the options available!

  • The Enoteca for 16-50 seated guests. Multiple seating options.
  • The Bakery for 20 seated guests at one long table. Fully private room with adjoining private patio.
  • Bar/Lounge for 24 guests at one long table. Ideal for casual receptions. Semi-private.
  • Campo del Palio for up to 125 guests. This is the most versatile space at Palio. Can be used in conjunction with The Enoteca or Bar.

For a full list of Palio’s private dining options, here is Palio’s current dining information.

5. Wayfare Tavern

Distance: 1.9 miles; Cuisine: American, comfort food; Decor: British pub-style

Wayfare Tavern San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Wedding at Wayfare Tavern. Photo courtesy of Wayfare Tavern.

Fine dining and traditional American comfort food merge at Tyler Florence’s flagship restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. The menu changes often so be sure to check their website for their latest offerings. You’ll find dishes ranging from unique salads to fried chicken and even lobster at this fun yet classy restaurant.

Wayfare offers three private dining areas that offer a variety of options for all types and sizes of groups:

The Billiards Room

SF City Hall reception dining at Wayfare Tavern - Billiards Room

Let’s start with the first private dining room that you’ll discover in Wayfare Tavern: The Billiards Room. Located on the second floor, The Billiards Room is the smallest of the three rooms as it only seats 10 to 16 guests at its pool table that converts into a gorgeous wood top dining table. This convenient size makes it perfect for a small private lunch or dinner after your city hall wedding!

The Bartlett Room

The Bartlett Room at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisc

Located on the third floor, The Bartlett Room provides the most space and versatility of the three rooms. Tables can be placed either end to end for a kings table or arranged throughout the room to seat up to 70 guests. There are other desirable features including a sound system, large TV, and the option for a bar setup.

The Sequoia

The Sequoia at Wayfare Tavern

The Sequoia at Wayfare Tavern. Photo courtesy of Wayfare Tavern.

While both The Billiards and Bartlett Rooms are gorgeous, The Sequoia is the room that Wayfare designed to impress a small crowd. Located on the fourth floor, Wayfare made sure that this room took advantage of its location and history in every way possible. An old vault was located on this level, so they transformed it into a private dining space within the room itself. The full bar is also quite impressive and perfect for a reception, and the versatile seating accommodates up to 50 guests. The highlight of this room is its incredible skylight view of the Transamerica Pyramid.

Wherever you choose to dine at Wayfare Tavern, you won’t be disappointed. For a full look at all the options available, visit the private dining page of their website.

Cable Car in front of Wayfare Tavern for San Francisco City Hall wedding reception

Photo courtesy of Wayfare Tavern

We hope this list helps guide you in your search for the perfect restaurant for your San Francisco City Hall wedding reception! Where did you treat your guests after your SF City Hall wedding? Let us know in the comments!

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