The University Club of San Francisco is a historic wedding venue located in one of San Francisco’s most prestigious neighborhoods. This private club is one of the oldest in the city and ideally situated atop Nob Hill with breathtaking panoramic views across the city to the bay. The University Club of San Francisco is a historic gathering place with unique skyline views for those who enjoy fine food, wine, music and engaging conversation in a comfortable and elegant setting.
Facilities and Capacity
The University Club of San Francisco offers several historic and elegantly appointed indoor event spaces for all of your wedding festivities. Their library, a gracious room with a working fireplace and over 3,000 books, is perfect for a prenuptial dinner, bridal shower or space to relax. Your ceremony can be held in the imposing club lounge, with a marble fireplace, wood floors and a chandelier. Dance the night away against a breathtaking view of sparkling city lights in The University Club’s Main Dining Room and raise your glasses in the Black Cat Bar with memorabilia from the former San Francisco Press Club.
The University Club of San Francisco offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. They provide a unique and outstanding atmosphere with personalized service that is certain to exceed your expectations. Event services offered include the following:
Executive Chef Gerry McCausland has been nominated for Chef of the Year by the Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast. The University Club’s menus are a reflection of their chef’s true passion for his craft. They recognize the importance of specialty diets and are always happy to customize selections based on dietary needs.
Your guests will experience the feeling of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. The University Club has 16 traditional guestrooms and four suites and offers a breakfast buffet or boxed lunches for family and friends after your wedding.
The University Club of San Francisco is an ideal location for hosting private parties of varying sizes. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events, such as engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. This venue is also available for hosting corporate meetings, holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
The University Club was formed by William Thomas (Harvard, Class of 1873), former president of the San Francisco Harvard Club. On August 8, 1890, California’s Secretary of State William C. Henricks signed the necessary documents and The University Club became a legal entity. The first clubhouse was a two-story Victorian building until the club was moved to its current location.
The University Club of San Francisco is located atop Nob Hill at the intersection of Powell and California Stress. You can easily access this location via the subway, cable car or public bus. Nearby attractions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Children’s Creativity Museum and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
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Patricia Dudziec · Married on 12/29/2018
Our wedding reception at the University Club was flawless. From the moment you walk in, you are welcomed and met with a sophisticated level of professionalism by all staff. The location is perfect and the floor to ceiling windows on the 3rd and 4th floor provide a breathtaking view. The entire building is yours for the duration of the event and this (as opposed to a hotel wedding where you have one banquet room) was a huge selling point for us. We knew this would make our guests feel comfortable and gave us the freedom to really make the space ours. The elegant space, featuring large leather couches, beautiful wooden floors, 10 feet+ tall fireplaces, elegant chandeliers, and Library Room are reminiscent of a smoky steakhouse where you find yourself slinging back martinis amongst other fellow patrons.Sent on 01/08/2019
The drinks pour heavy and the food is exceptional. Order the prime rib - you won’t regret it!
Yvonne and the staff are top notch. My husband and I are true native San Franciscans and it was important for us to show our guests what a true San Francisco wedding can be. We contacted multiple types of venues (event spaces, restaurants, hotels, etc) in the city and not a single one of them met the level of service and responsiveness as Yvonne. Yvonne never failed to respond immediately to our never ending stream of questions. She even had no problem with us corralling a 15 piece brass band into the space. She truly left us feeling 100% confident for the day of. Yvonne really sealed the deal for us!
If you want a worry free, beautiful, fun and memorable reception, we highly recommend the University Club as you will be blown away!
Bailey Vela · Getting married on 12/11/2019
Yvonne, Yvonne, Yvonne. I can't stress enough how much she made our wedding the success it was - she thought of EVERYTHING and kept me so calm. She is simply amazing. I have no doubt she is the reason the club has such exquisite events and is the core of production. I hope you value her as much as we did (and still do!!!!).Sent on 04/24/2019
Jen Kim · Married on 06/01/2019
Couldn’t have imagined a better wedding
I should be relaxing on a beach enjoying my honeymoon in Maui right now but I had to write this review praising Emily and the rest of the university club team. Our wedding was truly the best day of my life and everything was handled with such precision and smoothness by the amazing Emily! I didn’t have to worry about a thing! Things guests raved about:Sent on 06/05/2019
1) the food wasnt just good for “wedding Food” — it was absolutely wonderful. People complimented us all night.
2) the view is spectacular. Rain, shine or cloudy, you can’t beat the skyline. Out of town guests especially loved it.
3) the venue itself is just so lovely and had so much charm. You really don’t need to add much decor.
Things I loved:
1) Emily is a lifesaver and a godsend! She literally took care of everything day of so I didn’t need a separate coordinator. She also kept us on track during the course of events.
2) there are 2 floors so people can move around and there’s a great flow to the place
3) the library was the perf place for photos
4) the dramatic door opening for the bridal walk. Easily the best moment of the day — as a bride, it’s really magical to see all of your friends and family smiling at you in that moment.
This is the perf venue if you’re:
- trying to be somewhat budget conscious
- want to wow your guests
- seeking a chill but guano atmosphere
- want delicious food
- want an absolutely beautiful showstopper wedding