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.
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!
Andrew Chang · Married on 12/22/2018
Perfect San Francisco Wedding Venue
Wedding planning is a stressful affair. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But it’s a great life lesson that if you surround yourself with the right people, you can do anything.
That’s a roundabout way of saying that to pull off a wedding in this day and age, you need a good planner. My now-wife and I are both physicians, so juggling our insane work schedules (lots of weekends, nights, and early mornings) is a frustration in and of itself. That said, Yvonne made a valiant yearlong effort of handling our paranoid late-night text messages and near-constant barrage of emails towards the end of the journey, mixing in her expertise as the University Club’s wedding coordinator with humoring our petty demands on quite a few issues.
From the start, she connected us with a number of vendors who have previously worked with the U Club, and this was an excellent idea as our photographer knew when to capture the best city skylines (seriously, the view from the club is absolutely insane) and our florist rocked the arrangements in the venue. Her encyclopedic understanding of the space (Yvonne has memorized the time of sunset for each month, since that’s the best time to have the ceremony) and repository of prior wedding photos and vendors also allowed us to imagine exactly what our special day would look like.
As for the club itself, the space is an extremely charming, historic institution clad in aged wood paneling, stained glass, and turn-of-the-century wallpaper. “Classy” is the appropriate adjective here, yet once the sun goes down, the incomparable views of the modern SF skyline from the building’s colossal full-wall windows leave no doubt where in the world you’re dining. And speaking of food, we chose options of filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, and a dizzying array of vegetarian (and vegan) choices, which were all marvelously (and artfully) assembled.
All in all, we could not have asked for a more romantic, unforgettable location to say “I do”. A huge thank you to Yvonne and the University Club for making our special day perfect.
Katherine Mounday · Married on 12/08/2018
I can’t say enough good things about The University Club of San Francisco. This venue MADE our wedding. Not only is it an INSANELY gorgeous venue with an uninterrupted view of the San Francisco skyline, but also they were incredibly professional and easy to work with. Yvonne in their event planning division was amazing—I was an overwhelmed bride who didn’t know the first thing about planning a wedding, but she made the process easy and simple. She was reachable at all hours of the day if I had any questions and she had great insight into what was needed to make our day run smoothly. I didn’t have to worry about anything on the big day thanks to her! The food and drinks were DELICIOUS. The hotel accommodations were PERFECT. We couldn’t be happier with our experience at The University Club of San Francisco and can’t recommend them enough!!