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 22 traditional guestrooms and three 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.
Recommended by 99% of couples
18 User photos
Sonia Heidenreich · Married on 06/15/2019
Elegant, fun, helpful, AMAZING
We got married at the University Club on June 15 this year and we honestly wish we could do it all again (okay, maybe minus the logistical stress) just so we could go back to the UClub and dance the night away! Having our wedding here (ceremony and reception) was without a doubt one of the best decisions we made. From the food (delicious! plentiful! seriously Bay Area restaurant-quality--not boring wedding food), to the space (vintage vibes, amazing views of the city, gorgeous library, and also shout-out to the beautiful wallpaper), to the staff (professional, organized, super communicative and responsive)--we could not have been more thrilled!Sent on 06/27/2019
A word on the staff here: Emily and Yvonne are rockstar coordinators and we were lucky enough to have both of them working the floor the day of our wedding! We had a very specific idea of what we were going for (vintage-tiki-glam), and brought in what felt to me like a lot of extra stuff (colored votives, tiki mugs, lots of paper goods and other personal touches). We also hired several vendors who had never worked an event at the UClub before (Helena and Laurent--photographers; Dart Collective--dj; The Alcatraz Islanders--live music). All of those things could have been super stressful or disorganized, but it was FLAWLESS. We talked a bunch with Emily before the wedding, met with her a couple times to walk through the space, and the day of, all we had to do was show up. My husband keeps saying that he felt like a guest at his own wedding, which I don't think is the norm, and speaks to the professional, calm, and organized (and fun!) demeanor of the staff here.
Oh, and we had two specialty tiki cocktails and we sent Emily the recipes and the bartenders executed them PERFECTLY. When we went for our tasting, they made us both to try and gave us advice about one of them (maybe too strong) and we chose another recipe. They were stellar!
A few other notable things (there are seriously so many!): Right after the cocktail hour as people were going downstairs to dinner, Emily brought us a plate of all the appetizers and our cocktails so that we could sit for a minute in the library and collect ourselves. This was SO APPRECIATED. A lot of the staff stayed late the night before setting up the space with all our decor, and it looked incredible when we came the next day. Seriously, I was blown away. We dropped off about a million colored votives and they had them (and all our other decorations) arranged beautifully around the whole space. There was a little snafu the week before the wedding with the number of linens I had ordered from La Tavola (this was my mistake, not the UClub's), and Emily and Yvonne took charge and took care of it and it was solved! (The UClub provides white linens but we wanted color which is the only reason we rented them.) They let us keep all our stuff in the coat room until Monday when we had time to go back and pick it up, which was a huge lifesaver and kept us from having to worry about it the night of our wedding. Oh, and she packed up boxes of cake for us to take with us at the end of the night, which was super thoughtful.
Finally, I had a LOT of questions for Emily in the year leading up to the wedding, and she always answered them all thoughtfully, and the answers were essentially always, "Yes, that's great!" or "Yes, we can do that!" or "Yes, we'll take care of that for you!" I can't overstate how valuable her attitude and expertise were to us. She handled all the logistical things (eg: floorplans...I have no idea how to do that) and was enthusiastic and accommodating about all my ideas. In sum, we couldn't be happier to have gotten married at the University Club and we can't wait to start going to other events at the Club because we love it so much now!
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
Fannie Z · Married on 07/20/2019
If we could get married (to each other) all over again, we would absolutely choose to do it at the University Club!
We’re so glad we decided to have our wedding at the University Club. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Here are some reasons why:Sent on 07/27/2019
-The planning and execution went really smoothly. Over the year leading up to the event, Yvonne answered our myriad questions and requests via email and during our walk-through and tasting. On the wedding day itself, everything went like clockwork. All the furniture, decorations, and food showed up in all the right places at the right times, and whatever behind-the-scenes machinery made that possible was virtually invisible to us and to the guests.
- The location is superb. It’s close to Union Square, but far enough to feel less urban and to offer some pretty iconic vistas along the adjacent cable car routes.
-The views of the city skyline through the massive windows provided a magnificent backdrop to the ceremony, dinner, and reception. It made the whole event feel super open, and it was a special treat for our out-of-town guests. At times, it felt almost as if the dance floor was outside and we were floating among the highrises of FiDi.
-The food was terrific. After hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour (potstickers strongly recommended!), we had a buffet dinner. Our guests loved everything -- from the salmon and prime rib to the roasted vegetables and cheese tortellini. They plated the appetizers and dinner for us, so we actually got to eat some of the food!
-The space is clean, well furnished, and elegantly decorated. Between the main hall/dance floor, the balcony, the game room, the bar, and the library, there are so many great spots for guests to hang out in. Having a variety of areas made the reception especially vibrant and fun, and gave people plenty of options if they wanted to take a break from the dance floor.
-Being able to have both the ceremony and reception in the same place, and being able to stay over and get ready in a room at the Club, was very convenient -- it allowed us to focus on the main activities and people of the day rather than worrying about transportation.
All that said, there are a couple of areas for improvement:
-Some of the guest rooms were outdated. While the beds are comfortable, the rooms can be loud due to cable cars outside or events (like weddings) upstairs
-Parking can’t be booked in advance and is first-come-first serve for an additional fee. Every time you want to access your car you need to check out/return a remote-control gate opener.
Overall, the pros FAR outweighed the cons. If we could get married (to each other) all over again, we would absolutely choose to do it at the University Club!