2019 Guide for the Best Restaurants After Your City Hall Wedding

Planning a dinner after your San Francisco City Hall wedding in 2019? As a San Francisco City hall wedding photographer, I can recommend a number of restaurants that are beautiful, photography friendly, experienced with intimate weekday weddings and of course offer delicious food.

Being one of America’s most exciting food destinations, San Francisco is brimming with culinary inspiration. Great restaurants can be found on every corner. Here, you will find anything from high-end Californian cuisine to the most extravagant delicacies from around the world.

Venues are ranging from cozy eateries and intimate dining rooms to grand function spaces that can accommodate larger groups. When looking for a venue, search for places that meet certain criteria. For example, the restaurant should be open on weekdays and have private dining areas. You should also check the distance to City Hall and seating capacity. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve rounded up 7 great restaurants. Each of them is less than two miles away from the City Hall wedding venue.


Distance from City Hall: 0.3 miles

Seating capacity: 10 – 60 guests

Located only 0.4 miles from City Hall, Absinthe is conveniently close. It will wow you with its delectable French-Mediterranean cuisine, stylish Parisian interior and Art Deco vibes. Coolest perks?The vibrant atmosphere and the famed flambé cocktails they proudly serve here! Menus are crafted with care and always focused on seasonal freshness. Most importantly, this romantic San Francisco restaurant houses a separate room for private events. Here, you can relax and enjoy the perfect meal surrounded only by your friends and family. Their private dining area is adjacent to the restaurant and has a separate entrance, its own bar and a restroom.


Distance from City Hall: 0.4 miles

Seating capacity: 14 guests

Gilda's - place for private dining after your City Hall wedding


A short walk away from City Hall, Gilda’s is one of San Francisco’s most precious hidden gems. It is also one of the chicest private dining venues in the area! Hidden behind Villon restaurant in Proper Hotel, this cozy, colorful space is perfect for intimate dinners for up to 14 guests. The room is lovingly designed by Kelly Wearstler who was inspired by Italian modernism. It features whimsical wallpapers, cool artwork pieces and a wooden banquet table paired with funky mismatched chairs. The food is sensational and Instagram-worthy, prepared by an award-winning culinary team.

E & O Kitchen and Bar

Distance from City Hall: 1.4 miles

Seating capacity: 10 – 300

E & O Kitchen and Bar is famous for its fine blend of Asian and Californian cuisine, so rest assured the menus will be superb! It is a unique San Francisco restaurant that offers plenty of options for the newlywed couples including renting the entire venue for grand celebrations of up to 300 people and hosting an intimate dinner for as little as 10 guests. There is a range of cool private dining rooms to choose from! The Pearl Room can seat between 10 – 14 people, the Lodge can accommodate 25 guests, E & O Room has the capacity to seat up to 36 people, while the Cinnabar Room can cater for 54.

Lazy Bear

Distance from City Hall: 1.6 miles

Seating capacity: up to 56

Lazy Bear will tempt you with its unparalleled combination of elegant photogenic interior and fantastic cuisine. Unlike any other restaurant venue in San Francisco, it channels the mid-century modern Americana vibes and has 24ft high ceilings. There are two communal tables, each seating more than 20 guests and overlooking an open kitchen. This warm, inviting space is perfect for medium-sized wedding receptions of up to 56 people seated. The restaurant serves modern American food seasoned with flavors of the Bay Area. All ingredients are carefully chosen and prepared right in front of your eyes!

Foreign Cinema

Distance from City Hall: 1.8 miles

Seating capacity: 12 – 170

Foreign Cinema is one of San Francisco’s top-rated restaurants. Its top-notch menus are constantly evolving and improving. Offering a blend of Californian and Mediterranean cuisine, skilful chefs personalize every menu, making sure it is seasonal, sustainable and utterly delicious. If you want to accommodate a larger group after your City Hall wedding, you can book the entire venue. It can seat up to 170 people or cater for up to 350 people standing. And if you are hosting an intimate gathering, consider booking one of the smaller rooms. Mezzanine seats up to 40 people, while Modernism West Gallery seats 60 guests. You can also book a Director’s Table for a semi-private dining experience for 12 people. Additionally, cool artworks and a vintage 35mm film projector will definitely stand out on photos!


Distance to City Hall: 1.8 miles

Capacity: up to 160

Established over 30 years ago, this San Francisco restaurant prides itself on exquisite Italian cuisine. The Palio family have opened the restaurant in 1990 with passion for mouth-watering food and finest local ingredients. Here, you can taste authentic Italian flavors. Menus include everything from next-level pizzas to superb fish and seafood dishes. Their private dining areas include San Pietro, the Bakery and Campo del Palio. Furnished with crisp white tiles and decorated with hanging wooden trays, the Bakery is fully private and can accommodate 18 guests. Other spaces are larger and can seat up to 50 or 100 guests. Alternatively, groups with more than 100 guests can choose to buy out the entire restaurant.

Wayfare Tavern

Distance to City Hall: 1.9 miles

Seating capacity: up to 50 guests

If you love the classic American comfort food and British pub-style food, then Wayfare Tavern is the perfect venue after your City Hall wedding! The menu includes chilled Maine Lobster, chef’s selection of finest West Coast and East Coast oysters, high-end burgers as well as delicious macaroni & cheese. The décor is equally intriguing! It pays homage to the Barbary Coast featuring dark wood-paneled walls, wooden floors and original brick from the Great Quake. There are three gorgeous private dining rooms available for hire. The Bartlett Room, the Sequoia and the Billiards Room offer different seating arrangements for 50, 40 or 16 people.


Absinthe https://www.opentable.com/absinthe-brasserie-and-bar and http://absinthe.com/ 

E & O Kitchen and Bar http://www.eandokitchen.com

Lazy Bear https://www.venuereport.com

Foreign Cinema http://foreigncinema.com/

Gilda’s https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/san-francisco/eat-drink/villon/

Palio https://www.paliosf.com

Wayfare Tavern http://wayfaretavern.com