9 San Francisco Meeting Venues with a View: Balconies, Terraces and Gardens

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9 San Francisco Meeting Venues with a View: Balconies, Terraces and Gardens

There's nothing better than hosting an event with a view, especially in a beautiful city like San Francisco. Leading venues featuring balconies, terraces and gardens are the type of spaces that elevate an event above the ordinary. Here are nine to consider when you’re looking to host your next event.

The de Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.)
The de Young Museum is not only known for its great artwork from around the world, but also for its great views. Although the de Young offers five different areas to host corporate events, the de Young Café is the space for those who want an indoor/outdoor setting. It can hold up to 275 people in a reception format. Located directly next to the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, this café includes modern designs such as handblown glass lighting elements coupled with views into the museum’s garden. However, for those looking to host their event in the clouds, the de Young’s Hamon Tower observatory offers 360-degree panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Bay and downtown San Francisco, and can hold up to 140 guests for receptions. Other areas of the museum can also be rented out for theater or conference configuration as well. 

The War Memorial Opera House and Performing Arts Center (301 Van Ness Ave.)
The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center is known as a Beaux-Arts masterpiece. Serving as a cultural hub in San Francisco, the Herbst Theatre routinely hosts premier performing arts organizations in the city, such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra. However, it’s also a great spot to throw your next big corporate event. Featuring a whopping 7,000 square feet, the Herbst Theatre can host 887 guests for theater events and conferences. On the second floor, known as the Green Room, guests have access to a massive balcony that can serve as a great place for attendees to mingle and enjoy refreshments while they take in the amazing city view.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum (1199 9th Ave.)
The San Francisco Botanical Garden features hundreds of flowers in bloom, as well as lush meadows and towering tree species from around the world. In short, this is the type of venue that offers guests a chance to enjoy true natural beauty with a view. The names of the various spaces available should give you an idea of what it’s in store for attendees, including the Garden of Fragrance, the Redwood Grove and the Rhododendron Pavilion. Situated in the already breathtaking Golden Gate Park, this botanical garden stretches across 55 acres of land, giving companies the space and options they need to host almost any kind of event.

SFMOMA (151 Third St,)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is not only one of the leading contemporary art museums in the world, but also offers a multi-level venue experience that features the third-floor Pat and Bill Wilson Sculpture Terrace featuring an incredible 30-foot living wall, the largest in the Bay Area, lined outdoor sculpture gardens on the fifth floor, a massive terrace with citywide views on the seventh floor and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium, which fits 400 guests for theater presentations. SFMOMA is the perfect spot for those who want an event that both literally and figuratively towers over other events. Against the backdrop of the finest modern art on the West Coast, you’ll find that corporate events take on a whole new meaning.

Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F. Kennedy Dr.)
The Conservatory of Flowers, located in Golden Gate Park, not only hosts some of the most beautiful tropical flowers and plants in the world, it’s also a special historical San Francisco landmark. Guests at your corporate event can enjoy presentations, conferences and meetings inside the Modern Orchid Pavilion, which can hold as many as 250 attendees. However, the Conservatory of Flowers can also accommodate up to 500 guests for tented events. Guests will enjoy cocktails in the tropical garden space, and may even find themselves watching flowers in bloom, butterflies and prehistoric plants, all while toasting to your event’s success.

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens (1 Zoo Rd.)
The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens offers an unparalleled experience with venues like the Giraffe Lodge, the Lion House and Tropical Rainforest, giving attendees a chance to walk on San Francisco’s wild side. In fact, with more than 250 different species on view and 15 different spaces to hold a conference or sit down for a banquet, you can explore what one of the best zoos in the United States has to offer. For truly big events, the Playfield Lawn and Terrace can host 2,000 attendees, which is great if you want to throw a company retreat or picnic in a beautiful and highly unique setting.

Presidio Officers' Club (50 Moraga Ave.)
The Presidio Officers’ Club offers the complete event experience. Known for its Spanish colonial revival architecture, this location gives the public a unique historical and cultural experience. Featuring the massive 2,995-square-foot Ortega Ballroom, your guests will love the panoramic views of San Francisco Bay as they enjoy their conference, theater presentation or company gathering. Guests can better take in the view from the ballroom’s deck or simply make their way to the attached open-air courtyard, which is perfect for receptions, meetings and small gatherings.

Log Cabin (1299 Storey Ave.)
Built in 1937, the historic Log Cabin was originally a non-commissioned officers club. It is located within the Fort Scott campus along the Presidio's western shore, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. The rustic cabin with its Spanish red-tile roof is one of the park's most popular venues and also features an intimate theater that accommodates 150 people. The large lawn area is ideal for wedding ceremonies or receptions (reception space for 200 and banquet for 150), and offers panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline.

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Fort Mason Center San Francisco)
A National Historic Landmark on the San Francisco waterfront — Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture offers venues unlike any other with spectacular views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. With more than 150,000 square feet of venue space in 17 ideal locations across the sprawling 13-acre campus, guests can take advantage of space that accommodates a group of five to 5,000. Whether hosting a public event, such as an art fair, music festival, conference or private corporate retreat, the breathtaking bay views and lush greenery make any space within Fort Mason a meeting planners dream.  


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