Simchas & Celebrations

Banquet, Sanctuary & Event Venues

Some of the following facilities host kosher events; many do not do so exclusively. We strongly advise our readers who keep kosher to verify the kashrut status and supervision in each case. Many synagogues and JCCs have sanctuary and banquet facilities. Please check with the individual organizations. See also "Religious Life" and "Agencies & Organizations."

San Francisco

Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 666-4027

Whether it's a wedding, a family celebration or a corporate function, this world-famous site overlooking the ocean offers a quintessential San Francisco experience.

San Francisco

Congregation Beth Sholom

301 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-8736
Director of membership & development Beth Jones (415) 940-7092

From weddings and lifecycle events to private gatherings, business functions, and lectures, Congregation Beth Sholom’s stunning facilities provide an exceptional setting for all kinds of special occasions and events.

Extremely modern in design, this is a 24,000 square-foot, award-winning synagogue with a multi-use building and outdoor spaces that flow together seamlessly. One of San Francisco’s most contemporary and technologically sophisticated facilities, the main sanctuary, chapel, social hall, and meeting rooms accommodate both large events and intimate celebrations.

Beth Sholom’s experienced and professional event staff is dedicated to working with you through each phase of your event, from initial planning through day-of-event, on-site coordination. Also offers on-site, kosher catering.


Green Hills Country Club

Greenhills Country Club 500 Ludeman Lane Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 648-9877 Fax: (650) 588-0338
Director of sales Liza Normandy

Having painstakingly preserved many of the original elements and design characteristics from the former 1930s clubhouse, the newly rebuilt facility is a blend of the past and the present with state-of-the-art amenities and services to suit every need. The spacious banquet facility is perfect for weddings and large parties and comfortably seats up to 300 guests. With sweeping views of the championship golf course, the Cypress Room flows easily into the Fireside Room, complemented by its majestic fireplace, open-beam ceiling and hardwood floors. The private Sunset Dining Room boasts spectacular views and is a perfect setting for smaller gatherings. The 37,000-square-foot clubhouse and surrounding grounds offer panoramic views of the golf course, rolling vistas and the Bay Area skyline.

San Francisco

Harris’ Restaurant

Harris’ Restaurant 2100 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1888 Fax: (415) 673-8817

A classic San Francisco steakhouse offering a traditional menu,  superb wines and jazz nightly. Three private rooms offer elegant options for all celebrations.   A local favorite, this restaurant is ideal for weddings, rehearsal dinners, celebrations, birthdays, meetings, holiday parties or corporate events.   Accommodations available for dinner parties of eight to 72 guests and lunches for 30 to 120 guests.

San Francisco

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Parties, meetings and events 3200 California St. San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 292-1269 Fax: (415) 276-1550
Private events manager Valerie Rocklin, CMP

Award-winning facility with 15 rooms and 15,000 square feet of versatile and elegant spaces for all types of meetings and occasions. Comprehensive services and amenities, including state-of-the-art technology and production equipment, three catering kitchens (non-kosher, dairy and kosher meat), on-site parking and professional and friendly service. Grand, intimate and functional spaces, from the three-story, 3,600-square-foot Pottruck Family Atrium to the library and intimate meeting rooms.

San Francisco

Julia Morgan Ballroom

Merchants Exchange 465 California St., 15th floor San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 591-1826
Director of weddings Lillian Phan

The ballroom at the Merchants Exchange is a coveted special event venue, an architectural masterpiece that combines a timeless beaux-arts interior with superior modern amenities. The ballroom’s historic significance, breathtaking details, professional production staff and strategic location make it an unparalleled space for any event.


Marin Country Club

500 Country Club Drive Novato, CA 94949
(415) 382-6727
Outside event sales Susan Conroy

A bar/bat mitzvah is a lifelong memory for each family member. This facility helps families create a personalized, joyous celebration everyone will treasure.

San Francisco

San Francisco Design Center Galleria

101 Henry Adams St. San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 490-5861
Director of special events Julia Wagner

Modern and versatile, the facility accommodates a wide range of events with many built-in amenities, free street parking, easy freeway access and a flexible catering list. Celebrations/simchas shine here, whether they’re intimate or grand. Smaller receptions have plenty of room to spread out on the main floor, which features a dramatic 60-foot ceiling. The polished light maple hardwood floor can be used for dining or dancing, while the raised stage is ideal for a band or DJ.

San Francisco

The City Club of San Francisco

155 Sansome St., 10th floor San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 362-2480
Contact Cassie Harris

Embraces San Francisco's storied past and  dynamic present, providing a stunning venue for networking, socializing  and celebrating. Tastefully appointed spaces, rich in art deco details, are designed to accommodate both grand events and more intimate gatherings. Further enhancing the experience are comprehensive amenities, memorable cuisine and gracious service.


The Spinnaker Restaurant

100 Spinnaker Drive Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-1500 Fax: (415) 332-7062
Restaurant manager Nelson Julian
General manager Jeffrey P. Scharosch
Special event manager Bill Manson (415) 332-8792

The  dining room can accommodate groups up to 40 people. The private banquet room can hold up to 160 people seated and 200 standing.

East Bay

The Terrace Room at Lake Meritt

1800 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 903-3580 Fax: (510) 832-7150
Catering manager Elizabeth Wells Fax: (510) 832-7150

Full-service art deco landmark is an enchanting Oakland wedding and special-event venue for up to 200 guests. A panoramic view encompasses the blue-green of Lake Merritt and the lush Oakland hills. A special treat for evening events is the Necklace of Lights, which is a chain of lights on ornate Victorian lightpoles that surround the entire lake.  Catering for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and all simchas.


Music & DJs

San Francisco

Gatsby Entertainment

(415) 758-1114
Contacts Max Alegria, Adam Goldstein

New Bay Area entertainment provider for private social and corporate events. Supplies DJs, bands, live music, variety artists, lighting, photo booths and more to corporate events, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, product launches, festivals, birthdays, holiday parties and other functions.