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15 Engagement Party Venues in San Francisco You Haven't Checked Out Yet

In a city that’s known for its food culture, there’s no shortage of restaurants to choose from in San Francisco. But which spots are best for an engagement party? And are there any hidden gems or venues you don’t know about? Well, we’ve done the research for you and we’ve come up with fifteen of the most gorgeous spaces for a gathering that’s as awesome as the two of you.

From iconic landmark venues to sassy retro-glam restaurants, we’ve got a spot that’s sure to fit your vibe. Whether you’re planning something small and intimate or a big, over-the-top bash to celebrate your engagement, there are plenty of options in this amazing city.

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Lazy Bear learn more

Want to throw an epic dinner party to celebrate your engagement without having to lift a finger? Look no further than Lazy Bear. This 90-seater restaurant specializes in communal style dining in an interactive, close-knit atmosphere.
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Leo’s Oyster Bar

San Francisco, California
With its cool wallpapered walls, collected art hangings, wicker chairs and onyx bar, the space at Leo’s is an absolute stunner. If you’re looking to kick off your wedding celebrations at this spot, you’ve got a few really great options. You can rent out the Tiki Lounge if you’re rolling with a crew of about 20, opt for the Hideaway retro-glam cocktail lounge for a group of up to 50, or book the whole place for up to 110 guests.
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Octavia learn more

Octavia offers a cozy and beautiful, sunny setting in Pacific Heights, where you and your engagement party guests can nosh on Michelin starred food and toast to what’s sure to be the best wedding ever. You can book out the whole space for about 65 people, plan a sit-down dinner for about 50 or opt to celebrate with a chef’s table meal for 12.
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The Battery learn more

One of this city’s most exclusive and buzzed about venues, The Battery offers a handful of party spaces that are perfect for a very San Francisco engagement party. Choose from a penthouse party space with a terrace that can fit up to 120 guests, an intimate 12-person study overlooking Battery Street, an alabaster-clad parlor for up to 120, or the oak wine cellar space that seats 35.
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The Workshop learn more

This cool, modular space in the Mission is located in an annex between State Bird Provisions and The Progress restaurants. You can book out the whole space for about 48 folks, so it makes a great party spot when you’re ready to celebrate having said “yes” to your boo.
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Lord Stanley learn more

If you’ve ever eaten at Lord Stanley, you know first-hand that it’s the kind of place where you just want to spend hours and hours feasting and celebrating with your loved ones. For an engagement party at this Euro-inspired restaurant on Polk Street, you can either opt to take over the 14-seater mezzanine or book the main dining space for up to 42 of your party people.
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Flour + Water learn more

One of the most well known restaurants in the Mission, Flour + Water has been bringing handmade pastas and pizzas to the SF masses since 2009. What you may not know is that there’s a private event space right upstairs that’s all set for an engagement party of up to 70 guests.
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Farmshop Marin learn more

A quick hop across the bay, this Marin gem is located in Larkspur. The menu has a total Northern California feel, and the space is a stunner. If your engagement party guest list is around the 50-60 size, you can take over the private dining room and lounge area. Larger groups can do a full restaurant takeover for up to 300 guests.
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Foreign Cinema

San Francisco, California
This acclaimed San Francisco restaurant combines film and food to create an experience you can only find in the Mission. The sprawling space includes a private art gallery, a mezzanine level, a 12-seat director’s table and one very special courtyard. Check it out if you’re into the idea of an engagement party that celebrates food, wine and film.
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Le Marais Bakery

San Francisco, California
Le Marais Bakery’s corner store shop in the Castro is a gorgeous, intimate space for an engagement party in the evening. Here, you can work directly with the chef to create a family-style menu or keep things simple with canapés and champagne.
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One Kearny Club learn more

If you’re looking to share an only-in-SF experience with your engagement party guests, renting out the lounge at One Kearny Club could be your jam. The iconic One Kearny Building in Union Square dates back to 1900 and inside you’ll find spaces that have been transformed into contemporary hangouts. There’s a rooftop terrace, plenty of lounge space and you can select whichever area works best for your party’s size.
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Cotogna Restaurant learn more

When you’re all about the food making the party great, Cotogna is sure to make it on your engagement party venue list. Set in Jackson Square, this spot does rustic Italian food in a fine dining setting. You can easily take over the whole 50-seat space with your revelers and many bottles of delicious Italian vino.
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Twenty Five Lusk learn more

This SOMA warehouse space shines when it’s in full-on party mode, so you can imagine it’ll be aglow when filled with your favorite faces. Twenty Five Lusk sprawls out over multiple spaces and rooms, allowing for events up to 375, but you can easily book out a smaller section for your engagement celebration.
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Rintaro learn more

This gorgeous modern izakaya in the Mission spills out onto a courtyard and is fit for a fête of up to 70 guests. You can easily book the whole place out for your engagement party crew, or just stick with a few of the booths if you’re celebrating with a smaller group.
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Botellón

San Francisco, California
Take over the space at Botellón and you and up to 170 of your amigos are in for an epic night of Spanish street food and one high-energy engagement party. If you’ve got a smaller crew, you can also do a bar buyout and sip on delicious Spanish wines and cocktails.

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