Readers’ Choice 2018: Party Venue


Cliff House

(415) 386-3330  •

The Cliff House, a San Francisco landmark since 1863, hosts elegant receptions, with spectacular views of the ocean and the Marin coast. Along with seasonal menus, guests can enjoy sightings of flocks of pelicans and seagulls as well as an occasional seal, dolphin or whale.

Julia Morgan Ballroom

(415) 591-1826  •

Julia Morgan Ballroom in located in the San Francisco Merchants Exchange, an architectural masterpiece featuring beautiful Beaux-Arts interior. With large capacity — 380 banquet and 750 reception guest capacity — added to stunning features, this space is ideal when elegance and ample size are needed.



The Brazilian Room

(510) 544-3164 •

Tucked away in Berkeley’s Tilden Park, the Brazilian Room/East Bay Region Parks offers natural beauty all around, visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows encased in beautiful wood walls and architectural ceiling. Venue includes a lovely outdoor patio — it’s no wonder this is a favorite spot for weddings.



Peninsula JCC

(650) 378-2776  •

Foster City’s Peninsula JCC specializes in parties, especially for kids and teens. Party-givers can take advantage of the facility’s sports and aquatics complex, hosting pool parties for all ages as well as gymnastics, sports and theme parties. The PJCC also offers b’nai mitzvah and Sweet Sixteen parties.

Thomas Fogarty

(650) 851-6777 •

With spectacular views and award-winning wines, the Thomas Fogarty winery in Woodside offers a stunning setting for weddings and parties. The events area is a redwood-and-stone facility with three levels that seem to “flow down the mountainside,” according to the website.



Friedman Event Center

(707) 360-3021 •

Enjoy Santa Rosa’s lovely climate with an outdoor event at the Friedman Event Center, or host an event inside utilizing the lovely event spaces. Adapts beautifully for perfect weddings, b’nai mitzvah and corporate events.

Vine Hill House

(707) 823-8590  •

Vine Hill House at O’Connell vineyards in the beautiful wine country of Sebastopol provides a most romantic setting amid pinot noir and chardonnay vineyards, apple orchards and Mt. St. Helena in the distance. Flexible capacity for weddings, parties and corporate events.

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