Hornblower Cruises & Events

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Hornblower Cruises and Events offers champagne brunch cruises, dinner dance cruises, supper club cruises and lunch cruises for you to celebrate your special occasion. Enjoy the dazzling skyline of the City by the Bay including the landmark TransAmerica Pyramid, Embarcadero Center& Pier 39, and Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Cruise around Alcatraz Island, sail under the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the festive lights adorning the Bay Bridge at night.

Upon making your reservation Hornblower Guest Services will be in contact with you to finalize their reservation.
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AlexanderG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I proposed to my now fiancée here and the experience was amazing! Great view, good food, and friendly staff who made the night truly memorable.

MR
vipMaraR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We did this with my in-laws. I would never do it without guests who are unfamiliar with SF but it was a nice time for them. The music was too loud after dinner.

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vipTomB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Hornblower for mother's day was very nice. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Food was not exceptional but fine, everything was clean and well organized. The only complaint I have is that they made us feel a little like second class citizens when we checked in...she looked at our reservation and "Oh they made it from Open Table" it was even documented on the card they gave us with our table number. There was obviously a 'Mother's Day Package" as most tables had flowers and bottles of champagne but not ours! The was never even offered to us when the Hornblower called to confirm our reservation. Next time we know, call them direct!

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vipMrhungry
Sacramento
55 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful cruise out under the Golden Gate and then positioned perfectly by the Bay Bridge for a fabulous view of the San Francisco New Years Fireworks. Excellent decision to do this. Nice Buffet Dinner. Great party energy with 1000 other guests dining on one of 3 levels each with their own dance floor and DJ. Fun party hats and noisemakers included. Wine and Champaign complementary.

LC
vipLisaCM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was on top of their game and made our special occasion even more special.
Thanks Hornblower Cruises!

LM
vipLoveMyFood
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, romantic, incredible way to see the city, dance and eat wonderful food,

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expensive, but enjoyable, did I say expensive already? Well it was! $400.00 for the two of us, out the door.
Food was ok, not bad, but not worth the money.
The cruise was well done and it was a smooth ride around the bay. Calm sea.
Smoking outside on the decks should be limited and away from the doors...
Anniversary and birthday event diners should get the window seats first.
Seemed that the staff was stretched thin...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2013
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation for a party of eight on a Hornblower Cruise (celebration of my twin daughters birthday). We traveled more than fifty miles to attend this event, but we were told that this brunch cruise was over booked even though we had a confirmed reservation (Confirmation Number: 2665807). They said that it was a problem with the way the reservation was made by OpenTable.

To say that this was a very underwhelming experience is an understatement!

We have had many past great experiences including chartering the "San Francisco Spirit" for my wife's 50th birthday...

MS
vipMikeSi120
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Finding the dock and figuring out what to do prior to boarding was a bit challenging. There's no official check-in area off the boat as you make your way through Pier 4. But once we were on, it was a delight! The service was prompt and courteous, the 4-course meal was thoughtful and prepared with care, and the live band performing didn't miss a beat. If you're looking for a cost efficient dinner adventure though, this is not for you. With tickets, meal upgrades and a few drinks with 20% tip, we were at $400! Hindsight, I would have optioned for another venue at half the cost, but if you do decide to cruise - make sure that's your final answer, because there's NO refunds.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the SF Bay, very romantic! I was on the Dinner Cruise - lower level - with the live band -- loved the atmosphere! I was with my fiance - there were mostly other couples around -- upper level of the boat was a DJ and more of a party atmosphere. Outside on the desk was very nice - great date night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2012
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Taking the dinner cruise is not about dinner, but about the incredible views. Go for the views and you won't regret it. If you go hoping for a good meal, all bets are off.

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vipTonyO
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2011
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Looking a little warn and dated, but was very fun!

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Pinkjackie
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2011
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This booking, although confirmed by you was not confirmed by Hornblower, as full payment was required before the the event. Fortunately, I rang prior to confirm & was able to pay over the phone. They said that they had not received our contact details from Open Table & were unable to contact us.

It is possibly a shame, that we managed to go to the dinner, as it was so poor & a complete waste of money.

Embarkation was slow & badly organised, service was inefficient. Food quality & choice below average. Over priced for service & meal received. Fireworks mistimed, so that the main course had just been served when the fireworks were on.Never again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Father's Day cruise ever!! Much more then I expected. Would do it again!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2011
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Overall, we had a great time because our waitress was super nice. She even got us the chocolate dessert for my bf's bday even though we didn't order it. Then she got the singers on stage to sing happy birthday to him. That was special. But otherwise, the ship itself looks older and run down, the food was not as bad as other people think (perhaps my expectation was lowered because of all the negative food review). The experience of sailing around the bay, alcatraz, bay bridge, att park and under the GG bridge was what we paid for. We went during the dine about town specials so I got DAT but my bf got the regular menu. The difference in both was night and day. Mine was $35 but his was almost $100

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lettol
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2011
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Really enjoyed trying something different, beautiful views and good music entertainment. The food was tasty but the service was not very good. Staff was friendly, but bottle of wine was not brought to table until after the first course was finished although we ordered wine and food at the same time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

To guarantee reservation, recommend to also go to Hornblower main website to do online reservation and pay. Without pay, they don't hold reservation. I had issue trying to do online pay with their website but got help clearing it up once call/email them.
Check weather on the days you go, Brunch really requires a nice sunny day to fully enjoy the scenery. Great time and kind service and food. Great for special occasion. Outside of ship will be windy so a jacket is good. Bring own camera is recommended.

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diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2011
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Great ambiance, nice scenic view of the san francisco bay. Great live band and dance floor. Though the food can be better. The prix fixed menu was not memorable.

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Gina
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2011
Overall2food3service4ambience2

I went here for Dine About Town and paid $103. Dine about Town specials are regularly $34.95, but for Hornblower, it was a bit more. $15 each person was the charge for gratuities before boarding the ship. The food was good, service was very good, but I would not pay the regular $119 per person for a Saturday night Dinner/Dance cruise.

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vipunsatisfied
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time on the Hornblower which did a loop around Alcatraz, Angel Island, and even under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. It was wonderful, and the food was surprisingly really delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2011
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A wonderful way to see the Bay Area from a different point of view, especially at night. I rated "ambiance" as outstanding as there is nothing more romantic that the SF Cityscape as your backdrop. Every couple needs to go on at least one Hornblower Date. Just make sure to take a Dramamine before hand as it is shaky leaving port!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2010
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This was a nice experience. It is very romantic with beautiful scenery. The food was ok, could of been better. Price is decent considering it is over 2 hrs of cruise. Over all, it is a nice experience and is very romantic.

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vipyum123
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2010
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nothing compares to the view from the water. The food was ok and service so so.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience5

it was a great experience. i was so excited when the golden gate bridge was just above us.

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vipTracy
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2010
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Like being at a wedding without a bride & groom.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2010
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The dining experience is great; However, the restaurant tries to save the shrimp appertizer to Dine about Town customers is a mistake. Obviously, the restaurant tries to treat Dine about Town customers a little differently that it does not make the restaurant to be high end. The manager, waitress, staff are great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2010
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The weather was spectacular and the band was good and the views were amazing. The food was ok - nothing special, but who cares! One thing that was pleasantly surprising was how well everyone dressed! Its nice to see people dress like they care.

I recommend that you brush off that nice dress and go out and enjoy a dinner and dancing cruise on the bay.
PS - don't forget to dance~!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2010
Overall2food4service3ambience4

My boyfriend proposed to me on this trip. It was very special and the weather turned out to be very nice. It was a bit crowded and our server was not used to a full section. But we enjoyed ourselves. On the down side. We were called 1 hour b4 we were leaving to be canceled. They said they overbooked. My fiance booked the Monday b4 so we were very upset. He had made special arrangements for the proposal.We were offered a discount dinner but we really could not do it on a sunday night.I was also alergic to the food they serverd for dinner. After about 20 tense minutes on the phone we were told we could go and left right away. What started out a very bad day turned into a very memorable from begining to end.

NC
vipNoviceCook
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2010
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was definitely a great evening! We went there for my husband's birthday using Dine About Town. I would suggest either the brunch cruise or a dinner cruise in the summer. The scenic views of the bay disappear in the darkness near Angel Island. Food is OK, service is a little slow other than that we had a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to catch up with 2 friends I had not seen in a while & take advantage of the discounted dine about the bay offer. I have been on these dinner cruises before (normally around $100/person) and plan on going back. There was everything from birthdays to an anniversary being celebrated. The crowd is anyone from mid twenties to late fifties/sixties, or older. I do NOT recommend children. I'm not sure if it's just for adults or not, but children would not be advised. The live band was great. They had a full dance floor by the end of the night. Highly recommend going on one of these if you have never before. The (more expensive) New Years yacht cruise on the SF Spirit is by far the BEST though!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our Hornblower cruise on San Francisco Bay. A very nice meal selected as a part of Dine about Town. And the view was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2010
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was a little disappointed since our last experience several years ago was outstanding, elegant and lively. This time it was very lack-lustre with a smaller crowd. The food was okay, but did not match the grandeur of the gorgeous scenery around the bay. They need to kick it up a notch in the food presentation. Also, the live music failed to get people into the mood of dancing and romancing. The only redeeming feature of the whole experience was the fantastic view of the bay while cruising around it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2010
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Enjoyable meal on the water with a beautiful view of the bay at night. The food is well prepared and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2009
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I booked a cruise well over a month ago. I received 2 confirmation emails prior to the event. However, my name was not on their service list when I got there. It was truly embarrassing standing there pulling up my confirmation on the iPhone where other people were checking in. Finally, my fiance and I were seated near the band, we couldn't hear
each other.

I thought it was a deal to get Dine About Town rate, only to find out later they have charged full amount. Now, I will spend more time disputing. What a terrible service!!! I would like to give a zero for the service if I could. The nice romantic scenic view has been overpowered by their unethical service. I was thinking about a wedding rehearsal with them. Now, definitely no

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On a clear day, the view is unbeatable. Considering that the venue is a boat, I was a little apprehensive about how the food would taste but it was very good! The entertainment was mid-age appropriate. Although I think it would be too cliche for a romantic occasion, the musicians do announce any special occasions that are being celebrated so that's a nice touch. If you're looking for a unique experience and a unique way to view the bay area give it a try.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2009
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I took my girlfriend for her birthday, and she was amazingly surprised because we are locals but we saw San Francisco from a different view than the regular view we see every day.
We enjoyed everything: the trip, the food, and some good company from the next table from Colorado. We went outside to enjoy the beautiful view and it was very romantic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience5

While service was good and the food was tasty, by far the best part of the evening were the views. The views were spectacular! I've never seen the back of Alcatraz and Angel Island or the southern section of Tiberon. Also, standing on the deck while going under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge were breath-taking. I'm not sure I would dine for the regular price ($125 per person) but for the Dine About San Francisco price of $35 per...it was a steal. I wish I brought more friends and spent more time out side.

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Paris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Why not have a covered area for folks to wait under prior to boarding the boat? I waited an hour in the cold and it was freezing. Better yet how about not having to work with Hornblower directly to complete the reservation - card and time were booked online. Speaking to Hornblower reservations was less than stellar. They don't tell you you have an assigned table, they don't answer questions clearly and frankly they seem very clerical in nature, not very fun or even pleasant. This is the hospitality business afterall I would prefer not to feel like I am ordering a pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the views of the bay was outstanding,and the food was good the price was high but it was Valentine's day so the over price was expected but my girl loved it so thats all that matted i would go again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2009
Overall1food1service1ambience1

overall dining experience was very very poor. we were served 3 courses for the dine about town menu which was very sloppily presented, chicken breast was tough and tasted bland, not anywhere in the neighborhood of the "chipotle" flavor it was advertised to be. they seated us in a section specifically for the dine about town promo and that was what we got - poor service, bad food, bad ambiance. it didn't mean that we availed of a special promo that we get "discounted" service. i have been on this cruise for 5-6x now, trying to bring different friends to experience the magical time we had in the past. the 12 other people with me left completely dissastisfied with the experience and very disappointed. will never recommend this again.

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Hornblower Cruises & Events is rated 3.6 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.