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Hornblower Cruises & Events

3.6
57 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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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's four "fingers", 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
All prices and times are subject to change. Please include a contact phone number to confirm the cruise times. PRICING: *Please note special event and holiday cruise pricing will vary. *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional. Dinner Cruise: Sunday- Friday $105* per person, Saturday $122.00* per person. Brunch Cruise: Sat/Sun - $75* per person. *Tax, service charge and landing fee additional. Children 4-12 years receive a 40% discount off the regular adult price. Under 4 years are free. Please indicate all discounts in the special request box in order to ensure your card is charged correctly.
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Phone number
(415) 788-8866 ext. 7
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Hornblower is a full-service, in-house catering company. All meals are prepared freshly on board.
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Cross street
Washington and Embarcadero
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Parking details
Limited on site public parking at Hornblower Landing is available for $10. Nearby metered parking and public parking garages and lots are also available.

*Hornblower Cruises and Events is not responsible for the metered parking lots.
*Please allow adequate time for parking and traffic. Boats are not held for late passengers.
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Public transit
Historic Street Car: F Line (Will drop you off on Washington St., Half block away).
Bus: #12, #1, and #41.
BART & MUNI: Embarcadero Station (8 Minute Walk to/from Hornblower Landing at Pier 3).
Ferries: Tiburon & Vallejo, Sausalito, Larkspur, Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay Island (drop you off at the Ferry Building, one block away)
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Entertainment
Dinner Dance- Live Band for Listening or dancing
Brunch- Soloist or duo for listening
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Special events & promotions
New Year’s Day
Valentine’s Day
Easter
Opening Day on the Bay
Dog Day
Memorial Day
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Fleet Week Blue Angels and Fireworks Dinner
Halloween
Thanksgiving
Weekend Santa Brunch
Christmas Eve & Day
New Year's Eve
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our eight uniquely different luxury yachts can accommodate group sizes of 2 - 2,200. With 30 years of experience, we have the knowledge and creative ability to continually make memorable events. Aboard our yachts, guests not only enjoy the gourmet food, but get to feast their eyes on the many views.

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What 57 People Are Saying
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3.6  based on all time ratings
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3.6
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4.0
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3.9
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AlexanderG (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

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vipMaraR (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

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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TomB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

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)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

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vipLisa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2013

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

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vipLoveMyFood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2013

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2013

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)
1.0  Dined on April 28, 2013

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...

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vipMikeSi120 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 13, 2012

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)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2012

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)
3.0  Dined on June 24, 2012

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)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2011

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

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Pinkjackie (London)
1.0  Dined on October 8, 2011

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)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2011

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2011

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)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2011

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)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2011

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2011

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)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2011

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)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2011

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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