Cavallo Point Lodge and Murray Circle restaurant offer private dining services and venues for groups of 20-250. The Murray Circle executive chef will design a customized menu for your private party. A special events coordinator will be available to assist you with special arrangements.View Private Dining Details
Had RSVP, arrived 10 min early 4 drink in bar. blue-eyed maitre-de insisted we be seated because of their tight, busy schedule. Aren't WE the customer? in bar as waitress brought beers suggested we have at table that's ready; After 3rd insistence from hostess, afraid we'd lose anniversary table, went to table. note to self: 10 empty tables. waitress was accommodating & our appetizer tasty. 8 tables vacant. bottle of wine we brought had $25 corkage fee; steep. recommendation of waitress: steak for hubby, salmon for wifey. Very disappointed; for price expected superb food. WASNOT. Still 7 vacant tables. Time for yummy dessert: besides cheeses (not my idea of dessert), selection minimal. Bottom line: overpriced & pretentious.
A perfect place for a special occasion. You won't go wrong!
We were disappointed. The food was good, but not special. Living in the wine country and dining in San Francisco quite often, we expect a higher level of quality and inventiveness.
My mother and I had dinner at Murray Circle on a recent visit to the Bay area, and it was one of the most memorable evenings of our trip. The food was excellent, but the location (in a historic lodge on the grounds of an old fort, now a state park) is the star of the show. Huge wood-burning fireplaces in the dining room add a great deal to the ambiance. I would love to return for a romantic weekend at the lodge (with someone other than my mother, obviously). :-)
One must visit Murray Circle to appreciate the historical surroundings even when the fox obstruct the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The kind welcome and accommodating staff was matched by an interesting menu. Even though the "Bouillabaisse" was closer to a Cioppino based on its ingredients, the taste was very good. Our guest had the lamb and left nothing on the plate while the Venison quite did not match the expectation, especially after an extraordinary Bone Marrow that was exquisite and unique. Overall, it is a must visit and enjoyable restaurant that has a lot to offer to its patrons.
Amuse Bouche outstanding, cucumber drinks AMAZING, Beautifully executed Halibut, but entire plate was cold upon serving. For the price thought it should have been TOPS! Squash side dish was AMAZING. Companion ordered the Hamburger but turns out it was a Cheeseburger and she can't eat dairy. But the homemade chips and onion dip are beyond compare. Could sit with a bowl of those and make a meal of them. The spiced/herbed Pistachios on the table upon being seated were AMAZING. make certain you have a designated driver if dining there, as executing the drive after dinner is treacherous. But WORTH the VIEWS and SERVICE! Will be back!
Didn't realize the Bar Menu was different_should have reserved in the bar rather than the restaurant.
You just can't beat a seat on the sunny deck, sipping a great glass of wine, awaiting one of the best hamburgers ever, and watching the fog pull back from the towers of the Golden Gate. This is my favorite lunch place in the entire Bay Area. Thankfully, I live only half an hour away so I can enjoy it often!!
My visit to Murray Circle panned out to be less than exciting. The restaurant is trying to be a Gary Danko - French Laundry high-end dining establishment, but it needs more refinement to reach those lofty goals. The prices are way too high for the quality of food and level of service provided. I had the steak, which was average tasting, and nothing special. I ordered the Mac and Cheese and Spinach side dishes, and the server forgot the Spinach. When we asked about the wine, we were directed to the $375 plus range, and we wanted the $98 Cabernet, we felt as if we had offended the sommelier. When we asked for a description of the wine, the reply, "It's what you would expect." On a positive note, the view is amazing from the porch.
The staff at Murray Circle were great. We had booked outside seating but it was a cold, foggy day when we arrived and so we asked to be seated inside. We also had added an extra person to our party at the last minute. The staff took great effort to not only seat us inside but accommodate our extra guest with grace and ease. We really appreciated all their effort. And so began our two hour brunch, with no sense of being hurried by the staff. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all in our party. After brunch we explored the grounds and took in the sights at water's edge. This is such a unique and gorgeous spot, I am happy to say that Murray Circle does it justice.
I was a little surprised at how many small children, not all of whom were well behaved, were having breakfast at 9:45 a.m. in Murray Circle, until I realized that guests who stay at the hotel and have children undoubtedly do because of the close proximity to Discovery Museum and the Marin Headlands open spaces. However,this is a beautiful room w/ great views, friendly staff and the food was reasonably priced. I will go back, but perhaps after school starts. :-)
Have eaten here many times and loved it. This time we had a good salad and entres but two horrible side plates. Maybe my expectations are high but it seems like everything I used to eat was amazing.
One side dish was fried squash and it was overdone and lacked refinement. Next side was a spinach dish that was way over salted, and had a half cooked egg white blob that I mistakenly took for mashed potatoes. Sides literally killed the meal and make me think that what was once a fantastic meal across the board is now slipping into mediocrity.
My wife and I each drank five glasses of water when we came home and were bloated from the insane salt intake.
Love the focus on local ingredients and the chef's unique twist on the dishes,... of course that all falls short when they bring it to the table cold... seems like there could be improvements on the part of whoever is running the pass... cold food should not be leaving the kitchen on early on a Saturday evening... or any evening. For $200 plus meals for 2, I expect high standards from the kitchen.
An absolutely wonderful experience. The food and service were excellent and you can't beat the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We'll definitely be back!
We wanted to like it and the manager tried to make it up to us but sorry, both of our dishes were totally tasteless. The place is cute, comfy and fancy at the same time. The view of the bridge and Bay are fantastic, but lunch was disappointing to say the least.
Wonderful in all respects. Our favorite stop when heading to The City. And, no hasstle with parking.
Murray Circle is one of those special places you go to when you want to enjoy life. The facilities are historic, charming and comfortable. The noise is moderate allowing intimate conversation. The view of the grounds, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco add to your decision to be there and to remind you to take your time and enjoy. The wine list is awesome.
The one thing I would rate as just "good" is the food. All of us (3) felt the dinner was at that level.
We did not go into the bar area but it did look inviting as did the outside seating area. I recommend arriving 45 minutes before your dinner reservations for a drink either at the bar or outside allows you time to relax and unwind.
This is a "thumbs up" restaurant! We dined in the bar area. The seats are so comfy and the ambience is very relaxing. Thank you Murray Circle for the great dining experience and excellent service!
Wonderful restaurant. Food was excellent. You must try the macaroni and cheese side. Although it seems silly to order that at such a nice restaurant, it was by far the best we've ever tasted. It had a combination of flavors which were unreal. The wine list was almost 150 pages long (very impressive, but too much to decide from in a reasonable amount of time!) I was also very impressed by the coordination of the staff in the restaurant and with the hotel. We dined here for our first anniversary and I had our cake topper shipped to the hotel. All I had to do was talk to the hotel front desk and they took care of everything and it showed up as our dessert with no effort on my part. I didn't even have to sneak away to mention it to our waiter!
The featured oysters were fresh and spectacular, as was the bread. The salmon was flavorful but not outstanding. Service was attentive but we tired of the not so subtle urging to upgrade, like order a more expensive bottle of wine and 'must try' the (not that interesting) tasting menu paired with wine. It's a lovely setting and interesting for a one time visit, but as a local there are other restaurants nearby with more extensive menus, very tasty food, and where we aren't made to feel like a tourist being urged to spend more money for a special dinner.
I had my birthday dinner here this past weekend and I have to say it was one of the most delicious and fun dinners I've had in a very long time. The service was phenomenal, the food was divine, and the atmosphere was exactly what you want for dinner: a bit of noise but not distracting.
I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or a nice dinner out.