Hornblower Dining Cruises in San Francisco, CA

Hornblower Cruises & EventsPier 3San Francisco, CA 94111
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Indulge in a four-course dinner while cruising around the San Francisco Bay. From the comfort of your cruise ship, you’ll see the city skyline reflecting off the ocean as you pass by notable San Francisco icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more. Featuring an extravagant dinner, cocktails, and live music, you’ll never forget your San Francisco dinner cruise.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Cruises include a four-course dinner, entertainment, and dancing.
  • Wine, beer, and cocktails are also available for purchase onboard.
  • Bring a camera to capture the incredible views from the harbor.
  • Cruises are approximately 2.5 to 3 hours long.


from San Francisco Dining Cruises
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—and you can see its legendary landmarks from the comfort of a luxury yacht with Hornblower Cruises.

San Francisco Dinner Cruises
3 Hour Yacht Cruise (Fri. – Sat.)
2.5 Hour Yacht Cruise (Sun. – Thurs.)

Dinner, dancing, and dazzling vistas make for an unforgettable evening
Start with a delicious four-course dinner made onboard by our chefs from local, seasonal ingredients. Then head out to the middle of the deck for a spin on the dance floor. As the sun sets and the city lights come up, you’ll get a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and the TransAmerica pyramid, among many other sights.

Boarding is 30 minutes before departure.

Parking is available at Pier 3 on a first-come, first serve basis. Cost is $10.00 per car.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
"Christmas Cruise dinner it was excellent!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2019 NEW
Wow, I was surprised that this event was as good as it was for Christmas night. I read reviews prior and they were all positive, so we went ahead and paid ahead, and got a window seat, etc. The DJ played dance music (like wedding reception music) and it was a great time. Food was excellent, waiting staff was great and the views were spectacular. I would not change a thing. The alcohol was flowing too, but our Uber was waiting as soon as we docked. Definitely recommend.
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Nadine I
"Best Christmas Dinner ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2018 NEW
Quick boarding of passengers. Photo opportunity before boarding. Friendly staff. Beautiful yacht. Buffet food was scrumptous. You could go back for seconds. Live music through the meal then a DJ for dancing. Appropriate music for a family event. Since it was a buffet you served yourself. At the end of the evening the waitress who filled up your water glass all night came by requesting a tip. Photos were printed out for pickup as you left and were included in the price.
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Dharma J
"Holiday sunset dinner cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 22, 2018
We had a great time on this cruise. The views just really can't be beat! Our 3pm cruise was timed just right for us to pull in just after sunset and after the lights had come on in the City, to stunning effect. Before sunset we cruised under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and saw the City's shoreline, as well as Alcatraz and Treasure Island from both sides. The food was really well done for a large-group buffet and there was more than plenty. There was no problem bringing our infant and stroller on board with us. Everyone from the staff that we interacted with was very friendly and accommodating. Want to give a shout out to Api, who went well out of his way to help me with a problem we had while on board. I'd highly recommend this if you're looking for something fun and memorable to do.
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"Good food and views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 19, 2018
While I had high expectations for the cruise on a lovely day in fall (excellent visibility, worth checking out before booking), I was very positively surprised by the quality of the food. Dinner cruises I have done in the past often came with ok food at best, but the Hornblower team really made an effort. Quite a memorable evening on board of the 'California' on all accounts, with a special shoutout to the very friendly crew and service!
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Molfetta, Italy
"Unforgettable dinner cruise in San Francisco Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2018
It was a special wedding anniversary event for my family that we intended to celebrate looking at the city from the water. We did enjoy a wonderful dinner cruise with gorgeous food. Our waiter made us feel very comfortable from the very first minute we got to know him. He was always readily and efficiently available without having us feel “oppressed” or conditioned by his presence. When music kicked in the atmosphere was relaxed and joyous and both the pianist and the DJ promoted us to join the dances and just ... “take it easy”. The landscape we could look at is one that we’ll never be able to forget, and got its climax after the night arrived and all the magnificent city lights went on. If you also add the views of the Golden Gate and Oakland bridges all lit up you can imagine what kind of experience we’re talking about !! And how freezing was the wind that hit our faces when staying outside and passing under the majestic contour of the Golden Gate Bridge!! The only moments that turned out to be confused were the arrival at the pier and the two lines for the two boats appearing ready for the cruises, where a good bunch of people (like us) got in the wrong line and even had pictures taken with the wrong ... captain and wrong ship entrance. Finally it must be recognized that the online reservation had been clear, smooth and perfect.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Dining Cruises

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is 3 hours long on Fridays and Saturdays and 2.5 hours long Monday through Thursday.

Where does the cruise depart from?
The cruise departs from SF - Pier 3, on the Embarcadero at Washington St.

What time should I arrive for the cruise?
The cruise begins boarding promptly at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm departure. It is recommended that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to boarding to ensure a smooth cruising experience.

Is parking available at the pier?
Yes, however, it is on a first come, first served basis. Parking is $10 per car at the pier.

Is smoking allowed onboard?
Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please follow all crew instructions regarding smoking. For your safety, smoking may not be allowed during your particular cruise at the discretion of the crew.

Is there a dress code for the cruise?
Yes. Business casual to dressy casual attire is recommended for the dinner cruises. For men, slacks or khaki pants, and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women slacks or skirt, with a collared shirt, or dress. We request no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes on these cruises.

You may find that some guests are dressed more formally, especially those celebrating special occasions. However, attire varies from comfortable shorts to the more formal. Bring along a light jacket or wrap as it may get a bit breezy on the outer decks.

Am I preassigned a seat?
As you board, our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck. From there the host/hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.

Will I get my own table?
On the majority of cruises, private tables are assigned to the individual parties. However, on some cruises with cruise-style seating, you may be asked to share a table with other parties.

Are vegetarian meals available? If I have a dietary restriction or food allergy, can I be accommodated?
Yes, for dining cruises, vegetarian meals are available and can be arranged at the time of booking. If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please make this note in the “special needs” box at the time of booking. We can also accommodate most other special dietary needs with advance notice.

When does the dinner service begin?
Once the cruise embarks, so does your dinner!

Are life preservers on board? 
Yes, the vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.

Is the ship handicap accessible?
Hornblower does have accessible yachts in the fleet. However, not all yachts and decks are accessible. Should you require an accessible vessel, please make this request in your reservation and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What happens if it rains?
Cruises embark rain or shine. Should it call for rain in the forecast, we recommend bringing an umbrella and light jacket. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside, but provide the full dining service.

Are there age restrictions for the dinner cruise?
No. Children under the age of 4 are complimentary and must remain under adult supervision at all times throughout the duration of the cruise.