The Presidio: San Francisco’s Hidden Treasure

The Presidio is a national park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, offering a lush green oasis that’s easily accessible from the East Bay and Marin County. It’s a breath of fresh air from the city’s bustling downtown.

The area offers myriad outdoor activities that entice locals and tourists alike, from hiking and biking to exploring museums and archaeological sites. And best of all, there’s lots of parking, a characteristic hard to find in most San Francisco neighborhoods.

Each year, the Presidio Trust hosts Presidio Celebration Showcase, a tour that allows guests to explore the different venues the neighborhood has to offer. Guests can sample menu items, meet with photographers and florists, and chat with the club’s event team to plan every detail of their next dinner or reception.

Mimosas, Ahi tuna tartare, winter citrus and roasted beet skewers, goat cheese and candied pecans were just some of the offerings served to guests exploring the Presidio Social Club during its January showcase (all have appeared on the hors d’oeuvers menu). A fully set round table gave guests an idea of just what their next dinner might look like: purple- and white-striped linen napkins over a crisp white tablecloth, silver votive candles and colorful spring bouquet centerpieces.

The private dining room sits directly to the left of the restaurant, and can accommodate 40 for dinner and 50 standing. The back door leads to a patio that can seat an additional 50, complete with Adirondack chairs surrounding a fire pit, perfect for the brisk evenings for which San Francisco is known. The patio is tented in December.

The restaurant itself can also be rented out for larger events for up to 120 seated or 200 standing. The daily menu features California comfort food for lunch and dinner, fresh local seafood and classic cocktails with modern twists.

The journey to Ruger Street is nearly as charming as the destination. Maze-like roads unravel into Presidio National Park, where the smell of the towering eucalyptus trees takes over.

The Presidio Social Club’s tagline is “all the comforts of a club without the dues.” And although the comfort is in part due to the delicious food and warm decor, the club’s community vibe is owed entirely to the venue’s staff. Friendly, knowledgeable, patient and laid back, the wait staff and venue team truly emulate the carefree ambience of a club.

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