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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2.5-hrs Sunday; 3-hrs Friday and Saturday

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

On this San Francisco dinner cruise, spend an evening on the waters of San Francisco Bay, where the sunset and twinkling lights of the city provide the perfect backdrop for a 4-course gourmet meal of fresh local ingredients prepared on the boat by experienced chefs. After dinner, kick up your heels and dance to the live band, or enjoy the nighttime views from the exterior deck. You have the option to upgrade to include window seating and a bottle of sparkling wine.


  • 2.5 to 3-hour dinner and dance cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • 4-course dinner of locally sourced ingredients prepared fresh onboard by renowned chefs
  • Dance to a wide variety of music played by a live band
  • Cruise under the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Admire scenic views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Sausalito and the city skyline
  • Gratuity included - no need to worry about service charges
  • Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to an unforgettable evening with champagne for two and window seating for the best views of San Francisco's sparkling skyline

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Old-school elegance on San Francisco Bay. I definitely recommend the upgrade to guaranteed window seating -- it doesn't cost much more and they throw in a bottle of bubbly. Don't forget to dress to impress!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

Dinner, dancing, sunset, the city skyline lit up after dark—an ideal night out in San Francisco is waiting for you aboard this dinner cruise on the bay.

Start at Pier 3 on the Embarcadero, where you’ll board the boat and set off across the water. Purchase a cocktail, glass of wine or soft drink from the onboard bar (own expense), and then sit down for your 4-course dinner of gourmet foods, including a salad, soup and dessert. The menu changes seasonally, but look forward to creative fine dining with a California influence, such as watermelon arugula salad, crab gazpacho, chipotle short ribs and berry parfait. (See the sample menu below.)

After dinner, work off some of those calories as the live band begins playing an array of dancing music, from Top 40 tunes to classic hits. Between bites and dancing, be sure to admire famous San Francisco sights like Alcatraz Island and the Bay Bridge. Look over at the waterfront towns of Sausalito and Tiburon, and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge for the highlight of your tour. Your evening on the water ends with return to the pier.

Window seating upgrade:
Enjoy an even more memorable experience by upgrading to include guaranteed window seating for dinner and a bottle of sparkling wine for two. This Viator-only upgrade is a terrific way to mark a special occasion or celebration.

Optional menu enhancements:
On the day of your cruise, you may purchase optional menu enhancements—local cheeses or a trio of ice creams—to treat yourself to an even better meal.


Summer sample menu:

  • Watermelon salad with Bulgarian feta, baby arugula, picked fennel, Vidalia sweet onions and lemon honey vinaigrette
Soup (choice of one):
  • Dungeness crab gazpacho featuring micro-cilantro
  • Chilled watercress and leek soup with Dungeness crab, crème fraiche and rainbow micro-greens
Main course (choice of one):
  • Quinoa-stuffed peppers with Romesco sauce, raisins, leek, crimini mushroom and wilted escarole
  • Chipotle short ribs with potato cilantro hash and baby rainbow carrots
  • Miso-glazed salmon with wok-seared bok choy and wasabi mango rice
  • Chicken cordon bleu stuffed with black forest ham, aged Gruyere cheese and heirloom tomato served with a wild mushroom ragout and garlic mashed potatoes
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Key lime pot de crème with macaroons, coconut cream
  • Summer berry parfait with Gran Marnier Chantilly cream and shaved white chocolate
Optional menu enhancements (additional fee):
  • Cowgirl Creamery cheese display with assorted local cheeses, rustic flat breads, seasonal fresh fruit, dried apricots and figs (US$12)
  • Ice cream trio of buko, vanilla and mango, with house-made caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and saltine toffee crackers (US$9)
Chef de Cuisine is Gerardo Hidalgo; due to the seasonality of local fresh ingredients, all menus are subject to change.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our first time on a cruise, celebrating our 29th Wedding Anniversary. We really enjoyed the ride, the food was Great! People around us very friendly. The music, DJ, and all staff did an excellent job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The hornblower staff were wonderful, we had a fantastic time, dinner, drinks, band, DJ made our wedding anniversary very special, highly recommend window seat with champagne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My daughter had a great time with the cruise. Despite her young age, she was able to enjoy the music, the ambiance, and the food. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is something we will definitely want to do again. It was a wonderful birthday celebration gift

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

By Far, The Most Amazing Experience...What a way to celebrate life!
California, San Francisco is indeed a must have on your bucket list.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great way to see the city. The food and service was awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We would highly recommend this tour to anyone going to San Francisco.The service and waiters were absolutely top notch, food was delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

unforgettable nitgh, beatiful memories

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Awesome night with perfect weather, great music, and tasty food. The whole experience was enjoyable from being welcomed onto the ship and taken care of by the staff. We opted for a window seat, which was totally worth it!! What a great way to enjoy some food and wine with someone you enjoy, all while getting a commentary on the local sights. Going under the Golden Gate bridge was timed just at sun set, again what a great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My husband and I both had a wonderful time on this Dinner and dance cruise! Staff was super nice and welcoming, Dj was perfect he even played a Bhangra song just for my husband and I to dance to we really appreciated that gesture! Everyone on the cruise was amazing! I would recommend this cruise to all! I can't ever forget our one year wedding anniversary on this dinner and dance cruise!

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