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On this San Francisco dinner cruise, spend an evening on the waters of San Francisco Bay while a 4-course gourmet meal of fresh, local ingredients is prepared by chefs on board. 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
  • Viator Exclusive: Upgrade to an unforgettable evening with champagne for two and window seating for the best views of San Francisco's sparkling skyline

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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 — enjoy an ideal night out in San Francisco with 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 Californian touch, such as watermelon arugula salad, crab gazpacho, chipotle short ribs and berry parfait. (See the sample menu below.)

After dinner, work off the calories as the live band begins playing an array of dancing music, from Top 40 tunes to classic hits. Between bites and dancing, check out 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. Your evening on the water ends back at the pier.

Window seating and sparkling wine 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

Edward C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautiful scenery cruise under the both historic Golden Gate and Bay Bridges with picturesque
nightly scene of the City of San Francisco. It is a life time experience.

Mike M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip, worth the value......everything is good. The waitress we had and #39;Dorathey and #39;, yes that is the way she spelt it was excellent and made you feel at home......on slight minus is the and #39;champagne and #39; is not champagne even though it says so on the bottle!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The staff was very friendly. Food was excellent. Had a great time

Denise G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were well looked after and it was a delightful end to our short holiday

Saul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wow !!!Simply just a romantic relaxing boat cruise highly recommend for couples or familys The window view and champaign was well worth it food was fantastic everything tastes really good . Our waitress Dorothy was the best.Great service .she made my anniversary night really special .ThankU Dorothy


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!

Tracy C

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

Pamela S

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.

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