San Francisco Dinner Cruises – Dine, Dance, Fly & Drink Champagne

Champagne, brunch, sunset, dinner, dance & helicopters. These extraordinary San Francisco dinner cruises include a lot of things we're rather fond of.

You could simply go on a cruise of the bay and the coastal waters, but that's so obvious. Why not combine your time on the water with dinner, dancing, or champagne? Or maybe even a helicopter ride that take takes you for a spin around the best of San Francisco before your sunset dinner (that includes a 4-course California dinner and more champagne). Here are our top San Francisco dinner cruises that combine so many of our of our favorite things.

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Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Bay

Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Bay

Views from the air, views from the water — this exclusive tour pairs a helicopter ride with a dinner cruise on a yacht. The evening starts when you are picked up at one of three downtown locations and delivered to the heliport for an exhilarating helicopter ride over the city and the bay. Back on ground, a shuttle takes you to the yacht where an elegant 4-course dinner awaits you.

On the menu are fresh California ingredients — arugula salad with roasted red beets, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, herb toasted crostini and Meyer lemon vinaigrette, braised beef short ribs, rustic flat breads and decadent chocolate & vanilla pot de creme.

Then wine, dine and take in the glittering San Francisco skyline to live music. Heavenly.

Bay Dinner & Dance Cruise

Bay Dinner Dance Cruise

The magic begins the moment you step aboard — with cocktails on deck — and continues with a gourmet four-course dinner. While dining and dancing, the boat cruises past including Alcatraz, Angel Island, Tiburon and Sausalito.

On the menu are fresh, seasonal ingredients — watermelon salad with feta, Dungeness crab, gazpacho, miso-glazed salmon, baby rainbow carrots and rich Key Lime pie with coconut cream for dessert.

The highlight is when you cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, then circle back towards the Bay Bridge to reach the picturesque piers and city skyline. Why not elevate the experience? Upgrade to guaranteed window seating and a bottle of champagne for two to make it an even more memorable evening.

Champagne Brunch Cruise of the Bay

Champagne Brunch Cruise of the Bay

While you cruise the waters of the bay, sip champagne on deck, then enjoy a lavish brunch buffet featuring a waffles, a sirloin and ham, freshly baked muffins, and fresh California fruits.

The leisurely two-hour cruise takes you past Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, and all along the waterfront. It seems to us to be the perfect mix of gourmet dining and sightseeing. And champagne, of course!

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San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruises

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Experience the serene bay at sunset aboard a luxurious catamaran. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and local wine or beer as you sail by Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Golden Gate Bridge. As you cruise along the city skyline, you might catch sight of a colony of grunting sea lions and other sea critters.

You sail on either the Adventure Cat 55-foot or the 65-foot catamaran. Each offers a 360-degree, protected view as well as canvas trampoline nets where you can experience the open sea air.

Bay Twilight Cruising

Bay Twilight Sailing

We like this casual two-hour twilight cruise that sails just as the sun begins to set. Sail west past Alcatraz and Angel Island towards the Golden Gate Bridge while you feast on appetizers, antipasti, seasonal fruits and a selection of desserts. The cruise is California casual — no assigned seating or formal dress. On the way back you pass the Presidio, the Marina District and Fort Mason. But, best of all, the sailings are timed to guarantee you a sunset experience.

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Jail and Sail – Alcatraz Tour & Sunset Bay Cruise

Alcatraz Tour and Sunset Bay Cruise

You begin the evening at Pier 33 for the short ferry ride to Alcatraz. The tour includes the ferry ride, guaranteed tickets to the prison, plus a 45-minute audio guide. Explore the island and the prison for as long as you wish. (25 to life?) Ferries depart from Alcatraz every half-hour. Once back on Pier 33 it's a short walk along Fisherman's Wharf for the departure point for the sunset cruise of the bay.

Relax on the two-hour cruise as you listen to live guitar music, have a drink or two, nibble on appetizers, and sail under both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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