Contact Us

Use the form on the right to say hey.  

If you're looking to inquire about a date, please use this form instead.

If you have questions, please consult our FAQ page first - it'll save time!

 

 

253 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA

4157963757

Solutions for private events of under 40 people: a downtown San Francisco venue, event services, and a sharp collection of rentals.

FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions, including tours & visits, capacity, wifi & A/V, charges, onsite staff, latest reservation time, holds, arriving early to set up & prep, minimum time, bringing in your own chef & florist, referrals, event planning & packages, rentals, glasses, tables, servers, ideas, and beverages (wine and beer - no liquor).


General Info


CAN I TAKE A TOUR?

We have an Open House every week at different times of day and days of the week to accommodate various schedules. To receive invites to Open Houses, please use this form.


HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I SEAT AT ONE LONG TABLE?

We can accommodate up to 30 people seated at one long table, which is angled to fit our room. If you have fewer than 30, we will adjust the length of the table as appropriate so that it feels just right for your group.


DO YOU HAVE WIFI OR OTHER TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES?

We include wifi, sound system hookup compatible with any 3.5mm headset jack (we have an iPhone adaptor), projector, and large screen.


Will there be any additional fees ON MY FINAL BILL?

If you signed the Terms of Service, make sure you - or trustworthy representatives who are familiar with the rules - are onsite throughout the event. You are welcome to ask us if you need clarification on them. It is never our intention to “get” you with any charges and we make every effort to be clear and upfront about costs. To help you budget, costs usually listed on a Final Balance include: 

  • Reservation cost including any overages

  • Beverage costs, if any

  • BYOB fees, if any

  • Event Assistants, if any

  • Event Planning, if any


Yes. One or more staff members will be in the office during the reservation, and can help with equipment operations, supplies (yup, we have birthday candles in case you forgot), or taking a group photo. We will also ring guests in when they ring the doorbell, give a brief walkthrough of the facility, generally monitor for safety during the event, and do a bit of tidying when appropriate, but otherwise try to stay out of the way so you can make the most of your time here.

Will someone be here during the event in case I have a question?


No. That would be illegal.

DO YOU LIVE HERE?


Booking and Holds


WHEN IS THE LATEST I CAN STAY / earliest I can load in?

We accept reservations anytime from 6:00am to 11:30pm. Exceptions may be possible for certain types of reservations, such as film and photo shoots - please inquire. 


CAN I HOLD THE DATE?

Yes. Fill out the inquiry form on our website for the date and time you’d like, we will let you know the availability and provide you with the form to hold the date for a maximum of 72 hours. 


When do i need to start and end my reservation?

The start and end times of reservations are the time that you, your guests, your hired staff, or items for your event first arrive, to the time that all of the above will last leave. However, on our inquiry form, you can indicate if you need more time. For some, it takes an entire day or two for staff, chefs, and stylists to prepare and set up, and for others, making the food together is the main event. It’s best to reserve as much as you need ahead of time.


Planning For Your Event


MAY I BRING MY OWN CHEF, STAFF, stylist, etc.?

Yes! To save time, please direct them to our parking and load in information. They can also sign up for our Open House notifications.


DO I HAVE TO RENT glasses AND tables?

High-quality platters, dishes, cookware, silverware, and glassware, as well as furniture, custom setup, and cleanup, is included in your reservation of Cookhouse. If you have a certain theme for your event, need specialty equipment, or need a larger quantity of serveware, please see our available rental inventory.


WILL SOMEONE HELP ME DURING MY EVENT?

You may hire a Cookhouse Event Assistant to help load in, set the table, assist with decor, plate food, pour beverages, and tidy up during the event. Please note: EAs do not cook. We recommend inquiring for an EA at least 14 days in advance. Our staff will be in the office to assist during your event if you have a question (such as help with the A/V equipment, or if you forgot something).


I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO FOR MY EVENT. HELP!

See below sample ideas:

  • A multi-course dinner prepared onsite by a chef from a locally-celebrated restaurant, so your guests can watch the action in the kitchen.

  • A cooking demonstration followed by small-plates or a seated dinner - great for larger groups!

  • A hands-on cooking class: you and your guests break into groups and make a three-course brunch, lunch, or dinner together.

  • An optionally-interactive cooking class: the chef makes the meal, but you and your guests can help, or just drink and chat.

  • An informative wine tasting class with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a blind tasting competition at the end to test your skills.

  • A seated lunch or dinner prepared by a local chef, with wine pairings selected by a sommelier, and menu and wine descriptions provided for each course.

  • A DIY workshop with a food stylist, photographer, or maker, learning new techniques or promoting a new book, product, or blog.

Planning a bridal shower brunch? Check out this page for tips and helpful info.

Or a baby shower brunch? See this page instead.


Beverages


CAN I BRING MY OWN WINE OR BEER? 

Yes. Our BYOB fee is $10 per 750ml of wine (that’s a standard bottle size) or 72oz of beer (that’s a standard six-pack), charged based on what you open onsite. If you bring 10 bottles of wine but only open and drink 7 bottles, feel free to take the 3 unopened bottles home with you. (Do not take opened bottles.)  

If you would like to bring in a keg, please inquire in advance.


WHAT ABOUT LIQUOR? 

Hard liquor is strictly not allowed on the premises. For cocktails before and after your event, Vesuvio is right downstairs! Also excellent are: Tosca Cafe across the street, Comstock Saloon half a block away, and about 15 other bars within a three-block radius.


WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BRING BEVERAGES TO MY EVENT?

We are stocked with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, chilled as appropriate before your event. The complete list, including wine tasting notes and prices, can be found here. If you have a few specific wines you’d like to have on hand for your event, such as Champagne for a toast or a particular Cab you’d like to pair with your meal, we recommend pre-ordering with us at least 14 days in advance - especially for white wines and bubbles so we can chill them as needed.