Open a Cafe at City Hall

no longer accepting applications for Operating the Ground Floor Cafe at San Francisco's City Hall

The Cafe at City Hall

San Francisco’s City Hall is home to its many City employees, elected officials, and various City government functions . It is the bustling center of activity with daily weddings, tourists, and public-facing City services.

Located on the ground floor along with a seasonally rotating art gallery, the elections voting center, public restrooms, and major building entry points, the Café space comes with a dining area and serves as an intersection of City Hall’s robust activity and foot traffic.  Additionally, the Voting Center brings in thousands of voters during election seasons.

We hope to see your creative pitch for this unique opportunity.

*Download the document below for more information and to get started.*



(See RFP document above for more in-depth details and information)


The space contains approximately 1,426 rentable square feet on the ground floor of City Hall with a shared dining area of 1,360 sf. and a minimal secured storage area.

"As Is" condition

The City will Permit the Premises to Permittee in an “As Is” condition.


The initial Permit term will be for five (5) years, commencing on the date determined by the City.


  • RFP issued by the City 
    January 23, 2023

  • Pre-proposal Tour 
    February 09, 2023 (10:00 a.m. PST)

  • Question and Answer period
    February 09 to February 17, 2023 (12:00 p.m. PST)

  • Proposals Due
    February 24, 2023 (must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST)

  • Notice of Intent to Award Permit
    March 10, 2023