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A large group of people sitting at a table at Picnic Place in the Presidio. Photo by Rachel Styer.

Picnic Place

This picnic area at Presidio Tunnel Tops has reservable tables and grills surrounded by green lawns.


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Presidio Tunnel Tops, Recreation

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Accessible Restrooms, Accessible Parking, Wheelchair-accessible Picnic Tables, Picnic Tables, Paid Parking

Picnic Place at Presidio Tunnel Tops is the only picnic site in the park that can be reserved in advance. Fire up the grill with family and friends.

Picnic Place has nine wheelchair accessible tables (16’ to 23’) that seat 18 to 36 people and are reserved in pairs. Each table comes with an assigned charcoal grill. It’s shaded by Torrey Pines and offers amazing Golden Gate Bridge views.

There is a nearby parking lot for easy access. The area also features a bike rack and a water refilling station.

Kids can play nearby on the East Meadow lawn or head down to the Outpost playground and Field Station.

Tables and grills can be reserved. Tables that aren’t reserved are open to all on a first come, first served basis. If you have a question, email

Map of the Presidio

By Public Transit

Muni Route: 43

Stop: Presidio Transit Center

By Presidio GO Shuttle

Route: Downtown Route

Stop: Presidio Transit Center


There is a paid parking lot near 220 Halleck Street, located at the intersection of Halleck Street and French Court. There is also a large parking lot next to the nearby Presidio Visitor Center.

Why We Love Picnic Place

If you like to plan ahead, this is the best place to have a picnic at the Presidio. Enjoy the nearby lush lawns at Presidio Tunnel Tops and take in the sweeping Golden Gate Bridge views.

Accessibility at Picnic Place

Picnic Place has nine picnic tables with companion seating. There are parking spaces nearby for visitors with mobility limitations in the large lot located at 201 Halleck Street and the lot near Presidio Visitor Center. There is a loading zone adjacent to Picnic Place for convenient drop off.

Insider Tip

If the tables at Picnic Place have been reserved, you can also use the first-come, first-served community picnic tables at Picnic at Transit and the tables on the wind-sheltered patio at Presidio Transit Center.

A “reserved” sign on a table at Picnic Place in the Presidio.

Planning Your Picnic at the Presidio

If you’re planning a gathering of family, this Golden Gate picnic area is a great choice to reserve in advance.

Presidio Pop Up Food

Want to have a picnic at the Presidio but didn’t pack your own food? Discover something delicious at the Presidio Pop Up food trucks and carts, available every day.

Picnic with Golden Gate Bridge Views

Picnic Place has the Golden Gate Bridge as its backdrop. If you’re looking for that experience in a quieter location, consider Battery Bluff.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’re not required to make a reservation, but it’s recommended if you want to guarantee a space, especially on Saturdays and Sundays which tend to book up in advance. If a site hasn’t been reserved, it’s open to all on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables that have been reserved will be marked in the morning with a sign. 

Reservations are available two months in advance via Reservations can also be made by calling (877) 444-6777 daily from 7 am to 9 pm PST (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day).

Maximum capacities are below. Groups are allowed to book up to one site at a time. 

  • Tables 1 (16 ft) and 2 (23 ft): 30 people 
  • Tables 3 (16 ft) and 4 (23 ft): 30 people 
  • Tables 5 (16 ft) and 6 (16 ft): 24 people 
  • Table 7 (23 ft): 18 people 
  • Tables 8 (23 ft) and 9 (23 ft): 36 people

Each site has a different rate for weekdays and weekends: 

  • Tables 1 (16 ft) and 2 (23 ft): $130 M-F, $170 Sat/Sun 
  • Tables 3 (16 ft) and 4 (23 ft): $130 M-F, $170 Sat/Sun 
  • Tables 5 (16 ft) and 6 (16 ft):  $100 M-F, $140 Sat/Sun 
  • Table 7 (23 ft): $80 M-F, $100 Sat/Sun 
  • Tables 8 (23 ft) and 9 (23 ft): $160 M-F, $200 Sat/Sun 

Most of the sites at Picnic Place are organized into pairs so that two different groups will not have to share one grill. Table 7 (23 ft) is the exception and can be booked by itself.

Yes, on leash dogs are allowed.

No, vendors of any kind (including caterers, food trucks/carts, hired entertainers, etc.) are not allowed at Picnic Place. You may have a caterer or restaurant drop off food trays or party platters, but they may not stay to prepare, cook, heat, or serve the food.

Yes, alcohol is allowed in accordance with 36 CFR § 1002.35.

Tents, including pop-up tents, are not allowed at Picnic Place. No furniture, other than four folding chairs or lawn chairs and one small table no larger than 4 foot by 4 foot, is allowed.

You may decorate your picnic tables and should tape, weigh, or tie down any decorations. Tacking, nailing, and stapling of decorations to the tables is prohibited. Decorations on trees or other surrounding surfaces or vegetation is not allowed. Balloons, confetti, streamers, glitter, piñatas, water balloons, and other similar items are not allowed as they may harm wildlife.

Yes, bring your own charcoal; its not provided.

The nearest parking lot is located on French Court, and there is a short-term loading zone available next to Picnic Place. Note that the parking next to Picnic Place is extremely limited. However, there are several other parking lots nearby, including near Presidio Visitor Center.

Wheelchair accessible, all-gender restrooms are located inside Presidio Transit Center, just south of Picnic Place.

Yes, you can host a picnic here, but if you want to host an event with catering, live entertainment, or amplified sound, we recommend you consider renting one of the nearby lawns.

Yes, please review the Terms and Conditions of use.

Coming in 2025: Outpost Meadow

We’re expanding Presidio Tunnel Tops to offer more of what you’ve told us you need – picnic and gathering space for family and friends.

Illustration of the future lawn at Outpost Meadow. Credit: James Corner Field Operations.

Park Itineraries 

Need help planning your day at the Presidio? We’ve put together some itinerary ideas for things to see and do in the park. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours or an entire day, there’s something for everyone at the Presidio.

We’re Here to Help

Have a question about the park? Want help planning your next visit? We’ve got you covered.

Representatives from the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust standing in front of the Presidio Visitor Center