We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (282)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good32%
  • Average1%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“stained glass”(4 reviews)
“gift shop”(4 reviews)
“organ”(14 reviews)
This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
1111 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94109-6686
+1 415-567-2020
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around San Francisco
from US$ 110.00
More Info
from US$ 192.50
More Info
from US$ 114.00
More Info
from US$ 105.00
More Info
Reviews (119)
Filter reviews
70 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews stained glass gift shop organ mass architecture prayer spiritual sculptures vertical depicting
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 70 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

We made a special effort to visit this Cathedral on our way back from the brilliantly-located "Legion of Honor" Museum/Gallery - a fascinating place, it should be said. This aggressively modern Cathedral is very definitely "heavy" on its use of concrete, but the internal effect...More

Thank Gooner10-8
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this Cathedral is remarkable. The profiles on approaching are truly spectacular, culminating in the 55 foot high golden cross. Distinctive designs are the standout features of the edifice, which was consecrated and blessed in mid-1971. Moving inside is to be astonished with the...More

Thank permia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes it looks like the inside of an old fashioned washing machine, this very ugly. And the plaza out front is all stone and wind-swept. Not a good look.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The building was magnificent and it was great to appreciate its splendor from both outside and inside. The sculpture on the gate entrance was splendid as well.

Thank Bestlambert
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I came here for Mass. such a beautiful church! We loved the gift shop inside. Great homily as well. Definitely recommended!

Thank carolineconeal
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The structure inside really worth the view. The orge is stunning and this art stuff in the center is great!

Thank DavidP14255
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Very notable example of modern ecclesiastical architecture, worth a look. Easy to get to on the bus, although takes a while from downtown. Fine organ.

1  Thank Giles H
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

One of the most grandiose modern churches we have seen (while not as intriguing or culturally meaningful as a sagrada familia, it has an amazing size and position) the spacious environment, organ and plays of light inspires awe, if not intimate prayer.

Thank Nolinice
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This church has a large parking lot which is such an advantage in San Francisco instead of trying to find street parking. Inside the Cathedral is breath taking with design, immense chandelier, and magnificent modern organ. Service and Mass was beautiful.

Thank Mary Ellen K
Reviewed 30 May 2017

One of the most spectacular buildings in the world in my view. I was fortunate to discover this Building a week or two before i was scheduled to visit San Francisco on the Holiday of a Lifetime with my Wife.It was first sight we went...More

Thank Uppercraigorian
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 233 nearby hotels
Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel
2,452 reviews
.28 km away
Hotel Majestic
730 reviews
.31 km away
Queen Anne Hotel
704 reviews
.31 km away
Oasis Inn
222 reviews
.31 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 6,294 nearby restaurants
167 reviews
.43 km away
Tommy's Joynt
629 reviews
.36 km away
Kippu Japanese Restaurant
144 reviews
.42 km away
87 reviews
.33 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,910 nearby attractions
Glad Tidings Church
12 reviews
.51 km away
Butterfly Lounge
5 reviews
.31 km away
Pearl Spa
14 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from St. Mary's Cathedral staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines