I was very thorough in searching through Bay Area venues
(cross checked multiple wedding websites & sources to come up with a spreadsheet of over 300 options so we could keep track of which venues we had already eliminated--yeah I can be a bit insane about organization 😉 ). We visited 6 in person, and ended up picking Kirigin.
To us, the most important factors were flexibility (they let my now-husband bring his homebrew brew to serve in addition to the wine provided by them, and they allow clients to provide their own hard alcohol bar "with restraint" if desired), and they were very accommodating and open to ideas of how to do things. They do have a set timeline of wedding/music ends at 10pm, and everyone and thing must be out by 10:30pm, which is a tight timeline. We used Mama Mia's (one of the preferred vendors) for catering, and used Shawna at Mama Mia's for our day-of coordination, so they are used to dealing with Kirigin's timeline limitations and it wasn't an issue.
They weren't the absolute cheapest option, but when you factor in the open bar, staffing, chair/table rentals, etc., it was at least on par if not better than other venues. Additionally, using their preferred caterer of Mama Mia's is also very cost effective and exceptionally good value.
The weekend of our wedding was very rainy (it poured non-stop the morning of--there were even flood warnings), so we did have to move our ceremony inside, but Kirigin was prepared with various options for how we could set it up and very active and considerate in making sure the indoor spaces were ready for use.
We were very happy with our choice--both Samantha and Perri were very responsive (we communicated primarily via email). Kirigin was a wonderful venue. They are experienced with hosting and coordinating so that events go smoothly (the clubhouse was built primarily for hosting events), but are still small and personable enough to tailor the experience to each couple a