Looking for (restaurant) wedding/reception venue in Westside
My financee and I are looking for a venue that can do both ceremony and reception on the site in November.
We are looking at about 110-130 people and want to avoid the hotel/banquet room route.
We would love a place that has:
Romantic, cozy atmosphere
Good location (ideally Westside - Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, WeHo, can go as far as Pasadena & South Bay if the venue is good).
We thought a restaurant wedding would be ideal but open to other ideas too.
Some places that we are looking into are:
Il Cielo (love the atmosphere but will it fit 130 comfortably?)
Chateau Marmont (I didn't know they did weddings but a friend said he just went to one that was really special)
Any suggestions from fellow chowhounds would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!!
I'm a fan of receptions at The Victorian House on Main Street in Santa Monica. (The Sunday SM farmers market is held in their parking lot.) At the size you are describing, you could take the entire first floor or opt to take over the whole house. They have a kitchen on site, so the food tends to be fresher than most catered meals I've had. And the ktichen is good. They also could accommodate a wedding ceremony, as well. It's really a great place for a nice, classy event. I bet you'd be looking at about $20,000 for a party of your size, depending what food and wine choices you make.
We love the Wilshire. We had our reception there. My husband and I didn't want a conventional wedding reception (i.e. no bouquet/garder toss, money dance, dancing till dawn to a DJ, etc.). Because my husband is a recording artist, we had a live jazz quartet that entertained us the entire evening instead of a DJ. That being said, our reception was anything but the ordinary routine which could also be attributing to our fond memories of the restaurant.
We were the first major event to be hosted there upon opening of the restaurant. The staff and service was incredible and our guests felt totally taken care of. The food was what all our guests raved about for weeks after the event. Highly recommended to rent out the patio.. that's what we did. The ambiance was warm and inviting and it showed in all of our photos. The only drawback was that the patio was at different levels [if that may bother you] because not all your guests can see you [the couple] the entire time, but for us it worked out great because we went around and toasted every table and it didn't effect the celebratory atmosphere whatsoever. Also, if you don't shut down the whole place, valet can be a bit troublesome since a portion of the restaurant and the bar remains open and a bit crowded. Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal nominated Wilshire as one of the top 10 restaurants in the nation... made for our event to have quite a buzz.. till this day, our guests say that it was the best wedding reception they'd ever been to.. ever.
Congratulations and best wishes on getting married!
Know you didn't want hotel, but I think Jer-Ne would be a great option.
Ethnic options would be Coupa Cafe (venezuelan) or Warszawa (Polish)
Also, Inn of the Seventh Ray, Sunset Restaurant, La Boheme, Napa Valley Grille, Cafe Pinot, Social Hollywood, Yamashiro, Geoffrey's, and Duke's can all accommodate you... not that you'd necessarily choose all of them, but thought I'd throw them out there...
I have held over 1000 weddings and events in Los Angeles. For your event I would recommend Il Cielo (they take the doors and everything out for such events) and the place looks marvelous!!!! (a little steep so I hope you have the budget) The food is amazing and the service is 5 Star!
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In January, we had a wedding reception at the Victorian House in santa monica on Main Street. The catering was wonderful, largely because the kitchen is in house (Duck, Duck, Mousse) and the chef is very accommodating. With 110-130 people, you could take the entire first floor and have drinks outside on the patio. Or you could spring for the whole house, which will give you the upstairs, too. They have a parking lot adjacent, whcih is a nice convenience. It'll be cozy, elegant, well decorated, but not stuffy. I was really, really impressed by the Victorian House.
While we were looking at the Victorian House, we also talked to Cafe del Rey. They have an option to rent out the restaurant, which is a nice option. It's not cheap, but you'd get a first class kitchen and waitstaff. And the view is very nice. The price was probably 15% higher than what we paid at the Victorian House. The restaurant manager was a really nice guy who would do just about anything to pull the event off.
I attended a beautiful wedding reception at Michael's last year. It was on a Sunday night when the restaurant is closed. The food and service were outstanding. The garden was as elegant, romantic and exquisite setting. It was the first time I had been to a private event at Michael's and was very impressed.
I've been to several weddings catered by the folks at Auntie Em's. They do a great job, and offer a list of really interesting sites--everything from museum spaces to a house on the beach.
And the food is top notch. They really work with you to create the event you want--within your budget.