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Are there good restaurants for small wedding & reception?

deelishus Jan 5, 2008 01:34 PM

Hello Hounders,
I'm wondering if there are restaurants in the East Bay, SF or Marin where someone can both get married and have a tasty reception for 40-50 guests. Ideally, I would love to be able to serve cocktails to all the guests before the ceremony and have a very brief ceremony in a small attached garden or courtyard. Once the ceremony is done, simply turn around and enter a dining area where we can sit down and have an excellent meal among friends and family.

I would love to find such a place and hear people's suggestions. Thanks (and my fiance's stomach thanks you too)

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  1. wolfe RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 01:42 PM

    Please give an approximate date.

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      deelishus RE: wolfe Jan 5, 2008 01:47 PM

      Sometime between May and September of this year, preferably a Saturday night.

    2. Melanie Wong RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 01:50 PM

      Plumpjack can do up to 32 sit-down and 75 standing. I've attended a few events here, but none since the chef change. Here's the .pdf for private dining, http://www.plumpjackcafe.com/plumpjac...
      For larger scale, One Market.

      1. wolfe RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 02:30 PM

        Fulfills several qualifications although not a restaurant per se.

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          sonomasal RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 02:44 PM

          What about the Mountain Home Inn on Mt. Tam? I haven't eaten there so I can't vouch for the food, but the facility is nice, views unbelievable.


          1. Carrie 218 RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 03:01 PM


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              srr RE: deelishus Jan 5, 2008 03:16 PM

              I know Sociale does small weddings but I don't know what their capacity is. Really cute, romantic place.

              3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94118

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                eave RE: deelishus May 27, 2009 06:17 PM

                Hi deelishus,

                I have exactly the same type of wedding in mind for my fiance and I. Did you ever find someplace? Thank you!

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: eave May 27, 2009 08:08 PM

                  You might want to try Delancey Street -- I have a friend whose sister got married there, and I think it was exactly the kind of event described.

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                    manraysky RE: eave May 29, 2009 11:57 PM

                    I'm having my wedding for 60 people this summer at Zazil, in San Francisco. They've been great to work with.

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                    macadam RE: deelishus May 27, 2009 10:03 PM

                    El Paseo in Mill Valley. Delicious food, excellent service and a charming locale. In a courtyard in a charming village...what more could you ask for... Plus, there is a separate building with a wine bar.
                    We've enjoyed many occasions at this spot.


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                      eave RE: macadam May 29, 2009 01:35 PM

                      Thank you both for the suggestions! I'll check them out.

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                      katya RE: deelishus Jun 2, 2009 01:25 PM

                      If you can travel a bit I highly recommend Erna's Elderberry House near Yosemite. My friend got married there in the pretty courtyard with gardens and the food was the best I've ever had at a wedding.

                      Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant
                      48688 Victoria Ln, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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                        sturn001 RE: deelishus Feb 20, 2010 09:13 PM

                        where did you end up having your wedding? I am looking for something similar! Your help is much appreciated.

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