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Are there good restaurants for small wedding & reception?

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. Please give an approximate date.

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    1. re: wolfe

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

    2. 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. Fulfills several qualifications although not a restaurant per se.

        1. 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. 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

              1. 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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                1. re: eave

                  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.

                  1. re: eave

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: macadam

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

                    2. 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

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