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1871 Berkeley Church

Toronto , ON
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315 Queen St Est
Toronto, ON M5A 1S7 CA (map)

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416-361-9666

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You and your guests can stay, meet and celebrate in our unique spaces. CELEBRATE in our Ballroom, or our unique 2nd Floor Reception Gallery GATHER in our Art Bar or Drawing Room for... Read more
You and your guests can stay, meet and celebrate in our unique spaces. CELEBRATE in our Ballroom, or our unique 2nd Floor Reception Gallery GATHER in our Art Bar or Drawing Room for intimate pre-wedding parties or post wedding brunch DELIGHT in our Catering Services ZZZZZZ.. in our Artist-Designed Guest Rooms SERVICES multiple, unique venue spaces – largest accommodates up to 250 guests one-of-a- kind artist-designed guest rooms for your and your guests full service catering with local and seasonal food focus full multi-media capabilities with in-house technical services honeymoon or VIP Tower Suite with a 360 view of the city! valet parking and red carpet services can also be arranged to pamper you and your guests recommendations for vendors (i.e. flowers, dj’s, entertainment and photographers) Jack and Jill, rehearsal dinner, and post-wedding day brunch!
Our commitment to environmental stewardship is a core value of our business and is reflected in our catering menus, services, products, and day-to-day practices.

To inquire about booking a wedding please fill out our on-line booking inquiry form or email Penny Rose. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.0/5.0
WARNING: this place is a classy banquet hall WOLF in sheep's clothing ! Terrible acoustics, truly the worst I've ever heard. Cavernous space with inadequate in-house audio and no soft room lining to absorb sound; audio bounces all over the place and jangles your nerves.
Food pretends to be gourmet but is mediocre, unless you like RAW tenderloin ! Was under-staffed when I was there, very slow dinner service. Washrooms literally stink, probably because antique plumbing can't handle updated fixtures.
A dirty old downtown building passed off as something with charm & character? Sorry, but dirty, old & smelly is still dirty, old & smelly - no matter what kind of skilled marketing BS you can sling!
I could go on, but suffice to say, you could have a much better party, wedding or seminar at any filthy local Legion Hall - for one tenth the cost of this abominable dump !!!
WARNING: this place is a classy banquet hall WOLF in sheep's clothing ! Terrible acoustics, truly the worst I've ever Read more...
WARNING: this place is a classy banquet hall WOLF in sheep's clothing ! Terrible acoustics, truly the worst I've ever heard. Cavernous space with inadequate in-house audio and no soft room lining to absorb sound; audio bounces all over the place and jangles your nerves.
Food pretends to be gourmet but is mediocre, unless you like RAW tenderloin ! Was under-staffed when I was there, very slow dinner service. Washrooms literally stink, probably because antique plumbing can't handle updated fixtures.
A dirty old downtown building passed off as something with charm & character? Sorry, but dirty, old & smelly is still dirty, old & smelly - no matter what kind of skilled marketing BS you can sling!
I could go on, but suffice to say, you could have a much better party, wedding or seminar at any filthy local Legion Hall - for one tenth the cost of this abominable dump !!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Berkeley Church (about 180 people), and my coordinator was Amita Singer. For the overall experience including the cost of the whole wedding, I would highly recommend this venue. Positives: - food was delicious. It reflected what we had at the tasting (albeit some portions were smaller than we tasted..), and they honoured prices that were initially quoted to me early on (in email) in the planning process. They also let me bring in some items for my late night table at no "serving cost" etc. - the coordinator was invaluable in orchestrating table linens, rentals of tables, helping with set up- I didn't feel I needed a day of or another wedding cooridinator on top of this because this was included - Amita was relatively prompt (<1wk turnaround) in replying to emails throughout the planning process - they were able to accomodate a rehearsal night for me (not guaranteed) as well as letting me bring in decor a day prior, rather than the morning of, which was a huge help (but NOT a guarantee) - the venue is unique and has character! Negatives: - this venue is NOT accessible- LOTS of stairs, and if you do it all in the same spot, it requires guests to move across three separate levels - this is not a "wedding factory" in that they don't accommodate everything a traditional wedding venue would (like a hall)- ie/ the tasting you chose 5 dishes and that is all that is included (so it is not a sit down 4 course dinner like you may have elsewhere, to truly taste your whole dinner) - it was an incredibly HOT day, and the A/C could not keep up, so it was HOT- at some point they set up fans which helped, but be advised, it is an old building - they left the set up quite late- 5pm ceremony and at 4pm they were still setting up some tables- not ideal to have guests walking in already! - you have to take everything out by 10am next day- and they are NOT nice about this- so plan for this or expect them to toss your stuff!
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Berkeley Church (about 180 people), and my coordinator was Amita Singer. Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Berkeley Church (about 180 people), and my coordinator was Amita Singer. For the overall experience including the cost of the whole wedding, I would highly recommend this venue. Positives: - food was delicious. It reflected what we had at the tasting (albeit some portions were smaller than we tasted..), and they honoured prices that were initially quoted to me early on (in email) in the planning process. They also let me bring in some items for my late night table at no "serving cost" etc. - the coordinator was invaluable in orchestrating table linens, rentals of tables, helping with set up- I didn't feel I needed a day of or another wedding cooridinator on top of this because this was included - Amita was relatively prompt (<1wk turnaround) in replying to emails throughout the planning process - they were able to accomodate a rehearsal night for me (not guaranteed) as well as letting me bring in decor a day prior, rather than the morning of, which was a huge help (but NOT a guarantee) - the venue is unique and has character! Negatives: - this venue is NOT accessible- LOTS of stairs, and if you do it all in the same spot, it requires guests to move across three separate levels - this is not a "wedding factory" in that they don't accommodate everything a traditional wedding venue would (like a hall)- ie/ the tasting you chose 5 dishes and that is all that is included (so it is not a sit down 4 course dinner like you may have elsewhere, to truly taste your whole dinner) - it was an incredibly HOT day, and the A/C could not keep up, so it was HOT- at some point they set up fans which helped, but be advised, it is an old building - they left the set up quite late- 5pm ceremony and at 4pm they were still setting up some tables- not ideal to have guests walking in already! - you have to take everything out by 10am next day- and they are NOT nice about this- so plan for this or expect them to toss your stuff! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
We had an amazing wedding with Berkeley Events, though it did take a lot of work, questions, walk throughs and emails to get it there. Information was a little hazy and disconnected sometimes, though everyone we worked with was very generally very nice. The food by catering was very good even though they only do tastings on Tues/Wed during the day but ours didn't include wine, which was supposedly to be included. During the wedding itself, the on-site catering manager was exceptional. He made sure to have hor d'oeurves and plates of food set aside for us and there were no complaints from our picky families. It was a good company, we are so happy with our choice and great for a unique wedding experience.
We had an amazing wedding with Berkeley Events, though it did take a lot of work, questions, walk throughs and emails to Read more...
We had an amazing wedding with Berkeley Events, though it did take a lot of work, questions, walk throughs and emails to get it there. Information was a little hazy and disconnected sometimes, though everyone we worked with was very generally very nice. The food by catering was very good even though they only do tastings on Tues/Wed during the day but ours didn't include wine, which was supposedly to be included. During the wedding itself, the on-site catering manager was exceptional. He made sure to have hor d'oeurves and plates of food set aside for us and there were no complaints from our picky families. It was a good company, we are so happy with our choice and great for a unique wedding experience. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
10/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Great staff to deal with. Food was amazing. Everything ran smoothly! Would totally recommend using them for your wedding!
Great staff to deal with. Food was amazing. Everything ran smoothly! Would totally recommend using them for your wedding!
Great staff to deal with. Food was amazing. Everything ran smoothly! Would totally recommend using them for your wedding! Read less
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Charlee
Wedding:
8/29/2015
4.3/5.0
Beautiful place and food was delicious! Made for great pics!!
Beautiful place and food was delicious! Made for great pics!!
Beautiful place and food was delicious! Made for great pics!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/28/2015
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with Berkeley Church as our wedding venue. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and unique venues in the city, but it was one of the most affordable and flexible/easygoing.
- Because it was so beautiful, we were able to spend less on decor and flowers.
- The venue also allows you to provide our own alcohol, which was a great way to save.
- The ceremony, cocktails and reception are all in one place, which is both a time and money-saver and was much more convenient for ourselves and our guests
- They were also very helpful in that Liz, the venue-provided coordinator even helped us fill vases with water and set up the tables, they hung string lights for us, and clean-up in included in the price.
The food was SO fantastic and we got great reviews from our guests. They allowed us multiple tastings so we could select the perfect dish and kept all of our guests' dietary restrictions in mind.
Liz our coordinator walked us through every detail multiple times, accommodated all of my very specific/crazy requests, walked us through the rehearsal many times and totally calmed me down during the ceremony.

This is such a fantastic venue and I could not be happier with the service. I would definitely recommend it! Thanks Berkeley Church for making our wedding so perfect and beautiful!
We could not be happier with Berkeley Church as our wedding venue. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and unique Read more...
We could not be happier with Berkeley Church as our wedding venue. Not only is it one of the most beautiful and unique venues in the city, but it was one of the most affordable and flexible/easygoing.
- Because it was so beautiful, we were able to spend less on decor and flowers.
- The venue also allows you to provide our own alcohol, which was a great way to save.
- The ceremony, cocktails and reception are all in one place, which is both a time and money-saver and was much more convenient for ourselves and our guests
- They were also very helpful in that Liz, the venue-provided coordinator even helped us fill vases with water and set up the tables, they hung string lights for us, and clean-up in included in the price.
The food was SO fantastic and we got great reviews from our guests. They allowed us multiple tastings so we could select the perfect dish and kept all of our guests' dietary restrictions in mind.
Liz our coordinator walked us through every detail multiple times, accommodated all of my very specific/crazy requests, walked us through the rehearsal many times and totally calmed me down during the ceremony.

This is such a fantastic venue and I could not be happier with the service. I would definitely recommend it! Thanks Berkeley Church for making our wedding so perfect and beautiful! Read less
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Ariane
Wedding:
2/21/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding February 21, 2015, on a very snowy day. Our coordinator was Liz, and let me just say how fantastic she has been since day one! We had many questions for her and she was always pretty quick to respond and explain anything to us. The day-off went off without a hitch. All the events went as planned and we have Liz to thank for that. All of our guests have high praises about the food, especially the beef ribs and the dessert! We had exceptional service throughout the day. When we were taking photos, a server was assigned to myself and my husband to provide a plate of appetizers and drinks which I thought was a very nice touch and I would not have been able to get a taste if they hadn't done that. They were very helpful in holding back the guests when we were still in the Circa Lounge for photos. During the dinner hour, my husband and I were busy mingling and when we came back to the head table, Liz was quick to replace our soup which was probably already cold. One of the bartenders came to our table a few times to take our drink orders. Claudia who took over for Liz later in the night was also fantastic. They cut the bottom layer of our cake for us so that guests who wanted more dessert can grab a plate, and packed up the rest so that nothing was wasted. They packed up the leftovers from our candy bar as well and our things that needed to be taken the following Monday.
We also found it convenient to have a safety deposit box in the venue. Our day-of coordinator (one of our friends) was instructed to empty out or money box every so often and put the cards in the safety deposit box for safekeeping. Being able to bring your own alcohol was also a plus. We saved quite a bit of money doing this.

Overall, we were more than happy about how everything turned out. We can't say a single negative thing about the service, the food, the beautiful venue. If you are looking for a unique setting for your wedding, this is the place!
We had our wedding February 21, 2015, on a very snowy day. Our coordinator was Liz, and let me just say how fantastic she Read more...
We had our wedding February 21, 2015, on a very snowy day. Our coordinator was Liz, and let me just say how fantastic she has been since day one! We had many questions for her and she was always pretty quick to respond and explain anything to us. The day-off went off without a hitch. All the events went as planned and we have Liz to thank for that. All of our guests have high praises about the food, especially the beef ribs and the dessert! We had exceptional service throughout the day. When we were taking photos, a server was assigned to myself and my husband to provide a plate of appetizers and drinks which I thought was a very nice touch and I would not have been able to get a taste if they hadn't done that. They were very helpful in holding back the guests when we were still in the Circa Lounge for photos. During the dinner hour, my husband and I were busy mingling and when we came back to the head table, Liz was quick to replace our soup which was probably already cold. One of the bartenders came to our table a few times to take our drink orders. Claudia who took over for Liz later in the night was also fantastic. They cut the bottom layer of our cake for us so that guests who wanted more dessert can grab a plate, and packed up the rest so that nothing was wasted. They packed up the leftovers from our candy bar as well and our things that needed to be taken the following Monday.
We also found it convenient to have a safety deposit box in the venue. Our day-of coordinator (one of our friends) was instructed to empty out or money box every so often and put the cards in the safety deposit box for safekeeping. Being able to bring your own alcohol was also a plus. We saved quite a bit of money doing this.

Overall, we were more than happy about how everything turned out. We can't say a single negative thing about the service, the food, the beautiful venue. If you are looking for a unique setting for your wedding, this is the place! Read less
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Nona
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about how amazing this venue is. We got married at the Berkeley on Jan 10th and our coordinator Liz was beyond fantastic. From start to finish I can not find one thing that we would change or were not happy with. The food is amazing, the staff are top notch and the building is gorgeous. 10/10!
I cannot say enough about how amazing this venue is. We got married at the Berkeley on Jan 10th and our coordinator Liz Read more...
I cannot say enough about how amazing this venue is. We got married at the Berkeley on Jan 10th and our coordinator Liz was beyond fantastic. From start to finish I can not find one thing that we would change or were not happy with. The food is amazing, the staff are top notch and the building is gorgeous. 10/10! Read less
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DianeL
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
The Berkeley Church is such a beautiful and unique venue and we are so happy we were able to host our wedding ceremony and reception at this location. The entire day went so smoothly, thanks to our coordinator Kathy! She was was organized and responded to all of my concerns and questions the days/weeks leading up to the event. We definitely appreciate that we were able to purchase and bring our own choice of alcohol. Other than that, we didn't have to worry about anything else.
On the actual wedding day, the staff were kind and on point! The food was delicious! The venue was gorgeous! We had an amazing stage that was absolutely perfect for our live band.
I would recommend the Berkeley Church for anyone looking for a beautiful venue right in the heart of the city.
The Berkeley Church is such a beautiful and unique venue and we are so happy we were able to host our wedding ceremony and Read more...
The Berkeley Church is such a beautiful and unique venue and we are so happy we were able to host our wedding ceremony and reception at this location. The entire day went so smoothly, thanks to our coordinator Kathy! She was was organized and responded to all of my concerns and questions the days/weeks leading up to the event. We definitely appreciate that we were able to purchase and bring our own choice of alcohol. Other than that, we didn't have to worry about anything else.
On the actual wedding day, the staff were kind and on point! The food was delicious! The venue was gorgeous! We had an amazing stage that was absolutely perfect for our live band.
I would recommend the Berkeley Church for anyone looking for a beautiful venue right in the heart of the city. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.6/5.0
Got married here last year. Love the venue! The food was great! But I would like to mention a few things that happened that should have been avoided and was completely the fault of the staff. Especially when you have a "captain" (Claudia) for the evening.
Everything below was discussed at our last meeting and was written down by Kathy… there was no excuse for them not following instructions…

- Flowers were placed in the wrong spot
- Wine was to be placed on the table for guest to serve themselves, the staff served our guests and poured the wine to the rim! Some guest had to wait too long for their wine.
- White wine was served warm! All alcohol was dropped off early on in the day and it should have been chilled. We purchased very nice wine for our wedding, this was unacceptable.
- Money went missing from my mother's purse. This happened late in the night when staff was clearing off the tables and the remaining guests were on the dance floor. $100 bill and a guest's monetary gift, we have no idea how much was in there. Now reading the reviews… I see this has happened before! Very unprofessional staff!
-Appetizers were slim to none. They said there will be a few items per person… several guests said they didn't even see appetizers, including us, the bride and groom.

Overall our wedding day was beautiful, I just feel that it is necessary to comment on the above. We wrote the BC and their response was rude and defensive. Our coordinator, Kathy, didn't even have the guts to write us back herself!
Got married here last year. Love the venue! The food was great! But I would like to mention a few things that happened Read more...
Got married here last year. Love the venue! The food was great! But I would like to mention a few things that happened that should have been avoided and was completely the fault of the staff. Especially when you have a "captain" (Claudia) for the evening.
Everything below was discussed at our last meeting and was written down by Kathy… there was no excuse for them not following instructions…

- Flowers were placed in the wrong spot
- Wine was to be placed on the table for guest to serve themselves, the staff served our guests and poured the wine to the rim! Some guest had to wait too long for their wine.
- White wine was served warm! All alcohol was dropped off early on in the day and it should have been chilled. We purchased very nice wine for our wedding, this was unacceptable.
- Money went missing from my mother's purse. This happened late in the night when staff was clearing off the tables and the remaining guests were on the dance floor. $100 bill and a guest's monetary gift, we have no idea how much was in there. Now reading the reviews… I see this has happened before! Very unprofessional staff!
-Appetizers were slim to none. They said there will be a few items per person… several guests said they didn't even see appetizers, including us, the bride and groom.

Overall our wedding day was beautiful, I just feel that it is necessary to comment on the above. We wrote the BC and their response was rude and defensive. Our coordinator, Kathy, didn't even have the guts to write us back herself! Read less
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