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Benedict's Plantation

Mandeville , LA
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1144 N. CAUSEWAY BLVD
Mandeville, LA 70471 US (map)

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985-626-4557
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History of Benedict’s Plantation

Tucked amidst lush native foliage, Benedict’s Plantation stands in reminiscence of a romantic era of elegance and luxurious respite offered... Read more
History of Benedict’s Plantation

Tucked amidst lush native foliage, Benedict’s Plantation stands in reminiscence of a romantic era of elegance and luxurious respite offered on the north shores of Lake Pontchartrain. On Lovers Lane, one of Mandeville’s earliest roads, the home extends its legacy of celebration and hospitality from the generations of families who lived there to the many guests who have enjoyed its ambience.

The property where Benedict’s Plantation now stands was originally part of an English land grant. According to court recorded surveys of 1838, the first owner was Baston Lloyd who held the property until the late 1880’s, when the property was transferred to an heir. It was Samuel Lloyd who built the cottage which now houses Benedict’s Plantation.

In 1911, the house and surrounding properties became the summer home of the Friedrichs family. Following doctors orders to provide the freshness of ozone air for their ten children, Carl C. Friedrichs purchased the house and the 200 surrounding acres. The property extended 100 acres on either side of the house and south to the Chinchuba Creek.

Through most of the twentieth century the Fredrichs family retained ownership, until 1960, when the property was purchased from the estate by the Friedrichs’ daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McLean LeDoux.. It was Mrs. LeDoux who affectionately named the home “The Shadows” because of the beautiful shadow patterns created by the trees in the evening. The LeDoux’s completed extensive renovations on the house, creating a new entrance to face Lake Pontchartrain, which now remains as the welcoming front entrance of Benedict’s Plantation.

Under the direction of architect, Arthur Middleton, III, the house was converted into a restaurant by new owners, Judge Eddie Sapir and Joseph Segretto. After extensive renovations and additions, The Shadows Restaurant was opened in November, 1983 and soon became the premiere location for exquisite cuisine and Northshore celebrations. Following seven years of service, the Shadows closed its doors in 1989.

Breathing new life into the property, the building was purchased in 1990 by restaurateurs, Shirley and Benny Deluzain. To preserve the atmosphere of southern charm and in keeping with the original integrity of the building, only minor structural changes were made to the house. The cottage opened its doors as Benedict’s Restaurant in 1991, and became the home for both Benedict’s Restaurant and Deluzain Catering. The success of Benedict’s restaurant was immediate and Deluzain Catering was booked months in advance for off-site special events. As a team, Shirley and Bennie Deluzain extended their natural talents for gracious hospitality to each different event. From Jazz Brunch on the front porch of the cottage to elegant Formal Dinners in the Queen’s Room, to glorious receptions flowing throughout the home - each had the special touch of Benny and Shirley’s genius.

Realizing their dream of providing the area’s finest reception facility, Benedict’s Plantation expanded in 1998 to open the Grand Ballroom. Designed with an ambience of elegance, the Grand Ballroom of Benedict’s Plantation can accommodate up to 400 guests in the reception area with banquet seating for 250 guests. Going past the garden waterfall, traditional gas lamps light the way through a New Orleans style courtyard as guests enter this Grand Ballroom, where crystal chandeliers and hand carved mantel all set the stage for the exquisite cuisine which creates each memorable event. Read less
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s)
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Kristen
Wedding:
1/6/2017
5.0/5.0
My wedding at Benedict's went absolutely perfect !
They made sure to make me and my husband feel so relaxed cause we knew they had everything coordinated. I worked mostly with Cathy and shes the sweetest lady to work with. She went out of her way to make sure our day was great, I would not have changed a single thing ! Everyone loved the food, the staff, and the grand ballroom is absolutely gorgeous !!! Even most of my guest were praising how great and on top of things the wedding coordinator (Cathy) was! Even my guest noticed !
Overall: I'm so glad I chose Benedict's, because it was all so perfect!
My wedding at Benedict's went absolutely perfect !
They made sure to make me and my husband feel so relaxed cause we Read more...
My wedding at Benedict's went absolutely perfect !
They made sure to make me and my husband feel so relaxed cause we knew they had everything coordinated. I worked mostly with Cathy and shes the sweetest lady to work with. She went out of her way to make sure our day was great, I would not have changed a single thing ! Everyone loved the food, the staff, and the grand ballroom is absolutely gorgeous !!! Even most of my guest were praising how great and on top of things the wedding coordinator (Cathy) was! Even my guest noticed !
Overall: I'm so glad I chose Benedict's, because it was all so perfect! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
Benedict's Plantation responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! We are so happy that we were part of your special day. Congratulations on your new life together
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Melody
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Benedict's is the perfect wedding venue. The outside ceremony was beautiful with the gorgeous columns and the chandelier. All of our photos are just beautiful! The food was fabulous, too. The staff was so attentive the entire time. I'm so happy that we chose Benedict's Plantation. I highly recommend!
Benedict's is the perfect wedding venue. The outside ceremony was beautiful with the gorgeous columns and the chandelier. Read more...
Benedict's is the perfect wedding venue. The outside ceremony was beautiful with the gorgeous columns and the chandelier. All of our photos are just beautiful! The food was fabulous, too. The staff was so attentive the entire time. I'm so happy that we chose Benedict's Plantation. I highly recommend! Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
11/19/2016
4.7/5.0
The food is amazing and a great value! I loved the ceremony venue and the reception hall. I loved that everything was basically all-included which meant there were less things I had to worry about booking. My only complaint is that a week before my wedding they booked a ceremony an hour before mine, and when it ran late it really cut into the picture time I was planning on and made us run behind. Before booking again I would get it in writing that they can't have another ceremony that close together - we had guest arriving early and almost going to the wrong wedding.
The food is amazing and a great value! I loved the ceremony venue and the reception hall. I loved that everything was Read more...
The food is amazing and a great value! I loved the ceremony venue and the reception hall. I loved that everything was basically all-included which meant there were less things I had to worry about booking. My only complaint is that a week before my wedding they booked a ceremony an hour before mine, and when it ran late it really cut into the picture time I was planning on and made us run behind. Before booking again I would get it in writing that they can't have another ceremony that close together - we had guest arriving early and almost going to the wrong wedding. Read less
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Benedict's Plantation responded with the following comments:

We are so glad that you had a wonderful time and your wedding was beautiful!

I just wanted to clarify that the other wedding was booked far in advance and 2 hours before your wedding. They should have been done well before you or your guests arrived. The problem arose when her dress designer did not arrive with her dress and she only had sweatpants and tank top to wear down the aisle. I was actually on the phone with southern bridal trying to get her a dress. We have never encountered anything like that and did our best to make sure you both had a wonderful wedding experience. We are truly sorry that you were inconvenienced by it, but wanted to be clear that we did not book 2 events that close together. Thank you for being so kind and understanding that night.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.5/5.0
I had my wedding at Benedict's in Oct. I thought it was a nice wedding, however I was a little upset with a few things. First, I was told that I would have a chandelier over the alter and when my wedding did happen we did not have it. The wedding coordinator kept being very pushy to make us do "traditional" things during the wedding but we didn't want to do the norm. I heard she took the leftover leg of beef that we paid for home with her for her dog and we didn't get any in our togo box, in fact we only got chicken Alfredo (enough for one of us) and 4 rolls. I wouldn't recommend this venue.
I had my wedding at Benedict's in Oct. I thought it was a nice wedding, however I was a little upset with a few things. Read more...
I had my wedding at Benedict's in Oct. I thought it was a nice wedding, however I was a little upset with a few things. First, I was told that I would have a chandelier over the alter and when my wedding did happen we did not have it. The wedding coordinator kept being very pushy to make us do "traditional" things during the wedding but we didn't want to do the norm. I heard she took the leftover leg of beef that we paid for home with her for her dog and we didn't get any in our togo box, in fact we only got chicken Alfredo (enough for one of us) and 4 rolls. I wouldn't recommend this venue. Read less
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Robyn
Wedding:
5/7/2016
2.2/5.0
Hosted my daughter's bridal luncheon here, food was delicious and chef was awesome.. Everyone else very u professional. During our luncheon they had other clients touring our privately rented place, many distractions.. Very disappointed with this venue and will never use again
Hosted my daughter's bridal luncheon here, food was delicious and chef was awesome.. Everyone else very u professional. Read more...
Hosted my daughter's bridal luncheon here, food was delicious and chef was awesome.. Everyone else very u professional. During our luncheon they had other clients touring our privately rented place, many distractions.. Very disappointed with this venue and will never use again Read less
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Benedict's Plantation responded with the following comments:

Dear Robyn,
We were surprised by your review and the mixed message within the review. The Chef that you referred to was your server that day. He stated that you voiced your satisfaction as you were leaving and you also mentioned that in your review. We have attempted to contact you via email and phone several times to get clarity on what was unprofessional upon our part. We are happy to hear that you loved the food and your waitstaff that day. You and your 9 guests were our utmost priority, as are all of our clients. We did not have any tours or appointments scheduled that day. You were the only party in the Plantation House.
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Natalie
Wedding:
4/8/2016
5.0/5.0
I had my rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at Benedict. Picking this venue was one of the best things I did for my wedding. We live on the outskirts of New Orleans and came across the lake to get married. The owner Mrs. Shirley was awesome! She and her staff worked with us and ensured we had top quality service. Everyone talked about the food and how pretty the venue was decorated. The planning process was smooth and easy. We received extra things from the venue. I plan on hosting other events st this venue. I highly recommend this place for all your events.
I had my rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at Benedict. Picking this venue was one of the best things I did for my Read more...
I had my rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at Benedict. Picking this venue was one of the best things I did for my wedding. We live on the outskirts of New Orleans and came across the lake to get married. The owner Mrs. Shirley was awesome! She and her staff worked with us and ensured we had top quality service. Everyone talked about the food and how pretty the venue was decorated. The planning process was smooth and easy. We received extra things from the venue. I plan on hosting other events st this venue. I highly recommend this place for all your events. Read less
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Madilynn
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Choosing Benedict's was a no-brainer. I am from the south shore, but they were worth the trek! I looked for venues in the New Orleans area and the prices were outrageous. My fiancé and I scheduled a handful of visits to various venues on the north shore and there was no contest. Benedict's was the only place that would accommodate all of our needs (ok, more like wants). I wanted to bring in a couple of sofas to put in front the fireplace (they have a fireplace!), they said no problem. I wanted to string some Christmas lights from the ceiling, they said no problem. I wanted to have a fireworks show at midnight (New Year's Eve wedding), they said no problem! The other thing Benedict's had that was really important was handicap access for my grandmother. I was very shocked that other venues did not have this! All of these extra things we were allowed to do really made our wedding extra special and our guests loved it. They also really loved the food! Plus, having the food prepared within the venue made things easier and less stressful. AND we got to take home leftovers! Shirley is the coolest! Her daughter, Nicole, was my bridal attendant on the wedding night and she was incredibly sweet. I would definitely consider having another event here in the future. And why not? They give repeat customers a discount - and their prices are already so competitive!
Choosing Benedict's was a no-brainer. I am from the south shore, but they were worth the trek! I looked for venues in the Read more...
Choosing Benedict's was a no-brainer. I am from the south shore, but they were worth the trek! I looked for venues in the New Orleans area and the prices were outrageous. My fiancé and I scheduled a handful of visits to various venues on the north shore and there was no contest. Benedict's was the only place that would accommodate all of our needs (ok, more like wants). I wanted to bring in a couple of sofas to put in front the fireplace (they have a fireplace!), they said no problem. I wanted to string some Christmas lights from the ceiling, they said no problem. I wanted to have a fireworks show at midnight (New Year's Eve wedding), they said no problem! The other thing Benedict's had that was really important was handicap access for my grandmother. I was very shocked that other venues did not have this! All of these extra things we were allowed to do really made our wedding extra special and our guests loved it. They also really loved the food! Plus, having the food prepared within the venue made things easier and less stressful. AND we got to take home leftovers! Shirley is the coolest! Her daughter, Nicole, was my bridal attendant on the wedding night and she was incredibly sweet. I would definitely consider having another event here in the future. And why not? They give repeat customers a discount - and their prices are already so competitive! Read less
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Benedict's Plantation responded with the following comments:

It was our pleasure to host your wedding reception. Your vision was perfect for New Years Eve and everything looked beautiful! I loved how all the pictures came out. Congratulations on your new life together
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.8/5.0
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before going to church. the day of, after we got dressed, they told us we had to leave and cannot take pictures because there was another wedding which we were never told about. parking sucks to begin with so imagine parking for 2 receptions... wanted to cancel our reception a month before (even after signed contract) because we there was another offer that had 500 guests and ours was only 140. my guest book was practically hidden and no one got to sign it. someone was supposed to be getting myself and the groom drinks and food all night- they got us 1 single piece of one of the appetizers and 1 drink for the entire night. they were angry about review on another website so had someone call me and curse me out.
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before Read more...
very unprofessional, rude, only concern is money. said we could use bridal suite to get ready and take pictures before going to church. the day of, after we got dressed, they told us we had to leave and cannot take pictures because there was another wedding which we were never told about. parking sucks to begin with so imagine parking for 2 receptions... wanted to cancel our reception a month before (even after signed contract) because we there was another offer that had 500 guests and ours was only 140. my guest book was practically hidden and no one got to sign it. someone was supposed to be getting myself and the groom drinks and food all night- they got us 1 single piece of one of the appetizers and 1 drink for the entire night. they were angry about review on another website so had someone call me and curse me out. Read less
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Benedict's Plantation responded with the following comments:

Dear Brandi,
I first chose not to respond to this review since it was so vengeful. You were given a very discounted wedding due to your family being close friends with the owner. You were allowed to use the bridal suite free of charge so that you would not have to rent a hotel room to get dressed before heading to the church. The bride that was getting married on premise in the Plantation House informed us the night before at her rehearsal that she had given us the wrong time and was 30 minutes earlier than we expected. In turn, you were asked nicely if you could please leave at 5:15, rather than 5:30 so that her wedding would not be interrupted. Your photographer stated that all pictures had been taken at that point. 15 minutes earlier than you planned for time that was graciously offered to you free of charge. We regularly host parties of 250 or more and have ample parking. There were no problems that evening other than you wanting particular spots in the lot for your party. The guest book was placed on the entrance table in plain view of everyone. Please see your photographs. We would have no reason to "hide" your guest book. You posted on social media the next day that it was the most fabulous day of your life and thanked everyone who helped make it happen. We are also very sorry that you were reprimanded about your review. We did not ask anyone to say anything to you.
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Private User
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Brian was a great choice for our officiant. He was very accommodating with our ceremony, allowing us to add special ceremonies and choose our own reading. He is also willing to write a custom ceremony if needed. Brian was very professional, checking in throughout the wedding planning process to see if my groom or I needed to change anything in the ceremony. He was on time for the rehearsal and the ceremony, and turned in our marriage license to the courthouse very quickly! I highly recommend Brian.
Brian was a great choice for our officiant. He was very accommodating with our ceremony, allowing us to add special Read more...
Brian was a great choice for our officiant. He was very accommodating with our ceremony, allowing us to add special ceremonies and choose our own reading. He is also willing to write a custom ceremony if needed. Brian was very professional, checking in throughout the wedding planning process to see if my groom or I needed to change anything in the ceremony. He was on time for the rehearsal and the ceremony, and turned in our marriage license to the courthouse very quickly! I highly recommend Brian. Read less
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laura
Wedding:
7/27/2014
4.4/5.0
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the tables herself. And it was slightly disorganized on the day of the wedding. But we were a small group and I didn't really care about those minuscule things. Overall it was perfect.
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the Read more...
The food was great. The wedding really was wonderful! My mother brought flowers to Benedict's and she had to set up the tables herself. And it was slightly disorganized on the day of the wedding. But we were a small group and I didn't really care about those minuscule things. Overall it was perfect. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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