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Brazilian Room - East Bay Regional Park District

Berkeley , CA

LOCATION

2950 Peralta Oaks Ct
Berkeley, CA 94605 US

PHONE

510-544-3164

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.8/5.0
We've booked the Brazilian Room and so far it has been great. We actually saw that an opening a month before our original date opened up and simply called and Karen (I believe was her name) was extremely friendly, helpful, and quick to make the change for us! In your contract, it does say that you can change the date once without penalty... this worked out perfectly for us! We chose a Friday evening, but booked it for the full 12 hours because we wanted our ceremony to start at 4:00P. $2,600 (before the $1,000 refundable deposit) was a little on the high side- but definitely worth it so far. They do have tables and white wood folding chairs, but we ended up getting wider tables through our caterer. They provide a great list of "Approved Caterers"... so it makes it easy. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month they have an open house so you can see the venue, look around, speak with Caterers (not all are there every time, so check out the schedule on the Brazilian Room's website). This is great feature. The only downside I see right now is that you can't have your rehearsal there unless it's on a Tuesday night. But other than that- it is great so far. I will update/submit another review once the wedding has happened. But if you're looking for an intimate venue with historical ties to the Bay Area (it was part of the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island), with amazing architecture and a beautiful scenic view for the ceremony, this is your place!
We've booked the Brazilian Room and so far it has been great. We actually saw that an opening a month before our original Read more...
We've booked the Brazilian Room and so far it has been great. We actually saw that an opening a month before our original date opened up and simply called and Karen (I believe was her name) was extremely friendly, helpful, and quick to make the change for us! In your contract, it does say that you can change the date once without penalty... this worked out perfectly for us! We chose a Friday evening, but booked it for the full 12 hours because we wanted our ceremony to start at 4:00P. $2,600 (before the $1,000 refundable deposit) was a little on the high side- but definitely worth it so far. They do have tables and white wood folding chairs, but we ended up getting wider tables through our caterer. They provide a great list of "Approved Caterers"... so it makes it easy. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month they have an open house so you can see the venue, look around, speak with Caterers (not all are there every time, so check out the schedule on the Brazilian Room's website). This is great feature. The only downside I see right now is that you can't have your rehearsal there unless it's on a Tuesday night. But other than that- it is great so far. I will update/submit another review once the wedding has happened. But if you're looking for an intimate venue with historical ties to the Bay Area (it was part of the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island), with amazing architecture and a beautiful scenic view for the ceremony, this is your place! Read less
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melissa2424
Wedding:
10/22/2015
5.0/5.0
I planned my wedding from Chicago so I was nervous and at the mercy of Yelp reviews for everything. I had guests flying in from all over and we were looking for a venue that was beautiful and fit into our "Fall" theme without spending an Arm and a leg.

We rented the Brazilian room after researching for weeks. I recommend renting the entire day to avoid any issues. I rented the entire day for $900. We got married on a Thursday so our guests who flew in could spend the weekend going to wine country or hitting the nightlife in SF. It worked perfectly and we got major discounts because of it.

The pictures don't do it justice. I was worried when I saw a review that said it looked like someone's backyard-but I have no clue what that person is talking about now that we had our wedding. It is extremely gorgeous-we got married in October and everything looked perfect.

I would recommend this place over the other places that were quoting me $4-5,000 just to rent the place and weren't nearly as beautiful!

The building is gorgeous inside and or, the stones on the patio where we had the ceremony are lovely and make everything more elegant.

I was going to rent something as a backdrop but my caterer said I should reconsider wasting money because the view is gorgeous and I should t block it and she was right.

This place is Perfect and because you book with hem a lot of the vendors give you discounts! (My DJ was half price because of the Brazil room).

My vendors:
Caterer-Serves you Right Catering (amazing)

DJ and up lighting- Quantum Music Event Planners (the best!)

Cake/Cupcakes-Indie Cakes (the best I've ever had)

Photo booth- Sybex Booths (low prices-great quality)

Rentals-Piedmont Rentals (I rented dark wood chairs, navy linens,and a couple cocktail tables-great service)

Flowers-Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Rd in Berkeley-I never thought to
I planned my wedding from Chicago so I was nervous and at the mercy of Yelp reviews for everything. I had guests flying in Read more...
I planned my wedding from Chicago so I was nervous and at the mercy of Yelp reviews for everything. I had guests flying in from all over and we were looking for a venue that was beautiful and fit into our "Fall" theme without spending an Arm and a leg.

We rented the Brazilian room after researching for weeks. I recommend renting the entire day to avoid any issues. I rented the entire day for $900. We got married on a Thursday so our guests who flew in could spend the weekend going to wine country or hitting the nightlife in SF. It worked perfectly and we got major discounts because of it.

The pictures don't do it justice. I was worried when I saw a review that said it looked like someone's backyard-but I have no clue what that person is talking about now that we had our wedding. It is extremely gorgeous-we got married in October and everything looked perfect.

I would recommend this place over the other places that were quoting me $4-5,000 just to rent the place and weren't nearly as beautiful!

The building is gorgeous inside and or, the stones on the patio where we had the ceremony are lovely and make everything more elegant.

I was going to rent something as a backdrop but my caterer said I should reconsider wasting money because the view is gorgeous and I should t block it and she was right.

This place is Perfect and because you book with hem a lot of the vendors give you discounts! (My DJ was half price because of the Brazil room).

My vendors:
Caterer-Serves you Right Catering (amazing)

DJ and up lighting- Quantum Music Event Planners (the best!)

Cake/Cupcakes-Indie Cakes (the best I've ever had)

Photo booth- Sybex Booths (low prices-great quality)

Rentals-Piedmont Rentals (I rented dark wood chairs, navy linens,and a couple cocktail tables-great service)

Flowers-Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Rd in Berkeley-I never thought to Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, CA) on Friday, June 12, 2015. This is a beautiful venue and suitable for up to 150 people. We had 100 people so the size of the venue was perfect for the reception and dancing. It was a very sunny and hot day (heat wave). There was no air conditioning but we didn't need it since the ceremony was out on the patio in the morning and the building where the reception was has very high ceilings so the heat stayed up in the rafters. We didn't really notice the heat until later in the afternoon when you stepped outside. Being an Alameda County resident is a bonus because the price couldn't be beat. $600 for a weekday wedding for such a private and beautiful venue is a really good deal when you have a strict budget to work with. The office staff and the online reservation system made it easy to reserve. If you book the Brazilian Room on a weekday you won't have to wait a year to reserve it and you won't be paying thousands of dollars either. I really liked that option! They do have rules and some paperwork to deal with but that is expected for a government-owned site. It actually made my job as wedding planner easier. They have a large list of various vendors to select that they already vetted and if you choose from their list, you will get businesses that know the site and the rules, and will follow them. The only vendor you have to select from their list is a caterer and there are several to choose from. If you are looking for a reasonably priced venue that is private and beautiful, you can't go wrong in choosing the Brazilian Room.
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, CA) on Friday, June Read more...
My daughter's wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park (Berkeley, CA) on Friday, June 12, 2015. This is a beautiful venue and suitable for up to 150 people. We had 100 people so the size of the venue was perfect for the reception and dancing. It was a very sunny and hot day (heat wave). There was no air conditioning but we didn't need it since the ceremony was out on the patio in the morning and the building where the reception was has very high ceilings so the heat stayed up in the rafters. We didn't really notice the heat until later in the afternoon when you stepped outside. Being an Alameda County resident is a bonus because the price couldn't be beat. $600 for a weekday wedding for such a private and beautiful venue is a really good deal when you have a strict budget to work with. The office staff and the online reservation system made it easy to reserve. If you book the Brazilian Room on a weekday you won't have to wait a year to reserve it and you won't be paying thousands of dollars either. I really liked that option! They do have rules and some paperwork to deal with but that is expected for a government-owned site. It actually made my job as wedding planner easier. They have a large list of various vendors to select that they already vetted and if you choose from their list, you will get businesses that know the site and the rules, and will follow them. The only vendor you have to select from their list is a caterer and there are several to choose from. If you are looking for a reasonably priced venue that is private and beautiful, you can't go wrong in choosing the Brazilian Room. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Beautiful venue for an amazing price (EB residences get a discount!) Loved it all just sucks that you can't have an fully stocked open bar (wine and beer only allowed) and no flowers allowed for the flower girls to throw.
Beautiful venue for an amazing price (EB residences get a discount!) Loved it all just sucks that you can't have an fully Read more...
Beautiful venue for an amazing price (EB residences get a discount!) Loved it all just sucks that you can't have an fully stocked open bar (wine and beer only allowed) and no flowers allowed for the flower girls to throw. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful venue in the Berkeley hills. It's also one of the more affordable venues in the Bay area.
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful venue in the Berkeley hills. It's also one of the more affordable venues in the Bay Read more...
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful venue in the Berkeley hills. It's also one of the more affordable venues in the Bay area. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Not only is the Brazilian room a beautiful location, but the staff is very easy to work with and helpful. The open houses for vendors is great to get a feel of what you are looking for in terms of catering. We got married on a Thursday and the price is very good for a venue.
Not only is the Brazilian room a beautiful location, but the staff is very easy to work with and helpful. The open houses Read more...
Not only is the Brazilian room a beautiful location, but the staff is very easy to work with and helpful. The open houses for vendors is great to get a feel of what you are looking for in terms of catering. We got married on a Thursday and the price is very good for a venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
PROs:
- Stunning venue
- Perfect size venue to feel cozy for a small wedding, but large enough to accommodate up to 150.
- Offers indoor and outdoor ceremony/reception
- Great value - fits within tight budgets
- Allowed to bring in any external vendors (except you're required to choose one of their preferred caterers - they offer a great variety of price points for caterers. We used Miraglia and they were amazing!)

CONs:
- Always booked at least a year in advance
- Unavailable for rehearsal due to being booked (mitigated by having rehearsal at rehearsal dinner venue)
- A bit hard to find, especially for out of town folks
PROs:
- Stunning venue
- Perfect size venue to feel cozy for a small wedding, but large enough to accommodate up Read more...
PROs:
- Stunning venue
- Perfect size venue to feel cozy for a small wedding, but large enough to accommodate up to 150.
- Offers indoor and outdoor ceremony/reception
- Great value - fits within tight budgets
- Allowed to bring in any external vendors (except you're required to choose one of their preferred caterers - they offer a great variety of price points for caterers. We used Miraglia and they were amazing!)

CONs:
- Always booked at least a year in advance
- Unavailable for rehearsal due to being booked (mitigated by having rehearsal at rehearsal dinner venue)
- A bit hard to find, especially for out of town folks Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
Had my wedding here recently, and although it was foggy (not unexpected in the Bay Area) it was still beautiful. Compared to other venues this place is a steal.

However, because this is such a popular venue, the venue is in use most of the time and having a rehearsal there is difficult.
Had my wedding here recently, and although it was foggy (not unexpected in the Bay Area) it was still beautiful. Compared Read more...
Had my wedding here recently, and although it was foggy (not unexpected in the Bay Area) it was still beautiful. Compared to other venues this place is a steal.

However, because this is such a popular venue, the venue is in use most of the time and having a rehearsal there is difficult. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It's a beautiful venue for both the ceremony and reception. It has so many areas that are nice for cocktail hours and mingling on the patio. The room is spacious for the reception and dancing. It's a great place for an intimate wedding.
It's a beautiful venue for both the ceremony and reception. It has so many areas that are nice for cocktail hours and Read more...
It's a beautiful venue for both the ceremony and reception. It has so many areas that are nice for cocktail hours and mingling on the patio. The room is spacious for the reception and dancing. It's a great place for an intimate wedding. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/10/2014
5.0/5.0
We selected the Brazilian Room for our wedding due to its gorgeous location and wooden dance floor. The park staff made it very easy to work through the reservation forms with email reminders when different forms were due. We had about 90 people at our wedding and still had plenty of room on the dance floor. The adjacent botanical garden is a lovely place to take wedding photos. All of the weekend dates were booked when we made our reservation (a full year in advance) so we ended up having our wedding on a Thursday evening, which gave us quite a price break.
We selected the Brazilian Room for our wedding due to its gorgeous location and wooden dance floor. The park staff made it Read more...
We selected the Brazilian Room for our wedding due to its gorgeous location and wooden dance floor. The park staff made it very easy to work through the reservation forms with email reminders when different forms were due. We had about 90 people at our wedding and still had plenty of room on the dance floor. The adjacent botanical garden is a lovely place to take wedding photos. All of the weekend dates were booked when we made our reservation (a full year in advance) so we ended up having our wedding on a Thursday evening, which gave us quite a price break. Read less
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