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Caffe Verbena

Oakland , CA

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Oakland, CA US
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Tracy2008
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Caffe Verbena in July 2008, and had a GREAT experience. Our goal for the wedding was to accommodate as many people as possible (150-200), have a strong sense of our personalities embodied by the event, and be able to pay off everything without taking out loans or running up our credit card bills. Verbena was perfect for us, because it's convenient, features a nice, secluded garden, offers a beautiful indoor reception area, and has really good food for a pretty affordable price (in terms of events). For us, it combined nature with an urban bent. The venue is located in downtown Oakland, right above the 12th Street BART station. Because we had our wedding on a Saturday, most of the commercial buildings were closed and it was pretty easy for people to find parking (I would periodically call the Marriott next door to make sure they weren't hosting any conventions that would take up street parking; if so, we would have paid for the extra fee to open the private garage). The way the building is designed, we were able to save money by not buying flowers or many other decorations. The reception area features a large wall of windows overlooking the garden, so it feels sort of like being outside. Our tables were decorated with colorful tablecloths (from Verbena's vendor) and topped with fruits and leaves that were free or inexpensive to get. We had free tastings (which we REALLY enjoyed!) and guests were really impressed with the quality of the food. The quality of the food benefits from the fact that Verbena is primarily a restaurant. When we tallied the cost of food, rentals, and other misc. items, Verbena came out a lot cheaper than most of the other venues. When we finally got the bill for the event, we actually came in UNDER budget. I was really happy with my experience at Verbena and think it's a great venue for a variety of events.
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Caffe Verbena in July 2008, and had a GREAT experience. Our goal for the Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Caffe Verbena in July 2008, and had a GREAT experience. Our goal for the wedding was to accommodate as many people as possible (150-200), have a strong sense of our personalities embodied by the event, and be able to pay off everything without taking out loans or running up our credit card bills. Verbena was perfect for us, because it's convenient, features a nice, secluded garden, offers a beautiful indoor reception area, and has really good food for a pretty affordable price (in terms of events). For us, it combined nature with an urban bent. The venue is located in downtown Oakland, right above the 12th Street BART station. Because we had our wedding on a Saturday, most of the commercial buildings were closed and it was pretty easy for people to find parking (I would periodically call the Marriott next door to make sure they weren't hosting any conventions that would take up street parking; if so, we would have paid for the extra fee to open the private garage). The way the building is designed, we were able to save money by not buying flowers or many other decorations. The reception area features a large wall of windows overlooking the garden, so it feels sort of like being outside. Our tables were decorated with colorful tablecloths (from Verbena's vendor) and topped with fruits and leaves that were free or inexpensive to get. We had free tastings (which we REALLY enjoyed!) and guests were really impressed with the quality of the food. The quality of the food benefits from the fact that Verbena is primarily a restaurant. When we tallied the cost of food, rentals, and other misc. items, Verbena came out a lot cheaper than most of the other venues. When we finally got the bill for the event, we actually came in UNDER budget. I was really happy with my experience at Verbena and think it's a great venue for a variety of events. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
I had great time in my wedding. Caffe Verbena people were helpful and understanding. Food is excellent. Can't get any better than that. Not a typical wedding dried up food. Perfect choice for people who doesn't wanna spend whole lot of money but still want to keep it the wedding neat and modern. Best value for your dollar.
I had great time in my wedding. Caffe Verbena people were helpful and understanding. Food is excellent. Can't get any Read more...
I had great time in my wedding. Caffe Verbena people were helpful and understanding. Food is excellent. Can't get any better than that. Not a typical wedding dried up food. Perfect choice for people who doesn't wanna spend whole lot of money but still want to keep it the wedding neat and modern. Best value for your dollar. Read less
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