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Californos

Kansas City , MO
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4124 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, MO 64111 US (map)

PHONE

816-531-1097
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ABOUT US

Californos is a one-of-a-kind Midtown Kansas City wedding facility bistro & bar in walking distance to Hotels, historic Westport, Plaza, Monuments, Churches & Parks.

We cater,... Read more
Californos is a one-of-a-kind Midtown Kansas City wedding facility bistro & bar in walking distance to Hotels, historic Westport, Plaza, Monuments, Churches & Parks.

We cater, host wedding receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, showers & much more!

Find out more on our website, today! Read less
Catering , Wedding Venue

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, French, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Eclectic, Classic
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?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Liability Insurance, Set Up
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

4.8
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4.8/5.0
4.8/5.0
4.9/5.0
4.8/5.0
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.7/5.0
Just had a wedding there on friday. Lady in charge very nice but had issues with others. Paid for 3 bars and bartender outside was to busy flirting with girls to get the groom a drink. I asked if it was closed or something took 5 minutes for him to finish when im totally visible. Seconfly we paid another company for deserts and the people the worked at californios took thoose home and food we paid for home boxed it up and left. The pastor saw this and we know she wouldn't lie about that. Very disapointing on that service when you pay so much for it and when you count for more then what came we should have had more food taken home.
Just had a wedding there on friday. Lady in charge very nice but had issues with others. Paid for 3 bars and bartender Read more...
Just had a wedding there on friday. Lady in charge very nice but had issues with others. Paid for 3 bars and bartender outside was to busy flirting with girls to get the groom a drink. I asked if it was closed or something took 5 minutes for him to finish when im totally visible. Seconfly we paid another company for deserts and the people the worked at californios took thoose home and food we paid for home boxed it up and left. The pastor saw this and we know she wouldn't lie about that. Very disapointing on that service when you pay so much for it and when you count for more then what came we should have had more food taken home. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

Thank you for reviewing our business! We do not believe that this review is from the host of the event, but is from a guest that is a bit confused. The guests had wonderful access to the open bar package and I assure the groom was able to access many drinks over the course of the evening! We have a terrific staff, who is very concerned with image. Unlike many venues who use "temp" services, Californos works with a core staff of reliable family & friends, who take very good care of our customers. We do all the work ourselves, so we have all the information at hand to personally dispute this claim. We do not take food home and believe that this was a misunderstanding. We box up any leftovers for the family and send them with the hosts, that's what this reviewer's friend likely saw. No venue or caterer in town puts as much honestly, love, integrity, and the value into your event, as we are a small family business, focused on service, and very in tune with the expectations and plans of our hosts. Thanks again for your review and for thanks to any readers of my response for taking the time to read more about Californos!
Kindly, Aaron Barksdale-Burns, owner
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Bernard
Wedding:
1/27/2017
5.0/5.0
Just do it! You are reading these reviews because you are thinking about having your event at Californos, and you just need to do it. You won’t be disappointed. Service, Food, Beverages, and overall venue energy are probably all the categories you are looking at. Californos excels at all of them! I’ll tell you right now that if your only hang-up is that it isn’t one big room/space like the other venues out there, you’ll end up being happy that you had the set-up Californos offers. Midway through our reception I made my way to the other main room that is on the same level as the ballroom, and I was blown away at how popular it was. The dance floor was busy with folks who wanted to dance and party with the DJ, and the Westport Room was full of people who wanted to visit with each other away from the loud music. It worked PERFECTLY! The venue flows together so perfectly, you’ll love it. The service, food and beverage was amazing. It is a full meal, take Mig’s word for it. I don’t think you could pick a bad item off their extensive menu you get to choose from. The bartenders were awesome, and it can’t be understated how great it was to have two bars. The all-in-one pricing is another underrated benefit of picking Californos. You can budget accordingly, and we actually had money left over that we were able to upgrade the bar option which I highly recommend. You are going to be so happy you booked Californos. Great food, great drinks, and great service all in an amazing atmosphere.
Just do it! You are reading these reviews because you are thinking about having your event at Californos, and you just Read more...
Just do it! You are reading these reviews because you are thinking about having your event at Californos, and you just need to do it. You won’t be disappointed. Service, Food, Beverages, and overall venue energy are probably all the categories you are looking at. Californos excels at all of them! I’ll tell you right now that if your only hang-up is that it isn’t one big room/space like the other venues out there, you’ll end up being happy that you had the set-up Californos offers. Midway through our reception I made my way to the other main room that is on the same level as the ballroom, and I was blown away at how popular it was. The dance floor was busy with folks who wanted to dance and party with the DJ, and the Westport Room was full of people who wanted to visit with each other away from the loud music. It worked PERFECTLY! The venue flows together so perfectly, you’ll love it. The service, food and beverage was amazing. It is a full meal, take Mig’s word for it. I don’t think you could pick a bad item off their extensive menu you get to choose from. The bartenders were awesome, and it can’t be understated how great it was to have two bars. The all-in-one pricing is another underrated benefit of picking Californos. You can budget accordingly, and we actually had money left over that we were able to upgrade the bar option which I highly recommend. You are going to be so happy you booked Californos. Great food, great drinks, and great service all in an amazing atmosphere. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Dyana
Wedding:
11/26/2016
5.0/5.0
When you received TONS of text messages, facebook messages, phone calls, Instagram messages from friends and family stating that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to...then you know the venue blew everyone away. This was the best decision my husband and I could have made choosing Californos to host the most important day of our lives thus far. Our out of towners thanked us for having our ceremony and reception at the same place. It made it so much easier on them. Our guest loved the staff and expressed how friendly and accommodating they were. (Which of course Ryan and I agreed. Californos was the first, last and only place we visited when making our decision on where to have our wedding. It took us 15 minutes to say YES!!! ) The food was incredible. Our guest loved the fact that it was a buffet with multiple choices ranging from meatballs, artichoke crab dip, pizza, salad, vegetables platter, shrimp tostadas etc . The wide range of food was a HIT.
The history with Californos was also something that appealed to us as well. We loved that this is a family owned venue!! Everyone we worked with, including our officiant Jerad Swift, was part of this lovely family.
I wish there were more stars to give because I am unable to truly summarize how wonderful Californos was for not only Ryan and I, but our guest. All I can say is if you have any questions and need to talk to someone outside of Californos, I would be more than happy to assist. You can ask this bride and groom anything. Ryan and I (Dyana) can be reached at dyanamaria@hotmail.com.....We don't normally do this, but when you love something that much you have to share your experience with others!!! :)

WE LOVED OUR CALIFORNOS CREW: Mig, Aaron, Kelly, Jerad
When you received TONS of text messages, facebook messages, phone calls, Instagram messages from friends and family Read more...
When you received TONS of text messages, facebook messages, phone calls, Instagram messages from friends and family stating that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to...then you know the venue blew everyone away. This was the best decision my husband and I could have made choosing Californos to host the most important day of our lives thus far. Our out of towners thanked us for having our ceremony and reception at the same place. It made it so much easier on them. Our guest loved the staff and expressed how friendly and accommodating they were. (Which of course Ryan and I agreed. Californos was the first, last and only place we visited when making our decision on where to have our wedding. It took us 15 minutes to say YES!!! ) The food was incredible. Our guest loved the fact that it was a buffet with multiple choices ranging from meatballs, artichoke crab dip, pizza, salad, vegetables platter, shrimp tostadas etc . The wide range of food was a HIT.
The history with Californos was also something that appealed to us as well. We loved that this is a family owned venue!! Everyone we worked with, including our officiant Jerad Swift, was part of this lovely family.
I wish there were more stars to give because I am unable to truly summarize how wonderful Californos was for not only Ryan and I, but our guest. All I can say is if you have any questions and need to talk to someone outside of Californos, I would be more than happy to assist. You can ask this bride and groom anything. Ryan and I (Dyana) can be reached at dyanamaria@hotmail.com.....We don't normally do this, but when you love something that much you have to share your experience with others!!! :)

WE LOVED OUR CALIFORNOS CREW: Mig, Aaron, Kelly, Jerad Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Nancy
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Californos was outstanding! Aaron, Mig and Marita were knowledgeable, flexible and so easy to work with! Every single detail was exactly as we had discussed - there were no surprises - which made this Mother of the Bride ecstatic. The florist and decorator were able to get into the rooms early and the staff was very helpful and accommodating. The deck looked beautiful for our daughter's outdoor wedding. The anitpasta bar was set out for the transition back inside and everyone enjoyed that and a cocktail. When our daughter and her new husband entered the buffet the incredible display of foods took your breath away! Californos made our daughter's wedding one of the most memorable days ever.
Our experience with Californos was outstanding! Aaron, Mig and Marita were knowledgeable, flexible and so easy to work Read more...
Our experience with Californos was outstanding! Aaron, Mig and Marita were knowledgeable, flexible and so easy to work with! Every single detail was exactly as we had discussed - there were no surprises - which made this Mother of the Bride ecstatic. The florist and decorator were able to get into the rooms early and the staff was very helpful and accommodating. The deck looked beautiful for our daughter's outdoor wedding. The anitpasta bar was set out for the transition back inside and everyone enjoyed that and a cocktail. When our daughter and her new husband entered the buffet the incredible display of foods took your breath away! Californos made our daughter's wedding one of the most memorable days ever. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

Hi Nancy!
Thanks, we appreciate the review, and really having your family here. It was a very special wedding for us as well, one we will not forget! Yours truly, Aaron
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Meredith
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony on the deck at Californos followed by our reception in the main ballroom. Our ceremony was beautiful, and the deck was set up perfectly with white chairs and a screen backdrop. The transition to the reception was flawless. Guests were directed to the ballroom before we made our grand entrance. Once inside, the buffet was ready right on time and the food looked *almost* too good to eat! It was delicious and our guests raved about it all night. The staff was friendly and hard working. They were always making sure to attend to every detail. Aaron and Mig were wonderful to work with while preparing and planning for our big day! Californos was a great choice and I can't wait to go back to see our brick in front of the restaurant and to celebrate anniversaries to come!
We had our wedding ceremony on the deck at Californos followed by our reception in the main ballroom. Our ceremony was Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony on the deck at Californos followed by our reception in the main ballroom. Our ceremony was beautiful, and the deck was set up perfectly with white chairs and a screen backdrop. The transition to the reception was flawless. Guests were directed to the ballroom before we made our grand entrance. Once inside, the buffet was ready right on time and the food looked *almost* too good to eat! It was delicious and our guests raved about it all night. The staff was friendly and hard working. They were always making sure to attend to every detail. Aaron and Mig were wonderful to work with while preparing and planning for our big day! Californos was a great choice and I can't wait to go back to see our brick in front of the restaurant and to celebrate anniversaries to come! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

So glad you loved it, Meredith! I look forward to seeing more pictures, and to having you here for dinner or brunch very soon! Come see us any Sunday morning! Aaron
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Katharine
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and Californos had a lot to do with that. As soon as I walked into Californos I knew it was where I wanted to get married. I was looking for somewhere that was romantic and elegant, without being too formal. I also wanted somewhere that was reasonable in price and that included service, set-up/tear down, food, and bar. I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, so Californos was perfect because I could plan on outside knowing that I could always move the ceremony inside if rain was in the forecast. Also, I grew up in Kansas City and have lived in midtown for the last 9 years, so staying in our neighborhood was important to me. We booked Californos before we left our first tour for both an outdoor ceremony and a reception.
Mig guided us from day 1. She was so supportive and had tons of great suggestions. She made decision-making so easy. She met with us several times prior to the wedding day and always responded to emails within 24 hours. On the day of the wedding she was there to make sure everything was in its place and everyone was doing what they needed to be doing to make the ceremony and reception flow beautifully. It was nice to have a coordinator included in the cost who knew the venue so well to help plan and facilitate things on the day of the wedding.
Finally, we heard so many rave reviews from our guests about how beautiful the venue was, how amazing the food was, and how friendly and fast the service was. I literally do no have a single complaint.
If you're looking for an authentic Kansas City location that makes your wedding planning and preparation easy, Californos is it.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and Californos had a lot to do with that. As soon as I walked into Californos I Read more...
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and Californos had a lot to do with that. As soon as I walked into Californos I knew it was where I wanted to get married. I was looking for somewhere that was romantic and elegant, without being too formal. I also wanted somewhere that was reasonable in price and that included service, set-up/tear down, food, and bar. I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, so Californos was perfect because I could plan on outside knowing that I could always move the ceremony inside if rain was in the forecast. Also, I grew up in Kansas City and have lived in midtown for the last 9 years, so staying in our neighborhood was important to me. We booked Californos before we left our first tour for both an outdoor ceremony and a reception.
Mig guided us from day 1. She was so supportive and had tons of great suggestions. She made decision-making so easy. She met with us several times prior to the wedding day and always responded to emails within 24 hours. On the day of the wedding she was there to make sure everything was in its place and everyone was doing what they needed to be doing to make the ceremony and reception flow beautifully. It was nice to have a coordinator included in the cost who knew the venue so well to help plan and facilitate things on the day of the wedding.
Finally, we heard so many rave reviews from our guests about how beautiful the venue was, how amazing the food was, and how friendly and fast the service was. I literally do no have a single complaint.
If you're looking for an authentic Kansas City location that makes your wedding planning and preparation easy, Californos is it. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

Katharine,
We are really delighted to receive the feedback, thank you for taking the time to go into detail for us and for future clients at Californos!
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Ariel
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
The whole event planning process was so easy! Aaron made sure we had everything we asked for (even specially decorated cookies) The food was amazing and all of our guests commented that the space was beautiful. The staff that worked the event was awesome as well. The location is perfect for guests from out of town as there are hotels and bars within walking distance. The back deck area even had a band playing the night of our event so people could wander outside and enjoy that. My husband and I would recommend Californos to anyone!
The whole event planning process was so easy! Aaron made sure we had everything we asked for (even specially decorated Read more...
The whole event planning process was so easy! Aaron made sure we had everything we asked for (even specially decorated cookies) The food was amazing and all of our guests commented that the space was beautiful. The staff that worked the event was awesome as well. The location is perfect for guests from out of town as there are hotels and bars within walking distance. The back deck area even had a band playing the night of our event so people could wander outside and enjoy that. My husband and I would recommend Californos to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

So glad you came here, Ariel and I hope that you guys will be back soon for a great lunch or dinner! Please ask for me if you are ever in the restaurant, so we can come say hi! Aaron
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jane
Wedding:
5/28/2016
4.5/5.0
Californos is a beautiful venue, conveniently located, with delicious food. We had an embarrassing moment where we tried to extend our reception time twice, and was told that we could only extend once (after the DJ already announced that were extending a 2nd time). So if you want to extend your reception time in the moment, overestimate your time because they only let you extend once!
Californos is a beautiful venue, conveniently located, with delicious food. We had an embarrassing moment where we tried Read more...
Californos is a beautiful venue, conveniently located, with delicious food. We had an embarrassing moment where we tried to extend our reception time twice, and was told that we could only extend once (after the DJ already announced that were extending a 2nd time). So if you want to extend your reception time in the moment, overestimate your time because they only let you extend once! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review, it is essential for Californos to be reviewed. In this case, we are sorry if you were disappointed in any way. For future brides, I'd like to touch on this question.
The Burns family, local owners of Californos have coordinated and hosted over 800 weddings. We ask brides and grooms to consider whether they will want or need extra time beyond the 4-hours that area already standard with our inclusive package. Typically hosts have 6 to 12 months to make that decision and we recommend that if you and your fiance are debating about the extra hour - then confirm at least an extra 30 minutes in advance of your event. Hosts pay for their entire event one week before the event, which is when we kindly ask that all final details are due, including the ending time for your event!

Sometimes hosts will ask to extend an event, and we always will seek to accommodate that, but this only works, when we are asked to extend before the end of the party. You can't extend if the party is already over. We highly recommend 4-5 hours depending on the event. Beyond 5 hours, and guests really thin out or become too intoxicated for us to continue serving by Missouri State Law. We look forward to addressing these concerns or others with any potential clients! Aaron
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
I could write a novel on why I would recommend Californos as a venue, especially for wedding receptions. Aaron and Mig are the kindest, most helpful, patient and accommodating staff. They always answered my obscene amount of questions with a smile and made sure our planning process and wedding reception were flawless. The packages that Californos offers are very helpful. The bar, food, staff, set-up, and take down were all included in the price. There are also a variety of add-ons including cake, which is just as fantastic as the food. I would highly recommend Californos to anyone looking for a venue with mouthwatering food, a unique environment, and the dream team staff.
I could write a novel on why I would recommend Californos as a venue, especially for wedding receptions. Aaron and Mig are Read more...
I could write a novel on why I would recommend Californos as a venue, especially for wedding receptions. Aaron and Mig are the kindest, most helpful, patient and accommodating staff. They always answered my obscene amount of questions with a smile and made sure our planning process and wedding reception were flawless. The packages that Californos offers are very helpful. The bar, food, staff, set-up, and take down were all included in the price. There are also a variety of add-ons including cake, which is just as fantastic as the food. I would highly recommend Californos to anyone looking for a venue with mouthwatering food, a unique environment, and the dream team staff. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Californos responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! We cherish our jobs and the opportunity to work with you again!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Californos was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding! We had our rehearsal dinner at Californos and our wedding reception catered by Californos. The food was incredible at both! We received so many compliments on our food! Aaron is so flexible and kind. He will help you with any idea that you have to make it work. We met with him twice before the wedding and he even came to our venue to see how we wanted things set up. We had both our food & alcohol taken care of by Californos and couldn't be happier( plus it made it so much easier not to have to find another vendor). The staff was so kind and professional throughout both experiences. We were very impressed!
Californos was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding! We had our rehearsal dinner at Californos and Read more...
Californos was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding! We had our rehearsal dinner at Californos and our wedding reception catered by Californos. The food was incredible at both! We received so many compliments on our food! Aaron is so flexible and kind. He will help you with any idea that you have to make it work. We met with him twice before the wedding and he even came to our venue to see how we wanted things set up. We had both our food & alcohol taken care of by Californos and couldn't be happier( plus it made it so much easier not to have to find another vendor). The staff was so kind and professional throughout both experiences. We were very impressed! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner
Californos responded with the following comments:

New friends, thank you so much, we were absolutely thrilled to work with you on your amazing and memorable event! We appreciate your review, to let the world know, we will take good care of you and your events! See you again soon! Aaron & Californos crew!

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