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Castaway Burbank

Burbank , CA
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1250 E. Harvard Road
Burbank, CA 91501 US (map)

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818-843-5013

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The Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center is located in the hills of Burbank overlooking the City and Mountains. All of the five banquet rooms have floor to ceiling windows with some of... Read more
The Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center is located in the hills of Burbank overlooking the City and Mountains. All of the five banquet rooms have floor to ceiling windows with some of the most spectacular views in the Los Angeles area. We can accommodate from 10-500 guests for a wedding reception and ceremony. The rooms have large dance floors, high ceilings with chandeliers, and access to outside areas. We also feature an outdoor area called the Luau Gardens, which is the perfect venue for a summertime wedding, complete with three manmade waterfalls, tiki bars, dance floor and bridal room. For brides that are interested in having the ceremony and reception in one venue, the Castaway has two outdoor ceremony areas, both with great views. Our ceremony package includes an arch or gazebo, white wood chairs, ceremony coordinator, and rehearsal time. Our knowledgeable catering staff is happy to assist you with all aspects or your wedding planning, with hundreds of wedding service referrals to help you plan the "Perfect Day". Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Eclectic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
500
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet

REVIEWS

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Amala
Wedding:
4/25/2015
1.7/5.0
I was so excited to have my ceremony at Castaway after reading some of the better reviews on here. Unfortunately, my experience fell hand in hand with the numerous bad reviews on here/theknot/yelp.
We only had our ceremony here and not reception. We substituted our reception by doing our rehearsal dinner instead.They seemed okay with it when we signed the contract, yet every time we spoke to someone after that they made it seem like such a negative experience that was so inconvenient for them.

Getting a hold of someone to coordinate anything was almost near impossible. They gave us two different coordinators that both did a terrible job. The first one, Maurine, missed three phone appointments SHE scheduled with us, refused to help when we emailed/called and constantly kept putting us on the back burner because "we still had time to plan the wedding next month". Sorry, but when you hire someone to help coordinate an event, they should be on the clients time..they had no idea (because they never bothered to ask) why we wanted to plan early or anything. The second coordinator (who ended up being our day of ceremony coordinator), Elsa, was almost worse. She didn't listen to anything we had to say. At our rehearsal for the ceremony, we gave her a printed timeline of what was to happen at our ceremony. She didn't even bother to take a minute to look at it, and worse, when we asked her to go over some of the aspects of our ceremony, she refused! she said "this doesn't have to do with me, so were not practicing it". Instead, we practiced walking in and out of the ceremony like robots. We wanted to go over scripture readings and other traditional parts of our ceremony. I was completely appalled.
This place definitely rests on their laurels, and I would not recommend anyone to have any sort of important occasion here. So disappointing. Through out the process, we contemplated canceling our ceremony there numerous times, but at that point we didn't have a backup.
I was so excited to have my ceremony at Castaway after reading some of the better reviews on here. Unfortunately, my Read more...
I was so excited to have my ceremony at Castaway after reading some of the better reviews on here. Unfortunately, my experience fell hand in hand with the numerous bad reviews on here/theknot/yelp.
We only had our ceremony here and not reception. We substituted our reception by doing our rehearsal dinner instead.They seemed okay with it when we signed the contract, yet every time we spoke to someone after that they made it seem like such a negative experience that was so inconvenient for them.

Getting a hold of someone to coordinate anything was almost near impossible. They gave us two different coordinators that both did a terrible job. The first one, Maurine, missed three phone appointments SHE scheduled with us, refused to help when we emailed/called and constantly kept putting us on the back burner because "we still had time to plan the wedding next month". Sorry, but when you hire someone to help coordinate an event, they should be on the clients time..they had no idea (because they never bothered to ask) why we wanted to plan early or anything. The second coordinator (who ended up being our day of ceremony coordinator), Elsa, was almost worse. She didn't listen to anything we had to say. At our rehearsal for the ceremony, we gave her a printed timeline of what was to happen at our ceremony. She didn't even bother to take a minute to look at it, and worse, when we asked her to go over some of the aspects of our ceremony, she refused! she said "this doesn't have to do with me, so were not practicing it". Instead, we practiced walking in and out of the ceremony like robots. We wanted to go over scripture readings and other traditional parts of our ceremony. I was completely appalled.
This place definitely rests on their laurels, and I would not recommend anyone to have any sort of important occasion here. So disappointing. Through out the process, we contemplated canceling our ceremony there numerous times, but at that point we didn't have a backup. Read less
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yvette
Wedding:
4/10/2015
4.2/5.0
The Castaway was a beautiful, affordable option for our wedding. The banquet rooms are updated and well maintained and have great views of the hills or the valley. The food was very good, though I wish they had more options. The service was incredible. The 'captain' and head server introduced themselves and made sure we had everything we needed. They organized everything just the way we wanted it. Their recommended vendors are okay. But we went with our own photographer and videographer. Jaqki's Cakes are DELICIOUS. We did a package where the cake was included and the process was super easy. I would host an event there again.
The Castaway was a beautiful, affordable option for our wedding. The banquet rooms are updated and well maintained and Read more...
The Castaway was a beautiful, affordable option for our wedding. The banquet rooms are updated and well maintained and have great views of the hills or the valley. The food was very good, though I wish they had more options. The service was incredible. The 'captain' and head server introduced themselves and made sure we had everything we needed. They organized everything just the way we wanted it. Their recommended vendors are okay. But we went with our own photographer and videographer. Jaqki's Cakes are DELICIOUS. We did a package where the cake was included and the process was super easy. I would host an event there again. Read less
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Audi
Wedding:
8/17/2014
4.0/5.0
My husband and I had a very short period of time to plan our wedding, on a very tight budget. We'd called around to several venues in our area, looking to find an affordable home for our reception, only to find most places were asking for amounts well outside our budget, with half the stuff we were looking for.

The Castaway Burbank has been a tradition in our family going back to when my dad and uncles were kids, and came highly recommended. We worked with Michel, the head coordinator, and he was amazing. Gave us the full tour, explained the entire process, helped us pick the best package for our needs, even worked with us to customize the package even further. Looking back on it now, after the fact, I wish we'd gone with the full hosted bar for the entire night, and I can't stress enough to make sure you have a head count turned in a full 7 DAYS before your event date. With everything we asked the Castaway to do though, those two items were small blips on the radar.

The end result was an amazing night, with extremely friendly staff assisting the reception, a beautiful reception venue with an amazing entrance and a room with gorgeous decor, and food that received amazing reviews from all our guests. The entire night seemed far more expensive than what it really was, which is never a bad thing, and the restaurant was amazingly accommodating. The view from the balcony patio is breathtaking, and worth every penny by itself. Our night at the Castaway was everything we could have asked for, and more.
My husband and I had a very short period of time to plan our wedding, on a very tight budget. We'd called around to Read more...
My husband and I had a very short period of time to plan our wedding, on a very tight budget. We'd called around to several venues in our area, looking to find an affordable home for our reception, only to find most places were asking for amounts well outside our budget, with half the stuff we were looking for.

The Castaway Burbank has been a tradition in our family going back to when my dad and uncles were kids, and came highly recommended. We worked with Michel, the head coordinator, and he was amazing. Gave us the full tour, explained the entire process, helped us pick the best package for our needs, even worked with us to customize the package even further. Looking back on it now, after the fact, I wish we'd gone with the full hosted bar for the entire night, and I can't stress enough to make sure you have a head count turned in a full 7 DAYS before your event date. With everything we asked the Castaway to do though, those two items were small blips on the radar.

The end result was an amazing night, with extremely friendly staff assisting the reception, a beautiful reception venue with an amazing entrance and a room with gorgeous decor, and food that received amazing reviews from all our guests. The entire night seemed far more expensive than what it really was, which is never a bad thing, and the restaurant was amazingly accommodating. The view from the balcony patio is breathtaking, and worth every penny by itself. Our night at the Castaway was everything we could have asked for, and more. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
8/3/2014
4.8/5.0
Maureen the coordinator for my wedding was amazing. Having an August wedding in Burbank you don't expect rain. Well of course it was a down pour. Maureen was on it, moved the ceremony indoors and set up an arch at lightening speed. Was bummed I was unable to have the ceremony I had hoped for but everything went off without a hitch considering the circumstances.
Maureen the coordinator for my wedding was amazing. Having an August wedding in Burbank you don't expect rain. Well of Read more...
Maureen the coordinator for my wedding was amazing. Having an August wedding in Burbank you don't expect rain. Well of course it was a down pour. Maureen was on it, moved the ceremony indoors and set up an arch at lightening speed. Was bummed I was unable to have the ceremony I had hoped for but everything went off without a hitch considering the circumstances. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
The Castaways was absolutely fantastic! Matt and I enjoyed our experience fully. Everything for the ceremony and reception were included, the price was very reasonable for all of the services and food/beverage choices. The site is beautiful and was perfectly scenic for our wedding pictures. The staff is extremely nice and hard-working. They made everything so smooth for our wedding day, and there were no complications whatsoever. I recommend this site to anyone that wants a one-stop-shop wedding venue with amazing service and wonderful staff to help plan your wedding :). Thank you Castaways!
The Castaways was absolutely fantastic! Matt and I enjoyed our experience fully. Everything for the ceremony and reception Read more...
The Castaways was absolutely fantastic! Matt and I enjoyed our experience fully. Everything for the ceremony and reception were included, the price was very reasonable for all of the services and food/beverage choices. The site is beautiful and was perfectly scenic for our wedding pictures. The staff is extremely nice and hard-working. They made everything so smooth for our wedding day, and there were no complications whatsoever. I recommend this site to anyone that wants a one-stop-shop wedding venue with amazing service and wonderful staff to help plan your wedding :). Thank you Castaways! Read less
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Victor
Wedding:
5/4/2014
4.9/5.0
Laura was our event planner and she was great. Laura walked us through eveything we needed for our event. She was very professional and knows her stuff. The venue was beautiful. We had our event in the evening. The food quality was superb and the quantity was just right. The staff was very quick on their feet to get things setup and also bring people their food. You get a lot for your buck at the Castaway.
Laura was our event planner and she was great. Laura walked us through eveything we needed for our event. She was very Read more...
Laura was our event planner and she was great. Laura walked us through eveything we needed for our event. She was very professional and knows her stuff. The venue was beautiful. We had our event in the evening. The food quality was superb and the quantity was just right. The staff was very quick on their feet to get things setup and also bring people their food. You get a lot for your buck at the Castaway. Read less
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Valerie
Wedding:
10/4/2013
4.3/5.0
This venue's strongest point is value. You won't find a place in the LA area that gives you so much for your dollar that still delivers on ambiance and quality. Our planner, Danielle, was enthusiastic and super helpful and responsive. Everyone loved the food (and that's rare with weddings). Not to mention, the view at the ceremony is to die for. Not to mention champagne toast, food, cake, ceremony site, and reception hall are all included at ridiculously low per-person pricing. And if you get married on a week day, the pricing is even better!
This venue's strongest point is value. You won't find a place in the LA area that gives you so much for your dollar that Read more...
This venue's strongest point is value. You won't find a place in the LA area that gives you so much for your dollar that still delivers on ambiance and quality. Our planner, Danielle, was enthusiastic and super helpful and responsive. Everyone loved the food (and that's rare with weddings). Not to mention, the view at the ceremony is to die for. Not to mention champagne toast, food, cake, ceremony site, and reception hall are all included at ridiculously low per-person pricing. And if you get married on a week day, the pricing is even better! Read less
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Alisa
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
September 7, 2013 was the date of my Wedding ceremony and reception. From the beginning it was the perfect venue to host my wedding. Castaway was the first stop on our list in September 2012 on our venue scouting trip. We went to Sportsman lounge, Odyssey, Shanghai Reds, Orange Hill, but nothing could beat Castaway. The wedding packages they offered were right in our budget. Danielle (on site coordinator) was flexible, personable, and very easy to work with. She was timely with e-mails, phone calls, on site meetings, worked well with our wedding coordinators (The Double Knot,) coordinated the food tasting event, answered calls from family members and the countless other little things she made accommodations for. Danielle really made our decision easy with Castaway. The Wedding day came and went in a flash, but the ceremony and reception went flawless in our eyes. The food and service during the night was great. We had a choice of 5 appetizers, 3 Entrees (Filet Minion, Salmon, and Mushroom Ravioli), 2 hour open bar and cake. Not a complaint in the room. Castaway has a view of LA and Burbank unlike any place else that helped to seal the deal. It was a picture perfect wedding day. I highly recommend Castaway to any bride and groom. Thank you Danielle and Castaway.
September 7, 2013 was the date of my Wedding ceremony and reception. From the beginning it was the perfect venue to host Read more...
September 7, 2013 was the date of my Wedding ceremony and reception. From the beginning it was the perfect venue to host my wedding. Castaway was the first stop on our list in September 2012 on our venue scouting trip. We went to Sportsman lounge, Odyssey, Shanghai Reds, Orange Hill, but nothing could beat Castaway. The wedding packages they offered were right in our budget. Danielle (on site coordinator) was flexible, personable, and very easy to work with. She was timely with e-mails, phone calls, on site meetings, worked well with our wedding coordinators (The Double Knot,) coordinated the food tasting event, answered calls from family members and the countless other little things she made accommodations for. Danielle really made our decision easy with Castaway. The Wedding day came and went in a flash, but the ceremony and reception went flawless in our eyes. The food and service during the night was great. We had a choice of 5 appetizers, 3 Entrees (Filet Minion, Salmon, and Mushroom Ravioli), 2 hour open bar and cake. Not a complaint in the room. Castaway has a view of LA and Burbank unlike any place else that helped to seal the deal. It was a picture perfect wedding day. I highly recommend Castaway to any bride and groom. Thank you Danielle and Castaway. Read less
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Stacy
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.4/5.0
The Castaway was the perfect venue for me and my husband. During the reception and ceremony, the wait staff was beyond amazing making sure glasses were full and people were happy. They were very attentive to me and even brought me special appetizers when I told them that I missed out on the crab cakes! It was so sweet! They are true professionals! Everything flowed perfectly. The food was beyond amazing and the venue was beautiful. Everything looked awesome and I could not have been happier with the day.

The only issues were prior to the event. I actually had to switch coordinators because of some differences in styles. But I ended up with Laura who was perfectly attentive and amazing. Also, the ceremony coordinator was a little late when it came to the rehearsal and the start of the ceremony even though we were all ready to go, but she had another wedding to start. Another issue was they told me that they would set up at 9am, but didn't completely set up until 1pm. But that seemed to be a miscommunication issue. But besides those issues, I was very happy!
The Castaway was the perfect venue for me and my husband. During the reception and ceremony, the wait staff was beyond Read more...
The Castaway was the perfect venue for me and my husband. During the reception and ceremony, the wait staff was beyond amazing making sure glasses were full and people were happy. They were very attentive to me and even brought me special appetizers when I told them that I missed out on the crab cakes! It was so sweet! They are true professionals! Everything flowed perfectly. The food was beyond amazing and the venue was beautiful. Everything looked awesome and I could not have been happier with the day.

The only issues were prior to the event. I actually had to switch coordinators because of some differences in styles. But I ended up with Laura who was perfectly attentive and amazing. Also, the ceremony coordinator was a little late when it came to the rehearsal and the start of the ceremony even though we were all ready to go, but she had another wedding to start. Another issue was they told me that they would set up at 9am, but didn't completely set up until 1pm. But that seemed to be a miscommunication issue. But besides those issues, I was very happy! Read less
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Sandra
Wedding:
7/4/2013
4.6/5.0
I actually had a pretty good experience at Castaway for our court of July wedding. Staff was amazing and the views were spectacular. Food was pretty good and everyone had a great time.
I actually had a pretty good experience at Castaway for our court of July wedding. Staff was amazing and the views were Read more...
I actually had a pretty good experience at Castaway for our court of July wedding. Staff was amazing and the views were spectacular. Food was pretty good and everyone had a great time. Read less
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