Clarendon Ballroom

Arlington , VA


3185 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA US 22201 (map)




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Traditionallly Elegant to Uniquely Modern Located in the center of Clarendon's active restaurant and entertainment district, this 1930's Art Deco Ballroom offers posh atmosphere,... Read more
Traditionallly Elegant to Uniquely Modern Located in the center of Clarendon's active restaurant and entertainment district, this 1930's Art Deco Ballroom offers posh atmosphere, restaurant-quality event cuisine, subtle and attentive service, and a low-stress planning process with experienced catering managers. Now in our 14th year of business, we have had the pleasure of working with 100's of brides and grooms. With each wedding, we are aware of the trust placed in us and are thrilled to help our clients in crafting ceremonies and receptions that reflect their style and character. Customized menus, curated bar choices, and limitless decor options give our clients the tools to design a personalized day for their guests to remember for years to come. Contact us at info@clarendonballroom.com or, our Director of Catering, Sandra Hoehne, at sandra@clarendonballroom.com Read less
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Banquet Hall, Historic Site
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City, Glamorous, Vintage
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Ceremony, Reception
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We couldn't have been happier with our experience at the Clarendon Ballroom. Everything was fantastic, especially the food!
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At first, I was hesitant about having my wedding at Clarendon Ballroom: I mean, isn't it just a bar where people get drunk on the weekends?

I was so wrong! Private events are the specialty at Clarendon Ballroom, and they were fantastic to work with. Here's what I loved about them:

Clarendon Ballroom is not a cookie-cutter venue, so if you're looking for something a little different, it's a great way to go without being super inconvenient. It is right in the middle of downtown Arlington, it's a local institution, and the people that run it are all co-owners, so they have a huge vested interest in making the place great.

They also cover so much of what you might have to rent separately with another venue: tables, chairs, linens, cocktail furniture, alcohol, appetizers, dinner, and dessert were all available, and it was so nice to have one vendor for everything.

Sandra, the banquet manager was so nice and always responsive whenever we had a question, and while she was super helpful in letting us know what other people have done in the past, she was not judgmental about what we wanted.

And the food: amazing. We got SO many compliments from all of our guests, and good food was a really high priority for us. I think it makes a difference that they make the food on-site, rather than hauling it in from somewhere else and reheating it. They are open to doing WHATEVER you want, although we mostly relied on the chef's expertise, because he really knows his stuff.

All in all, it's a reasonable price too, especially by D.C. area standards. By the time you figure in all the extra vendors for a place that only charges a venue fee, I think Clarendon Ballroom really is the better deal.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
We had our wedding ceremony & reception at Clarendon Ballroom this past July and our friends and family are still talking about it. As a former event planner, I had a high bar for customer service and event execution! We worked primarily with Sandra, the event manager, and we were impressed from the beginning. Sandra really worked with us to make the event feel like us and made recommendations based on her experience that really helped things go smoothly. CB was the first venue we looked at and we should have stopped looking right then - the flexibility of the space combined with the location's accessibility and desirability makes the value unmatched in the DC area. There's great diversity in the menu and everything we tasted was spectacular. I particularly liked that the menu options were more modern than most DC venues with in house kitchens. The space itself is a gem - easily transformable with the typical additions, and easily stellar on its own with its Art Deco vibe (which was great for us). Since CB is a fully functioning bar, you have a MUCH better beer selection than most places. We also were easily able to supplement the wine list and Sandra helped us find a particular type of wine we desperately wanted. Lastly, their team’s flexibility is unmatched. I can't tell you how many times I reached out with a request or something I thought might be a favor and the answer was, "but of course!" or, "whatever is easiest for you". Let me tell you folks, that is not always the standard in this town, esp in the wedding industry, and it's an immeasurable and priceless stress-reducer :) Highly, highly recommend! ~Heidi (Jason's wife)
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We had an amazing reception at the Ballroom and loved working with Sandra and her team. Many of our guests have commented that the food was the best wedding food they had. The venue was wonderful and accommodating in every possible way. Everything was set up perfectly and it allowed me not to stress about any wedding day details. The location was great and we highly recommend it to others in the future.
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I had my wedding, cocktail hour, and reception at Clarendon Ballroom. From the first email I sent to CB, to the time I went to pick up my decorations after the wedding, I have had the best experience I could imagine with wedding planning. If you don’t want to continue reading my review, to summarize: CB is easy, and has great food.

Sandra is beyond FANTASTIC - there is not an impossible vision or idea too crazy. She was always willing to give suggestions, recommend outside vendors, show pictures of things they’ve done in the past. She was also completely willing to work with our budget and give ideas for cutting costs, or suggesting where money would be better spent.

Our guests are still raving about the food. We had a salmon dish and a filet - both were just fantastic and creative, NOT wedding food. I even heard the vegetarian option was delicious. The presentation was flawless (it came out and people were like, what is this!?) and the servers were really quick getting it all out.

The cake (which I don’t believe they make themselves) was also delicious, and beautiful. My brother who has NEVER liked cake had at least 3 slices.

Any vendor I wanted to use, I probably could have. Sandra helped a lot in finding vendors and giving suggestions, but was completely open to us bringing in any band, decorations, etc. that we thought we needed. I even wanted my aisle to be lined with lighted candles - no problem! If you’re creative, and want something easy, this might be the place for you to have your own wedding.
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We were absolutely thrilled with our wedding at the Ballroom! Everything was wonderful! The ceremony space was beautiful which was then transformed to the reception space while we were on the roof for the cocktail hour. Our guests loved being on the roof and enjoying the food and drinks! We absolutely LOVED the food and service. Our family and friends keep telling us it was the best wedding food they have ever tasted! The cake was delicious and looked exactly like the picture we provided as an example.

We worked with Sandra throughout the planning process. She was so easy to work with. She responded quickly and gave advice about the food, lighting, tablecloths, timeline and much more! We enjoyed the planning process with Sandra and she made sure our day was perfect!
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My husband and I met at the Clarendon Ballroom in 2008 and shared our first kiss on the rooftop. It meant so much to us to have our wedding at the Ballroom but soon found out not only did we choose a venue that had meaning to us, but we hit the jackpot by choosing this venue! It started when we had our food tasting. My Mom, Dad and fiance (at the time) were all just laughing the whole time because who would've known that the Clarendon Ballroom had the best food in town. And I mean, the BEST food. To this day people still talk about that being the best food they've ever had at a wedding. I was literally in a state of shock when I saw the venue set up for our wedding reception, it was beautiful. What once was a sweaty dance club, magically transformed into the wedding of any girl's dreams. The cocktail hour was on the rooftop, and on October 20, was the perfect cool weather. Sandra went above and beyond in every aspect you could imagine to make our dream wedding come true and she far surpassed our envision. She worked beautifully with my vendors, none of whom had done a wedding at the Ballroom and everything went smoothly. They provide valet service and door men who were dressed in tuxes and just made the whole event feel that much more "glam"! Oh and how could i forget the cookies!!! In addition to wedding cake, we served warm chocolate chip cookies to everyone immediately following dinner! How they managed to keep every cookie "warm" is beyond me. But everyone LOVED them! Words cannot describe how perfect my wedding day was, thanks to Sandra and her amazing staff. She was absolutely amazing to work with and seriously made sure everything was PERFECT. We still keep in touch with her and actually ran into her on our one year anniversary when we went back to the Ballroom to reminisce!
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As soon as I found out that the Clarendon Ballroom was also a wedding and events venue that was very affordable (!) in comparison to many DC wedding locations, I had to get married there. I've been to so many concerts, parties, and just random nights out at the Ballroom over the years, but having our wedding there was truly special. The catering manager, Sandra Hoehne, is awesome! She suggested many reliable vendors to make our day special, and we ended up using many of them, as well.
We had our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at the one location. They use the main floor ballroom for the ceremony setup, cocktail hour on the roof or in the front lounge, and then transform the main floor ballroom into a beautiful reception space in one little hour. Everyone told me how impressed they were at the transformation, and how much they loved having the outdoor cocktail hour on the roof with the great view of Arlington and sunset.
The food at the Clarendon Ballroom is really the reason to book. It is that good. Again, many guests raved about how good the food was, and depending on your bar package, they have a TON of beers on tap available (my husband really loved that one)! They make the wedding cake there or else you incur an extra fee per guest if you bring it in from the outside. I was nervous about this at first, because if I found I really cool cake design, I didn't know if the chef would have the pastry skills to pull it off. I should never have worried. They made a beautiful tiered cake with an enormous sugar flower covering the side of several tiers, and it looked EXACTLY like the picture that I sent. I was floored. It tasted really yummy, too! :)
I can't say enough about how happy I was with having our wedding at the Clarendon Ballroom. You may think of it as more of a bar, but they really far exceeded my expectations of what our wedding day should be. We couldn't be happier and we're excited to go back every year to celebrate our anniversary on the rooftop deck!
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When we told people we were having our wedding at the Clarendon Ballroom, their response was "that bar we go see bands at?". It. Was. Amazing! The price was very good for the DC area and included a lot. The food is amazing; we had a cocktail style reception that our guests loved! Everyone raved about the Mac and Cheese. Sandra was super easy to work with and I enjoyed all of my meetings with her. They were very flexible with how we decorated the space and it was completely transformed! We had so much fun and I am so happy we had our wedding at the Clarendon Ballroom!!
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I truly cannot recommend the Clarendon Ballroom enough. I had been there to attend a company holiday party, and it was the only potential place we looked at (although I spoke with a half dozen or more locations). I knew I liked the space, but the things that really set it apart that I wasn't expecting was the service and the food. Sandra, the catering manager (and wife of the chef) provided such an overwhelming level of responsiveness and service, I can't even properly capture it. There wasn't a single thing I asked for that she didn't reply immediately with exactly what I needed, and she was just so understanding of everything I was going through.

The food was also amazing - you can basically get whatever you want, so we had stations with Spanish tapas, sushi, and pasta. The guests couldn't stop talking about how incredible the food was.

Having our reception at the Clarendon Ballroom was probably the single best decision we made about the entire wedding.
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Robyn and Scott
When we started our wedding planning the only thing we knew was that we did not want to have the same hotel ballroom wedding everyone else has had. We discovered that that Ballroom did weddings and knew that this was the place for us!

We got married October 17, 2009 and worked with Amanda at the ballroom. From the very first time we met her, she was incredibly helpful and accommodating. Amanda helped us to create a menu that our guests have not stopped talking about! We did a ton of appetizers (mac and cheese, sliders, eggrolls, soup sippers, sushi and a few more to boot!) For our dinner, we did a bunch of different stations, which we loved. The food was so good and everyone loved getting up and moving around the room.

Amanda gave us wonderful suggestions for decorating the ballroom and was an absolute pleasure to work with. I was unsure how everything would look when the room was decorated for our wedding, but we were WOWED by the transformation. The room looked amazing and Amanda helped us to create a memorable evening. All of our friends who had been to the ballroom before, could not believe what a beautiful space it was.

We did our ceremony and our reception here and loved every aspect of having our wedding at the ballroom. Without any hesitation I would recommend any couple looking for a place that is unique, fun, has amazing food and staff, the Clarendon Ballroom is the place!
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The staff at the CB was wonderful. They made all of my dreams come true! We were assigned an event coordinator who put up with all of my incessant questions and who was just great! She had us drop off all of our decorations a few days before the wedding and then when we walked in it was just as I imagined it! The food was fantastic, the bar is to die for and they can accommodate all kinds of requests from sound system to linens. Highly recommend!
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My favorite vendor by far. I was EXTREMELY impressed with CB, especially catering manager, Sandra Hoehne. Boy did they deliver big time!! We only looked at CB and the Key Bridge Marriott. The View Ballroom at the Marriott could not hold the number of guests we needed unfortunately (at that time, around 150-200). We love going to CB for happy hour and other events, so why not our wedding reception! In the beginning, it was really hard to get a hold of anyone at CB. But after the initial contact, we had no problems. I found that email was many times more effective than phone. Sandra was very prompt with email and answered the millions of questions I had. The thing I love about CB is that you have so many choices and options, and you are only limited by your imagination, from hors d'oeuvres, to main courses, to dessert, to table linens, to set up etc etc. I always felt that the choices were way too limited at hotel receptions. We chose to do 3 food stations with a mix of large round tables and smaller cocktail and high-top tables for a more cocktail party-like atmosphere, where people mingled more and less formal. The theme was tropical / Asian. We met with Sandra 3-4 times and discussed the feel of what we wanted and the theme. She had tons of suggestions on the foods and setup to go w/ our theme. She showed us menus from other weddings and told us about setups for corporate events. It was so much fun. After we signed the contract, we did the tasting (not sure if you can do a tasting there before signing the contract, which would make more sense). The ballroom (Art Deco style with a huge dance floor) was dimly lit with candles and tables set up with their silverware and china. As soon as we tasted the food, sitting in that ballroom, I knew we had picked the right place. It was magical just sitting at the tasting! (Its executive chef worked at the Inn at Little Washington among other notable restaurants in DC and it shows in the magnificent food) A valet was included which made it easy for everyone. We also had a room downstairs for us to keep our stuff and get changed in. The night of the reception, the ballroom itself was dimly lit with a ton of votives all around, giving the room a romantic glow (CB provided all the votives and I asked that they used all of them). All our guests loved the food and couldn't stop raving about the hors d'oeuvres (lamb chops, shrimp, mini crab cakes and prosciutto wrapped asparagus). For main course, we had a sushi station (that sushi chef from Sushi Ko was on overdrive that night!), a ?Hawaiian station? with mahi-mahi, and a traditional comforts station with Cuban pork loin (to die for) and turkey. The food was awesome. Sandra assigned one waitress dedicated to us, making sure we had drinks and got all our food for us. We always got the hors d'oeuvres first. She set up a little sweetheart table for us, which I did not think to request. Sandra stayed the whole night until everyone had left and made sure everything went smoothly. She even packed up all the leftovers for us (we ate wedding food for the next 3 days). Sandra was so organized and everything went according to schedule without it feeling too constricting. She was a total professional and a pleasure to work with. We mingled with all our friends and family and had the time of our lives! I could not imagine our reception at any other location and the space was just right for 150 people. And no, we didn't do the rooftop deck, as it was 90 degrees that day. I would recommend the Clarendon Ballroom for any event in a heartbeat.
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
We used Clarendon Ballroom as our reception venue. When we were searching for reception venue, we're torn between couple options, but one of the reasons why we chose this place was Sandra--our point in contact, the coordinator for this place. Sandra was easy to communicate with and she's responsive to our queries. She was also willing to guide us on many other things which were beyond her task. The place itself was nice. We got married in May and we used the rooftop on the second floor for cocktail hour. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The rooftop was really nice, and on top of it the hors d'oeuvres were delicious.

Another reason why we like this place was the food/catering service. It was really delicious. We also love the option that we can order the wedding cake from their place. We had 1 tier cake with a very cute decoration, very reasonable price, and it tastes really delicious (we picked the praline/hazelnut). We get many praises from our guests because of the food.

The only suggestion I'd give is to always double check the invoice, since it listed a lot of small items (each food item that we ordered, facilities, etc) and could easily have errors. But this was easily fixed by Sandra once we pointed it out.

Overall, we're satisfied with this place, and would recommend it to others! Great values for the service and facilities they offered, and again Sandra made a huge difference!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
The Clarendon Ballroom was special to my fiance and I since we met there and later had our first kiss at the Ballroom. We were delighted to have our ceremony and reception at this memorable location. Logistically it was easy since they provided parking for our guests and the venue was less than a mile from our apartment. Several people questioned how nice we could turn this nightclub/bar that we frequented in our younger years into for a wedding but it was fairly easy. We really only used uplighting & flowers. We did not want the traditional hotel reception since my fiance works for hotel and knows how they nickel and dime you for everything. While the Ballroom may sound a little pricey for the rental fee, you should know it includes everything from tables, chairs, linens, and parking. You really just need to pay for food (and cake), alcohol, flowers and music. The staff and especially our coordinator Amanda were fabulous. They were easy to work with and helped everything run as smoothly as possible on our wedding day. I am still amazed how everything flowed so well and went pretty much as I had planned. The food was awesome and was exactly what we wanted for our seated diner. We are still getting raves from our guests about the food. The portions were huge! My only regret is that it rained the day of our wedding and we could not use the rooftop for happy hour. It would have made for some wonderful pictures... Maybe we'll head back there for our our anniversary.
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I loved this space - the bar was gorgeous and I liked upstairs deck for cocktails then the lounge for the after party. It was a blank canvas for me to add in special touches. My friends couldn't believe they way it was transformed. The service staff was great - they guests still rave about the food. I got to work with the sales staff to create my menu - they did a great dual entree of fish and steak with grits and southern biscuits. When I wanted more grits - the made sure I got some. The staff was also great making sure my bridal party and parents were well taken care of.

I highly recommend the Ballroom for your next event.
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