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Lake Union Cafe & Custom Bakery

Seattle , WA
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LOCATION

3119 Eastlake Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102 US (map)

PHONE

206-568-1258

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ABOUT US

Delivering exceptional events for over 15 years!

The Lake Union Cafe's commended service, high quality cuisine, elegant art-deco interior, and unique design creates a perfect... Read more
Delivering exceptional events for over 15 years!

The Lake Union Cafe's commended service, high quality cuisine, elegant art-deco interior, and unique design creates a perfect setting for formal and reception-style events. Our exclusively private events venue is available for all types of occasions, such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate gatherings, company holiday parties, rehearsal dinners and more!

Our Chef, Ian Hoyt's, commitment to culinary excellence is reflected throughout our menus, featuring the best of the Pacific Rim & Northwest cuisine with a classic touch. Our Pastry Chef, Kevin Moulder, creates custom cakes, pastries, cupcakes, and dessert bars to suit all occasions for in-house events and pick-up/delivery.

Our consistent delivery of high-quality cuisine and service is recognized and honored through numerous awards from Wedding Wire and rave reviews from our amazing clients. Thank you for visiting! Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage, Classic
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?
250
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Outside Alcohol OK
What event items are available?
Aisle Runners, Altar/Arches, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use

INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

What types of desserts do you provide?
Cheese, Cookies, Croquembouche, Cupcakes, Dessert Buffet, Fruit, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What services do you provide?
Consultations, Delivery, Setup
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Vegan
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Andrea
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
This venue is a one-stop shop, that is also elegant and romantic. The ceremony and reception are held here, and they have take care of everything from cake to flowers. The place is absolutely beautiful and everyone has been so happy with the details and outcome.
This venue is a one-stop shop, that is also elegant and romantic. The ceremony and reception are held here, and they have Read more...
This venue is a one-stop shop, that is also elegant and romantic. The ceremony and reception are held here, and they have take care of everything from cake to flowers. The place is absolutely beautiful and everyone has been so happy with the details and outcome. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Tiahnan
Wedding:
1/7/2016
5.0/5.0
Lake Union Cafe is an amazing venue!

We had a small budget, but a winter wedding, and we weren't seeing a way to make the two agree. Indoor location, caterers, decorations, place settings... it all seemed like we would have to get uncomfortably creative or spend way more than we had to work with.

Then we found LUC! The location is gorgeous, the food is amazing and it's staffed by some of the most considerate, professional people I've ever worked with. They rolled with all our requests, responded to our messages quickly and thoroughly, and were incredibly helpful when it was clear we had no idea what we were doing. I've spent the last several months singing their praises to anyone who will listen.
Lake Union Cafe is an amazing venue!

We had a small budget, but a winter wedding, and we weren't seeing a way to Read more...
Lake Union Cafe is an amazing venue!

We had a small budget, but a winter wedding, and we weren't seeing a way to make the two agree. Indoor location, caterers, decorations, place settings... it all seemed like we would have to get uncomfortably creative or spend way more than we had to work with.

Then we found LUC! The location is gorgeous, the food is amazing and it's staffed by some of the most considerate, professional people I've ever worked with. They rolled with all our requests, responded to our messages quickly and thoroughly, and were incredibly helpful when it was clear we had no idea what we were doing. I've spent the last several months singing their praises to anyone who will listen. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Ali
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We could not have chosen a more wonderful venue to celebrate our New Years Eve wedding! From the beginning all of the staff was so accommodating. Vicki did an amazing job on the flowers-she really took our theme and brought it to the next level. Kevin in the bakery was so easy to work with, even when I waited until the last minute to choose all of my desserts!

Tasia and Beth were both SUCH a joy to work with, all of my wedding guests were raving about the service level, and I am still on cloud 9 with how easy the process was. My guest count was about 180, so it was a wee bit crowded, but having an evening winter wedding, we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Cheers to the entire staff, and an event we will cherish forever!
We could not have chosen a more wonderful venue to celebrate our New Years Eve wedding! From the beginning all of the Read more...
We could not have chosen a more wonderful venue to celebrate our New Years Eve wedding! From the beginning all of the staff was so accommodating. Vicki did an amazing job on the flowers-she really took our theme and brought it to the next level. Kevin in the bakery was so easy to work with, even when I waited until the last minute to choose all of my desserts!

Tasia and Beth were both SUCH a joy to work with, all of my wedding guests were raving about the service level, and I am still on cloud 9 with how easy the process was. My guest count was about 180, so it was a wee bit crowded, but having an evening winter wedding, we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Cheers to the entire staff, and an event we will cherish forever! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
I could not have picked a better location for my wedding. I had never been there prior to my first visit but I had heard rave reviews from friends who had been there for a wedding. They were right! In my opinion, the typical ballroom elsewhere, is just that. Typical. You have to do a lot to make it feel special and unique. However, you do not have that issue with LUC. It's perfectly appointed in every way. It is not so large that guests get lost. The art deco setting provides a very warm atmosphere that guests loved. In fact, you do not really much decor to have a nice setting but the accommodating staff will work with you to make it your own, as well.

When my husband and I first came to LUC for a tour, it was under different management. A couple months later, I began working with Tasia and Beth. They are fantastic people to work with. Tasia knows how to keep a bride even-keeled and relaxed. When I found out that they did not have my accent wedding color on hand for the chair sashes and table runners, Tasia made sure they ordered them and had them for my wedding! I was ecstatic. Tasia kept me on top of the details throughout the planning process as we narrowed in on food selections, who is doing what, when and where. She and Beth showed immense patience and care as my wedding party and I set up the decor throughout the venue, before and after the rehearsal. It is my understanding that I had brought in more stuff than anyone else but they were great. Just know that you are responsible for set up and tear down of anything you bring in but they will help where they can.

Flowers - Vicki worked with my vision and budget and I was blown away by the beauty of the flowers and the bouquets. "In-house" does NOT mean "cutting corners" or "compromise." They deliver!

Cake - Same comments can be made for their bakery. Kevin is awesome and the guests loved the Pumpkin Spiced Chai cake!

Food - Goes without saying, the guests loved the food.
I could not have picked a better location for my wedding. I had never been there prior to my first visit but I had heard Read more...
I could not have picked a better location for my wedding. I had never been there prior to my first visit but I had heard rave reviews from friends who had been there for a wedding. They were right! In my opinion, the typical ballroom elsewhere, is just that. Typical. You have to do a lot to make it feel special and unique. However, you do not have that issue with LUC. It's perfectly appointed in every way. It is not so large that guests get lost. The art deco setting provides a very warm atmosphere that guests loved. In fact, you do not really much decor to have a nice setting but the accommodating staff will work with you to make it your own, as well.

When my husband and I first came to LUC for a tour, it was under different management. A couple months later, I began working with Tasia and Beth. They are fantastic people to work with. Tasia knows how to keep a bride even-keeled and relaxed. When I found out that they did not have my accent wedding color on hand for the chair sashes and table runners, Tasia made sure they ordered them and had them for my wedding! I was ecstatic. Tasia kept me on top of the details throughout the planning process as we narrowed in on food selections, who is doing what, when and where. She and Beth showed immense patience and care as my wedding party and I set up the decor throughout the venue, before and after the rehearsal. It is my understanding that I had brought in more stuff than anyone else but they were great. Just know that you are responsible for set up and tear down of anything you bring in but they will help where they can.

Flowers - Vicki worked with my vision and budget and I was blown away by the beauty of the flowers and the bouquets. "In-house" does NOT mean "cutting corners" or "compromise." They deliver!

Cake - Same comments can be made for their bakery. Kevin is awesome and the guests loved the Pumpkin Spiced Chai cake!

Food - Goes without saying, the guests loved the food. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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Meagan
Wedding:
9/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Lake Union Cafe did our wedding desserts. We had an array: cutting cake, cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes. For our cutting cake I sent two pictures and with just those two, they created an exact replica of what I wanted. It was stunning. The cupcakes and cheesecakes were also something people talked about all night. I couldn't have been happier. Thank you!
In terms of the food, everything was beautiful and tasty. The appetizers were good size and there was more than enough food for everyone.
Lake Union Cafe did our wedding desserts. We had an array: cutting cake, cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes. For our cutting Read more...
Lake Union Cafe did our wedding desserts. We had an array: cutting cake, cupcakes, and mini cheesecakes. For our cutting cake I sent two pictures and with just those two, they created an exact replica of what I wanted. It was stunning. The cupcakes and cheesecakes were also something people talked about all night. I couldn't have been happier. Thank you!
In terms of the food, everything was beautiful and tasty. The appetizers were good size and there was more than enough food for everyone. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/6/2015
5.0/5.0
We got our wedding cake from the custom bakery- it was delicious! We had the grand mariner flavor. We also liked their sampling process (picked up from their location- had about 20 flavors).
We got our wedding cake from the custom bakery- it was delicious! We had the grand mariner flavor. We also liked their Read more...
We got our wedding cake from the custom bakery- it was delicious! We had the grand mariner flavor. We also liked their sampling process (picked up from their location- had about 20 flavors). Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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Diana
Wedding:
8/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Our daughter was married & had her wedding reception at Lake Union Cafe last week, August 21, 2015!
Everything was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We bought the all inclusive package, venue, candles, flowers,cake, food! Leading up to the wedding we met with LUC staff members to plan out the wedding & reception!
Everything turned out perfect! The food was amazing, her cake was both beautiful & delishes, the flowers were GORGEOUS!
The staff was AWESOME! Beth, you carried out Jennifer's vision & wedding dream PERFECTLY! I can not say enough good things about Beth & all the help she provided for our family on this incredible night!
There is not one thing we would have changed! Everything went flawlessly. All our family had to do was walk in & enjoy this amazing experience!
Thank you Beth & LAKE UNION CAFE!
Our daughter was married & had her wedding reception at Lake Union Cafe last week, August 21, 2015!
Everything was Read more...
Our daughter was married & had her wedding reception at Lake Union Cafe last week, August 21, 2015!
Everything was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We bought the all inclusive package, venue, candles, flowers,cake, food! Leading up to the wedding we met with LUC staff members to plan out the wedding & reception!
Everything turned out perfect! The food was amazing, her cake was both beautiful & delishes, the flowers were GORGEOUS!
The staff was AWESOME! Beth, you carried out Jennifer's vision & wedding dream PERFECTLY! I can not say enough good things about Beth & all the help she provided for our family on this incredible night!
There is not one thing we would have changed! Everything went flawlessly. All our family had to do was walk in & enjoy this amazing experience!
Thank you Beth & LAKE UNION CAFE! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Christy
Wedding:
7/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We used Lake Union Cafe to make a Grooms Cake for my son's wedding. I met with Kevin in March. After seeing Steel Magnolias and seeing a red velvet armidillo groom's cake, I have wanted to order a grooms cake ever since. I decided on a 3 dimensional cougar cake (the animal - not an older woman) - it is part of an on-going family joke. The cake was AMAZING. It was so much more than I had hoped for. The detail was amazing and it was the hit of the rehearsal dinner! Everyone has a picture of it! My son cut off the head to save for his first year anniversary :) . Kevin is an artist - this thing had teeth, whiskers, and even the tongue was life like! I couldn't have been more pleased or satified.
Our food on the SKANSONIA was also done by the LUC and was outstanding.
We used Lake Union Cafe to make a Grooms Cake for my son's wedding. I met with Kevin in March. After seeing Steel Read more...
We used Lake Union Cafe to make a Grooms Cake for my son's wedding. I met with Kevin in March. After seeing Steel Magnolias and seeing a red velvet armidillo groom's cake, I have wanted to order a grooms cake ever since. I decided on a 3 dimensional cougar cake (the animal - not an older woman) - it is part of an on-going family joke. The cake was AMAZING. It was so much more than I had hoped for. The detail was amazing and it was the hit of the rehearsal dinner! Everyone has a picture of it! My son cut off the head to save for his first year anniversary :) . Kevin is an artist - this thing had teeth, whiskers, and even the tongue was life like! I couldn't have been more pleased or satified.
Our food on the SKANSONIA was also done by the LUC and was outstanding. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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K&D
Wedding:
7/26/2015
5.0/5.0
We got the Napoleon wedding cake, layers of vanilla and chocolate sandwiching strawberry mousse, which was both beautiful and very tasty! They were easy to work with, provided a generous tasting platter to help us choose our cake, and were a great value. Everyone loved the cake!
We got the Napoleon wedding cake, layers of vanilla and chocolate sandwiching strawberry mousse, which was both beautiful Read more...
We got the Napoleon wedding cake, layers of vanilla and chocolate sandwiching strawberry mousse, which was both beautiful and very tasty! They were easy to work with, provided a generous tasting platter to help us choose our cake, and were a great value. Everyone loved the cake! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
I am SO glad we chose LUC for our May 30th wedding. The venue is beautiful needing minimal additional decorations, and the event coordinators make planning a breeze.
Now the food. Best wedding catering, EVER. All of our guests were wowed by the food, from the passed Gorgonzola beef appetizers, to the entree, down to the dinner rolls. I need to get a makeover and pretend to be in the market to get married, just so I can go to their food tasting again. Their cupcakes and cheesecake are also amazing, best cake to frosting ratio and not too sweet frosting. I've been to two other weddings at different venues where the bride and groom ordered cupcakes from LUCs custom bakery, and both times the cupcakes were incredible.
The event coordinators were always quick to respond to email and met with us in person as much as we needed to in order to plan our big day. They were very organized and provided very clear and helpful info. JJ our day of coordinator was amazing. I would have been lost without her. She met with our DJ first thing when he arrived to set up to plan the events of the evening with him and made the night go by so smoothly. I'll recommend LUC to everyone I know in the market for a venue or bakery.


Only negative - it's in a old Seattle building, so their lovely Art Deco vintage decor also means their ventilation is also vintage. Bring a coat in the winter and dress light if we get lucky and it's a hot day in Seattle in the summer.
I am SO glad we chose LUC for our May 30th wedding. The venue is beautiful needing minimal additional decorations, and the Read more...
I am SO glad we chose LUC for our May 30th wedding. The venue is beautiful needing minimal additional decorations, and the event coordinators make planning a breeze.
Now the food. Best wedding catering, EVER. All of our guests were wowed by the food, from the passed Gorgonzola beef appetizers, to the entree, down to the dinner rolls. I need to get a makeover and pretend to be in the market to get married, just so I can go to their food tasting again. Their cupcakes and cheesecake are also amazing, best cake to frosting ratio and not too sweet frosting. I've been to two other weddings at different venues where the bride and groom ordered cupcakes from LUCs custom bakery, and both times the cupcakes were incredible.
The event coordinators were always quick to respond to email and met with us in person as much as we needed to in order to plan our big day. They were very organized and provided very clear and helpful info. JJ our day of coordinator was amazing. I would have been lost without her. She met with our DJ first thing when he arrived to set up to plan the events of the evening with him and made the night go by so smoothly. I'll recommend LUC to everyone I know in the market for a venue or bakery.


Only negative - it's in a old Seattle building, so their lovely Art Deco vintage decor also means their ventilation is also vintage. Bring a coat in the winter and dress light if we get lucky and it's a hot day in Seattle in the summer. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue

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