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Riverside Receptions and Conference Center

Geneva , IL

LOCATION

35 N. River Lane
Geneva, IL US 60134 (map)

PHONE

630-232-1330

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Riverside Receptions, a genuinely unique location for your next special event. We have it all: a spectacular view of the glorious Fox River, spacious conference and banquet rooms, and... Read more
Riverside Receptions, a genuinely unique location for your next special event. We have it all: a spectacular view of the glorious Fox River, spacious conference and banquet rooms, and excellent food. We specialize in personal service to cater to all of your distinctive needs. Be sure to read a personal Welcome from the General Manager.

Our historic building of natural stone and brick is warmed by several fireplaces, charmed with lace curtains and antique memorabilia. Our lounge and River Room are very beautiful and always remembered. Parking is convenient and complimentary and we are just steps away from the famous Herrington Inn and the renowned Geneva shopping district. Let the friendly and knowledgble staff at Riverside Receptions help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

Voted the Best Banquet facility in Kane County, Riverside Receptions has set a standard of excellence for elegant and well-orchestrated events. Our superior service and riverfront atmosphere makes Riverside Receptions an excellent choice for weddings, banquets, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, showers, luncheons, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries and more!

A beautiful setting, wonderful cuisine and a caring experienced staff. These are the ingredients that will ensure you a memorable event. Read less

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Andrea
Wedding:
7/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Riverside is very affordable and is a great value. The scenery is beautiful and the building is historic and located in a historic downtown west of Chicago. The planning and execution of our wedding reception was very professional and I had full trust that everything would go exactly as we had specified.
Riverside is very affordable and is a great value. The scenery is beautiful and the building is historic and located in a Read more...
Riverside is very affordable and is a great value. The scenery is beautiful and the building is historic and located in a historic downtown west of Chicago. The planning and execution of our wedding reception was very professional and I had full trust that everything would go exactly as we had specified. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
6/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! We had the lower level because we loved the charm and feel of the old stone and brick and the beautiful wood bar. We had a smaller wedding of about 100 people so the area was perfect size for people to move around. The bar is separated from the room where the dancing was and most people tended to gather in the bar area but we expected that. The staff placed everything exactly where we discussed and also made sure to gather everything to take home at the end of the night. The food was fantastic! Even though we regretfully didn't get to eat much since it was hectic like most bride and grooms. Wish we had thought to set some aside for us! Kathy was so nice and helpful in all the decision making and plans. I would absolutely recommend this place to everyone!
We LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! We had the lower level because we loved the charm and feel of the old stone and brick and Read more...
We LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! We had the lower level because we loved the charm and feel of the old stone and brick and the beautiful wood bar. We had a smaller wedding of about 100 people so the area was perfect size for people to move around. The bar is separated from the room where the dancing was and most people tended to gather in the bar area but we expected that. The staff placed everything exactly where we discussed and also made sure to gather everything to take home at the end of the night. The food was fantastic! Even though we regretfully didn't get to eat much since it was hectic like most bride and grooms. Wish we had thought to set some aside for us! Kathy was so nice and helpful in all the decision making and plans. I would absolutely recommend this place to everyone! Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The kind and professional folks at Riverside made our wedding amazing. The atmosphere is beautiful but the staff makes the day extra special by ensuring that everything goes smoothly. All expenses were included in the price of the plate, there were no hidden fees, and they even provide the bride and groom with a wedding planner for the day. You can be sure that the price they quote you will be the price they charge you in the end.

If we plan another event of any kind, it will be at Riverside Receptions. Thank you Cathy and Frances!!!
The kind and professional folks at Riverside made our wedding amazing. The atmosphere is beautiful but the staff makes the Read more...
The kind and professional folks at Riverside made our wedding amazing. The atmosphere is beautiful but the staff makes the day extra special by ensuring that everything goes smoothly. All expenses were included in the price of the plate, there were no hidden fees, and they even provide the bride and groom with a wedding planner for the day. You can be sure that the price they quote you will be the price they charge you in the end.

If we plan another event of any kind, it will be at Riverside Receptions. Thank you Cathy and Frances!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic time working with Riverside. Everything was clean and beautiful. We had our ceremony as well as reception with them and everything went smoothly. We just had the downstairs, there was another event upstairs, but we couldn't even tell. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food as well as how much fun they had. Everyone we worked with there was pleasent and helpful. They were even nice enough to plant a few extra flowers out front the day before our wedding (separate from the service that usually landscapes the area) since we had such a late start to spring, it really helped to add some life to the outdoor area.
We had a fantastic time working with Riverside. Everything was clean and beautiful. We had our ceremony as well as Read more...
We had a fantastic time working with Riverside. Everything was clean and beautiful. We had our ceremony as well as reception with them and everything went smoothly. We just had the downstairs, there was another event upstairs, but we couldn't even tell. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food as well as how much fun they had. Everyone we worked with there was pleasent and helpful. They were even nice enough to plant a few extra flowers out front the day before our wedding (separate from the service that usually landscapes the area) since we had such a late start to spring, it really helped to add some life to the outdoor area. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We received nothing but compliments on how wonderful Riverside was. They were so helpful in planning our wedding, and everything turned out better than we could have planned. The food was great and their prices were also very reasonable. We have a lot of family with food allergies and they were extremely accommodating!
We received nothing but compliments on how wonderful Riverside was. They were so helpful in planning our wedding, and Read more...
We received nothing but compliments on how wonderful Riverside was. They were so helpful in planning our wedding, and everything turned out better than we could have planned. The food was great and their prices were also very reasonable. We have a lot of family with food allergies and they were extremely accommodating! Read less
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
The venue is absolutely beautiful. I was looking for a place that had a rustic or brick look, a place that the pictures will have a beautiful background. We came to see this place and immediately I fell in love. They were so helpful with everything. They have two floors we chose the bottom floor because I liked the fact that there were different parts of the floor as opposed to the one large room. The bar room was open with extra seating and the room where we ate has brick floors and walls. We had our ceremony in the venue and it was lovely. They set up the chairs facing the wall that had trestles and candles against the brick wall.

The food was great, they accommodated the vegans at the wedding which was very awesome. We also got the cupcakes made there in their bakery, I had a friend who said they were some of the best cupcakes they have had. I got SO many compliments on the food. They said it was great food, and not great food for a buffet, but great food! They set up and broke down everything.

Last but not least. The service was incredible. I was helped by Tina with everything from contracts to the day before. And (I believe her name was) Norma (kicking myself for my bad memory) helped me the day of with EVERYTHING! She helped me when I locked myself out of the bridal suite, helped with the vegan cake cup presentation, and she even helped with the precession.

Everything was perfect, I couldn't ask for anything more honestly. I am so thankful for all the help I received and how well the entire thing turned out.
The venue is absolutely beautiful. I was looking for a place that had a rustic or brick look, a place that the pictures Read more...
The venue is absolutely beautiful. I was looking for a place that had a rustic or brick look, a place that the pictures will have a beautiful background. We came to see this place and immediately I fell in love. They were so helpful with everything. They have two floors we chose the bottom floor because I liked the fact that there were different parts of the floor as opposed to the one large room. The bar room was open with extra seating and the room where we ate has brick floors and walls. We had our ceremony in the venue and it was lovely. They set up the chairs facing the wall that had trestles and candles against the brick wall.

The food was great, they accommodated the vegans at the wedding which was very awesome. We also got the cupcakes made there in their bakery, I had a friend who said they were some of the best cupcakes they have had. I got SO many compliments on the food. They said it was great food, and not great food for a buffet, but great food! They set up and broke down everything.

Last but not least. The service was incredible. I was helped by Tina with everything from contracts to the day before. And (I believe her name was) Norma (kicking myself for my bad memory) helped me the day of with EVERYTHING! She helped me when I locked myself out of the bridal suite, helped with the vegan cake cup presentation, and she even helped with the precession.

Everything was perfect, I couldn't ask for anything more honestly. I am so thankful for all the help I received and how well the entire thing turned out. Read less
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Lara
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Riverside is beautiful and was the perfect venue for my wedding. I loved the privacy of a wedding at a reception center instead of a public place like a hotel. The location is fabulous too - right across from the lovely Herrington Inn (you need to stay at this hotel!), down the street from many cute Geneva bars and restaurants, and right on the river where there are paths and parks and beautiful scenery.

I really appreciate how Frances worked with my wedding planner and I to go through all the details of my event. She was very flexible about decor and other special requests I had. Everyone I spoke to here was friendly and knowledgeable. The chef is amazing and so friendly! All of the food and drink attendants were fun and professional during my reception.

We had our ceremony outside in the courtyard. It was absolutely stunning with the trees changing and my flowers out and Riverside's chivari chairs. The weather was gorgeous for us, but if it hadn't been, we had a backup space inside where we would have had the ceremony. No stress!

I am confident that there is not a location in any nearby area where I would have rather gotten married. It was perfect. My wedding planner (based in downtown Chicago) was amazed by the low prices of a suburbs wedding :)
Riverside is beautiful and was the perfect venue for my wedding. I loved the privacy of a wedding at a reception center Read more...
Riverside is beautiful and was the perfect venue for my wedding. I loved the privacy of a wedding at a reception center instead of a public place like a hotel. The location is fabulous too - right across from the lovely Herrington Inn (you need to stay at this hotel!), down the street from many cute Geneva bars and restaurants, and right on the river where there are paths and parks and beautiful scenery.

I really appreciate how Frances worked with my wedding planner and I to go through all the details of my event. She was very flexible about decor and other special requests I had. Everyone I spoke to here was friendly and knowledgeable. The chef is amazing and so friendly! All of the food and drink attendants were fun and professional during my reception.

We had our ceremony outside in the courtyard. It was absolutely stunning with the trees changing and my flowers out and Riverside's chivari chairs. The weather was gorgeous for us, but if it hadn't been, we had a backup space inside where we would have had the ceremony. No stress!

I am confident that there is not a location in any nearby area where I would have rather gotten married. It was perfect. My wedding planner (based in downtown Chicago) was amazed by the low prices of a suburbs wedding :) Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone was wonderful here! Especially Corey, not sure what I would've done without him! He put me at ease about everything. -- the Nuccios
Everyone was wonderful here! Especially Corey, not sure what I would've done without him! He put me at ease about Read more...
Everyone was wonderful here! Especially Corey, not sure what I would've done without him! He put me at ease about everything. -- the Nuccios Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Riverside Receptions provided not only a beautiful place for our ceremony and reception, but also very courteous and attentive staff. The food was good, not a complaint in the house.
Riverside Receptions provided not only a beautiful place for our ceremony and reception, but also very courteous and Read more...
Riverside Receptions provided not only a beautiful place for our ceremony and reception, but also very courteous and attentive staff. The food was good, not a complaint in the house. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Riverside Receptions is the perfect venue any time of the year. The service is impeccable. The floor to ceiling windows showcasing the scenic Fox River creates and amazing ambiance that needs no additional decoration. The food was 5 star! We loved working with Cathy and the rest of the Riverside crew. They took care of every single detail, allowing us to enjoy our perfect day. Thank you!
Riverside Receptions is the perfect venue any time of the year. The service is impeccable. The floor to ceiling windows Read more...
Riverside Receptions is the perfect venue any time of the year. The service is impeccable. The floor to ceiling windows showcasing the scenic Fox River creates and amazing ambiance that needs no additional decoration. The food was 5 star! We loved working with Cathy and the rest of the Riverside crew. They took care of every single detail, allowing us to enjoy our perfect day. Thank you! Read less
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Marilyn
Wedding:
7/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone we worked with provided excellent customer service. They ensured everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful ceremony and reception. I highly recommend them.
Everyone we worked with provided excellent customer service. They ensured everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful Read more...
Everyone we worked with provided excellent customer service. They ensured everything went smoothly and we had a wonderful ceremony and reception. I highly recommend them. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I am so glad we decided on Riverside as our reception site! I have been working with them almost a year on my wedding and everyone I've dealt with was very professional and always had an answer to my questions. The food at the wedding was unbelievable! Everyone loved it! The servers were so kind and did anything and everything they could to make our night a wonderful experience!
I am so glad we decided on Riverside as our reception site! I have been working with them almost a year on my wedding and Read more...
I am so glad we decided on Riverside as our reception site! I have been working with them almost a year on my wedding and everyone I've dealt with was very professional and always had an answer to my questions. The food at the wedding was unbelievable! Everyone loved it! The servers were so kind and did anything and everything they could to make our night a wonderful experience! Read less
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Caiti
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Riverside Receptions was a great place to have our wedding reception. They had re done all the windows to make them floor to ceiling a few months before our wedding and it looks beautiful. It is located right on the river and was a gorgeous back drop for our wedding pictures. Everyone who works there was very accommodating and very helpful in answering all of our questions. The food, services, and every thing was included in our package, and we were able to incorporate our center pieces that I made. After the wedding I have heard only great comments from family and friends about the delicious food and great atmosphere.
Riverside Receptions was a great place to have our wedding reception. They had re done all the windows to make them floor Read more...
Riverside Receptions was a great place to have our wedding reception. They had re done all the windows to make them floor to ceiling a few months before our wedding and it looks beautiful. It is located right on the river and was a gorgeous back drop for our wedding pictures. Everyone who works there was very accommodating and very helpful in answering all of our questions. The food, services, and every thing was included in our package, and we were able to incorporate our center pieces that I made. After the wedding I have heard only great comments from family and friends about the delicious food and great atmosphere. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Riverside Receptions was an amazing venue for our wedding. The location and venue itself (we were on the lower level) were gorgeous--right off the Fox River. In addition, the staff was great and you are able to work directly with a staff member who helps to coordinate everything. The food was also excellent; all of our guests were raving. Great food, great service, great venue, great deal!
Riverside Receptions was an amazing venue for our wedding. The location and venue itself (we were on the lower level) were Read more...
Riverside Receptions was an amazing venue for our wedding. The location and venue itself (we were on the lower level) were gorgeous--right off the Fox River. In addition, the staff was great and you are able to work directly with a staff member who helps to coordinate everything. The food was also excellent; all of our guests were raving. Great food, great service, great venue, great deal! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you to everyone at Riverside for making our wedding absolutely PERFECT!!! From day 1, it was an amazing experience to do business with every person at Riverside. The food was PHENOMENAL, the timing of everything was perfect, and the place was decorated PERFECTLY. I would recommend Riverside to ANYONE and EVERYONE. They are reasonably priced and worth every single penny.
Thank you to everyone at Riverside for making our wedding absolutely PERFECT!!! From day 1, it was an amazing experience Read more...
Thank you to everyone at Riverside for making our wedding absolutely PERFECT!!! From day 1, it was an amazing experience to do business with every person at Riverside. The food was PHENOMENAL, the timing of everything was perfect, and the place was decorated PERFECTLY. I would recommend Riverside to ANYONE and EVERYONE. They are reasonably priced and worth every single penny. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot think of enough kind words to say about this venue. We stumbled upon their website by chance. My moh, mom and I took one tour and that made up our minds. In fact, Riverside had all of the features that I wanted in a venue including atmosphere, menu selection and a wonderful staff. Our guests are still giving us complements on Riverside. I primarily worked with Frances and she is such a wonderful woman. The element of my wedding celebration that I am most proud of is Riverside Receptions. They really set the standard for weddings.
I cannot think of enough kind words to say about this venue. We stumbled upon their website by chance. My moh, mom and I Read more...
I cannot think of enough kind words to say about this venue. We stumbled upon their website by chance. My moh, mom and I took one tour and that made up our minds. In fact, Riverside had all of the features that I wanted in a venue including atmosphere, menu selection and a wonderful staff. Our guests are still giving us complements on Riverside. I primarily worked with Frances and she is such a wonderful woman. The element of my wedding celebration that I am most proud of is Riverside Receptions. They really set the standard for weddings. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellent all around!
Beautiful place!
Excellent all around!
Beautiful place!
Excellent all around!
Beautiful place! Read less
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Mrs Peak
Wedding:
10/2/2011
5.0/5.0
We worked with Kathy and Frances (Frances for the day of the wedding and booking of venue) at Riverside Receptions. Both ladies were very courteous and honest with everything. Whenever my fiance or I had a question or concern about something and brought it to them, they would get back to us promptly and sincerely. Not once was I upset with the way anything was done through them. We had a Sunday wedding Oct. 2, 2011, and included with the venue was the cake, full-service catering, open bar optional, food tasting for up to 6 people, and a night's stay at the Herrington the night of our wedding for my new husband and I (Which was incredible, might I add.). Then, they also include things like table centerpieces and linens if you don't want to pay extra to bring your own. They work with you and your ideas to help make your wedding custom to you. The day of our wedding, I had some girlfriends that really wanted to help us go to Riverside an hour early to see if they needed to set up any decorations before guests started arriving. Not only did they come early but so did my fiance. They all said when they got there, all our decorations were up and ready. Frances set everything up ahead of time and my friends walked over to the Dam Bar for snacks since they were really early. In our opinion, our wedding couldn't have gone more smoothly, and the brick and limestone in and outside the venue made for breath-taking photos and scenery along with the riverside views. We used the first floor for everything and had 100 guests. It was the perfect size and everyone had a fantastic time! I highly recommend them. Our planning process was virtually stress-free. No kidding. They also did our catering. We did the Chicken and petit Filet with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans, and it was all cooked to perfection! If my dress wasn't so tight on my stomach and I wasn't so excited, I would've cleared my whole plate like everyone else did. :D
We worked with Kathy and Frances (Frances for the day of the wedding and booking of venue) at Riverside Receptions. Both Read more...
We worked with Kathy and Frances (Frances for the day of the wedding and booking of venue) at Riverside Receptions. Both ladies were very courteous and honest with everything. Whenever my fiance or I had a question or concern about something and brought it to them, they would get back to us promptly and sincerely. Not once was I upset with the way anything was done through them. We had a Sunday wedding Oct. 2, 2011, and included with the venue was the cake, full-service catering, open bar optional, food tasting for up to 6 people, and a night's stay at the Herrington the night of our wedding for my new husband and I (Which was incredible, might I add.). Then, they also include things like table centerpieces and linens if you don't want to pay extra to bring your own. They work with you and your ideas to help make your wedding custom to you. The day of our wedding, I had some girlfriends that really wanted to help us go to Riverside an hour early to see if they needed to set up any decorations before guests started arriving. Not only did they come early but so did my fiance. They all said when they got there, all our decorations were up and ready. Frances set everything up ahead of time and my friends walked over to the Dam Bar for snacks since they were really early. In our opinion, our wedding couldn't have gone more smoothly, and the brick and limestone in and outside the venue made for breath-taking photos and scenery along with the riverside views. We used the first floor for everything and had 100 guests. It was the perfect size and everyone had a fantastic time! I highly recommend them. Our planning process was virtually stress-free. No kidding. They also did our catering. We did the Chicken and petit Filet with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans, and it was all cooked to perfection! If my dress wasn't so tight on my stomach and I wasn't so excited, I would've cleared my whole plate like everyone else did. :D Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
The service far exceeded our expectations. The staff was very attentive to all our needs. The view of the river was beautiful with flowers and decorations highlighting the area. The ceremony was held in the courtyard which was also decorated amazingly. Everyone that attended was very complimentary of Riverside reception and some already started planning on having events there.
The service far exceeded our expectations. The staff was very attentive to all our needs. The view of the river was Read more...
The service far exceeded our expectations. The staff was very attentive to all our needs. The view of the river was beautiful with flowers and decorations highlighting the area. The ceremony was held in the courtyard which was also decorated amazingly. Everyone that attended was very complimentary of Riverside reception and some already started planning on having events there. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
9/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Riverside Receptions is a beautiful venue to have a wedding. They are right on the fox river so you will be able to take beautiful pictures. We had our wedding in the lower level room and it was everything we could have ever wanted. Riverside's wedding coordinators and staff were all wonderful to work with. They set up our unique ceremony without any issues. Everything was seemless. They dont charge you for linens, they do all the center peices and they even include the cake in your package! Love them!
Riverside Receptions is a beautiful venue to have a wedding. They are right on the fox river so you will be able to take Read more...
Riverside Receptions is a beautiful venue to have a wedding. They are right on the fox river so you will be able to take beautiful pictures. We had our wedding in the lower level room and it was everything we could have ever wanted. Riverside's wedding coordinators and staff were all wonderful to work with. They set up our unique ceremony without any issues. Everything was seemless. They dont charge you for linens, they do all the center peices and they even include the cake in your package! Love them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
What a perfect place to get married. From the minute I walked into Riverside I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. The view of the river is absolutely gorgeous! We got married in July - we had the ceremony and reception at Riverside.

Staff: Everyone is so nice. I had many different conversations with the staff there and each of them was helpful, patient and good advice to give. The day of, I had someone running the ceremony making sure everything went smooth. The staff decorated the place perfectly. The dinner staff were excellent. They take great care of the bridal party.

Food: Let me just say people are still making comments on our food. We had fruit, the strawberry walnut salad and stuffed pork chops. Everyone loved it. many even made comments like "wasnt really sure about the salad but when I tried it, it was delicious!"

We are one of the last friends to get married and let me tell you how great it feels when many of them tell us, that was the best wedding they've ever been to. I'm sure part of it was the fun we provided but it wouldnt have been so perfect if we didnt chose Riverside!
What a perfect place to get married. From the minute I walked into Riverside I knew this was the place I wanted to get Read more...
What a perfect place to get married. From the minute I walked into Riverside I knew this was the place I wanted to get married. The view of the river is absolutely gorgeous! We got married in July - we had the ceremony and reception at Riverside.

Staff: Everyone is so nice. I had many different conversations with the staff there and each of them was helpful, patient and good advice to give. The day of, I had someone running the ceremony making sure everything went smooth. The staff decorated the place perfectly. The dinner staff were excellent. They take great care of the bridal party.

Food: Let me just say people are still making comments on our food. We had fruit, the strawberry walnut salad and stuffed pork chops. Everyone loved it. many even made comments like "wasnt really sure about the salad but when I tried it, it was delicious!"

We are one of the last friends to get married and let me tell you how great it feels when many of them tell us, that was the best wedding they've ever been to. I'm sure part of it was the fun we provided but it wouldnt have been so perfect if we didnt chose Riverside! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a winter wedding at Riverside and it was so beautiful I didn't realize how gorgeous it was there at dusk until the day of our wedding and it absolutely blew me away. Everyone was so nice and accommodating to us and our guests. The food was amazing! Many of our guests told us it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. This place is the hidden gem of Geneva. The views are fantastic and the downstairs has such charm and elegance, it is completely unrivaled. Their costs are extremely reasonable too. Much better then 90% of other places we looked at in the area. I highly suggest anyone who has their wedding here also participate in the Geneva Bridal walk. It was great having most of our vendors in the same area. I would highly recommend this as a reception venue to anyone getting married.
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We had a winter wedding at Riverside and it was so beautiful I didn't realize how gorgeous it was there at dusk until the day of our wedding and it absolutely blew me away. Everyone was so nice and accommodating to us and our guests. The food was amazing! Many of our guests told us it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. This place is the hidden gem of Geneva. The views are fantastic and the downstairs has such charm and elegance, it is completely unrivaled. Their costs are extremely reasonable too. Much better then 90% of other places we looked at in the area. I highly suggest anyone who has their wedding here also participate in the Geneva Bridal walk. It was great having most of our vendors in the same area. I would highly recommend this as a reception venue to anyone getting married. Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
WOW!!!!!!!! This place was perfect. We had our ceremony there as well as the reception. The entire staff was SO helpful and flexible that it took so much stress off of us. The view is gorgeous and the food is great. The wait staff was wonderful and fun. The did exactly what we had asked them to do PLUS more. I would highly recommend this venue.
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WOW!!!!!!!! This place was perfect. We had our ceremony there as well as the reception. The entire staff was SO helpful and flexible that it took so much stress off of us. The view is gorgeous and the food is great. The wait staff was wonderful and fun. The did exactly what we had asked them to do PLUS more. I would highly recommend this venue. Read less
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jamieann
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Riverside was WONDERFUL!! They did everything they could to make my wedding day great!
Riverside was WONDERFUL!! They did everything they could to make my wedding day great!
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Maureen
Wedding:
6/11/2010
5.0/5.0
When we walked into our wedding reception, the room looked more beautiful than we ever imagined. The staff took care of all of the decorative set up and did exactly what we asked them to do. The food was delicious, and many of our guests commented about the view, the food, and the decor. We were very happy and very impressed!
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When we walked into our wedding reception, the room looked more beautiful than we ever imagined. The staff took care of all of the decorative set up and did exactly what we asked them to do. The food was delicious, and many of our guests commented about the view, the food, and the decor. We were very happy and very impressed! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
11/21/2009
5.0/5.0
I had an evening wedding with about 100 guests and Riverside Receptions was perfect! Tina Drzonek gave me a vision of a candle light ceremony with the reception in the River Room and it was absolutely beautiful. Riverside was able accomodate all my special requests (of which I did have a few) and the entire event went off without a single problem. I would recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone wanting to have a romantic, classic wedding and/or reception.
I had an evening wedding with about 100 guests and Riverside Receptions was perfect! Tina Drzonek gave me a vision of a Read more...
I had an evening wedding with about 100 guests and Riverside Receptions was perfect! Tina Drzonek gave me a vision of a candle light ceremony with the reception in the River Room and it was absolutely beautiful. Riverside was able accomodate all my special requests (of which I did have a few) and the entire event went off without a single problem. I would recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone wanting to have a romantic, classic wedding and/or reception. Read less
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FutureMrsBostian
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
The Riverside Receptions was amazing! Even better than I had remembered. I originally did not want to have my wedding here, but after a little coersion by some very wise females in my family, decided to give it a try and do a tour, when I was in town for my wedding planning weekend. It could not have turned out better. It was the perfect venue for my small wedding. They were extremely flexible, and just perfect. All of the girls who helped me with my planning were amazing. Even if I talked to two different women in one day, they always knew what was going on. There's great communication! The day of was amazing. I don't think I had to answer more than two questions, and everything was perfect! Ask for Jorge for your Event Management. He's wonderful. He made sure my husband and I were taken care of all evening!
The Riverside Receptions was amazing! Even better than I had remembered. I originally did not want to have my wedding Read more...
The Riverside Receptions was amazing! Even better than I had remembered. I originally did not want to have my wedding here, but after a little coersion by some very wise females in my family, decided to give it a try and do a tour, when I was in town for my wedding planning weekend. It could not have turned out better. It was the perfect venue for my small wedding. They were extremely flexible, and just perfect. All of the girls who helped me with my planning were amazing. Even if I talked to two different women in one day, they always knew what was going on. There's great communication! The day of was amazing. I don't think I had to answer more than two questions, and everything was perfect! Ask for Jorge for your Event Management. He's wonderful. He made sure my husband and I were taken care of all evening! Read less
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MissTheaB
Wedding:
8/16/2009
5.0/5.0
Jorge at Riverside was amazing. They catered to us like we were kings and queens. The staff went out of their way to make sure that we were happy at all times!! I loved the venue, the price is incredible, and the service was amazing. The building itself has a lot of charm, and looked great in our pictures. Thanks again to Riverside!
Jorge at Riverside was amazing. They catered to us like we were kings and queens. The staff went out of their way to make Read more...
Jorge at Riverside was amazing. They catered to us like we were kings and queens. The staff went out of their way to make sure that we were happy at all times!! I loved the venue, the price is incredible, and the service was amazing. The building itself has a lot of charm, and looked great in our pictures. Thanks again to Riverside! Read less
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mdal
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
The Riverside met all of my expectations. They were easy to work with and very responsive to my questions. We had our ceremony in the courtyard followed by the reception in the upstairs room. Everything flowed perfectly. We never even knew there was another reception downstairs. The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful. The courtyard ceremony was set up just like I wanted. The room for the reception was beautiful. Our food was delicious and the whole event was perfect.
The Riverside met all of my expectations. They were easy to work with and very responsive to my questions. We had our Read more...
The Riverside met all of my expectations. They were easy to work with and very responsive to my questions. We had our ceremony in the courtyard followed by the reception in the upstairs room. Everything flowed perfectly. We never even knew there was another reception downstairs. The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful. The courtyard ceremony was set up just like I wanted. The room for the reception was beautiful. Our food was delicious and the whole event was perfect. Read less
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youngbe
Wedding:
1/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything was wonderful. People raved about the food especially and Jorge was in charge the whole night and kept everything flowing smoothly
Everything was wonderful. People raved about the food especially and Jorge was in charge the whole night and kept Read more...
Everything was wonderful. People raved about the food especially and Jorge was in charge the whole night and kept everything flowing smoothly Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
1/24/2009
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful place, so much charm, romantic and eleganance! We were married downstairs, following the ceremony was a cocktail hour with appetizers for our guests in the bar area (with a beautiful wood bar) while we took photos. Then the evening moved to dinner in the River Room, overlooking the Fox River. The room was stunning! We served Chicken Wellington, roasted potates and green bean almondine. All the food was exquisite and our guests just raved about it! Our wedding cake (which was included as part of the reception) was from The Cakery in North Aurora. We chose a white cake with strawberry filling and a butter cream frosting. So many guests commented on how very elegant and tasty is was. We danced the night away. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t stop talking about it! So many people have told me that our wedding was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to. I would highly recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone looking to have a wedding or event! We had a wonderful time and the staff was superb! The staff made us feel like royalty, my wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was. Everything exceeded all my expectations for our wedding. Thank You!
What a beautiful place, so much charm, romantic and eleganance! We were married downstairs, following the ceremony was a Read more...
What a beautiful place, so much charm, romantic and eleganance! We were married downstairs, following the ceremony was a cocktail hour with appetizers for our guests in the bar area (with a beautiful wood bar) while we took photos. Then the evening moved to dinner in the River Room, overlooking the Fox River. The room was stunning! We served Chicken Wellington, roasted potates and green bean almondine. All the food was exquisite and our guests just raved about it! Our wedding cake (which was included as part of the reception) was from The Cakery in North Aurora. We chose a white cake with strawberry filling and a butter cream frosting. So many guests commented on how very elegant and tasty is was. We danced the night away. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t stop talking about it! So many people have told me that our wedding was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to. I would highly recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone looking to have a wedding or event! We had a wonderful time and the staff was superb! The staff made us feel like royalty, my wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was. Everything exceeded all my expectations for our wedding. Thank You! Read less
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JohnnysBride
Wedding:
12/12/2008
5.0/5.0
The staff at Riverside was incredible! They took care of every detail for us, even some of the things we didn't think of. The location is beautifully unique and rustic, less like a generic banquet hall, which provided the charm and character we wanted. And the food was delicious, large portions (try the stuffed pork chop-yum!). They were also very willing to customize the menu for us, even letting us choose a soup that wasn't offered on their standard menu. The perfect place for a reception!
The staff at Riverside was incredible! They took care of every detail for us, even some of the things we didn't think of. Read more...
The staff at Riverside was incredible! They took care of every detail for us, even some of the things we didn't think of. The location is beautifully unique and rustic, less like a generic banquet hall, which provided the charm and character we wanted. And the food was delicious, large portions (try the stuffed pork chop-yum!). They were also very willing to customize the menu for us, even letting us choose a soup that wasn't offered on their standard menu. The perfect place for a reception! Read less
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ATopel2008
Wedding:
8/15/2008
5.0/5.0
We just fell in love with the location of Riverside. You cannot find a more beautiful setting next to the dam on the Fox River in Geneva. We booked immediately after finding this place. The staff was very helpful and flexible. They set up all of our centerpieces and really made the night run so smoothly. The food is just awesome. We really wish we could have had all of their food, it was so hard to pick. Everything was so delicious. The cake was provided to us at no additional charge from the Cakery. We were worried that we would not get what we wanted out of the cake because of this but found that we had many options to chose from. We ended up going with a different color but only paid $35 out of our pocket for that. We would recommend this locations to everyone. It is just so beautiful and really you get so much for your money at this place. Plus you are not stuck behind 4 walls with no outside view. We were in the River Room downstairs and the moon was coming up behind us through the glass. Not to mention that later that evening we had the Kane County Cougars fireworks in the background. Good photo opportunities! Everything was just perfect!
We just fell in love with the location of Riverside. You cannot find a more beautiful setting next to the dam on the Fox Read more...
We just fell in love with the location of Riverside. You cannot find a more beautiful setting next to the dam on the Fox River in Geneva. We booked immediately after finding this place. The staff was very helpful and flexible. They set up all of our centerpieces and really made the night run so smoothly. The food is just awesome. We really wish we could have had all of their food, it was so hard to pick. Everything was so delicious. The cake was provided to us at no additional charge from the Cakery. We were worried that we would not get what we wanted out of the cake because of this but found that we had many options to chose from. We ended up going with a different color but only paid $35 out of our pocket for that. We would recommend this locations to everyone. It is just so beautiful and really you get so much for your money at this place. Plus you are not stuck behind 4 walls with no outside view. We were in the River Room downstairs and the moon was coming up behind us through the glass. Not to mention that later that evening we had the Kane County Cougars fireworks in the background. Good photo opportunities! Everything was just perfect! Read less
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Jill0620
Wedding:
6/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Riverside was absolutely FABULOUS! They worked with me every step of the way, and bent over backwards for me for no extra cost. They set up my centerpieces for me, got me the wine that I wanted, and the food was incredible. The location is stunning (looking right out over the river), and there are tons of places for great photos. I highly recommend them to anyone! If I could give them 10 stars, I would.
Riverside was absolutely FABULOUS! They worked with me every step of the way, and bent over backwards for me for no extra Read more...
Riverside was absolutely FABULOUS! They worked with me every step of the way, and bent over backwards for me for no extra cost. They set up my centerpieces for me, got me the wine that I wanted, and the food was incredible. The location is stunning (looking right out over the river), and there are tons of places for great photos. I highly recommend them to anyone! If I could give them 10 stars, I would. Read less
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Jaime
Wedding:
10/12/2007
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at Riverside and it was an absolutely beautiful site for a wedding!! The courtyard is so charming, and to be right on the river was amazing! The prices are almost too good to be true! The food is amazing! All of the staff aim to please! They were all very friendly, helpful, and flexible! It didn't take long to get a tour, consultation, book the date, or set up the tastings. I highly recommend riverside for a wedding venue! Lots of hotels nearby as an added bonus!
I had my wedding at Riverside and it was an absolutely beautiful site for a wedding!! The courtyard is so charming, and to Read more...
I had my wedding at Riverside and it was an absolutely beautiful site for a wedding!! The courtyard is so charming, and to be right on the river was amazing! The prices are almost too good to be true! The food is amazing! All of the staff aim to please! They were all very friendly, helpful, and flexible! It didn't take long to get a tour, consultation, book the date, or set up the tastings. I highly recommend riverside for a wedding venue! Lots of hotels nearby as an added bonus! Read less
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Taradesign99
Wedding:
2/24/2007
5.0/5.0
The rooms looked beautiful! We were married upstairs in the Tapestry Room overlooking the Fox River. We had perfect timing as it started to snow just as our ceremony started . . . what a beautiful site!

Following the ceremony was a cocktail hour for our guests while we took photos. Our guests headed down to the bar area (with a beautiful wood bar) and enjoyed delicious appetizers such as Phyllo with Baked Brie and Raspberry, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Scallop wrapped in Bacon. They even brought some up to the wedding party during photos.

Then the evening moved to dinner in the River Room, again overlooking the Fox River. The room was stunning! We started off with Cream of Roasted Red Pepper Soup. Then enjoyed the Riverside Salad (Bibb Lettuce with Strawberries and White Cheddar with a Smoked Mushroom Vinaigrette Dressing). Dinner was a choice between Roasted Rack of Lamb with Duchess Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables or Petit Filet & Chicken Breast with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Provencal. All the food was exquisite and our guest still talk about it (more than a year later)!

Our wedding cake (which was included as part of the reception) was from The Cakery in North Aurora. We chose a white cake with hazelnut filling and a butter cream frosting. It was as beautiful as it was delicious. We have ordered the same cake from them many times since. Along with the delicious cake we had the Queen’s Sweets Table . . . what a great selection of treats! They were enjoyed by all.

We finished off the evening in yet another room . . . we danced the night away in the Mill Room. It was wonderful to have the evening move from room to room. It made it feel more like home. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t stop talking about it! It has been over a year now and we still hear how our wedding was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to.

I would highly recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone looking to have a wedding or event! We had a wonderful time and the staff was superb! With out Tina and her staff my wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was. Thank You!
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The rooms looked beautiful! We were married upstairs in the Tapestry Room overlooking the Fox River. We had perfect timing as it started to snow just as our ceremony started . . . what a beautiful site!

Following the ceremony was a cocktail hour for our guests while we took photos. Our guests headed down to the bar area (with a beautiful wood bar) and enjoyed delicious appetizers such as Phyllo with Baked Brie and Raspberry, Stuffed Mushrooms, and Scallop wrapped in Bacon. They even brought some up to the wedding party during photos.

Then the evening moved to dinner in the River Room, again overlooking the Fox River. The room was stunning! We started off with Cream of Roasted Red Pepper Soup. Then enjoyed the Riverside Salad (Bibb Lettuce with Strawberries and White Cheddar with a Smoked Mushroom Vinaigrette Dressing). Dinner was a choice between Roasted Rack of Lamb with Duchess Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables or Petit Filet & Chicken Breast with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Provencal. All the food was exquisite and our guest still talk about it (more than a year later)!

Our wedding cake (which was included as part of the reception) was from The Cakery in North Aurora. We chose a white cake with hazelnut filling and a butter cream frosting. It was as beautiful as it was delicious. We have ordered the same cake from them many times since. Along with the delicious cake we had the Queen’s Sweets Table . . . what a great selection of treats! They were enjoyed by all.

We finished off the evening in yet another room . . . we danced the night away in the Mill Room. It was wonderful to have the evening move from room to room. It made it feel more like home. Everyone had a wonderful time and can’t stop talking about it! It has been over a year now and we still hear how our wedding was the best and most elegant wedding they have ever been to.

I would highly recommend Riverside Receptions to anyone looking to have a wedding or event! We had a wonderful time and the staff was superb! With out Tina and her staff my wedding would not have been as wonderful as it was. Thank You! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/12/2014
4.9/5.0
This was the first place my husband and I looked at. After visiting I didn't want to check out any others but he insisted we look at one more place.

Everyone at Riverside was a pleasure to work with. I worked mainly with Frances and she came in on her day off to make sure our ceremony went off without a hitch! All of our guest commented on how good the food was. People are used to the normal wedding banquet food. Riverside does not have wedding banquet food. They have delicious food! We also did late night snacks and those were gone about as fast as they came out!

I would highly recommend and suggest having your wedding and reception at Riverside! I'm glad I did!
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This was the first place my husband and I looked at. After visiting I didn't want to check out any others but he insisted we look at one more place.

Everyone at Riverside was a pleasure to work with. I worked mainly with Frances and she came in on her day off to make sure our ceremony went off without a hitch! All of our guest commented on how good the food was. People are used to the normal wedding banquet food. Riverside does not have wedding banquet food. They have delicious food! We also did late night snacks and those were gone about as fast as they came out!

I would highly recommend and suggest having your wedding and reception at Riverside! I'm glad I did! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.9/5.0
Riverside Receptions is amazing! They truly make you feel that your wedding day will be wonderful and they do everything to make sure you (and the guests) have the most perfect day. The food was the best we've ever had at a wedding, and the entire staff were all awesome. They made us feel comfortable and ensured we did not worry about a thing.
Riverside Receptions is amazing! They truly make you feel that your wedding day will be wonderful and they do everything Read more...
Riverside Receptions is amazing! They truly make you feel that your wedding day will be wonderful and they do everything to make sure you (and the guests) have the most perfect day. The food was the best we've ever had at a wedding, and the entire staff were all awesome. They made us feel comfortable and ensured we did not worry about a thing. Read less
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Tori
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.9/5.0
My fiancé did a lot of the leg work in booking our venue. He first met with a coordinator at Riverside Receptions and was sold. The friendly knowledgeable staff and location along with beautiful courtyard could not be beat. He immediately asked me to visit the hall and it was love at first site. Ironically after booking out wedding there I attended the facility for a bridal walk/show and was reaffirmed in our decision to hold our wedding at the venue. Our friends and family are still raving about the food and I could not have been more pleased with the overall look of the place which made our big day even more special.
Lots of parking and very accommodating to any size party the staff was great at working with us on our wedding budget and providing the best service at every level. From set up, to day of service, to take down, and even day after follow up I was amazed at the detail and great customer service provided by all at Riverside Receptions.
(Ceremony not held at Riverside just reception however this option was not provided when writing review, cake was included in our package)
My fiancé did a lot of the leg work in booking our venue. He first met with a coordinator at Riverside Receptions and was Read more...
My fiancé did a lot of the leg work in booking our venue. He first met with a coordinator at Riverside Receptions and was sold. The friendly knowledgeable staff and location along with beautiful courtyard could not be beat. He immediately asked me to visit the hall and it was love at first site. Ironically after booking out wedding there I attended the facility for a bridal walk/show and was reaffirmed in our decision to hold our wedding at the venue. Our friends and family are still raving about the food and I could not have been more pleased with the overall look of the place which made our big day even more special.
Lots of parking and very accommodating to any size party the staff was great at working with us on our wedding budget and providing the best service at every level. From set up, to day of service, to take down, and even day after follow up I was amazed at the detail and great customer service provided by all at Riverside Receptions.
(Ceremony not held at Riverside just reception however this option was not provided when writing review, cake was included in our package) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
If you truly want a unique venue, than this is your choice. My husband and I are happy we ended up going with this venue over the others because of the view and the different feel it provided. The food tasting was nice because we were able to try all sorts of foods that are their most popular, taste test the wine and salads. There were many other couples and families there (you can invite 4 other guests with you) which helps you truly see how well they do preparing food for large parties.
I would say the day before the wedding was a little hectic, which I am sure it always is. I did feel like the venue coordinators in charge the day of our rehearsal were only interested in the wedding they had going on that day. First off we had to have our rehearsal pretty early in the day because of the wedding the day before, then we waited around for the coordinator to help us, but then I kept finding her setting up for the other wedding. We had no idea where to start or what the timing should be, and she was surprised by that. Finally she was able to take time away from the other wedding to help us with timing and then our officiator led the rest of the way.
Everything did turn out exactly as described to the coordinator the day of. All of our signs and chair sashes were done amazingly. All of the guests raved at how cool the setting was and everyone enjoyed their food! The waitresses were very helpful and got us whatever we needed the day of which was great.
One thing I would say, is the place would be to tight/enclosed if they had more than 250 people in their venue upstairs. We were getting nervous about space and we only had 200 people attend the wedding. Everything worked out perfectly with our space, but I do feel 250-300 is pushing it with wanting to be comfortable.
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If you truly want a unique venue, than this is your choice. My husband and I are happy we ended up going with this venue over the others because of the view and the different feel it provided. The food tasting was nice because we were able to try all sorts of foods that are their most popular, taste test the wine and salads. There were many other couples and families there (you can invite 4 other guests with you) which helps you truly see how well they do preparing food for large parties.
I would say the day before the wedding was a little hectic, which I am sure it always is. I did feel like the venue coordinators in charge the day of our rehearsal were only interested in the wedding they had going on that day. First off we had to have our rehearsal pretty early in the day because of the wedding the day before, then we waited around for the coordinator to help us, but then I kept finding her setting up for the other wedding. We had no idea where to start or what the timing should be, and she was surprised by that. Finally she was able to take time away from the other wedding to help us with timing and then our officiator led the rest of the way.
Everything did turn out exactly as described to the coordinator the day of. All of our signs and chair sashes were done amazingly. All of the guests raved at how cool the setting was and everyone enjoyed their food! The waitresses were very helpful and got us whatever we needed the day of which was great.
One thing I would say, is the place would be to tight/enclosed if they had more than 250 people in their venue upstairs. We were getting nervous about space and we only had 200 people attend the wedding. Everything worked out perfectly with our space, but I do feel 250-300 is pushing it with wanting to be comfortable. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/27/2013
4.8/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside. Leading up to the wedding, everyone was very helpful. They indicated to us that a coordinator was included for the day of. Maybe each of them does it differently depending who is there that day, but nothing was really being coordinated. There was no one there when we cut the cake, no one directing our guests as they arrived to the seats for the ceremony. The wait staff was great though and everyone said the food was excellent. We just wish there was more coordination for us and the vendors, as no one really knew what was going on and we weren't really getting a lot of help. My parents and my husband did all the coordination.
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside. Leading up to the wedding, everyone was very helpful. They indicated Read more...
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside. Leading up to the wedding, everyone was very helpful. They indicated to us that a coordinator was included for the day of. Maybe each of them does it differently depending who is there that day, but nothing was really being coordinated. There was no one there when we cut the cake, no one directing our guests as they arrived to the seats for the ceremony. The wait staff was great though and everyone said the food was excellent. We just wish there was more coordination for us and the vendors, as no one really knew what was going on and we weren't really getting a lot of help. My parents and my husband did all the coordination. Read less
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christi
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.8/5.0
Had our wedding reception there and we loved it! We got lots of compliments! We had guests show up which were not on the seating chart and showed up unannounced and Riverside was more than accommodating to them. There were a few small details which were forgotten, but overall, we were pleased.
Had our wedding reception there and we loved it! We got lots of compliments! We had guests show up which were not on the Read more...
Had our wedding reception there and we loved it! We got lots of compliments! We had guests show up which were not on the seating chart and showed up unannounced and Riverside was more than accommodating to them. There were a few small details which were forgotten, but overall, we were pleased. Read less
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Jim
Wedding:
7/19/2013
4.8/5.0
The staff was wonderful. They took care of everything for us. We had a themed wedding with a lot going on and they took care of everything. Highly recommend them, and the pricing was very good.
The staff was wonderful. They took care of everything for us. We had a themed wedding with a lot going on and they took Read more...
The staff was wonderful. They took care of everything for us. We had a themed wedding with a lot going on and they took care of everything. Highly recommend them, and the pricing was very good. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Our wedding was beautiful and everything & everyone was very accommodating. Sometimes there were issues with communication between the two people in the office, but nothing that couldn't be corrected easily. The food was delicious, the view spectacular. I wish the bridal room was larger but not much you can do about that.
Our wedding was beautiful and everything & everyone was very accommodating. Sometimes there were issues with communication Read more...
Our wedding was beautiful and everything & everyone was very accommodating. Sometimes there were issues with communication between the two people in the office, but nothing that couldn't be corrected easily. The food was delicious, the view spectacular. I wish the bridal room was larger but not much you can do about that. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
12/18/2009
4.8/5.0
Riverside was great! Looking back on our day, there isn't a single thing I would change or was unhappy with. We had our ceremony and reception with them and they were both beautiful. We received many comments from our guests commenting on the great service throughout the evening. Us, our wedding party, and families were waited on hand and foot. The staff is very organized and a pleasure to work with.
Riverside was great! Looking back on our day, there isn't a single thing I would change or was unhappy with. We had our Read more...
Riverside was great! Looking back on our day, there isn't a single thing I would change or was unhappy with. We had our ceremony and reception with them and they were both beautiful. We received many comments from our guests commenting on the great service throughout the evening. Us, our wedding party, and families were waited on hand and foot. The staff is very organized and a pleasure to work with. Read less
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jennagroesch
Wedding:
8/11/2013
4.7/5.0
The staff were incredibly amenable and easy to work with. The food was very very good, especially for banquet food. They did everything they could to make my day smooth and stress free.
The staff were incredibly amenable and easy to work with. The food was very very good, especially for banquet food. They Read more...
The staff were incredibly amenable and easy to work with. The food was very very good, especially for banquet food. They did everything they could to make my day smooth and stress free. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
2/9/2013
4.7/5.0
This would have been a perfect review except for three minor things--1. they forgot to put out the gatorade/water (which I had gone over with them the day before and had brought and my wedding planner went over day of), they forgot to put out cake boxes to go (again, went over day before and wedding planner went over day of), and one of their employees (the one who I went over everything with) was a little snippy to our linen consultant, myself, and my MOH. The service and the night was terrific and ultimately, that didn't affect much--except for when I realized at the end of the night that those things weren't done and a few texts messages the day before where everyone was wondering what "that lady's problem was." (who had gone over everything. Cathy and George were fabulous and Chef Amy is a gem to work with--everyone loved the Bananas Foster and her food (I wish I had gotten to eat some but was so busy). I will use Riverside in the future and would recommend to anyone. Just make sure your wedding plan is written out exactly and go over it with George too (because he will do anything to make your night memorable). Our guests keep telling us what an AMAZING wedding it was!
This would have been a perfect review except for three minor things--1. they forgot to put out the gatorade/water (which I Read more...
This would have been a perfect review except for three minor things--1. they forgot to put out the gatorade/water (which I had gone over with them the day before and had brought and my wedding planner went over day of), they forgot to put out cake boxes to go (again, went over day before and wedding planner went over day of), and one of their employees (the one who I went over everything with) was a little snippy to our linen consultant, myself, and my MOH. The service and the night was terrific and ultimately, that didn't affect much--except for when I realized at the end of the night that those things weren't done and a few texts messages the day before where everyone was wondering what "that lady's problem was." (who had gone over everything. Cathy and George were fabulous and Chef Amy is a gem to work with--everyone loved the Bananas Foster and her food (I wish I had gotten to eat some but was so busy). I will use Riverside in the future and would recommend to anyone. Just make sure your wedding plan is written out exactly and go over it with George too (because he will do anything to make your night memorable). Our guests keep telling us what an AMAZING wedding it was! Read less
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melgc2010
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.7/5.0
I had my wedding reception here on October 23, 2010. When I first checked out Riverside, I felt that the decor, the carpet, and the drapery were a little dated, but who really looks at those things?!? I loved its charm and what sold me and my now husband were the fireplaces, the stone and brick, and the gorgeous view through the "wall of windows". Our wedding was smaller (about 100 people) so we had it downstairs. When you have your event downstairs, you have the option of using the chivari chairs at NO COST! Most places will charge you to use chivari chairs.

The staff is wonderful and very prompt in returning phone calls or emails. My husband's favorite beer is Coors Light and even though Riverside doesn't normally carry it, they ordered it for our wedding at no extra cost. They set up everything exactly how I wanted it and were very easy going. Frances, Kathy, and George were so nice to work with!

On my wedding night, there were lit candles everywhere which made everything so beautiful and intimate. The room was stunning! We received SO many compliments on how gorgeous the room and the view was. It exceeded my expectations.

The food is wonderful, unique, and higher quality than regular wedding food. We had passed hors d'oeurves during cocktail hour. We did the shrimp cocktail and the shrimp were huge! The chicken teriyaki skewers were delicious (I can't comment on the others because I didn't get to try them). For food we had the chipotle corn chowder and I could've eaten bowls of it! We also had the chef's tossed salad and everyone thought the mustard vinegarette dressing they used was different and delicious. For our entree we had the prosciutto stuffed chicken and we got so many compliments on the chicken! We chose sweet potato wedges as a side and they were a bit salty but everything else was great!

I gave Riverside 4.5 stars for "Value for Cost" because of the salty sweet potato wedges and the liquor. I had never heard of the liquor brands Riverside uses as their house liquor, so you almost have to pay the money to upgrade to have decent liquor. I gave them a 4 for "Flexibility" because I asked for the fireplaces to be on when my guests got there and they weren't. I was told by the General Manager, Tina, that it had something to do with the air conditioning, but the fireplaces were one of the reasons I chose Riverside! I couldn't see why they wouldn't turn them on for at least during cocktail hour.

Overall, Riverside is an awesome venue. I still have friends and family talking about it! Everyone said it was a classy event and I agree!
I had my wedding reception here on October 23, 2010. When I first checked out Riverside, I felt that the decor, the Read more...
I had my wedding reception here on October 23, 2010. When I first checked out Riverside, I felt that the decor, the carpet, and the drapery were a little dated, but who really looks at those things?!? I loved its charm and what sold me and my now husband were the fireplaces, the stone and brick, and the gorgeous view through the "wall of windows". Our wedding was smaller (about 100 people) so we had it downstairs. When you have your event downstairs, you have the option of using the chivari chairs at NO COST! Most places will charge you to use chivari chairs.

The staff is wonderful and very prompt in returning phone calls or emails. My husband's favorite beer is Coors Light and even though Riverside doesn't normally carry it, they ordered it for our wedding at no extra cost. They set up everything exactly how I wanted it and were very easy going. Frances, Kathy, and George were so nice to work with!

On my wedding night, there were lit candles everywhere which made everything so beautiful and intimate. The room was stunning! We received SO many compliments on how gorgeous the room and the view was. It exceeded my expectations.

The food is wonderful, unique, and higher quality than regular wedding food. We had passed hors d'oeurves during cocktail hour. We did the shrimp cocktail and the shrimp were huge! The chicken teriyaki skewers were delicious (I can't comment on the others because I didn't get to try them). For food we had the chipotle corn chowder and I could've eaten bowls of it! We also had the chef's tossed salad and everyone thought the mustard vinegarette dressing they used was different and delicious. For our entree we had the prosciutto stuffed chicken and we got so many compliments on the chicken! We chose sweet potato wedges as a side and they were a bit salty but everything else was great!

I gave Riverside 4.5 stars for "Value for Cost" because of the salty sweet potato wedges and the liquor. I had never heard of the liquor brands Riverside uses as their house liquor, so you almost have to pay the money to upgrade to have decent liquor. I gave them a 4 for "Flexibility" because I asked for the fireplaces to be on when my guests got there and they weren't. I was told by the General Manager, Tina, that it had something to do with the air conditioning, but the fireplaces were one of the reasons I chose Riverside! I couldn't see why they wouldn't turn them on for at least during cocktail hour.

Overall, Riverside is an awesome venue. I still have friends and family talking about it! Everyone said it was a classy event and I agree! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
When we first walked up to the place we kind of doubted the visit, but once we walked in and upstairs to the main room we were sold! The building is an old steel mill that sits right on the Fox River in downtown Geneva. The panoramic view of the river sold us. The building has so much history and character. The food was delicious and hearty; they have a nice seasonal selection of dishes to choose from. We also had our ceremony in the courtyard, which was done very nicely. Everyone we encountered and worked with was very friendly and easy to work with.

The only down side to the venue was whenever we had an appointment we had to walk around and find someone. The only other negative was the day of the wedding, we thought there would be more guidance of our guests after the ceremony, there was no real direction of where guests were to go.

But overall I would recommend this beautiful venue.
When we first walked up to the place we kind of doubted the visit, but once we walked in and upstairs to the main room we Read more...
When we first walked up to the place we kind of doubted the visit, but once we walked in and upstairs to the main room we were sold! The building is an old steel mill that sits right on the Fox River in downtown Geneva. The panoramic view of the river sold us. The building has so much history and character. The food was delicious and hearty; they have a nice seasonal selection of dishes to choose from. We also had our ceremony in the courtyard, which was done very nicely. Everyone we encountered and worked with was very friendly and easy to work with.

The only down side to the venue was whenever we had an appointment we had to walk around and find someone. The only other negative was the day of the wedding, we thought there would be more guidance of our guests after the ceremony, there was no real direction of where guests were to go.

But overall I would recommend this beautiful venue. Read less
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Chad
Wedding:
8/11/2012
3.9/5.0
A beautiful place to have a wedding. The staff was wonderful to work with on the day of and very helpful and accommodating. The office staff were nice and helpful too. They charged us extra fees that really weren't necessary, like additional money for knotted chairs they already owned.
A beautiful place to have a wedding. The staff was wonderful to work with on the day of and very helpful and Read more...
A beautiful place to have a wedding. The staff was wonderful to work with on the day of and very helpful and accommodating. The office staff were nice and helpful too. They charged us extra fees that really weren't necessary, like additional money for knotted chairs they already owned. Read less
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koeama
Wedding:
5/15/2009
3.9/5.0
I'm really torn about this place. They were so nice and flexible and helpful with the planning. Until the day arrived. We used the bakery they recommended for the cake (The Cakery) and it was extremely disappointing. We were told we couldn't have someone cut and serve the cake, that the kitchen/wait staff had to do it. Well they served up teeny tiny bits of cake (not enough to call a slice). We thought there wasn't enough, but at the end of the evening were sent home with the entire groom's cake and one entire tier of the main cake. I was shocked!!! I felt bad that my guests weren't able to enjoy the cake and then to find out there was so much leftover, it was just awful. We spent time choosing fillings and cake flavors that our guests would enjoy, but no one was given a choice. My mom even tried to talk to the kitchen people about it but they didn't understand - or didn't want to understand.
But everything else was perfect, so I would still recommend Riverside and I would strongly urge you to INSIST on having your own person cut and serve the cake!
I'm really torn about this place. They were so nice and flexible and helpful with the planning. Until the day arrived. We Read more...
I'm really torn about this place. They were so nice and flexible and helpful with the planning. Until the day arrived. We used the bakery they recommended for the cake (The Cakery) and it was extremely disappointing. We were told we couldn't have someone cut and serve the cake, that the kitchen/wait staff had to do it. Well they served up teeny tiny bits of cake (not enough to call a slice). We thought there wasn't enough, but at the end of the evening were sent home with the entire groom's cake and one entire tier of the main cake. I was shocked!!! I felt bad that my guests weren't able to enjoy the cake and then to find out there was so much leftover, it was just awful. We spent time choosing fillings and cake flavors that our guests would enjoy, but no one was given a choice. My mom even tried to talk to the kitchen people about it but they didn't understand - or didn't want to understand.
But everything else was perfect, so I would still recommend Riverside and I would strongly urge you to INSIST on having your own person cut and serve the cake! Read less
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BChristoffel
Wedding:
9/4/2005
3.6/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside Receptions. Staff was knowledable and professional. Room was set up exactly how we requested. Day of wedding coordinator was easy to work with. Waitresses were a little crabby.
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside Receptions. Staff was knowledable and professional. Room was set up Read more...
We had both our ceremony and reception at Riverside Receptions. Staff was knowledable and professional. Room was set up exactly how we requested. Day of wedding coordinator was easy to work with. Waitresses were a little crabby. Read less
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