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The Abbey on Fifth Avenue

San Diego , CA
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LOCATION

2825 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103 US (map)

PHONE

619-686-8700

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ABOUT US

When people step into the Abbey, they’re often so awestruck they just stand there with their mouths open. They can’t believe what a stunning building it is, and that they can actually... Read more
When people step into the Abbey, they’re often so awestruck they just stand there with their mouths open. They can’t believe what a stunning building it is, and that they can actually have their wedding or special event here.

This striking embodiment of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture boasts two enormous domed stained-glass skylights that bathe the interior in a pale yellow glow, while 12 luminous stained-glass windows cast their own heavenly light. Standing in the middle of this former church, you feel as if you’re in a Renaissance cathedral: Dark, polished redwood molding and woodwork is everywhere—framing doors, railings, walls and in curved balconies. Exquisite fixtures made of hand-blown orange-yellow glass are suspended from 50-foot ceilings. No longer a church, the Abbey is a nondenominational venue open to couples of all faiths.

This century-old landmark has undergone several incarnations, and in 1984 an award-winning renovation transformed it into a popular restaurant christened “The Abbey.” The statue of Gabriel that crowns the roof was coated in gleaming gold leaf, but with the exception of a little wood refinishing and the replacement of some light fixtures and stained glass, nothing was done to alter the facility’s vintage beauty.

Today, The Abbey is a private special event facility managed by Hornblower Cruises and Events, two-time recipients of the prestigious “Finest Service Award.” They invite you to stage your party, wedding or corporate function in this unique setting, where both traditional and themed events feel equally at home.

Wedding ceremonies take place where the pulpit used to be, and no matter where guests are seated—on the ground floor or up on the mezzanine—they can easily see the goings-on. Add a few candelabras and you have the perfect place for a classic black-tie affair or a Renaissance-themed party (one wedding couple and their entourage actually wore tights!).
People have also hosted gothic and Halloween bashes.

When it’s time for the reception, guests are treated to an elegant meal featuring gourmet cuisine prepared on site and overseen by Christopher Schlerf, the executive chef here for more than 20 years. Wedding and reception packages are available, but if you prefer, Hornblower’s professional planners can custom-design your celebration.

With their expert staff and full services, Hornblower will ensure that your event makes the most of this historic and romantic location. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
30
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
475
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
30
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, British, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Organic, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

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Jenny
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
The Abbey was a dream to work with. Kristi Bryant was a joy to collaborate with on our reception. She was straight forward and always eager to listen to what we needed, even we weren't sure what that was. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service was really top notch. I would do it all over again with them in a heartbeat.
The Abbey was a dream to work with. Kristi Bryant was a joy to collaborate with on our reception. She was straight forward Read more...
The Abbey was a dream to work with. Kristi Bryant was a joy to collaborate with on our reception. She was straight forward and always eager to listen to what we needed, even we weren't sure what that was. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service was really top notch. I would do it all over again with them in a heartbeat. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
The Abbey was beautiful and elegant the perfect location and ambiance for our reception.
The food was exceptional and am still receiving comments of how beautiful it all was.

Kristie was wonderful in helping us set everything up and go through the planning. Our reception turned out as well as i had imagined and would make the same decisions again and again. It was a gorgeous evening and truly my favorite day !!
The Abbey was beautiful and elegant the perfect location and ambiance for our reception.
The food was exceptional and Read more...
The Abbey was beautiful and elegant the perfect location and ambiance for our reception.
The food was exceptional and am still receiving comments of how beautiful it all was.

Kristie was wonderful in helping us set everything up and go through the planning. Our reception turned out as well as i had imagined and would make the same decisions again and again. It was a gorgeous evening and truly my favorite day !! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Teasha
Wedding:
7/13/2013
4.6/5.0
Had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Fremont Abbey. Beautiful venue ran by great people!
Had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Fremont Abbey. Beautiful venue ran by great people!
Had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Fremont Abbey. Beautiful venue ran by great people! Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
4/21/2013
4.5/5.0
The Abbey was my location for my reception. I loved the venue, it was absolutely gorgeous. The day of the wedding, there were so many amazing staff members that helped us with everything. They were very kind, accommodating, and very good service. I think we got a really great deal for our wedding, I am very happy with everything. They did everything we asked for and more. I would say, overall, They are very professional and experienced.
The Abbey was my location for my reception. I loved the venue, it was absolutely gorgeous. The day of the wedding, there Read more...
The Abbey was my location for my reception. I loved the venue, it was absolutely gorgeous. The day of the wedding, there were so many amazing staff members that helped us with everything. They were very kind, accommodating, and very good service. I think we got a really great deal for our wedding, I am very happy with everything. They did everything we asked for and more. I would say, overall, They are very professional and experienced. Read less
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gomogda
Wedding:
11/11/2011
3.9/5.0
My wife and I absolutely loved having our wedding reception at The Abbey. The venue was so amazing. It's so much more dynamic than a hotel conference room and adds a really unique touch. The architecture of the building alone makes it a classic. The inside is so amazing. The lighting, the different level of floors and the general layout all added up to make our wedding so perfect. We had many friends and family say that it was the best wedding they had been to, and i believe at least 50% of that was because of the abbey. The food was also amazing. And for the price, relative to big name hotels and other artistic venues, the appetizers and food were very good. The only gripe i had was the lady who was assigned to our evening was a bit rude. We wanted to add a projector that we brought and the lady acted like it was the end of the world. Also, at the end of the night the lady was very rude telling people to leave. They promptly had us out of there at 10 PM, which is understandable because that was the end per our contract, it was just the manner she told guests to leave which left us a little upset. Overall, the venue is amazing, dealing with the contract was easy, it was just the lady that was assigned to our wedding that was the only negative.
My wife and I absolutely loved having our wedding reception at The Abbey. The venue was so amazing. It's so much more Read more...
My wife and I absolutely loved having our wedding reception at The Abbey. The venue was so amazing. It's so much more dynamic than a hotel conference room and adds a really unique touch. The architecture of the building alone makes it a classic. The inside is so amazing. The lighting, the different level of floors and the general layout all added up to make our wedding so perfect. We had many friends and family say that it was the best wedding they had been to, and i believe at least 50% of that was because of the abbey. The food was also amazing. And for the price, relative to big name hotels and other artistic venues, the appetizers and food were very good. The only gripe i had was the lady who was assigned to our evening was a bit rude. We wanted to add a projector that we brought and the lady acted like it was the end of the world. Also, at the end of the night the lady was very rude telling people to leave. They promptly had us out of there at 10 PM, which is understandable because that was the end per our contract, it was just the manner she told guests to leave which left us a little upset. Overall, the venue is amazing, dealing with the contract was easy, it was just the lady that was assigned to our wedding that was the only negative. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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