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The Brazilian Room

Berkeley , CA

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Berkeley, CA US

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Yin
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We LOVED this venue!!!! We are so happy we chose BR. Great value (especially if you are an East bay resident) and a beautiful setting for our Nov 2013 wedding. We held our ceremony outside (lucked out with perfect weather) and the reception indoors, which worked out perfectly. The phone staff is very nice and easy to work with, and the ground staff is very helpful.

BR wants to retain that 'rustic' feel, but they have done many great upgrades since we first looked at the venue back in early 2013. They renovated the bathrooms before our wedding and now support wifi. (Ask for the password. Otherwise, there is little to no cell reception in Tilden Park). They also have easy outlet/hookups for DJ/laptop connections. They also have a remote-control pull-down screen that can be rented out for videos. That was extremely convenient and useful for us.

There are so many great spots to take wedding photos, especially at sunset. The building's wood beams, large windows, and dim lighting makes it a photographers' dreams.

Be warned: give good directions to your guests and tell them to allow extra time to get there. Many will get lost. But once you're there, you will feel like you've escaped urban Berkeley and entered into a nature haven. You won't regret booking this venue for your wedding!
We LOVED this venue!!!! We are so happy we chose BR. Great value (especially if you are an East bay resident) and a Read more...
We LOVED this venue!!!! We are so happy we chose BR. Great value (especially if you are an East bay resident) and a beautiful setting for our Nov 2013 wedding. We held our ceremony outside (lucked out with perfect weather) and the reception indoors, which worked out perfectly. The phone staff is very nice and easy to work with, and the ground staff is very helpful.

BR wants to retain that 'rustic' feel, but they have done many great upgrades since we first looked at the venue back in early 2013. They renovated the bathrooms before our wedding and now support wifi. (Ask for the password. Otherwise, there is little to no cell reception in Tilden Park). They also have easy outlet/hookups for DJ/laptop connections. They also have a remote-control pull-down screen that can be rented out for videos. That was extremely convenient and useful for us.

There are so many great spots to take wedding photos, especially at sunset. The building's wood beams, large windows, and dim lighting makes it a photographers' dreams.

Be warned: give good directions to your guests and tell them to allow extra time to get there. Many will get lost. But once you're there, you will feel like you've escaped urban Berkeley and entered into a nature haven. You won't regret booking this venue for your wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
Absolutely fabulous venue, quick to repond to emails and the guest raved about the beauty. Plus very little budget is needed for decor
Absolutely fabulous venue, quick to repond to emails and the guest raved about the beauty. Plus very little budget is Read more...
Absolutely fabulous venue, quick to repond to emails and the guest raved about the beauty. Plus very little budget is needed for decor Read less
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
5/9/2013
4.4/5.0
Gorgeous location in Tilden Park! The venue is the perfect spot for our wedding as it fits all our criteria. Concrete patio (no heels sinking into grass) and a beautiful view makes it ideal for us to hold an outdoor ceremony. On-site kitchen allows the food to be prepared fresh by the caterer. Tables and chairs are provided, so there is no need to rent them from other places. Rustic building gives our indoor reception a cozy vibe and floor-to-ceiling windows let our guests enjoy the view outside without freezing in the chilly evening air. The venue is beautiful as it is, so there is minimal need for decorations which equate to more savings! Southwest passage leading up to the venue can be windy, so charter a bus to transport guests if possible or advise them to take the 24 highway to Fish Ranch Road for the back road up to the Brazilian Room. Like other reviewers mentioned, this place tends to book up very quickly. We also noticed that for weekend weddings, you have to book the venue for the whole day or commit to either the 7-hours day or evening slots. Because we held a Thursday wedding, we were able to reserve the place for 8 hours which was just enough time for us to hold a short ceremony and a reception. Having a 7-hour slot may be a bit of a time crunch, as setup and cleanup can take at least 2.5 hours, leaving you with 4.5 hours for your actual event.
Gorgeous location in Tilden Park! The venue is the perfect spot for our wedding as it fits all our criteria. Concrete Read more...
Gorgeous location in Tilden Park! The venue is the perfect spot for our wedding as it fits all our criteria. Concrete patio (no heels sinking into grass) and a beautiful view makes it ideal for us to hold an outdoor ceremony. On-site kitchen allows the food to be prepared fresh by the caterer. Tables and chairs are provided, so there is no need to rent them from other places. Rustic building gives our indoor reception a cozy vibe and floor-to-ceiling windows let our guests enjoy the view outside without freezing in the chilly evening air. The venue is beautiful as it is, so there is minimal need for decorations which equate to more savings! Southwest passage leading up to the venue can be windy, so charter a bus to transport guests if possible or advise them to take the 24 highway to Fish Ranch Road for the back road up to the Brazilian Room. Like other reviewers mentioned, this place tends to book up very quickly. We also noticed that for weekend weddings, you have to book the venue for the whole day or commit to either the 7-hours day or evening slots. Because we held a Thursday wedding, we were able to reserve the place for 8 hours which was just enough time for us to hold a short ceremony and a reception. Having a 7-hour slot may be a bit of a time crunch, as setup and cleanup can take at least 2.5 hours, leaving you with 4.5 hours for your actual event. Read less
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claire
Wedding:
4/8/2013
4.6/5.0
Gorgeous venue that is made for weddings. - we loved it
Gorgeous venue that is made for weddings. - we loved it
Gorgeous venue that is made for weddings. - we loved it Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.8/5.0
The Brazilian Room in Tilden park is a beautiful place to get married! The room is gorgeous and we lit the fireplace which was romantic. Rain or shine its perfect!
The Brazilian Room in Tilden park is a beautiful place to get married! The room is gorgeous and we lit the fireplace which Read more...
The Brazilian Room in Tilden park is a beautiful place to get married! The room is gorgeous and we lit the fireplace which was romantic. Rain or shine its perfect! Read less
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Dani
Wedding:
9/30/2012
4.0/5.0
The venue is BEAUTIFUL. It was perfect for our day. My only complaints are that its difficult to decorate being that you cant hang ANYTHING! You must use their approved catering list, and its a little small. There is no air conditioning so if you have a 100 degree wedding day like we did, your guests won't hang out too long. It's also a little hard to find considering there is no actual address. the parks & recs department isn't always very good at communicating. Their time slots are a bit awkward making it difficult to have a wedding o
& reception on a saturday unless you want to get married at 10am...We rented the venue for the entire day for less than $4,000 but had to do it on a Sunday.
The venue is BEAUTIFUL. It was perfect for our day. My only complaints are that its difficult to decorate being that you Read more...
The venue is BEAUTIFUL. It was perfect for our day. My only complaints are that its difficult to decorate being that you cant hang ANYTHING! You must use their approved catering list, and its a little small. There is no air conditioning so if you have a 100 degree wedding day like we did, your guests won't hang out too long. It's also a little hard to find considering there is no actual address. the parks & recs department isn't always very good at communicating. Their time slots are a bit awkward making it difficult to have a wedding o
& reception on a saturday unless you want to get married at 10am...We rented the venue for the entire day for less than $4,000 but had to do it on a Sunday. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
My husband and I got married at the Brazil Room in June 2012 and I must say that you can not find a more beautiful venue for a better value. All of our guests raved about the site. The venue, while operated by the parks department has weddings all the time so they are very accustomed to the process and have an extensive list of approved vendors. The only downfall is that the venue can be a bit tricky for guests to locate.
My husband and I got married at the Brazil Room in June 2012 and I must say that you can not find a more beautiful venue Read more...
My husband and I got married at the Brazil Room in June 2012 and I must say that you can not find a more beautiful venue for a better value. All of our guests raved about the site. The venue, while operated by the parks department has weddings all the time so they are very accustomed to the process and have an extensive list of approved vendors. The only downfall is that the venue can be a bit tricky for guests to locate. Read less
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TwainTheLines
Wedding:
6/28/2009
4.8/5.0
We are so glad that we chose the Brazil Room for our wedding and reception venue in late June 2009. We held our wedding on a Sunday morning, renting the location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As a result, we could enjoy the gorgeous large windows that are at the venue. The ceremony was outside, and the reception was inside, which not only helped with our budget but was also more convenient for guests. Many guests commented on what a beautiful location it was, and the photos turned out beautifully.

We had about 75 guests and were worried that the location would be too large given less than 10 tables inside, but it was perfect.


The only drawbacks we saw--which didn't make us regret the choice but are worth noting--are:
- No air conditioning, which was a bit of a problem since the day was over 90 degrees.
- Not enough windows or doors to open, which would have helped with air flow given the heat.
- Not enough shade for the ceremony portion, so it helped having parasols for guests to use.
- Very strict rules on decor, including very specific candle holder requirements (over 4 inches tall, one piece of glass only, etc.) as well as no flower/lavender dropping allowed for the flower girl or exit. Our flower girl had a basket with flowers that she didn't remove, as well as having bubbles for the guests, so it wasn't a problem in the end.
- Not a huge parking lot. There is parking available nearby, but it's worth mentioning on your wedding website, etc.
We are so glad that we chose the Brazil Room for our wedding and reception venue in late June 2009. We held our wedding on Read more...
We are so glad that we chose the Brazil Room for our wedding and reception venue in late June 2009. We held our wedding on a Sunday morning, renting the location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As a result, we could enjoy the gorgeous large windows that are at the venue. The ceremony was outside, and the reception was inside, which not only helped with our budget but was also more convenient for guests. Many guests commented on what a beautiful location it was, and the photos turned out beautifully.

We had about 75 guests and were worried that the location would be too large given less than 10 tables inside, but it was perfect.


The only drawbacks we saw--which didn't make us regret the choice but are worth noting--are:
- No air conditioning, which was a bit of a problem since the day was over 90 degrees.
- Not enough windows or doors to open, which would have helped with air flow given the heat.
- Not enough shade for the ceremony portion, so it helped having parasols for guests to use.
- Very strict rules on decor, including very specific candle holder requirements (over 4 inches tall, one piece of glass only, etc.) as well as no flower/lavender dropping allowed for the flower girl or exit. Our flower girl had a basket with flowers that she didn't remove, as well as having bubbles for the guests, so it wasn't a problem in the end.
- Not a huge parking lot. There is parking available nearby, but it's worth mentioning on your wedding website, etc. Read less
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MARIA QUINTANA
Wedding:
5/31/2009
4.7/5.0
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful setting. Tucked away in the Berkeley Hill, it is quiet and quaint. I highly recommend it!!
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful setting. Tucked away in the Berkeley Hill, it is quiet and quaint. I highly recommend Read more...
The Brazilian Room is a beautiful setting. Tucked away in the Berkeley Hill, it is quiet and quaint. I highly recommend it!! Read less
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jenmike
Wedding:
4/5/2009
4.0/5.0
We were one of the last to have a non-catered event at the Brazil Room. We had a pot luck wedding with lots of help from my husband's co-workers. All guests brought their best pot luck dish instead of a gift and there was plenty of food and it was very wonderful. Now, you must go through one of the Brazil Room's approved caterers, and all are very expensive. We had wonderful weather and the building is beautiful, so it didn't need any decorations! We had our wedding in early April and the cherry blossoms were BEAUTIFUL! I highly recommend the venue just for it's beautiful location.
We were one of the last to have a non-catered event at the Brazil Room. We had a pot luck wedding with lots of help from Read more...
We were one of the last to have a non-catered event at the Brazil Room. We had a pot luck wedding with lots of help from my husband's co-workers. All guests brought their best pot luck dish instead of a gift and there was plenty of food and it was very wonderful. Now, you must go through one of the Brazil Room's approved caterers, and all are very expensive. We had wonderful weather and the building is beautiful, so it didn't need any decorations! We had our wedding in early April and the cherry blossoms were BEAUTIFUL! I highly recommend the venue just for it's beautiful location. Read less
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epikure75
Wedding:
11/14/2003
4.9/5.0
Beautiful location! I had my wedding on a Friday and so costs are lower for this day. Great time there and my wedding was in the Fall so we took advantage of using the fireplace. Nice!
Beautiful location! I had my wedding on a Friday and so costs are lower for this day. Great time there and my wedding was Read more...
Beautiful location! I had my wedding on a Friday and so costs are lower for this day. Great time there and my wedding was in the Fall so we took advantage of using the fireplace. Nice! Read less
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