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The Odyssey Restaurant

Granada Hills , CA

LOCATION

15600 Odyssey Dr.
Granada Hills, CA US 91344 (map)

PHONE

818-366-6444

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1971
When was your venue last renovated?
2011
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
I had my wedding at the Odyssey on March 23, 2013. Everything went very smoothly the day of my event. Things were set up and ready to go and everything looked beautiful. When dealing with the Odyssey after my contract was signed, there were a few small issues. The date for the second payment was wrong on my contract, so that was kind of rushed in order to get that since we thought we had another month before it was due. A few things that I wish were done differently, was being able to confirm a date for rehearsal so it was easier to book a place for rehearsal dinner, and plan for family that was coming from out of town who needed to arrive by a certain time. They can only confirm a date two weeks out, which made it kind of difficult for my bridesmaid who lives in Washington. These were just little things that occurred. Everything else went very well and I was very at ease having the coordinator as part of the ceremony package. I liked knowing everything was being taken care of. I would hold another event at the Odyssey
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Maria
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the Athena Rooms for our recent mid day wedding. The view is beautiful to begin with and with the perfect weather it was even more spectacular. Everything from the set up, the food the attentive staff made our day truly enjoyable. Many of of guests had not had the experience to enjoy this place before, and were so satisfied with everything. Meredith, our contact made everything so easy to plan. Can't wait to use them again!
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.0/5.0
We booked the Apollo room (west & east) for our wedding reception. This is the biggest room that they have in the restaurant. The view is amazing but there is a $$$$ minimum to be able to book both the Apollo east & west rooms. If you don't reach the minimum, you can only have either the east or west room or a different room.
Before we booked Odyssey for our wedding, we attended their food tasting/expo. The food tasting event is for those who booked their event at the Odyssey. They serve the food buffet style (appetizers, salads, entree's) and event vendors also participate in the expo ( cake bakery, dj, florist, photographer, videographer). We also did a personal food tasting and another expo food tasting to choose our appetizers.
The restaurant manager on the day of our wedding did a great job! We were taking pictures outside and they gave us drinks. They also came to our table very often asking if we need something or we want a drink. There were appetizers waiting for us at our table when we arrived at the reception. The reception was amazing and the view is breath taking. The guests loved the place. I loved that we have a really big dance floor. The food was hit and miss. Some guests loved their food and some said it's just ok. Me and my husband loved our food my only concern was I ordered a rice pilaf and not basmati rice to go with my Chicken Scalloppini. I personally love the Portabello mushroom ravioli. We asked for a side of the ravioli and they gave us a plate of ravioli. We also requested a passed hors d'oeuvres but they serve it buffet style.
Overall I had a great wedding experience.
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torreshyssong
Wedding:
7/18/2010
4.6/5.0
I really enjoyed having my wedding at the Odyssey. If you can request Emily Meyers, she was fantastic. The venue is rather strict about candles, but they are up in a dry area so you can't really blame them for that. Just make sure you check with the Fire Marshal before you buy your centerpeices or do LED candles like we did. Can't tell in any of the pictures and really isn't that all that matters? The Garden room was beautiful, and the bartenders and wait staff were great! We used the gazebo area for the ceremony and they got those chairs our super fast after the ceremony so we had that whole area for pictures and such. Overall a great value for the money!
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Antonia
Wedding:
4/17/2010
4.6/5.0
This review is for my April 17, 2010 wedding reception. Overall, their level of service was impeccable. Here are the things they did right:

1. They worked with us to get the room we wanted. Once we assured them we would have the minimum amount to secure the room, they were fine with us having a slightly lower occupancy.

2. Value: we got a 3 entree buffet, with dessert and our cake, a 3 hour bar, champagne toast and a dessert bar for under $70 per person(not including gratuity--that's pretty darn competitive for Los Angeles).

3. They were willing to set up the special linens that I had ordered for the event. They were also willing to work with me and let me fold their napkins and have them placed on my chargers so that the staff would only have to place the chargers with the napkins already folded on them(so they didn't have to work twice).

4. When it turned out that the candy for my candy buffet would melt if stored in my coordinator's car, I was able to call them and they let my MOH and Fiancee(at the time) set up the candy buffet early the morning of the wedding.

5. They augmented our decor with additional buffet linens and lighting which made the room look even more spectacular with the uplighting I ordered along with the gobo projection on the dance floor.

6. Hospitality. They greeted our wedding party with champagne and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival. We had two waiters filling our plates when my husband and I went up to the buffet and they could trip over themselves fast enough to make us feel comfortable.

7. The food was excellent. Period.

Here are the things that they really need to work on:

1. They didn't cut our wedding cake to be served to our guests!!!! This really ticked me off. I went with the bakery that they told me to go with, and I paid $11 per slice over what was included in the package for this spectacular-looking cake that few or none of my guests even tried because no one bothered to cut it! And this was a service that was supposedly included in the package! Not only that it they ended up wasting over 40 hours of hard work I could have put in elsewhere other than my DIYed menus when I added in a diagram of my cake so my guests could know which flavor each tier was so they could tell the server which flavor they wanted. All of this work was wasted because they didn't cut my cake and serve it!

I actually have to have this cake served to my guests at my church one week later(no thanks to them).

2. Communication. They should have told me when I booked(almost a year beforehand, May 2, 2009) that the Garden Room's wiring was not up to code to handle the uplighting I had ordered. It was a "little detail" they left out of their documentation until they finally dropped it on me like a ton of bricks one month before the wedding when I met with them to finalize everything(and yes, my coordinator was there when they told me, so I wasn't the only one who heard it). It actually took two weeks me nagging and waiting after that for them to give me and my DJ a straight answer as to whether I would need a generator or not along with where to put said generator.

This left me scrambling the last week to let my lighting person know to get a generator which cost me an additional $120 to rent. This leaves us to issue #3

3. Building maintenance. Now I may be a clueless bride that doesn't know anything, but my darling husband and I bought a house two months prior to our wedding and last I looked in to the way real estate works, it is the responsibility of the owner of a building to maintain the wiring up to code. It's really a shameful they have neglected to do that on such a beautiful location! Seriously, this is a matter of pride and common sense.

Would I book another event with them? Yes, absolutely. But I would seriously watch my banquet manager like a hawk and insist that they cut the freaking cake like there were supposed to have done on the basis of our contract(yeah watching them was my my coordinator's job which I will go into detail later)! And I would insist on them telling me upfront on whether or not the wiring can handle extra stuff like lighting.
The second issue is extremely important to know so you don't end up scrambling at the last minute trying to throw more money into an already expensive event.
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marina
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
They were great! We had a lot of requests, and they worked with us on everything! We got a ton of food for the price! Just loved it!
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Theresa and Bryan
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Top quality service and the food was amazing!
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troy
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.5/5.0
Thank you so much!
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Eric
Wedding:
3/22/2009
2.4/5.0
The Odyssey provided us a beautiful location. That's about as good as I can say about them.

The event staff is surprisingly uncoordinated and does not seem to communicate well with each other much less us. They promised us a site coordinator who would coordinate the rehearsal and the details on the day of, and this person never really truly materialized. There was a facility representative that was present at our rehearsal who literally said, "I don't know, I'm not going to be here on the day of your wedding," in response to almost every question. The on-site coordinator that was there on the day of was a person in the sales office on the opposite side of the grounds who I was able to wait in line to speak to if I wanted to, but only before the start of the event.

The catering/event staff also made a major error double booking us and other events. So they changed my rehearsal time and moved it up by an hour, which caused a great deal of headaches for us, and then when we showed up an hour early, they said they moved us back to the time we had originally scheduled with them. Worst of all, however, that situation was handled with extreme bravado and they never acknowledged that they did anything wrong. Had no formal reservation system for photography venues, so we ended up planning on doing our pictures in a location on their grounds where there was another wedding happening. So we had to improvise our wedding pictures location which was quite upsetting to our photographer. When we finally regrouped we ended up butting heads with the other wedding party over where they wanted to take pictures.

Also whenever we would call with questions we'd get one answer from the general staff and then another answer from the head of the staff that was totally different and we never knew which was the right answer. This happened when we asked about availabilities, when we asked about timetables, and when we asked about the on-site coordinator.

When we booked the facility, the salesperson did a "worst case scenario" calculation that had the most expensive dishes and the most expensive options we wanted, and we used that as a gauge of the most we would spend there. However she was not clear with us at that time when we booked that we committed ourselves to the most expensive options when we booked them. So we ended up cutting people from our guest list because we had already committed to Filet Mignon instead of Top Sirloin.

Our food tasting was not representative of the quality of food that we received on the day of the wedding. Both the steak and the chicken dishes were considerably overcooked on the day of, whereas in the tasting they were cooked perfectly. I can partly understand the steaks because the logistics of serving perfectly cooked steaks simultaneously to a party of 100 is quite challenging for even the most coordinated of wait staffs because the steaks can continue cooking on the plates on the way to the table. But I don't feel like there's any real excuse for the chicken dishes being overdone. Also several guests complained about the portions, in particular the hors d'ouevers.

However, on the opposite tip, I did have a wedding that I treasure, and a good part of that is because of how gorgeous the location was. The view overlooking the valley both in daytime and after nightfall was breathtaking and all of our guests commented on it. Also I do have to say that the wait staff was extremely attentive and professional on the day of, so once we got going, everything was great. And the price on the overall package was considerably lower than most other comprarable venues that we had shopped. Even at the most expensive rates (which we accidentally locked ourselves into) we were still spending several thousand dollars less than we would have at other locations. So I would only reccomend this location to people who are trying to save some money and are willing to ride the catering/event representatives until they give you the right answers.
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cbrache
Wedding:
1/11/2009
4.8/5.0
I really thought they did a great job. They were very efficient and were also very flexible. The room looked beautiful and everything went smoothly. The only things I was not happy with is they didn't give us the iced tea that they were supposed to at dinner and they started clearing salads when people weren't done as well as took away water glasses when people were still on the dance floor. I think they were doing this so that they could clean up and get out of there as soon as possible. I would definitely recommend to use them but just make sure you tell them you do not want the servers to take anything away until the end of the reception (like the drinks).
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Maldives
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.9/5.0
I had both ceremony and reception at The Odyssey and was quite happy with it. The staff are very responsive and professional. Great service and great value for cost.
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Tanya and Matt
Wedding:
5/4/2008
4.6/5.0
Spectacular view and value for your money. Great food and excellent service. Recieved several compliments on the quality of our venue.
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Sascha
Wedding:
12/1/2007
3.6/5.0
Location is beautiful but flexibility is low.
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eliz152
Wedding:
9/29/2007
5.0/5.0
I loved their food and the price for the service is excellent. choices in cake could be better but defenitly an elegant place for a wedding or anniversary.
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pezpilot
Wedding:
5/26/2007
4.3/5.0
Of all the places we searched, The Odyssey was the best location for the price.
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lisa
Wedding:
4/26/2007
5.0/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at The Odyssey and everything was amazing!! The location was beautiful with a gorgeous view of the San Fernando Valley and the ballroom was incredible. The food was perfect and the entire planning process was a great experience. I worked with Emily in catering-she did a great job and was very quick to answer questions and return phone calls.

We highly recommend The Odyssey!!
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