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The Reception Center at Saint Clement

Matawan , NJ
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172 Freneau Ave.
Matawan, NJ US 07747 (map)
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When was your venue built?
1986
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall
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?
275
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
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?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
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
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
72
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

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Jessica
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I wouldn't have wished for a better group of people to be able to work with when planning my special day. From the moment we met Mark we knew The Reception Center was the place for us. Mark met with us in multiple occasions and was always there when we had a question. The food was amazing and people are still talking about it today. Mark even had sangria made for our wedding when we asked if that could be added to the bar. And it went during the cocktail hour! I will definitely be calling Mark when I need to have an event catered or need a reception space.
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I wouldn't have wished for a better group of people to be able to work with when planning my special day. From the moment we met Mark we knew The Reception Center was the place for us. Mark met with us in multiple occasions and was always there when we had a question. The food was amazing and people are still talking about it today. Mark even had sangria made for our wedding when we asked if that could be added to the bar. And it went during the cocktail hour! I will definitely be calling Mark when I need to have an event catered or need a reception space. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can not begin to say how much we loved the reception center. The location was absolutely perfect and the food was out of this world. Mark and his staff could not have been any better even if they wanted to.
I can not begin to say how much we loved the reception center. The location was absolutely perfect and the food was out of Read more...
I can not begin to say how much we loved the reception center. The location was absolutely perfect and the food was out of this world. Mark and his staff could not have been any better even if they wanted to. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
11/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The Reception Center at Saint Clement made my dreams come true at our wedding. Mark and his staff are extremely helpful. They catered to our every need. Everyone to this day is talking about the amazing food we had at our cocktail hour and the food during the reception. The food was no where near your typical "wedding food." THey work with every budget and have the best deals out there! I can't wait to have future events there! HIGHLY RECOMMENED!!!!!! :o)
The Reception Center at Saint Clement made my dreams come true at our wedding. Mark and his staff are extremely helpful. Read more...
The Reception Center at Saint Clement made my dreams come true at our wedding. Mark and his staff are extremely helpful. They catered to our every need. Everyone to this day is talking about the amazing food we had at our cocktail hour and the food during the reception. The food was no where near your typical "wedding food." THey work with every budget and have the best deals out there! I can't wait to have future events there! HIGHLY RECOMMENED!!!!!! :o) Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Mark and his team were beyond wonderful! My husband and I had a New York Yankees themed wedding, and Mark made sure that everything tied in smoothly. Throughout the entire process, the Reception Center accommodated us with anything we needed. There were some last minute adjustments to seating arrangements, and never did it seem like we were inconveniencing them. The food is beyond delicious!!! My guests are still raving about it two weeks later! My husband and I cannot stop singing the praises of the Reception Center!
Mark and his team were beyond wonderful! My husband and I had a New York Yankees themed wedding, and Mark made sure that Read more...
Mark and his team were beyond wonderful! My husband and I had a New York Yankees themed wedding, and Mark made sure that everything tied in smoothly. Throughout the entire process, the Reception Center accommodated us with anything we needed. There were some last minute adjustments to seating arrangements, and never did it seem like we were inconveniencing them. The food is beyond delicious!!! My guests are still raving about it two weeks later! My husband and I cannot stop singing the praises of the Reception Center! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center truly know what they are doing, and they excel at their jobs, by going above and beyond for their guests. My husband and I have known Mark and the company for several years from attending Fire Installation Dinners there, and I cannot recommend him and the company enough. I even had one of my guests at the wedding look into them for her wedding. Mark and Christine truly made our special day extra special with their warm, genuine customer service. All of our guests could not stop raving about the food, especially the Mac N Cheese bar. I even had family members gasp when they heard just how reasonable the price was, considering you got way more food than you pay for. Our wedding cake was beautiful, inside and out, and once again, our guests could not stop complimenting the food, from the beginning of cocktail hour through dessert. Keep up the good work guys!
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center truly know what they are doing, and they excel at their jobs, by Read more...
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center truly know what they are doing, and they excel at their jobs, by going above and beyond for their guests. My husband and I have known Mark and the company for several years from attending Fire Installation Dinners there, and I cannot recommend him and the company enough. I even had one of my guests at the wedding look into them for her wedding. Mark and Christine truly made our special day extra special with their warm, genuine customer service. All of our guests could not stop raving about the food, especially the Mac N Cheese bar. I even had family members gasp when they heard just how reasonable the price was, considering you got way more food than you pay for. Our wedding cake was beautiful, inside and out, and once again, our guests could not stop complimenting the food, from the beginning of cocktail hour through dessert. Keep up the good work guys! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
3/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We can’t say enough great things about The Reception Center at St Clement. Our wedding reception was AMAZING! The room looked beautiful and the food was so delicious. Our guests are still telling us what a great time they had and how much they enjoyed all the food. They went above and beyond to make sure the night went perfectly. A million thanks to Mark, Walter and the whole staff for creating a day that we will never forget!
We can’t say enough great things about The Reception Center at St Clement. Our wedding reception was AMAZING! The room Read more...
We can’t say enough great things about The Reception Center at St Clement. Our wedding reception was AMAZING! The room looked beautiful and the food was so delicious. Our guests are still telling us what a great time they had and how much they enjoyed all the food. They went above and beyond to make sure the night went perfectly. A million thanks to Mark, Walter and the whole staff for creating a day that we will never forget! Read less
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Alisa
Wedding:
10/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Mark from The Reception Center was pleasant to work with!!! Our overall experience with this hall was absolutely amazing!!! Our wedding couldn't have been more perfect!! The food was super good and the employees are so helpful and nice!! I would recommend The Reception Center to any couple looking for a beautiful experience!!! High Five to you guys!!! :)
Mark from The Reception Center was pleasant to work with!!! Our overall experience with this hall was absolutely Read more...
Mark from The Reception Center was pleasant to work with!!! Our overall experience with this hall was absolutely amazing!!! Our wedding couldn't have been more perfect!! The food was super good and the employees are so helpful and nice!! I would recommend The Reception Center to any couple looking for a beautiful experience!!! High Five to you guys!!! :) Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
I just got married this past Saturday and I have got to say, my ceremony and reception at The Reception center was absolutely AMAZING! There is not one thing I would have changed because everything was fabulous. Everyone kept coming up to me saying the decor was gorgeous, the staff were so friendly, the service was excellent and the food was to die for! Mark and his team are just the best. I planned my wedding for almost 2 years so I dealt with Mark a lot over that time and he is just the most easy-going and friendly guy ever. He went above and beyond and truly delivered a spectacular night for myself. my husband and our guests. Their slogan is "the best kept secret" in wedding receptions and they are so on the money with that one!

I could not have asked for a better wedding and I just absolutely can't say enough great things about Mark and The Reception Center. Thank you ALL for giving us a fantastic wedding~!!
-Jessica and Patrick
10/20/11 wedding
I just got married this past Saturday and I have got to say, my ceremony and reception at The Reception center was Read more...
I just got married this past Saturday and I have got to say, my ceremony and reception at The Reception center was absolutely AMAZING! There is not one thing I would have changed because everything was fabulous. Everyone kept coming up to me saying the decor was gorgeous, the staff were so friendly, the service was excellent and the food was to die for! Mark and his team are just the best. I planned my wedding for almost 2 years so I dealt with Mark a lot over that time and he is just the most easy-going and friendly guy ever. He went above and beyond and truly delivered a spectacular night for myself. my husband and our guests. Their slogan is "the best kept secret" in wedding receptions and they are so on the money with that one!

I could not have asked for a better wedding and I just absolutely can't say enough great things about Mark and The Reception Center. Thank you ALL for giving us a fantastic wedding~!!
-Jessica and Patrick
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Samantha
Wedding:
3/30/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff here did an excellent job. Everything on my wedding day went smooth. The food was great and everyone had a wonderful time!!! I could not have ask for a better staff and the way the put everything together
The staff here did an excellent job. Everything on my wedding day went smooth. The food was great and everyone had a Read more...
The staff here did an excellent job. Everything on my wedding day went smooth. The food was great and everyone had a wonderful time!!! I could not have ask for a better staff and the way the put everything together Read less
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Rosemary
Wedding:
12/4/2011
5.0/5.0
The Reception Center is an amazing place to have your wedding. This family run business makes you feel like part of their family as soon as you walk in. You will be treated like royalty from the moment you walk in until your last guest leaves and beyond. This reception center hosts only one event at a time which makes the day entirely yours. There is no competing music and you are the only focus for the staff. Mark is helpful in every way possible and they work endlessly to make your special day amazing. We were married there on 12/4/11 and it was a perfect day. The staff was incredible. The ambiance perfect and they went out of their way to accommodate our every suggestion and made it better then we could have imagined. Mark and the staff at The Reception Center made our fairy tale wedding come true. I HIGHLY recommend this hall to anyone looking to book an event. They work very hard to work within your budget and you include many perks that other halls charge for. There is no bait and switch. What you see is what you get and more.
The Reception Center is an amazing place to have your wedding. This family run business makes you feel like part of their Read more...
The Reception Center is an amazing place to have your wedding. This family run business makes you feel like part of their family as soon as you walk in. You will be treated like royalty from the moment you walk in until your last guest leaves and beyond. This reception center hosts only one event at a time which makes the day entirely yours. There is no competing music and you are the only focus for the staff. Mark is helpful in every way possible and they work endlessly to make your special day amazing. We were married there on 12/4/11 and it was a perfect day. The staff was incredible. The ambiance perfect and they went out of their way to accommodate our every suggestion and made it better then we could have imagined. Mark and the staff at The Reception Center made our fairy tale wedding come true. I HIGHLY recommend this hall to anyone looking to book an event. They work very hard to work within your budget and you include many perks that other halls charge for. There is no bait and switch. What you see is what you get and more. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Mark and The Reception Center. From the minute I walked in, I knew where I wanted my wedding. He was attentive and helpful throughout the entire process. He kept my Type A personality calm with his knowledge and positive attitude. He really made my wedding a beautiful and special event and I couldn't be happier to have the forever memories of the Reception Center
I can't say enough good things about Mark and The Reception Center. From the minute I walked in, I knew where I wanted my Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Mark and The Reception Center. From the minute I walked in, I knew where I wanted my wedding. He was attentive and helpful throughout the entire process. He kept my Type A personality calm with his knowledge and positive attitude. He really made my wedding a beautiful and special event and I couldn't be happier to have the forever memories of the Reception Center Read less
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MrsReccoppa82011
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't rave enough about the Reception Center. Mark and his staff went above and beyond to make our day the most unbelievably perfect day of our lives! Even when we showed up an hour earlier than we said we would, the staff didn't miss a beat and made sure we had anything and everything we could have hoped for.
Every person that worked there that night was focused on us and our guests. At one point, when I was too busy mingling with our guests to grab my flip flops and give my feet some relief, one of the Reception Center staff members ran to our bridal suite and brought my flops out to me so I could walk without pain for the rest of the night!!
Their food is amazing and the cake was the best I'd ever had (and I have had a LOT of cake in my life)! My guests have been telling me that it was the best wedding they've ever been to - we really hit the jackpot when we found the Reception Center! HIGHLY recommended!
I can't rave enough about the Reception Center. Mark and his staff went above and beyond to make our day the most Read more...
I can't rave enough about the Reception Center. Mark and his staff went above and beyond to make our day the most unbelievably perfect day of our lives! Even when we showed up an hour earlier than we said we would, the staff didn't miss a beat and made sure we had anything and everything we could have hoped for.
Every person that worked there that night was focused on us and our guests. At one point, when I was too busy mingling with our guests to grab my flip flops and give my feet some relief, one of the Reception Center staff members ran to our bridal suite and brought my flops out to me so I could walk without pain for the rest of the night!!
Their food is amazing and the cake was the best I'd ever had (and I have had a LOT of cake in my life)! My guests have been telling me that it was the best wedding they've ever been to - we really hit the jackpot when we found the Reception Center! HIGHLY recommended! Read less
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melandbc
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Love this place. Price was great. Food was amazing. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and nice. Especially Mark, the catering manager. He was so nice and helpful and accomodating. He let me and my husband do exactly what we wanted, while still providing guidance along the way. He worked with us on the pricing (which was great to begin with). All of our guests are still raving about the food months later. Would highly recommend. In addition, my husband;s brother got married 3 months after we did, and his parents liked the venue so much that they held the reharsal dinner there.
Love this place. Price was great. Food was amazing. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and nice. Especially Mark, the Read more...
Love this place. Price was great. Food was amazing. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and nice. Especially Mark, the catering manager. He was so nice and helpful and accomodating. He let me and my husband do exactly what we wanted, while still providing guidance along the way. He worked with us on the pricing (which was great to begin with). All of our guests are still raving about the food months later. Would highly recommend. In addition, my husband;s brother got married 3 months after we did, and his parents liked the venue so much that they held the reharsal dinner there. Read less
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ShyLeigh
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Mark and everyone at The Reception Center was a pleasure to work with. The food was spectacular (note to all brides.... take the time to eat!!), people are still talking about it, and we have been married for 6 months already. The room is gorgeous, and everything is so elegant and professional -- without paying "elegant" prices. They do the cake right on the premises and it was delicious - we went with a vanilla and chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse filling with chocolate chips - It looked beautiful and tasted incredible! This place is seriously a hidden gem for weddings.
Mark and everyone at The Reception Center was a pleasure to work with. The food was spectacular (note to all brides.... Read more...
Mark and everyone at The Reception Center was a pleasure to work with. The food was spectacular (note to all brides.... take the time to eat!!), people are still talking about it, and we have been married for 6 months already. The room is gorgeous, and everything is so elegant and professional -- without paying "elegant" prices. They do the cake right on the premises and it was delicious - we went with a vanilla and chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse filling with chocolate chips - It looked beautiful and tasted incredible! This place is seriously a hidden gem for weddings. Read less
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LMRRDA
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center at St. Clement were fantastic! This is a family owned business, so they are committed to making you feel comfortable and helping you to have a wonderful experience. They were one step ahead of us every step of the way and accommodated every one of our needs. (Including helping get some dirt out of my train during the cocktail hour). They are very reasonable with their prices and will work with you to throw in a few extras, if they can. They have a very pretty garden area that was just recently redone that is great for taking formal pictures. You will be the only event there, which means all of the staff's attention is on you and your guests. The food and cake is made on site and everything was delicious. (And looked good as well) We received many compliments from our guests. The room is also very spacious, so there is ample room to walk around and dance!! We would recommend St. Clement's to anyone!
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center at St. Clement were fantastic! This is a family owned business, so Read more...
Mark and the rest of the staff at the Reception Center at St. Clement were fantastic! This is a family owned business, so they are committed to making you feel comfortable and helping you to have a wonderful experience. They were one step ahead of us every step of the way and accommodated every one of our needs. (Including helping get some dirt out of my train during the cocktail hour). They are very reasonable with their prices and will work with you to throw in a few extras, if they can. They have a very pretty garden area that was just recently redone that is great for taking formal pictures. You will be the only event there, which means all of the staff's attention is on you and your guests. The food and cake is made on site and everything was delicious. (And looked good as well) We received many compliments from our guests. The room is also very spacious, so there is ample room to walk around and dance!! We would recommend St. Clement's to anyone! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
1/3/2009
4.8/5.0
I would recommend The Reception Center. The place is very nice and the staff is lovely. The only problem I had was during my reception, they moved all of our (mine, and bridal party) stuff out of the bridal suite and put it by our tables... all of our stuff got mixed up... other than that, everything was great!
I would recommend The Reception Center. The place is very nice and the staff is lovely. The only problem I had was during Read more...
I would recommend The Reception Center. The place is very nice and the staff is lovely. The only problem I had was during my reception, they moved all of our (mine, and bridal party) stuff out of the bridal suite and put it by our tables... all of our stuff got mixed up... other than that, everything was great! Read less
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Willow728K
Wedding:
11/2/2008
4.9/5.0
It is not the fanciest of places, and doesn’t have grounds for an outdoor ceremony so if that is what you are looking for this isn’t the place for you. However, if you are a budget bride and looking for a place that has delicious food, great service and one wedding at time I highly recommend them. It’s a family run place and I truly feel like they care. Mark, the head guy was amazing to work with, great communication and worked with me on every request I made, he was very flexible and accommodating. My maitre’d Christine took wonderful care of us and there wasn’t anything I had to ask for because she was one step ahead of me.

They included some fall decorations and CPs for cocktail hour. They weren’t fancy but there would have been nothing if it weren’t for those cause I cut cocktail hour decorations. Only 2 minor complaints, so small I don’t know if I classify them even as complaints. The cake wasn’t exactly what I envisioned, but it tasted fabulous so who really cares. It wasn’t completely off and it was still pretty so whatever. The other was that I had asked for my bp tables to be opposite then the guests with linens. Meaning they would have had red table cloths with ivory napkins and the guests would have ivory tablecloths and red napkins… it didn’t happen. Another who really cares though.

Everything else was exactly how I asked though… the centerpieces were set up beautifully, the favors, candy buffet, sweetheart table, etc.
It is not the fanciest of places, and doesnt have grounds for an outdoor ceremony so if that is what you are looking for Read more...
It is not the fanciest of places, and doesn’t have grounds for an outdoor ceremony so if that is what you are looking for this isn’t the place for you. However, if you are a budget bride and looking for a place that has delicious food, great service and one wedding at time I highly recommend them. It’s a family run place and I truly feel like they care. Mark, the head guy was amazing to work with, great communication and worked with me on every request I made, he was very flexible and accommodating. My maitre’d Christine took wonderful care of us and there wasn’t anything I had to ask for because she was one step ahead of me.

They included some fall decorations and CPs for cocktail hour. They weren’t fancy but there would have been nothing if it weren’t for those cause I cut cocktail hour decorations. Only 2 minor complaints, so small I don’t know if I classify them even as complaints. The cake wasn’t exactly what I envisioned, but it tasted fabulous so who really cares. It wasn’t completely off and it was still pretty so whatever. The other was that I had asked for my bp tables to be opposite then the guests with linens. Meaning they would have had red table cloths with ivory napkins and the guests would have ivory tablecloths and red napkins… it didn’t happen. Another who really cares though.

Everything else was exactly how I asked though… the centerpieces were set up beautifully, the favors, candy buffet, sweetheart table, etc. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend the Reception Center to any bride. They were very responsive throughout the planning process and flexible in the weeks prior to the wedding. Their price is significantly lower than other places in the area, but you do not have to sacrifice service. The staff was very pleasant, professional and attentive to all of mine and my guests needs. Our guest are still raving about their food!!
I would highly recommend the Reception Center to any bride. They were very responsive throughout the planning process and Read more...
I would highly recommend the Reception Center to any bride. They were very responsive throughout the planning process and flexible in the weeks prior to the wedding. Their price is significantly lower than other places in the area, but you do not have to sacrifice service. The staff was very pleasant, professional and attentive to all of mine and my guests needs. Our guest are still raving about their food!! Read less
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