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The Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden

Sonoma Wedding Venue
241 First Street West
Sonoma, California 95476

Contact: Gia Ghilarducci
Phone: 707/938-2980
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Book a midday wedding any day of the week and all rental and facility fees will be waived—a savings of $2000!

Why We Like This Place

The Depot Restaurant and Garden is located in a charming historic stone building just two blocks from the Sonoma Plaza in the Wine Country town of Sonoma.

You enter through the Fireplace Parlor, an inviting gathering place that’s also used as an intimate dining room during the winter. Comfortably furnished with overstuffed chairs and couches, its soft rose walls, luxurious burgundy upholstery and an Italian tapestry give it the feel of an Italian country inn.

The restaurant’s Main Dining Room has an Old World ambiance, thanks to details like the antique copper cookware displayed on one wall, brass-and-glass chandeliers, and shutters framing all the windows. The European flavor continues in the adjoining Garden Room, where antique Italian china adorns the walls and a series of large picture windows gives every diner a view of the garden.

Glass doors in both the parlor and restaurant open to an expansive brick terrace encircling a long reflecting pool with a fountain in its center. At the far end of the pool is a Tuscan-style pergola, outdoor stone fireplace and a dancing patio. Tables are set around the pool for al fresco receptions, and the secluded space is enlivened by potted plants and bordered by a garden of flowers, hedges and trees. Lights strung overhead add a magical glow in the evening.

The Depot also offers an additional benefit: the services of Chef Michael Ghilarducci, who received the prestigious national “Grand Master Chef of America” award. With him overseeing the kitchen, you know the cuisine will be as wonderful as the venue itself.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 40
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 175

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 100
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 175
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 100
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 175


  • Max. Seated: 100

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Fireplace Parlor holds 12–40 standing; the Garden Arbor Area 12–175 standing guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Depot can accommodate up to 175 guests: indoors 50–100 seated or standing guests; outdoors 50–175 seated or standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, the entire facility seats 100. The Garden Room holds 28, the Main Dining Room 44, the Fireplace Parlor holds 18, and the Fountain Room holds 30. Outdoors the facility seats 175. The South Terrace holds 30, the North Terrace holds 30, the Pergola Terrace holds 60 and the Upper Deck holds 45.

Fees & Deposits

A $500–1000 deposit (depending on your guest count) is required when you make your reservation and is applied towards the food and beverage cost. There is no rental fee. Food service is provided, and prices range $20–70/person. Tax, beverages and service charge are additional. There is a $2,000 buyout fee for esclusive use of the entire facility on Wednesday–Sunday nights.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: covered Pergola terrace
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lots
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone:emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: Italian garden with reflection pool and Roman fountain, Pergola and outdoor fireplace

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: provided, all-inclusive beverage packages range $10–32/person
Smoking: allowed for private parties
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: provided

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, midday and evening events of 4–6 hours duration, by arrangement.

Alternate Info: Depot Hotel Cucina Rustica