St. Helena Wedding Venue
738 Main Street
St. Helena, California 94574
Consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in Napa Valley, this nirvana for foodies is also an exceptional wedding locale. Their beautifully planted edible gardens along with an intriguing mix of indoor and outdoor venues make this downtown St. Helena hotspot the ultimate farm-to-table experience.
A working farm since the 1800s, the verdant property juxtaposes the old with the new so that the original Victorian house is now a tasting room for their award-winning wines and olive oils…and the modern, industrial-style restaurant boasts architectural chandeliers made from re-purposed antique tractor parts. Copious trees and vegetation provide shade as well as bursts of color, but with Farmstead’s commitment to responsible farming nearly everything that grows here makes its way onto the menu.
A prime example is the lovely Sensory Garden. This romantic ceremony site features an ivy-covered Pergola set amid rows of fragrant herbs and baby vegetables. For something a bit more “country”, exchange vows in the rustic Apple Meadow, a swath of tall grass bordered by sweet apple trees. If you’ve got an intimate gathering, say “I do” in front of Farmstead’s graceful walnut tree. Larger groups will just love the expansive lawn, which is adorned with white roses and has a canopy-covered stage at one end.
The lawn, an idyllic expanse of grass known as the Outdoor Event Space, is surrounded by vineyards. It can be used for cocktail receptions and there’s ample room for a sit-down dinner under strands of festive twinkle lights. The area is also outfitted with a private covered patio and a fire pit.
One of the highlights of an al fresco reception can be the Live Fire Experience, where the chefs spring into action to cook right in front of the guests. Carnivores in your crowd will be impressed at how they can roast an entire pig or lamb to perfection, but vegans take heart—they also grill the salad. Homemade marshmallows and Scharffen Berger chocolate are provided so your friends and family can get in on the act and create their own s’mores as they sit around a bonfire.
If you’d prefer to move indoors, the Barn is sleek and chic with a minimalist aesthetic that includes a polished concrete floor, high ceiling and exposed overhead grid with mini spotlights. An entire wall of multipaned glass overlooks the vineyards, plus access to the covered patio creates a nice indoor/outdoor flow. The smaller Potting Shed can serve as your Bridal Suite or a cozy scene for a rehearsal dinner.
Whichever setting you choose, your dining experience is sure to please. Executive Chef Stephen Barber’s extensive background in Southern cooking forms the basis for Farmstead’s innovative menu that elevates comfort food to the sublime. Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients combined with a team of culinary experts—including a charcuterie specialist—means that long after the bouquet has been tossed you’ll still be reminiscing about that great meal.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site holds 75 seated or 150 standing guests indoors and 300 seated or 800 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces accommodate 75 seated guests.
50% of the food & beverage minimum is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 15 days prior to the event. The facility fee varies based on your guest count and the day and time rented. Family-style meals range $30–80/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot, on street, valet available, shuttle service required
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ on site
View: fountain, grounds, mountains, valley; panorama of vineyards and gardens
Other: wireless internet
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Alternate Info: Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead Napa Valley