Oakland Wedding Venue
300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, California 94612
Limited Time Special: Save $1,000 and enjoy all of their event spaces—The Roof Garden, the Garden Room and the Lakeview Terrace—for the price of one.
The phrases “hidden gem” and “one-of-a-kind” may be overused, but they describe the Kaiser Roof Garden to a T. Tucked away on the third-floor roof of the Kaiser Building garage, this gorgeous urban oasis extends over three meticulously landscaped acres and offers stellar 360-degree views of the city skyline and Lake Merritt.
Although once acclaimed as the largest roof garden in the world, it’s practically invisible from anywhere on the ground. That means when you have your event here, you’ll enjoy total privacy as well as the gently rolling lawns, graceful wooden bridge, reflecting pond with fountain, and hundreds of varieties of trees and flowers—all spread out beneath a vast blue sky. Your guests will love meandering along the paths, where they can rest on a stone bench and take in the beautiful surroundings. The setting is very quiet on weekdays, and on weekends when businesses are closed all you hear is the breeze rustling through the trees.
Ceremonies are magical up here: The bride makes her entrance by traversing the bridge, lined with planters brimming with bright pink geraniums. As she walks toward the wedding arch on the other side of the pond, family and friends watch from their seats at the edge of the water. Vows are exchanged in the open air against a unique backdrop that blends city and garden.
Indoor celebrations take place in the Garden Room, which faces the garden through a wall of huge picture windows. Adjoining the main dining area, there’s a long bar and a room for dancing, making it easy for guests to flow freely between the spaces and appreciate the separate environments.
If you’d prefer to have your reception outdoors, host it on the Lakeview Terrace, a spacious deck off the Garden Room that’s large enough to seat 400 with a dance floor, a bar and two sizeable buffets. Framed by Oakland’s tallest buildings, the terrace overlooks nearby Lake Merritt, which sparkles in the sun during the day and is ringed at night by a glowing Necklace of Lights. Tables are often set up with umbrellas, or the metal trellis that spans the terrace can be draped with fabric, providing both shade and a festive ambiance.
Whether you’re hosting a wedding, a bar or bat mitzvah, an anniversary party or a corporate bash, the staff at Kaiser Center Events strives to make your experience stress-free. In addition to their reasonable fees, they offer one-stop-shopping for your catering, rentals, florals, AV needs, etc., and will help match you up with the right vendors. As one happy client exclaimed, “They’re a venue that ‘gets it’ and truly wants your event to be a success.”
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 200 seated guests indoors and 450 seated outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 200 seated or 280 standing indoors and 350 seated or 1,500 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 150 seated guests.
50% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 30 days prior to the event. The rental fee is $3,000 for 12 hours. Meals start at $40/person; tax, alcohol and an 18% service charge are additional. All-inclusive wedding packages are available starting at $99/person.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: CBA, extra fee
Tables & Chairs: CBA, extra fee or included with package
Linens, Silver, etc.: CBA, extra fee or included with package
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA, extra fee or included with package
Bride’s Dressing Room: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: on-site garage and on street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: city skyline and Lake Merritt
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
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Year-round, daily, 8am–1am
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