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MacArthur Park Palo Alto

Palo Alto Wedding Venue
27 University Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301

Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 650/321-9996
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Why We Like This Place

Although a popular restaurant, MacArthur Park’s biggest secret is that it’s also a great venue for special events: everything from business meetings to wedding receptions and intimate rehearsal dinners. The landmark building which houses MacArthur Park was designed in 1918 by renowned architect Julia Morgan, and originally served as a recreation facility for WWI troops. The structure’s simple yet handsome design was dictated by a rock-bottom $1,800 YWCA budget, and is a fine example of Morgan’s ability to combine craftsman style with utilitarian needs.

The main dining room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed wood trusses and beams. Details include several balconies and two large brick fireplaces situated at either end of the room. The decor is subdued: black chairs contrast with white linens; attractive framed artwork graces board and batten walls. Rooms are painted in rich, soothing café au lait colors. The very attractive private dining rooms feature the same warm tones and wall treatments as the main dining room and are well-suited for smaller rehearsal dinners and business meetings. Several sets of French windows are framed by long drapes, gathered and held back by brass knobs.

For outdoor functions, take a peek at the enclosed courtyard, an aggregate patio with white chairs and matching linen-covered tables. Striped fabric awnings shade guests from the sun, and heat lamps take the chill off during cooler months or during evening affairs.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 350
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 100

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 350
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 100
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 400
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 150


  • Max. Seated: 200

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Patio accommodates 100 seated or 150 standing; the Main Dining Room area, including lofts, holds up to 250 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Main Dining Room holds up to 250 seated guests, with balconies. The patio courtyard holds 100 seated guests or 150 for a standing reception. Lofts hold 28 guests each. The Julia Morgan Room holds 40 seated and the Camp Fremont Room 24 seated guests. The new Veteran Room holds 100 seated or 120 standing guests.

Fees & Deposits

A deposit is required to reserve your date. There is no fee to reserve the restaurant for a day event. Food service is provided. Seated functions, including food, beverages, tax and service charges run $50–75/person. A food & beverage minimum will apply.

For business functions and meetings, call for more information and rates.

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: CBA, extra fee
Bride’s Dressing Area:  no
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra fee
Parking: valet extra charge, large lot nearby
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: no
Other: event coordinator on site

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: provided or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: not permitted
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

Some Essential Info
Price $$



BYO w/ Corkage Fee

Amplified Music



Year-round, 7 days a week, 9am–midnight.

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