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Ralston Hall Mansion

Belmont Wedding Venue
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, California 94002

Contact: Event Coordinator
Phone: 650/508-3501
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Why We Like This Place

Ralston Hall Mansion is temporarily closed for renovations. Please visit for updates on the reopening.

This registered National Historic Landmark is a stunning Victorian mansion, completed in 1867 by William Chapman Ralston, founder of the Bank of California. Ralston purchased the land in 1864, and modified the original Italian villa with touches of Steamboat Gothic and Victorian details to create a lavish and opulent estate. The delicately etched glass panes of the front doors, and the windows dressed in striped awnings give you an indication of what you’ll see inside.

The interior reflects the charm of a bygone era, featuring a magnificent ballroom, delightful parlors, and a picturesque opera box gallery. Each room is decorated with beautiful antiques, stunning crystal chandeliers and colorful Oriental rugs. The ballroom is particularly appealing. Its patterned hardwood floor is encircled by mirrored walls, and three impressive chandeliers hang gracefully from the skylight. At the far end of the room is a large bay window, with a curving fabric-covered bench seat and regal matching draperies. Musicians can set up in an alcove without interfering with the grandeur and flow of the ballroom. The spacious dining rooms were decorated with an attention to detail that is unparalleled by today’s standards. Because of Ralston Hall’s size and layout, you can choose from a variety of setups utilizing the entire first floor or the expansive front lawn. This facility is one of the Peninsula’s few mansion locations and makes a terrific venue for a sophisticated and memorable wedding.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 275
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 150

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Ralston lawn holds 200 seated or standing; the ballroom 200 seated or standing.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 200 seated guests or 275 standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces accommodate 13–150 seated guests.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings and special events, a $4,500 booking deposit is required to reserve your date. This amount includes a $500 refundable security deposit. For an 8-hour event, the rental fee runs $7,000–9,500 and is payable 6 months prior to the function. Fees include a facility manager and 2 hours for setup and 1 hour for cleanup. The security deposit is returned if the property is left in good condition.

The fee for meetings and other special events is $400/hour, Monday–Thursday, with a 4-hour minimum.

Location Uses

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


Catering: select from exclusive list
Kitchen Facilities: moderate
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: local calls only
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
Cleanup: caterer
View: lawn with fountain
Other: security available

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

College Campus/School
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate


Alcohol: through caterer or BYO
Smoking: not permitted inside
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
Other: candles not permitted

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 9am–midnight.

Alternate Info: at Notre Dame de Namur University

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