San Juan Capistrano Wedding Venue
31952 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Romance, nostalgia and the spirit of Early California are entwined in the rich heritage of San Juan Capistrano, the picturesque village where Padre Junipero Serra planted Orange County’s earliest roots. Here, brides can step back to a less hurried era at Café Mozart, an ivy-covered gem just blocks from the “Jewel of the Missions” and the train depot where wedding guests might arrive by rail in the centuries-old community.
Strolling down Camino Capistrano, they’ll soon come to the twin adobe archways of Mercado Village in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. Tucked behind these porticos is the Spanish-style courtyard of Hans Löschl and Carla Ramos’ gracious café. Trimmed with lights and lined with languid eucalyptus, blooming oleander trees and a brightly tiled giant mural, the jasmine-scented quad is an enchanting spot for an evening wedding ceremony. To add to the ambiance, some brides opt to float candles or drape greenery in the gurgling tri-tier fountain at its center, which provides a beautiful backdrop.
Once they’ve exchanged vows, couples have photographs taken in the courtyard, or retreat to numerous more secluded patios on the property—all with Mayan-style fountains. While most sitdown or buffet receptions are held in the courtyard, seated meals can also be served inside the homey, Old World-style restaurant.
For small gatherings, Café Mozart’s private dining room has the relaxed charm of a European inn. An eclectic mix of antique furnishings and a baby grand piano contribute to the feeling that you’re celebrating in a friend’s living room. The dining room looks out on the courtyard, where there’s plenty of space for a dance floor and DJ setup. Larger groups can combine restaurant and courtyard seating.
The European flavor of the Café carries over into its cuisine, which is decidedly Continental. Vienna-trained chef Hans Löschl, a former chef at the Westin St. Francis, prepares all dishes fresh and on-site, while his wife, Carla, crafts exquisite custom wedding cakes.
Although Café Mozart is named for Austria’s most famous native son, it’s a magical setting that truly reflects Orange County’s past.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Outdoor Courtyard holds up to 200 seated guests. Indoors, the private dining room holds up to 60 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Courtyard holds up to 200 seated or 350 standing guests. The indoor spaces accommodate 125 seated or 175 standing guests.
A $750 deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 10 days prior to the event. Package prices range $75–110/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: garden courtyard and fountain
Other: custom wedding cakes, grand piano
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors and outdoors with volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, 11am–11pm.
Alternate Info: Café Mozart