Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center
1250 East Harvard Road
Burbank, CA 91501
Contact: Catering and Events
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Why We Like This Place
They call it “the Jewel on the Hill.” Appropriate, considering this singular restaurant is perched high above the San Fernando Valley amid the San Gabriel mountains, affording a breathtaking view of the busy city below. This lofty haven will make you feel as if you were transported to a luxurious Polynesian island, replete with assorted creature comforts and a seductive atmosphere ideal for romance. The décor manages to capture both the whimsical and the elegant. Whether it’s the restaurant lobby’s spinning palmetto fan (something the Professor might design to keep Ginger cool), or the crystal chandeliers that cast a soft glow over the opulent banquet rooms, the Castaway keeps the eye intrigued.
But what will probably please you most about this venue is the excellent staff, dedicated to making your event truly outstanding. These experienced catering professionals specialize in weddings, and can offer local referrals for everything from photographers to flowers. The Castaway even has its own ceremony site: a pretty courtyard enclosed by white lattice. Guests sit among lacy birch trees, which form a natural canopy over the aisle, while the bride and groom exchange vows in a white gazebo, framed by a backdrop of the hills and nearby golf course. A Ceremony Coordinator comes with rental of this lovely site, so all the bride has to worry about is making sure she has something borrowed and something blue.
No matter how intimate or grand your guest list, the Castaway has many fine spaces to hold your reception. The Restaurant Terrace, with its panoramic view of the city, is a favorite at sunset. Another popular choice is the woodsy Mountain View Room, with an outdoor patio offering a canyon vista. The largest affairs are held in the Starlight Ballroom, featuring a high coffered ceiling, huge polished dance floor, and the aforementioned chandeliers.
And in case you were wondering, the meals do not consist of “pineapple with everything”; the Castaway’s cuisine is actually quite Continental, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Their catering experts have designed a variety of party menu options, and will help you make the best selections for your particular celebration. However, if you have a case of island fever, check out their Luau Grounds, adjacent to the restaurant. Man-made waterfalls, tiki bar, and a grassy knoll—which can easily accommodate up to 500 people (along with the roast suckling pig!)—makes this a fun choice for a corporate event, a very large family reunion or garden reception.
Rest assured, whether you host a luau or a sophisticated sit-down dinner, everything at the Castaway is done with attentive service and stylish flair.
Max. Seated Indoors: 100
Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
Max. Seated Indoors: 1000
Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
Max. Standing Indoors: 1000
Max. Standing Outdoors: 500
|Max. Seated: 1000|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Atrium seats 400 guests; the Patio seats 100 guests and the Luau Garden holds up to 500.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Castaway holds 60–1,000 seated guests and the Luau Garden holds up to 500.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several rooms can accommodate 20–1,000 seated guests.
Fees & Deposits
A $500–3,000 deposit is required to reserve your space and date. The event balance is due 10 days prior to the event. Luncheons start at $26/person and dinners start at $36/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional. The ceremony setup fee is $5/person and the cake-cutting fee is $1.50/person; both may be waived depending on the food and beverage total.
Year-round, daily, 9am–1am.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: wood floor
Bride’s Dressing Area: no
Meeting Equipment: AV equipment
Parking: complimentary valet
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: valley, fairways, cityscape
Other: ceremony coordinator
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Golf Course Fairways
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
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