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La Venta Inn

Palos Verdes Estates Wedding Venue
796 Via Del Monte
Palos Verdes Estates, California 90274

Contact: Special Events
Phone: 310/373-0123
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Why We Like This Place

Early South Bay developers designed La Venta Inn as a place to entertain prospective land buyers, and it occupies a prime spot on a hill overlooking the sweep of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Built in the 1920s, its Spanishstyle architecture is set off by a distinctive tower, red-tiled roofs and, in front, a courtyard with a bubbling fountain enclosed by a bougainvillea-covered arbor. The building was at one time used as a private residence, and has all the warmth and convenience of a home.

Inside, the rooms are spacious, airy and bright, with wood floors and cream-colored walls providing a neutral backdrop for decorations. The large main ballroom has lofty open-beamed ceilings, antique wrought-iron chandeliers and a handsome fireplace with a carved stone mantelpiece. French doors open out onto a Palos Verdes stone patio that spans the length of the house, commanding stunning views of the entire L.A. Basin and Santa Monica Bay below. Two steps lead down onto a broad semicircle of lawn surrounded by flowering shrubs and palm trees. A simple white gazebo stands at the lawn’s edge, with the sweep of the coastline as a dramatic backdrop. The developers chose this site well—it has a view that makes you want to stay here long after your celebration.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 250
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 250


  • Max. Seated: 125

CEREMONY CAPACITY: La Venta can accommodate up to 250 guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: LaVenta holds 250 seated or standing guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Up to 75 guests can be seated conference-style or up to 125 theater-style.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, a $4,000 deposit, which is applied toward the food and beverage total, is required to book the site. A second payment for half the estimated food and beverage total is due 6 months prior to the event; the balance and guaranteed guest count are due 9 days prior. For ceremonies, an additional $2,000 is charged. Menus are provided, and food and beverage minimums range $6,500–20,000 depending on the day of week and time frame. During the off-season (November 1st–June 30th), minimums range $5,000–15,000.

Event pricing starts at $122/person; a $14.50/person beverage charge, which is part of the food and beverage minimum, includes unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, portable bars, and professional bartenders. Clients can bring their own alcoholic beverages. Per-person prices include exclusive use of the property, a personal event designer and complimentary parking. Tax and a 22% production fee are additional. Off-season pricing (November 1st–June 30th) offers significant discounts from posted food and beverage minimums.

For business functions and meetings, fees vary depending on guest count and food service. Call for details.

Location Uses

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


Catering: provided by New York Food Company
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: full range AV, extra fee
Parking: valet or attended parking provided
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: restricted use
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes
Cleanup: provided
View: Santa Monica Bay, L.A. Basin and coastal vistas
Other: invitation maps, microphone, event coordinator, state-of-the-art sound system

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building


Alcohol: in-house, or BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: vendors require approval
Wheelchair Access: limited access; call for details
Insurance: required for all vendors

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Amplified Music

w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access Limited


For weddings: Year-round, daily, 10am–3pm or 5pm–10pm. Functions are in 5-hour blocks, with 2 events per day. Additional hours and all-day events can be accommodated for an extra fee.

For business functions: Meeting space is available Monday–Thursday in blocks of 4, 6 or 8 hours.

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