Malibu Wedding Venue
6800 Westward Beach Road
Malibu, California 90265
You can have it all—a romantic setting, delectable cuisine, and gracious service—at the Sunset Restaurant, tucked against the Malibu bluffs just steps from Zuma Beach. Housed in an updated version of a classic beach bungalow, the two-story restaurant breathes with space and light, thanks to the expanse of windows along the ocean-facing front wall. One of the many benefits of staging your wedding at the Sunset is the ease of having everything in one package. This venue is particularly event-friendly, with distinct areas that coordinate with each phase of a wedding celebration.
First, say your marriage vows right on the beach. For a fee that includes the city permit, the Sunset arranges a platform walkway, runner and a wood stage area with the blue Pacific as a vibrant backdrop. Other elements further enhance this idyllic place: Sailboats drift across the horizon … dolphins play in the surf … the sound of the waves is in soothing harmony with the music of your accompanist. As you walk down the aisle, a light breeze lifts your veil, which floats around you like sea foam. Your guests are entranced, and the fun is only beginning. (This writer knows from personal experience: She had her wedding here, and the guests are still raving!)
After the ceremony, your photographer captures dramatic photos of the bridal party during one of Malibu’s jewel-toned sunsets. Meanwhile, your friends and family gather on the outdoor patio that adjoins the Event Room. Here they enjoy the cocktail hour and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, while mingling around cocktail tables or relaxing on couches. You can add your own festive touches with colored paper lanterns, string lights or vibrant throw pillows.
When it’s time for the reception, everyone moves into the Event Room. Simple, yet classy, its understated décor adapts easily to your own vision…but this room has a couple of tasteful features that add to your celebration: The white fabric lining the ceiling lends a wavy softness to the space, and a row of view-filled windows curves shoreward, like a long ripple in the nearby surf. At some point during your festivities, you might drift outside with your sweetheart to stroll on the sugary sand and soak up a bit of moonlight.
Two cozy upstairs venues, the North and South Rooms, prove that the views are even more spectacular from the second floor. Picture windows keep these spaces bathed in golden daylight, when the warm, cheery ambiance is perfect for wedding brunches or showers; at night, star-filled horizons and city-light vistas are sparkling additions to rehearsal dinners.
The Sunset Restaurant, which is open for weekend brunch as well as lunch and dinner every day, has a large number of regular (and often celebrity!) clientele and attracts more loyal fans every day. After paying a visit to this divine seaside locale, you’re bound to become a regular, too.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The beach site holds up to 150 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, the restaurant holds 120 seated with a dance floor or 150 without, or 200 standing guests. Outdoors the parking lot may be tented for 200 seated or 300 standing. The entire restaurant can be rented for larger parties.
10% of the estimated event total (or $1,500) is required to reserve your date and another 50% is due 4 months prior to the event. Both deposits are nonrefundable. Rental fees range $500–10,000 depending on space and time rented and guest count. Meals range $45–110/person and there is a beverage minimum of $20/person. Tax, a 20% administration fee, and mandatory valet charges are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house; outside kosher caterer may be allowed, call for details
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA
View: Malibu coastline, ocean
Other: beach ceremony
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Alcohol: in-house only, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required