Long Beach, California 90802
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Why We Like This Place
Known as “the Queen of the Beaches,” Long Beach is one of the oldest and most dynamic of California’s seaside communities. Back in the 1880s, the railroad brought flocks of settlers to the fledgling resort town. Its vital port became a source of exotic wonders from afar, and at the dawn of the 20th Century Long Beach was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. The most recent millennium has brought another boom to Long Beach, as new generations discover that this historic waterfront community is an intriguing blend of sophistication and fun: Enjoy kayaking or windsurfing? Skating along the boardwalk? Why not explore the mysteries of the deep at the Aquarium of the Pacific, or get an adrenaline rush at the annual Grand Prix races? You can also visit art museums or experience the Queen Mary’s vintage glamour, relax with a gondola ride or a romantic stroll along the strand. After an adventure-filled day, take your cue from the locals who opt for the hearty cuisine, picturesque location, and classic comforts of the Reef. A landmark since its opening in 1958, the Reef also has an in-house banquet staff dedicated to fulfilling all your special event needs.
As soon as the valet greets your guests in the driveway, they’re taken in by the inviting ambiance of a contemporary building poised at the water’s edge and surrounded by colorful tropical foliage. Next to the portico a footbridge spans a tiny pond fed by a rock waterfall. The welcome continues indoors, where rich wood paneling, a display of fine wines, and a roaring fire create a cozy atmosphere. To attend your twilight wedding ceremony, guests are escorted upstairs to the Sunset Deck, a terracotta-tiled patio ringed with brick flowerbeds. Several potted trees enhance the look of a rooftop garden, and rows of white padded chairs form the wedding aisle. At the far corner of the deck the bride and groom are framed by a white lattice gazebo set against a stunning backdrop: sailboats skim along the blue harbor, and as night falls the nearby Queen Mary lights up like a giant jeweled necklace draped along the shore.
This spectacular vista is also a highlight of the Reef’s attractive banquet rooms, and there are quite a few to choose from. Perhaps the most elegant is the Harbor View Ballroom and Lounge, with décor that whispers of the Gilded Age. Arched beveled mirrors, crystal chandeliers and antique-style wall sconces enhance the feeling of vintage opulence, and in the ballroom a wall of windows overlooks the water.
You can have an intimate garden wedding next door on the Garden Patio, featuring a brick patio, a wall fountain and a slice of harbor view. Then step inside to the Garden Room, a pretty space with brass accents that can accommodate the cocktail hour and reception.
If you prefer a casual island motif, then the Luau Room will tickle your fancy with tiki lamps, bamboo paneling and a host of whimsical touches. The Luau also comes with a small waterfront patio, which creates an indoor-outdoor flow of your event.
The Reef specializes in prime steaks and fresh seafood and has an award-winning Sunday Brunch, so the food is sure to impress your guests. Friends and family from out of town will have plenty to keep them entertained while staying in Long Beach, but their event at the Reef is probably what they’ll cherish most.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
- Max. Seated Indoors: 300
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 400
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 300
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Sunset Deck holds up to 300 seated guests, the Garden Patio up to 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Reef accommodates 40–300 seated or 100–400 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces seat up to 300 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $500–3,000 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date; the event balance is due the Monday prior to the event. Wedding packages run $60–106/person for dinner or $39–85/person for lunch, and include hosted bar service, hors d’oeuvres, a wedding cake, champagne toast and punch station. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional. A ceremony setup fee ranging $750–2,500 is additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided or CBA, extra fee
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: no
Meeting Equipment: screen, easel, microphone, podium
Parking: complimentary valet
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: emergency only
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Queen’s Bay Harbor, Long Beach skyline
Other: some coordination
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti
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