San Pedro, California 90731
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Why We Like This Place
As part of the Ports O’ Call Marketplace, a New England-style enclave of shops, restaurants and attractions right on the water, this restaurant of the same name is one of the most surprising venues we’ve come across. We were expecting a standard eatery, but instead found a wide variety of appealing event spaces, almost all with terrific harbor views.
The lush entrance to the restaurant is so inviting, you just want to park yourself on the bench out front in the garden and take it all in: A brick path, lined with palms, trees, ferns and all manner of colorful flowers, crosses over a small pond filled with potted plants and bordered by a riot of red and hot pink impatiens. At the shady end of the pond a rock waterfall creates a soothing background sound.
Once inside, you have six ceremony and reception options to choose from. Our favorite one, which is used only for ceremonies, is the spacious open-air patio that extends out over the water. Enclosed by a low brick wall planter, it affords diners an unobstructed view of the harbor as well as the boats moored right next door. A light mesh canopy screens guests from the sun, and heat lamps provide warmth during cool evenings. Sitting here you can hear the lapping of the water, feel the gentle breeze and watch the port traffic glide by.
Two banquet rooms upstairs also caught our fancy. The Bridgeview looks out onto the patio and has a clear sightline to the Vincent Thomas Bridge, which is lit up at night along with the rest of the port. Two walls are glass, and the other two are mirrored, resulting in a pleasing wraparound view. The Breakwater Room faces the opposite direction, with a calming vista of the water leading out to sea and the marina right below. Both rooms have built-in parquet dance floors, coffered ceilings, and abundant warm wood trim.
An additional trio of banquet rooms is available on the ground floor. The Harbor View, just above the patio, accommodates smaller groups and has views of the port through two walls of windows. For larger affairs, the Catalina Ballroom features elaborate crystal chandeliers, a deep, coffered ceiling and a central dance floor. If you’re planning a rehearsal dinner or very intimate event, then reserve the Captain’s Quarters.
Ports O’ Call’s newest offering isn’t even in the restaurant. Take a short walk along the brick path through the quaint village buildings, and you come to an expansive waterfront wooden deck where ceremonies are held. Overlooking the restaurant to the left and the water straight ahead, it’s a fresh, sunny spot to exchange vows.
Other fun possibilities include arriving at the public dock by boat, getting married on a yacht, or reserving a Spirit Cruise vessel for a cruise around the harbor. There’s no doubt about it: At the Ports O’ Call Restaurant you can create a multifaceted and truly memorable experience.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 120
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Seated Indoors: 340
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 400
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0
- Max. Seated: 340
CEREMONY CAPACITY: At the restaurant, the Patio holds up to 150 seated guests. Spirit Cruises vessels accommodate up to 140 guests on the Motor Yacht Spirit, up to 75 on the Pacific Spirit, and up to 80 on the Sailing Ship Spirit.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: At the restaurant, the Banquet Rooms host up to 340 seated or 400 standing guests. On the vessels, the Motor Yacht Spirit can hold up 140 guests, the Pacific Spirit up to 75, and the Sailing Ship Spirit up to 80.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A $400–1,500 deposit is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 10 days prior to the event. The ceremony site rental fee is $750. Meals range $20–72/person at the restaurant or $50–119/person on the vessels. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot, complimentary
Accommodations: no guestrooms
Telephone: pay phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: harbor, bay, coastline
Other: event coordination
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
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