Five Crowns Restaurant 3801 East Coast Highway • Corona del Mar • California 92625


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

If you're familiar with Orange County's fine dining scene, chances are you've heard of Five Crowns. Established in 1965 in upscale Corona del Mar—one of Southern California's most idyllic coastal villages—the Tudor-style culinary landmark is a recreation of England's oldest country inn, Ye Olde Bell (est. 1135 A.D.). In this pocket of seaside affluence, it's also an icon of patrician respectability, award-winning cuisine, and premier vintages, owned by the Frank and Van De Kamp families of Lawry's Restaurants fame.

Known for serving up some of the best prime rib in town, as well as contemporary renditions of fresh seafood, roasted fowl, and succulent lamb, Five Crowns has hosted legions of discriminating local diners and such illustrious guests as Elizabeth Taylor and past President Richard Nixon.

What you may not know is that this revered dining establishment is also a classic setting for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other singular celebrations. With its rich wood paneling, ceiling beams, antique maritime memorabilia and cozy nooks, the venue exudes an Old World ambiance.

The most popular area for saying your vows in this historic site is the patio and garden, off the restaurant's sunlit greenhouse. A traditional trellis, adorned with flowers and herbs, lends just the right amount of formality to the intimate setting.

Depending on the size of your party, guests will enjoy pre- and post-ceremony hospitality in the greenhouse and brick-lined patio, the main Crown Nelson Room, or The Brighton Room, named for the pleasure palace George IV of England built in 1782. In all of these areas, service is provided by a friendly and very professional staff. Many couples opt to capture memories of the day at the front entrance of the restaurant, where an antique red British telephone booth is a recognizable landmark on the East Coast Highway.

Before and after the merrymaking, out-of-town guests can enjoy accommodations in many four- and five-star hotels along the coast, or at the newly restored Crystal Cove Cottages, just a mile down the road in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. You might consider a post-celebration treat of your own: a romantic moonlit walk with your new spouse along this stretch of pristine coastline.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $500/event and up
  • Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $46–185/person
  • Kids meals are $40/child (12 years old or younger).

Additional Info
  • There is no ceremony fee when a reception is booked to follow. Prices are subject to a 3% service charge, 7.75% Sales tax, and server gratuity.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 100 150
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 150
Reception Seated 200 150
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The capacity varies depending on the time of day and space reserved. For ceremonies, the venue can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

EVENT RECEPTION CAPACITY: The main event space seats 150. With a buyout, the restaurant accommodates 200 seated or standing.

MEETING CAPACITY: The restaurant holds 150 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, anytime.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Restaurant

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Garden

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: valet required
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: garden courtyard
Other: event coordination


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required


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