El Adobe de Capistrano is a banquet hall in the Orange County, California area. This California State Historical Landmark now welcomes couples and their guests for vintage garden weddings. The building, once a court and jailhouse, even has wine cellars and a dining space in the old jail cells. Couples will find this venue just ten minutes from Dana Point Harbor.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 450 guests to their wedding at El Adobe de Capistrano. The Palenque Room is the most popular space for wedding receptions, and welcomes up to 250 seated guests. The room features an antique wooden bar and floor-to-ceiling windows. However, the highlight of this space is the ceiling that slides open to reveal the sky above. For ceremonies, the Garden welcomes up to 200 to its private and enchanting location, while the Chapel offers an indoor option for up to 300 attendees. Classic adobe architecture in the Portola Room includes stained-glass windows and a wooden vaulted ceiling. This intimate space is perfect for smaller receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties or rehearsal dinners of up to 46 guests. Similarly, the Las Flores Room, which overlooks the Garden, offers seating for up to 60 guests. In the original jail cell, complete with iron bars, couples can now enjoy an intimate dinner for eight. This space, the Carcel, now houses the wine cellar.
Couples will find plenty of services to make them feel comfortable in this historic venue. El Adobe de Capistrano takes care of couples with all-inclusive packages. The individual services offered by this venue include:
Full bar service at this venue includes indulgences such as premium liquor, a signature drink, specialty wine and more. Chefs at this restaurant create mouthwatering menu items for a couple’s big day. After coming in for a tasting and choosing the perfect dishes for their celebration, couples can choose to have their cuisine served in the following catering styles:
Event items are available through this venue for couples to use on their big day. Some of these items include chairs, dance floor, lighting and tables.
This venue was originally two separate structures: the home of Miguel Yorba Adobe and the Juzgado, or court and jails. The former was built in 1797, while the later was not established until 1812. The cocktail lounge walls in El Adobe were once part of the Miguel Yorba Adobe. The ground beneath the foyer originally served as a passageway for stagecoaches, until it was repurposed for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1888. The two properties were unified in 1910 as a store and residence. The restaurant entered the scene in 1948, opening grandly with a military wedding celebration.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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jessica · Married on 12/17/2016
Although an Orange County native, I had never been to El Adobe prior to this weekend. We hosted our rehearsal dinner here on Friday (with around 60 guests) and I am absolutely impressed with the food, service, and overall decor of the restaurant. We had a set menu where guests had appetizers and could choose their entrees/drinks. The chefs/servers worked so hard to make sure everything came out warm and timely. The drinks were SO GOOD and management was excellent to work with. All of our guests raved about how great the food/drinks/service were! I am so so happy with our experience. If you're looking for an amazing restaurant to host your rehearsal dinner (or a reception), you need to come here!!! Love love LOVED our experience!Sent on 12/21/2016
Merceades · Married on 04/27/2019
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El Adobe was the dream I didn't even know I had! Janette and her entire team took care of everything, linens, catering, flatware, an amazing bar, killer food, and AMAZING staff! If I could go back and do it all over again, there is no doubt in my mind that we would choose El Adobe all over again! Our top 2 most important items for our wedding was the food and the drink...and El Adobe DELIVERED! Our wedding was 3 months ago and guests are still telling me how amazing the food was AND how beautiful and totally us the venue was! In addition to this, the staff was prompt, courteous, and SO MUCH FUN! It was clear that they were having a good time, which made it an AMAZING time for us and our guests. My only complaint is that I can't have their cocktail hour apps every day!Sent on 07/14/2019
Tahna · Married on 05/20/2017
I loved working with this venue. Herlinda (the events coordinator) was very communicative, organized, helpful, and professional. She even coordinated with the florist directly. The entire process was smooth and the event was pulled off wonderfully. The food is delicious, the venue is gorgeous, and the staff is amazing. I took advantage of the casita behind the venue. It was incredibly useful for getting ready and getting away for a moment during the cocktail hour. I highly recommend El Adobe de Capistrano for any event.Sent on 06/29/2017
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Amazing Mexican food! Can't wait to be back here. Perfect for an outdoor reception on those beautiful, warm summer nights.
I love you, Stacey Strasbaugh!
El Adobe is such a great venue for a wedding. The atmosphere is so fun and relaxed. The staff has done a million weddings and they know what to do and when to do it. If you want a fun wedding, in a truly unique venue, this is the place! Stacey and her team will take great care of you. Always a wonderful time at El Adobe!