Il Fornaio Catering and the Westin San Jose partner to create your perfect wedding experience in downtown San Jose. We are ready to host your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridal shower, or elopement. The historic Sainte Claire Hotel has been beautifully renovated and transformed into a modern facility, while still mainatining all of its orinigal 1920's charm. Il Fornaio is the exclusive caterer for this renowned venue bringing authentic Italian dishes and exceptional hosplitality to your big day.
Facility and Capacity
The 3,425-square-foot Grand Ballroom featuring 9 vintage styled 1920’s chandeliers glowing beautifully from above accomodates up to 260 guests for seated dinner service and dancing the night away. The space connects through triple French doors to the exquisite Atrium. The Atrium is the ultimate combination of classic & sophisticated architecture featuring marble floors, inlaid tile design and tile walls from the hotel's original build in 1926. The vaulted glass ceiling gives the courtyard atrium the feeling of being outside while keeping a comfortable temperature year round, offering the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. The Atrium also boasts a stunning built in bar with marble countertop providing your guests with a private bar from cocktail hour through the end of the reception. For receptions expecting less than 100 guests, there is a smaller, but equally elegant, Sainte Claire Ballroom located on the 2nd floor of the hotel.
II Fornaio offers all-inclusive wedding packages for couples, taking the guesswork out of the total price. They will work with you to create a wedding day experience that best showcases your love story. They provide everything from tables, linens, chiavari chairs, china, glassware, and silverware to lighting, audio visual equipment, candles and dance floors. Il Fornaio staff will set up and clean up everything needed for our catering services on the day of your event. Their profesisonal and experienced Event Coordinators also offer full Day of Coordination services to ensure you get to enjoy your big day to the fullest and have a seamless wedding day experience. Bartenders can serve many spirit options from house or premium beer, liquor, and wine, to champagne toasts, to specialty and signature drinks. Couples can choose to host an open bar, limited bar, or cash bar. Il Fornaio is proud to partner with the Westin to provide guests with exceptional overnight accomodations. The Catering Sales Manager will gladly connect you to the Westin for rates and availability.
Professional chefs craft a custom menu for your special day using delicious Italian and global fare that couples can sample beforehand during a private tasting. All food will be prepared and created onsite and not only tastes delicious, but couples will be wowed when they see the artistic presentation of each item. Event options for food range from buffets, plated dinners, stations, and family style to cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Customized menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well. Il Fornaio's talented team can also serve up a delicious array of desserts.
Recommended by 91% of couples
Jasmin · Married on 09/06/2015
Stress free wedding (yes it is possible)
Tamie is the best! She made the whole process easy, ensuring everything was perfect. The food, decor, and service were amazing.Sent on 12/16/2018
Il Fornaio at the Westin San Jose's reply:Thank you Jasmin! We were honored to be part of this very special day and wish you all the best in your marriage. Please visit us at Il Fornaio soon!
User2399804 · 2+ years ago
The venue has an old world elegance that was perfect for our vision of the wedding. Our coordinator was so attentive, flexible and accommodated all our needs. All of our guests loved the plated dinners and was blown away by the service they provide.Sent on 09/01/2013
Jennifer and Zach · Married on 07/07/2012
Tami and the staff at the Hotel Sainte Claire and Il Fornaio were WONDERFUL. The moment I saw the architecture of the historic hotel, I knew we had to get married there. My (now) husband's one requirement was that we can have the wedding and reception in one, where guests don't have to travel much and can stay close by. This hotel fit the mark, and it is absolutely gorgeous.Sent on 02/16/2013
We got married in the Atrium and then had the reception in the adjoining ballroom. The transition with the cocktail hour in between was smooth and the guests appreciated the bar opening up right away. The ballroom and atrium are both incredibly beautiful, so not much is needed at all. There are no ugly doors or decorations to hide!
Living in Southern California, but growing up in the Bay Area, I knew this would be challenging to plan a wedding far from my current home base. Tami made it so easy. She was very prompt in all my questions and was always willing to help - even to brainstorm places for a rehearsal dinner!! Il Fornaio makes it so easy since their packages are straight forward and there was nothing hidden. I was able to get a lot of the planning done.
AND THE FOOD IS AMAZING!!! Usually people only remember food from a wedding when it is bad. But Il Fornaio's food was incredible. People commented all night how wonderful the food was.
Il Fornaio at the Westin San Jose Price Rates