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Reception
$3,200 starting price
Reception
$2,700 starting price
These prices are available for the months of September through June. These prices are available for the months of July through August.

About

The Ortega River Club is a social club located in Jacksonville, Florida. This social club has been running for more than 100 years and is found right by the serene Ortega River, with stunning venue spaces that are perfect for an array of special occasions. Whether it’s an intimate gathering with close friends or a wedding reception, ceremony, or rehearsal dinner with all of your loved ones, this social club is sure to make your event an unforgettable occasion.

History

The Ortega River Club was first opened in 1903 on Riverside Avenue with only 35 charter members. In these early days, the club was a success and dances, song fests, and band concerts were the club’s primary activities. However, during World War I, the club’s membership rate fell drastically and it became impossible to maintain. In 1928, a new clubhouse was completed and was officially named The German American Club in 1930. Dancing became a primary enjoyment for people during this time and a membership drive was held to increase the venue’s popularity.

The club survived throughout World War II and maintained a low profile, focusing on providing a wholesome atmosphere for dancing and socializing. In 2011, the club’s membership rate was dwindling, with the clubhouse falling into disrepair. The membership voted to change the name to The Ortega River Club and mortgaged the building in order to renovate the clubhouse. President Karl Moerings oversaw this renovation which redesigned the interior and rear exterior of the building.



Facilities and Capacity

This Jacksonville-based social club is a historic building with a number of venue spaces available indoor and outdoor. There are uncovered areas outside for guests, with a back deck that has ceiling fans and heaters to make your guests feel as comfortable as possible. There is also a separate covered built-in grill overlooking the river.

For engaged couples searching for their perfect event space, The Ortega River Club features a stunning get-ready room which is ideal to prepare yourself on your wedding day. This room has natural light, large mirrors, and comfortable seating, making it the best space for you to look and feel your best on your special day.

Catering

The Ortega River Club can recommend a number of catering services to suit your specific event requirements. These catering services include:

  • Buffet
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Stations

Other Services

The Ortega River Club also provides a number of convenient services to ensure your event at the club runs as smoothly as possible. The club provides guests with bar services, bartenders and outside vendors.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,700

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Tables

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

July
August
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Reviews of Ortega River Club

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5 Reviews
79% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    3.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
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  • Value
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  • Flexibility
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Weddingwire
4.0/5 5 reviews
Google
4.6/5 109 reviews
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Dee J. Sent on 07/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing location with An Amazing Team

B2B Review

Where do I start...
The couple got married on July 2nd 2022
Family coming from far away on one of the most busy travel weekends of the year.

Due to unforseen circumstances we missed our rehearsal window. The venue had another engagement but still allowed for the rehearsal to move forward because we were situated outside.

The wedding was scheduled for outside with the potential for long standing rain we had to keep the inside option open. The venue tables need a little wiping down prior to moving but we had full access to adjust the room the way we needed. It turned out beautifully.

The venue allowed us to hold wedding chairs until they could be transported back to the rental company.

Ms. Peggy and Bobby - you guys are simply amazing in your know-how and communication.

Inside catering - Ms. Barbara - the food was steller just as it was on the day of tasting. The bride and the groom said they did not get glaze carrots though. The food was served on time just as planned. Some guest opted not to go by table number which caused overcrowding around the buffet table. Even when the crowd was large and overwhelming the service staff still managed to move everyone along.

We could not get a read on electical grounding inside the 113 year old building so there were some services that could not be fulfilled. Needless to say, these few bumps in the road did not stop a beautiful wedding from happening.

Thank you to the entire Ortega River Club Team!

SolABry's Budget Conscious Weddings
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Kimberly Sent on 03/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful and great to work with!!

I held my reception here in December 2018. They were so helpful and accommodating considering my wedding was a bit of a ways away. The timing had to be flexible to allow for decorating and setup beforehand and they worked with us. The venue is beautiful and just what we were looking for on the water. Go look to see it!!
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Laurie Sent on 10/10/2013
5 out of 5 rating
The Ortega River Club was perfect for our ceremony and reception. We had the ceremony was out by the water and the reception was inside. Our guests were able to use the entire facility and walk around the grounds. It is somewhat of a small facility but was able to handle our 175-200 crowd. We were able to decorate any way we wanted as long as we cleaned up afterward and we were able to get our deposit back. They do have a fully stocked cash bar if needed. There is also a large room where my girls and I were able to get ready in. Parking is a little tricky but the custodian is there to help park people on the grounds and around the park across the street. So much fun!!
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