Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory

614 Pressley St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Map · Phone number
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About Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory

Swing open the massive wooden front doors, inlaid with intricate stained glass, step past the threshold from the tiled floor of the foyer, and enter a space of breathtaking old world beauty. Family owned and operated by the Ed, Mary Ann, John and Suzanne Graf since 1995, this is Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory.
Whether it’s the Grand Hall’s rolling barrel vaults and arches, soaring 80 feet into the air, its massive supporting columns, topped with gold-leafed Corinthian capitals, or the intricate, gold-plated stencil-work gracing the ceiling, the Grand Hall’s physical space inspires a sense of wonder.

Yet it is not just the grandeur of the physical space that sets the Grand Hall apart: it is also its sense of place and time. Built as St. Mary’s Church in 1854 by German immigrants, the Grand Hall was for years a hub of the German, Swiss and Austrian community in the “Deutschtown” section of Pittsburgh. Restored in 1995 and re-opened as a banquet facility, the Grand Hall and the adjacent Priory Hotel (the former St. Mary’s Priory [or Monastery) is now a keystone of the redevelopment of Deutschtown and of Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The value of a beautiful space is diminished if the quality of the food and service do not match the quality of the room. The Grand Hall’s food and service are unrivaled in the Pittsburgh region. Chefs Michael Henny and Pete Phillipy have more than 40 years of combined service in kitchens ranging from the Hyehold Restaurant to Nemacolin Woodlands resort, and consistently serve world class food. General Manager Rebecca Lazeration, with more than 15 years devoted to banquet and event management, ensures that linens are crisp, silverware is polished, and that the staff is well-trained to accommodate any guest need.

Centrally located across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh, with Interstate 279 and State Route 28 just blocks away, the Grand Hall is easily accessible from all points of the compass. Pittsburgh’s suburbs are just minutes away, and even drives from other counties are short and easy.

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53 Reviews for Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • Stephanie

    Stephanie F. · Married on 11/16/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    A wonderful venue for an off-wedding season date

    We loved working with The Grand Hall for our Nov. 16 wedding. We did the "Fall For Love" package that comes with November weddings and felt we got every cent of what we paid in return for a wonderful and seamless event. We added a few add-ons that were a bit pricey but worth it to bring up the elegance and romance in the room (the light wall and lit up birch trees that are usually not part of the November package). Would 100% recommend Courtney (event coordinator) and Zach (day-of coordinator) as they were responsive, helpful, accommodating, and helped keep us calm in all the craziness! The event was beautiful and we will remember it forever!

    Sent on 11/25/2019
  • Jamie

    Jamie B. · Married on 06/01/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Perfect wedding set up

    The hall is beautiful for a ceremony and is quickly turned into a great reception hall while guests are able to go outside in the courtyard. Working with the team at the hall was great and they were very responsive. We were accommodated well for being out-of-state and got a lot of compliments from our guests about the uniqueness of the venue.

    Sent on 06/27/2019
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    Chrissy · Married on 02/04/2017

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    The Priory's Grand Hall was an amazing venue for a wedding. We did the Winter White Wedding package, and it was truly incredible. I worked directly with Sara Lynn from the beginning. She is a true talent, and amazing at her job. My family and I can be very overwhelming (lots of questions, lots of involvement, etc.) and she was patient, responsive and helpful. When we were making all of our final detail selections, she literally rolled up her sleeves, moved furniture around, showed me pictures, etc. I truly felt at ease on the big day thanks to her. The Grand Hall is a beautiful space. We had a reasonable sized wedding ~120 guests, and it was perfect. It's a larger room so I was concerned about being too big, and the sound not picking up, but none of that was a concern. It felt intimate, romantic, and every single one of our guests raved that it was one of the nicest wedding venues they had attended. The food was delicious, and I felt like the costs were very reasonable. We had our ceremony and reception onsite - would HIGHLY recommend for both. It looked so pretty set up for the ceremony and was transformed very quickly for the reception. Sara Lynn also made the day of - completely stress free. She handled everything, got me drinks, food when i didn't have a chance to eat, etc. Overall I couldn't have asked for better service or a more beautiful place to make memories in. Thank you sooo much!

    Sent on 04/14/2017

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Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 1000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Specialty Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
    Hotel
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Centerpieces
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Lighting
    Tables
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Blooms Florist Wedding Florists

    It's been standing in Pittsburgh for so many years. Now, along with the Priory, it is a destination that is so unique for Pittsburgh. The staff is amazing to work with with. Heather is a doll and so knowledgeable. Take a look...it could be the perfect fit.

  • A Simple Vow Wedding Officiants

    Always a great pleasure to work with the TOP NOTCH staff here.

  • Parkway Florist Inc. Wedding Florists

    Grand and wonderful place for a wedding. We have enjoyed many times the pleasure of servicing brides at the Grand Hall.

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Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory for wedding events is known for:

  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory for wedding events?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offer?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offer for wedding events?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory have available for wedding events?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents

What percentage of users recommend Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at The Priory is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.8 in value.