Merrill’s on the Waterfront
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Located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Merrill's on the Waterfront is a scenic wedding venue. Nestled on the harbor in the city's downtown area, this setting specializes in intimate events. This restaurant is named for Captain Edward Merrill, an inventor, developer, and artist. Today, the venue sits on what was originally known as Merrill's Wharf, which was constructed between 1841 and 1849 to accommodate the captain's fleet.
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Merrill's on the Waterfront has a number of event spaces that you can use to host your milestone day. The venue has a maximum capacity of up to 170 guests, ideal for if you've envisioned a grander soiree to celebrate your love. The Fireside Dining area is ideal for cozy rehearsal dinners and can accommodate up to 25 seated guests. Cocktail receptions held here, meanwhile, can have up to 30 attendees. The Waterview dining area is a slightly larger space, with a maximum capacity of 45 for cocktail receptions. The largest event space, the Harbor View Room, sits upstairs and has stunning views of the surrounding water. This room has its own private deck so you can better enjoy the surroundings. There's also a built-in bar for celebratory toasts. On-site parking is available for those who drive to the venue. Once the festivities have wound down, guests can stay overnight at the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.
Catering and bartending for celebrations held at Merrill's on the Waterfront is provided by the on-site culinary team. Fresh, locally sourced seafood is a mainstay of the menu, matching the nearby harbor. You can choose from a number of serving styles, including buffet, family-style, plated, stations, and hors d'oeuvres. The events team here is ready to help out in whatever way they can, including with setup and cleanup. You can also call on their expertise for assistance with planning your milestone day. A number of event rental items are available to use from the restaurant, including tables, chairs, linens, glassware, and flatware.
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