The Saloon at Californos can accommodate up to 80 guests for a cocktail party and 50 guests for a plated dinner. Available for private parties, the room is complete with a full bar, private entrance, and antique charm. The Paris of the Plains comes alive in this room, with all the charm of France, right here on the border of Missouri and Kansas. Want to learn more? Take a moment to watch this new music video, Hair Like Lemons, by Joseph Warren and the Wanderlust Revival in 2018. The saloon, perfect for your next private event, is a jazz club during the week, hosting shows by the Jim Lower Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Moore and Rich Hill. Wednesdays feature a weekly Jazz Jam from 7:30-10:30 pm. The saloon doubles as a bridal suite, dining room, private party room and live music venue. Enjoy a lavish reception upstairs, with outdoor wedding ceremony beforehand, and reserve the saloon as a private suite for the wedding party or bride. Alternately, reserve the room for a private after party. Reception downtown? Reserve Californos Saloon for your after-party in Westport and take advantage of our 3am liquor license, wonderful staff and outstanding menu! Planning a 2019 wedding? Come tour the venue at Californos this week to make sure you are taking advantage of the best Kansas City has to offer for one of the best parties of a lifetime!
Californos hosts an open house on Monday October 8, 2018. Come, enjoy a short and sweet evening in our event space to see the ballrooms, courtyard and saloon, along with the rest of Californos charming and expansive wedding and event venue! Engaged couples are invited to take part in a casual evening of wine tasting, appetizers, cake & wedding planning! You can network with some of Kansas City's favorite vendors, including those who specialize in guest accommodations, bridal gowns, florals, travel, wedding ceremony, music, catering & more! You must register ahead for free entry to the event, as we are providing refreshments for our guests! Please sign-up on our website today and feel free to bring one or two guests with you if possible! Californos has so much to offer - you absolutely must see it in person to understand the incredible backdrop that the restaurant provides for our brides. There are hundreds of amazing opportunities for the most memorable of moments. Party with us on your big day!
Californos venue and team are multi-faceted and flexible! We can tailor our services to fit your particular wedding! Whether a small, informal wedding or a large and intricately detailed event, Californos is a comfortable fit that will showcase you and your style on the biggest day of your life! The restaurant's antique trolley barn building offers event space with charming architectural interest and the wedding venue features an expansive and beautiful patio with outdoor bars, a stage and restrooms. Our talented team is dedicated to your very special event.
Leslie & Chris hosted nearly 300 guests at their May 5, 2018 event in Californos lofty ballrooms and shaded urban courtyard. They hosted a private ceremony with close family, where they signed their ketubah or traditional wedding contract! They then hosted a beautiful and heartfelt American wedding ceremony on the back patio under the sycamore trees. Guests were then treated to a cocktail hour, a plated salad course, and a buffet of heavy appetizers, prepared by Californos, for their dinner. There's so much more to say about their amazing wedding day, but we'll save some of those details for another day soon!
Californos may still have your date open in 2018 or 2019! Schedule your venue tour today to reserve your date and start planning a wedding at Kansas City's favorite venue, Californos Westport! You can browse our turn-key, all-inclusive package online today!
Pictured: plated course / berry spinach salad / glassware & full place settings.
Images by Lark Photo.
Really, LOL?! Californos is open for brunch at 9am the day after your wedding! Come in and pick up the pieces or visit with out of town guests the next day! You're a VIP at Californos and we're here to make memories!
Of course, when we say Californos has it all for brides planning a Kansas City wedding of epic proportions, it's because we can provide what no one else in town can do! Californos is uniquely fit to host your favorite people for an unforgettable weekend in Kansas City! Our team of seasoned event planners are here to talk you through the dozens of unique details that make Californos Westport KC's favored destination for the most special of events!
Some simple highlights about Californos that make the venue truly unique for a wedding venue include a large, beautiful patio to host ceremonies, cocktail hours & after parties! A restaurant on-site to cater to your special people, their special diets & your special requests! Multiple bars, with seasoned bartenders and a bar license to 3:00 am give you wonderful access to libations and the chance to keep the party going practically "till the break of dawn".
Californos is available for romantic dining, plated dinners and buffets, passed hors d'oeuvres and more. Plated dinners offer a more formal experience for guests, perfect for a business event, rehearsal dinner or a formal meal for your wedding reception. Our facility offers over four different private dining opportunities inside, with outdoor cocktail hour or outdoor reception space outside as well!
The patio, which offers two bars can host large and intimate gatherings for cocktails before or after your dinner event. Californos ballroom seats up to 140 guests for formal plated dinner, while the Westport Room accommodates up to 80. Our Saloon seats 60 guests for a plated dinner experience, while the Mezzanine is suited perfectly for a group of 30 or fewer guests. Passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktail hour, formal place settings, personalized menus, music and presentations are all part of what we will discuss when planning your special dinner event. Menus range from steak and salmon to chicken, pork and other creative entree options, served with a range of salads, vegetables, side dishes and appetizers. Pricing and menu options for private rooms and dinner events at Californos are easily found on our website under the private event menus tab.
Congratulations to Erin & Brandon on their Saturday, April 29 2017 wedding at Californos Westport! As we know, April showers bring May flowers, and Erin was blessed to be the ultimate rainy-day bride! In fact, she embraced the weather and certainly harvested some of the good luck offered us by a rainy wedding day, even splashing through a puddle or two to make the most of life's lemons!
Erin and her family booked Californos antique Trolley Barn wedding venue with relatively short notice. Although the couple has been together for many years, when they finally decided to tie the knot, they were able to put the whole event together in no time flat! We first spoke on February 4, 2017, and by February 24, the event was confirmed. The entire wedding was planned in a window of eight weeks, and no details were spared! Despite a quick planning period, this wedding went off without a hitch, and our guests enjoyed many beautifully orchestrated and detailed moments over the course of the day.
Erin, Brandon, and the family were able to pull off a fantastic event despite a very short engagement, using a minimal number of vendors who were able to help with multiple services. For example, Californos was not only the venue for the wedding reception, but also for the ceremony, with the Saloon reserved for use as a bridal suite. Californos Catering team provided all of the food & drink at the reception, including all of the staffing, linens, china & expertise that goes along with it. Californos Chef, Marita Swift, even handcrafted some cupcakes for dessert! Californos is the place to go for quick planning and stunning results as our all-inclusive package and turn-key reception services! We've definitely got what it takes to get you hitched in a hurry! Just know that when you call, you'll need some flexibility with the date!
Please enjoy this entertaining video of their wedding day, produced by wedding videographer Surveyor Creative, and catch a glimpse of Californos Saloon space, used as a bridal suite, so that the ladies from the wedding party had a relaxing place to get ready for the big day! Bobby Kyser Events, new to Kansas City, did an excellent job and covered several bases for Erin and Brandon. Bobby did all the florals for the wedding party and centerpieces, decorated the ballroom window, creating a wistful and serene backdrop for the vows ceremony and first kiss! Bobby officiated the ceremony himself and provided the DJ for this wedding reception! They had the guests dancing all night as you can see in the video! AC Hotel Westport, a Euro-style Marriott property, is across the street from Californos and made for a modern, chic and very convenient home base for the wedding party and out of town guests!
Join us for the Wedding Fair on Monday, June 5, 2017, a relaxed and fun bridal show in Midtown Kansas City. Californos will host an evening of wedding planning at our historic Trolley Barn venue in the heart of Westport, Kansas City's most vibrant neighborhood!
Potential event hosts will get a chance to enjoy Californos atmosphere in the evening and to attend an event in the space. Guests will enjoy a range of samples from our celebrated heavy hors d'oeuvres menu, which is the most popular type of menu for wedding receptions at our legendary venue!
Californos and some of our favorite local wedding professionals will present from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, and couples will enjoy the chance to win one of several door prizes. Californos will also treat you to a taste of our homemade wedding cake and Californian wines.
Californos hosts the Wedding Fair three times a year, in January, June and October.
This June 5, 2017 event was added for the 2017 season to accommodate those brides planning their 2017 or 2018 weddings now.
Featured vendors for this Spring Bridal Show event will include Altar Bridal, AC Hotel Westport, Elite Sounds Entertainment, and Blissful Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.
Browse the site and register for this complimentary open house for engaged couples!
Kansas City Wedding Connection.
Bernie & Molly had an amazing wedding reception here at Californos on Friday January 27, 2017 and the proof is in the pudding! Their photographer, Beau Vaughn Photography, posted the mannequin challenge they filmed, and the bride and groom have passed along the video for Californos to share with any prospective clients!
The beginning of this video is the Bride & Groom getting ready for the big day. It features some very entertaining poses from the wedding party & family throughout! Californos rustic ballroom is featured in the second half of the video, with the bride & groom's cake cutting taking center stage.
We are thrilled to share this video because you can get a great feel for the space as it's being used, full of people celebrating! You can easily catch glimpses of some architectural features like the lofty ceilings, brick walls and hardwood floors. This clip will allow Californos brides to peek into a crystal ball and get a better feel for the venue, well, at least the main ballroom, in advance of their important day. Thanks for sharing, Molly & Bernie!
"We had a fantastic time and can't thank you enough for all that you did to make it a special event for us, our family, and our friends. We are working putting together some reviews for all of our amazing vendors and will pass that along soon too."
- Bernie & Molly
Thanks to you, Molly & Bernie, for hosting your wedding with Californos, it was a great party and we appreciate the chance to make a splash with your guests! An extra thanks goes to you for choosing to host a January wedding by the way!
Californos, as you may or may not know, is built on the side of a hill! Our restaurant and event venue offers various private dining experiences, with diverse private rooms that can accommodate a wide range of event styles and guest counts. The Library Mezzanine is a few steps from the restaurant's main bistro dining room and has a balcony within the room. The mezzanine features beautiful windows throughout the space which overlooks the main ballrooms of our trolley barn wedding and event venue.
The mezzanine features a balcony that seats 8 to 10 guests, overlooking a dining room that accommodates up to 35 guests. Depending on the style and size of your special event, the mezzanine could accommodate a bar or buffet to accommodate your guests, or the space can be utilized for a plated dinner or luncheon event. Exposed brick, rich wood interior, high ceilings with party lights, are some of the primary characteristics of this intimate and uniquely shaped private dining room. An iron wine rack on the edge of the room's interior stores hundreds of bottles, from sparkling wines to bold reds and specialty bottles.
Popular for business dinners, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers, the library mezzanine dining room also expands the capacity of our ballrooms, allowing Californos to accommodate additional seating or a special area to present your desserts or wedding cake on a large wedding reception or a corporate event. Linens are typically provided by Californos for private events in the Library Mezzanine event space.
Contact Californos today to find out more about the Library Mezzanine space at Californos in Westport! Our staff is available Monday through Saturday to answer questions via phone or email, and you can schedule a tour from our website from home! You may also opt to pop in for brunch, lunch, or dinner, to get a sneak peak at the Library Mezzanine to see the venue in person!
May weddings in Kansas City can be a dream come true, and engagement season is upon us! Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day is considered to be the most active time of year for couples to become engaged and start making plans for their big day. Luckily Californos is here to help, and we offer a venue and package that can accommodate any size group, with premium services at a competetive price point.
Open dates at Californos' historic Trolley Barn Venue in May of 2017 include...
Saturday May 13 (Considered to be prime time, this is an ideal date, last open Saturday).
Fridays - May 5, 12, 19 or 26 (Californos offers $20 off the per person all-inclusive rate).
Sunday May 28 (**This date is priced like a Saturday, because it's memorial day weekend).
Sundays - May 7, 21 (Sunday weddings offer a rate of $25 off per person).
Please note that for Friday weddings in Kansas City, Californos offers a promotional rate!
Pricing is all-inclusive at Californos. What does that exactly mean? Our wedding reception package is priced per person, based on the number of guests and the date. The per person pricing covers the wedding reception venue, catering & bar services. We also include sales tax, along with linens, china and staffing! This is in contrast to other Kansas City wedding venues for which pricing can be much more criptic or incomplete.
Our weddings come with an open house bar of cocktails, beer, and wine along with soft drinks. Our brides book the venue with access to both indoor and outdoor event space in the heart of Kansas City's most authentic and exciting entertainment district!
You can enjoy an engagement that's short and sweet without stressing over putting it all together if you choose a wedding venue that does it all. This and you'd get to start your married life by Summer 2017! View our open dates for wedding receptions at Californos in Kansas City.
The Westport Room at Californos provides a unique private dining experience in the heart of Kansas City's most exciting district. Californos restaurant can accommodate seating for up to 80 guests in the Westport Room, which has a private bar built into the space for guests to enjoy.
This space may be available on it's own, or may be available only in conjunction with the Ballroom and other event space, depending on the date of the year. Contact our Sales staff directly from the site with questions, or you can schedule a time to tour our event venue in person.
Please enjoy a short slideshow featuring images of the Westport Room. You may notice brick walls, a high, barrel ceiling, dramatic drum shades, and interior windows and a private bar, among other items.
Kansas City Brides
Choose Californos Westport as a turn-key alternative to planning a wedding reception.
CALIFORNOS , WHERE WEDDINGS MAKE THE WORLD GO 'ROUND!
Event Pro., Aaron