Californos is elated to host a Valentine's Day dinner on the eve of our 30th Anniversary! Californos bistro is a romantic spot for a first date, intimate dinner or fun evening out! This Valentine's Day we offer dining reservations in the bistro with live jazz. Performers this evening include Peggy Chilson Trio and Eddie Moore Trio, followed by the Westport Jazz Jam until 10:30 pm. Walk in and enjoy a seat at the bar or call ahead to reserve a table for two or more persons this evening! Make sure to mention if you are coming for live music, so we know where to seat you! Reservations can also easily be made online here!
Californos is a family owned business and we work hard to be the best at what we do! This week, that's Valentine's Day and hosting private events as well as concerts and parties! It's a full week. As we share the news, that local brides have reviewed Californos positively, resulting in an award on a popular bridal welbsite, we are humbled by the praise. All we can say is that we can't do it without the brides who find Californos, book Californos and later review the venue after hosting a turn-key reception with us! Thanks to Sarah & Greg, who sent us an album of pictures today and on of the best captures their epic dance party below!
Choosing a venue is likely the single most important decision to make when planning a wedding day with your closest friends and family. The location of the venue, along with the look and size of the ballroom seem to be a few of the most common criteria to consider. However, services, reviews, accessibility are going to be extremely important to a bride and groom planning a reception. More important than the cost itself would be the value. What do you get for the cost of your venue and will that streamline or complicate things as you move forward in your planning. For example, Californos provides a wedding venue with an all-inclusive package. Pricing includes a wonderful meal, open bar and the actual event venue with complimentary rentals, expert staffing, crisp linens and more! That's why we call Californos a turn-key reception venue. Now you can hire a good DJ or band and get the party started, like Sarah & Greg did with their party at Californos Westport on July 8, 2018! Happy Planning! Tours of Californos are available throughout the week by appointment.
Romantic Kansas City comes alive with our local restaurant scene. This Valentine's Day you can celebrate at Californos and enjoy a romantic scene, complete with live jazz, champagne, fine foods & chocolate. Valentine's Day performances include the Peggy Chilson Trio, followed by Eddie Moore Trio & the Westport Jazz Jam, not to mention a special Valentine's concert on Tuesday with KC Chamber Orchestra & more!
As we celebrate our 30th season in business, Californos is delighted to be included on a list of the best places in Kansas City for a date night. Make Valentine's Day reservations or reserve a table for this coming weekend online now!
According to an article by Tripsavvy, When it comes to romance, Kansas City has some of the best restaurants in the country to dine out with your special someone. From pretty French bistros and restaurants with an old-world charm to culinary temples with views of the city skyline, these are the eight most romantic restaurants in Kansas City: Californos, Le Fou Frog, BlueStem, Piropos, Aixois, Jasper's, Lidia's and Pierponts.
Even restaurateurs have a night off once in a while, and although it sometimes feels like work to go out and eat, we have favorite spots too! Californos' team has it's own list of favorite date nights including Cafe Trio, Le Fou Frog, Eden Alley, Ragazza, Teocali, Westport Bar & Cafe, Hien Vuong make our short list of favorite locally owned restaurants for a night out.
Do you want to celebrate with us? Make a plan to visit Californos for your next special birthday or anniversary! Californos location in Westport is perfect for entertaining! Our event space is lovely and fun. We're situated across the street from hotels and nightlife! Consider hosting a private event at Californos. Our venue hosts amazingly beautiful weddings, festive rehearsal dinners, and sophisticated engagement parties and showers!
Marla & Darin - Married at Californos February 10, 2018 - by The Two McClouds Photography
Newly engaged? You may want to attend KC’s largest bridal show tomorrow at the Overland Park Convention Center. It’s supposed to be really busy with tons and tons of local brides, newly engaged - plus a whole heap of local vendors like me!
Swing by my table to say hi and to play a game - I’ll be giving away gift certificates to Californos restaurant to the winners! I’ll have some images and artifacts from Californos Westport - tell any of your friends or family who are engaged to find me tomorrow! Californos is turn-key and is the perfect solution for so many families!
Meanwhile, dates are flying off the calendar. Today we booked a Saturday in August 2018 and a Saturday in February of 2019. Californos hosts weddings, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, among many family and corporate events. The restaurant is beautiful and offers brides a unique, all-inclusive price.
More info below & online -
Bridal Spectacular with KC Weddings Magazine
Overland Park Convention Center - 6000 College Boulevard - Overland Park, KS 66211 Sat, February 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Californos was chosen as a winner in the venue category for “Best of the Knot” - Kansas City. You can read more about that here at Californos.com
Thanks for your interest! Aaron
Twelfth Annual Best of Weddings Awards, from the #1 Wedding Planning Website, Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America
Kansas City, MO / February 1, 2018 – Californos is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2018 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading online wedding brand and app. Californos has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings on multiple occasions.
“Californos family owned business is unique among wedding venues in Kansas City for many reasons and we’re pleased to be recognized by local brides for the great work we’ve done in the marketplace ,” Aaron Barksdale-Burns, event planner at Californos Westport. “Our expertise and performance in Kansas City’s wedding market offers our brides a great deal of trust and comfort, which is one of the primary reasons guests choose our historic venue and restaurant for their private events.”
In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its twelfth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.
About Californos Westport
Since 1988, Californos has offered a place you can and will fall in love with! Our ballrooms & restaurant provide a seamless experience with the best location, atmosphere, service, value and food in Kansas City. Californos will celebrate 30 years at their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash, Saturday March 17, 2018. Please visit Californos online at Californos.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/californos, @californos on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.
Californos offers the perfect venue for a Kansas City bride, with a turn-key package, expert staff built into the pricing, and the catering comes with the venue! Our wedding receptions event come with the open bar package, with tax paid! We do have openings for this Spring and if you can plan last minute, you can save on your wedding with a short engagement!
A Newlyweds' reception just booked for late February 2018 - that gives them just over six weeks to plan their party and collect RSVP's! Californos makes it very easy, but you may want to give yourself more time than that on a larger and more formal event of course! For anyone who can plan their event within a 3 or 4 month period, we're offering promotional rates on any open wedding dates for this Spring season of 2018 in Kansas City!
Save on Your Wedding this Spring of 2018 with a short engagement period!
1) Only valid on the all-inclusive wedding reception package (groups of 100+).
2) You must book by placing your deposit before February 28, 2018.
3) The event must take place by April 28, 2018.
Saturdays (100 guests = $79 per person; 150 = $68)
March 10, March 24
April 7, April 14, April 28
Fridays (100 guests = $69 per person, 150 = $58)
March 2, March 9, March 23
April 6, April 13, or April 27
Sundays & Weekdays are available too - contact us for rates & open dates!
Are you excited or curious after reading this post? Normally Saturdays are $89 and $78 per person for our all-inclusive package, so you will save $10 per person by booking with a short engagement. Are you ready to find out more or book your date?
You may want to schedule a tour of Californos wedding venue and come see us in person. Go ahead and email or call today! We have two wedding and event planners on staff daily to assist you. Aaron Burns & Mig Lillig - 816.531.1097 / email@example.com
Pictured: A cake fashioned by Californos Chef, M. Swift with lighting by Elite Sounds Entertainment.
Californos offers a turn-key wedding reception. All you have to do as the host is to invite the guests, hire a DJ, and bring centerpieces! Our staff can take care of everything else with our one-stop-shop, can-do attitude! Pricing includes venue, food, open bar with tax & service paid! View our website today to see the specific prices, menu options, bar selections, or to schedule a tour this week! Enjoy a gorgeous winter photo shoot on your wedding day like Sarah & Kevin!
All of the Saturdays in January and February of 2018 are booked with weddings, but we still have various open Fridays and Sundays, when pricing is incredibly enticing for brides and grooms who are flexible and want to be married in a matter of months!
Pricing in January and/or February is considered to be low-season for wedding events. You can secure an all-inclusive wedding reception package for $20 off per person from our normal rate by choosing a Friday in one of these two winter months. For example, including an open bar of cocktails, beer and wine for four hours, $69 x 100 adults = $6,900. This pays for 100 people to eat, drink, be merry at our beautiful location - including setup, linens, sales tax and much more. For 150 adults, the rate is $58 per person, for 200 adults its $55 ($11,000).
Californos makes sure that you're able to budget your wedding event from day one and that expectations are met from the very start of your planning. Bartenders are included in the pricing, as is the service charge that you pay as the host. No surprises are coming down the road, as we want to give you a complete bid and estimate from the very start with our wedding reception package.
Californos romantic venue, in the heart of Kansas City’s most accommodating and exciting neighborhood, is still available on the following Fridays and Sundays in January and February 2018. Please schedule your own private venue tour from our website or call 816.531.1097 and speak to our event coordinators as soon as today!
Open Dates in 2018
Fridays January 5, 12, 19, 26
Sundays January 7, 21, 28
Fridays February 2, 9, 16 , 23
Sundays February 4, 11, 18, 25
Californos back patio is nothing less than a beautiful outdoor cathedral, perfect for your private, urban, outdoor wedding ceremony! This venue is available only to groups who decide to host their wedding reception at Californos private event space, the Trolley Barn. Our European courtyard is the perfect natural amphitheater for your big moment.
Elegant Sycamore trees tower over the deck at Californos Westport, providing a generous amount of shade for your ceremony guests throughout July and August! Antique brick walls and wrought iron are part of the charm on our uniquely terraced courtyard.
Romantic lighting is provided throughout the evening, as that patio transitions into the wedding reception and late evening festivities! With a capacity of up to 300 guests, this option suits most groups and will keep the event spacious but very private and intimate.
Of course, we can plan to be married in the ballroom instead, when weather is foul, but our wedding planning team can wait until that morning to finalize this with you, based on your feeling & the latest weather predictions. This highlights a key difference between our location and many others. This is not Loose Park, where grass and mud can literally put a damper on your event. Your ceremony takes place on a wood and brick patio, which can quickly dry after a morning rain. The backup plan is built into your outdoor wedding ceremony at Californos, as our ballroom is just steps away and provides piece of mind throughout the planning process!
Kansas City brides have spoken on popular review sites like the Knot. Californos has enjoyed many wonderful reviews, such as these words from the couple, married here on September 16, 2017 on the back patio. Their wedding reception followed immediately in our historic trolley barn building. The restaurant's expansive event space, services and menu can offer your wedding a home! What does this mean? Californos offers a very accessible venue, with a restaurant on-site that you can enjoy beyond your wedding day.
"Californos was a great venue for our wedding day. We loved the beautiful trees and the outdoor ceremony space in the middle of Westport. I also loved that the ceremony and reception took place at the same location. The food at Californos is the best. Our guests are still talking about it. The lemon cake is the best cake I've ever consumed. Friendly staff and bartenders. Lots of upgrade options available. Aaron and Mig were prompt with their replies. We were overall very happy with the Californos and will continue dining there for years to come."
Location is key to your wedding weekend, so think it through before committing to a place that doesn't offer it all.
Okay, you found a beautiful wedding venue where all your guests can fit in one big room! Congratulations, now, make sure you've considered a few other items before you place the deposit and commit to your location, as this is the biggest decision you will make after you select a future spouse! Just kidding. Anyhow, it's a pretty big deal, and so have you thought about these aspects yet?
Is there a staff of workers that come with your venue? If not, you're either going to have no one helping, or you're going to end up paying extra for catering staff. Maybe both. Make sure someone is there to help on your wedding day. Don't put your dad and groom in a situation where they are balancing off a ladder hanging decor, or sweeping up spilled beer on the dance floor. Don't pick a place where one lady is the only person you've ever seen working. Who is going to help make it all happen? A venue like Californos has much more to offer in this regard.
Guests will be drinking, we must assume. How will they get home safely?
At Californos - we have two lovely hotels across the street; guests can literally stumble there after your hosted open bar. Don't put guests in a spot where they are stuck without a ride home. Wait - does your venue even serve coffee? That would sure help and it would be nice, but you'd be shocked how many places don't offer any coffee service with the bar package.
How long should your party go? Should you host an after-party?
At Californos you can decide this at the very last second! Lots of options are available to you, since our bar and restaurant is on-site and we're in the heart of an entertainment district! Picking Californos as your venue means that you can walk to other bars for a nightcap, or stay and host more drinks or let guests purchase their own at our beautiful restaurant bar.
What should we do the morning after our wedding?
Go out to brunch of course! Meet up with out-of-town guests for brunch, coffee and mimosas the morning after your wedding! Californos can host you for a formal event or an informal reservation, depending on the size of your group. Why go anywhere else? At Californos you're a VIP, so let us help you execute the most amazing and completely planned out weekend possible!
Thanks for reading; you can bet that Californos will share more expertise with you when you book your wedding at our spectacular venue. Tour the event space this week and prepare to place a deposit with us to ensure the most completely well-planned-out that wedding Kansas City has to offer!
Maybe you're recently engaged. Have you been reading about all the mistakes to avoid when planning a wedding? When choosing a venue, keep in mind that you'll have to carve out enough time to get ready and hair and makeup is not to be underestimated! Don't let the day get away by being unorganized with the precious hours you have! As your wedding day approaches, you'll have peace of mind when you have a plan for when and where to be on your wedding day! With a wedding ceremony and reception all under one roof, you'll surely enjoy a bridal suite, specious enough for you, mom, friends and family to enjoy together. Time spent getting ready on your wedding day should fun and relaxing, but if you start to run behind on your schedule, the pressure builds and an on-site suite for wedding preparations could be key to keeping on schedule with your photographer and the wedding photography you've hired! Californos has a beautiful and spacious bridal suite to offer our Kansas City brides, with a private dressing area and restroom, plus plenty of room for bridesmaids, the photographer, and more! Tour our facility to see the ballrooms, shaded courtyard and private space for the wedding party to enjoy besides!
Newly engaged couples often find themselves planning their Kansas City weddings long-distance. For various reasons involving love, life, work, school and family, more and more couples are planning their weddings from out of town. Finding the right event venue to host the event can truly make or break the wedding planning for an out-of-town bride.
Californos is a wedding venue that provides a turn-key experience and we'll offer expertise throughout the process that will provide to be invaluable. Although long-distance wedding planning can be a chore, our venue is unique in that we are also a restaurant and keep hours open to the public every day, from morning to evening. The physical location is very much accessible throughout the engagement and beyond! Californos keeps a fully responsive office staff, meaning we're able to respond to emails and phone calls throughout the week and weekend, with appointments available every day.
You can read some thoughts shared by a bride who planned her June event at Californos, with an outdoor wedding ceremony and ballroom reception at our historic trolley barn venue. Sarah & Luke were booked at Californos for 16 months, having confirmed in February of the year before the wedding.
"I'm originally from the KC area but my husband and I have moved out of state. While looking for a venue in Kansas City we knew we needed a venue that was going to be easy to work with from out of state and accommodating to our needs. Californos delivered just that and more.
Aaron and Mig were very hands on, helping us plan the timeline of the event and walked us through what works best, given the limited amount of times we actually were able to visit the venue. The day of our wedding went so smoothly because of their staff knew precisely how to set up the room and even where to direct our outside vendors when they arrived. All we had to do was a final walk through about an hour and a half prior to our ceremony, which took place on the patio, to make sure everything was in place and it was.
We had a large young adult crowd mostly coming from out of state and the location couldn't be more perfect as it is close to the main highlights of Kansas City and also provided fun, nearby nightlife for our guests after our wedding. Californos food was amazing. There was so much variety in the buffet and our guests couldn't stop complimenting the food. Looking back on our wedding, there is nothing I would improve upon and that is largely due to the Californos venue itself and above all how attentive and professional their staff was."
Sarah & Luke
June 10, 2017 at Californos Westport
Kim and Duston booked their recent wedding at Californos with just under three months before the big event. Our team was able to help them streamline the entire wedding planning process with Californos turn-key wedding venue and all-inclusive price point.
They were able to estimate the total cost the first day they met us, so it was easy to book and start working on invitations! Please read the review below and remember that Californos is adept at working with you on an amazing event, even with a very short engagement period.
“We had our wedding at Californos on Saturday October 28, 2017. The staff was awesome and very fast on getting back to you when it came to planning. The food was delicious and looked very fancy! All of our guests love it and had a great time! We had good weather so it made for a beautiful outside wedding. They also had a backup plan if it needed to be inside, which was awesome! We really liked the wind chime outside during the wedding. It made it seem very romantic. Besides decorating before the event they took care of anything. There are also hotels near Californos which made it nice for our guests. We would for sure suggest this venue to others. All in all we would rate this venue a 10 out of 10. Thank you so much Mig and Aaron and everyone else that made it so special for us!!”
Duston & Kim
October 28, 2017
So what's the next step for a newly engaged couple interested in Cailfornos as a Kansas City wedding venue? Schedule a tour of Californos today via our online appointment tool or call on by phone at 816.531.1097 to get some initial questions answered.
Today, we're sharing a detailed review from a Californos bride who just had her one year wedding anniversary. This couple came to us at the last minute, needing to change venues for their special event. Luckily, we had their date open. They were actually booked at one of our very favorite local restaurants for their reception, but this couple felt that they should change venues. Please read on to find out why, and what was done about it:
"To say Californos went above and beyond to host our wedding reception is an understatement! When we called Mig and Aaron with a major crisis on our hands, they not only saved the day, but made our wedding day as effortless as possible and utterly beautiful! Nine days before our October wedding, the restaurant my fiancé and I had originally hired to host our reception cancelled out of the blue. Despite our best efforts to negotiate, they decided instead to turn their venue into a Halloween house of horrors, and we were forced to find another restaurant to host our reception with barely a week to go. Welcome to every bride’s nightmare!
But from our very first phone call, Aaron and Mig at Californos were accommodating beyond our wildest dreams, and did everything within their power to help. With professional calm and the utmost efficiency, they offered us their ballroom (available due to a serendipitous cancellation), and took care of all the logistics—providing a piano for the musician, setting up the room for our unique needs, and lining up valet parking for our guests. In addition, the per-person pricing was refreshingly easy to understand, and Mig assured me that once I made basic selections for the buffet and bar, they would take it from there. And they did.
As Mig promised, all we had to do was show up the day of our wedding and everything was ready and waiting. Every bride hopes for that kind of experience, of course. But given our situation, being able to simply trust Californos to do a professional and thoughtful job--without any extra oversight by us-- saved me unfathomable time and stress. And best of all… in the end, you wouldn’t have even known that our reception was such a last minute production!
It was elegant and seamless, the food was delicious, the facility was ten times more beautiful and memorable than our original venue, and the guests absolutely adored it. I wish we could have gone with Californos from the beginning. But because of a fateful turn of events, the stars aligned and we were given the chance to work with this classy, professional, and exceedingly KIND group of people. Californos will always have a special place in our hearts because of that. Five stars is not enough."
Suzanne and James
October 15, 2016 at Californos Westport
Californos restaurant is known to be a legendary and private wedding venue, with spacious lofted ballrooms, hardwood floors throughout, antique brick walls, multiple bars and bartenders, amazing courtyard and the guests will not hesitate to mention the food! Although the fully stocked open bar is quite appealing to guests, it is truly the outstanding menu that sets your wedding apart and takes your party to the next level! Yes, the epic event you always wanted- and wait, the price is all inclusive, too - so it's something that will work for your budget!
After all, we ensure that you have plenty of food and plenty of options, with ten various dishes you will choose to create the ultimate dinner - with party food! Since your event takes place at an actual restaurant, the bar is set high, and Californos will deliver! Serving ten various dishes on your wedding buffet will be a great solution to any special diets and you'll be able to impress each guests with no extra effort on your part! Picking the menu is the most fun part of wedding planning and as the host, you want everything on the table, right! Californos wants to make a splash with you and each guest you've invited. We have every wish in the world to come off looking great at your event. For this reason, we offer all-inclusive, turn-key wedding solutions for our brides, with open bar and menu of ten different dishes to serve guests.
While many couples will choose expensive venues and a prime date, then cut short on the food, Californos is a restaurant and our perspective is very different. From our end as a venue, we only want to be part of the most stunning events, so that we can generate an aggressive word of mouth campaign, executed by you and your guests once this party is all over. Our imperative to wow guests and hosts with the food at your wedding keeps us in a place where we are very generous, while keeping costs under control and truly competitive with other venues.
No matter the date of your wedding reception, our complete wedding package ensures that you'll be able to budget completely from day one. You can browse our wedding pricing and wedding menus now, and notice that the per person bid will include not only the food and drink, but the venue rental, furniture, linens, setup, the bartenders & staff for your event. Even the service charges and current sales taxes has all been accounted for. That means they are included in the bid. You can put your calculator away and do this estimate by hand - we make sure it's easy and that you know what to expect before on price and value before you ever walk in the door!
Why do we say it's a turn-key wedding planning experience for our Kansas City brides? We proudly have the vision and the expertise to take you from this moment to your first wedding anniversary without a frown. The downside? Your face will hurt from too much smiling. It's an absolutely lovely place to discover for so many reasons, but let's wrap it up for today with the menu. Consider browsing the choices online, but keep in mind that we have many customizations, tweaks and tricks to help personalize the options even further! We'll blog again with more images of the food, or follow Californos on Pinterest to browse the wedding menu options right now! As for trying the food, make a reservation in our restaurant for dinner this weekend or stop by during the week for Mixed Grill, or other favorites we'll be recommending. More options will be presented at our next Wedding Fair event, so please make sure you pre-register for that event and we'll expect you there! Meanwhile, when you book, we'll start looking at dates for your own private tasting, which also serves as a our biggest meeting for most weddings. For out-of-town brides, we'll work with you to find just the right time to meet and plan your wedding together. We look forward to it! - Californos
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