Michael's Santa Monica

Los Angeles



Michael's Santa Monica is known in the hospitality industry as the home and founding location of what we all know today to be California Cuisine. Owner Michael McCarty opened his namesake spot in 1979 with the idea to serve only the freshest local ingredients from farmers in California. He even started the now world-famous Santa Monica Farmer's Market in downtown Santa Monica, where we still shop for our menu ingredients today!

Not only does Michael's hold a dear place in culinary history, but it has also been named one of the most romantic dining locations, with one of the best outdoor patios in Los Angeles. With a fully retractable roof, that same outdoor patio (aka the Garden) can quickly flip to a warm and inviting indoor space, in case of inclement or chilly weather.

The downstairs portion of the restaurant is made up of our Bar, Lounge, Terrace, and Garden rooms. All of these spaces are available together for a wedding of up to 150 guests for a seated dinner reception, and up to 350 guests for a standing cocktail reception.

The two private rooms on the restaurant’s second floor (the Santa Monica room and the Palisades room) can accommodate 6 to 40 guests, ideal for smaller cocktail parties. These spaces are also available as part of a full buyout wedding, and can be used as additional spaces for the reception or as a bridal suite before the festivities begin.

Our typical wedding ceremonies are located in the Garden. Once the ceremony ends, the guests enter the interior rooms downstairs (Bar, Lounge, Terrace) for cocktail hour, while we flip the Garden into a gorgeous dinner reception space. Once the guests are seated for dinner, we make small adjustments to the interior rooms for post-dinner dancing. All of these floor arrangements are determined upon in advance, and executed quickly, without guest disruption.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Historic/Landmark Building, Private Club, Museum/Gallery, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 12:00AM.

Rental Fees

The venue fee is $1,500 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee. Please inquire with the venue for exact food and beverage minimum applied to all events. Additional planning services are available with the venue for a fee.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Michael's Santa Monica is estimated at between $24,239 and $26,720 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day-of coordinator
Champagne toast
Full kitchen facilities
Valet or public parking for a fee
Dance area

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Venue must approve all decorations
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by midnight
Valet is optional for a fee

Wedding Day Availability (Last updated Aug 24, 2017)

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