Empress Tavern




The Empress Tavern is a stunning venue located in downtown Sacramento. This American Carvery style restaurant is known for rotisserie meats and craft cocktails. The Empress Tavern is in the basement of the historic Crest Theater. Interior textures of warm brick along with dramatic swooping ceilings create a space that is both inviting and unique. The Empress Tavern is ready to take on your wedding reception. The Empress Tavern's open space is lovely for entertaining your guests well into the evening. Dance, converse, and sit as you dine with your family and friends. The Empress features stylish contemporary decor. Cool lighting fixtures and orange iris floral wallpaper are perfect to accompany your additional wedding decor. Candles and floral arrangements will help the Empress transform to an absolutely striking wedding venue. For your reception, you can work with the Empress Tavern staff to arrange special fair. The Empress Tavern infuses your special day with smooth romance.

Venue Style

Banquet Hall/Restaurant, Modern


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by 1:00AM.

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The rental includes 6 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $100/hr. A cocktail style reception can accommodate 400+ guests. Additional set up for an event will require an additional fee. Family style is also an option. Custom menus are arranged.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Empress Tavern is estimated at between $19,730 and $22,203 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day of onsite manager
Champagne toast
Full kitchen facilities
No parking options

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 1:00AM