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Welcome to The University Club of Santa Barbara, also known to insiders and area residents as The Riviera Mansion. The historic house and surrounding gardens of the Mansion estate invites you to be a part of its Santa Barbara event tradition. Built in 1880, the Mansion's stately charm and resplendence make it the premiere destination for weddings on the American Riviera.

Located conveniently in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, California, it's exquisite and historic ambiance throughout and central location makes it a highly sought after event and wedding venue. Members and invited guests can enjoy the fine cuisine and private dining experiences, with easy and complimentary on-site parking and indoor as well as outdoor dining options among other Mansion amenities.

The Riviera Mansion is the best kept secret for those seeking an extraordinary backdrop for their event! We take great pride in making every event a memorable and exquisite one. From start to finish, as a guest client of ours, we make sure every detail is in place for your special day and you are able to experience the exceptional level of service and personal care that goes into the planning of your event.
Highlights

read more › Make a statement, this is your day! Massive Mansion oak doors welcome your guests inside, with a waiter greeting them upon arrival into the stunning foyer. Enter and be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Riviera Mansion and all its glory. Hardwood floors, soaring ceilings with elegant chandeliers, high archways, crown molding, a massive mirror, grandfather clock, and hand carved furniture pieces lend to the impressiveness of the Grand Entry in the iconic Riviera Mansion. The Grand Entry is also the perfect place for a guest book, gift table, feature floral arrangements, memorable items from the couple's history together, photo op staging area or even a wedding portrait.

read more › Historic elegance and splendorous volume await. The Mansion's Living Room is ideal for a cocktail reception, where guests can enjoy melodies from the Steinway Grand Piano, high beam-covered ceilings, comfortable gathering places and seating, a stately fireplace beset with lovely antiquities and adorning details you may wish to add to make the room yours, along with beautifully appointed interiors fit for a king. Often the staging area to spotlight the wedding cake, the exquisite furniture and lighting set the tone for a variety of celebration phases.

read more › Exuding historic simplicity, the Dining Room boasts ornate chandeliers, a grand fireplace and beautiful artwork, with numerous options for table setup. The high-coved ceiling, centered hardwood dance floor option, surround-sound speaker system, and a staff waiting to service every detail are the perfect pairings for the culinary portion of your special celebration. You may choose to have the dance floor revealed in the center of your dining guests, or just have your First Dance here, with guests dancing in the adjoining bar.

read more › The majestic and classic Library ideally lends itself as the perfect location for the dinner or dessert buffet area for large wedding events, or as an intimate private dining room experience for rehearsal dinners and small festive gatherings to give toast. With a beautiful and custom ceramic-tiled fireplace, beams throughout, accent chandeliers, rich woodwork, large windows with window seat overlooking our garden lawn and patio, and wall-to-wall books, food and beverage can be revealed to your guests at any point during your celebration.

read more › This distinctive bar has recently been redesigned and customized with high-quality finishes to provide both elegance and friendly comfort for some classic social engagement at your wedding celebration. With several regional microbrewery beers on tap, a hand selected wine list of local and international varietals and top shelf cocktail ingredients, this private bar and adjoining dance floor is Santa Barbara's best kept wedding venue secret. The classic gilded mahogany and period lighting adds the perfect surroundings for a toast and a bit of good cheer.

read more › Overlooking the Mansion's large beautiful olive tree, brick patio, front lawns, and nearby Alameda Park and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, the Alumni Room is light and airy and great for a small cocktail reception, intimate dinner party or high tea or brunch pre or post event celebration. With arched ceilings and tons of natural light, this inviting space offers a number of table configurations and is situated directly off of the Grand Entry as well as the Sola Street side entrance and massive brick patio.

read more › The Bride's Suite, located upstairs in the delightful Park Room, is yours for the entire day, inclusive of a small formal living room, an en-suite bathroom and a private foyer. A light and delicate room with views overlooking Alameda Park and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, it's the perfect place to prepare for your special vows. With original hardwood floors, gorgeous chandelier, comfortable seating and several sparkling mirrors, this private suite acts as both the staging area for you and your bridal party, as well as a private retreat and lounge for taking a few moments of privacy when needed.

read more › The Groom and his groomsmen will enjoy having a Groom's Suite in the traditional setting of the Billiards Room that's just as amazing and unique as the Bride's Suite. Complete with pool table, flat screen TV, cafe style sitting tables, cocktail tables and an adjoining bar, you will capture photos he's sure to remember! With large windows and plantain shutters, nearby men's restroom and private entrance, this large room is perfect for getting ready in style with service at his fingertips. A Butler Attendant can deliver Champagne, Beer, Wine, or Spirits of choice, as well as Coffee, Tea and snacks to the room and assist with anything else that's needed.

read more › The smallest of all the Mansion rooms, this secluded space with Colonial inspired interiors and lovely crown molding, is best-suited to have as an extra changing, staging or storage room right off the accessible Sola Street side entrance and just steps from the Grand Entry. The welcoming space includes beautiful prints and views out to Alameda Park. The Sola Room is also ideal as a dedicated Vendor Room so that your vendors can store equipment out of site from your guests.

read more › Delight in this lush, secluded outdoor space, ideal for a wedding ceremony, outdoor dining or cocktail reception with luxurious lounging possibilities near the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, yet with privacy and exclusivity in your very own hidden sanctuary. The massive and sprawling tree backdrop, gorgeous palms, beautiful arbor, optional patio umbrellas, and flowing Spanish fountain are all key features everyone will enjoy, with stunning mountain and American Riviera views wrapping this outdoor space in sheer perfection.

read more › Included are the dimensions of all our spaces, sample floor plans, photographs of our tableware and much more. The linens, chairs and tableware we offer are included with any rental of our property unless otherwise noted. Our priority is making sure your day turns out exactly as you envision it, so you are free to bring in outside vendors for tableware, linens, decorations, etc. (excluding food & drink, which must be provided by the Mansion). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to helping you turn the day of your dreams into a reality!

read more › The Riviera Mansion offers an excellent venue for your many corporate, non-profit or governmental agency needs. The Mansion is well known as an impressive, iconic location for company holiday parties, local corporate retreats, political fundraisers, and non-profit galas. The estate includes Wi-Fi throughout the Mansion; convenient, free parking downtown; multiple scalable rooms for any number of attendees with your choice of configurations including AV; a formal and exclusive professional setting; corporate event planners; attentive support staff; and numerous catering options for a wide range of budgets.

read more › No, you can bring in anyone you want. However, we have a procured list of excellent area vendors who know our estate and have experience providing services for wedding parties at our property if you want to work with vendors who are familiar with our setup. Bridal parties who contract to have their wedding event at the Riviera Mansion are provided with this complimentary vendor list. Saturday or Sunday, you can access the dressing suites and the entire estate to setup personal details and decor beginning at 9 a.m.

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