Banquet FAQ

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So that your event is a complete success, we have included some of our banquet guests most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Please send an email to stating the type of event you are holding (i.e. wedding reception, birthday party, etc.), your requested event date, the anticipated start time of the event, and your estimated number of guests. You will receive a prompt response from our Banquet Management Staff!
There is a 35 person minimum to book the banquet facilities.
The required fees for banquet services are as follows:

  • Room Fee- Variable amount dependent on peak/off-peak dates and reservation size requiring use of full facilities
  • Beverage/Bar Set-Up Fee- $35.00
  • Deposit- $500.00 and up, depending on event size and specifications
  • Minimum Food Cost- Variable, depending on size of event and type of food service
  • Service Charge- 20% of Food and Beverage Costs before tax
  • Tax- 11.5% (including State of VA & Food Tax amounts)

The Food Cost Minimum will be calculated based on the number of guests and your preferred type of food service (i.e. 2 Choice Buffet, 3 Choice Buffet, etc.). The amount will be stipulated in the Rockafeller’s contractual agreement.
In order to secure a banquet reservation the financially responsible party/host must enter into a contractual agreement with Rockafeller’s. Following submission of a signed contractual agreement submission of the stipulated event deposit amount will complete the booking process.
The Room Fee reserves Rockafeller’s banquet facilities for a period of 3 hours. Dependent on availability, events can be extended with an additional Room Fee charge of $75.00 per hour of extension.
Deposit amounts vary from $500.00 and up, depending on the size of the event, the space reserved for the event, and the date of the event.
The deposit amount is due following submission of a signed contractual agreement. Additional deposits may be required prior to the event. Your deposit amount will be credited to your final total at the close of the event. Final payment may be paid by credit card or cash. Please note we are unable to accept checks (business or personal) at the close of your event.
The maximum seated capacity is approximately 100 guests with individual place settings.
Yes, any type of ceremony can be held at Rockafeller’s. Additional set-up fees may apply.
Children under the age of 10 may order off of the Kid’s Menu. For all other guests the full buffet price will apply.
Yes, but availability is variable, so please communicate your interest in renting the entire patio to the Banquet Manager with whom you speak.
Yes, our banquet facilities have a dance floor. It can be made available upon request
No, however, we can provide tables to facilitate the host’s set up and use of any rental equipment.
Generally we can accommodate large party reservations throughout the year. The Banquet Management Staff can confirm the availability of large party reservations.
No, we require payment be completed in one check at the close of a banquet event.
Standard banquet event seating is accommodated with tables for 8 guests each. We can accommodate a head table of up to 12 guests at the request of the host.
For banquet events the tables are set with white tablecloths, blue fan-folded napkins, place settings for each guest with water goblets, beach-themed glass centerpieces placed on top of mirrored glass chargers, and glass votive candles holders (candles apply specifically to evening events). Additional decorations may be added by the host to the facilities in advance of an event start time. However, the earliest the host or the host’s representative may arrive to place the additional decorations is 2 hours prior to the event start time. Rockafeller’s does not assume any liability for additional decorations added to the banquet facilities. Banquet service staff members will not place or remove any items that are not owned by Rockafeller’s.
Yes, the host may bring in a cake from an outside provider.
Rockafeller’s does not have the capacity to store an event cake, and will not set up a cake provided by an outside vendor. The host’s cake provider will have access to the space to drop off/set-up an outside cake no earlier than 2 hours prior to an event start time.
Yes, but additional service fees may apply.
Yes, a host can coordinate with a Banquet Services Manager to develop an inclement weather plan, but additional service fees may apply.