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My husband and I were certain of two things: We wanted an indoor reception and a location that was not just a large, boring banquet hall. We also didn't want to have to deal with rentals, outside catering, or extra details. What we got is the 5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar. The guest max is 120 people (for all rooms), We had about 90 in the space.
The restaurant is located in Country Inn & Suites. The outside of the building looks like an unassuming hotel, but that just made the initial impression of the space stronger on our guests. Guests told me the reception space was beautiful, like all good wedding guests are supposed to say to the bride at her wedding. (But I think they meant it.)
Pre-Wedding Planning: The website is awesome because it has pretty much all the important details on it, like the event menus, photos, and other details.
We visited the venue and met with Jennifer, the coordinator, about 9 months prior to our wedding date. The deposit was low compared to other reception venues we had looked at. There was no outrageous rental fee, and you would have to have around 70 guests not to make the minimum on just food alone.
Once we made our deposit, I was in contact with Jennifer via emails about any questions I had, with quick replies and clear answers. She was very helpful and they are very accommodating of decorations and use of the space.
Description of venue: What I liked the most about the reception space was that the bar was separated from the main space, and there was a smaller "bistro" area as well. This allowed our guests who didn't want to dance a quiet space to gather and hang out. The bar and bistro area have wood paneling and a warm, inviting feeling with beautiful ceiling lights. The large, main room has ceiling windows and marble design on the walls, with cozy stone fireplaces, and a beautiful wall fountain.
Food: We had our guests choose between two entrees, the pan-seared salmon and chicken mozzarella. Also a strawberry spinach salad with feta cheese. (My absolute favorite) For appetizer, we did fruit and cheese. Everyone we have talked to who ordered the salmon thought it was amazing. We had about 50% of guests choose the fish. The quality and the presentation of the food was good. We did not have guests waiting too long to be served.
Cost: The entrees seem expensive (their typical event price is 40 dollars per person, as read on their web site) but that is with an appetizer, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks for guests, and 3 entrees for guests to choose from. The extra fees made sense and weren't outrageous: a flat fee for cake cutting (optional), sound system (optional), set up/clean up fee. Also, they allowed us to bring in outside snacks for later.
My initial impression of the space was that it was not a place one had to decorate over-much, but we did bring in some things to make the space more personalized for us.
I would recommend this venue to others based on the accommodating staff, reasonable price, and beautiful rooms. We did not run into any problems during our reception and I always felt in contact with the venue during the wedding planning.
The restaurant and bar does close at midnight, so it might not be ideal for those who want to dance all night long. After midnight, our guests moved into the 24 hour hotel breakfast area and played board and card games until after 2 am. Since its attached to a hotel some of our guests chose to stay there instead of drive home.
My wedding was absolutly amazing!! The venue speaks for itself the moment you walk in the door. Its beautiful. The staff was amazing and Jennifer was awesome to work with. She made sure everything was top notch and going smoothly. I didn't have to worry about a thing. All of my guests were amazed that a place like this even existed here in MN! Not a thing went wrong on my wedding day. I would reccommend 5120 to anyone who is getting married!! Thank you 5120 and Jennifer for making my wedding a truly memorable occassion :)
Our day couldn't have gone better! The staff was so confident that I was able to relax and enjoy my day! Jennifer Obbarius was our wedding coordinator and she was wonderful! The food was amazing and my husband I were given many compliments regarding it! I would absolutely recommend this location for a wedding and/or wedding reception!! All of my pictures turned out beautiful! Thank you 5120 staff!
We cannot fit all of the praise this place deserves in this review. The 5120 Restaurant and Onyx Bar was the perfect place for a wedding! This winter, we hosted our wedding ceremony and reception at this location. In the morning, we held a very small, intimate wedding (9 people total) and then held a plated dinner for around 70 people and a dance for around 110. It was the best place for a small wedding with lots of sunlight, places for photos, and a sound system. When you rent this space, you get private access to not only the atrium room, but also a small dining room, the breakfast buffet area, and the entire bar. This provided a space for non-dancing guests to relax and hold a conversation without yelling over the music. We even had enough space to host a traveling photo booth. We are still receiving compliments from our friends and family about what a great space it was.
Another reason we knew this place would be perfect for our celebration was because of the reasonable menu and management policies. Unlike other places we checked out, this place didn’t have a rental fee and had a $3,000 food and beverage minimum - which was lower than several other reception halls and caterers. We were able to set up the night before and could bring in our own homemade desserts. Instead of ordering specific amounts of red or white wine, we could just agree to purchase a certain number of bottles - no matter which type. Also, it must be noted that the food was absolutely amazing. We had a difficult time limiting our choices after tasting several menu items. We ended up hosting the New York steak with mushroom and bleu cheese sauce, the cheese ravioli in a garlic cream sauce, and the mozzarella chicken with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Because we loved all three, my wife and I each ordered something different and then split them for our own dinner that night.
Finally, we have to give a HUGE thank you to Jennifer, the wonderful manager of the place. She promptly responded to all questions, was incredibly flexible, worked with our other vendors to make sure everything went smoothly, and even bartended the entire evening. She always found a solution to every issue or problem that came up. She was incredibly accommodating and even helped out with our ceremony. She and her staff deserve high praise (and maybe a raise!). We recommended this location to other friends who are getting married and are even considering hosting a future celebration there.
We recently had our wedding reception at the 5120 Onyx Bar & Grill and I am truly surprised there aren't more recent reviews of this venue. Do people not know what an incredible place it is? Well, if not please let me tell you...
Not only is it one of the most affordable small reception spaces we found, but working with their event coordinator, Jennifer, was great from start to finish. She was also very responsive and accommodating when we had needs or questions. The bartender who was there every since time we were at the venue - Shawn, also served drinks during our reception and he was incredible. Very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.
We are blessed to have had the opportunity to use this reception space, and I recommend it highly to any other brides who are hosting a 100 person or less reception!
We were very impressed with the 5120 Restaurant and Onyx bar. We can't even begin to explain how blown away we were by the exceptional service, beautiful ambiance and amazing food. All of our guests were very pleased and in awe of the beauty of the establishment. The décor was amazing by itself, but we added candles, table linens, chair covers and flowers and the place was a palace. The space was the perfect size for our small wedding reception of 50 people. Jennifer and her staff were so polite and professional and made our day a breeze with planning. We will be referring anyone we know to go here for weddings or special events. The food is amazing and tastefully created. The chef's are artists in their preparation. We cannot express how happy we are with this venue. If you are a bride looking for a perfect venue to make your wedding day extra special, this is the place! Thank you, 5120 Restaurant & staff for making our day truly a memorable experience.
Scott and Jeanne M.
This restaurant is a fabulous place to hold a wedding/recepction when you don't have a very large guest count. We had about 65 guests and it was the perfect size. The food was pretty good and the venue is excellent for pictures!! Ours turned out so nicely! Jennifer was also wonderful and helped me with my planning every step of the way. The cost was very competitive in comparison to a few other places that I checked out. I must say that I am surprised not a lot of people know about this little treasure. But, with people like me who will definitely recommend 5120 Restaurant, it won't be long before it becomes a very popular venue to hold that special event.
Jen Obbarius was great to work with from start to finish. She's always cheerful, prompt and helpful. She was there at our wedding reception to make sure that everything went as planned. We got lots of compliments from our guests on how beautiful the place is, how helpful yet unobtrusive the service staff was, and how good the food was. I'm very glad that my husband and I chose this venue. No complaints!
i loved this place for my wedding, its beautiful inside you would never think it would be in a country inn and suites.. the food is also very delicious, i recieved so many conpkiments on great choice in food and venue. one downside is the staff service wasnt very friendly, jen was great( the event coordiator) but bar staff and wait staff wasnt friendly at all.
We were drawn to the restaurant to have our ceremony and reception for a number of reasons. It was in a hotel so our out of town guests would not have to travel and the conservatory where everything was to be held was beautiful! The three chandeliers, two fireplaces, heated marble floors, water fountain, and lighting made the event very beautiful! The food was amazing and received a ton of compliments. The bar area was recently renovated and does lose some privacy because people staying the hotel can walk by and see there is a wedding. We did not have any problems with unwanted hotel guests though.
I am so happy I found this place. It was the perfect size for my 70 person wedding. It was beautiful. The food was good and Jen the wedding coordinator there helped me every step of the way. The staff went above and beyond for us and truly made my wedding special.
I held my reception here and it was a wonderful time. The staff are AMAZING! All they want to do is help you out and show you a good time. The food was good and the place looked amazing. I am so happy I held my reception there.
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