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Here is the e-mail I sent to the management of Waterside after my son's wedding reception:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My son's wedding reception on Saturday was a tremendous success!
Where do I begin?
Firstly, the food. Fine dining is a hobby of mine. And whether I'm dining locally or when I travel, I always make it a point to experience the best restaurants and chefs. While vacationing in Charleston over Christmas, I 'thought' I had tasted the best oysters ever at a wonderful little seaside restaurant. That was until I tasted those at my son's reception. The sauce was incredible! And it wasn't just the oysters. Every dish was top-notch from its quality, to its presentation, to its taste. My compliments to the chef!
Secondly, the venue. Your restaurant is beautiful. When my son and daughter-in-law first decided to have their reception at Waterside, I was concerned about the travel time (over an hour's drive from the church ceremony). Knowing what I know now, we would have travelled even further. We had several older guests in attendance whose mobility is hampered. As one of them told me on Sunday, "Even though I just sat in my seat, everywhere I looked gave me joy. The view of the room and dance floor, the view of the river and skyline, all was a 'feast for the eyes.'" I agree totally.
I was also initially concerned because due to some family circumstances, we needed to have an afternoon reception. I was afraid it might dampen the 'party mood' of our guests. Wrong! Great food and a great atmosphere certainly leads to a great time.
Lastly, the staff. I have three words to describe your staff: attentive, attentive, attentive. Actually, there are more: friendly, professional, courteous, well-trained .... I could go on and on. From the maitre d' to the bartender to everyone in between, you should be very proud! They certainly contributed to making my son and daughter-in-law's reception a truly wonderful 'first appearance' as husband and wife.
Since Saturday, I have been inundated with compliments from our guests. So, I end as I began. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this amazing review of your son's wedding . We are thrilled that we were able to be part of his special day. And we are so happy you enjoyed all of the food that Waterside has to offer. We would love to see you here at...
I cannot say enough about what an AMAZING job Waterside did in order to make our day so unbelievably perfect. My husband and I were looking for a chic venue, as opposed to the typical "banquet hall" type of place, and that's exactly what we found in Waterside. From the majestic view of the Manhattan skyline, to the 5 star quality food, and the sophisticated decor- everything was beyond incredible, and our guests still cannot stop raving about it being "the best wedding ever!" I truly can't thank Miguel, Francis, Lesley, and the rest of the staff for coming together in order to make our wedding so beautiful and unforgettable. It truly was the best day of our lives thanks to Waterside!
This venue is wonderful - we used it for our Engagement Party (there was no option to chose above). The food is wonderful and views are beautiful! Shantal was a dream to work with and made everything so easy before and during the day of the event - she's awesome! The only thing I would change is that we should have opted for the open bar - drinks are pricey!
My wife and I had our wedding here during labor day weekend of 2014. We couldn't have asked for more from beginning to start. From the time we signed the contract over a year ago to the wedding day itself - everything was seamless and perfect! 'Till this day our guests can't stop talking about how great the staff, food and venue was. Thank you Frances, Shantal, Lesley and everyone else from the Waterside family that helped make our day so awesome!
My now husband and I got married at The Waterside in mid-November and only have good things to say about how special our big day was.
The VIEW - one of the huge selling points for this venue is the amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. We had a plan A and plan B for our ceremony and due to the cold weather we ended up having it inside, but that didn't take away from anything. The view during the ceremony was clear as ever from the 3rd floor. The floor to ceiling windows on the 2nd floor made for a great background for the cocktail hour and let's not forget the pictures we snuck away for outside right along the water....perfect!
The FOOD - one of our must haves for our wedding was delicious food and plenty of flowing drinks. We were not lacking in any of that here. There were rave reviews on not only the amount of food at the cocktail hour and portion sizes at dinner, but how delicious everything was. Being the bride I didn't eat much, but hearing how happy all the guests were makes me wish I could be a guest at my own wedding (or persuade a friend to get married here so I can attend).
The STAFF - working with everyone at the Waterside was extremely easy and reassuring every time we met. The service the night of the wedding couldn't have been better from how smooth the ceremony ran, to the dinner service and finally our personal attendant who always made sure we had a drink in hand and everything we needed. I want to especially mention Shantal and Miguel who guided the entirety of the night to perfection. The week before the wedding Shantal asked me to give up the control to her (which every bride knows is hard to do) and I did. It was the best thing I could have done because I got to enjoy our wedding and felt everything was in her capable hands,
Would we recommend this venue, absolutely!! An extra special thank you to the Waterside for making our wedding the special night we wanted it to be :)
We hosted our event at Waterside and were very pleased on the outcome. First of all, you can't beat the location. The views of the skyline are breathtaking and the the windows in the reception room give you full access to the view. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and did everything they could to make us happy and the party a success. I would recommend Waterside and would definitely consider having another event at this venue.
I can't think of any other place in New Jersey where you have:
1) An incredible view of the NY skyline,
2) The owners' total commitment to your event's success,
3) A staff that is dedicated to serve and delight your guests
4) An exceptional menu
4 years ago, my then fiance (now husband) and I attended a wedding at the Waterside Restaurant. We lived out of state at the time but told ourselves that if we ever moved to New Jersey, we would without a doubt have our wedding here. Low and behold two years later, we were living in New Jersey. When we started planning our wedding, we truly knew there was no other place but the Waterside Restaurant for our big day. We wanted our guests to experience how we felt on our visit.
VIEW! VIEW! VIEW!- Waterside has one of the most SPECTACULAR views of the NYC Skyline. We were fortunate enough to have our ceremony outdoors and it was just perfect! Your guests will be mesmerized and it makes for unbelievably beautiful photos.
VENUE- the space has a modern, art deco feel and not the traditional 'banquety' feel. I loved the lounge type layout that was used for cocktail hour equipped with cocktail tables and couches spread out all around the space. The reception is held on a different floor which has the more formal feel. Both spaces have uplights with a variety of colors to match your wedding scheme. Honestly, do you think it could get any better? The answer is YES!
MENU- OMG the menu!!! This is where we were sold when we first visited the Waterside Restaurant. The cocktail hour alone has more of a variety of food choices than you will probably ever find anywhere else. But it's not just the abundance of food- it's the quality of the food. Waterside really takes the time to create a menu that will be simply unforgettable. And let's be realistic- what is one of the most important things you remember at a wedding? That's right- the food. We opted for the seafood bar which included an ABUNDANCE of unlimited cocktail shrimp. Add some lobster ravioli and mushroom risotto and that makes for the start of a very tasty evening!
SERVICE- I needed to save the best for last. From the MOMENT we walked through the door, we were greeted by nothing short of EXCEPTIONAL service. Shantal & Gus took care of us from start to finish and were simply amazing. Shantal's patience through our decision making and her advice and suggestions helped us so much in our choices for the big day. Paired with her awesome personality and great sense of humor, Shantal really took the time ensure we did not have to worry about a thing on our big day. We all wish for the most perfect wedding. And the Waterside Restaurant made that day happen for us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!
I would like to profusely thank Waterside Restaurant and Catering for making our day absolutely amazing! From the initial conversation Frances was so warm, friendly and informative. Chantal, Leslie and Miguel answered all of our questions along the way and were always available. The day of was absolutely stunning and the team brought our vision to fruition. The food was amazing, the view was breathtaking and we are still receiving compliments on how elegant our wedding venue was. Thanks again guys we really appreciate it.
Shivonne & Irving Paul
Our ceremony and reception at the Waterside was absolutely amazing. The view was unbelievable and the food was out of this world. Fran and her staff catered to our every need. All our guest raved about the cocktail hour (especially the duck station). The bar tenders were outstanding, everyone always had a drink in their hands. Chantelle was such a big help. She took great care of my husband and I and made sure we were able to taste all the food and enjoy our cocktail hour.
Love this place!! My name is Jenna, and as the Bride, it was amazingly PERFECT!! The Perfect location with the ceremony outside on September 29th. The weather was perfect, awesome view of New York skyline. Impressed with the staff. they were on it and welcoming. My coordinator was the Best, and took care of myself and the Groom. (made sure we ate) ;) The food was ALL delicious, and was very pleased as well as our guests. Everyone who came to our wedding say it was the BEST wedding Ever!! I'd do it all over again.
The service at the Waterside is unmatched. They make sure that you are attended to the whole time. My guests kept commenting on how good the food was and the service was excellent. The view could not be matched. We were happy to have chosen the Waterside for our special day.
When my husband and I first started our search for a wedding venue we knew that we wanted something on the water for our summer wedding. We had seen a few other venues on the Hudson River, but they did not meet our expectations. Waterside was actually the last venue that we looked at before we made our final decision.
We first saw Waterside on a very rainy day and we met with the manager, Bob. Bob was very kind and genuine and did not pressure us at all to book right away. However, it did not take us long to make a decision because despite the rainy day we knew that we wanted to have our wedding reception at Waterside.
Waterside had everything that my husband and I were looking for in a venue. For instance, it is on the Hudson River with breathtaking views of the city. We also liked that the restaurant is somewhat hidden from the street, but still easy to get to. We were worried about our family members getting lost, but all of them found the restaurant without any problems. The venue itself is very modern and we especially liked that the cocktail hour and our actual reception were on 2 different floors.
The staff at Waterside are absolutely wonderful! I felt very lucky to work with Frances, Lesley, and Shantal. Lesley was always so prompt in responding to my multiple emails. She always answered and addressed all of my questions and concerns.
Frances was absolutely amazing! I was so lucky to have Frances coordinate my wedding reception. She knew exactly what my husband and I envisioned for our wedding. Frances made us feel like we should have everything we want on our wedding day and we absolutely got everything we wanted and more! She is very organized and accommodating.
Shantal was our maitre d' for our wedding reception and she was fabulous! Once we arrived from our ceremony to Waterside Shantal made sure that we had water and that we were comfortable. She made sure that we got a chance to actually eat during our cocktail hour, which was so awesome! Shantal and Miguel always made sure that my husband and I always had a drink in our hands and always asked us if everything was going well. Shantal did such a wonderful job ensuring us that our reception was running on time and that our guests were having a good time.
Our guests loved Waterside! Many of our guests told us that they really enjoyed all of the food that they had. Our guests thought that the food during cocktail hour was delicious and plentiful. Some of our guests were surprised that they were actually going to have a full course meal after cocktail hour. They really enjoyed all of the food! Many of our guests commented that our venue was very modern and classy, and they all had a wonderful time.
Overall, our wedding reception at Waterside was spectacular! The staff at Waterside really did an amazing job in making sure our reception went as planned, and it was flawless!
Thank you so much to all of the staff at Waterside, especially Frances, Lesley, Shantal, Miguel, and Bob.
Why did we choose the Waterside Restaurant as the location for our wedding ceremony and reception?
First and foremost, the view of Manhattan's west side was spectacular. Especially at night. All the way from the Freedom Tower to the George Washington Bridge. As a resident of Manhattan I looked at the view and said, "This is me, this is my city." We called the next day to reserve a date.
We had the wedding ceremony outside, the cocktail hour on the second floor with floor to ceiling windows facing Manhattan, and the reception on the third floor which also had a view.
The Waterside location was convenient. Close to several hotels, shopping mall, other restaurants, and water taxis to Manhattan. And a great benefit was the Waterside had free parking.
Shantal, Leslie and Frances were there with me from the beginning to the end. And they worked well with the vendors we used. Out of the ordinary requests were never a difficulty. They cheerfully met every request with cheer and great presentation. And they never tired of my daily phone calls.
The food was tremendous. Our guests claimed our wedding was the best one they had ever attended. One relative told us they had never attended a wedding like that one.
It was special for all.
I would highly recommend the Waterside Restaurant for your wedding reception. It met and exceeded all of our expectations.
If you are looking for a modern venue with a beautiful NYC view and you have a guest list of ~200 or less, THIS IS YOUR PLACE. (Waterside can fit up to ~215 guests, but I wouldn't personally suggest it..) We had our ceremony outdoors and they set up the space exactly as we asked, they even lit the citronella candles that I had brought over because I'm allergic to mosquito bites. Our cocktail hour was held on the second floor; the reception followed on the third floor. This venue is a one-wedding-at-a-time type of place. Our guests loved the views, the atmosphere, and especially, the food! This in not a ballroom type venue which was perfect for us.
Lesley, Fran, and Shantal were all amazing to work with. Lesley and Fran handled all of the planning, emails, and nitty-gritty details - they were responsive, accommodating, and friendly. Fran also had wonderful suggestions and tips whenever we spoke which ALL worked out perfectly. Shantal was our maitre'd on our wedding day and she was perfect - she handled any problems that came up, made sure we had everything we needed, and she also gave us a quiet moment during cocktail hour away from the guests to make sure we had time to eat. Our glasses were never empty all night! Their staff was also wonderful, making sure that the ceremony went off without a hitch and they were perfect through the reception and even the after party.
From our first visit until we left after the wedding, our experience with Waterside was everything we had hoped it would be. Our friends cannot stop raving about how amazing the wedding was!
Waterside was a beautiful and breathtaking venue with wonderful skyline views! The food was absolutely great and it was a great pleasure working with Waterside's Catering team. I would definitely recommend this venue for any North Jersey Bride!
What can we say? 8-23/2014 was a WOW moment! AMAZING! FANTASTIC! WONDERFUL! THOUGHTFUL! The staff at Waterside are amazing...just amazing. Shatal, Miguel and Francis are the BEST in the business and truly made our day a huge success. Not to mention, the entire crew that worked our wedding was just the BEST. Our guests are still talking about what a fantastic time they had and how wonderful the food and service was. As a professional trained chef, I (Bride) was VERY pleased with the food selection, quality and overall taste of everything consumed.
If we could get married all over again, we would choose Waterside hands down. That is why I know we will host another event there in the future.
I loved the venue and the staff! It was worth every penny. If your looking for a view, great food, excellent service this venue is a dream! My guest are still talking about my wedding!!! 7/25/14
My husband and I had the privilege of having our wedding at the Waterside on August 2nd and this venue is absolutely amazing. The only request my husband had while searching for the perfect venue, was for it to be on the Hudson with the NYC skyline. We looked at a few places before we went to the waterside and every one of them was overpriced and just wasn't for us. When we went to the Waterside, we knew right away that it was the place for our wedding! We met with Francis the first day and she went over the whole menu and what is included in the price, which let me tell you is EXTREMELY reasonable for what is included and the fantastic view of NYC. They were able to remove things from the menu that we did not want to lower the price. For every other place, the price was set in stone. Also, the food - ohhh myyyy the food!!! It was the best food I have ever had at a wedding!!! We also worked with Shantal and Lesley, who were absolutely amazing and very accommodating.
We received so many outstanding compliments from our guests. Many of which said it was the best wedding they have ever been to and how much they loved the food and the view!!
We can't thank the Waterside enough for making our day perfect!!!
Kate and Jerry
I had a few issues with The Waterside:
The Waterside staff called me and wanted to change rehearsal time 5 days before the wedding.
Arriving at the Waterside before my ceremony, I was told that neither I nor my bridal party could have access to the bridal suite, despite being promised the suite upon paying my deposit.
I brought boxes over the day before with everything labeled & where they should go. No one put bubbles on chairs for my wedding ceremony as instructed. It would have taken 5 minutes to do. If this was not something they were willing to do, they should have told me.
Before the bridal party was introduced the waiter was taking orders of the food, since my bridal party was not seated at the table they could not choose from the menu & had to go by the waiter description. When asked the choices, they were told, "beef, chicken, or fish". I was embarrassed. For a venue that prides themselves on their food & presentation, the description from the person taking the order was what you would expect from an airline flight attendant.
I was told by Francis that they had white pillars I could use to put flowers on for the ceremony which I decided to use. A month before the ceremony I called to confirm that I could use these pillars & was told they broke & I would need to come up with something on my own. I paid my florist to rent columns for flowers I had ordered. When I arrived at my wedding ceremony, no flowers were on pillars. I was told the wind blew 1 column down & the flower pot fell/ cracked. The staff has my # and should have notified me of what happened.
They did not have my signature drink at the reception.
Despite all of this, we had an amazing time at our wedding. The food was delicious, the cocktail hour can not be rivaled, the views were beautiful, & I believe all my guests had a wonderful time. Also, I have to say that staff always responded quickly to any inquiry I had. I am thankful for all The Waterside did to make our day special, I just wish certain things were handled differently.
Would you mind actually telling us the real date of you Wedding, if you were to have it at our location. We did have a wedding here on November 24th 2012, and the Brides name was Christine and Steven. Also you wrote a review and in yo...
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Epitome of Elegance on the Hudson
The Waterside offers breathtaking views for private affairs on the second and third floors. These rooms offer a distinctive destination for weddings and other events, complete with our event planning staff at your disposal.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Restaurant
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012