A contemporary West Coast restaurant in a beautiful Heritage Mansion, overlooking Deer Lake in Burnaby. Since opening as a restaurant and wedding venue for 30 years, it has been the location of unforgettable ceremonies & receptions. Hart House Restaurant is close to Burnaby Village Museum. Vancouver International Airport is half an hour away from the venue.
Facilities and Capacity
The main restaurant accommodates 80 guests seated, and 100 guests reception-style. An exclusive booking of the restaurant can be combined with an outdoor ceremony (rainy day ceremony option: our Rosedale Room located on the 2nd floor).
Starting in mid-May of each year, the marquee tent can accommodate up to 250 guests with a seated reception. Wedding ceremonies are performed on the lawn overlooking Deer Lake. The tent features crystal chandeliers, a draped ceiling, a dance floor and stunning views of the grounds and water.
Evening bookings start at 5:00pm and conclude at 12:00am. Tented daytime bookings are available on Sundays with a seven hour timeframe anytime between 12pm and midnight.
Extensions of bookings are available but are subject to additional rental fees or minimums.
Couples that want to book a ceremony only (without food and beverage reception) can do so on Saturdays between 10:30am and 12pm.
Deer Lake Park offers a wide variety of beautiful backdrops for wedding photography. Enjoy a photo session in the park while your guests mingle by the lake with cocktails and delicious canapés.
The experienced event planners will help couples in planning their entire event. The event manager of Hart House Restaurant will take care of every detail to ensure your celebration is flawless and enjoyable. In addition, venue is happy to provide couples with a list of vendor referrals for decorators, wedding commissioners, DJ, and more. Services provided by the venue include the following:
Their Executive Chef creates menus that are sustainable and sourced locally. He believes that quality ingredients are essential in creating a fantastic dining experience. Their menu features Mediterranean Inspired Cuisine with a focus on the freshest regional and seasonal produce. Hart House Restaurant is a proud member of Oceanwise.
Hart House Restaurant provides all food and beverages, with the exception of wedding cakes. A fee will be charged for the cutting and plating of wedding cakes. No charge will apply to cupcakes or faux cakes. Food and beverage minimums apply to all bookings.
All menu details are finalized one month prior to the event. If a plated menu is chosen, main course choices must be pre-ordered and submitted to Hart House no later than 10 days prior to the event. They recommend scheduling at least one face to face meeting with one of their planners before invitations are printed and mailed. Menu prices are subject to change; the availability of menu items can vary depending on the season. In lieu of menu tastings, they offer a complimentary a la carte dinner for the bride and groom in their restaurant, once the wedding is confirmed. This offer is subject to a minimum size of the planned event, and applies to food only.
New Westminster businessman Frederick Hart purchased the 13-acre estate in 1906, and leading architect Frank Macey designed the Tudor revival building. The Montague Moore family purchased the estate in 1916 and developed the garden. Standard Oil executive Ralph Baker purchased the property in 1950 and started the process of modernizing and improving the facility. The modernization process was continued by the Charles Riley family after they purchased the estate in the mid-1950s. In 1979, the Corporation of the District of Burnaby purchased the property, and it was occasionally used as a film set for productions starring personalities such as Bette Davis and James Brolin. The District approached Paul Smolen, Hart House's current owner, about considering the prospect of opening a restaurant at the estate. Paul Smolen, along with his partners, opened Hart House in 1988.
23 Reviews for Hart House Restaurant
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Elsa W. · Married on 09/08/2019
I couldn't recommend the Hart House enough. From the planning process to the actual day, everything was just seamless and stress free. We had so many guests give overwhelming compliments for the food and the service which was very important to us! I couldn't of asked for a more wonderful day and a lot of that is owed to the Hart House. Sonja the coordinator at the Hart House, seriously makes weddings look easy, she is so organized and was such a huge help throughout the whole planning process. She really was a huge part of this all going so smoothly! We are so grateful to her and the Hart House!Sent on 22/08/2019
Hart House Restaurant's reply:Elsa, thank you so much for your kind feedback. It was such a pleasure to plan this day with you and Ryan, and so exciting to see your vision come to life.
Karina L. · Married on 25/07/2020
Everything we wished for
Hart House gave us everything we wanted in a venue: great food and drinks, large private outdoor space, well-kept heritage house, convenient location, free parking, and most importantly, professional and supportive staff.Sent on 04/08/2020
Hart House Restaurant's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words, Karina!
Marie L. · Married on 27/07/2019
Most amazing experience
If we could give more than 5 stars, we would. Sonja helped us plan and get through our day with such care. She was amazing to work with, and made sure our day was special. The team at Hart House was phenomenal. They even made sure our dogs always had lots of water throughout the day! Food was out of this world! Until today, we keep getting compliments on how perfect the whole day was. Thank you so much to everyone at Hart House for your amazing services!!!Sent on 11/08/2019
Hart House Restaurant's reply:Thank you so much Marie! It was such a joy to plan this day with you.
Vivian D. · Married on 20/07/2019
Perfect venue for a smaller wedding
We used the actual restaurant for our reception and had the ceremony on the lawn. It was a great find for a smaller wedding (60 guests)Sent on 23/07/2019
Don't let the big tent used for the larger weddings keep you from booking the venue. The staff are very used to juggling the staggered weddings and I really didn't even notice it on the wedding day.
Also, it's a beautiful location and has some great places for wedding party photos.
Anita · Married on 06/07/2019
Sonja is an amazing sales manager. She was with us since day one! She helped us plan our wedding and coordinate our ceremony. Who needs a wedding planner when you have Sonja ;)? Jokes aside, this venue is beautiful. We would highly recommend a wedding here.Sent on 10/07/2019
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Rosedale Room (2nd Floor)
with Bride's Room (one hour before ceremony)
$500.00 plus GST
11:00am - 12:30pm
(maximum 10 guests)
Team of Hart House Restaurant
I grew up in Africa and Germany, and moved to Canada in 2001. I got my first taste of the hospitality industry working at restaurants and hotels in Germany while attending university. I later became a flight attendant for Lufthansa airlines. I was a front of house instructor at Vancouver’s Dubrulle International Culinary & Hotel Institute as well as Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. My interest in fine wine led me to become a certified Sommelier through ISG.
In 2004 I joined Hart House Restaurant. I was initially attracted to Hart House by the fact that the restaurant is uniquely West Coast, yet it also reminds me of my European roots because of its old world charm, dedication to fabulous cuisine, and romantic setting. Since then I have planned and produced more than a thousand weddings. My goal is to help plan the most perfect day for my couples, while keeping everything as simple, fun-filled and easy for them.
I loves yoga, spending time with my dog Willa, movies and my husband's fabulous cooking.
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