After creating our guides for Chinese wedding venues in the Bay Area and New York, this time we have some great venue recommendations for those who are having Chinese wedding banquets in Boston!
This historic city has numerous wedding venue options ranging from five-star hotels, traditional Chinese restaurants to edgy Asian fusion venues.
To help you find the perfect venue, we've organized a list of the most popular Chinese wedding banquet venues in Boston with detailed information about the space, menu options, services, and reviews.
Boston Chinatown Wedding Banquet Venues
With locations in Boston Chinatown and Quincy, China Pearl Restaurant is one of the hottest venues for Chinese Wedding Banquets. China Pearl is specialized in Cantonese cuisine and experienced in hosting Chinese weddings.
The Space: The China Pearl in Boston Chinatown has two floors and can accommodate up to 600 people. No parking however is available for customers so be sure to plan ahead.
The Menu: Their banquet menu price ranges from $700-$800 per table, including 10 -12 dishes. China Pearl has wedding food recommendations but it depends on your preferences. You can also customize your own banquet menu.
Services: For wedding decorations, China Pearl doesn’t provide any Chinese wedding decorations, but you can bring your own decor. The restaurant does have a sound system and a dance floor for you to use.
Highlights: Recently renovated in 2020, China Pearl Restaurant is a spacious venue in Boston's Chinatown area. If you plan to host a large number of guests, China Pearl can provide you ample space for dining and dancing.
Things to consider: The Chinatown location is challenging for parking. Even though there is a garage nearby, parking can be pricey in downtown Boston. If you would prefer stress-free parking, their Quincy location has a parking lot making it easier to coordinate.
Reviews: “The night before our western wedding, we had a traditional Chinese banquet here. They give you a lot for your money and throw in stuff you never would've thought you needed and would be useful. There are however things you would expect to be included that are not, and a lot of little extra fees for things that seem obvious to need. The food was great. Everything went smoothly. Guests were happy. They can host a lot of people.” - Jie M. The Knot.
Address: 9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 | Contact: (617) 426-4338
Located in Chinatown, Empire Garden will surprise you with its historic theater-style interior. The building of Empire Garden was a theater opened in 1903 that later turned into a Chinese restaurant in 1995.
The Space: Empire Garden is the largest Chinese wedding banquet venue in Boston. It can easily accommodate over 800 guests. Empire Garden was originally a theater over 110 years ago and the restaurant has kept the historic architectural design and decorative details from the 20th century. The high ceiling and the arches create a splendid open space. The golden decor gives a luxurious touch to the venue.
The Menu: Please reach out to the venue for specific information on the menu and price.
Service: Empire Garden has a raised stage and seating area for VIPs and entertainment during the wedding. The sound system and dance floor are available for customers to use.
Highlights: The historic 20th-century vintage interior makes Empire Garden more luxurious than a regular Chinese restaurant. Its beautiful mural paintings and shimmering gold accents will make you feel like you are having a lavish royal wedding banquet. If you have a long list of guests, you might want to check this place out.
Things to consider: It is reported that the restaurant doesn’t like to plan too far ahead for weddings, although the manager is very flexible with coordinating the details. Hence, you might need to expect to nail down the details with the restaurant at the last minute.
Reviews: “Tasty food, helpful banquet organizer/head, flexible with details down to the last week. They don't plan far ahead but work well at the last minute. Great stage at the front.” SK, Wedding Wire.
Address: 690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111| Contact: (617) 482-8898
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Hei La Moon is one of the most famous Cantonese restaurants in Boston. On weekends, there is always a long line of people waiting to get in for a Dim Sum brunch. Besides that, Hei La Moon has hosted numerous Chinese wedding banquets over the years.
The Space: Hei La Moon is another Chinese restaurant in Chinatown that has a large capacity. There are two floors in the restaurant and it can comfortably seat 700 guests.
The Menu: The price of the menu options range from $428 to $650 for a meal that serves 10 people. The restaurant provides pre-fixe menus for customers to choose from, including traditional Chinese foods such as lobster, duck, and noodles.
Service: Guests are allowed to bring in their own beer and wine with an extra fee. Dressing areas and a dance floor are available to clients upon request.
Highlights: Affordable menu options with high quality traditional Cantonese food.
Things to consider: Some reviews mentioned that it is difficult to communicate with the venue if you don’t speak fluent Cantonese or Mandarin. Besides that, it could get noisy and crowded when the restaurant hosts multiple wedding banquets at the same time in different rooms.
Reviews: “We had a wedding reception of 160 people at Hei La Moon. The value was there, but it was difficult to communicate with the restaurant if you do not speak fluent Mandarin (I speak Cantonese) [...]That said, it was extremely affordable, they allow us to bring in our own beer and wine (with a $10 a case corkage fee) and lots of the food was delicious (lobster, noodles, chicken, duck, suckling pig). They were flexible about bringing in a coffee cart, dessert, and ice cream.” - Gloria, WeddingWire
Address: 88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111 | Contact: (617) 338-8813
Back Bay Chinese Wedding Banquet Venues
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Mandarin Oriental is located right in the heart of Boston, the Back Bay area. This award-winning five-star hotel combines classic Bostonian residential elegance with refined hints of the Oriental heritage.
The Space: Mandarin Oriental has a few wedding venue options with different capacities. The biggest ballroom, Oriental Ballroom, is able to host 600 guests for cocktails, 380 people for seated banquets. Other ballrooms can accommodate 150 guests for seated dinners.
The Menu: The catering team at Mandarin Oriental is famous for adding creativity to classic dishes. Please reach out to the venue for banquet menus. The minimum requirement for food and beverage is $15,000.
The Service: The ballrooms are equipped with up-to-date audio-visual technology. The venue provides beautiful linen options and complimentary votives. In addition, the Mandarin Oriental team offers wedding planning and catering services to ensure the success of your big day.
Highlight: The view of the historic Back Bay from Mandarin Oriental is unsurpassed. All ballrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that create an open and bright atmosphere to the venue. Another perk of hosting a wedding banquet at Mandarin Oriental is that you could have a complimentary honeymoon night at one of the Mandarin Oriental properties worldwide.
Things to Consider: Mandarin Oriental is a luxury wedding venue that is on the more expensive end. If you are planning to have a lavish Chinese wedding banquet, Mandarin Oriental is a perfect place to make your dream come true.
Reviews: “We went with the Mandarin Oriental after surveying 10+ venues in downtown Boston and I can confidently say that we made the right choice. Emily and Celina were both incredibly professional and helped us every step of the way -- giving tips and suggestions we hadn't thought of, assuaging any concerns that we had, and following up with incredible thoroughness on every throwaway idea that we had. Thanks to their detail-oriented nature, we never had to worry about the logistics of the day and could be fully relaxed and confident that everything would be set up perfectly, the vendors all knew when to arrive, etc.” - Yongquan, WeddingWire.
Address: 776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 | Contact: (617) 603 2990
2. Red Lantern
Red Lantern is a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge located in the Back Bay area. It is a trendy spot for dinner, cocktails, and nightlife, but not too many people know that it is an event venue as well.
The Space: Red Lantern has a unique Asian, Buddhist interior that includes 20-feet high Asian ceremonial doors, red lanterns overhead in the lounge, and Buddha statues. Red Lantern can hold up to 300 guests for a full buyout buffet dinner, and up to 125 for a seated dinner. To picture their space better, you can take a look at the virtual tour.
The Menu: Red Lantern offers a wide range of food from various Asian cuisines for guests to choose from. Their Pan-Asian menu includes sushi, dim sum, noodles, chicken, duck, and many other Asian fusion dishes with vegetarian options. The minimum for the buy-out menu at Red Lantern is $15,000, including food and beverage.
Service: Red Lantern is equipped with plug and play DJ technology and an incredible AV system to bring life to your wedding banquet. The venue has partnerships with professional DJs and they can help connect you with a DJ for your wedding banquet. It has a lounge area to host the cocktail hour and an open bar to serve signature cocktails. Red Lantern welcomes personal decorations such as florals and centerpieces. They can arrange staff to help set up the decorations for you prior to the wedding with an extra set-up fee.
Highlights: Red Lantern has so much character in its space. The interior is highly influenced by Buddhism. It incorporates traditional Asian culture with a modern, funky, sophisticated ambiance.
Things to Consider: The food & beverage minimum for a Red Lantern Buyout is more expensive, compared to other restaurants. Additionally, there will be an 8% management fee and 15% gratuity. The space of the restaurant is more suitable for a buffet-style dinner. If you prefer to have a seated dinner, it can only host 125 guests.
Reviews: “My company rented out Red Lantern for our holiday party in January, and it was a flawlessly executed evening. Staff was on point, delivering drool-worthy rangoons, shrimp toast, noodles, and chicken skewers at what seemed like an every-two-minutes frequency. Open bar service was quick and friendly.” - Juliana C. Yelp.
Address: 39 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116 | Contact: (617) 262-3900
Other Chinese Wedding Banquet Venues in Greater Boston
Chau Chow Restaurant is located in Dorchester, MA, right outside of Boston. It is a traditional Cantonese restaurant known for only using high-quality fresh ingredients.
The Space: It can accommodate up to 300 guests for a wedding banquet.
The Menu: The average price for food is $600 per table with 9 to 10 courses at Chau Chow Restaurant. They provide prix fixe menus for you to choose from and you can also customize the menu to your taste preferences.
Service: The restaurant is fully customizable with your own wedding decorations. Sound system is not provided by the venue but a dance floor is available for use.
Highlights: Chau Chow Restaurant offers customers a good value of money. $600 per table for a 10-course dinner is very affordable compared to many other Boston wedding venues. Additionally, there is a parking lot at the restaurant for guests.
Things to Consider: There is no open bar at the venue but customers are allowed to bring their own beer and wine.
Reviews: “ I have been to several wedding and family gathering banquets held here and the food has been on par with Chinatown. In addition, I have made a dinner reservation here for 50+ guests for my child's baptism and the management member I spoke with was easy to work with and we were able to negotiate both the price and menu with ease.” - Nhung N., Yelp.
Address: 699 Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02122 | Contact: (617) 288-8188
Opened in 2016, Ming’s Seafood Restaurant is the newest Cantonese restaurant in Malden, a prominently Asian neighborhood.
The Space: The restaurant can hold up to 260 guests with ample space for dancing. The space is bright, modern and subtly decorated.
The Menu: There are different menu options provided by the restaurant with a price range from $600 - $900 per 10 person table. The restaurant is very flexible with menu items–you can even discuss with the manager and design your own menu.
Service: The restaurant is responsible for setting up all the tables with no extra charge. They provide various table cloth color options for clients to choose from. Other personalized decorations will need to be provided by the clients. Ming’s serves a selection of liquor, beer, and wine with an extra charge. However, clients can also bring their own beer and wine. Free parking is available on weekends.
Highlights: Located slightly outside of the city, Ming’s Seafood Restaurant is a good alternative for those who don’t want to deal with the Chinatown hustle and bustle. The elegant modern decor makes the restaurant stand out from many other Chinese wedding banquet venues.
Things to Consider: It requires at least 200 guests to be able to reserve the whole venue. If you have less than 200 guests, you would need to share the space with other customers.
Review: “Ming's is pretty great. To start, the interior is gorgeous (quite the opposite of most Boston area Chinese restaurants) - it's gold and cream and subtly decorated. It's also pristine. It would be an amazing place to hold a wedding banquet.” - Angela T. Yelp.
Address: 19 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148 | Contact: (781) 321-3888
Choosing a wedding venue for your Chinese banquet is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process. The location and menu can set the right atmosphere for your wedding banquet. We hope that this list provided some useful information about the popular Chinese wedding banquet venues in Boston and brought you one step closer to making your decision.
If you are interested in any of the venues, we recommend you schedule an in-person site tour with the venue coordinator. After all, seeing it in person is the best way to know if the venue meets all your needs.