My best friend had her wedding here 3 26 12 and it has been a total nightmare for her. She booked the site in october of 2011 and was excited because it seemed perfect. She came back in December only to find that Patty (the person of contact and supposed owner) was retiring and her son had taken over and turned the banquet location into a crabby bill like resurant. All of the decorations were gone, a bar had been build and a kitchen were altered making it a totally unwedding friendly venue. Not a word was mentioned to my friend. Being an optomist and having a never ending can do attitude, she decied to have her weeding there and not waste the time trying to find a new venue. The days before the wedding the staff was unaware that a wedding was even taking place and when we tried to drop off things on several occasions for the event we were greeted by blank stares and We don t do weddings, we are a resturant now. Having no other options we proceded. We hired a caterer and when they tried to set up for cocktail hour, Patty refused to let them set up inside, where the bride requested. At 80 degrees...our cheese and fruit trays were made to sit in the sun. The table clothes were stained and differing sizes. The only saving grace was we were allowed to come in a decorate and try and make sence of the caios created for us by the owners. If it had been my wedding I would have been calling the better buisness bueru and a lawyer...unacceptable.Please dont go here, they will cause nothing but stress. They are now a resturant called the swordfish grill. dont give them a chance....if they run one buisness like that, they will run every endevor with the same integrity.
We just had our daughter's wedding reception at Bayside Banquet Hall on 6/25/11 and the experience was absolutely PERFECT!! The setting is beautiful with indoor and outdoor seating a and gorgeous waterfront view. The wedding was on Longboat Key and it is just a short drive across the bay to the banquet hall. We were allowed to go in and decorate in the morning to add our personal touches; however, we could have walked in that evening with the decorations that Patty provided and it still would have been GORGEOUS! (Please remember that the time you use to decorate will be a part of the total time that you are allocated so plan accordingly.) Patty was very sweet and accommodating and went above and beyond to meet our needs. The caterer that she recommended was outstanding (Talk of the Town Catering) and the food was absolutely delicious. My daughter had some non-traditional food requests and the caterer was careful to make everything exactly as requested! The banquet hall is not located on a major thoroughfare and the parking area is in a working boatyard which may cause some people to be caught off-guard. DON'T LET THAT BE A DETERRANT TO A MAGNIFICENT OPPORTUNITY! We are from out-of-state and we (and our guests) thought that contributed to the true 'Florida-style experience.' We looked at many, many venues before settling on Bayside Banquet Hall and we are so pleased with our choice! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone planning a special event. Patty and the staff at Bayside Banquet Hall created the perfect ending to a perfect day!
I just wanted to share my thoughts on Bayside Banquet Hall. It is truly a unique location for a destination wedding. It is only 10 minutes from some of Florida's most beautiful beaches, which I loved, since we do not live in the area. We planned on getting married on the beach and Bayside offered indoor air conditioning and a beautiful waterside outside Tiki deck for cocktails at sunset. What a view! It was so romantic, our guests commented on the scenery. We had the opportunity of decorating the hall, even though, the manager, Patty offered a package with linens and centerpieces. She was cordial and took care of the details we had required. The caterer they offer was so nice and had many menu venues in which to choose. We opted to take the two entree package. The food was outstanding. My guests commented on the delicious and beautiful presented buffet items. The staff was helpful and courteous. It was a delightful experience, since we came from another state and didn't know what to expect. We would highly recommend Bayside for a destination wedding reception.
As the last review stated the owners mom, Patty was, awful! She completely ruined my wedding day!!! I had my rehearsal dinner and wedding there. At the end of my wedding reception (in my dress) on my way out, she started to add on tons of money for things she said were extra, even though they were agreed to in advance in the contract. She may sound nice when you talk to her in advance, but DO NOT BE FOOLED, she will ruin your day. It is a beautiful location, but not worth the hassle. She made me cry on my wedding day, that was supposed to be the happiest day of my life.
This was the most unorganized Banquet Hall I have ever had the misfortune of being involved with. The owner Patty was completely disorganized! She had nothing complete on the day of the wedding that the bride asked for. The bridal party had to set up all of the dished and clean the hall before is was acceptable while Patty went to lunch. She did not honor the contract in any way! The contract listed the wedding until 11:30pm and the groom was told they needed to leave becase the bridal party was there earlier in the morning setting up. This was never mentioned nor was it in the contract. There are actually emails stating that there was no extra charge for coming into decorate or drop of anything, let alone set up since she couldn't be bothered. If you are looking fora an organized professional banquet hall DO NOT USE BAYSIDE BANQUET HALL AND AVOID THE OWNER PATTY AT ALL COSTS. It was a complete mess and the only reason anything came together was because of efforts outside of the hall! This was one of the worst experiances we have ever had and this was the last wedding of the girls in our family.Your wedding should be an amazing special day with nothing to worry about but if you choice the Bayside Banquet Hall you will spend time chasing Patty for answers. She will never answer or return calls. Don't bother emailing her either because she will never respond. Any question you are looking to get answered may get answered but it will change the next time you speak with her and then change again. By far the more unprofessional owner and company ever. Save yourself the aggravation and go somewhere that they know what they are doing and will not lie to you!!
We had a wonderful holiday party there this December. I have been to one other party, there it was also a good time. Its a very unique looking building , rustic, alot of weathered wood. It looks very different at night much more romantic right on the water. If your looking for something different its a GREAT place!!