Anthony's Ocean View
450 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512
Specialties: Bridal, Weddings, Outings, Seminars & Workshops, Dances, Corporate Meetings, Openings, Dance Floor, Formals, Elegant, Shows
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I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. I was just part of my sister's wedding here and it was awful. She looked beautiful but the staff was very rude, not helpful, and treated everyone like they were a nuisance.
First, we arrived and in trying to help my sister into her dress I was pushed out of the way by this woman who stated she was in charge of the bride. I don't care who you are you shouldn't even be in there while she's getting ready.
Then, the cocktail hour for the wedding party was terrible. We didn't have half of the food the rest of the guests did. She also got married on the hottest day of the year and we were melting and we couldn't even get them to refill the water pitcher for us.
Then we went inside and upstairs to wait to be introduced. While I was standing, crammed into the 15x15 room with 15 other people from the bridal party I noticed the place cards were upstairs in the bridal suite but none of the names belonged to the bridal party. I immediately went downstairs where I found the person in charge, Brian. I told him that none of the bridal parties names were the cards upstairs and he said "well we didn't have instructions for that". I told him if they weren't instructed on it that they shouldn't have been brought up there. I told him that those needed to come downstairs for the guests to know where they were to be seated and he stated that the bridal parties needed to be separated first as the incoming guests grabbed theirs. I said I don't care about the bridal party, the guests need to know where to sit. He was rude and snapped at me.
Then during the salad course, gorgonzola was on the salad. I was sitting with 3 women who are pregnant and they cannot have cheese. Our waiter was notified and the second time brought out salads with feta on them. A third time salad was brought out and that last time the waiter gave us the middle finger as he was walking away.
The food was awful, my husband got really sick on the fish and spent a good 45 minutes in the bathroom. My prime rib had 2 little pieces of meat and the rest was all fat.
The tux rental bags from the groomsmen had been left upstairs in the bridal suite and some of them had been moved so at the end of the night there was chaos in trying to find them, and once again the man in charge was a jerk and said that this was not his problem and wouldn't help look.
Lastly, my sister's centerpieces were delivered by the florist and the boxes for them had been left. At the end of the night there were no boxes, the staff would not help us package them and cleaned up around us, moving our things and putting them on the floor so they could take tablecloths off of the tables. They didn't help package anything or help bring anything to vehicles. This should not have been the bride and groom's responsibility.
In closing, the staff is very unprofessional, the food was a 1/5 and I would never recommend this place to anyone. The scenery may look nice but beware because the rest of your special day will be filled with frustration and hassles!
As a videographer I have found Anthony's one of the best banquet hall for a wedding in the state of CT.
They always treat us just like one of the guest and make sure we are taken care of so we can do our job when needed. The food is great and service is wonderful. I would recomd this plase to anybody looking for good service and good food. Remember if your venders are poorly treated it will be reflected in their work and if they treat the venders well you know they will treat your guest well.
This place has a very big attitude for such a mediocre wedding mill. They don't manage multiple events well, giving everyone the feeling that they've overbooked. We felt like we were attending a 3 ring circus rather than a wedding. Skip the "ocean" view and find a better run facility.
WOW! I can not find the words to describe just how wonderful my entire wedding experience was thanks to Anthony's Ocean View and their entire staff. Every person there made me feel so comfortable, I felt like I was part of the family! The food was incredible, the service was excellent, the view was breathtaking, perfect for pictures, and the newly remodeled facility is absolutely gorgeous! I've been to many functions at other facilities, and not one even comes close to Anthony's Ocean View. And, believe it or not, it's the most reasonably priced facility of all the competition(if you can even call them that)!