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(206) 568-1258

About Us

Imperia Lake Union is situated in former historic Lake Union Café, originally built in 1927 and converted to an event venue over 20 years ago. A 6,000 square foot private event space overlooking Lake Union from the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle, Imperia features 10-foot chandeliers, copper ceilings, a built-in dance floor, gourmet menus, premium florals, incredible staff, and so much more. With a Roaring 20’s Art-Deco vibe and a rumored history of being a prohibition-era speakeasy, you’ll be transported into living history and a classic elegance when you host your event with us.

Services Offered
Imperia Lake Union prides itself in its unique celebration space, with in-house catering, floral design, and tailored planning services. In addition to our main indoor venue, we also provide the use of two lounges (often used for wedding party suites) and coordinated ceremonies at nearby Fairview Park. Included in the venue rental are tables, chairs, flatware, china, glassware, and house linens. To make your event as seamless as possible, our on-site floral, catering and tailored a la carte services help ensure your special day (or night) is flawless.

Chef Ian Hoyt’s commitment to culinary excellence is reflected throughout our menus, featuring the best of Pacific Rim and Northwest cuisine. Your wedding meal will be one your guests will rave about for years to come!

Julian K.

4.6 out of 5
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  • My wife and I booked the Lake Union Cafe after our first venue fell through. When we toured the venue, we were impressed by the beautiful Art Deco decor and were excited about having a reception there. They offered us a package that was mostly all-inclusive, and they directed us to preferred vendors for the areas that they don’t cover. We went to a tasting event where we had the chance to try many of the chef’s dishes, and they were all tasty. Unfortunately, in the late spring of 2020 we made the decision to cancel the event altogether because of Covid 19. The LUC was flexible and helped us to develop a new plan for utilizing the down payment that we had made with them. We ended up repurposing our budget for florals and take-out catering through LUC. They were very helpful every step of the way, and our big day was still very special.

    responded with the following comments.

    Hi Julian - Thank you for your review! Despite all of the difficulty of this year, we are happy that we were still able to be a part of your celebration. Congratulations, your married!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 1,500.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting/Sound, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s)

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 24.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?


    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Waterfront

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Aisle Markers, Aisle Runners, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Chair Covers, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables, Tent Accessories

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

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