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John Quell

27 April 2019

My wife and I used Miraglia/PicnicTime catering for our recent wedding. They did an OUTSTANDING job. We could not have been happier with the way everything went. We contacted Janice in the beginning and she took the time to listen to what we wanted and suggested things that would work better and gave us a nice breakdown of the way everything would happen the day of. Leading up to the event was very easy. We were presented with all of our options and picked out what we wanted. We did a taste test with the chef Jim and were blown away by the presentation of the food and how everything tasted. We knew it was going to be a great day!The day of could not have gone better! We had an outdoor event and Miraglia/PicnicTime brought tables, chairs, linens, and biodegradable plates, silverware, etc, and it was all perfectly setup when we arrived. All of the staff were amazing. Everyone loved the bartender and the servers were amazing, they even went out of their way to serve us (bride and groom) our own personal hors d’oeuvres. Nice touch!Everyone that came to the wedding loved the food! The passed hors d’oeuvres were delicious. I could have eaten so much more. The main dinner was buffet style and it looked beautiful and everything tasted just as good. There was plenty of food for everyone and everyone kept telling us how good the food was, Brandon and Jim did an exemplary job! A week later people are still going out of their way to tell us how good the food and the staff was. After the party was over, they cleaned everything up for us, we didn’t have to worry about anything they brought and it was like we were never there. Miraglia/PicnicTime made our special day perfect! They were outstanding and I would highly recommend them! I would give them 10 stars if at all possible! More...

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Catherine Casallas

29 March 2019

I would like to know about the history of this building. The origins of the Masonics are such controversial. I went there for a gala that made me forget about my questions, the indoor is magnificent!

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Denise Gums

29 March 2019

Fabulous.. Comfortable..able to seen our children sing from all angles

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Geo Keith

29 March 2019

Right on Lake Merritt. Parking is mostly street parking witch can be hard to find. They do have a small lot in back

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David Smart

29 March 2019

Beautiful venue with classic 1920's era vibe.

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Kesha Lynne

27 February 2019

This was a perfect location! The sunset was amazing as we entered the building! Inside the Ladies Lounge was the best!?

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Dirty Dog

27 February 2019

This place is timeless it's almost like stepping back into the 30s walking in they have tour's you'll just have to call and schedule

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Meg Spicer

28 January 2019

Beautiful concert hall. Every seat is a good seat in the house.

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Rachel M.

10 January 2019

Super cool historic place! Checked it out see if I can host one of my work meetings and John gave my colleague and I an awesome your. Check out the pics!

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Natalia K.p.

26 November 2018

We chose Miraglia Catering for our wedding in the Brazilian Room. There are simply awesome. Working with Janice was so easy and pleasant, they were so organized, made really good recommendations but weren't overbearing in their suggestions. They know the space really well, and I had absolutely no worries or stress about the food and drink service on the day of. The food was also delicious! We had a taco/burrito buffet bar with Jicama salad, I highly recommend it! More...

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Damon C.

4 November 2018

I really don't know how the venue could have been any better. It is located right on Lake Merritt. There was plenty of parking. The place was spotless and gorgeous.  We had 250 guests for a fundraiser. I definitely recommend checking this place out if you need a venue  in Oakland. More...

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Scott L.

22 October 2018

The Oakland Scottish Rite Center, I used to remember it was called the Scottish Rite Temple in my youth, has been around since the 1920s.  Situated across from the beautiful (except when you're breathing when jogging and or walking around the lake) Lake Merritt and near the Lake Chalet (Boathouse), the center is an art-deco throw-back to the post depression 20s.  Beautiful interior while exterior is a bit bland.The center is perfect for galas, High School proms, special events, etc.  walk in through the large sets of double doors, into a lobby, through another set of double doors, and you enter a large ballroom with a stage opposite the doors.  Perfect symmetry as the ballroom has large side rooms on both the left and right.  Wooden floor and 30 foot (?) ornate ceiling are impressive.Beautiful venue, parking in a back lot while there are two-hour spaces on the Lake Merritt side. More...

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Kevin

20 October 2018

You won't regret choosing Miraglia for your catering! Their food is delicious (I personally loved their tri-tip, my mouth is watering thinking of it), their staff is very friendly, and they way they present both the food and the table settings is top-notch. They are very responsive via email, and their contract is very easy to read through. I also love how many options are available on their menu, and how customizible everything is. You can't go wrong with Miraglia! More...

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Richard Lewis

29 September 2018

Very professional

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Angela Levingston-Baker

10 August 2018

MY FIRST TIME THERE SUNDAY, IT WAS NICE. WAS THERE FOR THE HAIR KLAASH XTRAVAGANZA HAIR & BEAUTY TRADESHOW

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Sayre R Joel

10 August 2018

A magical venue with incredibly attentive and responsive staff!!!

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Claudia Carias

10 August 2018

Wonderful and friendly people
Food very good for me

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Armando N Rosalinda

10 August 2018

This place is incredible. The staff is awesome and extremely helpful. Amazing experience.

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Richard Ramos

10 August 2018

Wonderful and friendly people to be with , I thank you all for the hospitality ! Will be seeing again all of you soon .

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Karen Allen

10 August 2018

Beautiful venue. Very appropriate for the event I attended.

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Jazi T Tina

10 August 2018

We were on the fourth floor for the RISE ABOVE Event. I liked it... Wish it was set up with more seating on the main level. Overall...I enjoyed it.

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Jesse Brooks

10 August 2018

What a grand place, the food was delicious. I really appreciate the deco layout, you felt elegant

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Maria Del Carmen

10 August 2018

It's an interesting piece of architecture, friendly staff, it was amazing. Did not give 5 stars due to uncomfortable seats. The show makes the 5 stars.

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Yvonne Leong Awai

10 August 2018

An amazing event at this historic venue! The food is always delicious and the view is fabulous from the balcony!

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Becky Knoblich

10 August 2018

Two friends of mine saw the Scottish Christmas show on Friday night. It was wonderful, very authentic and had an old world feel. The singing and dancing and story telling were spot on Scottish. Lots of audience participation that was entertaining. Beautiful architecture and a lovely venue. More...

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Jim Hardwick

10 August 2018

I saw The California Revels there yesterday. They put on a wonderful show in a georgous venue. The shoulder room is a bit cramped for a 6’1” 200# man. I would have given it a five but for that minor discomfort. More...

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Rick Ewing

10 August 2018

This is an absolutely beautiful building. I can find something new I haven’t seen before every time I visit. Definitely one of the jewels in California Masonry.

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Lissa Nicol

25 July 2018

Exselente el servisio me encanta los areglos y todo para mi ese servisio es perfecto

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LeAnn Wooldridge

25 July 2018

The best food and people to work with. Service provided to IBEW Local Union 595 for the last 20 years has been EXCELLENT!!!

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Jeanettel Campbell

25 July 2018

Wowwwww just had a taste of some
Delicious food at Kasier from Miraglia
Where have you been all my Life.That
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Diana Gilbert Del Masso

25 July 2018

Excellent food, and excellent service!!!!! They also help with deciding what menu
would best suit your needs!!! Use them all the time!!
Diana Del Masso and all the Bay Cities Produce Staff!!
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Amanda Gagliardi

25 July 2018

As a wedding coordinator I could not have been more pleased with the service, communication, staff, and quality they provided for my clients wedding! They were wonderful to work with both prior to the event and throughout the entire evening! More...

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Tracey Lewis

25 July 2018

Thank you to Miraglia for the quick planning for our memorial service. You made our day easier with friendly, compassionate & caring staff and of course delicious food for the moment the we were all able to finally think of eating again. This was my first experience with Miraglia and it will not be the last. Looking forward to a happier occasion in the future and working together again. More...

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Susan

16 July 2018

My daughter-in-law and I were impressed from the very beginning when we met with Mike Miraglia for the tasting at the San Leandro site. We had a squirmy 1 year old with us, but he was patient and took the time to make notes of all of our concerns and wishes. The food was delicious - and was just the same at the wedding itself. There were some last minute changes that we made in the bar set up, but Cheryl Miraglia was helpful and, together, we found solutions that worked. Jim Miraglia was the head staff at our wedding breakfast at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park, and after introducing himself that morning, I never had to summon him again. All worked like clockwork. This is an experienced catering company - family run - and with staff that works hard to make events memorable. We were very pleased with Miraglia catering, and cannot recommend them highly enough. More...

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Brian Nichols

5 July 2018

Handicap accessable beautifull buildiing. The people there are very kund

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Mona L.

16 June 2018

My babysitter 8th grade graduation hair Warriors 2018 parade in the streets before I self building so much traffic that I got to the facility late but my baby did graduate 8th grade I did get some good video and pictures but felt like I missed a lot as well the parking lot due to the Warriors parade so my daughter had to walk three blocks to her graduation because we were not allowed to go down the street but other than that the building is beautiful

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Andy Padilla

6 June 2018

Wow! It is gorgeous and huge in there. My Senior Ball was held there and I loved it. Some people complained the food was really only dessert though.

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Julia Bazar

2 June 2018

Wonderful venue. I love seeing the Christmas Revels there every year. A very grand old building. Parking is difficult.

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Juelie Roggli

27 May 2018

Miraglia catered my son's wedding reception. Karen was fantastic helping us select food, table linens, set-up and giving us a very detailed list of things to do before the big day. She was quick to respond to all our emails and phone calls.The staff the day of the reception was fantastic. Very professional and helpful.And the food was amazing. We had 4 appetizers and a full dinner. Everything was perfect. More...

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David Monterroza

27 May 2018

Great staff and service

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Joaquin Munoz

24 April 2018

Just a beautiful, beautiful place. So much history, elegance and detail. So glad that the folks there have worked to keep it in such wonderful shape. Hope to visit during an event sometime. More...

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Alan

7 April 2018

So far, just did tasting, settled on menu, made first payment. Great food, very flexible, costs less than others we researched, very friendly. Looking forward to working with them at the wedding. Cost listed is just an estimate. I calculate that each additional cost would increase the cost by about $77.

Now that it's a week after the wedding, I can definitely recommend them. All the food was great. In fact several people told us how good it was. They did everything on schedule and were very professional.
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Kala S.

20 December 2017

Love the decor excellent place to have an event etc. Plenty of room too! Love the woman bathroom area. It has an old world charm. My Church has been meeting here and  I love it. More...

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Karlos G.

28 November 2017

Second time at the Scottish Rite in Oakland, the place seemed even more beautiful the second time around! This Scottish Rite Center is not only located in prime location by Lake Merritt, it is also a building that hold so much history. The ceilings have amazing detailing, the mens room has a barber set up, the ladies room has a vanity setup, they decorated the place beautifully for Christmas and in the dance hall you could feel the elegance of such a throwback building! They do not have many parking spaces but BART is a five minute walk away! Lake Merritt and 12th Street stations are nearby. Oakland has many great buildings and the Scottish Rite Center is on that list, a must see if your into the old architecture of Oakland and San Francisco, especially if you know about the Masons who built it! PS: the coolest vault is upstairs! (exclusive access) More...

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Diana

3 May 2017

My husband and I were recently married at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park. Miraglia is one of the Brazilian Room’s approved caterers, and we worked with them to cater our wedding. We couldn’t have been happier!! I was already familiar with Miraglia’s incredible food and great service, and both of these things are so important at a wedding.

Working and planning with Karen at Miraglia was a breeze. From the outset, she was incredibly professional and did everything she could to make sure that we would have exactly the event we wanted. Her recommendations about everything from linens to a “rain plan” were spot-on, and she was very nice and responsive in addressing all of our dozens of questions and concerns throughout the planning process. Her experience with working with the venue was invaluable as she was very familiar with the Brazilian Room’s strict rules and event timelines.

On the day of the event, the chair and table setup/teardown, place settings, bar, service, and coordination were perfect! On top of everything, the food was outstanding and highly complimented by our guests. Everything about Miraglia and working with Karen was a dream come true, and choosing them means one less thing you have to worry about on the day of your wedding.
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Marianne S.

20 March 2017

Girls Inc of the Island City gives a big shout out to Oakland's Scottish Rite Center for hosting Women Who Dare 2017!  Our attendees were in awe of the gorgeous venue and the warm and welcoming OSRC staff.  It is clear that everyone at OSRC love what they do and customer service is a priority. Special thank you to Hector for making sure our AV was perfect. More...

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Alex A.

23 December 2016

Beautiful venue! The ballroom ceiling is something you do not see too often anymore--look up!Attended a Christmas party at this location. Apparently there are 2 sections: lower is a huge ballroom--think accommodating 300+sit down table rounds, stage for band, dance floor, band or DJ, bars and buffet area. There is also a large foyer area that is separate. Upstairs I "heard" is a full theater (movie like). Food I "heard" was provided by one of their preferred vendors and was surprisingly good --given it was buffet style. Parking on the street is free, but typical city parking--a challenge. There is a parking garage nearby ( not free) and there was a free shuttle available for the event I attended, but am NOT sure is this is always available or a standard service. More...

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Karen W.

21 August 2016

Beautiful venue!  I had not come to an event here in years but previously we had our church Thanksgiving banquets here every year back over 20 years ago and also attended a few school fairs here.  This is our first wedding here and I noticed they have remodeled some of the building inside.  The wedding we attended had over 350 guests so it was held in the Grand Ballroom and was catered by one of the in-house caterers.  Parking can be a problem but if you are willing to walk 1-2 blocks, you can find parking near the Main Library.  Just be safe as the area can be alittle seedy at night.  The ladies lounge on the first floor is humongous like the old style powder rooms with large mirrors, with a big sitting room with sofas so it was perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to have a place to relax and change or spruce up their makeup.  The service was good and food was buffet style.  There was plenty of food for seconds and we had a variety:  salad, garlic bread, beef, chicken, salmon, grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice, fruit, coffee and tea, water and iced tea.  All in all, food was average, beef was tender, chicken was a bit dry, and salmon, slightly under-cooked.   But we were here to celebrate and it was good fun. More...

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Porsche C.

29 July 2016

REVIEWER # 39Oakland seems to surprise me every time I find a new gem!I came to Oakland Scottish Rite Center for the 1st annual Paso Robles Wine tasting event that consisted of over 20+ vendors in this amazing venue!Located right across from the lake Merritt and front of Lake Chalet this place is beautiful once you actually walk inside and take it all in. The 1st floor consists of a wonderful ladies room and "ladies lounge area"! I was totally shocked to walk in and see the room! It was like it could have been my bedroom area! Also located on the 1st floor is the Grand Ballroom where the event took place. The room is usually used for special events such as weddings but this time it was used for the Wine event that consisted of about 300 people and fit each one of us very comfortably. The 3rd floor is also a beautiful view! The 3rd floor consists of the Men's Cigar Room. I have to admit that even if you aren't a man you have to witness how unique this room is! In the men's room they also have a Barber shop! Yes, barbers shop!! Incredible!The 4th floor consists of the balcony which has fantastic views of Lake Merritt. You have to witness it to believe it. There's also a Media Room, Foyer, Red Room and Gold room that is also located on the 4th floor. NOW ON TO THE WINE EVENT, SHALL WE:The event was well organized. I was with a meet-up group that introduced me to this and I have to admit this was a very unique event. The wine event featured 26 wineries and more than 120wines from Paso Robles Wine Country. I was excited to try these wines because visiting wines in Sonoma and Napa can get pretty old so it was nice to experience some different wine! It gives me a reason to want to visit this area!Some of the wines that were there are:-Adelaida Cellers-Ancient Peaks Winery-Cass Vineyards & Winery-Chronic Cellers-Daou Vineyards-Eberle WineryJennifer and Christopher are the directors of this event and did a wonderful job setting this event up! BIG Thanks to them! The vendors gave great pours so half way into the event my eyes were rolling to the back of my head! I had a wonderful time and look forward to having another event like this close to my area! Great venue and located!Review 96/196 More...

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Administrative S.

18 May 2016

Great facility for a large group 150-200+ in the Ballroom. I had a Town Hall meeting at this location. They were easy to work with and had everything set up wonderfully. They provide security on site as well. The only snag I ran into was inadequate audio for a webex. I would have had to bring an outside vendor in for this but was not apprised in advance. Other than that the ballroom they only have one other renovated room with good light on the 4th floor that would be good for a meeting of 50 people. Parking can also be a problem and they didn't offer the back parking lot as an option. Overall good, but room for improvement. More...

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Jenny L.

26 April 2016

This is a grandiose place to hold any conference, wedding, or party with 4 levels of space and an authentic historical feel.  The tapestries, ceilings, and intricate decor is well preserved and makes you want to go through a ritual here. More...

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Nathalie B.

18 April 2016

This was the most impressive building - monument - I have ever been in. We had a banquet downstairs with a later musical part "upstairs". Sitting in the room downstairs it was hard to even fathom that such a room would even have an "upstairs". Once we climbed the stairs we were blown away. There is a full theater on top of this beautiful, colorful, architecturally stunning room. The light show as well as the sound system were incredible and I personally was quickly out of superlatives. I feel honored to have been able to enjoy such an impressive structure. More...

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20 February 2016

We just had our tasting with Karen and the team. First of all... Karen = AMAZING. We had previously met with a caterer from another company and we left feeling unintelligent and down. Then we met with Karen. It was night and day. From the first minute she was enthusiastic, cheery, and telling us all of our ideas were possible and that she could do it well. She then, in the right way, gave us the pro's and con's to what we originally thought we wanted and how it could play out. Basically- you tell her what you want and she'll figure it out. Even though we didn't go with every idea we pitched her- it was nice to know that instead of say, "Well- we can't really do that," she would tell us how she could do it and what some other options were as well. We had our tasting- and the food is amazing! So far so good with everything! If you want a great caterer that is going to make you feel special, be really responsive, and make what you want happen... then Karen and Miraglia is the right caterer for you. We'll update after the wedding as well. More...

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Ter L.

20 January 2016

Stunning venue to have any type of even. It is breathtaking in so many ways- you and your guests will not be disappointed. Came here to watch my brother in law graduate with the rest of  the 173rd OPD Academy and i couLdnt have been more surprised by it's beauty. The thought of OakLand doesn't normaLLy conjure up postitive images due to aLL the negative aspects that surround this city but I stood corrected.Scottish Rite Center has a massive auditorium- pLenty of seating (coliseum styLe), gorgeous high ceiLing, and a grand center stage. They aLso have a banquet dining room perfect for any type of reception and can easiLy seat guests in the hundreds. I AM A FAN!!! HopefuLLy  there will be another reason for me to return soon. More...

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Laura

16 November 2015

I found out about Miraglia through our venue, which had a list of preferred vendors for us to work with for our wedding. We selected them right away after we met Karen, who was fabulous! I worked with Karen throughout the entire planning process and she was always on top of it. She knows her stuff! It never took more than a day for her to get back to us and explained everything to us very thoroughly so knew what to expect. The day of our wedding the staff were excellent and professional; they served the bridal party hors d'oeuvres RIGHT after the ceremony ended so we could get through the photo session, and even made sure the bridal party all got a drink from the bar. After the festivities were over, they even made us a care package with sandwiches and some of our wedding cake. I never had any worries about the food the day of because I knew I was in good hands with Karen's team. Everyone loved the food so much that many have asked who we used so they could plan their next event! Don't look anywhere else - MIraglia is your caterer! More...

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Amanda B.

18 June 2015

We had our wedding at the scottish rite center on the 6th. The whole experience was fantastic. William is the consummate professional and knows what he's doing. More importantly he's honest  and will not lead you on. The spaces are absolutely beautiful and they've made a lot of improvements since we booked the place. We toured at least 5 places before deciding on the Scottish rite and I never felt as comfortable as I did here. Hector, who was on hand the day of our event, was also amazing. He was super helpful and even showed us some very cool parts of the building letting us take pictures. He helped to make sure every part of our big day was exactly how I dream it. I could not recommend them more. More...

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Ivy R.

7 June 2015

This is a very gorgeous venue to hold an event.  I attended a small trade show in the auditorium.  The room is large enough to fit tables for eating, setting up a buffet lunch, and more tables for business people to conduct business.I don't know if they have their own in house caterer or if the group who put on our event hired someone else.  That bring said the food was good.  We had a choice of beef or chicken with a mixed green salad.  I had the beef,  with was good.  I didn't try the chicken.  The dessert spread was fabulous!  I don't judge people, I judge desserts.There's another aspect that makes this place classically  beautiful.  The women's bathroom had the grandest sitting room.  It's as big as a two bedroom house in there.  Giant velvet stuffed chairs and mirrors with subtle lighting.  I could picture Elizabeth Taylor sitting there talking trash about Richard Burton and putting on mascara.They also have their own parking lot.   Parking is at a premium in this area of Oakland.  It's a must for holding a large event.I hope we have another event here again. More...

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Gabe C.

20 May 2015

I have attended numerous events at the Scottish Rite center and I an always amazed at how great this place has been maintained and upgraded with awesome acoustics and lighting.  I would highly recommend anyone looking to book a venue or attend a event there.  you need to go see this place at least once More...

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Philip L.

5 April 2015

The Oakland Scottish Rite is "as good as it gets" ! Perfect for conferences, concerts, proms, anything you can think of.. even president Obama had an event there. No kidding!135,000 square feet of mind blowing beauty, a ball room, an 1100 seat theater with the best audio system and light show money can buy.. multiple dining rooms, multiple kitchens , and a whole lot more. built in 1926, this historic building is fully restored and continues to be owned and run by the same organization who designed and built it originally. If you want the best , the Oakland Scottish Rite is a stunning building rite on Lake Merritt with private parking. Easy to find, easy to access. The memories you make there will last for a lifetime.Philip L. More...

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Kristin R.

4 April 2015

This expansive space is the perfect venue for weddings, proms, parties, fairs, etc.This is hands down the spot to host your next Bay Area event. The building's classic look provides an effortless elegance. The staff is friendly & accommodating and the catering is top notch. And to top it off, you truly can't beat the balcony view overlooking Lake Merritt. More...

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Chaka K.

30 March 2015

Attended an event at the Scottish Rite and was so impressed by the beautiful facility. They did a great job from start to finish, would love to host my own event there soon!

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Dee L.

30 March 2015

As an event planner, I have worked with the Scottish Rite Center in planning some of my charity functions at their beautiful location. Their staff and management have been nothing short of sensational in terms of the planning process and assisting with logistics day of. They are friendly and down to earth and they get it done which is all that matters to me when the heat is on. They have recently also remodeled some parts of the building and the modern upgrades really translate well to the event feel and energy. I always suggest this location as a possibility when any friends, family or clients ask for a recommendation for a venue in the Bay Area. Much more beautiful on the inside than it would appear from the outside. check it out! More...

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Andi M.

30 March 2015

An incredibly complex and multidimensional venue, the Oakland Scottish Rite building wows from the first flour to the fourth. I love going to events here, especially if I have time to have lunch or dinner at Lake Chalet across the street.Their main ballroom and the auditorium are huge, and while the building seems to have maintained its history, I love the updates they have made, especially with the lighting and sound systems. Very cool place for a wedding too, and it is large enough to accomodate a significant amount of people. Would love to book this place for a New Years party. More...

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Kenneth E.

30 March 2015

What a great place to hold an event. The recently restored Oakland Scottish Rite temple is an awesome place to behold.  A recent change in organization has dramatically upgraded the facility to the highest 2st century expectations while maintaining a very cool connection to the original theme and design.. There are numerous  large banquet rooms that will accommodate any sized event from small clubs, to private events with thousands of guests. There are numerous restroom facilities as well as a secured parking lot. The amphitheater has to been seen in person to behold the size and grandeur. It is breathtaking. Located right on Lake Merritt the Oakland Scottish Rite is the perfect place for all private events your organization can dream off. Check it out. More...

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Mario W.

30 March 2015

Konstantin and the staff he leads go above and beyond when it comes to their guest which is why my family and I frequent the events. Stop by and get a tour it is BEAUTIFUL! The food!!!! BEST HANDS DOWN! I recommend this place to anyone who has the opportunity to attend or host an event here. More...

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Paul A.

23 March 2015

Surely this is the most beautiful building in Oakland, California.  The staff are always helpful.  They have a video production studio in house that does great work.

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8 December 2014

Miraglia Catering offers a great variety of foods, all of which are delicious and affordable. They were able to work within our budget and provide a very memorable wedding dinner for us and our guests. They are extremely responsive and Karen is very fun and friendly. We really enjoyed working with her and she always got back to us within 1-2 days during the week, which we really appreciated. All of our guests complimented how great the food was, and the staff took great care of us - they even brought me (the bride) food to the bridal suite before the ceremony to ensure I had eaten, even though they weren't contracted to be ready to serve until the end of the ceremony! The staff were so friendly and able to accommodate our last-minute needs onsite as well. I would highly recommend Miraglia! More...

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Thao

19 November 2014

Miraglia did a fantastic job catering at our wedding at the Chabot Space Center! They are a preferred vendor and know the venue very well, so it was very straightforward in terms of setup and how we wanted things organized. They were pretty flexible to how we wanted things, but also made us aware if any kind of setup was not a good idea or just not feasible for the location. We ended up going with their recommendations most of the time because they were so familiar with the location. The food was phenomenal and everyone loved the s'mores station that they had. The appetizers were delicious and we also special requested an asian style pork which was a big hit and my favorite bite to eat that day! We also hired a day of assistant and they got us Bonnie, who did a very good job at setting things up and making sure we had food and drink at all times. We didn't realize how crazy things would get and how much you forget to eat, so we were very happy to have someone checking on us. Karen was our go to from the start and was always very responsive via email (we had a LOT of questions). She even came the day of to make sure things were going smoothly and to say hi, so that was very nice! They are priced on the higher side of what we initially budgeted, but you can pick and choose what you want, and in the end, it was all worth it! It was a very memorable night and Karen made it happen! I think as a couple, you also have to be very on top of it, organized and detail oriented if you are doing DIY and want things a certain way. We took photographs of the venue and made notes of what we wanted where. Then, with all of our decor, we took photographs of how we wanted each setup to look. That definitely helped make things run more smoothly because we had a relatively short setup time. Mirgalia was professional from start to finish and very well organized. We are very pleased to have them be part of our special day! More...

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Linde H.

31 August 2014

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL VENUE.The room was able to fit like 500. My neighbors had their reception here yesterday and it made me want my reception here too.

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Michael B.

3 August 2014

Went for a High School reunion. Beautiful place and the event was very well organized with a great buffet dinner.

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Puja K.

8 June 2014

I've been here for two weddings now and I absolutely love this venue for weddings. I live how open it is, the ceiling once your inside, the lake across the street. Beautiful!Parking: small lot behind the building and street parking can be hard to find. More...

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Rebecca G.

21 May 2014

The 2014 Piedmont Spring Fling committee selected the Scottish Rite Center for our annual Live Auction and Party for the beauty of the venue, the convenience of the in-house catering and for the price point.  It is a turn-key venue that knows how to manage dynamic, large scale events with ease and elegance.  The venue could not be more beautiful and the team is professional and incredibly experienced.  William is a dream to work with and we would encourage you to take his lead when planning your event.  His advice was spot on and made our planning so easy.Our event raises a significant amount of money during the Live Auction and the sound system was a top priority for our team and auctioneer.  William assured us that their new and improved sound system would work well and we was right.  We were pleased with the audio-visual set up and the sound system proved to be more than sufficient to help quiet our rowdy crowd and let our Live Auction work well. Every attendee loved the venue and thought it made the event more beautiful and enjoyable.  Our team looks back on our event and we know that the Scottish Rite Center was a huge part of our success and made our guests incredibly happy.We owe a huge thanks to William, Luis and Hector! More...

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Justin

22 April 2014

Wonderful caterer. Very professional. They can help you plan out many parts of your wedding. Karen, who was out primary point of contact was amazing. She gave us plenty of material to help us plan our wedding, much of which wasn't catering specific. She just wanted to help us out.

We did have an odd request we placed on them, we wanted a whole filipino pork lechon. They were able to find someone who could do it and delivered a fantastic whole pig, at a great price no less.

At the wedding, they catering was perfect. The bar tender was attentive, the food was hot and delicious, and cook was friendly and helpful.
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Nicolette

30 October 2013

Miraglia was fantastic! From the very first phone call, Karen was professional, attentive, thorough and so caring! My husband and I are both vegan and she didn't even bat an eye! She crafted a wonderful menu, to please all palates! All of our guests talked about how amazing the food was--everyone was craving that tomato tart for weeks afterwards! The staff the day-of were amazing and so nice. Easy to work worth, great value, great food and great staff--what more could I ask for?!?! Thank you, Miraglia! More...

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Jennifer Kawakami

28 May 2013

Miraglia Catering is fantastic! Everyone on their staff was extremely helpful and wonderful to us at our wedding reception last Saturday. The food was superb and the presentation a work of art. I worked with Karen these last eight months or so in the planning stages of our reception and she made the entire process easy and stress-free. I would highly recommend Miraglia to anyone celebrating a special occasion! More...

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Nate

6 December 2012

It has been two months since my wedding and I'm sorry to say that I'm FINALLY getting around to reviewing Miraglia Catering. It would have been easy enough to forget reviewing them, but honestly I couldn't EVER forget how amazing they were.

Although they command a premium, it's well worth it. Every detail of the reception was clearly communicated, planned, and executed. If you want a company that knows what they're doing, brings professional staff, and provides food that's AMAZING, then Miraglia is your choice.

My wife and I had 200 guests in a backyard wedding reception. Miraglia provided everything from the tables & chairs, linens & table settings, umbrellas & heaters, and of course the wonderful food & attentive staff.

From Karen who is like Superman: By day she's a mild-mannerd catering saleslady but by night she's a wedding-coordinating-superhero, to Mike who is one of the most amazing people I've ever had the pleasure to meet, to Jim who can run circles around any of those prime-time cooks you see on TV...it makes me feel very lucky to have found them.

Thank you Miraglia!
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Jana C.

18 May 2012

Oh... just indulge me for a second as I let spill my perorations...Resplendent and anchored in its historical roots.. Built in 1883, this subset of Freemasons have been assisting in helping children with language disorders. Philanthropy is a plus in my book. I finally got to step foot inside to watch OSA's production of Les Mis, and to ascend  to the 4/5th floors last night (ground floor is a ballroom, being guarded by security guard). Those solid Gothic columns and majestic chandeliers...the sway and space and grandeur...The sitting parlor of the women's bathrooms... larger than some folks' little homes. I have jogged/walked/driven by the SRC over the years, and have always wondered... the inside of that puppy has *got* to be prettier than the rather plain exterior?!Nestled on Lakeside just across from the Lake Chalet, with peekaboo views of the rather romantic lake at dusk, bejeweled with those little lights...SRC boasts of a ballroom on its ground floor and a large, European-esque upper theater!!A lovely testament to history, standing strong! More...

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Patrick S.

17 May 2012

This venue is really stunning and a very decent size.  Visited recently to see the Les Mis production by the Oakland High School for the Arts.  It was performed in the theater and the setting was really special.  And those kids put on an incredible show!My only complaint is that the seats are a very tight fit and pretty uncomfortable--at least by modern standards.  If you are lucky, as I was, the performance you are watching will make you forget the discomfort. More...

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Mary S.

30 March 2012

I absolutely adore this place! It sits across the street from the beautiful Lake Merritt and a fancy restaurant. The outside looks like a civic center or a government building, but the inside is huge and great for big events. I had my (then known as) junior high graduation there at one of their huge halls. A couple of years later, I went back from time to time for high school dances and other high school related events. My sister-in-law had her 2010 wedding there. She reserved the hall straight up from the lake view entrance. It was glowing and beaming after all the decor was up and ready for her reception. I truly fell in love with the ambiance of the place. If you plan to reserve a hall, it's a pretty hefty price tag to it but if you want a stunning place to hold such an event... book the Scottish Rite Center! Not a 5-star because the only bad thing about this place is that you cannot bring outside food in, you have to use their own catering service. More...

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Warren R.

22 December 2010

I went to this place to check out the Revel's holiday show with my gf and her family.  The show itself was great - there singing was amazing and the performances were awesome.  A lot of dancing and a lot of crowd participation - it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit! Humbug. I'll probably go back and check it out next year.  I will also be keeping up with other shows going on at this theater as long as the price is reasonable, because it is really beautiful and we didn't have any problems viewing the stage.I was sitting off to the side in what would be considered a "bad" seat, but the view that we had was great.  The center has very high ceilings and a floor seating, although most (80%) of the seats in the theater can be considered balcony.  The food wasn't anything to brag about, and it was pretty expensive, but in this part of Oakland you can step outside and go to a nice reasonably priced restaurant after/before the show.  On the ground floor there was a large auditorium where people were practicing dancing or some show - which makes me believe that people can reserve spaces in the hall.  I don't know anything about this, but the center is very comfortable and beautiful - and if I needed to put on an event in the Oakland area this place would be at the top of the list. More...

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Sunny D.

24 January 2010

The Scottish Rite Center looks like a museum or an old government building from the outside but is really a 4 story venue for plays, events and most importantly my wedding!! I can't say how much I loved this place as soon as I stepped foot in it. The 1st floor yields a large ballroom that can seat up to 800 people (in round tables) with a large sized stage in the middle. The ceiling is adorned with painted design. A large changing room with mirrors is adjacent to the main ballroom.The 2nd floor serves as a balcony for to look down at the folks on the 1st floor.The 3rd floor has 2 large rooms. This is where we had our cocktail hour. Each room is big enough to have at least a hundred people in it. The 4th floor boasts the theater area. Our wedding took place here. There is capacity for 1300 people in the theater style seating area. The floor is pretty big as well for regular fold-up seats to be placed. The stage is quite large with red carpeting and curtains. Lighting in this area can be changed to suit your needs. The ceiling is round and also adorns an old Scottish style theme.Each floor is accessible via elevator. There are changing rooms and bathrooms located on each floor, except the balcony area. To top it off, the Scottish Rite sits right next to Lake Merritt. The views are spectacular from the 4th floor. This place is amazing. The staff is great and I'm so grateful to have the biggest day of my life here. More...

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annamarie

11 June 2009

After receiving 15 catering estimates, yes, 15� I had lost all hope. I finally stumbled across Miraglia and was instantly happy. Karen understood our menu concept and was even pretty excited about it. I come from a family of chefs and knew that the food had to be top notch. Our tasting was AMAZING. My dad was taking pictures of the food so he could show his friends! We had some non-traditional ideas for the wedding but Miraglia was onboard every step of the way. We received so many compliments on the food and a few of our friends asked for the caterers contact information. Miraglia has amazing customer service and excellent food. More...

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Jessica E.

8 March 2009

Not only did I graduate from here in '05, but everyone from HNHS does lol So I've been here quite a few times. Parking is horrid unless you park in the back or the ceremony is later in the day. The venue is absolutely marvelous! If you have big bucks and can afford to have an event here DO IT! More...

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Jay E.

24 February 2009

Very nice. very expensive...very nice, very expensive...very nice...very expensive...really nice and there is a big parking lot in the back!

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AmikaP

25 January 2009

As an EA at a big legal firm, I have to be on my toes when it comes to lining up the catering. Once I found Miraglia Catering, my problems were over. No more late deliveries. No more billing mistakes. No more cold food that?s supposed to be hot. Miraglia gets everything right, every time. I recommend the mushroom lasagna, the pomodoro chicken and the really nice box lunches with the pork wrap. I use Miraglia at least twice a month, and I never run out of options?their catalog is huge. A couple of times, I added staff, and that was great, too. I love Miraglia! More...

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Martine F.

12 January 2009

I love the Scottish Rite Center... I've been to many events here staring way back in high school (1996) up through this last weekend (2009). The place is just the same as always... I always feel like I'm stepping back in time to a grander era or fantastic parties and perfect decor. I've never been the planner of events at this venue... so I can't comment, but being in attendance at various functions at the SRC I have to say I've always left pleased. You've got to check out their ladies bathroom... it's so cool... a little outdated decorations but I love the sitting room and vanities perfect for touching up your makeup! More...

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annamarie

29 December 2008

After receiving 15 catering estimates, yes, 15� I had lost all hope. I finally stumbled across Miraglia and was instantly happy. Karen understood our menu concept and was even pretty excited about it. I come from a family of chefs and knew that the food had to be top notch. Our tasting was AMAZING. My dad was taking pictures of the food so he could show his friends! We had some non-traditional ideas for the wedding but Miraglia was onboard every step of the way. We received so many compliments on the food and a few of our friends asked for the caterers contact information. Miraglia has amazing customer service and excellent food. Price includes food, service, and all rentals. More...

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Kay L.

8 March 2008

i visit the wedding venue and it was big and beautiful.  Its a bit pricey but i guess thats what you have to pay with Lake Merrit in front of it.  Its a big ballroom.  Theres two grand stairway up to the second floor. and theres a stage upstairs where you can have your ceremony in.  but its additonal fee.I dont know how people in wheel chairs get in...(i guess i probably should have asked) but theres stairs everywhere.  The parking lot is a bit scary to look at but you have to hire at least 2 security guards on the night of the event.  I think 60 per hr. per guard but street parking is open and free after 6pm as usual.  the event coordinator is William and he was nice to talk to...he raved about his own daughters beautiful wedding at the location and used it as a example.  you need alot to decorate the hall but Williams has connections to lighting and fountains and plants and trees to rent out...of course thats extra 2000 to add to the budget.  You need to rent everything from the scottish rite center...tables, chairs, linens and dishes.  Their catering is very afforable...but you cant taste the food unless you pay for a tasting or book the venue for your event. "Dont judge a book by its cover" Go Look inside, it really nice. More...

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