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The Reception Center by Mayer Catering

172 Freneau Ave.
Matawan, NJ, NJ
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(732) 591-8180
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  • 88 Reviews


    James R.

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  • ABOVE & BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS! From booking our Wedding with Marybeth, meeting with the Owner/Chef Brian to select our menu, to the staff flawlessly executing our day, we truly could not be happier. 2-28-20

    Kellie

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  • We had our wedding at the reception center and it was perfect. Marybeth was super responsive and kept us up to date On what restrictions would look like due to the pandemic. It was honestly the best night of our lives! The food was out of this world and we loved that we were able to have a tasting before we booked. The Maitre d’ Jesse made sure me and my husband were able to enjoy our dinners and that our drinks were full all night. The Chateaubriand was both our favorite! However, our family really enjoyed the chicken St Clement and the salmon as well. Everyone is raving about the cocktail hour!! Marybeth and Brian were very understanding about covid and worked with us through out and we’re more than willing to work with us on our original guest count. I can’t thank The Reception Center enough for everything. They truly blew us away and made our wedding a dream.

    Tricia M.

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  • I cant thank Marybeth, Bryan, and staff for making our wedding the best day of our lives! They worked with us right up until the end and were SO accommodating. Especially with COVID, nothing stopped us!! HIGL HLY RECOMMEND!!!!

    Toni B.

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  • Although we were not able to have our wedding here due to COVID I still wanted to write them an excellent review. Marybeth was incredible to work with from the first time we walked in! The venue is absolutely beautiful and it broke our hearts to have to cancel - they were nothing short of fantastic when we initially changed our June date to September and we’re so flexible when we decided to cancel altogether. I cannot recommend them enough due to their customer service!

    Matt

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  • We had our wedding here! It was perfect, truly the best night of our lives! The FOOD did not disappoint, the reviews truly say it all! The Maitre d’ Hazel made sure me and my husband were able to try everything during cocktail hour. The Chateaubriand was both our favorite! Thankfully we had our Wedding right before COVID, we had some last minute guests drop out for being scared and The Reception Center accommodated and understood. I can’t thank The Reception Center enough for everything!

    Amanda G.

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  • I can't thank The Reception Center (especially Marybeth) enough for making my wedding so amazing! They were so accommodating when we had to change locations due to Covid. They did everything they could to make my day extra special from the AMAZING FOOD and cake (that we received so many compliments on!!), to the decoration set up, taking care of me and my now husband during the reception, and serving buffet and tapas style cocktail food to make my guests feel comfortable with the Covid concerns. Thank you so much!!

    Michele P.

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  • We could not be happier that we chose The Reception Center for our wedding! You can not beat the quality and quantity of food that you get for the price. Staff was excellent. Very professional Marybeth is awesome. Always accessible and smiling If you pick The Reception Center you will not regret it

    Christina B.

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  • The best wedding ever. We were married onsite on February 14th and the set up for the ceremony was beautiful and the ambiance was romantic. Marybeth and her staff are amazing and very accommodating. They followed every detail I wanted to perfection. The food was outstanding and plentiful and the drinks were strong. I’m still getting phone calls on how amazing our wedding was. The Reception Center is definitely the hidden gem of New Jersey. I even had people say they are considering using this place for their future events. My family and I couldn’t recommend this place enough.

    Megan

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  • Working with The Reception Center was the best decision we made! Though COVID postponed our April Wedding to August and certainly changed a lot of what we had planned we are so thrilled with everything. Marybeth was so easy to work with in keeping us in the loop and assisting in moving our indoor Wedding to outdoors. The food is out of this world. We still have guests raving about the caterer to this day! Our Maitre d' Jessiann was always at our side and took great care of us throughout the night. The whole staff did great! We cant thank you enough and look forward to hosting future events!

    Karen B.

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  • We can’t say enough about this Amazing Venue!!! We loved everything!!! The service, food, decor, staff, our Matre’d Jesse, our coordinator Marybeth, absolutely excellent!!! Our guests were raving about the food all night!!! They are above and beyond professional and make you feel so special!! They gave a personal touch and were so attentive to every last detail!! The things we couldn’t remember, they did!! We will definitely recommend The Reception Center to anyone having a special event and we will definitely hold this place close to our hearts for future events as well!! We will never forget Our Wedding Day!! Best Day Ever!!! Thank you Reception Center Team!!! 💗, The Koehlers xoxo

    Allison M.

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  • MaryBeth and Brian are incredible. Every little detail of our day was taken care of. They go above and beyond. Our guests loved the food, and people kept telling me how much they enjoyed cocktail hour! They took such care with our decorations and made it look better than we could have imagined. They are also just wonderful people, and they are so helpful and communicative. The value you get here is far and away better than anywhere else. I would recommend this venue to everyone. Can we give six stars?

    Dottie

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  • I can't say enough good things about this venue. So happy we chose it for the wedding reception. They offer choices for all budgets. We chose the Classic Reception and our guests are still raving about the hall, food and the staff. Marybeth was our coordinator and she made sure everything was perfect for our special day. The staff didn't miss a beat during the reception and the food was outstanding!

    Katherine

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  • All I have to say is WOW!!! Our expectations were exceeded in every aspect. We could not have asked for a more perfect space to have our wedding. The food was outstanding, the cake and decor were PERFECTION, and don’t even get me started on the service!! Marybeth, Peg, and the rest of the team ensured everyone from myself and my husband to our guests had everything they needed and didn’t have to wait for anything. Every single one of my guests were blown away by the exceptional service and amazing food. I cannot give enough praise to this venue!! Amazing. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    Taryn

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  • I can’t quite put into words the unbelievably amazing experience my now husband and I had with booking our wedding at The Reception Center. From the moment I contacted Marybeth for info and to set up an appointment, she was extremely kind and prompt in responding. I might’ve have emailed her once a week for the year and a half leading up to my wedding and not once did she make me feel like a pest. There is no comparison when it comes to having a wedding coordinator like Marybeth. She made my planning process with the venue so easy! Her, Jessie (the maitre d) and the rest of the staff were attentive and treated us, our family and our friends like kings and queens! The amount of insanely delicious food you get for a fraction of the cost of all other venues leaves no comparison. They even offer to pack your leftover dinner to bring home! My husband and I didn’t touch our Italian pastry tray and they even boxed that up for us. After 2.5 weeks, we still have people telling us how am... Read more

    Sara

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  • Booking the Reception Center was the best and easiest decision we ever made! Short version: INCREDIBLE, AFFORDABLE, BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS, AMAZING SERVICE, BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! (if it feels like I am screaming, I am. It was perfect!) Long Version: We had our wedding on September 7th 2019. Saturday night. Off Season. Our ceremony at the St Clements Church next door. Everything was so beautiful and delicious! It could not be more perfect! Not to mention the staff were incredible. So kind, diligent. Seriously, they were ontop of EVERYTHING! Even when we first started looking at venues, we compared everything to the Reception Center and what they had to offer. Besides the fact it was one of the most affordable venues we found, we quickly found we did not have to sacrifice a thing. Marybeth was easily one of the selling points. She was so patient and sweet. Never pressured us into anything. She gave you her heart and all her attention from day one. We chose the... Read more
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