We customize our catering packages to meet your specific needs. Below are some of our most popular dinner and luncheon buffet packages to choose from. We offer customized buffets and served menus to accommodate all types of events and budgets. To book a private party please fill out our event inquiry form to check availability and get a quote.
Villa Del Sol is Spanish style villa that was built in 1920 as "The California", one of only two hotels in North Orange County. In 1969 two suites were added to the east side of the building and the California became The Villa del Sol, home to retail stores, restaurants and offices. Nestled within this setting, Café Hidalgo now offers catering and event planning for all occasions inside our beautiful dining room, rustic bodega, outdoor Zocalo patio or in the Villa courtyard.
In addition to offering daily lunch, dinner & drinks, Café Hidalgo hosts a wide variety of events including wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, anniversary & birthday parties, baptism celebrations and class reunions. Our professional staff provides food and beverage service at a level of excellence that will make your event one to remember for years to come.
Click the links below to see details of each venue location:
• The Beautiful Villa de Sol Courtyard & Veranda
• Cafe Hidalgo Zocalo Patio
• Cafe Hidalgo Main Dining Room
• Cafe Hidalgo La Bodega Tasting Room
• Private Homes & Offices (see our Gourmet To-Go Menu)
• Off Site Venues, Including our featured local venue site the newley renovated Fullerton Community Center
Q:How many guests can Café Hidalgo accommodate?
A: Our main dining room seats up to 60. The zocalo patio seats up to 40. 100 guests is the maximum number we can accommodate, and would require the use of both the main dining room and the Zocalo patio. Groups of this size require a "buy out" of the restaurant. Fees vary based on day and time. Room rental fee for events in our zocalo patio is $75. Main dining room rental fee for luncheon events vary based on time and group size.
Q: How many guests can Café Hidalgo accommodate without reserving the entire restaurant?
A: Our Zocalo patio can hold up to 40 guests and may be rented for exclusive use. Our main dining room can accommodate groups up to 30 guests (Sunday thru Thursday). For groups over 30, the main dining room can be rented. Fees vary. Saturday luncheon events reuire a 25 person minimum. Sunday luncheons require a minimum food and beverage purchase of $1100 excluding tax 8% and service 20%. For Friday and Saturday evening events, group size inside the dining room is limited to 15 guests. Larger groups on Friday and Saturday evenings must use the Zocalo patio.
Q: What are the time frames for special events?
A: Luncheons 11am to 3pm. Dinners 5pm to 9pm (Sunday thru Thursday), and 5pm to 11pm (Friday and Saturday). End times can be extended. Fees may apply.
Q: Are decorations such as balloons allowed?
A: Yes. As long as nothing is affixed to the walls or ceilings, and no confetti or glitter is involved, you can set out balloons, center pieces, pictures, party favors, and the like.
Q: Is there room to set up a stage inside the dining room?
A: Unfortunately the size of the dining room does not allow space for the set-up of an assembled stage. As an alternative, a small area may be left available for light dancing, gift opening, etc.
Q: Is live music or DJ service allowed?
A: Live music is allowed by must be acoustic only. No dj or amplified music is allowed. You may use your own blue tooth enabled device to play music over our house speakers.
Q: Does Café Hidalgo have a sound system or audio visual equipment?
A: We do not have equipment such as a PA system, podium, or projection screen available; however, you are allowed to bring in any equipment needed for your event.
Q: Can we bring our own food or drinks?
A: No. All food and beverage must be purchased through Café Hidalgo.
Q: Are tables and linens provided?
A: Yes. For events inside the dining room we use rectangular (12' long) tables that seat up to 12 guests per table. For events in our zocalo patio, we use 60" round tables that seat up to 10 guests per table. Ivory colored table linen and napkins are provided.
Q: Can we bring our own cake or special dessert?
A: Yes. You may bring your own desserts or specialty cake. We will even cut it and serve it for you at no extra charge. Please note, we do not have refrigerator space available to store any dessert items that require refrigeration.
Q: When can we come to set up for our event?
A: You may arrive one hour before the event start time to set up and decorate for your event. Unfortunately, we don't have space to hold items for you onsite.
Q: How does bar service work?
A: You may elect to host alcoholic beverages based on consumption up to a pre-determined amount. We will let you know when your pre-set limit is approaching and you can decide whether end or continue bar service at your discretion. You can select the types of beverages hosted.
Q: Can we bring in our own alcohol?
Q: Can we take the leftover food to-go?
A: Unfortunately we are unable to allow food to be taken to-go.
Q: Does Café Hidalgo offer vegetarian or gluten free options?
A: Yes. We offer several vegetarian and/or gluten free dishes.
Q: Is a deposit required to book an event?
A: Yes. Generally, in order to hold the date for you, either a $200 deposit, or 20% of the estimate total is required. Deposit amounts can vary due to the nature of the event. Final payment is due either one week before the event, or the day of the event depending on the type of event. Luncheon events require a $200 deposit (applied to the balance due the day of the event).
Q: Are deposits refundable?
A: Generally, there is a non-refundable portion of the deposit. This amount varies based on the type of event. See specific event contract for details.
Q: We want to book and hold the date for our event. What should we do?
A: Fill out and return (in person, by mail, or via email) the event contract and place your deposit. Deposits vary due to the nature of the event. You may pay the deposit in person or over the phone with a credit card. Menu confirmation and guest count must be made at least two weeks prior to the event for weddings, and one week prior to the event for all others. See event specific contract for details.
Q: What if we have other questions?
A: Feel free to email us at Events@CafeHIdalgo.com with any other questions about your event.