Reserve Your Place in History
Room to mingle, space for privacy
Renting The White Hart couldn’t be simpler. We charge a flat rate of $150/hour, which includes all the tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware, silverware, linens, and accessories you’re likely to need. No hidden fees. No nickel-and-dime costs. No upcharge for weekends. It’s all yours regardless of the day, week, or season, for the same low price.You and your guests will enjoy the entire first floor of the three-story Hart Mansion (built for Dr. Hart in 1893), including its three parlor/dining rooms, two restrooms, tiled fireplace, crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, antique marble-topped furnishings, beautifully carved woodwork, period wallpapers, and more. We’re even wheelchair-accessible! Total area is about 1000 square feet, with a maximum seating capacity of 36. Stand-up affairs, such as cocktail parties, can accommodate up to 40 guests.
- Fine porcelain place settings
- Linen and lace tablecloths
- Linen napkins
- Silverware (often our grandmothers’ good silver)
- Glassware for water, champagne, wine, and beer
- Free secure Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth audio in all rooms
- Optional 26-inch monitor/TV & laptop PC
- There’s nothing else you need to rent or buy
- Just bring guests!
Food & Catering
Appetizers to desserts to steak & lobster
It’s your party, so you should get what you want. We offer you the choice between:
- Our food prepared fresh on-site
- Coordinate with an outside caterer
- Let us recommend a trusted caterer
- Bring your own food from home
- No food at all
The choice is yours. We can serve our signature afternoon tea service with assorted sandwiches, freshly baked scones, handmade desserts, clotted cream, Meyer lemon curd, and more. Or we can prepare a proper sit-down meal with steak and potatoes, wine and wait staff. Or you can bring Grandma’s famous casserole dish from home. Or pick up some pizza boxes. We’re flexible. It’s your party.
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Whether it’s a stand-up mixer, a meet-and-greet, or just a quick group gathering before the show, a selection of pass-around appetizers is what you need. We offer both hot and cold, sweet and savory, hors d’oeurves and appetizers, served buffet-style, or passed around, or served tableside. Price: from $5-$20/person.
- French Gougeres (baked cheese puffs)
- Seared Ahi tuna on rice cracker
- Spicy roast beef with lime & cilantro butter on crostini
- Chilled prawns with cocktail sauce
- Smoked pulled-pork sliders
- Castroville artichoke hearts with dipping sauce
- Mixed cheese plate
- …and many more
Afternoon tea (sometimes called high tea) is a complete meal, and it’s our most popular option. Every guest receives four different finger sandwiches, four different desserts, two scones, and condiments including our authentic organic clotted cream, Meyer lemon curd, and strawberry preserves. Every item is made fresh from scratch in our own kitchen — no jars, can openers, or mixes. It’s a delightful meal from a more elegant time. Price: $27/person.
- Wild-caught smoked salmon mousse in puff pastry shell
- Sharp New York cheddar with fire-roasted jalapeño and bell pepper on sourdough crostini
- Coronation Chicken sandwich with mango, freshly squeezed lime, Indian chutney, and California almonds
- English cucumber sandwich with shallot and chive aioli
- Applesauce-cinnamon miniature Bundt cakes
- Meyer lemon tarts with real mango whipping cream
- “Presidential” pecan brownies (from pastry chef to the White House)
- Hand-dipped chocolate strawberries
- …and many more
Sometimes you just want to mingle. A buffet allows your guests to select hot and cold food of their choice, without the formality of a seated or plated meal. Pick your friends’ favorites and let everyone dig in! Buffet menus include two salads, two entrees, and a hot or cold side dish from among our many options. Price: around $50/person.
- Chicken Piccata
- Braised brisket of beef
- Chile-crusted prawns
- Bistro-style steak
- Mesquite-glazed pork loin
- Shrimp scampi
- Grilled citrus-marinated salmon
- Vegetarian paella
- Sweet corn tamale pie
- …and many more options
Our nicest and most formal option, a plated dinner is perfect for wedding receptions, business meetings, a rehearsal dinner, or as a special thank-you for a colleague or family member. We can prepare anything from pasta to prime rib, or lobster to lamb to lentils. Plated meals include salad and dessert. Choose your entrees or set a budget, and we’ll take it from there. Price: $55-$75/person.
- Petit filet of beef with lobster medallion, garlic potatoes, seasonal vegetables
- Double-cut lamb chops, pomegranate fig sauce, curried couscous, seasonal vegetables
- Seared duck breast, wild rice cakes, sweet-and-sour citrus sauce
- Pan-seared halibut, leek, lemon, and caper confit, potato puree
- Sesame-crusted Ahi tuna, panzu broth, sticky rice, and wok-seared vegetables
- Braised beef short ribs, garlic whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables
- Rotisserie chicken, sausage, and grilled prawn skewer, asparagus, smashed new potatoes
- Napoleon of salmon, spinach, red peppers, roasted corn, steamed new potatoes
- …and many other options
DIY - Bring Your Own Food
Don’t see what you want? Just ask; we haven’t listed everything here and can probably make it for you. But as another alternative, you’re welcome to arrange your own catering. We’re happy to work with outside caterers. You can even carry in your own food from home, including Grandma’s famous casserole. There is no additional charge for bringing in your own food or for organizing an outside caterer (with the possible exception of a small cleanup charge if you use our dishes).
Afraid of getting stuck with a big bar bill? Can’t decide how much wine or champagne you need for your party? No problem. With any of our house wines, you pay only for the bottles you actually drink. Any unopened bottles cost you nothing! There’s no penalty for estimating wrong, no risk of running out, and no reason to get stuck with full cases. Fewer worries for you!
What’s Life Without a Few Bubbles?
Wine, Craft Beer, Champagne
We serve from a huge collection of wine, champagne, and local craft beer. Our massive 50-page wine list includes hand-picked favorites from Monterey County, Napa and Sonoma wines, and imports from France, Italy, Germany, Argentina, and around the world. From cost-effective house wines to exotic and rare vintages, we can pour almost anything you and your guests desire. (We do not serve distilled spirits such as vodka, tequila, Scotch, etc.)
Available 300+ Days
Weekdays or weekends, day or evening
Groups of 6 to 36
Seating capacity is 36; stand-up affairs can accommodate about 40 guests
Continuous ramp from street level into the dining rooms
Your music or ours, in every room