Reserve Your Place in History

Room to mingle, space for privacy

Renting The White Hart couldn’t be simpler. For just $165 per hour, you and your guests get exclusive use of the entire ground floor of the Hart Mansion (built in 1893), including three parlor/dining rooms, two restrooms, tiled fireplace, crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, antique marble-topped furnishings, beautifully carved woodwork, period wallpapers, and more. Tables, chairs, and linen tablecloths are included, too.

There’s no upcharge for weekends or busy seasons. It’s all yours for the same price regardless of the day. No hidden fees. No nickel-and-dime costs. Even the sales tax is included!

Silverware, plates, glassware, china teacups, linen napkins, and accessories are supplied with our food. If you prefer to arrange your own catering but still want to use our serving pieces, we offer that for just a few dollars per guest.

We’re even wheelchair-accessible. Our maximum seating capacity is 38; stand-up affairs can accommodate about 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
  • Two unisex restrooms
  • Maximum seating capacity = 38
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • 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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Appetizer Menus

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 (incl. tax & tip).

  • 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


Tea Menus


Proper afternoon tea (often 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 can openers, microwaves, or boxed mixes. It’s a delightful meal from a more elegant time. Price: $35/person (incl. tax & tip).

  • 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


Buffet Menus

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 (incl. tax & tip).

  • Chicken Piccata
  • Braised brisket of beef
  • Tri-tip
  • 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


Dinner Menus

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: $50-$75/person (incl. tax & tip).

  • 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 (although we do charge a small cleaning fee if you want to serve your food on our dishes).


Zero-Risk Guarantee

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!

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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. 

Available 300+ Days

Weekdays or weekends, day or evening

Groups of 6 to 36

Seating capacity is 38; stand-up affairs can accommodate about 40 guests

Wheelchair Accessible

Continuous ramp from street level into the dining rooms

Choice of Food

You pick the menu; we make it happen.

Champagne & Wine

French champagne, Italian prosecco, and California sparkling wines

BYO Music

Your music or ours, in every room

Craft Beers

Six locally brewed craft beers

Simple Hourly Rate

No hidden upcharge for weekends or busy seasons

Outside Caterers

We’re happy to work with your chosen caterer


We can supply linens, glassware, plates, silverware, etc.


Bring food from home or arrange your own catering if you prefer