Private Events Q & A
What type of menu options are available for private events?
At Rusty Hooks Dockside Grill (RHDG), our staff uses the knowledge and expertise of both our culinary and events team in crafting the ideal menu and offerings for your type of event.
Our curated menus include options suited for passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktail displays, buffets, family style sides or plated meals. RHDG uses only the highest quality ingredients in the preparation of food and beverage for our events. We will handle all of your food and beverage needs with the possible exception of dessert. Outside beer, wine and liquor is NOT permitted.
If your party is less than 20 guests, you may order off our regular menu; If your party is more than 20 people we have specially crafted entrée options to choose from.
Is there a Food and Beverage Minimum we need to meet in order to book the space?
Yes, to reserve the use of a private event space we require that a food and beverage minimum be met.
This means that all the food, alcohol, and non-alcoholic beverages consumed must reach up to the agreed upon minimum on one tab before tax and service fees.
The deposit will be $250 for all events with a food and beverage minimum of $1000 or less.
25% of the food and beverage total will be required for all events in excess of $1000.
All deposits will be applied towards the final bill at the time of the function.
Private Events may be subject to a banquet (or rental and facility fee) and has limited availability May-August.
What happens if I do not meet the Minimum spend required for the event?
If you do not meet your minimum spend, you will incur a Minimum Guest Charge for the remaining amount. Please note, we are unable to offer any Gift Cards, Bottles of Wine, etc for any remaining amount toward your minimum; it must be met in food and beverage spent during your event.
What are your requirements for my group to order off the menu versus a pre-set menu?
If your party is less than 20 guests you can order off our regular menu. If your party is over 20 guests, we have specially crafted entrée options to choose from.
Can I bring in outside food, beverages or dessert?
We will handle all your food and alcoholic beverages except for dessert (as long as we do NOT carry it in house) which you are welcome to provide from a licensed bakery. We charge a standard cake cutting fee of two dollars ($2.00) per person.
Outside beer wine and liquor is NOT permitted.
When do I need to determine the final menu and number of guests?
We will need to finalize menu selections one month prior to the event date. Once your menu is submitted and finalized, you cannot make changes (other than increases) as product orders are placed with our culinary team.
We ask you to provide us with a final guest count one week in advance in which you can increase but not decrease.
What type of Bar Packages are available for private events?
All alcohol is billed on consumption basis (per drink) and you are welcomed to limit exactly what is covered on your tab and to what point. We will be happy to accommodate any arrangement you may like such as a cash bar or host bar or a little of both.
For Host bar, one tab is run and presented to the house and attributed to the contracted food and beverage minimum. Host may limit and/or specify exactly what is included.
Cash Bar options are not attributed to the contracted food and beverage minimum.
Our service staff will happily take drink orders and serve your guests when no bar set up is located within the space.
How much does it cost and what fees are involved to book a Private Event?
Private events are subject to a banquet (or rental and facility fee) and has limited availability May – August. Please contact us for pricing information. In addition to the banquet fee, plated dinner selections are priced per person and based on an agreed upon menu. Beverage service, which includes tea and soft drinks with refills, is an additional $2.50 per person. Prices do not include 20% gratuity and 6.75% sales tax as well as any additional service fees (if applicable).
Do you require a deposit for events and is it refundable?
RHDG may require a minimum deposit for events. The amount will be $250 for all events with a food and beverage minimum of $1000 or less. 25% of the food and beverage total will be required for all events more than $1000. All deposits will be applied towards the final bill at the time of the function. The deposit for private events is fully refundable with a 30-day notice.
How are payments processed?
We do require that a major credit card be on file.
All payments will be processed on one tab by debit or credit card digitally through our secure online payment platform. Final payment is due at the conclusion of the event.
Payment may include Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and certified or corporate check. No personal checks will be accepted.
What comes with the space?
We include use of in house tables and chairs for your event in addition to our restaurant flatware, glassware, and plate ware.
You are welcome to provide your own linens, plate ware, etc or work with a rental company.
The floor plan specifying your set-up requirements must be finalized one month prior to your event. You are responsible for the removal of all decorations and returning any rented equipment to the vendor.
How early can I arrive to set up or decorate the space?
If you would like to arrive earlier than your event time to set up or decorate, we would need to work with you in advance to make arrangements. We will need confirmation of all arrival times including that of any vendors.
We cannot accommodate access to the event space to anyone arriving earlier then the agreed upon set up time.
Where can our guests park?
Parking, both land or water, for all event and restaurant guests is first come first serve. We do not offer any reserved parking.
Do I need to hire a Wedding Planner if hosting a wedding reception or ceremony?
Yes, we do require a professional and insured Wedding Planner on site throughout the course of your private events regardless of guest count.