Franklin Room

★★★★★
  • 816 Allen Ave

    Saint Louis, MO 63104-4046

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  • 314-664-7706

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Let me start by saying that our wedding isn't until August. That said, I feel like I owe it to the Swaney's to post this now. We booked with them in November of 2011, then started reading reviews.... This happened because we were so swept away by the venue and the reasonable price that we didn't want to lose our day. I'm so very glad it happened that way, otherwise we might have not booked with them.

There are many negative reviews out there regarding The Franklin Room, but I want to put your mind at ease if you're considering booking. The negative reviews are not in response to the services provided by the current owners Michelle and Doug Swaney, but towards the former owners.

We toured 20+ places to find our reception venue - let me tell you a little about The Franklin Room. First, the place is amazing. It's a historical building (world's fair historical), with 30 ft ceilings, completely wooden floors (can you say HUGE dance floor), it has a stage for the DJ, and it's simply beautiful. We actually changed our date, it was that nice.

That said, you'd expect the price to be high, especially for the area, right? Wrong! They were far more reasonable than 90% of the places we visited. We're paying for most of this wedding ourselves, so we were looking for a "best bang for your buck" kinda place, we found it, without a doubt. They have several options and price ranges, but their level 1 buffet will please most people, and the price is right (call Bob Barker.. he'll tell you).

Now, about the Swaneys. Michelle has been extremely accommodating. There were several "would it be possible to" questions we had, and "yes" has been the answer every time. They were the only proprietors to request we come for dinner, instead of us having to request a tasting. Which, of course, leads me to the food.

We just had our tasting, and it was delicious. We tasted roast beef (it was cooked correctly, not surprisingly), chicken with 3 different sauces, several different vegetables, mostaccioli, and a simple salad. I was using this tasting as a two-part decision. First, was the food good... YES! Second, should we upgrade to the level 2 buffet (carved prime rib, etc). No need, even though the price difference is only $4 per person (read as extremely reasonable). If money wasn't an issue we might have, but we agreed it was far better than what we expected for the price.

Michelle is extremely responsive, and accommodating. Her husband (the cook) makes food that is impeccable. They've been available everytime we needed something, whether by email or by phone. So far, everything has been extremely stress free when working with them. I'll update this thread once our wedding is over, but I am positive I'll have nothing but good things to say. There's a reason I'm writing this review now, they deserve the business.

Best of luck in your search. Make sure you include The Franklin Room in your list of possible venues. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Let me start by saying that our wedding isn't until August. That said, I feel like I owe it to the Swaney's to post this now. We booked with them in November of 2011, then started reading reviews.... This happened because we were so swept away by the venue and the reasonable price that we didn't want to lose our day. I'm so very glad it happened that way, otherwise we might have not booked with them.

There are many negative reviews out there regarding The Franklin Room, but I want to put your mind at ease if you're considering booking. The negative reviews are not in response to the services provided by the current owners Michelle and Doug Swaney, but towards the former owners.

We toured 20+ places to find our reception venue - let me tell you a little about The Franklin Room. First, the place is amazing. It's a historical building (world's fair historical), with 30 ft ceilings, completely wooden floors (can you say HUGE dance floor), it has a stage for the DJ, and it's simply beautiful. We actually changed our date, it was that nice.

That said, you'd expect the price to be high, especially for the area, right? Wrong! They were far more reasonable than 90% of the places we visited. We're paying for most of this wedding ourselves, so we were looking for a "best bang for your buck" kinda place, we found it, without a doubt. They have several options and price ranges, but their level 1 buffet will please most people, and the price is right (call Bob Barker.. he'll tell you).

Now, about the Swaneys. Michelle has been extremely accommodating. There were several "would it be possible to" questions we had, and "yes" has been the answer every time. They were the only proprietors to request we come for dinner, instead of us having to request a tasting. Which, of course, leads me to the food.

We just had our tasting, and it was delicious. We tasted roast beef (it was cooked correctly, not surprisingly), chicken with 3 different sauces, several different vegetables, mostaccioli, and a simple salad. I was using this tasting as a two-part decision. First, was the food good... YES! Second, should we upgrade to the level 2 buffet (carved prime rib, etc). No need, even though the price difference is only $4 per person (read as extremely reasonable). If money wasn't an issue we might have, but we agreed it was far better than what we expected for the price.

Michelle is extremely responsive, and accommodating. Her husband (the cook) makes food that is impeccable. They've been available everytime we needed something, whether by email or by phone. So far, everything has been extremely stress free when working with them. I'll update this thread once our wedding is over, but I am positive I'll have nothing but good things to say. There's a reason I'm writing this review now, they deserve the business.

Best of luck in your search. Make sure you include The Franklin Room in your list of possible venues. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

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