Weddings & Private Events

A beautiful venue for private events.

If you want a romantic wedding space with a team that will strive to make your day memorable, let’s talk! We can host your ceremony, reception, bridal dinner, champagne brunch, even your in-laws.

We also have facilities for corporate meetings and gatherings – your boss will think you are a hip cat for hosting an event down in such a unique spot right on the river. Contact our event team, let’s get the ball rolling!

Watch this video to learn more about our one-of-a-kind event spaces:

VENUES AT THE ASTER

River Room

The historic River Room—under the trees on the prettiest street in Minneapolis—has panoramic views of the city skyline and a lovely old-world charm. From the handmade copper-topped bar to the brick and stone walls, washed in soft lighting, you will feel like you have tumbled into a Parisian cabaret. The historic River Room can accommodate up to 108 for seated dining and up to 130 for mingling and cocktail-style gatherings. Your guests will be enchanted as the lights of the city twinkle overhead, and the river lazily drifts by…

Shasta Tent

The Aster Shasta Tent is a custom-made tent with incredible iron-work by our local craftsman and wizard, Paul Tierney. Hand-wrought gates and chandeliers adorn this magical outdoor space—perfect for ceremonies and cocktail gatherings. Typically used along with the historic River Room to create a truly one-of-a-kind setting. The Shasta Tent can seat 70 maximum for dining and up to 120 for mingling.

Stunning Photo Ops

Take advantage of the stunning photo ops on the most beautiful street in Minneapolis. We’re located on a cobblestone street just a few steps from historical buildings and the Stone Arch Bridge.

TESTIMONIALS
  •   We had a wonderful rehearsal dinner at the Aster Cafe and would highly recommend this venue and the event coordinator, Dawn! It was such a pleasure to work with Dawn on planning the event and her expert advice for seating, decor, food, drinks was spot on! The ambience of your venue was perfect for the evening events and I received so many compliments on the food (both hors d'oeuvers and dinner) and the venue. I appreciated the assistance with last minute changes.....it was a pleasure to work with everyone.....you all made it just a memorable evening!

    thumb Mary U Wick
    10/23/2017

      Recently hosted my son's rehearsal dinner at Aster Cafe. We were very pleased with everything from start to finish. The food was incredibly delicious, the ambiance of the venue was urban, sophisticated, but not too formal. Dawn made everything easy and was great!

    thumb Jane Weckesser Martin
    10/18/2017
  •   We had a really great experience with this venue for a cocktail-style corporate event. Dawn was able to help us figure out how much food to order and make recommendations every step of the way, as far as table set-up, timing, etc., which was appreciated as we really had no idea what we were doing (or even really how many people to expect). The staff during the event were friendly, courteous, and patient, everyone loved the food, and the wine that they selected was exceptional. The room itself was beautiful, it goes without saying. Having the ramp attached to the venue through the tunnel made it easy to haul things in and out (and made for easy parking). The whole evening was flawless. I would recommend Aster without reservation to anyone looking for an event space.

    thumb Laura Wisneski
    10/17/2017

      We had the most amazing wedding @ Aster Cafe on September 3rd! Dawn was a dream to work with - throughout the whole process she didn't miss a beat, had many great suggestions and was super responsive - she made it so easy on me! Even on the day of, Dawn and her entire team was extremely engaged, wonderful hosts to our guests - everyone raved about the setting (we used the Shasta Tent outdoors for cocktails and the unbelievably gorgeous River Room for our ceremony and dinner) and the food. From beginning to end, everything was exceptional - thank you Dawn for everything, you truly are The Event Goddess!!!

    thumb Amy K. Langdon
    9/30/2017
  •   My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Aster Cafe and the event coordinator, Dawn! We held our ceremony and reception at Aster, renting out both the River Room and the Fireside Grotto. Both are incredible spaces that need hardly any decor. The Grotto was the perfect size for both our dance and the ceremony (although some guests did have to stand during the ceremony but we kept it short knowing this would be the case). The River Room was the perfect space for a plated dinner with 85 people. The food was delicious as was the bundt cake. The service the waitstaff and the bartenders provided was also wonderful. Additionally, Dawn, the event coordinator was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive and set very clear expectations on how things would go the day of the wedding and the way the event would flow. She also met with us a few times and was always available for questions. I would recommend the Aster Cafe to anyone looking for a unique venue for a smaller wedding or other event!

    thumb Julia Quehl
    7/07/2017

      Where to even begin?! We hosted our 120 guest wedding on a very rainy spring day at the Aster. Dawn was our point person throughout the entire planning process and day-of, and we could not have dreamed of a more capable, flexible, unsayably awesome person to put in charge. A lot of people have mentioned the wonder that is Dawn in these reviews, but I cannot express just how amazing this woman is. I produce events professionally and am especially particular, but I had no problem turning over the reigns the moment we first met-- she's just that good! When the skies parted and began pouring down on our outdoor ceremony site, Dawn and her team were quick to rearrange the chairs under the tent so our guests all stayed dry. The food was delicious, the bartenders were hilarious, and we were simply in awe of the naturally romantic, cozy atmosphere that is the Aster. All of their spaces feel like an old haunt somewhere in Prague-- it's truly one of the most beautiful venues in the city. We chose to host our ceremony under the Shasta Tent, reception in the River Room, and toasts in the Grotto. Because of the historic style of these rooms, we hardly brought in any decor-- the spaces truly speak for themselves. We just brought in some lanterns and tossed the bridal party bouquets in empty vases and voila! Instant ambiance. Aesthetics aside, we continue to have our wedding guests comment on how much they adored our bartenders, Dawn, and the whole Aster crew. If you're looking to host a gorgeous event with minimal stress, look no further than the Aster!

    thumb Julie Carroll
    7/03/2017
  •   If you are looking for a romantic and charming Minneapolis wedding venue, look no further than the Aster Cafe! We held our wedding ceremony and a family dinner in the Shasta Tent and then invited 150 guests (and a band with 11 musicians!) for a reception in the River Room. Dawn, the Event Goddess, was extremely helpful and responsive throughout the year long planning process. When our expected guest list was feeling larger than the space available, Dawn always made us feel comfortable and confident in the ability to make our dream space work. She also accommodated multiple planning visits and tastings, and let us in the night before to drop off decor to make sure our "day of" ran smoothly. The staff and bartenders working the night of our wedding were friendly and efficient, and our guests raved about the food. We and our guests could not say more positive things about the space! If we could do it all again tomorrow, we would. Thank you Dawn and everyone else at the Aster Cafe for making our wedding night feel as perfect as it could possibly be!

    thumb Allison Hedlund
    6/12/2017

      Thanks for a wonderful event! Everything was delicious & the staff was superb!

    thumb Nicole Testa
    5/31/2017
  •   We had a wonderful experience working with Dawn who helped us plan a rehearsal dinner at the Aster Cafe. The River room is a beautiful space and even more magical at night. The rustic space with a view of the Mississippi River was a perfect setting for our event. The food was superb, and the bartenders and waitstaff were very helpful and friendly. We planned the event from out of state so there was a little concern since we hadn't seen the event space for ourselves. We needn't have worried, Dawn and staff were terrific! Lee and George Manning

    thumb Patrick Manning
    3/21/2017

      Dawn. I just want to tell you how much we appreciated your help making Lucie's and Adam's wedding ceremony and reception at Aster so beautiful and memorable. I couldn't phrase a question or concern before you were addressing it. Everything was gorgeous and easy (and delicious). Thank you, thank you -- and please thank your staff for a perfect night. Stephanie O'Neill mother of the very happy bride 🙂

    thumb Stephanie O'Neill
    2/26/2017
  •   We held our company holiday party here and it was great. Very helpful and responsive during the planning and throughout the evening of our event. Beautiful space and everyone raved about the food. Would recommend a company event and would host here again.

    thumb Laura Kelly
    2/02/2017

      We had our rehearsal dinner at Aster Cafe a few weeks ago and it was absolutely perfect! Dawn is a delight to work with - she helped us pick a delicious menu, she was always available for my endless questions, she was onsite when we arrived to decorate prior to dinner, and she stayed through dinner to make sure everything went well. The other staff was fantastic, too! The food was amazing - all of our guests raved about it! The venue itself is beautiful - we had our dinner in the River Room which is gorgeous anytime of day. But it was spectacular at night with the windows overlooking St Anthony Main, the lighting they have around the room, and awesome bar. You will not be disappointed - we were so happy with everything at Aster Cafe!

    thumb Katie Nelson Haggy
    1/13/2017
  •   Our non-profit association, Mpls MadWomen, held an event at the Aster that was a smashing success! Their River Room provided the perfect, warm environment for a select group of advertising agency leaders to have open, honest, and productive conversations. The staff for the evening was fantastic - responsive and proactive. Everything from the space and lighting to the layout and buffet set the tone we intended to create; quality and up-scale, without being over-the-top. Great food, great drink, great environment for conversations that matter. We appreciated the events team attention to detail and flexibility when it came to how we ultimately wanted the room to be laid out. Flexibility and guidance with a smile and humor! Our favorite types of people to work with! We definitely look forward to the next opportunity to host a private event at the Aster... whether it's an event for a non-profit association or an event for our individual agencies, the Aster is the coziest and prettiest spot in Mpls!

    thumb Mary Lou Wichlacz
    12/14/2016

      We recently had our wedding reception in The River Room, and it was lovely! The venue was gorgeous, and the food was amazing. Dawn was incredibly helpful, gracious, and accommodating. We had no complaints and couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! We'd definitely make the same choice if we had to do it all over again.

    thumb Will Rearick
    11/01/2016
  •   Let me first just say if you are thinking or considering holding an event at The Aster I highly recommend it. If you read no further know that this will be an all praising review. My Fiancee and I got engaged last October and all we knew was we would not be married in a church and wanted to avoid outdoor and barn weddings like the plague. We looked around at a few winery/cidery type venues before we found the Aster (through a hashtag on Instagram). After getting a prompt and excited response from the event coordinator we set up an appointment to see the venue. We parked at the street in front of the venue, covered in cobblestone with a totally European vibe we were already completely in love. Meeting with the event coordinator and hearing how reasonably priced the River Room was we were completely sold. We ended up having both our ceremony, dinner and reception dance in the River Room on Oct 8th 2016. 5 stars. Everything from dinner tasting to detail planning, answering countless emails and never making me feel like a crazy person, I felt taken care of. As a bride who loves to schedule and plan Dawn (the event coordinator that I worked with) was a dream. She emailed me constantly and was always willing to help me visualize and take my ideas into consideration but also never feared offering her opinions and wisdom (as she clearly has much knowledge on weddings and events). I often joked about her business card which titles her as an Event Goddess because she was actually nothing short of that through the entire year of planning my wedding. She was my closest ally. The day of my wedding the whole team at Aster was great, they took care of every "almost hiccup" seamlessly and kept all my guests in the loop and happy. The room itself was everything I hoped it would me. We did little-to-no decorating because the River Room really speaks for itself. The Room is rich and warm and full of history and personality and for the night we were so glad to leave our mark in it. Watching the sun set through the large french doors and bey windows is something I will never forget. It was a breathtaking night through the eyes of this bride. The location was perfect and our photographers were excited about all of the close proximity opportunities for cool shots. If you order your wedding cake from the Aster I recommend the pumpkin spice bundt cake because i'm still having dreams about it. Our family and friends were happy and comfortable and I am still getting messages from guests ranting and raving about the dinner and wine. I truly cannot say enough good things about our entire experience with the Aster. We will be back at any and every excuse, at every anniversary and spontaneous date. Thank you so much to the team at Aster for caring, and supporting us on this monumental day.

    thumb Nicole Hanson
    10/19/2016

      We had a reception for our daughter and son in law on September 16th, 2016 at the Aster and were very pleased with the service. We used both the Shasta Tent and the River Room for our event and felt that the space was charming and comfortable. Dawn was great to work with. I spoke to her numerous times over many months and she was always helpful and timely in her responses. She helped us choose food for our event and we were very happy with the results. The food and beverage service was very professional and attentive. I would highly recommend the Aster to anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary!

    thumb Kathy Kotoski
    10/13/2016
  •   We recently hosted our rehearsal dinner in the Fireside Grotto at Aster Cafe. Dawn is amazing to work with and the event staff was attentive and fun. They even joined in on the dancing and karaoke at the end of the night! The food and service is excellent and the grotto was beautifully lit in soft candle light. Everything was absolutely perfect! Thank you, Aster team!

    thumb Caitlin Ulmen
    9/28/2016

      We had a fabulous wedding at Aster Cafe! The space was perfect for our 72 guests. We held the wedding in the Shasta tent and used the River Room and Fireplace Grotto for the reception and dancing. The guests couldn't believe how delicious the food was. The setting is so spectacular that you don't need many extra decorations. Dawn is amazing to work with. I was so glad I went with all her wonderful suggestions. All the staff was great! We are so happy that we made the right decision and had a 5 star wedding. Thank you!!!

    thumb Cousins Bankes Dana
    9/20/2016
  •   My husband and I recently got married in the Shasta Tent at The Aster and held our reception in The River Room. We had our first date at The Aster and we kept going back and we just knew this was the place we would get married! From the intimate outdoor ceremony, to the beautiful, simplistic ambiance of The River Room, the venue was perfect. From the beginning, Dawn, was attentive, responsive and provided great recommendations for other vendors i.e. florist, bridal gowns, etc! Dawn has a laid back but assertive manner that I really appreciated. It made me feel like everything would be just fine...and it was better than fine! 🙂 It was perfect! The entire staff was wonderful. Professional, friendly and classy. If you are looking for an intimate, beautiful setting, and a great wedding coordinator, choose The Aster for your wedding venue!

    thumb Erin Wendorf
    9/16/2016

      We couldn't have had a more enjoyable and successful wedding at the Aster this past August 2016! Dawn was wonderful to work with and offered us suggestions for food that were delicious and the right amount for the number of guests that we had. The River Room was beautiful and Dawn and the team at Aster made sure that everything was in place and running smoothly. The bar service was great and friendly to our guests. The communication between Dawn and the team during the wedding was fabulous. The guests enjoyed the Aster and we couldn't have asked for a better venue! We thoroughly loved our wedding and would highly recommend the Aster for weddings or other events. Heather and Joey Mathews

    thumb Heather Brooks Mathews
    8/31/2016

      We had a wonderful rehearsal dinner at the Aster Cafe and would highly recommend this venue and the event coordinator, Dawn! It was such a pleasure to work with Dawn on planning the event and her expert advice for seating, decor, food, drinks was spot on! The ambience of your venue was perfect for the evening events and I received so many compliments on the food (both hors d'oeuvers and dinner) and the venue. I appreciated the assistance with last minute changes.....it was a pleasure to work with everyone.....you all made it just a memorable evening!

    thumb Mary U Wick
    10/23/2017

      Recently hosted my son's rehearsal dinner at Aster Cafe. We were very pleased with everything from start to finish. The food was incredibly delicious, the ambiance of the venue was urban, sophisticated, but not too formal. Dawn made everything easy and was great!

    thumb Jane Weckesser Martin
    10/18/2017

      We had a really great experience with this venue for a cocktail-style corporate event. Dawn was able to help us figure out how much food to order and make recommendations every step of the way, as far as table set-up, timing, etc., which was appreciated as we really had no idea what we were doing (or even really how many people to expect). The staff during the event were friendly, courteous, and patient, everyone loved the food, and the wine that they selected was exceptional. The room itself was beautiful, it goes without saying. Having the ramp attached to the venue through the tunnel made it easy to haul things in and out (and made for easy parking). The whole evening was flawless. I would recommend Aster without reservation to anyone looking for an event space.

    thumb Laura Wisneski
    10/17/2017
CONTACT US

Address

The Aster is located in St. Anthony Main at 125 SE Main Street in Minneapolis.

Parking

Ramp parking is recommended because it’s convenient & inexpensive at $4 after 4 PM. Enter ramp off 2nd Street SE & 2nd Avenue SE.

Inquiries

For all inquiries please contact us at events@astercafe.com, (612) 860-8512, or fill out the form below.