Tucked within the rolling hills of Martinez and Crockett and overlooking the Carquinez Strait sits a brick emporium of Victorian décor and sustainable food. A golden bull marks the spot where Earl Flewellen, Samuel Spurrier, and chef David Williams convene with the rich history of Port Costa to provide a sublime dining experience highlighted with an array of local farm products.
Complementing the exquisite food is the whimsical Victorian beauty of the Bull Valley Roadhouse. As a wedding venue, the space offers the charm of Port Costa, the culinary genius of Chef Williams and his high quality ingredients, and a stunning environment to be in love. The venue is ideal for couples with between 100 and 120 guests and in the words of owner Earl Flewellen, “...adventurous types of folks who love good food, good company and a relaxed, beautiful atmosphere.”
The venue space is broken into four basic areas. An ornate Victorian bar of dark oak marks the first chamber and is adorned with Eucalyptus branches, gorgeous antique sofas, and authentic old-time photographs of patrons past. This room lends itself well to appetizers and cocktails at the beginning of the event, and a dance floor later on. Second is the atrium (my favorite), where dried flowers hang from the ceilings, butterflies dance on the bouquets, and light shines through the translucent walls. The atrium accommodates the mingling guests throughout the night, can house dessert and coffee, and leads to a third space, an outdoor patio space where guests can relax next to a trickling stream and a small wooden bridge. The final chamber is the newly remodeled wood lodge. Complete with a redwood bar and ample seating inside and out, the lodge is rustic chic (emphasis on the chic) and is ideal for a seated dinner.
Overall, the space is stunning. The farm to table design of the restaurant allows couples to use their wedding as a platform for sustainability while supporting farms like Prather Ranch, Llano Seco, Water 2 Table, Full Belly Farm and more. The gorgeous and eclectic Burlington Hotel is situated just to the right of the roadhouse —separated by a picture-perfect alley of ivy-lined walls and colorful string lights—and can easily house bridal party primping and out of town guests alike.
The Bull Valley Roadhouse is so uniquely beautiful in all of its individual parts, but the synergistic effect of the food, service, décor and town makes Bull Valley Roadhouse an unbelievably magical place for you and your partner to commence the adventure that is your life together.