Coming soon is another addition to this list of wonderful venues, the exclusive River House at Odette’s.
An edgy yet elegant wedding destination, Odette’s will offer riverfront views and seasonally-inspired cuisine. An open-concept ballroom that can seat 200 for receptions will bring the outdoors indoors via retractable floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to a veranda showcasing incredible views of the Delaware River overlooking Lambertville and New Hope. River House at Odette’s will offer a spectacular unique indoor-outdoor wedding experience.
Ceremonies are held along the Delaware-Raritan Canal with the lilting sounds of the Delaware river in the background. River House at Odette’s design can be described as edgy, elegant and vintage-inspired with an urban flair. A members-only rooftop bar will offer breathtaking views of surrounding Lambertville, N.J., and New Hope (membership is only $1000 a year and they’re now taking applications). The ballroom is glamorous yet sophisticated with vintage flair. The vintage touch pays homage to namesake Odette Myrtil, whose original cabaret sat on this very spot for 15 years. It was the place to go for a great meal, great music or great theater. You will see this theme played out in the ballroom with elegant wall coverings featuring musical scores and love letters belonging to Chez Odette. This open-concept reception room will be both sophisticated and romantic. A team of event professionals has a goal of creating an exclusive wedding and special event destination in Bucks County. You can see the beautifully appointed ballroom at the River House at Odette's, as well as the outdoor ceremony space, the cocktail hour space and the exterior in these images here published in PhillyMag.com
Pricing starts at $169 per guest, and they've started booking for October 2020 weddings.
Born in Paris, Odette Myrtil moved to the United States, where she joined Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway as a Ziegfeld Girl. She performed on the London stage and in vaudeville and was part of the New York theatre scene in the 20’s and 30’s as a singer and violinist. She also had mid-size film roles from the ‘30s through ‘50s, appearing in at least two dozen Hollywood films. When she first visited New Hope in 1955, she loved the uniqueness of the artsy small community and moved here, managing the Playhouse Inn and its nightclub for three years. She purchased the vacant old River House tavern in 1960 and opened Chez Odette’s, which was a popular dining and vaudeville experience for locals and celebrities alike. She not only performed at Odette’s but also worked in the kitchen. Chez Odette ran Odette’s until she sold it in 1976. She died two years later in nearby Doylestown. Odette’s operated under new ownership until 2006, when damage caused by flooding permanently closed it.
The historic structure was built in 1784, and was known as the River House, serving locals and mule barge riders as an inn and tavern. In 2018, officials had the building carefully moved 1,000 feet away to the parking lot of an American Legion hall. See the move here: Moving O'dette's It is being painstakingly restored will become a free museum telling the story of the Delaware Canal.