Crystal Ballroom at The Rice


The Rice, located on the site of the original capitol of the Republic of Texas and one of Houston's most historic buildings, has recently reopened following a 40 million dollar restoration.

In keeping with the 1913 design, the Crystal Ballroom is resplendent with crystal chandeliers, heroic murals, 35 foot ceilings and a full wraparound terrace. The 5,600 square foot event space and the adjunct 1,400 square foot Parlor provides an ample space for up to 400 guests for a seated meal, with a dance floor. Houston's most exclusive caterers provide food and beverage service. Auto valet accommodations are available.

The unique Empire Room is an elaborately furnished space designed for receptions of groups up to 70 people. Located on the same level as the Crystal Ballroom, the Empire room as a 20-foot serving bar, private terrace, sound system and beautiful lounge furniture. Twenty-two foot ceilings, a soaring eighteenth century fireplace and crystal chandeliers make for a room to remember. 

Client Testimonials

“The Crystal Ballroom topped our list by leaps and bounds. Not only is it absolutely stunning with a vintage/European/deco charm that matched my aesthetic beautifully, but the staff was superb and we were given the flexibility to personalize every wedding detail. The venue is gorgeous as is, but the ability to bring in any type of decor you want allows you to transform the ambiance, which is KEY. Our wedding was flawless and I couldn't be more happy or pleased with the Crystal Ballroom.” –Jessica

“Our wedding reception at The Crystal Ballroom could not of been more perfect! We did the all-inclusive package, which was awesome and was less stress on us. Jamie and her staff not only took care of us, but also took care of our parents and wedding party. All of our family and friends are still talking about the great food and service they received at our wedding! We cannot thank The Crystal Ballroom staff enough for our fairytale wedding!”- Megan

“Beautiful venue with a great staff! Service was top-notch! We never had to ask for anything during the event. Food was great as well. We are truly grateful for The Crystal Ballroom’s efforts in making our wedding so memorable.”- Lane