Long Island’s Premiere Destination for Events and Dining. Carltun’s elegant setting will provide the perfect backdrop to allow your party to shine.
At The Carltun, we pride ourselves on the superb service we offer our guests. Whether you're planning on dining at one of our three main restaurants, attending one of our many events, booking your wedding or hosting your own event with us, you can expect impeccable service along with an experience you will never forget. Join us for dinner or allow us to be a part of your special event and we promise you won't be disappointed!
The Carltun Story
The Carltun is located on 26 acres situated between three golf courses in Eisenhower Park which has in excess of 1,000 acres of land and is larger than Central Park.
When Robert Moses planned the building, the United States was in the midst of the Korean War, and the building was built to bomb shelter specifications. For example, the foundation walls are 12" reinforced concrete and the roof of the building is constructed of 12" steel I-beams. On these I-beams are 8" thick reinforced tongue and groove reinforced concrete planking. The roof is covered with slate from a quarry that was later identified as coming from New Hampshire. The cornerstone (still seen to the right of the front entrance) set in 1955, the building was completed in early 1956.
Many of the current dining and other rooms did not operate or exist in 1954. The north of the building where the Gatsby and Gold Coast rooms are located housed the men’s locker rooms for the golf course. The current wine cellar was used as a meeting room for groups such as Girl and Boy Scout meetings. The Havana Cigar Club was used later as the offices of the Nassau County Credit Union.
Situated in the midst of three beautiful golf courses, The Carltun took over its current location in July 1995. Under the supervision of owner, Anthony A. Capetola, the building was completely transformed, the kentile floors, knotty pine walls and the 1950's motif that Robert Moses and the early operators installed were eliminated and Long Island’s most beautiful gold coast mansion began to take form.
Working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, the first floor of The Carltun was transformed and opened on December 1, 1995, with the Palm Court, Tap Room, Gallery, Ballroom and Drawing Room receiving rave reviews for decor (Carltun has consistently been rated #1 for decor by Zagats). In 1997, Capetola converted the second floor to the Havana Cigar Club and the Secret Dining Room, and in 1998, converted a downstairs area to “The Wine Cellar”. In 2004, The Carltun extended its lease and converted the north end of the building to the Gatsby Room and “The Clubhouse”. The Gatsby Room is replete with Murano crystal chandeliers and evokes the feeling of the Gatsby era.
In early 2013, the Clubhouse was remodeled to the Gold Coast Room to mirror the decor of the Gatsby Room and provide a 100 seat alternative to the Grand Ballroom which accommodates larger parties. The Carltun consists of some 85,000 square feet of space operating on three floors with rooms that accommodate all sizes and is in pristine condition with constant updates and renovations of the landscaping, bathrooms and all public and private areas. A more updated view of the facility can be viewed on our website at HYPERLINK http://www.thecarltun.com.www.thecarltun.com.
The Capetola family continues to run the restaurant and its catering facilities. We hope these years of experience, combined with our sincere desire to serve you successfully will provide a unique treat for you at the various rooms at The Carltun for ala carte or banquet dining.
The Carltun was the perfect place to give my daughter her dream wedding. From the moment we met Adam we knew this was the place to have their wedding. Adam along with the Chef and the entire staff exceeded our expectations.
Our reception exceeded our expectations. Our guests all praised the beauty of the location, the excellence of the food and the top notch hospitality of the staff. We couldn’t be more happy with our choice of The Carltun for our wedding. Stefan and Chef Rodrigo provided unparalleled attentiveness during the planning process.
My Husband and I had the best night of our lives at the Carltun. We worked with Caryn who was UNBELIEVABLE. She was so easy to work with and would literally respond to my emails within an hour (even on her days off!!)
Phenomenal.. Came here for brunch with my best friend to celebrate her new job. Everything was excellent. Service was amazing. Will definitely be back!!
I dined here for my anniversary .The decorum was beautiful as we sat window side. I truly enjoyed my food and my martini. This is s good place to go for a special occasion. I would find there again.
Food was delicious, and we ordered a lot of it. Our server was very attentive and friendly. I would recommend this place if you need a nice spot for an intimate dinner or for a large party: so basically, for all occasions. I hope to be back.
There is no other place we could have imagined having the wedding we had other than The Carltun. Stefan, Rodrigo & all of their staff made it such a phenomenal day for us. The entire process was such a pleasure for us due to their catering to our every ask and wish. They bent over backwards for all of our requests, and still they came out better than we could have imagined. Our wedding was 200+ people and I can’t count the compliments we got during and after of what a party, how beautiful the place, how nice the staff, and how unbelievable the food was. This is my family’s 3rd wedding at this venue, each wedding 6+ years apart and for good reason- the high standards never change. We would highly recommend The Carltun to every future couple.
There aren’t enough good things to say about The Carltun- this is why my 2 sisters and I all chose this as our wedding venue. They are top notch on their service, from start to finish. All requests I had for my big day were accommodated by the staff, and they went above and beyond what I thought they would do- especially Stefan & Rodrigo. The grounds were spectacular and made for wonderful photos, everyone from the valet guys who greet you, to the bartenders, waiters, kitchen staff- there was not one person who wasn’t smiling, helpful and efficient at their jobs. I had many guests tell me after the wedding that it was the best they have ever attended, and many of the reasons why were because of the Carltun and their staff helping create memories. I would have my special day there all over again and exactly the same way.
My wedding at the Carltun was absolutely spectacular. Stefan was so amazing and helpful every step of the way, I cannot say enough good things about him and the venue. He responded to my emails and calls immediately or within a few hours. The venue itself is stunning. Many of our guests commented that this was the best wedding they’ve ever been to (including their own wedding!), and they raved about the food, service, grounds, and ambiance. One of my guests was a talent agent and commented that my wedding was better than celebrity weddings she’s been to in LA. John the Maitre D did a fabulous job coordinating the day’s schedule with my vendors, and it was executed flawlessly. Chef Rodrigo put together a winning menu and made the most stunning wedding cake from a picture I gave him. The Carltun is known as the nicest wedding venue on Long Island, and for good reason. It is expensive but 100% worth it. I give them my highest recommendation.
I can’t thank you enough for making my daughter Kimberly’s wedding a perfect affair! Everything was beautiful; a day we will always remember. The staff, the food and the ambiance was five star. Your daughter was my daughter’s bridal attendant and she went above and beyond. She made sure every detail was taken care of. Chef Rodrigo is the best! I have one complaint, you have made me fall in love with Dom Perignon, thank you for sending it! Thank you again.
Our wedding at The Carltun was absolutely magical! They went above any beyond for us. It was truly the most beautiful, elegant, dreamy day ever!
Our wedding was absolute perfection! Weve gotten so many compliments about the food and cocktail hour. Our contact,Stefan, was very easy to work with and always went above and beyond for us. The bridal attendant was extremely attentive and she was so great to work with! I cant say enough great things about The Carltun! I wish i could do it again!
Our October 11, 2015 wedding at the Carltun was perfect. We worked with Stefan and Rodrigo, the chef. The entire staff was extremely kind and professional. They worked with our hours and responded to all our emails and phone calls immediately. Anything we requested, Chef Rodrigo made it happen. After our first meeting with the Chef, we knew we made the right choice. He made every effort to go above and beyond our expectations. The venue itself is extremely elegant and we knew the food would be delicious. The cocktail room was perfect for both indoor and outdoor seating. The bridal attendants were amazing and our maitre d’, was extremely attentive. There could have been a few things that could have gone smoother, but for a Greek wedding of 300 guests its expected! Our biggest priority was service, and The Carltun delivered. It cannot compare to other catering halls or venues. We were so pleased with our experience and only hope for other couples to have an amazing wedding day!
>My husband and I hosted our wedding at The Carltun on October 31st. We were looking for a venue that was centrally located for those traveling near and far (Northern NJ) and most importantly we wanted great food/service. Coming from a very ‘orthodox’ Italian family; food was definitely the most important component of my wedding and The Carltun not only exceeded our expectations but our guests as well. Working with Stefan Watstein & Chef Rodrigo was really a great experience; in fact my husband who absolutely hated the entire wedding planning really loved working with them both especially when it came to selecting the menu and food tasting. When I booked The Carltun the venue was going through a series of management changes and it was quite difficult to get in touch YET when they finally onboarded Stefan this instantly changed. Stefan instantly responded to my email by calling me and reassured my husband and I that we didn’t need to worry about the wedding venue. It’s hard to ‘not worry’ about your wedding venue but really, with The Carltun you do not. This really came to light during the food tasting in which all of my fears were squashed when we had the most amazing experience in which the service and food were simply put exceptional. Chef Rodrigo/Stefan paid so much attention to our requests & comments during this visit; it was evident during the menu selection in which they recalled every detail. They were open to our suggestions for the menu (Mac N Cheese bar) and they also suggested non traditional wedding foods such as tripe made two different ways and made my family and I ‘nero di seppia’. We trusted the team so much we gave the Chef free reign to design our wedding cake which beautifully reflected the wedding theme. I would highly recommend The Carltun as the food was delicious, service was exceptional and most of all Chef Rodrigo and Stefan were a real joy to work with as they both love what they are doing. I cannot wait to work with them in the future!
- I was at the Carltun for a wedding last Saturday and I must say it was excellent! The venue is on Eisenhower Park so cocktail hour was pretty much on the lawn of the park; it makes for lovely photos with the fountain in the background. As you drive up there is a small entrance where cars can drop off guests and off to the right side is where cocktail hour was held; you can walk right to the back or through the front doors. The inside is all white marble and white walls with a piano in the middle; it’s extremely clean, you can the maintenance for this hall is top notch. As you walk in off to the right there is a large room with dim lighting with two full bars, a few small tables, and horderve stations. Once you walk outside there were 4 horderve stations, outside seating, and a full bar. It was very hot and humid so I liked how the cocktail hour was inside and out, it gave guests a reprieve from the heat and a chance to catch horderves being passed as well.
The food was excellent, I loved the pasta station, I thought it was cool, instead of having pasta for a main, guests got to choose if they wanted it and what type and sauce. The lamb was tasty a bit dry, the calamari was crispy and fresh, the pizza balls, the scallops, etc.. well made flavorful and hot! As cocktail hour came to an end we walked into the main dining hall which was a large white airy room. For dinner I had a pear salad followed by a mushroom risotto and topped it off with filet mignon for the main event. The pear salad was light and fresh, the mushroom risotto was great, it’s hard to make a good risotto, but the Carltun delivered the rice was cooked just right, and the filet was juicy and marinated to perfection, it came with a mashed potato which was so pretty and delicious!!
As the bride and the groom cut the wedding cake everyone got a dessert plate with a few treats. On the way out guests were given a box with a piece of cake inside, I’ve never seen that done, I thought it was a cute idea. The service was good, the food was excellent, and the hall was beautiful!
The Carltun was an absolute AMAZING venue to host our wedding at. The grounds of the venue are absolutely beautiful. We hosted a wedding that was for 230, and we loved how much space The Carltun offered for our guests. The indoor and outdoor cocktail hour was huge and the ballroom had enough space to fit all of our guests and still have a large dance floor. We worked with Stefan in the sales office at The Carltun and he was extremely accommodating. He was very responsive to all of our emails and phone calls, and answered any questions we had along the way. He made the entire planning process easy and enjoyable. We also worked with Rodrigo the chef at The Carltun. He helped us customize our wedding menu and explained all the food he served us the evening at our tasting. He then worked with us to prepare our wedding menu, as well as our wedding cake. He made the cake in house and it was absolutely delicious. Our guests are still talking about how amazing the food was at our wedding 3 weeks ago. I would highly recommend The Carltun, we absolutely loved it!
Dear Stefan, Thank you for helping make our day so special. Everything went perfectly, and that is thanks to you, Chef Rodrigo, and your incredible staff! We miss it already!
- To put it simply, our wedding at The Carltun was without a doubt the best night of our lives. The phones were ringing for days after our wedding complimenting both of our parents on what a beautiful, elegant, grand and fun affair The Carltun provided to our guests. The cocktail hour was everything you could hope for …different and delicious passed hors-d’oeuvres and plenty of hot stations among an elegant drawing room with two large mahogany bars that opens up onto a beautiful brick and stone patio overlooking lots of greenery. The ballroom is stunning and holds 250 so comfortably and warmly. The picture frame molding on the wall and the pretty chandeliers with beautiful tablecloths and chairs….the ballroom set the tone for the night. Chef Rodrigo took excellent care of us and the food was spectacular. I mean spectacular. The tasting was SO much fun and as I’m typing this review I am sad this is all over! When you meet him you feel like you know him for 10 years. The bridal attendant, Jeannie was the most caring, helpful and attentive assistant helping both my husband and I every step of the way, whether it was the overwhelming amount of pictures being taken and knowing when to tell us to take a break, or always making sure we had something to drink in our hand whether it was soda, coffee, or water or alcohol. Heidi held my lip liner a gloss for me all night and stood by me so whenever I needed something she was a hand away. Stefan and Amanda guided us through the wedding all year and made us feel at ease with their expertise, advice, coordination and professional demeanor. John and Lewis were fantastic matradee’s and helped the entire night come to fruition perfectly. The after party is BEYOND worth it! They do such an incredible job making it their job to make sure every single guest feels like gold, especially the bride and groom and their families.
I can’t even begin to express how thankful we are for everything you and the Carltun staff did to make the day absolutely perfect. Everyone is saying it is the best wedding they have been to and that everything was amazing!! You truly understood what we wanted and went above and beyond. Thanks again!!