About Us

The River Room specializes in events of all kinds – corporate meetings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, business luncheons, sweet 16s, anniversary parties and much more!

The River Room is a unique downtown Wilmington waterfront events venue that allows you to select an outside caterer and bring in your own bar drinks! The River Room’s fantastic view and rustic feel is the perfect place for your next event! Depending upon the layout of your event, we can accommodate up to 120 people. ​​The River Room has a deck on the side of the JW Brooks Building that is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as an outdoor area for any party. It’s perfect for deck games too! The deck can be rented for an additional cost.


The River Room is located in the historic JW Brooks Building. The JW Brooks Building began construction in 1899 and restored in 1920. The building was originally a fish market and fisherman would sell the fresh catch right into wagons on Water Street. In turn, produce and dry goods were sold back onto the boats from local farmers. When the building was renovated in 1920, it became a wholesale grocery called Brooks Cash Grocery Company. It was the first overwater warehouse in Historic Downtown Wilmington! The grocery store closed in the late 1980’s until the building was restored as retail shops and condominiums.  The JW Brooks Building completed modern renovations in 1999 and The River Room found it’s home in October of 2009 and has been throwing amazing parties and events ever since!



  • "The River Room was the perfect place for our wedding. We had about 80 guests, which filled the space nicely while keeping it intimate and spacious at the same time. Shannon, the planner working with us, was amazing and helpful during the day of the wedding to keep everything organized. We had a lot of compliments on the location and beauty of the space."

    Charlotte Wedding Reception
  • "My husband and I had our reception at The River Room and I have to say it was beautiful. The location in downtown Wilmington was fabulous, it's right on the Cape Fear River and the look and feel of everything is historic which is what we wanted. The staff, Shannon and Hayley were awesome to work with also. I would recommend The River Room to others who want the feel of historic downtown and the view of wanting to be near the water. I'm glad we picked The River Room for our reception area."

    Rebecca Wedding Reception
  • "We had our rehearsal dinner at The River Room, it was a wonderful experience, (The staff) was very helpful and prompt at returning emails and phone calls as we were scheduling from long distance. The actual facility has beautiful views of the Cape Fear and by candle light and string lights makes a very romantic venue. The natural brick , the fact that it is in middle of Wilmington's historic district made this a memorable venue."

    Gloria Wedding Reception